If you’ve already done a little bit of research into coffee makers, then you’ve most likely heard of the names Keurig and Ninja.
They both make fantastic coffee makers that don’t disappoint, but which brand comes out on top? Ninja vs Keurig, that is the heavy weight fight that’s taking place today.
By the end of this article, you’ll know the key differences that separate these two coffee makers and hopefully know which one you should go for.
We’ve also looked at a few individual coffee makers from each to give you our thoughts on some of the best they produce. These are:
A Quick Introduction To The Manufacturers
Firstly, a little bit of a summary about the two brands.
You have most probably heard of Keurig before. They’re a big name in at-home coffee makers, and pioneered the most convenient way to brew coffee to date, by K-Cup.
They have over 50 models in their catalog, all of which are simple and efficient to use, and brew coffee in a rapid time. The standard models come with removable components for an easy clean up, they use coffee pods, brew super fast and have an auto-off function.
Although they’re easy to use, they don’t offer a wide range of options when it comes to what kind of coffee you want to brew. Plus you’re stuck with using Keurig’s K Cups and can’t explore other options.
Even so, they’re the peoples favourite for many reasons and we’ll go through them further down.
The coffee makers Ninja produce are different to Keurig’s in many ways. For example, they often let you brew many different types of coffee for whatever tickles your fancy each morning.
They haven’t been on the market for as long as Keurig, but have grown a loyal following. I imagine this is down to the versatility, quality and the fact you can choose any brand of ground coffee you want to brew.
All these options and different choices of coffee come with the added complexity of how to use the machine. It may take a little longer to figure out, but is it worth it in the end?
What Are The Main Differences?
There are some important questions to ask yourself when considering which one is best for you. Your answers might just decide which coffee maker you should go for.
Coffee Capsules, Yay Or Nay?
Both coffee makers have single serve capabilities, but what they use to brew is completely different. Keurig opt for their very own K-Cups, Ninja use ground coffee.
So what exactly is the difference here? Well, firstly if you’re using a Keurig and go for their 2.0 range, you’ll be limited to using only Keurig branded K-Cups. This seriously limits your options of coffee to brew.
However, due to the environmental concerns of K-Cups, there are now reusable K Cup options that allow you to use ground coffee. Therefore, opening up the range of coffee beans you can brew.
The Ninja doesn’t use any type of coffee capsules. You load the coffee basket up with ground coffee, letting you choose any type of coffee bean you want.
Personally, I think this is the way to go. When considering the quality of your coffee, the money you’ll save from not buying K Cups (as they’re more expensive), and your environmental footprint.
However, if you’re after quick and convenient, then the Keurig is probably going to satisfy your needs more.
Do You Want To Brew Carafes?
Knowing how much coffee you want to brew is a key question you should know the answer too. You really don’t want to buy a coffee maker to realise it doesn’t make as much coffee as you were hoping it would.
The majority of Keurig’s brew single serve coffee. They’re the kings of single servings. If brewing an entire carafe isn’t a priority for you, then a Keurig is probably the way to go.
If you often only drink a cup of coffee at a time, but want the option to brew a carafe for when family or friends come over, then a Ninja is going to let you do that.
They offer coffee makers that let you brew up to 12 cups at a time, but also have the option to brew a couple of cups, if that’s all you need.
What You Should Consider When Buying A Coffee Maker
As well as looking at the difference between the two brands, there are other things you should consider when buying a coffee maker.
A Built In Milk Frother
I like drinking black coffee as much as the next guy, but every now and then a latte is what I fancy. It’s annoying to drive out to a cafe for a latte or a cappuccino, but if you want one that’s what you have to do, right?
Not if your coffee maker comes with a built-in milk frother. These are so handy to have in your home, and deliver almost perfect frothed milk for those espresso based milk drinks.
We’ve found a coffee maker with milk frothers from both, Keurig and Ninja, to give you two options if this is what you want.
Even though it might be a bit more expensive up front, the money you’ll save from not buying lattes when you’re out and about will probably make up for it.
How Big Is The Coffee Maker?
It’s something that might not have crossed your mind, but ensuring you have enough space to put your coffee maker in when it comes is important.
They’re not the lightest things in the world, so not something you want to be dragging out from a cupboard and back everytime you want to use it.
We’ve included the dimensions of each product so it’s easy for you to measure out. But make sure you do it before ordering.
Keurig vs Ninja – Our Top Coffee Maker Reviews
We’ve picked our favourite coffee makers from each brand to help you figure out which one is a winner.
