Many of us use coffee as a basic tool to start the day. The jolt we get from the caffeine really helps to get the wheels turning so that we can be awake and productive.
That said, we don’t always have time to wait on the coffee maker to brew multiple cups. Those of us in a rush often prefer the speed offered by machines like the Cuisinart Single Serve and Keurig coffee makers.
Both coffee makers are able to brew a single cup at a time in about a minute. That means that even on your busiest mornings, you’ll be able to get your energy boost on the go rather than having to wait.
Obviously, these two devices have quite a bit in common, so it can sometimes be difficult to tell one from the other. Cuisinart’s SS-5 and SS-10 for instance are very similar in function but the SS-5 is typically about 10-20% cheaper… and it’s far cheaper from the most modern of Keurig brewers like the Keurig K-Elite.
The Cuisinart machines do lack many of the perks that top of the line Keurig machines tout so the price differential is warranted… at least until you compare the “do-it-all” Cuisinart SS-15 to the Keurig K-545 so let me explain many of the most important differences between Cuisinart and Keurig single serve coffee makers so you can better decide on which one to buy.
Fans of K-Cup Pods Will Love Both!
Many coffee lovers enjoy the simplicity and ease that come with K-cups. They offer a quick and clean way to make a single cup of coffee without having to measure out coffee grounds or clean them out after use.
If you’re a big fan of K-cups, then you’ll love knowing that both the Cuisinart Single Serve Coffee Maker and the Keurig are able to use them. The only downside is that it may add to the amount of K-cups that wind up in a landfill.
However, there is a difference in the kinds of K-cups that each machine can use. Currently, the Cuisinart is able to use any kind of K-cup. That allows you the freedom of choice and the ability to save money.
On the other hand, the Keurig has made a change with their 2.0 models that causes them to only use approved K-cups designed to work with the machine. Therefore, if you purchase a 2.0 model like the Keurig K250 then your typical K-cup choice may get you an error message rather than a cup of coffee.
What About The Budget-Smart Option?
Between the two brands, you’ll also be likely to see a difference in pricing. The cost difference will vary depending on which model you choose, but you can typically expect Cuisinart to be more expensive.
That increased cost over the Keurig can be around $50, but there are a number of benefits that come with the cost. The first is the ability to use any K-cup, as mentioned earlier. Secondly, Cuisinart is well known for high-quality, durable appliances that many have come to love.
If you have many other Cuisinart appliances, then it can also be worthwhile to streamline your kitchen with the purchase of a matching coffee maker.
If you aren’t a fan of refilling your coffee maker too frequently, the Cuisinart may be the better choice. It offers an 80 ounce reservoir that you won’t see with a Keurig. This is also perfect if you will need to make larger amounts from time to time.
Coffee makers don’t tend to be extremely loud, but if you prefer something that runs much more quietly then the Cuisinart holds the advantage there as well. The ability to run quietly can be a benefit for those who don’t want to wake up other household members with the coffee maker in the morning.
If you don’t have an extreme concern for the intricacies of coffee taste, then either machine will surely be a great tool. However, if you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur then it’s good to know that the Cuisinart comes with a water filter to help keep the flavor pure and fresh.
For those who seek easier brewing for larger numbers, the Keurig may have a benefit that you don’t see with the Cuisinart. This is the ability to use K-carafe packs, which give you an easier time making anywhere from 2 to 4 cups.
Naturally, if you’re a big fan of the carafe packs or have frequent company then the Keurig might be the ideal option. Overall, if you’re looking to save money on a machine and are already a fan of the approved packs then it is a great choice.
For those on the go, a travel mug that is an ideal size for Keurig machines is a great accessory to have. That way you can easily take your coffee with you on the go.
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