As you begin your search for the perfect Keurig coffee maker, you may be overwhelmed by all the options that are available to you.
While it’s nice to know that there is a large selection of brewers to choose from, here’s something to remember: you may not be willing to pay the high price tag that goes along with a new machine.
This will turn your attention to finding and buying a used Keurig coffee maker.
Buying used isn’t the right choice for every consumer, but it’s something to consider if you’re on a budget (or simply looking to save some money).
Just the same as any other used kitchen appliance, you need to proceed with caution when making a purchase. You don’t want to get stuck with a used K Cup coffee maker that’s been beat up, treated poorly, and on its last legs.
What to Look for in a Used Keurig Brewer
Now that you’re interested in learning more, let’s turn to the five details that deserve your full and undivided attention:
- Simply put, you should get a better idea of how old the machine is. If the buyer can’t tell you or you don’t trust what they’re saying, all you have to do is search for the model number and serial number (you can find this on the bottom of the coffee maker). From there, a quick online search should help you narrow down the age range.
- Does the machine look as good as new? Are there coffee stains all over it? Is it missing parts? You understand that buying used isn’t the same as buying new, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for something that’s not up to your standards.
- This goes beyond the appearance. If possible, you should absolutely test out the brewer before making your final decision. If it works as intended, you can be confident in your purchase.
- With so many Keurig brewers on the market, you need to learn more about the model that you’re considering. Is it part of the Classic Series or Plus Series? Is it a “beginner” model or one that’s considered top of the line?
- If all the other details check out, the only thing left is to negotiate the best possible price. Here’s one bit of advice: you shouldn’t pay nearly as much for a used Keurig coffee maker as you would a new one. So, if a new model will set you back $129.99, don’t purchase used for $100. You can get a much better deal than that.
By shopping with these five details in mind, you’ll never feel intimidated or out of your league when making a purchase.
Used Keurig Prices
As noted above, it’s good practice to do two things:
- Negotiate the lowest possible price
- Know the cost of buying the same or similar new model
Used Keurig coffee maker prices are all over the board. There are many factors that impact the price, including:
- Seller’s preference
- Where you are buying
Our best advice is this: don’t hesitate to shop around (we offer some suggestions below on where to look).
We’ve come across online listings for high end models in the $50 range. We’ve also come across listings for base models closer to $100, which is way overpriced.
Here’s an example of a recent Craigslist post:
At $40, the price is reasonable. Even better is the fact that it appears to be in good condition from top to bottom. With the possibility of knocking a few dollars off the price, this is the type of deal you should be looking for.
Where to Shop
As you know, there are many places to turn when buying K Cups and new Keurig products. For example, you can shop online at Amazon or locally at stores such as Costco or Wal-Mart.
When it comes to buying used, you won’t find what you’re looking for at a local retail store. You need to think outside the box, which means turning your attention to these outlets:
- Estate sales
- Flea markets
- Garage sales
The benefit of shopping on Craigslist and eBay is the ability to compare a large number of products in a short period of time. Even better is the fact that you don’t have to worry about striking out (which is often the case with estate sales, flea markets, and garage sales).
Of course, there is a big benefit of shopping in person: you can examine the coffee maker on the spot and make an offer to buy. This often leads to a lower price, as sellers at these events are typically looking to move inventory.
Don’t hesitate to consider all five of these buying opportunities. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for the first time around, keeping an open mind will eventually lead you to the perfect purchase.
The Best Used Keurig Coffee Machines
Have you ever heard the saying “the best new cars make the best used cars?”
This is also the case with used Keurig coffee machines. If you’re going to buy a used brewer, you might as well shop for the models that have the best reputation regarding value, service, and features.
Over the years, we’ve come to find that every coffee drinker has his or her own way of doing things. For this reason, we won’t attempt to tell you which coffee maker to buy.
What we will do is list out some of our favorite models, giving you an idea of what to look for when your search begins:
- Keurig K15
- Keurig K55
- Keurig K-Select (hard to find used, but definitely a top choice)
- Keurig K250
- Keurig K475
- Keurig K575 (the most expensive Keurig brewer, so buying it used is never a bad idea)
If you come across any of these used models, you should take the time to learn more about its condition and price.
Keurig continues to launch new brewers, giving consumers the opportunity to find the perfect one for their kitchen or office.
If you come to the conclusion that a used Keurig coffee maker is right for you, this guide should put you on the path to making an informed purchase.
And of course, if you find a great deal, don’t hesitate to share it with us. We’d love to hear about your big score!