- Single serve
- Built in milk frother for lattes and cappuccinos
- Huge 60oz water reservoir
- Auto shut-off feature
- Smart start function
- 17.3 x 14.2 x 14.4 inches
- 1 year warranty
This is one of my favourite Keurig coffee makers. The fact you have the opportunity to make espresso based milk drinks is a fantastic selling point. Not only can you enjoy lattes from home, but you’re also going to be saving money on the drinks you’re not buying from Starbucks.
The quality of the build is strong and doesn’t feel cheap and plasticy. The coffee this machine produces won’t disappoint either. It doesn’t produce a barista-style espresso through pressure, but it’s still high quality.
Like all Keurigs, it’s not difficult to use at all. Even frothing the milk is a piece of cake. You have to fill the compartment up with milk, select hot or cold, and voila – you have frothed milk faster than you can say ‘frothed milk’. Well not quite, but it’s impressively quick for the lack of effort required.
For people that like Americano’s and milky coffee drinks, the Keurig K Cafe is up there with one of the best. The only downside I can see is the fact you can only use K-Cups, however if this doesn’t bother you then it’s a winner.
You can check out our full article on the Keurig K Cafe, for a more comprehensive review.
- Specifically built for tea and coffee drinkers
- Brew loose leaf tea or ground coffee, or tea bags and coffee pods
- Single serve or carafe size brewing options
- Built in milk frother
- 11.8 x 10 x 15 inches
- 1 year warranty
If you have a household that likes to drink as much tea as they do coffee, this everything maker is going to suit you perfectly. It comes with 2 seperate brew baskets, one for tea and one for coffee, and a milk frother like the Keurig K Cafe.
The fact you can brew in six different sizes makes it perfect for the times your family or friends come over. When it’s just you, a single serving does fine, but it’s nice to have the option to brew a full carafe for when you’re hosting.
Dual coffee makers are versatile machines, but the Ninja goes one step further by offering cold and hot brews. Perfect for those hot summer days where you can sip on iced tea to keep you cool, or a hot coffee on a winters morning to warm you up.
- Single serve
- 3 brew size options (6, 8, and 10oz)
- Simple to use
- Removable water reservoir
- 13.3 x 10.1 x 13.2 inches
- 1 year warranty
The Keurig K Classic has the perfect name, because it is a classic when it comes to at-home coffee makers. It’s a good looking, stylish machine that’s simple to use and offers a couple of different brewing options.
If you’re someone that only drinks a cup at a time and doesn’t need to brew carafes, the K-Classic does just that.
It comes with an auto-off feature for those of us that are a little forgetful. No more worrying on the way to work about whether you’ve switched off your coffee maker.
With cleaning being a vital part of making sure you get consistent high quality coffee, you’ll be glad to know there is a descaling solution. Descaling only needs doing once every 3 months maximum, so with minimal maintenance you can enjoy coffee without the worry of cleaning.
Having a removable water reservoir also makes cleaning and refilling simple. Plus, it’s got a large capacity at 48oz, letting you brew 5 or 6 cups before having to refill.
- 12 cup carafe capacity
- 24 hour programmable
- Removable 60oz water reservoir
- Warming plate with adjustable settings
- Gold tone permanent coffee filter
- 14.6 x 9.9 x 8.7 inches
- 1 year warranty
This brewer comes with an endless amount of features that are both practical, and make using the coffee maker even more fun.
For example the programmable function lets you choose what time you want your coffee brewing, up to 24 hours in advance. You can have it brew a hot and fresh carafe of coffee for when you walk downstairs on a morning. If there’s one thing that’s going to get you out of bed, its the smell of coffee brewing.
You don’t have to brew a full carafe every time too. There are ‘small batch’ options, which lets you brew 1 to 4 cups at a time. Plus, the warming plate will keep your coffee hot for up to four hours. Sometimes you can get a burnt tinge to your coffee from a warming plate, but with a precise temperature control, the Ninja avoids this.
Keurigs and Ninjas are both great coffee makers, and no matter which one you go for you’re going to get a quality cuppa.
It just depends on what you’re specifically wanting from your coffee maker as to which one is best for you. The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed Maker is an incredibly versatile machine that will produce pretty much any hot or cold beverage you’re after.
However, if you’re specifically after a single serve brewer, then who else to turn to other than the king of single serve coffee makers, Keurig. The Keurig K Classic is ideal for just that, and produces great coffee at the touch of a button.
Still haven’t decided? You can check out the best dual coffee makers on the market at the moment. Or if you’re looking for a coffee maker that will both grind, and brew your coffee, check out our reviews for the best grind and brew coffee makers.
Let us know which one you went for in the comments!