Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker Review

The Keurig K-Elite coffee maker is a single-serve machine that Keurig introduced to replace the K575. They wanted to modernise the style but keep the solid build.

The Keurig K-Elite single serve coffee maker is a single-serve machine that Keurig introduced to replace the K575. They wanted to modernise the style but keep the solid build. A product that had little to go wrong and yet provided all the tools that a serious coffee drinker might need. And at a reasonable price.

They've kept the price down by not making it Keurig 2.0 and forgoing a touch screen. Was this a wise move? And does the K-Elite prove itself to be an adequate replacement for the K575?

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Keurig K-Elite coffee maker review

 

Table of Contents
Build QualityDesignEase of Use
Advanced FeaturesFeatures and SpecsAccessories
Pros and ConsConsumer RatingsSummary

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Keurig K-Elite Build Quality - Beyond The Hype

Keurig boast that this K-Elite coffee maker has (among other things) a "striking brushed finish and metal details". With a price nearer to $150 than $100 you would expect a better build quality than some of the cheaper Keurig models, and in fairness it seems Keurig do deliver on this.

Metal components instead of plastic means a more robust machine and few if any breakages. The lack of a touch screen is probably a good thing in this price range. They are all right if you are prepared to pay for them, but notorious for going wrong if they are not of top quality.

This coffee maker has sturdy buttons that are easily accessible, and a digital readout. It's programmable, so you can set it to switch on in the morning, saving you a minute or two, and saving on energy consumption. But it won't brew without manual input from you.

The K-Elite not being a 2.0, you can use any brand K-Cup you like, or brew your own ground coffee using the Universal My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately). A charcoal water filter is included but be careful not to throw it away with the packaging as it's not all that noticeable. All in all, Keurig have concentrated on producing a quality machine that doesn't promise anything it can't deliver.

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Is The Design Really An Improvement?

With the design, Keurig wanted something that would look at home with all the other stainless appliances in your kitchen. They've managed to keep the size compact and yet inclusive of a large 75-oz water reservoir. This is smaller than the 80-oz you get with the K575, but it does heat up more quickly. Like most modern Keurigs, it lives at the side of the machine. Keurig have made it opaque to fit in with the rest of the design, which means you can't easily see how much water is in it. But the light that comes on automatically when you power up helps offset this drawback.

The Strong and Hot Water buttons sit at the top of the control panel, above the iced option and the cup size selection buttons and below the digital clock and settings buttons. There are five cup sizes to choose from, between 4 and 12 oz. It's very easy to work, and when you lift the handle the pod holder comes out at a convenient angle to make it easy to insert or remove your pod.

Those Buttons

The Strong button is a necessity if you tend to use the larger size brews, as otherwise you may find yourself presented with weak coffee. The Hot Water button is next to it. Use it for a quick clean (see below) and if you regularly make instant oat meal, for example, or even hot tea (surely not!:). The Iced button is probably unnecessary, given that you have a Hot Water button that performs exactly the same function.

So it's difficult to say if the design is an improvement or not. There may be a little overall, but everyone will have their own opinion. One thing's for sure - it's unmistakably a Keurig, and that means a pleasing yet practical design.

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Ease of Use of the Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

The Keurig K-Elite is undoubtedly very easy to use. The controls are intuitive. You insert your pod, press the Strong button if you want extra strong, and press the cup size. If you just want hot water or are making iced coffee then you press the appropriate button and then the cup size. Close the lid and the machine brews your choice within around one minute - the optimal time for ensuring you get all the flavor from the pod.

Cleaning is equally easy, using the Hot Water button. The drip tray is removable for cleaning (or if you wish to fill a travel mug up to 7.2 inches high). Changing the filter and descaling should be done every couple of months, depending on usage. You can read elsewhere on this site how to clean a coffee maker.

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Advanced Features

Using the Settings button on the control panel, you can program this coffee maker to produce precisely the brews you like. The temperature control lets you set the brew temperature to between 187 and 192 degrees F. Most coffee lovers will prefer the higher end of that scale in order to extract the most flavor from the coffee.

There's also a high-altitude brew setting in case you live up in the mountains. This allows the K-Elite to function at up to 10,000 feet above sea level. If this applies to you then it would be advisable to set the brew temperature at a lower level to start with until you are familiar with how this particular setting works.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.5 x 11.1 inches
Water Reservoir Capacity: 75-oz.
Brew Sizes: 4-oz, 6-oz, 8-oz, 10-oz and 12-oz.
Additional Settings: Hot Water, Iced, Strong Brew.
Auto Warnings: Clean and Descale.
Item Weight: 6.6 pounds
Shipping Weight: 10.75 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
Item model number: K-Elite

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Sturdy and well built.
  • Programmable for temperature control, strength of brew and iced coffee.
  • Easy to use and clean.
  • Wide choice of brews, including your own grounds using the Universal My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter
  • Five cup/mug sizes to choose from.
  • Speed - brews in around 60 seconds.

Cons:

  • Auto shutoff can cause problems if not mastered properly.
  • Water reservoir smaller than on the K575, so more refills necessary.

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Consumer Ratings for the Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

The Keurig K-Elite is rated at an average of well over 4 stars from well over 950 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (March 2019). Well over 80 per cent of reviewers award four or five stars.

What users love best about this product is its solid build, the large water reservoir, the maximum brew size of 12-oz, and that you have a wide choice of brews to choose from when you use the Universal My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately).

A few reviewers have complained that the water reservoir isn't large enough for their needs, so you should check that 75-oz is going to be sufficient.

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Summary

The Keurig K-Elite coffee maker is ideal for domestic use where there are up to six or seven coffee drinkers. It has stylish looks that make it look at home in any modern kitchen. It can be programmed to produce your coffee in exactly the way you want it, and even has a high altitude setting.

The build is sturdy and it's available in six different colors. It's hard to think of anything that a seasoned coffee drinker might need that isn't provided by the K-Elite - and in style.

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Keurig K-Select Review

The Keurig K-Select Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, to give its full name, is a replacement model for the very successful Keurig K-250. That latter model was brought out some years ago to meet the demand for a single-serve coffeemaker with a smaller footprint.

The Keurig K-Select Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, to give its full name, is a replacement model for the very successful Keurig K-250. That latter model was brought out some years ago to meet the demand for a single-serve coffeemaker with a smaller footprint.

Very often such a move is fraught with danger in that many fans of the original product will make unfavorable comparisons with it when giving their views of the new coffee maker. Is that the case with the K-Select? Read the review below to find out.

 

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The Keurig K-Select
Keurig K-Select Review

Table of Contents
Strong Brew OptionValue for Money
Ease of UseHow Many Cups?
Auto Shut-OffCleaning
Features and SpecsAccessories
Pros and ConsConsumer Ratings
Summary

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The K-Select's Push-Button Strong Brew

I want to mention the K-Select's Strong Brew feature before anything else because it's so simple and yet so effective. A major drawback of so many coffee makers that are otherwise extremely versatile and simple to operate is that the brew they produce lacks strength. Keurig have taken note of this concern of so many coffee lovers and incorporated a simple solution.

So when you feel like a stronger brew (which, if you're anything like me, is most of the time) the "Strong" button is there for the pressing, right next to the 12-oz mug size selector button. Press it prior to selecting the size. This causes the machine to slow the rate that the water flows through the pod, causing more flavor to be captured.

