Last updated: 16th January 2017
Looking for the Best Keurig Coffee Makers? Here are our top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect coffee machine for your needs.
If you’re looking for the best espresso machine out there then Keurig 2.0 K575 is our top recommendation for 2017. It’s a complete beast of a machine when it comes to brewing great coffee.
However, if you’re looking for a budget option then Keurig K55 is the go-to coffee machine for us. It offers everything you need to make a good cup of coffee, without all the bells and whistles and at a great price!
Keurig 575 2.0 Series – If you need a machine that gives you the ultimate brew, then you just can’t go wrong with the Keurig 575. However, if you’re looking for a machine that gives you total control over how you brew your coffee then I’d recommend checking out our commercial coffee maker reviews.
Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System – The perfect brewing machine for an office. Keurig K145 is a durable coffee maker that brews you good coffee, consistently.
Keurig K55 – Need something that can give you the perfect cup of coffee with your favorite flavor just before you leave for work? It’s no-hassle, brews good coffee and offers great value for money.
The Keurig K145 is a recommended choice for those who dig the ‘acquired taste’ of single cup coffee machines and the convenience and flexibility that comes with it.
In this detailed review, we cover the areas where the K145 hits the bull’s-eye, where it falters, and who should go for this.
The Keurig K145 comes with a detachable reservoir with a capacity of 48 oz. so you can easily fill the reservoir from your faucet, and also clean it separately.
It fits perfectly with the brewer leaving no space for outside contamination. And you if wish to drain all the water, simply push the ‘Drain Brewer’ button and turn the switch on the back to ‘drain.’
Finally, the drip tray at the bottom is also removable and can help you easily clean all the spillage.
The OfficePro K145 scores full marks in hassle-free user cleaning and maintenance experience.
Keurig changed the coffee making industry with flavored K-cups. The K145 supports traditional K-cups, so that, you have hundreds of flavors at your disposal, including multiple flavors of tea and lemonade.
In short, it gives you the option of getting multi-flavored beverages from one single machine. Not bad right?
You also get three cup sizes, 6oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz. so the important question is, does the taste vary in different sizes? Well yes! For hardcore coffee lovers 8 oz. has the perfect taste but at 10 oz. the coffee seems a little weak. Having said that, taste is a variable, and you can experiment with different flavors and sizes before you hit the ‘sweet spot.’ (You get a free trial pack of K-cups with your purchase. )
And yes, it takes a less than a minute to brew a fresh cup, and if you have your partner waiting, then the inbuilt water reserve tank further reduces the time for the second cup.
The Keurig K145 therefore, resonates with the efficient American.
The K145 has a sturdier housing which makes it 2 pounds heavier than the K45. The internal pump also drives more, power thus reducing the ‘brewing time’. Plus, with the combination of the heavy-duty power cord, it is also energy efficient.
Since the K145 was essentially designed for a small restaurant or office environment, the brewer lasts long and the machine is fairly low on maintenance.
A major gripe users have with the K145 the noise. Since it is designed keeping offices in mind, it doesn’t feature the Quiet Brew Technology, so yes, it does get a little loud. But it lasts for less than a minute, and the noise is lower than what you get from other kitchen appliances like a mixer.
Secondly, this model is not compatible with the MY K-cup, so if you are a fan of ground coffee, then this brewer is probably not for you.
Overall, if you are a fan of single cup brewed coffee, and want hassle free experience, then the Keurig K145 OfficePRO is worth having on your countertop. It is low on maintenance (with minimal cleaning), versatile (tons of flavors, including tea and lemonade) and delivers the same taste day in & day out.
We would recommend this over the Keurig K45, as it offers more features and a better user experience at a marginally higher cost. However, if you dig grounded coffee and MY K-CUP, then you can go for the K45.
For those who start their day with a cup of coffee, the programmable Keurig 2.0 models should be the preferred machines.
With the ‘best-seller’ status on Amazon, the Keurig K55 combines ease-of-use, solid build quality and perfect coffee taste, in a single machine. It is an evolved version of the Keurig K45, with a few minor touchups.
We look at everything about the Keurig K55 right from the initial setup to the performance, but let’s start with the biggest takeaways.
The assembly is super easy, just unpack everything, connect the power cord, and you are good to go. After you switch the power on, it will take about ten minutes to calibrate itself. You are also required to fill the reservoir, and the K55 will pass through hot water in order to clear contamination and make sure that everything is functional.
Next simply pop in your favorite K-Cup by lifting the lid, and you can now drink your favorite beverage.
Keurig coffee machines are known for their no-hassle operation, and the K55 follows the same tradition. The 48 oz. water reservoir is detachable and provides enough water for 4-5 8oz. cups, saving you the trouble of refilling.
