I've been a Keurig fan for many years. But after my last Keurig brewer had failed outside of warranty, I had sworn off of the Keurig products and decided to go back to a basic 4 cup drip coffee maker.
And that lasted for a few months, but I was frustrated with that arrangement. The coffee grounds, the filters, pouring water and spilling it, then dumping the grounds, etc. all were just frustrating trying to make a simple travel cup of coffee before work, after I get home from work, etc.
I saw this on the deal of the day and decided to give it another try. And I'm so glad I did. This brewer is so much improved over previous designs, I cannot stress that enough. While this is a basic (no clock, no auto off, etc) I find it meets my needs just fine. The touch screen lets you turn it on and off without worrying about a physical switch breaking. Also, there is a selector for "STRONG" and different size cups too. And you can skip putting in a K-Cup and simply dispense hot water.
The footprint of this is improved as the water tank is curved and wraps around the back of the brewer - it is still a bit larger than a 4 cup drip machine, but not so big that it takes up too much counter space. The pump isn't so loud as the last brewer I had, and while brewing it has a more solid sound too.
The other nice thing in the new design is the ability to remove the pod holder and be able to wash it. The old design would find many grounds in the dead space between the cup holder and the frame of the machine. No more grounds to vacuum out. And no dripping after the fact.
The new bright turquoise color is also very nice, and I'm glad to see such a change. It has a black and white touch screen, and that is more than suitable for doing what it does.
This machine accepts all the difference cartridges they offer, like the larger carafe sized pods.
Included you'll find a 4 K-Cup sampler, a bottle of descale solution, and also a water filter for the tank with 2 cartridges for that to filter the water before it enters the machine. There is some other cleaning product but I don't know what that is for yet, I haven't read the book to know. But it is a small kit, not just a brewer.
If you think you need a more feature rich model they do have them in this new 2.0 version. However, I've found the features I thought I needed, I am doing absolutely fine without. I turn it on, take the dog out, come back and it is warmed up just fine. It really takes no time at all to heat and brew.
A trick I've learned, is that I use a bold roast k-cup, use the dark setting, and 6 oz. Then I open and close the lid, and repeat. I get a nice travel cup size of coffee with a single pod and the flavor remains bold (I like dark/bold coffee). I also found with my travel cup, I just have to remove the drip tray as you would for any large carafe or travel cup, and let it brew, the place it back after I'm done making my coffee.
The k-cup brewers are the ultimate in convenience and limit waste of ground coffee, paper filters, and all that....clean up is non-existent, no dripping grounds from a filter holder and no more trying to clean the little coffee pot.
Would I recommend this new style brewer? A whole-hearted YES. I hope it holds up as well as it looks and has performed so far. It has a much different feel to it from previous designs.