Does this give you a great tasting mug of coffee, bold, strong and intense? It's hard to find anyone who says otherwise.

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What About Value For Money?

The Keurig K-Select is available in six colors. It comes in at around $99 to $130 at the time of writing (March 2019), depending on which color you select. This is a good price for a single-serve pod coffee maker that has extreme ease of use combined with versatility, reliability and speed. Does the K-Select have all of these? Let's see.

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Is The Keurig K-Select Easy To Use?

A glance at the top of this machine will give you the answer. This is not a digital machine, so there's no learning curve to speak of. Just buttons. You put your mug or cup or carafe in place, and your selected pod into the top of the machine, pressing the lid firmly down.

As mentioned above, if you want a strong brew then press the button for it. Then there are four size-of-brew buttons to choose from - 6-oz, 8-oz, 10-oz, and 12-oz. Just press the appropriate button. And that's about it. You'll have your brew ready in around 60-seconds.

If you want a different brew, such as hot chocolate or iced coffee, there's no problem. The scanner identifies the contents of the pod and brews accordingly. And if you have a tall travel mug (up to 7.4 inches tall) then you can remove the base plate to make room for it.

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How Many Cups Before You Need A Refill?

One thing about the Keurig K-Select that has bothered some users is the size of the water reservoir. Keurig claim that you can brew five cups before you need to refill, but some have questioned this, saying it's nearer to four. It depends, of course, on how large your mugs are and what size of brew you normally select. But the fact is that the reservoir can contain up to 52 oz of water, which should be enough to satisfy up to at least four people regularly using the machine. Even if you can't use all 52 oz before getting the refill signal (this is usual for coffee makers).

It's not as if refilling was difficult, though. Keurig have made it as easy as it can be. Lifting and replacing the reservoir is very easy, and you can use a jug to refill if you dislike removing it.

Some users say that the reservoir should be larger, but bear in mind that Keurig have made a quality machine at an affordable price and with the specific intent of catering for customers whose worktop space is at a premium. A larger reservoir would inevitably increase the footprint and make the machine inappropriate for many customers. If you need a larger reservoir you would be better off with the Keurig K475.

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The Auto Shut-Off Anomoly

If you've read some of the reviews of the K-Select then you'll probably have some concerns about how it often needs turning on before each brew. Some users have had trouble with this, including where their machine misbehaves on switch-on, for example by ejecting water prematurely.

All this is almost certainly down to a misunderstanding of the auto shut-off facility. This is set to "on" by default, and means the machine will automatically shut off after 2 hours of non-use. This is to save on power consumption where users forget to switch off for the day or before leaving their K-Select for a prolonged period of time.

But it is easy to disable this feature. The User Manual, near the foot of page 2, tells you exactly how to do this. If you haven't been supplied with a printed version with your K-Select then you can download a PDF version from the Amazon description page or from Keurig's web site.

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Is Cleaning It As Easy As Using It?

As with any coffee maker, it's important to keep the Keurig K-Select clean, but at the same time to be careful simply because complex electronic products and water have an uneasy relationship.

With the exterior, drip tray and reservoir this is easy. You can hand wash the latter two or put them in a dishwasher, and the exterior just needs an occasional wipe down with a clean cloth. Make sure you thoroughly rinse the reservoir of any soapy water for obvious reasons.

Some users have experienced problems with water spilling out onto the work surface or coffee grounds appearing in their mug. This is caused by clogging of the entrance and exit needles (through which the water pours through the pod and then into your mug or carafe) with sediment from previous brews. These items need cleaning at regular intervals by flushing through with a wash cycle.

Like other coffee makers, the K-Select needs descaling every 3 - 6 months, and the built-in Brewer Maintenance Reminder issues an alert when that time is due. Read more about how to clean a coffee maker by clicking this link.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.2 x 12.5 inches (DxWxH) (17 inches high with bale open)
Item Weight: 7.35 pounds
Shipping Weight: 10.35 pounds
Max mug height: 7.4 inches
Wattage: 1500 Watts
Ampage: 12.5 amps
Manufacturer: Keurig Green Mountain

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Speed - most brews completed within 60 seconds
  • Strong brew option for extra flavor
  • Choice of four sizes of brew
  • Incorporates Keurig's Quiet Brew Technology
  • Can be used in high altitudes
  • Compatible with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter
  • 52-oz removable side water reservoir

Cons:

  • Build quality inferior to more expensive machines
  • Can be noisy when using the Strong Brew feature

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Consumer Ratings

As at March 2019 the Keurig K-Select scores almost 4 stars from nearly 900 reviews on Amazon. Nearly three quarters of all reviewers award either four or five stars. It scores over 4 out of 5 from over 470 reviewers on Keurig's site.

Many reviewers love how easy this machine is to use and to clean. Others like the "Strong" option, and the great tasting coffee they can enjoy. The speed and the choice of brew size are also well received.

A high noise level and questionable build quality are mentioned by some reviewers, but most seem satisfied that the K-Select is quiet enough, bearing in mind that it is a coffee maker and not a steam iron, and are happy with the quality of the product.

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Summary

For no more than around $130 you're getting a high quality single-serve coffee maker that has a large number of satisfied users. It's ideal for homes where there are up to four coffee drinkers liable to need their coffee at the same time. It's even more ideal where strong coffee is popular.

As long as care is taken in regular maintenance and cleaning then there's no reason why the Keurig K-Select coffee maker shouldn't satisfy all your domestic coffee making needs for many years.

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Keurig B3000SE Review

"Our most advanced brewing system for large offices." That's how the Keurig B3000SE Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine is described by Keurig themselves.

A coffee brewing system that is used by dozens, possibly hundreds, of people throughout the day has to be advanced. They all want different brews, in different strengths, with different flavors and in different amounts. And they don't want to have to go through a complex procedure to get it, either.

So, against this considerable challenge, how does the Keurig B3000SE coffee maker measure up?

Note: The Keurig B3000SE has been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase it, but new Keurig B3000SEs are now rare. Used products are available, which is why this review has been left in place.

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Keurig B3000SE review

Table of Contents
Heavy Duty Office MachineCoup de Grace
Spoilt For ChoiceEasy As LCD
Cleaning It UpFeatures & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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A Heavy Duty Office Machine

Keurig's B3000SE is designed and built for constant heavy use. The kind of use that only a large, busy office can provide. And if you've ever worked in such a place you'll know that people don't want to wait for their refreshment. They want it at the touch of no more than a couple of buttons.

They want an intuitive interface so they don't have to think unduly. So they can seamlessly carry on talking with their colleagues about the latest office management techniques and other gossip.

But they also want their exact choice of brew to taste good, and not have overtones of the previous brew. And they certainly don't want any interruptions for refilling the reservoir or anything else that could spoil their day.

Can the Keurig B3000SE handle all of that? Let's see. It has an LCD display that is simple to use (more on that below), and it has speed. It uses regular K-Cups (not "my K-Cups" as it's a commercial machine), so there's no messing with actual grinds. The capsules are auto-ejected and every 35 to 40 brews the display alerts you to empty the bin. If you need more storage you can add a platform that takes another 70 empty capsules.

