Before I bought mine, I weighed the pros and cons of owning a Keurig. I asked friends I knew who had one what they thought. Some people love it without a complaint but others were quick to point out the pros and cons of owning a Keurig. Here’s the verdict!
1. Pro: Fast
If you aren’t a morning person, a Keurig can help. It’s a quick and easy way to make your coffee when you're rushing out the door. You can program it to make your coffee each morning but if you don’t, then it hardly takes any time at all. At college, I found my Keurig very useful on those mornings I overslept and was dashing for class. My pro of owning a Keurig is that it’s a fast, user-friendly way to get coffee.
2. Con: Expensive
If you drink one cup of coffee, a Keurig is the best fit for you. If you drink four cups a day, it can get expensive. Each K-cup, a specifically designed coffee or hot beverage, is used once and then trashed. It can get pricy if you only use K-cups, especially if you have company over around the clock. But you can use a small, Keurig-size filter to get around breezing your way through your K-cups.
3. Pro: Versatile
I like that though Keurigs only technically heat the water, they are very versatile. Sure you can make coffee but you can also heat water for tea, ramen noodles and oatmeal. You might even get hot chocolate or apple cider K-cups to spice things up. Keurigs are versatile because they can do all these things without doing anything out of the ordinary. College students, keep this on your radar!
4. Con: One Cup
Keurigs make one cup at a time so it takes slightly more time than making a pot of coffee or hot water for tea if you are making a chain of drinks for a party. My suggestion is to keep the Keurig for personal use and special orders during parties. If everyone wants tea, except one person, then you may just use the Keurig to made coffee for them while the kettle boils.
5. Pro: Variety
There is so much variety of what kind of beverage you want to make. K-cups come in all flavors from regular to Pumpkin Spice to French Toast. The pro of owning a Keurig is that everyone can have the flavor coffee or other hot beverage they want. For smaller get-togethers, Keurigs are great because they allow your guests to choose what drink they want. And if you don’t like a flavor, you can toss the cup rather than worrying about sending an entire pot down the drain.
6. Con: Weak
You have to be careful of what K-cups you choose because some are much weaker than you may like. Of course it’s a personal preference, but if you like rich, dark roasts like me then make sure to find K-cups labeled as “bold.” It may take some trial and error to figure out what kind you like and what blend is strong or weak enough for you, depending on your preference.
7. My Thoughts
After hearing everyone’s reviews and even researching online about it, I ended up buying a Keurig. I have had mine for over a year and a half now and have been happy. Again, it did take me a while to figure out a flavor I like but I’m adventurous so I didn’t mind. I find Keurigs efficient, useful and definitely worth having.
These are some of the pros and cons of owning a Keurig from my experience and those of my friends. If you want to read more reviews, I suggest checking out online sources before rushing out to buy one. If you own a Keurig, what are some pros and cons that you see?