We stand firm in our opinion: Unless there’s a striking reason you need a slightly slimmer or a larger water carafe, we think the classic Keurig machine with simple operating buttons is the way to go. It’s great for couples, small families, or even roommates.
Keurig K55/K-Classic K-Cup Pod Coffee Machine
Pro: Quick and easy to use, no large pots or filters to clean
Con: Doesn’t make full pots, produces a lot of waste
A removable 48-ounce carafe means you won’t be changing your water every 5 seconds (actually, it takes about 6 cups before you have to), and three brew size options allow you to customize the strength of your coffee. Plus, the removable drip-tray makes it easy to put a larger travel mug under the spout.
Though K-Cups are extremely convenient, we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you know that there are plenty of inexpensive reusable pods that you can fill with ground coffee to reduce plastic waste (and cut down on costs).