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Keurig Kold drink maker review. Is it worth the price? Have you even heard of it?

KEURIG Kold drink maker.  Is it worth the price?  Have you even heard of it?

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As you know I am a coffee maniac, and a Keurig Hot owner as well.  As soon as I heard that Keurig was making a cold drink maker, the Keurig Kold, I just had to have it.  I mean the Keurig Hot has given me such joy, right?  Of course I NEEDED a Kold to complete this companies strangle hold on my beverage consumption.

Then the day arrives, and my $369.00 (plus tax and shipping), white, bundle of joy arrives in a box the size of an apartment mini fridge. (Disclosure:  my Keurig Kold was a gift) To say I was shocked is an understatement.  I was expecting a machine the size of my Keurig coffee maker…..  Nope, this bad girl is HUGE.  Luckily I work out, as she was pretty heavy also.

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After unboxing, and reading the “get started” instructions I decided to wait for MSP (Mr. Sexy Pants, aka my husband for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook) to get home and help me out.  This was not just a plug in and go sort of machine.  It needed to be primed, filled with water, and settle in for a 2 hour “get Kold” period before you can use it.  It’s just like a little refrigerator.  The motor, or whatever is making the water cold, is kinda loud also.  To be fair there was a fast start step that involved using ice, but as my machine didn’t come with any Kold pods, I wasn’t going to be able to use it anyways.

So, now I needed pods.  They aren’t sold in stores here…..  In Dallas/Ft. Worth they are, but not in San Antonio.  Boo.  Off I go to the Keurig website and order there (you get a BOGO coupon with your new machine).  They have soda (Coca Cola products- Dr Pepper, Sprite, Coke, Coke Zero), sports drinks, seltzer waters, margarita mixes, as well as mojitos and more.   At least there are plenty of options to get you started.  Yes it carbonates your cokes, no it doesn’t include booze.  You have to add your own booze to the mixers.

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The pods are double the size of regular pods.  They are also NOT recyclable (WHY do you insist on making me feel guilty Keurig!!!!????) See my previous post on my guilt over the Keurig Hot coffee pods, and how I switched to Intelligent Blends and their 100% recyclable k-cups.  Now I have to wait, and research, and obsess over someone else making Kold pods for this new machine….

Here are my pro’s and con’s

Pro’s

  • interesting conversation piece
  • cold drinks on demand for those of us who only want a coke once in a while, not a whole 2 liter bottle
  • great for parties, built in bartender, self serve mixed drinks in a variety of flavors
  • price for the machine and the pods have dropped almost in half since January when I received mine.

Con’s

  • price- ($369), although I just price checked Amazon yesterday and you can get them now for $203 (jerks, 4 months later the price drops)
  • size- huge, needs considerable counter space
  • energy usage- must be plugged in 24/7.  Runs constantly.  If you unplug you go back to the 2 hour “get Kold” period again before use
  • pods are not available everywhere.  Unless you live in a market that has them you will have to order them online and wait
  • Expense for pods- while the prices have recently dropped you will still pay, on average, $.75 to $1.50 per pod.  They come in 4 packs and range from $5.99 for mixers to $2.99 for sodas, waters, teas, and sports drinks

Bottom line is that I LIKE, not LOVE my Keurig Kold and would not have one if I did not receive it as a gift.  You may feel different if you own a Kold, let me know what you think.

Muah,

Jeanie

 

 

 

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My life will never be the same. Thanks Amazon


I have to admit that technology mocks me at every turn.  My dear friend Lisa Pietsch is fond of reminding me of this each time a device, app, or other electronic something is giving me fits.

But, every once in a while I run across something that makes me squee, and is so user friendly that I can get through it with no “help me” phone calls to Lisa.  Enter the amazing Amazon Prime Now app.  Yes, you can get it on your desktop, but I default to my phone.

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Exclusively for Amazon Prime members, this delivery service offers 25,000+ items including household items, groceries, meals from your favorite restaurants, gifts and more…. Oh my.

If you are NOT an Amazon Prime member, here is a link to learn what it is, what you get, and how much it costs.  I pay $99 + tax one time per year (around $107 or $8.92 per month) for my Prime membership.  Free 2 day shipping on Amazon, Prime Music (my go to for all things music), Prime movies (just like Netflix), my Prime Now, and so much more….

IMG_1897  Screenshot of my phone showing what the app looks like.

This morning I had about 30 things that I needed from the grocery store, but just getting over a post-vacation cold I didn’t feel like leaving the house.  Then I remembered my Prime Now app.

I took my list that I had put together and started searching each item out, and adding it to my cart.  Five minutes later I reviewed my cart, hit check out, and selected my delivery time for today.  Since Prime Now is attached to your Amazon account, they automatically bill your payment card on file, so it’s really just once click processing.  Now delivery is free unless you want it in under an hour.  I chose 2-4 hours from time of checking out and it was FREE.  Add in a tip for the beautiful, amazing, life saving delivery person, and bam, I’m done.

  Welcome screen to start your search

    Checkout screen showing list of all items purchased.

Once the order is placed I get a tracking screen that tells me they are putting my order together, and when they are headed to me I will get another update showing the progress of the delivery vehicle.  Talk about convenient. All I need to do is put some pants on LOL!

IMG_1895  Tracking screen with status (being prepared, out for delivery…)

Is that the doorbell???  Yay!  It’s here…. 1:04pm!  Right in the middle of my 12noon-2pm window.

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Don’t forget you get $10 off of your first order!

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Also note, you can change the default 10% tip amount when you order, but they will not accept cash tips at the door.

Happy Sunday Lovies!  Let me know if you have any questions.

Muah, Jeanie