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The is a device that's made for ease of use. There's very little you need to do in order to get the to start making coffee: insert water, insert coffee grounds, and hit a button. The device also has a fairly sleek design, but we doubt anyone is going to be overly impressed with shiny plastic. Overall, it's a well-built device for its price range, with an aesthetic that will fit in well in just about every kitchen.

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The doesn't have an external water reservoir on its sides.

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You can see the lid for the internal water reservoir on top of the device.

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The feature's Keurig's patented brewing chamber design. The small recess will fit one K-cup. Just watch out when you're filling the machine: there's a needle at the bottom to pierce through the K-cup.

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The control panel only has one real control on it: the power button. There aren't any other controls, like a choice of different mug sizes or the ability to fine-tune the strength of the brew.

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You'll find the water reservoir on the back side of the machine.

The 's reservoir is only big enough for the single cup it can brew: about 7.6 ounces (225ml). This means you'll need to refill the reservoir with each cup and you have to wait for it to heat up each time.

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In the box you'll find a sleeve of six K-cups of various flavors. While it isn't strange to find K-cups in your compatible coffee brewer's box, some coffee brewers don't come with any pods included.

While pod coffee systems are fairly quick and convenient, most won't be able to provide a strong cup of coffee. We measured the 's total dissolved solids at 0.70, which is a bit weak, but not totally out of left field for a Keurig machine. Interestingly enough, this is a stronger cup of coffee than the higher-end Keurig B60 Special Edition brewer.

If you don't need to brew back-to-back cups of coffee and you view caffeinated beverages in a strictly pragmatic way, the will likely meet your needs. We don't predict, however, this machine will put the local barista out of business. More on how we test the brewing process.

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It took 2 minutes and 2 seconds for the to brew a cup of coffee. While the warm-up time was fairly quick, it took the machine quite a long time to actually dispense the full cup of coffee.

The only has one recommended fill line, which pours just shy of a standard 8 fl. oz. cup of coffee. The main downside of pod coffee brewers is you don't have a lot of room for customizing your coffee size. Some K-cup machines have multiple settings to accommodate a few different sizes of cup or mug, but that isn't the case with the

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Typically K-cup brewers require you to perform each step in order or else the machine will get confused. The isn't quite so strict, and will brew coffee as long as the water and grounds are in place.

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The first step is to turn the machine on. The Brew button should light up orange.

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Once its on, you'll have to fill the water reservoir up to the indicated line and make sure to close the lid. Unlike other Keurigs, this one has a single-cup reservoir: you'll have to refill it after dispensing each cup.

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Once you've got the water in, you should put your K-cup into the brewing chamber. Note that you can't open this up properly if the reservoir hatch is open.

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Once you close the brewing chamber, the machine will start to prepare your coffee. The lights on the control panel will start to fade in and out to indicate if it's heating or brewing the coffee. You'll want to make sure your cup is in place under the dispensing nozzle as soon as you close the brewing chamber, since you have about a minute before the machine starts dispensing coffee.

The is a pretty easy to clean device, but there are some hard areas. The drip tray is removable, easy to hand wash, and dishwasher safe. The water reservoir, however, isn't removable, and Mr. Coffee recommends you descale the device every three months.

The is a relatively inexpensive way to get a quick cup of coffee at home. The focuses more on making multiple cups of coffee, faster, with more size options available. If you need the additional bandwidth, such as in an office, the is definitely the better pick. If you don't mind having to refill the water tank every cup, or waiting a bit for the brew to boil, the will suit your needs at a lower price.

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The is a lot less expensive than the , but it underperforms across the board. While the is slower than some Keurig machines, the takes almost twice as long to brew a significantly weaker cup. If you're looking for a bargain, the will provide the baseline pod coffee experience. If you want a strong cup, you should check out the .

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The is best seen as a brewer for someone who might want a cup of coffee in the morning before work. If you need multiple cups brewed back-to-back, this brewer will seem very slow. If you're looking for a strong cup of coffee, you'll have to look elsewhere. If you want an entry-level pod brewer because of the reduced hassle, cleanup, and overall wait compared to a traditional drip coffee maker, the might be a good pick at $89.

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Mark Brezinski

Mark Brezinski

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Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with seven years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.

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Mark Brezinski

Mark Brezinski

Senior Writer

@markbrezinski

Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with seven years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.

See all of Mark Brezinski's reviews

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