Keurig may not have been the first company to market single serve coffee makers (that distinction belongs to Nespresso), but they now control the largest market share. Founded in 1992 and named Keurig (which in the Dutch language means “excellence”) the company first introduced their Keurig single serve coffee makers in 1998. Green Mountain Coffee has an interest in Keurig, but the main reasons they enjoy such popularity is the array of different models available to consumers and the extremely vast amount of K-Cups on the market.
The K-Cup market is packed with excellent variety made by some of the most well known names in the coffee and tea industry. Brands include Green Mountain Coffee, Newman’s Own, Twinings of London, Emerils and another 20 popular brands. Altogether they produce almost 250 different K-Cups for purchase. These varieties include:
- Amazing amounts of different blends/brands of coffee. Bold types and mild blends don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what types of coffee are available.
- Hot Cocoa, hot chocolate, hot white chocolate and other variants.
- Hot ciders!
- All the different teas you can imagine from well respected tea makers.
- Decaffeinated coffees of all types and even a few half-decaf ones for added measure!
- Flavored coffee’s like French Vanilla, Hazelnut and types that capture the flavor of cappuccino and other espresso based drinks.
- Excellent variety of “Brew-over” Iced Teas and Iced Coffee’s, which are gaining a large following.
- Re-usable K-Cups (branded MY K-Cup) allows you to fill your own K-Cup with whatever your favorite coffee is, and use it in all Keurig single serve coffee makers!
Keurig has a large assortment of models available in single serve coffee makers. Based on features, specifications, price and consumer reviews there are three models that really stand out and apart from the crowd. These are the B40 Elite, B60 Special Edition and B70 Platinum. Let’s review what each has to offer and what makes them different from each other.
Keurig B40 Elite Brewing System
Considered the entry level for Keurig machines, the B40 Elite is the most affordable the Keurig single serve coffee makers. It can commonly be found for just over 100 dollars on Amazon and sometimes comes with a sample pack of K-Cups. Older models were missing some key features but regardless of those reports the B40 certainly holds its own. A key feature of all single serve coffee makers is that there is absolutely no transfer in flavor when you switch K-Cups!
Benefits of the Keurig B40 Elite:
- Brews two different cup sizes: 8oz and 12 oz
- You can remove the drip tray to fit a travel mug
- The 48oz water reservoir is removable for easy cleaning
- There is a 2 hour auto-off function
- An indicator lights up when the maker needs descaled
- 1500 watts
- 12 lbs empty
Drawbacks of the Keurig B40 Elite:
- No clock or programmable features
- No setting to adjust temperature (192 degrees F)
- A little louder, and more basic look.
After you fill the 48oz reservoir and turn the machine on, it takes about 4 minutes to heat up the water. Then it’s good to go, and you can make tasty hot chocolate, steaming hot tea and of course your favorite coffee all in under a minute. If you want some consumer opinions of the B40, then visit our Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews page.
Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System
Despite it not being the top of the line model, the B60 Special Edition could be considered the Cadillac of single serve coffee makers. It’s more expensive that the B40 but you get so much more for the extra price. It is also the best selling model, and has more consumer reviews that virtually any other maker on the market. The chrome accents and vibrant blue, backlit LCD display are stunning and stylish.
Benefits of the Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System:
- Brews three cup sizes: 6oz, 8oz and 10oz
- Removable drip tray as well, to fit travel mugs
- Same 48oz water reservoir as the B40
- Auto-off function after 2 hours
- Indicator for descaling
- Programmable feature to turn itself on
- Adjustable temperature up to 192 degrees
- Same wattage and weight of B40 (1500 watts, 12 lbs empty)
- Digital clock
Drawbacks of the Keurig B60 Special Edition:
- No water filter (debatable, but for a more expensive model maybe it should have one)
- Some consumer reviews indicate water pump issues (never experienced by me)
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As you can read for yourself, I really had to dig deep to think of any drawbacks to the B60. As far as coffee makers go it is nearly perfect! Many people talk about its virtues on the Keurig single serve coffee maker reviews page. How does it compare to the B70 Platinum?
Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System
One of the premium offerings for your home is the B70 Platinum single serve coffee maker. This Keurig machine costs slightly more than the B60, has a wide range of features, and it’s available in more color options to suit your décor. In fact, the polished exterior and excellent LCD display has helped the B70 to win design awards! If bold and beautiful is what you like, you cant go wrong with this model. It is stunning!
Benefits of Keurig B70 Platinum:
- Fully programmable. On, off, cup size etc. it’s all done by the LCD panel
- Like other models, has a removable drip tray
- A 60oz removable water reservoir
- 1500 watts and 12 lbs empty (I think it’s a bit more…)
- Energy savings mode with the auto-off feature
- An amazing five cup size options! 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 10oz and 12oz
- Water temperature can be adjusted as well (and programmed)
Drawbacks of the B70 Platinum:
- Recurring issues with pump and sporadic cup sizes
- Despite descaling the machine breaks down frequently
- Short lifespan for a high priced unit
This stylish system does seem to have a few durability issues which you can read about further in our reviews section. It’s important to note not everyone experiences these issues and there are many happy owners of the B70 Platinum.
Summary of Keurig Single Serve Coffee Makers
There are many more Keurig machines than looked at here, but these 3 cover beginner to upscale models. The Keurig B60 Special Edition is clearly the best bang-for-your-buck maker however all models do the same thing. They all fit travel mugs, they all have 48oz or larger water reservoirs, all can use the MY K-Cup reusable filter and all of them accept all K-Cup packs you want. The variety of brands and blends is greater than Tassimo T-Discs. Most importantly all Keurig single serve coffee makers deliver a great cup of coffee.