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.
|Table of Contents|
|Strong Brew Option||Value for Money|
|Ease of Use||How Many Cups?|
|Features and Specs||Accessories|
|Pros and Cons||Consumer Ratings|
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.
What About Value For Money?
The Keurig K-Select is available in six colors. It comes in at around $99 to $165 (but over $350 for the Vintage Red) at the time of writing (May 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.
Is The Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker 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.
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.
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.
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.
Features and Specifications of the Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker:
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
- 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
- Build quality inferior to more expensive machines
- Can be noisy when using the Strong Brew feature
Watch this useful YouTube Video of the K-Select being put through its paces -
Consumer Ratings for the Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker
As at March 2019 the Keurig K-Select scores over 4 stars from over 1,030 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.
For no more than around $99 (unless you choose White or Vintage Red) 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.