The Coup de Grace

You're also alerted if you forget to put your cup on the drip tray or a K-Cup pod in place. And if you want hot water only there's a separate dispenser for it. You can easily rinse the internal works clean of any vestige of the hot chocolate brewed by the previous user.

And, finally, the coup de grace. The B3000SE is plumbed in to the main water supply. This does away with a reservoir and all its attendant cleaning and constant refilling. This coffee brewer can happily go on supplying coffee in all measures and from all kinds of K-Cup all day. Non-stop and without complaint or even much attention at all.

That seems to have the "heavy duty" box ticked.

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Spoilt For Choice

Using the K-Cup capsules, the B3000SE can brew in sizes of 4-oz, 6-oz, 8-oz and 10-oz. The 4-oz is really for espressos or iced coffee. If you want a larger brew you can flip the drip tray and insert a mug of up to 20-oz.

As for blend and taste, you are restricted to K-Cups. However, in an office environment this matters less than at home. And you still enjoy a choice of K-Cups that extends to over 200 coffee and tea varieties. And a dozen or so of the top coffee and tea brands. If that's not enough, you can set the brewing temperature to between 187 and 192 degrees, according to your preference.

There's a separate hot water dispenser for when you need hot water for tea or some other beverage. You can get up to 10-oz at a time. It does make some noise when working, though only for a matter of seconds. Nothing that sounds out of place in a busy office.

There's one final level of choice. If you're the boss, paying for office refreshments out of your own pocket, you'll like this. You can connect the B3000SE to a vending machine so users have to pay for their drinks. This setup can take both US and Canadian currencies, and increases prices in 5-cent units.

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Keurig B3000SE - another view

Easy As LCD

An office machine like the Keurig B3000SE might be used by dozens of different people all the time. So it has to be simple to operate, and it is.

The four buttons below the LCD screen are used to select from the choices presented. The LCD readout is inter-active and intuitive, and key to the simplicity of operating the machine. Even the language can be selected on setup from English, French and Spanish.

Most users will just lift the brew handle, place their cup on the drip tray, put the K-Cup in place, close the handle, select their cup size and press the button.

It's not only for selecting your drink. The LCD display also provides diagnostic messages when something's wrong, such as if the capsule bin needs emptying. And, of course, if 60 seconds is a long time to you, you can check progress on the LCD screen.

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Cleaning Up The Keurig B3000SE

Ease of cleaning is important in an office environment. As we've seen, there's no reservoir to clean. The outside of the B3000SE just needs a wipe with a damp cloth once in a while. The internal works should be regularly cleaned by running a measure of hot water only, and discarding it.

You can remove the drip tray very easily for cleaning. The filter should be replaced at least every six months. Descaling should be carried out regularly, using 80-oz of descaling solution. Some users simply do a regular brew with vinegar and water and find that works perfectly well.

As for servicing, if you regularly purchase your K-Cups from a dealer then he will probably be happy to service your machine free of charge. Worth checking out.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 17.4"H x 18.0"D x 12.0"W
Item Weight: 37 pounds (35 lbs. empty)
Shipping Weight: 37.4 pounds
Water supply: Direct line, plumbed in (3/4 inch garden hose fitting)
Brew sizes: 4-oz, 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz
Electrical: 1400W, 120VAC
Plug type: 3-Wire Grounded
Manufacturer: Keurig
ASIN: B0081VRKDA
Item model number: K3000SE
Usage: Commercial use only
Power: 1,400 watts
Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz

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Keurig B3000SE - side view

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Speed - brews prepared in under a minute
  • Convenience - uses K-Cup® packs
  • Safety - mug and K-Cup® sensors
  • Energy Saving Mode
  • Auto on/off
  • Direct Water Line Plumbing

Cons:

  • No filter included (and you need one)
  • May require a plumber for installation
  • Instruction Manual unclear on some matters

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Consumer Ratings

Keurig is one of the leading coffee maker manufacturers and have been named the coffee maker "Brand of the Year" for all five years from 2012 to 2016 by the Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Study. You can read more about them in our review of the Keurig K45 here.

At the present time there are less than 40 reviews of the Keurig B3000SE coffee maker on Amazon. They give an average score in excess of 4 out of 5 stars, with over 70 per cent giving four or five stars.

Many reviewers love how it functions non-stop with hardly any attention required. That's largely down to having it plumbed in to the main water supply, and no reservoir to worry about.

The ease of use and lack of mess is also appreciated. The used capsules just fall into the bin by themselves at the end of the brew.

Some users complain that they don't seem to have all the parts they need to install it. That underlines the fact that you need a plumber to set up this coffee maker properly. The instructions also leave something to be desired, but if you employ a plumber then you won't need them.

All in all, most users of the Keurig B3000SE are very happy with their purchase.

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Summary

The Keurig B3000SE is a heavy duty coffee maker for use in a busy office or reception area. It's not for domestic use unless you want another device plumbed into your domestic water supply.

It is easy to use, and cuts out the mess often associated with K-Cup machines. You really do need a plumber to set it up, but once that's done then maintenance is very easy.

So if you need to keep your workforce happy and/or impress commercial visitors, the Keurig B3000SE coffee maker is an extremely good choice.

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Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System Review

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System, as the name implies, is a commercial coffee maker intended for use in an office environment. You can only purchase either direct from Keurig or from an authorized distributor such as Amazon.

Yet plainly many people opt to have this as their domestic coffee maker. There must be a reason, or maybe several reasons. Let's take a close look at the K145 and find out why, and if this confidence is justified.

Note: The K145 has now been discontinued, as of February 2019. You may still have cause to read about it, which is why this review has been left in place.


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Table of Contents
What You Get For Your MoneyWhy Some Heavy-Duty?
A Commercial Brewer At Home?Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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What You Get For Your Money

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO is a single serve machine, brewing one cup at a time. You have three sizes to choose from - 6, 8, and 10-oz. You make your selection by way of a chunky knob that sits on the top, rather than the traditional push-buttons.

It's designed to be switched on at the start of the working day and off at the end. If no-one switches it off then, as long as the auto-off feature has been activated, it switches itself off after two hours of non-use.

Being always on, it brews your cup of coffee in less than a minute. You can choose what you want from over 500 varieties of tea, hot cocoa, or an iced beverage. Anything that is covered by the K-Cup system, and that includes 75 well-known brands. And since this machine is not part of the Keurig 2.0 technology, you're not restricted to 2.0 pods.

You also have a 48-oz water reservoir with a removable lid, and that is itself easily removed. So re-filling, or just topping up, is easy. You can remove the drip tray when you want to fill a travel mug that otherwise would be too tall for the machine. And you can dispense hot water, eg for a cup of tea, by pressing the brew button without inserting a K-Cup.

Finally - and if you're new to Keurig coffee makers this will be very helpful - you get a bonus. A variety pack of 12 K-Cup pods.

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Why Are Some Of The Components Of The K145 Heavy Duty?

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO has a water tank that holds enough for four or five cups. Its typical use is meant to be in an office of up to 15 people. It is going to be in regular use throughout the day, day after day. So if there are any weaknesses they are going to show up quickly.

A common weakness of coffee makers is the pump. If this gives out, the machine has to be scrapped. For that reason, Keurig have given this machine a heavy-duty pump system. This is what their home models used to have before they introduced "Quiet Brew Technology".

