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

Table of Contents
What You Get Speed & Energy Conservation
Comparisons With K575 Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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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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Keurig K475
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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • 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 well over 4 stars from over 760 reviews on Amazon at the time or writing. About three-quarters 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.

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.

Read the rest of the review below:

Keurig K575
The Keurig K575

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Table of Contents
The "Ultimate" Setting Up
Versatility and Capacity Features and Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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
Keurig K575
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 over 830 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing. It has an average score of over 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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Keurig K575
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 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 People Power and Speed
Variety and Flavor Easy To Use?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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:

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™
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Real Milk Froth Multi-Frothing Modes
Ensuring It's Hot Enough Freedom of Choice
Pros and Cons of each Consumer Ratings
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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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Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System Review

The Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System is an illustration of the fact that, by and large, you get what you pay for.
This coffee maker is at the high end of the price scale, but when you unpack it and stand it on your kitchen table you'll know that you're looking at sheer quality. The heavy duty nature of this product means that it is suitable for use in an office environment as well as at home, so whatever your domestic situation it will comfortably provide a quality service to all your friends and family.

Keurig K75
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Taste
Control
Features & Specs
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
Summary

The Keurig K75 - Great Looking Coffee Maker That Oozes Taste

The Keurig K75 will look good in your kitchen. Of that there can be no doubt. The sleek, super-sized reservoir extends stylishly over the top of the drip tray, and the back-lit LCD display shows the time, auto-off settings, cup size selected and brew temperature.

Below the display are just four buttons that belie the amount of control you have at your disposal. Access the menu with the comfortably sized button of that name, and use the two side buttons to make your selection. Then one press of the brew button just below does the rest.

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Control and Adaptability

With a massive 72 ounce water reservoir and the ability to brew a tad under 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz cups, the Keurig K75 offers you control and adaptability. The drip tray, as you would expect, can be removed to accommodate a travel mug when required.

You can also control the brew temperature, thanks to the Quiet Brew Technology® of Keurig. And the Auto On/Off Energy Savings Mode means you won't be paying over the odds for the power consumption.

If you use a separate water filter such as a Brita then you have the option of removing the K75's water filter if you prefer, or the period between replacements can be extended. The purer the water you use then, generally, the longer your coffee maker will last.

But here's a tip. Don't skimp on renewing the filters. You can't make the supplied water filter last forever by filtering your water separately before filtering it again in the reservoir. Over time, the charcoal in the filter will break down (not a design fault - just the laws of physics) and you may find little grains of it get into your coffee. Perfectly harmless, but it may affect the taste.

And here's another one. If you find your K75 scales up too quickly then try using distilled water and marvel at the difference. Thanks to one of the reviewers for that one.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Fully Programmable
  • Choice of 5 cup sizes (4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz. and 12 oz.)
  • Removable 72 oz. water reservoir
  • Quiet Brew Technology®
  • Energy Savings Mode – Auto On/Off
  • Includes water filter handle and 1 charcoal filter
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • UL Listed: Household use only
  • Power: 1,500 Watts
  • Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
  • Weight: 12 lbs. empty
  • Dimensions: 13.0"H x 10.3"W x 13.8"D
  • Single Cup Brewer Model Series: K70/K75

Pros and Cons

Pros: Suitable for home or office; massive 72-oz water reservoir; travel mug option; brew temperature control; auto on-off.

Cons: Filters need replacing regularly if you want to preserve the taste (or you could use filtered water to extend their life).

Customer Ratings

This product scores an average of well over 4 stars from over 1,220 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, which is exceptionally good. The immediately noticeable trend is that the vast bulk of reviews give a full five stars.

Many reviewers enthuse about the K75's good looks, speed, and ease of use. Some negative reviewers have picked up on the fact that it apparently only heats to 170 degrees and not 192, the recommended temperature for coffee. But there is some uncertainty as to whether they are measuring the temperature of the coffee once it has settled in the cup or that of the top of the stream coming out of the unit (which is the correct place to measure from). So don't be put off too easily by people who may be using the wrong criteria to judge the product.

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Summary

Keurig is a name associated with high-quality coffeemakers, and the K75 is at the high end of its price range because it is one of their best and most reliable machines.

