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Best Alternatives to Keurig to Satisfy your Coffee Cravings
Are you a fan of Keurig, but want to see what other options there are on the market for single-serve coffee machines?
Well so have we! So much so that we went out and researched and surveyed customer reviews to find the very Best Keurig Knock Offs (or alternatives) to satisfy our curiousity. In this article we are going to share the good news that there are plenty of options for coffee lovers.
Fortunately Keurig isn’t the only company to have invented single-serve coffee makers and we are going to go through a few of our favorites so you have plenty of options when you are deciding which coffee machine to purchase.
In addition to providing different options of Keurig alternatives, we are also going to run through a couple of must have features you should look for in potential coffee machines.
Our Top 3 Best Keurig Alternatives for Single Serve Coffee Machines
|Top||Chefman InstaCoffee Single Serve Coffee Maker Compatible with K-Cup Pods, Grounds & Loose-Leaf Tea w/Reusable Filter, Compact 14 oz, Black/Stainless Steel, Mug Not Included||Learn more|
|Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer for K-Cup Pod & Ground Coffee Thermal Drip Instant Coffee Machine with Self Cleaning Function, Brew Strength Control||Learn more|
|Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker, Single-Serve and 12-Cup Pot, Stainless Steel (49980A), Carafe||Learn more|
The Sboly Single Serve coffee maker is a great alternative to the popular Keurig machines.
The Sboly has an impressive 3 minute brew time so you can enjoy your fresh cup of coffee sooner than your average coffee maker time. For ultimate customization you can also control the water volume so you can have just the right amount of coffee in your cup.
You cannot go wrong with the Sboly, as it literally serves up a temperature perfect cup of coffee (even with cream) to enjoy every morning.
The design has an extremely compact and sleek look to the machine, so not to look too out of place if you choose to place the machine on the ktichen bench top for easy access.
For added convenience, it also has an auto cleaning button. This means everyone who uses the machine can leave it ready for the next with a simple two push button process.
- sleek and compact design
- temperature perfect coffee ready in 3 minutes
- k-pod compatible
- automatic self-clean
- may not fit larger cups (such as travel mugs)
The Hamilton Beach 2-way Brewer Coffee Maker will make your mornings feel like a breeze. With the option of brewing a single-serve cup (like a Keurig) OR a 12 cup pot of coffee brewed the traditional way, you will have plenty of options for the family or the office.
What we love about the Hamilton is that it is fully programmable, which means you can wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee – is there any better incentive to get yourself out of bed?
As we mentioned in the must-have features it also includes an automatic shut-off option to save on costs and is environmentally friendly.
The Hamilton also has adjustable brew strength features (regular or bold), and even though they may not be as customizable as other Keurig Alternative’s, it is still nice to be able to have the two options.
- tall design to accomodate all types of cups (including travel mugs)
- two coffee brewing methods to satisfy everyone’s preferences
- automatic programming so coffee is available from the moment you wake up
- has a large footprint so requires a bit of room for storage
When Chefman say their machine is an instant coffee machine, they mean it is instant! With an impressive 30 second brew time, you are going to be sipping on your morning coffee in no time.
It may not be ready and waiting for you to get out of bed (like the Hamilton option above), however it ensures you have the freshest coffee possible in the shortest amount of time.
It has a truly sleek design, almsot looking like a space capsule, and is tall enough to accomodate those all important travel mugs for coffee on the go.
The Chefman InstaCoffee is a great Keurig alternative for your morning coffee.
- tall design to accomodate all types of cups (including travel mugs)
- sleek and narrow design for unobtrusive storage
- k-pod compatible for a short 30 second brewing time
- some customer reviews have complained about the noise
Must-Have Features in your next Keurig Alternative Coffee Machine
In this section we are going to run through some features/options that you will want to give some thought BEFORE you take the plunge and purchase your next single-serve coffee machine.
How do you like your coffee?
The best way to answer this question for yourself is, if you walked into a cafe what would you be ordering? Is a an Americano or espresso (shot of coffee) OR do you prefer your lattes and cappucino coffees (with lots of milk)?
Generally speaking, single serve coffee machines are purpose built. This means they are good at either black coffee or coffee with milk. So as you can see, your answer to this question will determine which coffee machine you should be looking for.
If you are a fan of milky coffees, look for a machine that has a big enough water broiler for both hot pressurized water and a steamer to froth your milk.
Storage and where to keep your machine?
Before you purchase your Keurig Alternative, where are you planning on keeping the machine? On the kitchen bench? Stored away in a cupboard? In the office?
Your answer to these questions will help to eliminate some options that may be too big or too bulky to store away.
Another thing to consider is if you are purchasing it for the office, how noisy is the machine and will it interfere with the office atmosphere?
User Friendly Options
Usually when you are walking up to the coffee machine, your mind is still trying to get out of first gear. It is a catch twenty two – you don’t want to have to have a coffee to operate the coffee machine!
This is where the intuitiveness of the coffee machine comes into play.
Ideally the machine should be user-friendly enough to place a pod of coffee into the machine and it operates with a push of a button.
Other user-friendly options you may want to have on your next machine is an auto-timer off for the machine in case it is left on. In addition to automatic flush systems that purge the system of dirty water to cleanse the system and keep maintainence to a minimum.
This one is probably one of the biggest growing concerns within the coffee space – the impact of the industry on the environment. Since coffee has grown in popularity, it has been having a negative impact on the environment via the waste produced. From disposable coffee cups from cafes, to coffee pods from single-serve coffee machines, it is definitely something we think should be considered when you look at purchasing a Keurig Knock Off.
Ideally you can opt of machines that encourage the use of reuseable coffee pods. Almost all the options off these reuseable pods (or compatible pods). Or at the very least you should be looking at machines that use recyclable coffee pods.
As we mentioned before in the previous feature section, you should also look for a Keurig alternative that has an auto-power down function, so that the machine is not using unnecessary electricity to stay hot all day long.
Having a quick and fresh cup of coffee in the morning can make or break your day. With the invention of the single-serve coffee making machines by Keurig, it has transformed the coffee consumption habits of consumers.
However with so many knock offs and alternatives to Keurig you are not stuck for options anymore. We have scoured the available coffee machines on the market and have come up with three of our favorite options for Keurig Alternatives.
We hope this article has made it easier for you to choose your next single-serve coffee machine.