The power cord is also heavy duty. This machine often operates in an environment where several other high-powered machines are powered on the same circuit. Possibly it's overkill, but better safe than sorry, especially where electricity is concerned.

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Keurig K145

If It's A Commercial Brewer, Why Do So Many People Use It At Home?

Good question. It may be helpful here to look at another very popular Keurig coffee maker - the Keurig K45. You can read our review of this machine by clicking here (opens in a new tab).

As you can see, the K45 is very similar to the K145. It has the same size of water reservoir, and the same auto-off feature (with the same 2-hour period). It has the same sizes of brew and is equally fast, brewing in 30 to 60-seconds when switched on. And the drip-tray makes way for a travel mug when you want.

But the Keurig K145 OfficePRO has more. And I'm not just talking about the heavy duty components and the chrome and silver trim. It has a brew/drain switch at the rear, and a drain button which expels all the water from the inner tank. You don't even have to move the machine. Very useful if you want to pack up for removal or storage.

Heavy duty, though, is often the clincher. The K45 has a quieter pump that lacks the strength and toughness of that in the K145. With the prices being not that dissimilar, it's no wonder that many coffee lovers have opted for the K145. The price of a tougher, longer-lasting pump may be a little more noise, but it's a price many people feel is worth paying.

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Features and Specifications of the Keurig K145 OfficePRO:

Package Dimensions: 16.7 x 15 x 12.6 inches
Item Weight: 14.9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 14.9 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
ASIN: B00I9IML3O
Item model number: K145
Warranty: 1-year

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Removing the Water Tank

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Always ready to brew plus brews in 60-seconds or less
  • Choose from 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz cup sizes
  • Auto-off feature
  • 48-oz water reservoir (removable)
  • Heavy duty pump system lasts longer than most home machines

Cons:

  • Not compatible with My K-Cup
  • Can be noisy if on a hard surface (see below for a remedy)

There aren't any decent videos available on YouTube at the present time that give any more information on the Keurig K145 OfficePRO. I'll check periodically and when I find one I'll upload it here.

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Easy Control Panel

Consumer Ratings

Most popular among reviewers of the Keurig K145 OfficePRO is the huge choice of brands and flavors of K-Cups available. If you use filtered water then cleaning is, for the most part, very easy. A warning light shows when you should clean with a de-scaler. It helps to clean a coffee maker with vinegar every six months or so, as well.

There's much to be said for a coffee maker that brews your coffee in a minute, with little preparation required. And that can brew a variety of different drinks without the taste of the previous brew migrating into your own.

Some users have commented that if you use the 10-oz cup size the coffee is weaker. The answer seems to be to use a dark roast, which will give you a fuller flavor.

Others don't like the level of noise produced by the pump (though most users have no problem with this). I've covered this earlier, but here's a tip. If you find the noise tiresome, place your machine on a folded towel or half inch thick sheet of foam. That should reduce the sound level by more than half.

The K145 enjoys an average rating on Amazon of well over 4 at the present time, from over 870 reviewers. Nearly four fifths give 4 or 5 stars.

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Lifting the handle

Summary

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO is a heavy duty coffee maker that is fast and easy to use. It's built to be strong enough to cater for a small office of fifteen or so people. Its pump, the Achilles Heel of many coffee makers, is of industrial strength.

The quality and variety of brews it can produce is undeniable. It's backed by a one-year warranty and Keurig's well-known customer care.

It is probably advisable to purchase, if not from Keurig direct, from an authorized distributor (such as Amazon). This is to ensure you get everything you're paying for.

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Keurig K250 Coffee Maker Review

This Keurig K250 coffee maker, part of Keurig's 2.0 Technology, was their response to consumer requests for a smaller footprint.

Keurig wanted to produce a powerful yet affordable appliance with a large water tank. It also had to have a wide range of options as to size and type of brew. And, of course, the legendary technological superiority and push-button friendliness of all Keurig 2.0 coffee makers.

Note: The Keurig K250 has now been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase it, but new K250s are now rare. Used K250s are available, which is why this review has been left in place. The K250 has been replaced by the Keurig K-Select Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker. If you would like, then please click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker.

Have they managed to put all this plus the desired smaller footprint into the K250?

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Keurig K250
Keurig K250

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Table of Contents
What You GetDo K-Cup Pods Restrict Choice?
Versatility of Size & TasteCleaning Up
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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What Do You Get For Your Money?

Quite a lot actually. The Keurig K250 is essentially the same as the K200, but with a cleaning kit included. It also has with it 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle with two filters.

I'll cover the touch screen control panel in a moment, but I want to mention the settings. These are intuitive, and the process of making your selections is very easy. And there's even a high-altitude setting, in case you're living up in the mountains.

The 40-oz water tank wraps neatly around the rear of the machine and is easily removed for replenishing. The unique design of it enables you to keep the K250 in places that you couldn't put anything else. The result is a sleek-looking device, slim and pleasing to the eye. Especially when combined with some of the eight colors to choose from, including Turquoise and Imperial Red. Oh, and there's enough space in the tank for four or more cups before having to refill.

The length of the power cord, at 18 inches, is a trifle excessive, and it doesn't retract either. Something to consider if you have limited space on your kitchen counter.

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Don't K-Cup Pods Restrict Your Choice?

This concern came to the fore again when Keurig introduced smart pods in their 2.0 series. The compatible pods are read by the machine so as to produce exactly the right kind of brewing process for the strength and flavor of the grounds inside.

I won't say this concern is groundless, but the fact is that the Keurig 2.0 K250 System is compatible with over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup pods. Most of us will find such a choice not only adequate, but positively overwhelming.

It also takes Keurig's recyclable K-Cup pods and its 2.0 My K-Cup refillable accessory (which you have to purchase separately). So you can use your own grounds if you can't find any K-Cup pods you like. Unfortunately you're restricted to cups here. There's no reusable filter available for carafes.

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Keurig K250 - looking good in Imperial Red

Versatility of Size and Taste

Framed by the familiar Keurig handle, the digital display is a touch screen that displays all the options available. It's not color, and it's only two inches square, but it gives you all the information and control you need.

The Keurig K250 accepts four different K-Cup pod sizes, from 4 to 10-oz. If you've also bought a carafe for the K250 then you have a further choice of three K-Carafe pod sizes. The Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe fits into the K250 very neatly. Just remove the drip tray and you'll find the knob below the spout connects to the back of the machine.

There's a further option. In the past Keurig have faced some criticism on account of the difficulty in producing a strong cup of coffee. That particular issue has now been laid to rest with the help of the Strength Control setting. This is in the bottom left of the opening screen and works with any K-Cup or K-Carafe brew size. It slows the whole brew process a little to extract more flavor.

Once you've scrolled up and down and made your selections, you simply press the big Keurig button below the touch screen to start the brew process. This takes no more than a minute to 90 seconds. Your chosen brew, of the correct strength and amount, is then dispensed direct into your cup or carafe.

Tea and Iced Coffee

Any time you prefer a cup of tea you can simply dispense hot water only. Just select the brew size, and open and close the distinctive brewer handle, ensuring there's no pod inserted.

You can also make iced coffee. Just fill a 12- or 14-oz cup with ice chunks and choose the 6- or 8-oz cup size. Best to avoid glass containers here, of course.

And you can remove the drip tray to accommodate a travel mug of up to seven inches in height.

