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Last Updated on April 5, 2021

The K-Mini and K Mini Plus are approved for Dorm use in over 100 Universities and Colleges.

The Keurig K-Mini and K-Slim are compact single serve coffee makers that are perfect for small kitchens and living spaces. The K-Mini has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that also makes it ideal for travel.

In this review we look at their differences so if you're looking for a compact coffee makers, this should help make a choice between them easier. 

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If you already know which Keurig compact coffee maker is for you, click on the button above to buy directly from Amazon. 

Compare the K-Mini and K-Mini Plus - At a Glance

K Mini - in Oasis

K-Mini

  • 4 Matt Colors
  • Brew any size between 6-12 oz.
  • Slim Body (less than 5" wide)
  • One Cup Water Reservoir
  • Cord Storage
  • Auto Off after 90 Seconds
  • Travel Mug Friendly - up to 7.0" tall
K Mini Plus - in Cardinal Red

K-Mini Plus

  • 5 Matt Colors
  • Brew any size between 6-12 oz.
  • Slim Body (less than 5" wide)
  • One Cup Water Reservoir
  • Cord Storage
  • Auto Off after 90 Seconds
  • Travel Mug Friendly - up to 7.0" tall
  • STRONG BREW Button
  • Removable Water Reservoir
  • Chrome Drip Tray Accent
  • Pod Storage (up to 9 K-Cups)

Now Compare the K-Mini and K-Slim

K Mini - in Oasis

K-Mini

  • 4 Matt Colors
  • Brew any size between 6-12 oz
  • Slim Body (less than 5" wide)
  • One Cup Water Reservoir
  • Auto Off after 90 Seconds
  • Travel Mug Friendly - up to 7.0" tall
  • Cord Storage
K-Slim Coffee Maker

K-Slim

  • 2 Colors (Black and White)
  • 3 Cup Sizes - 8, 10 or 12 oz
  • Slim Body (less than 5" wide)
  • 46 oz Removable Reservoir
  • Travel Mug Friendly - up to 7.0" tall
  • Altitude Setting

Keurig K-Mini & K-Mini Plus Shared Features

Let's start by having a look the features of the K-Mini and the K-Mini Plus. These are both the same size and you can see their dimensions a bit further into this article.

As well as being the same size these are the features they share:

Energy Saving - Auto Off

As an Energy Saving feature, the K-Mini and K-Mini Plus will turn off 90 seconds after making a brew. 

Travel Mug Friendly

Both single coffee brewers take travel mugs up to 6 inches tall with their drip trays in place. They happily fit a travel mug up to 7 inches with the drip tray removed.  The Drip Tray on the K-Mini is brushed chrome

This view of the back of the Keurig K-Mini shows how the cord storage.

Rear view - Cord Storage

Cord Storage

The power cord is 26 inches long (or 66 cms). To keep this compact and neat for travel, this packs completely into the back of the unit.

This helps if your counter space is limited and it needs to be stowed between brews.

Keurig K-Mini Plus Additional Features

The K-Mini Plus has some additional features that the K-Mini doesn't have. It's up to you to decide if these are enough to justify the difference in their price.

Generally, the K Mini Plus is around $20 more than the K-Mini.

Pod Storage 

A feature the K-Mini Plus has that the K Mini doesn't is a pod storage piece.

The pod storage unit tucks into the brewer and will store up to 9 K-Cup pods. This is a big advantage if space really is at a premium, or you like to keep things tidy. 

The image on shows how nicely the K-Mini Plus looks once it's all packed up. 

Keurig K-Cafe Pod Storage

The K-Mini Plus has some additional features that the K-Mini doesn't have. It's up to you to decide if these are enough to justify the difference in their price.

Generally, the K Mini Plus is around $20 more than the K-Mini.

Pod Storage 

A feature the K-Mini Plus has that the K Mini doesn't is a pod storage piece.

The pod storage unit tucks into the brewer and will store up to 9 K-Cup pods. This is a big advantage if space really is at a premium, or you like to keep things tidy. 

The image on shows how nicely the K-Mini Plus looks once it's all packed up. 

Keurig K-Cafe Pod Storage

Strong Brew Button 

The K-Mini has a button that gives you the option to select a more intense flavored coffee. 

Removable Water Reservoir

Both units will only hold enough water for one cup at a time, but the K-Mini Plus has a removable water reservoir which makes it easier to clean.

To fill, put the amount of water you want to brew into your cup and pour it into the reservoir. Make sure the level of water is somewhere between the MAX and MIN fill lines.

Place your mug on the drip tray, insert a K-Cup and you're ready to brew.

Keurig K-Mini One Cup Water Reservoir

K-Mini Fixed Water Reservoir

K-Mini Plus - Removable Water Reservoir

K-Mini Plus Removable Water Reservoir

How big is the K-Mini & K-Mini Plus? 

How big is the Keurig K-Mini?

K-Mini & K- Mini Plus Dimensions

12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
Height with handle open: 16.8” H

The K Mini weighs 4.6 pounds (or 2.1 kg)

Fits an 7” tall Travel mug with drip tray removed
Mug clearance with Drip Tray in place - 6" H

Cord Length: 26 inches

Video - K-Mini Plus 

Have a look at the video below to see how easy it is to use the Keurig K-Duo Plus. The video runs for just under a minute. 

Range of Colors

The Keurig K Mini comes in 4 matte colours - Black, Studio Grey, Oasis and Dusty Pink. 

Black
Studio Grey
Oasis
Dusty Rose

The K Mini Plus comes in 5 colours - Black, Grey, Evening Teal, Cardinal Red and White. 

As well as the extra colors, there is a couple of slight cosmetic differences between the two models. The Mini Plus has additional silver detailing on the handle and drip tray. The holes in the design of the drip tray are in a lined pattern whereas the d  

Black
Grey
Evening Teal
Cardinal Red
White Keurig

K-Cups or Ground Coffee using Reusable K-Cups?

K-Cup Coffee Pods

K-Cup Capsule Range

The range of K-Cup compatible pods is extensive. Some favorite K-Cups for coffee lovers include the Keurig Variety Packs, Green Mountain, Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Folgers, Peet's Coffee, Caribou Coffee, Mr Donut, and McCafe.

Click on the link below to see the full range of K-Cup Coffee Capsule range on Amazon.  

Reusable K-Cups 

Reusable filter cups can also be used in both the Mini and the Mini Plus. Using reusable k-cups will save you money and reduces waste. It also gives you the choice of selecting and grinding your favorite coffee beans. 

K Mini Compatible Reusable K-Pods - 4 Pack

The cost of K-Cups and the wastage can really add up over time so it's well worth considering buying reusable c-cups and taking the extra step of filling these yourself. 

What is missing on the Keurig Mini?

I don't think it's fair to this single serve coffee brewer to outline in any great detail what it's missing. It's a compact brewer that will do the job of brewing a nice coffee. 

That said, it doesn't have a Descale alert light so you'll have to remember to descale the machine once every 3 to 6 months (depending on how often it's used). Descaling extends the life of a brewer and removes any built-up calcium deposits. 

Milk Frother

This doesn't come with a milk frother but these can be purchased separately if you like frothy milk. 

The Conclusion

The Keurig Mini and Mini Plus are single brew capsule machines that have been designed with space saving in mind. These are great for dormitories, or in small kitchens. They are also handing for travel. 

It won't take up too much space in a suitcase and guarantees you'll have a beautifully brewed coffee in your hotel room each morning. 

Last Updated on April 5, 2021


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