This coffeemaker has thousands of fans and the overall rate of satisfaction is very high. I have no difficulty in recommending the Keurig K75.

Keurig K75

'Coffee Lover'

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Keurig K130 (In-Room) Brewing System Review

Keurig K130 In-Room Brewing System
Keurig K65 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

The Keurig K130 Brewing System (formerly known as the B130) is really intended for commercial use in a hotel (hence Keurig describing it as "In-Room"). So what's the difference between ordinary domestic use and hotel use? The end result in both instances is supposed to be a delicious cup of coffee or tea, is it not?

Well, consider this. With a domestic machine, you want the freedom to choose your own brew. You might prefer coffee in the mornings and tea in the afternoons, or to vary the blend from one day to the next. And with domestic use usually meaning more than one person using it the variations are likely to be even more pronounced.

But people staying overnight in a hotel or boarding house are not so varied in their tastes and are unlikely to be carrying a sachet of their favorite brew with them. They prefer to choose from a selection in their hotel room. And, of course, they're not likely to drink more than one or two cups at a time.

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Ease of Use plus Speed Adaptable for Travelling
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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So Keurig dispensed with unnecessary features and made this coffee maker so that it can be operated by anyone very easily just by selecting a K-Cup and pressing the bar to commence the brew. And don't forget there are over 200 varieties of gourmet coffee, tea, cocoa and iced coffee to choose from, so there's something for everyone.

It does have only a single-use water reservoir, but then that's probably all you're likely to need when staying in a hotel or motel. The water is heated in the reservoir before being funneled into the K-Cup, where the actual brewing is done. Very simple.

So is this the coffee maker that you are looking for? Let's see.

The Keurig K130 Gives You Ease of Use plus Speed

This product has to be very easy to use. Many of the people operating it will not have come across it before. And Keurig have made it just about as easy as it comes, with directions printed permanently on the machine itself.

Speed is another factor. Many people have to leave their hotel early in the morning to continue their journey, and they don't want to be delayed by a coffee maker. At under 3 minutes to brew a cup, they won't be delayed by the K130.

Adaptable to the Needs of the Traveller

The Keurig K130 Brewing System can brew any K-Cup brew or your own regular coffee grounds (which suits some of us and not others). All you need is a reusable filter. However, it has to be said that this unit works best with regular K-Cups.

Features and Specifications:

  • UL & c-UL Listed: Commercial use only
  • Power: 700 Watts
  • Voltage: 110-120VAC
  • Weight: 7 lbs. empty
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Dimensions: 11.1"H x 10.0"D x 7.0"W

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Pros and Cons

Pros: Instructions printed on the machine; speed - 3 minutes to a brew; can brew regular coffee grounds as well as K-Cups; low price; stylish looks; easy to store.
Cons: Single-use water reservoir.

Take a look at this video review from an American housewife -

Customer Reviews and Scores

This product scores around 4 stars out of 5 from over 2,880 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing, with well over 50 per cent of scores being the maximum of 5. Among the criticisms raised were the limitation to one cup size, and the noise factor. But this coffee maker is a one cup size machine and described as such, so it's not really fair to post a low score for that - if you want more cup sizes you might consider the Keurig K45 or K65. And other reviewers say the noise is not very noticeable and is short-lived anyway.

Most people love the stylish good looks of this machine, its reliability and the way it can be stored away inconspicuously. Mainly the people who knew the limitations of the K130 were satisfied with it. Some have had problems with Keurig's Customer Service because the K130 is really a commercial product not meant for domestic use.

Keurig's website describes the product rather ambiguously as "specifically designed for hospitality" rather than coming out and saying it's for commercial use only, so it may be wise to check before you buy that there won't be any problems over the way you plan to use it.

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Summary

If you're not buying the Keurig K130 Brewing System for sporadic use by one individual at a time, as in a hotel, for instance, then it may be best to consider the Keurig K65 or K75 instead. Those models are more expensive, but then the main reason for the K130's economy on price is that it doesn't need the features that domestic use demands.

However, if you do need it for commercial use then your choice of the K130 is a good one. That is, provided it is still available. Click the button below to find out.

