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5 Reasons You Need Keurig Alternatives and 4 You’ll Love

by Ivy B

Whether your Keurig machine died (again) or you’re just ready for something new, I’m going to help you shop with 4 Keurig alternatives guaranteed to make you happy. And, 5 reasons to ditch your Keurig machine.

I admit we lucked out with Hurricane Irma.  And I truly know how devastating Irma was for many folks south of Jacksonville.  We were blessed in that the only thing we really lost were a few electronics.  Things could have been much worse.

But, my coffee maker has never been the same since Hurricane Irma.

This was devastating for me.  As a busy mom of two young kids, 6 and 2 years, a morning without coffee isn’t a good one.

Its peril lead to much research on a suitable replacement for my single cup coffee maker.  It was ever so important that my single cup maker be a top choice in Keurig Alternatives because I’d already finalized my break up with Keurig several years ago.

Why were Keurig alternatives important?  Because I was tired of the consistently poor lifespan Keurig offered for the price.  And, I truly despised they were beginning to require special Keurig pods, either limiting your choices or requiring me to obtain a “cheat device” to make off-brand pods work.

These are the best rated Keurig Alternatives I considered when attempting to replace my single cup coffee maker!

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5 Reasons to Seek Out Keurig Alternatives

They die too often for the price.

Replacing dead Keurig machines gets expensive and tiring. I don’t need the hassle of running out with my toddler to go shopping for a coffee brewer, nor do I wish to wait even 2 days without coffee after ordering from Amazon Prime.

Mold harboring

Honestly, most of your coffee makers, if not cleaned regularly and properly, will harbor mold and bacteria.  I never found Keurig machines easy to clean.  I have enough trouble working on my health without the worry over mold.  Although, I’m certain any machine is capable of harboring bacteria if not cared for properly.

K-cups can be expensive

Variety is the spice of life, I admit.  However, that variety can cost a fortune.  If you don’t regularly find sales on K-Cups, it may not be worth the expense unless you really only drink one hot beverage a day.

You won’t be limited to Keurig’s demands

I hated when Keurig decided that you had to use specially marked pods.  Thanks, but no thanks.

If you’re also less inclined to have demands made of you, this could be the perfect excuse to find a Keurig alternative.

K-Cups & Chemicals, oh my!

You have no idea what’s inside your coffee pods … you can’t see or smell them, right?  But also, think about the plastic and aluminum filling the landfills.  More and more, I’m choosing organic coffee with fewer chemicals.

Best Keurig Alternatives

Replacing my Keurig annually left much to be desired, so it was important to find Keurig Alternatives that would either be less expensive to replace or offer more features for the money.  Being able to brew my own coffee from various grinds gave me greater control over my coffee experience.  And, I take my coffee very seriously!

Sboly Single Cup Coffee Maker

Sboly single cup coffee maker - keurig alternative

Quick brew from K-Cup pods or your own ground coffee in about 3 minutes!  That’s quick!

Wouldn’t that help you crush the school morning rush?

This compact coffee brewer makes the perfect Keurig alternative as you can choose your brew at up to 14 ounces of water.  Plus, it’s a one-touch machine with auto shut off to make things simple!

When you’re ready to clean it, simply press two buttons for auto-clean!

This sweet brewer has been rated at 4.3 stars with over 3000 reviews!

Hamilton Beach Flex Brew

hamilton beach flex brewer Keurig Alternative

I ultimately decided on this Keurig Alternative for my coffee counter and have been using the same one for several years!  I loved the idea of brewing more than one cup of coffee should I ever need coffee for guests (or after a sleepless night).

Truth be told, the programmable feature to brew my coffee at a designated time was a huge bonus.  The downside is that the single-cup maker side is not programmable.  So, I mainly use the carafe to brew water for my morning oatmeal, which still saves me some time in the long run.

I highly recommend upgrading your purchase to the one that includes the permanent filter, so you don’t have to mess with paper filters!

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AdirChef Grab N’ Go Personal Coffee Maker with 15 oz. Travel Mug

adirchef grab n go personal coffee maker Keurig Alternative

This little personal coffee maker currently gets a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.  It has a permanent coffee filter, eliminating the need for paper filters AND comes with it’s own matching insulated travel coffee mug.  It’s a 15 oz mug, so it should hold plenty of coffee if you have a morning commute you’re concerned about.

It’s also power-saving.  When the coffee cup is full, the maker automatically shuts off for energy savings.

Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker

ninja specialty coffee Keurig alternativeGuys, I was almost convinced I needed this fancy Keurig alternative!

This machine offers multiple pod-free brewing options plus various size drink options AND includes a 50 oz glass carafe.  And, I was intrigued by the built-in frother.

The more I read about it, the more I felt as though I wasn’t good enough to own this machine.  It seemed complicated although it does offer a delay brew setting.

Want to upgrade?  Check out the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe!

Let’s be real.  If I want a fancy latté, I’m heading over to my favorite coffee shop for someone else to take the time to make it correctly.  I’m not learning coffee recipes at home with two young kids scrambling to get ready in the morning.  I’ve still got the morning rush to contend with for quite a few years.

Do you have a favorite Keurig Alternative?

If awesome and expensive aren’t up your alley, try these cheap Keurig alternatives!

This post originally appeared Oct 17, 2017 and has been updated to include some of the best Keurig Alternatives for 2020!

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Lisa Lo October 26, 2017 - 9:52 pm

I think I will check out the Ninja one.

Lisa Lo October 26, 2017 - 9:54 pm

Also I am gld you all survived the hurricane. In my old town Port Aransas TX they got whooped to say the least. 2 of my old friends ended up homeless.

Anton November 6, 2017 - 2:35 pm

Some good picks you’ve got here. There are definitely better alternative to Keurig as you’ve made obvious with this post. There are better coffee machines which offer more quality and flexibility.

Robert Donald December 16, 2019 - 12:58 am


Great Post. The Keurig alternatives that you have shared looking nice. Hope it will work

soulmatge February 3, 2020 - 6:48 pm

What you think about nespresso?
I think it’s the best alternative machine. I personally like nespresso machines.

Coffee Maker in Amazon September 24, 2020 - 8:59 am

As a blogger of coffee, I still want this Ninja Coffee Maker more than others for its many types of coffee to make in a single machine, ofcourse if you have the budget, you can buy better branded coffee espresso machine 🙂 thanks for this blog mate!

Carel November 17, 2020 - 5:33 pm

This is so amazing and informative article about the comparison of kiering and other coffee brands. A wonderful and amazing reading for me, thank you for sharing this article.

Kevin November 24, 2020 - 6:25 am

Ninja one is the best of all of these.

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