Keurig Mini Vs Mini Plus [9 Key Differences]

Keurig Mini Plus vs Keurig Mini K15When it comes to Keurig Coffee Makers, there is always competition. The newer Keurig Mini Plus brings a new take on a simplicity that the Mini does not have. However, the Mini leads in different regard. Let’s compare the Keurig Mini Vs Mini Plus to decide which one is better.

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8 Features which Keurig K Mini Plus is better

1 Interface

While they have the same features, the placement of these features are different. The Mini has a broader design while the Mini Plus takes on an elegant, cylinder form. Both machines contain the same buttons. However, they are placed in different positions. Owing to its broad design, the Mini has the luxury of having the brew button conveniently located on the front-facing end of the machine, while the Mini Plus is pushed toward being more innovative and has the brew button placed on the top surface of the machine.

The Mini Plus also features a larger brew button compared to the Keurig Mini, and we love how this sets them apart.

2 Design

The Mini and Mini Plus differ immensely in design. What takes us by surprise is that although the Mini appears to have an elegant and crisp, stainless steel design, it is made of plastic. On the other hand, the bulk of the Mini Plus is also made of plastic, but it does have components of stainless steel. A stainless-steel finish can be found on the top handle and at the bottom of the Mini Plus.

When it comes to design, the Keurig Mini Plus leads in simplicity while the Keurig Mini steers the ship in terms of elegance.

The Mini takes on more of a coffee maker look while the Mini Plus is somewhere in between looking like a flask and a precarious looking cylinder.

3 Water Reservoir

A key component in the coffee making process is a water reservoir. After all, what is coffee without water? A water reservoir is a convenient feature that allows us to store water, which can later be used to make coffee. However, the Mini and Mini Plus differ in this regard. The Mini Plus conveniently features a removable water reservoir while the Mini does not.

4 Pod Storage

We absolutely love the pod storage feature on the Mini Plus. This feature allows us to store up to 9 K-Cup pods in our coffee machine, which fits in the brewer and saves us lots of counter space. However, the Keurig Mini lacks in this regard as it does not have this feature.

We are not only taking up more space with the Mini itself, but we also have to make space for the pods on our counter top. Talk about taking up space.

5 Brew Size

We enjoy brewing our coffee to the perfect amount, which will fill up any cup size. The Mini Pro allows us extra brewing size choice. It brews for any cup size between 6-12 ounces while the Mini only brews for any cup size between 6-10 ounces.

Although the extra 2 ounces that the Mini Pro caters for may not seem like such a big deal, we appreciate our coffee so much so that an extra 2 ounces of brew will get our heart racing at just the right beat.

6 Size

They vary in size. While the Mini is 6.9 x 10.7 x 10.8 inches, the Mini Plus is 11.3 x 4.5 x 12.1 inches. Also, the Mini weighs 8.75 pounds while the Mini Plus is lighter and weighs 6.41 pounds.

7 Strong Brew

We love our coffee served strong, and the Mini Plus speaks to this pleasure. The Mini Plus has a convenient “strong” button. The strong button increases the strength and bold taste of our coffee. We like how this feature fits in with our daily lifestyle and comes in handy on those days when we need extra strength and a bold brew.

8 Travel Mug

The Mini Plus differs from the Mini in that it is travel mug friendly. We can use our travel mugs that are up to 7 inches tall with our Keurig Mini Plus coffee machine.

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 Feature which Keurig K Mini is better

1 Colors

The Mini makes up for its heavier weight by being available in 10 colors. From platinum to burnt orange, chili red, black plum, and true blue, it feels like we’re kids in a candy store. We love how versatile the colors are and that it caters for everyone.

Mini Plus tries to keep up with the Mini in terms of color variety, but its only available in 4 colors, unlike the Mini, which is available in 10.

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5 Key Similarities of Keurig Mini Vs Mini Plus

1 Brew Indicator

The Keurig Mini and the Mini Plus both have a brew indicator light. The light is located on the brew button, and when we set up the coffee maker by lifting and lowering the handle, the brew indicator light flashes to indicate that the brewer is ready. Albeit it a simple function, we like the fact that it guides us through the process of making a cup of coffee. Instead of racking our brains early in the morning, trying to figure out how a simple machine can complicate our lives so much, we are instead greeted by a helping hand. In this case, that helping hand happens to be flashing, blue indicator light.

Being the devoted helper that it is, the brew button on the Keurig Mini will flash red to indicate that the water is heating, while the Mini Plus will illuminate solid, after we press the brew button and again, just before the water is about to dispense.

2 Removable Drip Tray

We love that both the Mini and Mini Plus come with a removable drip tray. Having our morning cup of coffee is all fun and games until we’re staring at a dirty drip tray that is stuck to our coffee machine. We know it’s not the best sight, but that’s what we would face if the Keurig coffee makers weren’t as considerate. Thankfully, both coffee makers feature a removable drip tray, which adds extra convenience. We can easily remove the tray by clipping it out, and we can place it in the dishwasher for a quick clean or soak it in some soapy dishwashing liquid. The end result is a sparkling clean drip tray that serves its purpose and makes our life tenfold easier.

3 Automatic Turn Off Button

One of the best features that both machines have to offer is that it is carefully designed with an automatic turn off button. The machine automatically turns off the brewer exactly 90 seconds after each brew. This serves as a useful safety feature, which is perfect for those absent-minded mornings when we intend to make breakfast but instead, hit a button on the coffee machine and end up wasting a fresh brew. It’s also energy efficient as it uses less electricity and enhances conservation of natural resources.

4 Portable

Both the Mini and the Mini Plus have been designed with the “on the go” person in mind and caters perfectly for that type of person by being completely portable and personal Keurig. Both machines weigh under 9 pounds, which makes them extremely lightweight. We can take our Keurig coffee machine anywhere and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee that tastes just like home.

The Mini Plus, which takes on a sleeker shape than the Mini, can fit into any space. Whether it be at the office on the kitchen counter or even on our work desk, it’s suited for any place and occasion.

5 Cord Storage

Keeping to its simplistic and convenient design, both coffee machines come equipped with cord storage. Cord storage is arguably the most celebrated feature on all appliances and rightfully so, with coffee machines. The cord storage design makes it easy to transport our coffee maker from home to the office, and it also gives a more elegant look.

 

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Keurig Mini or Mini Plus : Which is better?

Both machines have similar features, which are part of any good coffee maker such as a brew indicator, removable drip tray, automatic turn off button, and cord storage.

However, if we compare the Keurig Mini Vs Mini Plus, the Mini Plus stands out for us. We love how compact, simplistic, and elegant it is and that it serves more functions compared to the Mini.

The thought that went into making the Mini Pro is really impressive. It caters for the perfect coffee lover, with its strong button option, dispensing a stronger brew. The Mini Pro also has a clever pod storage that stores up to 9 K-Cup pods. This is enough pods to last us a full week, plus, we save on counter space.

The removable water tank is every coffee lover’s dream, and the Mini Plus is also perfect for on the go days, with its travel mug compatibility. While the Mini also has impressive features, we prefer the more adaptable, simple, versatile, and well-rounded coffee maker, the Keurig Mini Plus.

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