The best alternatives to the Keurig coffee maker

By Courtney Omell
November 12, 2021

We have another article on alternatives to popular brands and this time it’s Keurig! With all the news on supply chain issues and shipping delays, we want you to be prepared this holiday season with some backup ideas for your Christmas shopping. We’ve also covered the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Instant Pot, and Roomba previously. If you can’t get your hands on a specific brand, just know that there are other comparable brands you can buy.

Our hope is that you have a list of “Plan B” options if your favorite items are difficult to purchase this year. If you’re hoping to get a k-cup coffee maker and can’t find a good deal on a popular Keurig machine, here are our picks for the best Keurig alternatives to consider.

Note that at the time of publication these prices were accurate, but due to sales before Black Friday and Amazon’s dynamic pricing, prices often fluctuate. We will do our best to keep this up to date, but some prices may vary.

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  1. Keurig alternatives
  2. Cuisinart SS-10P1 Premium Single Serve Coffee Maker
  3. Coffee maker compatible with Mueller individual pods
  4. Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single Serve Maker
  5. K-Cup Single Serve Mixpresso Coffee Maker
  6. Honorable mention: Hamilton Beach BrewStation 12 cups

Keurig alternatives

Keurig coffee makers have been a Black Friday favorite for several years now and we’re sure some of you have it on your Christmas list for at least one friend or family member.

For this article, we compare each of these coffee makers to the Keurig K-Classic, which currently costs around $ 100 ($ 99.99 at Target and Amazon). It has a 48 ounce water tank and brews 6, 8 and 10 ounce cups.

Just in case you can’t get your hands on a Keurig, here are some quality coffee makers you can check out instead.


This is a great Plan B option for coffee lovers. This coffee maker has a larger water reservoir than the Keurig and a hot water button for tea or soup. It is also compatible with all brands of coffee pods, including Keurig.

Keurig comparison

Characteristic Keurig Cuisinart
Tank size 48 ounces 72 ounces
Infusion sizes 3 5
Descaling function Yes No
Automatic shutdown Yes Yes
Color options 2 5

Where to shop

Most retailers have it in silver color for $ 99.99. Amazon technically has the lowest price for the silver colorway at $ 99.60. There are other color options available closer to the $ 150 price point.

mueller single serve coffee maker
The water reservoir is the same size in the Mueller brewer as the Keurig, but you get an additional cup size option when brewing. It is compatible with all coffee pods, but does not have a hot water feature like the Cuisinart above.

Keurig comparison

Characteristic Keurig Mueller
Tank size 48 ounces 48 ounces
Infusion sizes 3 4
Descaling function Yes No
Automatic shutdown Yes Yes
Color options 2 1

Where to shop

Another low price for Amazon, this brewer is $ 109.97 (equal at Walmart). Keep an eye out for coupons to apply before adding them to your cart throughout Black Friday week. We keep seeing coupons added and removed, so if you love this coffee maker, keep looking for coupons on Amazon!

hamilton beach flexbrew coffee maker
I’ve had a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew for years and absolutely loved it. This brewer has a slightly smaller water reservoir, but I loved that it brews an 8 or 10 ounce mug or a 14 ounce travel mug! You can choose from regular or bold brew and it’s compatible with all coffee pods.

Keurig comparison

Characteristic Keurig FlexBrew
Tank size 48 ounces 40 ounces
Infusion sizes 3 3
Descaling function Yes No
Automatic shutdown Yes Yes
Color options 2 1

Where to shop

If you can get your hands on a 20% off coupon (just sign up with a new email address), Bed Bath & Beyond is offering this brewer for the lowest price at $ 63.99. Most other retailers have it for $ 79.99.

single-use mixpresso coffee maker
The Mixpresso coffee maker can brew five different sizes of coffee cups and up to six cups without having to fill the water tank. The smaller cups only take 30 seconds to brew and are compatible with all coffee pods, including the 1.0 and 2.0 K-Cups.

Keurig comparison

Characteristic Keurig Mixpresso
Tank size 48 ounces 45 ounces
Infusion sizes 3 5
Descaling function Yes No
Automatic shutdown Yes Yes
Color options 2 3

Where to shop

You can find this Mixpresso machine in all three colourways on Amazon for $ 79.99.

Hamilton beach brewstation coffee maker
While this coffee maker isn’t the traditional one-cup model, I still think it’s worth mentioning. Instead of brewing one cup at a time, you brew a 2-12 cup pot and it stores the brewed coffee in an internal reservoir to dispense one cup at a time. This coffee maker keeps coffee fresh and hot until brewed, but does not brew cup by cup. it also has an iced coffee and a keep warm function.

Keurig comparison

Characteristic Keurig Brewing station
Tank size 48 ounces 12 cup jar
Infusion sizes 3 All
Descaling function Yes No
Automatic shutdown Yes Yes
Color options 2 1

Where to shop

Amazon has this brewer for $ 54.99. They also have another BrewStation model, which doesn’t have an iced coffee feature, for $ 39.99 after a $ 12 coupon that will save you a few bucks if you’re a hot coffee-only drinker.

These are our picks for the best Keurig alternatives. Are you going to be shopping for a single serve brewer this year? Let us know your favorite in the comments.

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