Keurig K65 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

'Coffee Lover'

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Keurig K65 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System Review

The Keurig K65 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System includes a water filter kit and is about $30 more expensive than the K45. But for this it incorporates an LCD readout that displays a Ready to Brew indicator and the time, as well as other useful information.

The water reservoir is larger, at 60 ounces (about eight cups), which makes for fewer refills, so it would fit in well where you have a larger family.

In black with chrome accents, this home brewer will enhance any kitchen, and is capable of satisfying all your hot and cold drink needs quickly and reliably.

Keurig K65
Keurig K65 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System
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Total Control
Water Filter Kit
Features and Specifications
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
Summary

The Keurig K65 - Total Control

Not only do you have a choice of three cup sizes, but you have the ability to adjust the brew temperature to your exact liking as well (a feature not available with the K45 model). You can adjust the strength of your coffee by making use of the variety of blends and cup sizes, so putting a strong brew in a larger cup or travel mug can tone it down, or using a small (6 oz) cup can strengthen a weaker mix.

And, of course, you don't have to use the K-Cup brand. Other brands are accepted just as readily.

There's an alert when the machine needs descaling, and you can remove the drip tray for cleaning or in order to fill a travel mug.

When starting from cold it takes around a minute to produce a cup of your favorite hot or cold drink. This reduces to anything from 15 to 45 seconds later on, depending on how frequently you order a fresh cup.

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A Water Filter Kit and Bonus Variety Box

Much of the wear and tear on a coffee maker is down to the impurities in the water used, so if you can filter these out before they can do any damage then it's all to the good. Some folks even filter the water twice - once in a Brita or similar filter and a second time in the coffee maker itself if it has this facility, which the K65 does. And the chances are that their coffee makers generally last longer and need descaling less often.

The Bonus K-Cup Variety Box has twelve assorted brews to get you started and help you determine your favorites.

Features and Specifications:

  • Programmable
  • Choice of 3 cup sizes (6 oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz.)
  • Removable 60 oz. water reservoir
  • Quiet Brew Technology®
  • Energy Savings Mode – Auto On/Off
  • Includes water filter handle and 1 charcoal filter
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • UL Listed: Household use only
  • Power: 1,500 Watts
  • Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
  • Weight: 12 lbs. empty
  • Dimensions: 13.0"H x 9.8"W x 13.3"D

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Pros and Cons

Pros: Large, 60 oz reservoir; choice of three cup sizes, brew temperature adjustable; descaling alert; built-in water filter; energy saving mode.
Cons: Typical lifetime of 3 years; can be difficult to clean.

In the video below a brand new Keurig K65 is unpacked and put through its paces...

Consumer Ratings

This product scores an average of well over 4 out of 5 from over 1,200 reviews on Amazon, at the time of writing. Reading through them, it seems most people are either passionate fans or skeptical critics, with the former very much outnumbering the latter.

What the fans like most about the K65 is that you can make just one cup of coffee at a time, and can choose between three different sizes of cup. Having a choice between coffee, tea, hot chocolate and even iced coffee is also popular.

The critics mostly dislike the fact that the unit tends to last only about three years, but then that's actually not bad for a machine dealing constantly with hot to boiling water, and used all day every day. One or two have ceased to work before that time, but Keurig do have a 12 month warranty which they are prepared to honor when the occasion arises.

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Summary

The reviews overwhelmingly show that most buyers of the Keurig K65 are very happy with their coffee maker. Most criticisms relate to its durability and difficulties in cleaning it, but these factors haven't deterred the vast majority of reviewers, who love its ease of use, style and versatility.

As at October 2016, this item is not available, but follow this link to check if that has changed:

Keurig K65 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

'Coffee Lover'

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Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System Review

When I looked over the Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System it reminded me of the times I've longed for a mid-range coffee maker that also makes tea, hot chocolate, and cold drinks, and in a range of cup sizes to suit my mood and appetite.

I later decided I was asking too much, but now along comes the Keurig K45 Elite which, if we are to believe Keurig, does all this and more.