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Cleaning Up

I nearly always have a separate section on this as it's so important. If you neglect to clean your coffee maker you're opening yourself to the risk of faults developing in your machine. Not to mention a deterioration in the taste of your brews.

Most of the mess will be in the filter which you will discard. If you're using a reusable filter then rinse this through regularly. The drip tray unclips easily for cleaning, and the rest of the machine just needs an occasional wipe down.

You should replace the water filter every two months, or after around 60 tank refills. If you find your K250 is beginning to smell then wash the offending parts with warm water and a small amount of white vinegar. This will have the machine looking and smelling like new again.

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Features and Specifications of the Keurig K250:

Product Dimensions: 15 x 9 x 13.7 inches
Item Weight: 7.5 pounds
Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
ASIN: B018UQ5BJK
Item model number: 119272

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Keurig K250 boxed

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Wide choice of brews with Strength Control setting
  • 4 sizes of cup and 3 sizes of carafe
  • Slim design yet with a large water tank
  • Brews in around a minute
  • Intuitive touch screen control panel

Cons:

  • No on/off switch or auto-off
  • Reusable filter and carafe have to be purchased separately

Here is a useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K200 (essentially the same as the K250 but without the cleaning kit) being unpacked and tried out for the first time -

Consumer Ratings

It's very seldom that I review a product that has fewer than 4 stars as its average score on Amazon. This product is no exception, with a score exceeding that amount from over 570 reviews at the time of writing.

The more in-depth reviews praise the quietness of the machine and the speed at which it works. Most reviewers also love how they can brew any amount from 4-oz all the way up to 30-oz. And the way it reminds you to change the water filter is popular too.

Some criticisms have included how there's no on/off switch and no auto-off. You can actually switch the machine off by pressing the big Keurig button (though this isn't made very clear). Some users consider it essential to use the permanent filter, but this has to be bought separately.

Overall, satisfaction with the Keurig K250 is high, and nearly three quarters of reviewers give it four or five stars.

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Summary

If you live alone or with one other person, with limited kitchen space, and have occasional visitors, then this coffee maker is ideal. It's true that you're limited to K-Cup pods, but, even so, you have an extensive choice of brews. And you can use your own grounds if you have the My K-Cup refillable accessory.

The Keurig K250 is one of the top Keurig coffee makers and we can recommend this product to you with great confidence.

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Keurig K475 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Much of what I could say about the Keurig K475 I've already said about its big brother, the Keurig K575. (Click here to see my review of the K575). They both use Keurig 2.0 technology, so they "read" the lid of each K-Cup or K-Carafe pod so as to optimize the brew. They both have color touch screen control panels and large water reservoirs, though those on the K475 are smaller.

But are the similarities outweighed by the differences? And which is the more reliable? Read on to find out:

Keurig K475
The Keurig K475

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What You GetSpeed & Energy Conservation
Comparisons With K575Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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What You Get With Your Keurig K475

The coffee maker comes with six K-Cup pods and a water filter handle, together with two filters. You'd think that a carafe would also be included, as this machine is designed to take carafes as well as cups. Perhaps that would push the price up too high for Keurig's liking.

Keurig emphasize the versatility of this coffee maker, and it's difficult to fault them on that point. You have five brew sizes for cups (4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-oz), and three for mugs (12, 14 and 16-oz). And for the carafe that you have to buy separately, you have 22, 26 and 30-oz.

There have been criticisms of Keurig coffee makers in the past for producing brews that aren't strong enough. The Strength Control Setting is designed to overcome that. It allows you to opt for a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.

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Speed and Energy Conservation

Like the K575, it's fast. A brew takes no more than a minute from start to finish. And it's programmable, so you can make it turn on and off at pre-set times, to conserve energy.

One criticism Keurig hope to lay to rest with this model is that their brews are sometimes not hot enough. The K475 gives you five temperature settings to choose from. Experiment until you have found the size and settings that suit your palate.

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The Keurig K475 from above

Comparisons With The Keurig K575

The essential differences between the K475 and the K575 are:

  • the touch screen on the K475 is 2.4-inches, compared to 2.8-inches on the K575
  • the water reservoir on the K475 is 70-oz, compared to 80-oz on the K575
  • there's no 18-oz brew size for mugs on the K475 compared to the K575.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
  • Water reservoir: 70-oz (enough for about 8 cups)
  • Touch screen: 2.4-inches
  • Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Keurig
  • Color choice: Black, Sandy Pearl, or Vintage Red
  • ASIN: B018UQ5RC6
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: 119297

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
  • Touch screen control panel makes programming easy
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Five temperature settings
  • Energy Saver mode
  • Strength control setting

Cons:

  • You have to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time to get rid of the factory smell
  • Make sure you purchase from Amazon or some other reputable seller to ensure you don't get a reject

Here's a useful YouTube Video of a new K475 being cleaned and used for the first time -

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K475 scores an average of nearly 4 stars from over 1,300 reviews on Amazon at the time or writing (February 2019). Nearly two-thirds of reviewers give it four or five stars.

As you'd expect with a technological product like this, there are a few dissatisfied reviewers. However, most complaints are comparatively minor. These include excessive noise while brewing, and having to purchase the carafe and reusable filters separately (fair comment).

Most reviewers love the great tasting coffee this machine produces and the fact that you can use your own grinds, thanks to the reusable filter.

A noticeable thread here is the importance of reading and acting on the advice in the instruction manual. This includes cleaning the machine before using it for the first time, and regularly after that.

If you have trouble brewing from the older K-Cup pods or from non-Keurig pods, re-inserting usually works.

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Summary

The K475 is basically an economy version of the K575. It costs around $30 less (depending on where you purchase it). The touch screen and water reservoir are a little smaller and you have one less size option for your K-Mug pods.

However, performance, speed, convenience and the taste of your coffee (or other beverage) seems to be just as good. The Keurig K475 is a quality coffee maker and you can purchase it with confidence.

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Keurig K575 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

One thing immediately catches your eye about the Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker. It's the impressive 2.8 inch Extra Large color touch screen. It promises ease, versatility and sheer style as the "ultimate" coffeemaker in the Keurig range.

Note: This product has now been replaced by the K-Elite, but is still available online as a new item, which is why this review has been left in place. A review of the K-Elite can be found here.

But wait a minute. This touch screen may boast its own wallpaper and special lighting effects. But does it help this coffeemaker justify its price tag of just about sub-$200 and produce the goods? Especially when you can get the Keurig K475, which has nearly as big a water reservoir and only a slightly smaller screen, for around $30 less. Let's see.

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Table of Contents
The "Ultimate"Setting Up
Versatility and CapacityFeatures and Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

The Keurig K575 - Keurig's "Ultimate" Coffeemaker

Touch screens are spreading. They've been around for a while on our phones and tablets. Now they're on our coffee makers too. And no doubt they'll be on nearly everything very soon. Just like digital readouts when they first appeared in the late 1970s.

The touch screen on the K575 is the control panel - replacing old fashioned buttons and giving you the latest state of play at the same time. By default, it displays a digital clock. But when you're using this piece of advanced technology it gives you all the other information you need as well. And in style.

It's kind of hypnotic. You'll want to go through the set-up process all over again just to enjoy the lights. Then you'll want to re-program the on-off times for your new machine. Ah - if only communicating with ordinary, dull fellow humans was as exciting!

