One thing immediately catches your eye about the Keurig K575 Coffee Maker. It's the impressive 2.8 inch Extra Large color touch screen. It promises ease, versatility and sheer style as the "ultimate" coffeemaker in the Keurig range.
Note: This product has now been replaced by the K-Elite, but is still available online as a new item, which is why this review has been left in place. A review of the Keurig K-Elite coffee maker can be found here.
But wait a minute. This touch screen may boast its own wallpaper and special lighting effects. But does it help this coffeemaker justify its price tag of just about sub-$200 and produce the goods? Especially when you can get the Keurig K475, which has nearly as big a water reservoir and only a slightly smaller screen, for around $30 less. Let's see.
Read the rest of the review below:
|Table of Contents|
|The "Ultimate"||Setting Up|
|Versatility and Capacity||Features and Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
The Keurig K575 - Keurig's "Ultimate" Coffee Maker
Touch screens are spreading. They've been around for a while on our phones and tablets. Now they're on our coffee makers too. And no doubt they'll be on nearly everything very soon. Just like digital readouts when they first appeared in the late 1970s.
The touch screen on the K575 is the control panel - replacing old fashioned buttons and giving you the latest state of play at the same time. By default, it displays a digital clock. But when you're using this piece of advanced technology it gives you all the other information you need as well. And in style.
It's kind of hypnotic. You'll want to go through the set-up process all over again just to enjoy the lights. Then you'll want to re-program the on-off times for your new machine. Ah - if only communicating with ordinary, dull fellow humans was as exciting!
But it's time, I'm afraid, to get down and dirty, and see whether this futuristic, almost intimidating, machine can let you produce, with ease, a great tasting cup of coffee (or tea, or cocoa).
Setting Up Was Never More Exciting
That's because the touch screen gives you such a feeling of power. You even have a choice of language - English, French or Spanish. Then - what's this? An altitude setting! Useful if you're living at an altitude of 5,000 feet. Next is the water filter reminder - talk about set and forget.
Talking about setting and forgetting, don't forget to set the water reservoir light/night light color. Equally important - the wallpaper to give a pleasing background to your LCD screen. Oh, and while you're at it, you may as well set the Energy Saver Mode On/Off times and water temperature settings.
What else is there? Oh, of course. Better set the clock so it displays the right time. Phew! I think that's about it.
Only one other thing to remember when setting up, and it doesn't concern the touch screen (unfortunately). And that's to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time. Make it two things. Read the manual as well.
Versatility and Capacity
At 80-oz, the water reservoir on the Keurig K575 coffee maker is the largest in the Keurig range. You can brew ten or more cups before needing to refill. That's convenient if you hate the mundane tasks associated with making great coffee and hot drinks. Like refilling the reservoir. You can remove it for refilling or cleaning, and the lid can be removed or just opened a little.
But perhaps more impressive is the sheer choice you have. Not only do you have the range of coffee, tea, cocoa and specialty beverages from 75 different brands. You can also use the Keurig Plus Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (available separately) when you prefer brewing from your own coffee grounds.
More choice coming up. You can choose from a cup, with brew sizes of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12-oz. You can have a mug with a brew size of 12, 14, 16 or 18 oz. Or if you really want to push the boat out you can have a carafe of 22, 26 or a massive 30-oz. It's a pity Keurig don't include the carafe in the package, but then that would probably push the price up above $200.
Strength of Brew
So much for size. What about strength of brew? Back to the touch screen again (any excuse!).You have a Strength Control setting that lets you brew a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.
As for the temperature of your drink, you have no less than five settings, plus a Hot Water On Demand button (choose the brew size for the amount required). That's for if you simply want to make your own drink for a change. But then, who'd want to, when you have a machine like this to do it for you?
Features and Specifications of the Keurig K575 Coffee Maker:
- Color: Platinum
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
- Water reservoir: 80-oz
- Touch screen: 2.8-inches
- Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 pounds
- Manufacturer: Keurig
- Origin: China
- Item model number: K575
- Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter - Check the latest price on Amazon here
- Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (updated model) (2-pack) - Check the latest price on Amazon here
- Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe - Check the latest price on Amazon here
Pros and Cons of the Keurig K575 Coffee Maker
- Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
- Extra large 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
Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K575 being put through its paces -
The Keurig K575 Coffee Maker has almost 2,450 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing (May 2019). It has an average score of around 4 stars. Almost two-thirds of reviewers give 4 or 5 stars.
Reviewers particularly like the ease of use and wide range of brew sizes, flavors, and temperatures to choose from. The bold coffee option scores highly, as you would expect. Also popular is the ease of operation and (needless to say) that intuitive touch screen. The new-style reusable K-Cups are a hit.
Some reviewers complain that the K575 coffee maker doesn't accept non-Keurig branded K-Cup pods. However, here's a secret. Search YouTube for "using the K575 with non-Keurig k-cups" (or similar search term) to find how to get round this.
One important lesson from some reviewers is this. Make sure you purchase either from Amazon itself or from an independent seller with a high feedback score. Some unfortunate buyers have been supplied with an obviously used machine that is sub-standard and not even packaged properly.
The Keurig K575 coffee maker is for you if you want
- an upmarket coffeemaker for a reasonable price
- total control over your brew
- an incredible choice of brews
- total control over the amount of time the machine remains on
- a large capacity water reservoir
- speed (even straight after the machine "wakes up")
- a large choice of colors for the lighting display in your kitchen, day and night
- a state of the art touch screen display!
You know (or can find out) how to use non-Keurig branded K-Cups with it, so increasing your choice of brew exponentially. And most agree the coffee tastes great. We have no hesitation in recommending the Keurig K575 coffee maker.