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?
Read the rest of the review below:
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|Build Quality||Design||Ease of Use|
|Advanced Features||Features and Specs||Accessories|
|Pros and Cons||Consumer Ratings||Summary|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Item model number: K-Elite
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Pros and Cons
- 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.
- Auto shutoff can cause problems if not mastered properly.
- Water reservoir smaller than on the K575, so more refills necessary.
Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K-Elite being put through its paces -
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.
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.