Keurig K Select Coffee Maker Review

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.

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.

 

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The Keurig K Select

Table of Contents
Strong Brew OptionValue for Money
Ease of UseHow Many Cups?
Auto Shut-OffCleaning
Features and SpecsAccessories
Pros and ConsConsumer Ratings
Summary

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The Keurig 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Build quality inferior to more expensive machines
  • Can be noisy when using the Strong Brew feature

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Consumer Ratings for the Keurig K Select Coffee Maker

As at May 2019 the Keurig K Select scores over 4 stars from over 1,080 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.

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Summary

For no more than around $115 to $130 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.

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Keurig K575 Coffee Maker Review

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.

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The Keurig K575

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Table of Contents
The "Ultimate"Setting Up
Versatility and CapacityFeatures and Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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).

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The Keurig K575 view from above

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.

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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?

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The Keurig K575 Coffee Maker - with carafe

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

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Pros and Cons of the Keurig K575 Coffee Maker

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

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The Keurig K575 - without cup or carafe

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Consumer Ratings

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.

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The Keurig K575 coffee maker in action

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Summary

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.

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