Keurig Mini vs Mini Plus

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Exploring the difference between Keurig Mini and Mini Plus

In the world of coffee, Keurig is king, and the Keurig Mini is the miniature king. Keurig proved their devotion to coffee lovers everywhere with the invention of the Keurig Mini. Then came the Keurig Mini Plus. But what’s the difference, and who wins in the Keurig Mini vs Mini Plus battle?

We are here to see which of these ultra-popular coffee machines is better, and which Keurig Mini is going to make you the strongest, tastiest, most delicious cup of coffee you have ever tasted in your life. This is a coffee maker showdown: Keurig Mini vs Mini Plus.

Overview of K-Mini vs K-Mini Plus

For those who don’t have the time, check out our brief overview of the Keurig Mini results. This is how the two coffee machines stack up against each other.

Keurig Mini Plus
★★★★★★★★★★
K Mini Plus
The K-Mini Plus is the portable brewer that makes anywhere perfect for great coffee
Strong Brew
Removable Reservoir
Single 6-12oz Cup
9 Pod Storage
Cord Storage
12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
1 Year Warranty
3,400+ reviews!
$ LOW
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Keurig Mini
★★★★★★★★★★
K Mini
Choose from hundreds of delicious K-Cup pod varieties to enjoy your favorite beverage
No Strong Brew
Fixed Reservoir
Single 6-12oz Cup
No Pod Storage
Cord Storage
12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
1 Year Warranty
5,400+ reviews!
$ LOW
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As seen above, the biggest differences between the regular Keurig K Mini and Keurig K Mini Plus is the ability to store pods in your machine, the additional brew function and change to the water reservoir.

While these two coffee makers may look almost identical, and both are Keurig Mini models, they are far from the same. The Keurig Mini Plus comes with enough added features to make up for the difference in price.

The Keurig Mini Plus has a removable reservoir for quick refills, the standard model does not. The Keurig mini plus has a strong coffee option, the standard model does not. Both coffee makers come in a variety of colors, which is great for people who want to match with the rest of the kitchen décor. What’s better than an oasis blue coffee maker next to the stove?

The bottom line is that the Keurig Mini Plus has more features, makes stronger coffee, and is more convenient to use. And while we prefer the Keurig Mini Plus, it is really up to how convenient you want your coffee to be delivered into your coffee cup.

The Keurig K-Mini Plus

Keurig K-Mini Plus

#1 – Features

This version of the Keurig Mini is simply fantastic. It’s incredibly slim, coming in it only 5 inches in width. Because it has a taller design, you can now accommodate a 7-inch travel mug if you remove the drip tray. It comes with all the standard brewing sizes: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces.

One of the best additions with the Keurig Mini Plus is that you can now brew super strong coffee. This is absolutely critical for those who need that extra kick in the morning. You can get this Keurig Mini in red or black, or even evening teal if you are feeling funky. It also has an automatic shutoff feature to save power, making it eco friendly.

Another great feature is the built in storage unit to hold all of your pods. You can keep up to 9 Keurig Mini K-Cup pods and use them immediately. You don’t have to go fussing around in the drawers anymore to find your coffee pods.

#2 – Ease of Use

The biggest sell with the Keurig Mini Plus is that it’s far more convenient than the original Keurig mini. This is an ideal coffee maker for at home, bringing with you to the office, or even plugging into your car if you feel so bold.

It is easy to fill, with easily accessible pods stored inside of it, and a sleek size that allows you to keep it stored anywhere at home or at work. This is definitely the easiest Keurig Mini to date. Push the button, wait a few seconds, then enjoy delicious coffee courtesy of Keurig.

#3 – Brew Quality

When talking Keurig K-Mini vs K-Mini Plus, brew quality is huge. Each machine uses the same Keurig Mini coffee pods. They deliver the exact same quality of brew. However, the Keurig Mini Plus offers an improved strong brew option.

This means the Keurig Mini Plus gives you the same excellent brew quality as the classic Keurig Mini, only with a stronger kick. If you are someone who likes strong black coffee, then you really need the plus version in your life. The strong brew is optional, you don’t need to use it.

