So you’re after a coffee maker and have come across the Keurig 2.0 K250, but don’t know whether to get it or not?
It’s an important decision to make. Having a good coffee on a morning can be the difference between a good start to the day and a bad start.
We’ve put together this Keurig K250 review to help you decide whether it’s the one for you. We’ve covered all the vital things you should be considering, as well as the features and what customers who have already bought it think.
Let’s get to it.
- The Important Stuff
- The Features
- Who Shouldn’t Buy The Keurig K250?
- The Positives and The Negatives
The Important Stuff
There are a few things you should consider when buying yourself a coffee maker. Things like brew quality, how easy it is to use and the size of the machine.
Value – 4/5
The Keurig K250 is not a cheap model to buy, however the little bit extra you pay is rewarded with a good quality brew. It’s okay paying a lot for a coffee maker, as long as you feel you get what you pay for and this is the case for the K250.
Plus, with a decent coffee maker at home, you’re less likely to buy coffee when you’re on your way to work or doing other errands, so you’ll be saving money this way.
Many coffee makers on the market feel cheap, plasticy and deliver mediocre coffee, which isn’t what you want first thing on a morning but it’s not what you get with the K250.
Depending on what colour you decide to go for can alter the price by quite a lot, which is worth keeping in mind if the colour isn’t a big priority for you.
Quality – 4/5
With regards to the quality of the build, it’s good. The majority of Keurigs you buy feel sturdy, strong and don’t have that cheap plastic everywhere that feels like it’s about to break. However, there are some people that say the previous models in the Keurig 1.0 range are of better quality.
I disagree, I think the new 2.0 range comes with better quality coffee and a better all around build. It can happen that you may be dealt a coffee maker that has some manufacturing issues. It’s annoying and frustrating, but it happens.
You’re covered under a one year warranty, so if the K250 does start playing up you’re most likely covered to get another one. Keurig are normally very good with their customer service.
The quality of the brew is spot on, in fact it was better than I was expecting it to be. K Cups are renowned for not having the quality of other brewing methods that use freshly ground beans, however the K250 is compatible with reusable K Cups. This means you can brew your own fresh coffee beans which dramatically increases the quality and freshness of your coffee.
Size – 4/5
Dimensions – 15 x 9 x 13.7 inches
Weight – 7.5 pounds
The Keurig K250 is quite a compact coffee maker considering it brews carafes too. There are smaller coffee makers on the market if you’re struggling with space, like the Nespresso Essenza, but it only brews cups.
It’s quite tall, so if you’re thinking of putting it on your countertop underneath the cupboards make sure you definitely have the room. Also make sure you have an extra six inches or so above to insert the K Cup.
Aesthetics – 4.5/5
I honestly love the design of the K250. It’s sleek, stylish and will go fit in with any kitchen design. The colours it comes in are:
- Imperial red
- Plum grey
Personally, I like the blue, but the great thing about the choice of colours is you can match it with the colour scheme of your interior. So not only do you get a top quality brew each morning, you also get a machine that adds to the design of your kitchen.
User Friendliness – 4/5
The black and white touchscreen that sits in the centre of the coffee maker is about 2 inches wide, making it super easy to use. You use it to navigate your brew size and strength and all the other features the K250 comes with.
The most common problem that seems to occur is that the touchscreen breaks or malfunctions. If this happens, you pretty much can’t do anything as you need it to turn the K250 on and brew a coffee. The reports of this happening aren’t too common though.
With convenience being the top priority of the K250, it really is so easy to make that first cuppa. When you’re still half asleep, all you need to do is give a couple of touches on the screen and your first coffee of the day is on the way.
Time for the cool features that add to the coffee making experience, and the Keurig K250 doesn’t disappoint.
Removable Water Reservoir
The water reservoir that comes with the K250 is large with it being able to hold 40oz of water. That’s enough to easily make at least four or five cups.
Refilling the water reservoir is very easy too with it being removable. You can take it over to the sink instead of filling up a jug and holding it at an awkward angle, spilling water all over your kitchen top. It’s little design differences like this that make using your coffee maker that bit more enjoyable.
The drip tray is also removable which makes for an easy cleaning routine, plus it means you can brew coffee in travel mugs. It gives you around 7.25” of room.
You Can Choose Your Brew Size
The Keurig K250 allows you to choose whether you want a carafe or a cup, with there being different K Cups for each setting. There are actually 3 different K Pods you can choose from to make different size brews:
- K Cup – 4, 6, 8, 10oz cups
- K Mug – 12, 14, 16oz mugs
- K Carafe – 22, 26, 30oz carafe
Being able to choose which size you want is handy for all the different situations you find yourself in. For example if you’re the only one drinking a coffee it’s handy to use the K Cups. If you have the family round, a few friends over or you just want to enjoy sipping coffee throughout the morning, then you can use a K Carafe.