But it's time, I'm afraid, to get down and dirty, and see whether this futuristic, almost intimidating, machine can let you produce, with ease, a great tasting cup of coffee (or tea, or cocoa).

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 view from above

Setting Up Was Never More Exciting

That's because the touch screen gives you such a feeling of power. You even have a choice of language - English, French or Spanish. Then - what's this? An altitude setting! Useful if you're living at an altitude of 5,000 feet. Next is the water filter reminder - talk about set and forget.

Talking about setting and forgetting, don't forget to set the water reservoir light/night light color. Equally important - the wallpaper to give a pleasing background to your LCD screen. Oh, and while you're at it, you may as well set the Energy Saver Mode On/Off times and water temperature settings.

What else is there? Oh, of course. Better set the clock so it displays the right time. Phew! I think that's about it.

Only one other thing to remember when setting up, and it doesn't concern the touch screen (unfortunately). And that's to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time. Make it two things. Read the manual as well.

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Versatility and Capacity

At 80-oz, the water reservoir on the Keurig K575 is the largest in the Keurig range. You can brew ten or more cups before needing to refill. That's convenient if you hate the mundane tasks associated with making great coffee and hot drinks. Like refilling the reservoir. You can remove it for refilling or cleaning, and the lid can be removed or just opened a little.

But perhaps more impressive is the sheer choice you have. Not only do you have the range of coffee, tea, cocoa and specialty beverages from 75 different brands. You can also use the Keurig Plus Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (available separately) when you prefer brewing from your own coffee grounds.

More choice coming up. You can choose from a cup, with brew sizes of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12-oz. You can have a mug with a brew size of 12, 14, 16 or 18 oz. Or if you really want to push the boat out you can have a carafe of 22, 26 or a massive 30-oz. It's a pity Keurig don't include the carafe in the package, but then that would probably push the price up above $200.

So much for size. What about strength of brew? Back to the touch screen again (any excuse!).You have a Strength Control setting that lets you brew a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.

As for the temperature of your drink, you have no less than five settings, plus a Hot Water On Demand button (choose the brew size for the amount required). That's for if you simply want to make your own drink for a change. But then, who'd want to, when you have a machine like this to do it for you?

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 - with carafe

Features and Specifications:

    • Color: Platinum
    • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
    • Water reservoir: 80-oz
    • Touch screen: 2.8-inches
    • Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 14.9 pounds
    • Manufacturer: Keurig
    • ASIN: B018UQ5VEK
    • Origin: China
    • Item model number: K575

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
  • Extra large touch screen control panel makes programming easy
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Five temperature settings
  • Energy Saver mode
  • Strength control setting

Cons:

  • You have to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time to get rid of the factory smell
  • Make sure you purchase from Amazon or some other reputable seller to ensure you don't get a reject

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The Keurig K575 - without cup or carafe

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K575 being put through its paces -

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker has almost 2,300 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing (February 2019). It has an average score of around 4 stars. Almost two-thirds of reviewers give 4 or 5 stars.

Reviewers particularly like the ease of use and wide range of brew sizes, flavors, and temperatures to choose from. The bold coffee option scores highly, as you would expect. Also popular is the ease of operation and (needless to say) that intuitive touch screen. The new-style reusable K-Cups are a hit.

Some reviewers complain that the K575 doesn't accept non-Keurig branded K-Cup pods. However, here's a secret. Search YouTube for "using the K575 with non-Keurig k-cups" (or similar search term) to find how to get round this.

One important lesson from some reviewers is this. Make sure you purchase either from Amazon itself or from an independent seller with a high feedback score. Some unfortunate buyers have been supplied with an obviously used machine that is sub-standard and not even packaged properly.

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The Keurig K575 in action

Summary

The Keurig K575 is for you if you want

  • an upmarket coffeemaker for a reasonable price
  • total control over your brew
  • an incredible choice of brews
  • total control over the amount of time the machine remains on
  • a large capacity water reservoir
  • speed (even straight after the machine "wakes up")
  • a large choice of colors for the lighting display in your kitchen, day and night
  • a state of the art touch screen display!

You know (or can find out) how to use non-Keurig branded K-Cups with it, so increasing your choice of brew exponentially. And most agree the coffee tastes great. We have no hesitation in recommending the Keurig K575.

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Keurig K55 Single Serve Review

The Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable Coffee Maker (now known as the K-Classic Coffee Maker) is the replacement model for the Keurig K40, K45 and K65 (all of which are still available but we don't know for how long), and is now the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Single Serve Brewers. It's available in black, or rhubarb red, for just under $90. Or you can choose patriot blue or white for just under $119. (All prices correct at the time of writing - February 2019).

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Keurig-K55

What the designers were striving for was simple. A coffeemaker suitable for use in small households and offices or reception areas where use is not excessive. It also had to be versatile, yet convenient and easy to use. And at a price that was affordable for nearly everyone.

That's quite a ticket, so let's see if Keurig have managed to score on all of these points.

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Keurig K55 - Buy Now

Table of Contents
VersatilityConvenience & Ease
Cleaning the K55Running Costs
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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The Keurig K55 - Versatility in Quantity and Quality

The K55 may be a single-brew coffeemaker for those on a budget. But that doesn't mean it has to be a "one size fits all" kind of product - and it isn't.

You can choose from three brew sizes - 6-, 8- and 10-oz - according to the strength of brew you require. All you do is press the appropriate button on the control panel at the top of the machine. And you can select which brew you want from the whole range of K-Cup pods - coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more. It's compatible with all of them, and also with the Keurig Classic Series My K-Cup reusable coffee filter (sold separately). So you can, if you prefer, brew from your own fresh coffee beans.

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Keurig-K55 Control Panel - on an incline for ease of viewing

What About Convenience and Ease of Use?

It takes only a few minutes to unpack and set up your Keurig K55, and you'll find a Use and Care Guide with easy instructions included, though you probably won't need these.

There are just five buttons and five bright and distinctive LED lights on the control panel. One light warns you when you need to add water to the reservoir, and another when the machine needs descaling. Then you have the obligatory Power On light and the Auto Off light, and a light to tell you when it's heating the water.

Three of the buttons relate to the size of brew you want. A further button is the Power On button and the remaining one is the Auto-off. This sets the machine to switch itself off if it hasn't been used for two hours.

The control panel itself is set at an angle, sloping downwards so you can view it comfortably without having to lean over the machine.

The reservoir is large, at 48-oz. That's enough water to make around six cups of coffee (or three generous sized mugs) on average. But don't be surprised if the refill light may come on once the level is down to about an inch. It's easy to remove, too, though some users just remove the cover and pour in the water from a bottle.

The drip tray is not only easy to remove for cleaning (see below) but also large enough to contain all but the largest spills. So if you accidentally select a 10-oz drink after placing a 6-oz cup in the tray then you're covered. Well, Keurig are known for their attention to detail!

If you're worried about brewing different drinks in succession because of possible flavor cross-over then don't. This coffeemaker has been tested in many situations where incompatible drinks, such as coffee and apple cider, are brewed in quick succession. There's never been any cross-contamination of the second drink with the first.

So high marks for convenience and ease of use.