#4 – Cleaning & Maintenance

Maintenance is easier when you use the Keurig Mini Plus thanks to the removable components. The water reservoir and drip tray can be taken out and cleaned separately, allowing you to wipe down the rest of the unit with a cloth. The whole process is much simpler than it was before. This is a bonus point to the Keurig Mini Plus.

Like the other products from Keurig, there is not much maintenance to do after every brewed coffee. There is no annoying filter, there are no coffee grounds to clean up, and no annoying spillage. Simply throw the K-Cup into the trash and move on with your day.

  • Great to use for travel
  • Removable pieces make it easy to clean
  • Compact at less than 5 inches
  • Will automatically shut off
  • Produces stronger coffee
  • Still needs to be refilled
  • Not as fancy as other machines
  • Could come in more colors
  • Long waiting times between brews
  • Looks the same as normal Keurig Mini

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The Keurig K-Mini

Keurig K Mini

#1 – Features

As the standard base model of the Keurig K-Mini line of coffee makers, this unit is actually very impressive. It accommodates 7-inch travel mugs, will fit anywhere in your kitchen, in the kitchen at work, or even in the bedroom for the special lunatics who need coffee at all times.

There is an automatic shutoff feature, making it friendly to the environment. There are also four very popular colors to accommodate the fussiest home baristas. You can brew the standard cup size of between 6 and 12 ounces using any K-Cup pod from Keurig.

The biggest feature of the Keurig Mini is its simplicity. Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe love this coffee maker because it is simply easy to use. Load any K-Cup you want, push a single button, and your coffee is delivered instantaneously. It does not get much better than that, unless it could somehow produce gold.

#2 – Ease of Use

The Keurig Mini is incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is add water and push a button. Bam! Delicious coffee squirted straight into your cup or travel mug. There is really nothing to using this machine. So long as you have the K-Cups, you can make all kinds of tea, coffee, and even hot chocolate.

The other quality that makes this machine so easy for anyone to operate is its compact design. There is no need to make space or room on the kitchen counter like you would with some other, bulkier coffee machines. You can literally squeeze this 5-inch coffee maker between the salt and the pepper. And that makes its operation much easier for everyone.

#3 – Brew Quality

The brew quality of this unit is on point. Because it uses the normal K-Cups, the Keurig Mini makes the same remarkable coffee that you would find in other larger models. And not only coffee. teen and cocoa are also delicious. Try adding ice to any hot-brewed coffee to make yourself a yummy iced beverage.

However, because this is Keurig Mini vs Mini Plus, it is important to note that the coffee may taste weak to some people. There is no strong coffee feature, and because of this many people have reported that their coffee tastes too watery.

#4 – Cleaning & Maintenance

Although the Keurig Mini is indeed easy to clean, it doesn’t have as many removable parts as the Plus model. This means you are going to have to dig your cloth into the corners to wipe everything down. That being said, it is still quite simple to clean.

For maintenance, there isn’t much to be done. It comes with a place to store the cord for transportation, which is nice. For making coffee, all you have to do is throw away the K-Cup when you’re finished. There is really little maintenance to be done.

  • Slim design & super portable
  • Makes delicious coffee
  • Travel mug friendly
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Easy to use & easy to store
  • No digital Clock
  • No strength control
  • Pieces are not removable
  • Must add water between brews
  • Short cord

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Our Keurig Mini Pick

With the Keurig Mini Plus you get the strong brew option, a storage area for pods, a removable water reservoir. None of these features are available with the standard Keurig Mini. The difference comes down to ease of access. With the normal Keurig Mini, you can’t remove the reservoir, which makes refills a pain. Plus, your coffee is weaker. You really have to ask yourself, is stronger, easier-to-make coffee worth the extra few bucks?

We think so. When it comes to down to K-Mini vs K-Mini Plus, we definitely vote for the Keurig Mini Plus. A few extra bucks for better and quicker coffee is worth it every day of the week, especially if you’re a coffee lover. Yes, the winner is the Keurig Mini Plus, hands down.

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Evelyn J. Stafford

Evelyn J. Stafford

Evelyn is a kitchen enthusiast and writer for Wins Coffee Bar. Her work has appeared in Bean Scene, The Home Kitchen and other publications.

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