Keurig has added a similar cold drink product to their portfolio of famous automatic coffee makers. They are breaking into cold beverage making, calling their new Keurig® KOLD™ “the coolest thing to happen to cold drinks”. When I was contacted and asked to review the new Keurig® KOLD™ drink maker, I was intrigued because I didn’t know Keurig had ventured into this new arena. Not being a soda drinker myself, I was happy to see that there were so many varieties of drinks available like Canada Dry Ginger Ale and iced tea. Let’s see what this new drink maker is all about…
After unboxing the unit and all the components, the first thing that must be done is to plug the unit in and allow it to chill for 2 hours (mine took 2 hours and 30 minutes). This is simply an initial chilling and doesn’t have to be done each time. There is a fan that is noisy during this operation, but the instructions assured me it will be quieter during normal operation and it was, but there were other noises. I chose to put it in another room while it went through its chilling phase so I could get on with what I was doing in peace. The lit gauge on the front tells you if it’s still chilling by flashing. The gauge counts up until the unit is ready to prime and when the gauge becomes solid and the button turns purple, it’s ready to go!
Priming consists of filling the reservoir with room temperature or cooler water and the ‘prime & care’ pod. A glass is placed on the drip tray and the cycle is started. 8 ounces of water is dispensed into the glass, the water and pod are disposed of and it’s now time to make drinks.
The first drink I chose to make was a Coca-Cola because my good friend is an expert on the soda and I wanted to get her take on it. While waiting for her to come over, I commenced with the drink making. The drink pods are just like the coffee maker K-Cups, but you have to remove a seal first. After a few grunts and hisses, the drink is dispensed. My fizzy, bubbling glass of Coca-Cola received a hearty thumbs up from my friend, so much so, she asked me to make a second! My drink maker came with Riedel branded Coca-Cola glasses which are very nice, however, they did not fit in the dispenser the way the glasses that come with the unit did. I had to remove the silver drain part of the drip tray to use these special glasses, but this was no inconvenience.
In conclusion: Very easy to use with no assembly needed, just simply attach the drip tray. The drinks were cold, fizzy and tasted good as well as authentic. I found the unit itself a bit large and heavy (23.8 pounds according to my digital postal scale) and if you don’t have the counter space (like I do) to keep the unit out, storage may be an issue. I don’t have a kitchen cabinet large enough to store it, so it’s currently living in my closet. This drinkmaker would make the perfect gift for any soda drinker and in fact, I think it might just make it under the tree for my friend.