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. It is still available from a limited number of sellers, which is why this review has been left in place.
|Table of Contents|
|What You Get For Your Money||Why Some Heavy-Duty?|
|A Commercial Brewer At Home?||Features & Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
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.
Why Are Some Of The Components Of The Keurig K145 OfficePRO 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.
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.
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
Item model number: K145
- Coffee Variety Sampler Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 40 Count (selection may vary) (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- DecoBros K-cup Storage Drawer Holder for Keurig K-cup Coffee Pods
(check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- Mind Reader Coffee Condiment and Accessories Caddy Organizer, Black (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
Keurig K145 OfficePRO Pros and Cons
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
So if you like what you see, then go ahead and purchase this model from the link below.