It’s important to note here that the it doesn’t come with a carafe in the box, which is a little disappointing.
The K250, along with all the other Keurig 2.0 coffee makers, can register what K pod you’ve put in and will brew accordingly to optimum quality and extraction. However, it won’t know what size you want so you have to tell it. It also won’t remember which setting you chose and so you have to enter it each time.
I personally think this is a great feature of the K250. If you prefer strong coffees in the morning to get you up and going, but a weaker coffee in the early afternoon then the K250 can cater for exactly that.
It’s a perfect feature if you have multiple people in the house that like their coffees at different strengths.
Hot Water Dispenser
Having a hot-water dispenser is perfect to have with your coffee maker. For those mornings you want something else to drink other than coffee like tea, or if you want a hot chocolate to sip when settling down to watch your favourite film, a hot water dispenser is ideal.
Reusable K Cup Compatible
One of the most controversial discussions around the new Keurig 2.0 range is the fact you can only use Keurig brand K Cups. The coffee makers come with a system that can read whether or not the K Pods that you have inserted are Keurigs or not.
This means the choice of what you can brew has been limited. The pay off is that the Keurig 2.0 range can change how it brews your coffee depending on what K Cup you’ve inserted. Good for quality. Bad for coffee options.
To increase the range of what coffee beans you can try, I highly suggest getting a reusable K Cup. Not only will you stop contributing to the incredible amount of K Cups ending up in a landfill each year, you will also be able to try freshly ground coffee from your local roastery, or anywhere else for that matter.
If you’re a true coffee lover, you should be buying whole beans and grinding them up yourself. Try it and you’ll without a doubt notice the difference between a regular K Cup brew, and a freshly ground coffee bean brew. You can thank me later.
Top tip: fill your reusable K Cup all the way to the top with ground coffee, it creates spillage. Fill 3/4s full.
I was absolutely baffled to discover that water boils at different temperatures the higher above sea level you get. It’s got to do with the fact air pressure is lower the higher you go, and so you need less energy to bring water to a boil.
Therefore Keurig have conveniently created a high altitude setting. Getting the right temperature water while brewing coffee is paramount for a good quality brew.
If you live as high as 5000ft above sea level, the Keurig K250 will account for this and brew water accordingly. A great little feature that you might not have even thought about!
The K250 comes with 2 water filters, one to get you going and a replacement. They’re super easy to clean and replace which you should do often.
In order to keep a consistently high quality coffee, it’s important to clean your filters often. It stops calcium deposits from building up which can dramatically affect the taste and flavour of your coffee.
If you really want to get the most out of your K250, look at getting charcoal water filters. They’re the best at removing any unwanted minterals from the water that you use.
Who Shouldn’t Buy The Keurig K250?
There are many people that will get a lot of use out of the Keurig K250, so it’s easier to let you know why you wouldn’t be a match made in heaven.
You Want Espresso Based Milky Drinks
By this I don’t mean if you like milk with your coffee you shouldn’t get it. That’s perfectly fine with the K250. What I mean is if you like lattes, cappuccinos or flat whites you’re not going to be able to make these with the K250.
You could if you get a milk frother on the side, but you’re not going to be able to make real espresso. I suggest looking at the Keurig K Cafe if this is what you’re after. It’s like a mini commercial coffee maker.
The Positives and The Negatives
- Lots of different brew sizes
- Comes with water filters
- Easy to use touchscreen
- Removable drip tray for easy cleaning and travel mug brewing
- Removable water reservoir for easy cleaning and refill
- Available in all sorts of different colours
- Strength control which is convenient for households that like different strength brews
- Hot water dispenser for teas and hot chocolates
- 1 year warranty
- Doesn’t come with a Keurig carafe, you need to buy it separately
- Relatively expensive (but good value for money!)
- Short power cable (0.5 metres)
Overall I think the Keurig K250 is a great coffee maker that would satisfy any household from a single person to a whole family. It’s got many variations of coffee sizes and strengths which can accommodate most people.
The style is great with its many different colours and the quality of coffee is delicious.
I’d recommend the Keurig 2.0 range over the earlier models. I think their brewing technology has gotten much better. At the end of the day you want the best quality coffee you can get from home, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the K250.
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If the Keurig K250 isn’t for you, we’ve selected a couple of alternatives that you might like to consider instead.
The select isn’t too much different to the K250, but it has a few more cool features, and has buttons instead of a touchscreen. You can program the coffee maker to start brewing when you wake up, so by the time you’re downstairs you have a freshly brewed carafe waiting for you. It also has a larger water reservoir and quiet brew technology for those really early starts.
The Nespresso Essenza Mini is perfect if you’re struggling for space but still want great quality coffee each morning. Super compact, tasty coffee and an affordable price. Ideal. We’ve got a full review here.