Much of what I could say about the Keurig K475 coffee maker 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:
|Table of Contents|
|What You Get||Speed & Energy Conservation|
|Comparisons With K575||Features & Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
What You Get With Your Keurig K475 Coffee Maker
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.
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.
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.
Features and Specifications of the Keurig K475 Coffee Maker:
- 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: Sandy Pearl, or Vintage Red
- Origin: China
- Item model number: 119297
- Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter – Check the latest price on Amazon here
- Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe – Check the latest price on Amazon here
Pros and Cons
- 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
- 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 for the Keurig K475 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K475 scores an average of well over 3.5 stars from over 500 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (May 2019). Over 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.
The K475 is basically an economy version of the K575 and costs around the same (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.