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The Keurig K55 certainly is hot

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Cleaning the Keurig K55

Cleaning the K55 is very easy. The drip tray is easily removed for cleaning (or when you want to insert a really large mug) and is the obvious item that needs a regular clean. Depending on usage, you'll only need to give it a quick wash in mildly soapy water once a week. For the outside, just use a damp paper towel to give the machine a quick wipe.

The head of the unit should be kept clean to avoid problems in pouring drinks. There is a de-scaling facility, again very important, and Keurig have a video available containing excellent instructions on how to use this.

Keurig evidently take great pride in this model K55 coffeemaker, and their legendary customer support is there if you have problems using it.

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Running Costs

The K55 is an economy coffeemaker but that doesn't mean you can get the results that it's capable of delivering without spending a little cash each month.

Though it can be used with a My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, enabling you to use your own (cheaper) grounds, this machine works best with K-Cup pods. However, these needn't be too expensive, and once you find the flavors that you like best then buying them in bulk at a discount shouldn't be difficult. Check on Amazon for the best prices.

You get two charcoal filters included with your purchase, but bear in mind these have a lifespan of around 2 months or 60 full tanks of water.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions 9.8 x 13.3 x 13 inches
  • Item Weight 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight 14.3 pounds
  • Manufacturer Keurig
  • ASIN B018UQ5AMS
  • Origin USA
  • Item model number K55

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easy to set up, use and clean
  • Quick brews (30 sec - 1 minute)
  • Select from 6-, 8- and 10-oz
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Auto shut-off facility
  • De-scaling facility to remove calcium deposits

Cons:

  • Can be noisy when taking water from the reservoir
  • Doesn't always work well with reusable filters
  • Not for heavy use

Consumer Ratings

At the time of writing the Keurig K55 has a staggering 8,770 plus reviews on Amazon and a score that averages almost 4 stars. Over seven in every ten of all reviewers have left a 4- or 5-star score. Overall satisfaction is extremely high.

Most reviewers love how fast it brews (30-60 seconds a brew) and how easy it is to assemble, use and clean. The large water reservoir is popular (but remember that when you're down to the last inch then it's time to re-fill). And if your coffeemaker is intended for really heavy use then a model with an even larger reservoir, such as the Keurig K75 Platinum with its 72-oz reservoir, or the Keurig K575 with its even larger 80-oz reservoir, would be better.

Some users have experienced a problem with the water not pouring as it should. This has usually been down to the head of the unit not being cleaned properly. When someone from Keurig has walked them through the process then this problem has disappeared.

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Reviewers like the Keurig K55

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Summary

Many users have bought this model on account of the low price, and its ability to brew from fresh ground beans rather than the expensive K-Cup pods, thanks to the reusable filter. Generally speaking, the K55 undoubtedly works better when using the K-Cup pods, and this may be the root cause of a few negative reviews.

The Keurig K55 is ideal if you're looking for a single-brew coffeemaker that allows you to switch between K-Cup pods and your own freshly ground coffee, and in an environment where different people want different brews without the taste of one migrating into another.

We can confidently recommend this coffeemaker.

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Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System Review

Keurig are arguably the market leaders in the manufacture of high quality coffee makers to suit all requirements and pockets, and over the years they have built up a loyal following for each of their products. Their Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System is no exception.
What Keurig have done with this product is to produce a single serve coffee maker that utilizes the convenience of K-Cups, gives an option of two server sizes, brews extremely fast at up to six cups at a time, and retails for less than $135 (at the time of writing) on Amazon.

Keurig K40

Table of Contents
Suitable For 1-6 PeoplePower and Speed
Variety and FlavorEasy To Use?
Features & SpecsPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

That's quite a tall order for something as reasonably priced as this. Keurig themselves claim that this is "the most affordably priced Keurig kitchen brewing system". Let's see if the K40 delivers what Keurig claims it does.

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Suitable For One To Six People

Earlier versions of the Keurig K40 restricted you to just one cup size, but now you can choose either 7.25 ounces or 9.25 ounces. Averaged out, that means you can brew around six cups at a time from the 48 ounce water reservoir.

Power and Speed

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You get a surprisingly powerful motor with this model. 1500 watts makes possible the exceptionally short time required - 15 seconds - to reheat the water between brews. You can serve hot drinks to your guests without keeping them waiting for minutes on end while the coffee is prepared.

Variety and Flavor

If you love K-Cups then this machine is for you. With 70 varieties of hot drinks to choose from few people will fail to find their favorite brew. But if you want, you can use Starbuck pods instead, or even your own coffee and filters.

K-Cups, though, are what this product was really made for. Their popularity shows no sign of abating, probably on account of their ease and convenience. If you're concerned about the cost or environmental consequences of using them you have the option of using a re-usable K-Cup filter. Just remove the K-Cup holder first and you'll find it just fits in nicely.

The K40 can make you tea or hot cocoa if you prefer. You can even have iced beverages. Just fill your cup or glass with ice cubes and brew as you do normally.

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But Is It Easy To Use?

Once you've primed it before using it for the first time, then the K40 is very easy to use.

If you stick to K-Cups then you'll know that they are simplicity itself. You just put them in the holder and close the lid. No filters to worry about. The water reservoir is removable (as is the drip tray) for cleaning and re-filling with water.

If you ever forget to switch it off, the auto shut-off will do it for you after 2 hours. The descale indicator will tell you when descaling is required. This is a big plus, as descaling is an important part of the overall maintenance and cleaning process.

Features and Specifications of the Keurig K40:

  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 12.2 x 14.2 inches ; 13.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Motor: 1500 watt
  • Type: single serve
  • Reservoir: 48 oz removable
  • Drip tray: removable
  • Brew sizes: 7.25 and 9.25 oz
  • Method: K-Cups or reusable K-Cup
  • Auto shut-off: 2 hours
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Speed of brew (less than one minute)
  • Choose from K-Cups, Starbuck pods, reusable K-Cup filter or your own coffee and filters
  • Two sizes of cup to choose from
  • Powerful 1500 watt motor
  • Auto shut-off

Cons:

  • You may need extra-bold K-Cups for fuller flavor
  • K-Cups aren't cheap

Here's a good video showing exactly what's in the box when you purchase a new Keurig K40:

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K40 has over 1,550 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, which give an average rating of well over 4 out of 5 stars. Hundreds of users have given it the full five stars.

Most people love its great looks as well as the taste of the coffee. The wide choice of flavors and drinks, and the ease of use are also popular.

Some reviewers have complained of a weak taste, but others say a darker roast is the answer to that, and, of course, taste is a very individual thing. Others have had problems with the water pump after extended usage, which is usually down to a blockage. It can be cleared by removing the water reservoir and cleaning it.

These comments underline how important it is to properly clean and maintain any coffee maker at regular intervals. It is, after all, a precision instrument that has to deal with coffee grounds and almost boiling hot water on a daily basis. No wonder that if it isn't looked after properly then any coffee maker will malfunction.

The K40 comes through as one of the more reliable coffee makers.

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Summary

The Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System is ideal for domestic use where from one to six people use it, perhaps with occasional guests popping in as well. It can brew you a wide variety of hot and cold drinks with as little as 15 seconds between each cup, and is very easy to clean and maintain. With the Keurig name on it, this is a coffee maker you can purchase with confidence.


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Milk Frothers – Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System vs Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker

The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother are both popular milk frothers. Find out now which is best for you.

