Amanda Moments
October 8, 2014

keurig box

When I received the email from Influenster that I qualified for a FREE Keurig 2.0, I was ecstatic. I think that I literally squealed and fist pumped. I love coffee, I love feeling fancy, I love free stuff. No problemo, right?

Well, for the most part, right. Don’t get me wrong. The shiny new Keurig model is sweet. But I do have some beef with it. Two issues, actually.

1) It is the first model to no longer allow reusable cups. Yeah, k-cups are nice, but I did use my old resuable cup from time to time. It was especially handy when I ran out of k-cups because I could scoop regular coffee grounds into it and still get my single-cup of joe brewed. Not to mention the environmental benefits of having less waste. Apparently Keurig said screw the environment, we need to sell more k-cups. Sigh.

2) It only allows Keurig-brand cups now. Put in an off-brand cup and you get an error message. Looks like Keurig is getting a little greedy and wants to shut down their k-cup competitors. Now, I’m not one to like the idea of a monopoly, and I can’t help but be a little miffed at their obvious world (OK fine, coffee world) domination efforts. (If you want to read more on this, I found this post particularly interesting.)

keurig error

That being said, the Keurig 2.0 has several new and totally awesome features. So let’s switch from negative to positive. Here’s what I love about it.

keurig 2.0

1) It’s got a touchscreen. Which makes me feel fancy and futuristic.

2) It’s programmable and has an auto clock. You can set it to brew a 4, 6, 8 or 10-ounce cup, and in regular or strong strength.

3) It brews an entire carafe. My box came with a carafe, and there is a setting so you can brew for a crowd! Each carafe holds 4 cups and special k-cups are now being sold for it. Particularly useful if you have company over…or if you intend to drink more than 4 cups in a sitting, which I haven’t personally done since college all-nighters.

4) It’s pretty. I really like the new, sleek design.

If you want to see my Keurig in action, here’s a video I posted on the ‘gram.


I received the Keurig 2.0 box complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster, but all opinions are my own.

Have you tried the new Keurig? Do you think it’s an issue it doesn’t allow reusable cups anymore?

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18 responses to “Voxbox: Keurig 2.0 Review (It’s not all good)”

  1. Nicole says:

    That is totally an issue that it doesn’t let you use other brands, or reusable k-cups. Some people can’t afford Keurig brand cups, but got the Keurig because they could afford the other brands to use in it. That’s so cool that you got it from Influenster! I haven’t received anything in a while, though I was told I qualified for my imPress manicure things…in early August and still nothing 😛

    • Oh geez Influenster. I’m convinced there is no rhyme or reason to who gets which VoxBoxes. I stopped doing reviews and bade work because I hadn’t gotten a box is so long, and gave up…and that’s when I got this. Makes no sense. But I’ll take it! And yeah, it’s really unfortunate that they’re not allowing off brands in it, for several reasons! No more bargain k-cup hauls from Amazon I guess! Greedy jerks.

  2. Jessy says:

    You lucky girl! That’s an awesome item to review! I have a Keurig from a couple of years ago, but when they came out with the carafe I wanted it! The Mr. ruled it out and said I’d be even more addicted to coffee with that than I already am! haha!

    • I know, it’s the best Voxbox ever, I think. What a value! Honestly though, the carafe only holds four cups, and isn’t very well insulated, so it cools quickly. You’re better off with your old model making fresh cups.

  3. Macy says:

    That is such a bummer they don’t let you use other brands anymore! The ones from Target were actually my favorite 🙁 guess I won’t be upgrading mine. BUT how cool that you got one for free!

    • Oh yeah, the Archer Farms ones? Those are good. But yeah, those won’t work in this new model. I hope enough people get upset about this and complain so in the next future models they stop trying to monopolize the k-cup market. At least they’ll still work in old models!

  4. First of all, it’s so cool you got one of these for free! It definitely seems pretty tech savvy, which is awesome- I have the mini and wish I could have it set to a timer! So annoying about the k-cups though– so do you have to buy them directly through keurig? I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a keurig brand at the store before, but I always just get the Starbucks k-cups so maybe I just haven’t seen them.

    • So cool! What an amazing voxbox for sure. No, it just has to be a box with the Keurig logo and a checkmark on it, which means it will work in any Keurig brewer. The Donut Shop and Nantucket Blend cups will work for it, but I did later discover Keurig also owns those brands. But like, the Target/Archer Farms brand, or some others, still won’t. Starbucks might be OK, I’m not sure.

  5. that is so fancy! as everyone else already said and you as well…boooo to not being able to use reusable cups OR other brands. get that coffee on all day long!

    • Yeah, I’m really disappointed in those two decisions. Sigh. But the machine is pretty sweet…so I spose I’ll hafta get over it. I’ll just hafta have two Keurigs now I guess to keep using the reusable cup. Wow, first world problems, huh?!

  6. How cool that you got one for free! Knowing now that they don’t allow non k-cups or reusable cups it’s a definite NO for me. We use the reusable cups every day – k-cups are too expensive for us. Thanks for the review

    • I know, I hate that they, in a way, ruined it. I mean, the machine is cool and all, but I don’t want to stand for the decisions they made to knock off non-Keurig kcups. I rotate between the two, but k-cups are slightly more affordable if you use that 20% coupon that comes in the mail from Bed Bath & Beyond.

  7. Cassie says:

    UGH! I think those two cons would be enough to make me stay away from purchasing one! Thanks for the honest review!!!

    • Me too — if I hadn’t gotten this for free, I wouldn’t have bought it. My old Keurig works just fine! And now we’ll have to keep it around so we can still use off-brand cups and the reusable cup.

  8. Hayley says:

    I don’t own a 2.0, but feel the same way that you do about it! I think it’s got a really cool design and I love that you can brew more than just one cup, but the fact that you can’t use the re-usable pods OR any generic brand k-cups is just crazy! I don’t know that I have ever purchased K-cups that don’t include that logo, but I don’t like not having the freedom to if I want! Silly Keurig!

  9. I was thinking about getting one but I don’t like that I have to use their brand of k-cups. Do the other models besides this one allow you to use other brands??

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