Priced at less than $120 (including shipping) on Amazon, this product gives you auto off and a generous 48-ounce removable water reservoir. So you can tank up for a full day's coffee supply (if there's no more than a couple of you) and keep it on all day for almost instant coffee at any time, and if you have to go out the machine will switch itself off automatically after a couple of hours.

But the crucial question is - does it give you great tasting coffee? And without making too much mess? Er, if that's not asking too much!

Please . . .

Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System
Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System

Well, the moment of truth has arrived. Well, almost. I just want to say something about Keurig first.

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About Keurig Value for Money
Economic and Adaptable Clean Easy
Features & Specs Accessories
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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Some Info About Keurig

Keurig have been named the coffee maker "Brand of the Year" for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by the Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Study. Their products are used by such names as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, and their coffee makers are sold under license by Cuisinart, Breville and Mr Coffee.

Famous for their K-cup packs, they make a wide range of coffee brewers for both the commercial and the domestic market. They've done this since 1990. And they don't just assemble parts made elsewhere - they make their own, from the electronic control panels to the filters to the alternative to K-cups - the Vue packs.

Great credentials, but how does their K45 Elite actually measure up?

Value for Money

At no more than a third of the price of some of the most expensive coffee makers on the market, the Keurig K45 Elite is capable of producing a wide variety of hot and cold drinks of an astonishingly high quality, and in as little as 30 seconds when the power is on.

Considering that it weighs only 12 pounds when empty, uses only 1500 watts, and has an extremely easy to operate control panel, this little machine manages to satisfy the often very demanding requirements of nearly all who use it.

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Economic and Adaptable

Just press the auto off button to make sure that it switches itself off if not used for two hours, saving on the power bill. Unfortunately, you can't vary the two-hour period, but then not many users seem to mind that. Hey, at least it has this feature, which not all coffee makers in this price range do.

And you have three cup sizes - 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz - so take your pick. This covers the coffee needs of nearly everyone. If you're going on the road you can put a travel mug in there by just removing the drip tray.

Clean Easy

Talking of removing the drip tray, Keurig made this easy to make cleaning less of a chore. That's about the only thing, apart from the filters, that actually needs cleaning with the K45. If you use the K-cup packs then they're individually sealed and there's seldom much mess to clean up afterward.

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Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 13.0"H x 9.8"W x 13.3"D
  • Weight Empty: 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Power: 1500 Watts
  • Voltage: 120VAC/60HZ
  • Cup-size options: 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz
  • Reservoir: 48-ounce removable
  • Removable drip tray
  • Travel mugs accommodated
  • Auto On/Off (fixed 2 hour setting)

Accessories

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Choice of 3 cup sizes and varied brews.
  • Auto-off after 2 hours.
  • Very fast - brews in 30 seconds when on.

Cons:

  • Not heavy duty - only for domestic use.
  • You can't change the 2 hour setting on the auto-off.

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K45 scores an average of well over 4 out of 5 in over 3,350 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, and around 4 stars out of 5 in over 1,260 reviews on the Keurig website. That can't be bad.

Most reviewers like the fact that it is fast, durable, and easy to operate. Style, versatility, and just simply good coffee feature strongly as well. On the odd occasion when the product has fallen short of Keurig standards, the company have replaced it without any hassle.

As with almost any product, there are some reviewers who failed to be impressed, citing fragility, length of time to brew, and poor value for money.

The fragility issue has been answered in one or two responses to the reviews, by users pointing out that the lid is not meant to be washed in a dishwasher as the high temperature of the water can cause damage.

Keurig itself has had to place a notice on their site to remind users that a small, domestic coffee maker like this is not suitable for heavy use in an office. So when reading negative reviews, bear in mind that some people will unintentionally place quite intolerable strains on a machine intended for domestic use, and then post an unfavorable review when the inevitable happens.

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Summary

The K45 does what it's supposed to do, which is make great tasting coffee of any variety you like, plus hot chocolate, and cold drinks. All in a variety of different sizes. It's easy to clean and operate, and it's economical with power.

All in all, the Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System has a whole army of fans, as any look through the reviews will confirm, and they can't all be wrong. It's not completely invincible, but it is an extremely versatile and reliable coffee maker that you can buy with great confidence.

Keurig K45 Elite

'Coffee Lover'

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