First off, lets have the Features and Specifications:

Note: Sadly, both these products have now been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase either of them, though probably only as second user, which is why this review has been left in place.

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System

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Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System - Click image for more details

  • Consistently froths any type of fresh milk to make
    hot or cold espresso based beverages
  • Brews authentic espresso in under a minute using
    freshly sealed packs
  • At the touch of a button simplicity
  • Three frothing modes: Cappuccino, Latte, and Cold Froth
  • Two Espresso sizes – short (1.4oz.) or lungo (2.8oz.)
  • Dishwasher safe parts for easy cleanup
  • UL Listed: Household use only
  • Power: 1,000 Watts
  • Dimensions: 11 3/8"H x 10 3/4"W x 11 3/8"D
  • Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
  • Weight: 17 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 22 pounds
  • Single Cup Brewer Model Series: Rivo™
Table of Contents
Real Milk FrothMulti-Frothing Modes
Ensuring It's Hot EnoughFreedom of Choice
Pros and Cons of eachConsumer Ratings
Summary

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Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

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Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker - Click image for more details

  • Easy insertion and ejection of capsules
  • Holds 10 used capsules
  • Removable 34-ounce water tank
  • For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • Integrated aeroccino milk frother
  • Rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and Iced Cappuccino
  • Compact brewing unit technology
  • Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
  • 19 Bar high pressure pump
  • Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
  • Automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo)
  • Pivoting cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 9.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds

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Both the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother are in the mid to high price bracket for milk frothers; (the Keurig is currently discounted on Amazon to less than $125) and both products promise a wide choice of great tasting brews, and ease of use and cleaning, among other things.

Both manufacturers are well placed to bring their specialist expertise to bear on high quality coffee - Nespresso is well known for its own coffee products and Keurig for its partnership with Lavazza coffee, which is highly regarded among coffee connoisseurs.

So if these coffee makers are in your price range, which would be the best choice?

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Milk Frothers Make Real Milk Froth

There are cheaper coffee makers than these that can produce delicious coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and even iced coffee in many cases, but when you pay more, as with these two products, then the world of real frothed milk, free from the constraints of K-Cups, opens up before you. This is where you can produce brews that are as good as, or even better than, your local coffee shop.

Both of these machines excel at producing great tasting brews embellished with milk froths that can be easily varied according to your own taste. They take any kind of fresh milk, including soy and almond, and can produce either hot or cold beverages in as little as one minute.

Multi-Frothing Modes

The Keurig Rivo (Italian for 'revolutionary') offers three frothing modes - Cappuccino and Latte (as you'd expect from the name) and cold froth, while the Nespresso also gives us Macchiato (which you can actually get with the Keurig as well). So there's plenty of choice with both models.

Most users of the Keurig agree that their milk frothers are superb, but there is sometimes difficulty in getting the amount of froth right. You have to experiment with different levels and remember that if you want more froth then you have to allow more space for it in the cup.

What about the temperature of the milk? This has been a point of contention with some users of both milk frothers. The Nespresso delivers the milk at a temperature of 150 degrees, which many users like as it's "immediately drinkable". Others, though, think it ought to be hotter and that it makes for a cooling effect on the brew itself.

Ensuring Your Coffee is Hot Enough

The trouble is that if the milk is heated up too much there is a risk of it becoming scalded and that would spoil the taste of your brew.

Of course, you can heat your coffee in the microwave for a few seconds as soon as it's been poured out, but this risks overheating the milk - something your coffee maker has avoided. Heating your cup before it's filled with your brew is probably better. Just put some water in it, put it in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds, and empty the water before replacing it in your coffee machine. After all, coffee houses make sure their cups are warm before the coffee is poured in. Why expect comparable results from cold cups?

Do these two coffee makers measure up to the likes of Mr Coffee and Starbucks in terms of taste? If you're a seasoned coffee taster then you may be able to tell the difference, but to most of us, it would be extremely difficult. And the good thing about these machines is that they are both very consistent in producing great coffee.

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Freedom of Choice - Or Nearly

If you are going to want to change your supplier of coffee pods from time to time then neither of these coffee makers will suit you. But then is it such a disadvantage to be restricted to one supplier?

Well, many of us would be wary about being forced to pay higher than market prices for our coffee capsules from a supplier with a monopoly on our machine, and this issue has been raised in the reviews of both milk frothers.

The Keurig Rivo only accepts pods from Lavazza and the Nespresso, as you'd expect, only takes its own make. But neither company seems to be extortionate. If you're planning to buy the Keurig, then you'll be getting a "starter pack" of 12 pods in four varieties, so you can decide which you prefer before buying whole packets.

Also, make sure you join their club so you can purchase your pods at very favorable prices online, and watch out for promotions when you can bag yourself a bargain. Order well in advance, though, as shipping is slow.

With the Nespresso D121, at around 60 cents a capsule it will be more expensive than using your own grinds but cheaper than Starbucks. And you'll still have a wide choice. There are sixteen varieties in a range of strengths and flavors, including three decafs. You can purchase on Nespresso's web site, which is much cheaper than at the drugstore, or shop for refillable pods (that don't melt in the machine) on eBay.

And it's worth remembering that, though tied to a single supplier of pods, you'll be drinking coffee that is of a consistently good taste.

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Keurig Rivo Pros and Cons

Pros: 3 frothing modes and 2 espresso sizes; simple to use; great tasting brews and milk froths.

Cons: For hotter brews you may need to heat your mug first.

Nespresso D-121 Pros and Cons

Pros: Huge 34-ounce water reservoir; holds 10 used capsules; fast; programmable; auto power off; great tasting brews and milk froths.

Cons: Milk frother doesn't heat milk enough for some. As with the Keurig, you may need to heat your mugs first.

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Customer Ratings

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System

This product scores an average of a little less than 4 stars from over 850 reviewers on Amazon at the time of writing, and over 55 per cent of them give a full 5 stars.

What people love most about the Keurig Rivo is how it produces great froths very quickly without making any mess to speak of. It's easy to use and easy to clean. You just rinse the milk pitcher and frothing stem under hot running water.

There have been a few concerns about the plastic frothing cup showing stress cracks or clouding up. If this were to happen to you then check the warranty as you may need to replace it. If it is made in China then you may want to use a US or European made cup instead, which will have been subject to stricter quality control.

Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

On Amazon at the time of writing, the Nespresso scores well over 4 stars from over 330 reviews, well over two-thirds of them being of 5 stars. So the two milk frothers do have some disparity in terms of ratings.

The sheer good taste of all the various types of coffee it produces is the Nespresso's strong point in the reviews on Amazon. One or two users have mentioned the noise when frothing, but this appears to be a minor issue.

And, like the Keurig Rivo, some say the milk frother doesn't heat the milk sufficiently and that makes the brew tepid. Again, it's a good idea to use warm cups rather than cold.

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Summary

The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System, at under $125, has been heavily discounted from its original price level of around $415.00, and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker is priced from below $250 to over $400, depending on which supplier you purchase from.

So, apart from the price discrepancy, it probably all boils down to whether you prefer the taste of Lavazza coffee or Nespresso. It may be worth checking them out before you buy. Both coffee makers, in their separate ways, produce fabulous coffee with great variety, quickly and with the minimum of mess. And as milk frothers, they produce great milk froth. You can't go far wrong with either.

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