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 - May 2019) on Amazon.

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Suitable For 1-6 PeoplePower and Speed
Variety and FlavorEasy To Use?
Features & SpecsPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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 Elite delivers what Keurig claims it does.

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Suitable For One To Six People

Earlier versions of the Keurig K40 Elite 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 Elite 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 the Keurig K40 Elite 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.

Click this link for some tips on how to clean a coffee maker.

Features and Specifications of the Keurig K40 Elite:

  • 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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Keurig K40 Elite

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 Elite:

Consumer Ratings for the Keurig K40 Elite

The Keurig K40 Elite 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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Keurig K75 Coffee Maker Review

The Keurig K75 Coffee Maker (or Single-Cup Home-Brewing System, to give it its full name) 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.

Note: Sadly, this product has now been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase it, though probably only as second-user, which is why this review has been left in place.

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Taste
Control
Features & Specs
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
Summary

The Keurig K75 Coffee Maker - Great Looking Coffee Maker That Oozes Taste

The Keurig K75 Coffee Maker 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 Amazon's reviewers for that one.

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Features and Specifications of the Keurig K75 Coffee Maker:

  • 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 around 1,340 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, which is exceptionally good. The immediately noticeable trend is that the vast bulk of coffee maker 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 Single-Cup Home-Brewing System 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 Coffee Maker (Single-Cup Home-Brewing System).

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Keurig K-Cup In Room Brewing System Review


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The Keurig K-Cup In Room Brewing System (formerly known as the B130 and then the K130) 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?

Note: Sadly, this product has now been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase it, though probably only as second-user, which is why this review has been left in place. Keurig have replaced it with the Keurig Mini K15 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker.

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 SpeedAdaptable for Travelling
Features & SpecsPros and Cons
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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. You don't even need to know how to use a coffee maker. 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 K-Cup In Room Brewing System 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 K-Cup In Room Brewing System.

Adaptable to the Needs of the Traveller

The Keurig K-Cup In Room 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 of the Keurig K-Cup In Room Brewing System:

  • UL & c-UL Listed: Commercial use only
  • Power: 700 Watts
  • Voltage: 110-120VAC
  • Weight: 7.2 lbs. empty
  • Shipping Weight: 7.65 pounds
  • Dimensions: 11.1"H x 10.0"D x 7.0"W
  • Item model number: B130

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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 2,950 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing (May 2019), 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 this In Room Brewing System were satisfied with it. Some have had problems with Keurig's Customer Service because this coffee brewer 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 K-Cup In Room 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 this model'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 Keurig K-Cup In Room Brewing System 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

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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 now has limited availability. This review was originally written when it was easily available. The replacement is the Keurig K55, which is reviewed on this link. In case the K65 is still of interest to anyone, here is my review.

The K65 includes a water filter kit and is about $90 more expensive than the K45. For this you get an LCD readout that displays a Ready to Brew indicator and the time, plus other information.

The water reservoir is larger, at 60 ounces (about eight cups). This 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. It's capable of satisfying all your hot and cold drink needs quickly and reliably.

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The Keurig K65 Brewing System

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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 descalling, 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.

Keurig K65 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 3,600 reviews on Amazon, at the time of writing (May 2019). 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.

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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.

Note: Sadly. the Keurig K45 has been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase it, but new K45s are now rare. Used K45s are available, which is why this review has been left in place. The K45 has been replaced by the Keurig K55. Please click here to read our review of the K55.

Currently priced at under $100 (excluding 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 . . .

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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 KeurigValue for Money
Economic and AdaptableClean Easy
Features & SpecsAccessories
Pros and ConsConsumer Ratings
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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. 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

The Keurig K45 isn't cheap.  But when you consider what it does for you then you wouldn't expect it to be. It's 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.

At a lower price than 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.

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

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Economic and Adaptable

Pressing the auto off button ensures that it switches off if idle 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 - 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz - 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: 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz
  • Reservoir: 48-ounce removable
  • Removable drip tray
  • Travel mugs accommodated
  • Auto On/Off (fixed 2 hour setting)

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Pros and Cons of the Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System

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 for the Keurig K45

The Keurig K45 scores an average of well over 4 out of 5 in over 2,840 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, and over 4 stars out of 5 in over 300 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 question.

As with almost any product, there are some reviewers who failed to be impressed. They have cited fragility, the 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 you want it to do, which is make great tasting coffee of any variety you like. It also produces 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.

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 confidence.

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