When you add your K-Cup, you have an option to choose the size (6 oz., eight oz., or 10 oz.) and the smell of delicious coffee will reach you in under 60 seconds. Yes, it gets a bit noisy, but that is because of extraction of coffee from the K-cup and the pumping action.
It uses Quiet Brew technology, but the noise is still substantial.
And finally, you have the auto-turnoff feature, which makes sure that machine turns off; if you don’t return for a minute.
Ground coffee lovers have always maintained a distance from Keurig machines. But reusable filters make that possible. How? Just remove the holder used for K-cups and add the one with your favorite ground coffee.
One thing, though, the taste of that ground coffee may not be exactly like you are accustomed too. Sometimes, the coffee might taste a little weak.
(Pro Tip – Once your coffee is ready, clean the cup as soon as possible, it may be a little hot but after some time it ‘s hard to clean the cup.
If you like to experiment, then the Keurig K55 is ideal. There are hundreds of flavors to choose from, and you can even brew tea or lemonade.
And yes, if you don’t add any K-cup, it will still give you hot water, which can be used for oatmeal.
In short, the Keurig K55 is a versatile machine.
The Keurig K55 doesn’t feature a descaling option. So you have to get rid of the water manually. You also need to use a descaling liquid to make sure that there isn’t any contamination. We recommend using vinegar for cleaning.
Apart from this, the Keurig K55 does a damn good job in every aspect.
For a working couple who needs a coffee maker, the Keurig K55 would be our top recommendation. It brews delicious coffee, is simple and quick in operation and you can choose from multiple flavors.
If you are a heavy coffee drinker or have a big family, we would recommend you to go for models like the Keurig K145 that can handle more abuse, and also feature descaling.
And if you like bigger cups, then go for Keurig K475 or Keurig K575, as they are compatible with K-Carafe Pods and K-Mugs.
The Keurig K250 is the basic model in the 2.0 series. It shares the same brewing technology but lack certain advanced brewing control features, found in K575 or K475.
When you power up the machine for the first time, you are prompted to add water, lift the lid and press brew. This is done to get the machine booted up for operation.
Initially, it takes few minutes to heat the water in the reservoir but for regular use, it takes less than a minute to complete the whole brewing cycle.
You also get filters that can be installed in the reservoir and it is recommended to install them to prevent accumulation of calcium in the reservoir which can affect the brew of the machine.
The Keurig K250 features a 40 oz. reservoir, located at the back of the machine. This has helped to make the machine more compact and require less kitchen real-estate compared to other 2.0 models.
The operation is similar to other Keurig machines, you simply have to pop in the K-cup and you are good to go.
The K250 features a black and white touchscreen that allows you to control the strength of your coffee and choose the brew size.
Talking about brew sizes, you can brew larger quantities thanks to K-carafe and K-mugs. You get a separate pod for Carafes and they are noticeably larger compared to K-cups.
There are four different sizes for K-cup, K-mug and K-carafe thus offering more flexibility to the user.
The K250 lacks the temperature control and auto-brew settings which are found in K475 and K575, but unless you are a hardcore coffee lover, these features don’t offer much value.
The K250 shares the common problem with other Keurig 2.0 models. You cannot use third party K-cups and have to rely on Keurig K-cups only. The machines scan the K-cup (and K-carafe) and if you are using a 3-party pod or older Keurig K-cup, you are notified that this not optimized for brewing.
So, if you have an old stockpile, you should get rid of those and buy new ones to use with K250.
Luckily, you can use Keurig 2.0 Reusable filter, for your favorite ground coffee. It doesn’t work for carafes and K-mugs as of now.
The K250 has all the core features that make the 2.0 series unique like bigger brewing size and strength control option. It also features a fully functional touch screen and has a premium build quality.
It lacks certain ‘advanced’ brewing features, but for the average coffee drinker, they don’t really offer much utility and K250 costs considerably less compared to the K575.
So, if you are in the market for a bigger brew size, hassle free operation and versatility then the K250 is the best value Keurig Machine.
Restricted – Like other Keurig 2.0 machines you cannot use third party K-cups or older Keurig K-cups and have to use pods manufactured after January, 2014.
We like to call the Keurig K15 as the college students’ dream. It is easily the most convenient way to brew your coffee and with Keurig’s versatility, you get a sweet package in the form of K15.
This is the most compact of the Keurig coffee makers and doesn’t take much space on your countertop. A smaller size makes it ideal if you want it for a college room or a studio apartment.
Even with a smaller footprint, Keurig made no compromises with the build quality and it feels like a well-built sturdy machine. The setup is similar to other Keurig models and you simply need to add water to the compartment and press the brew button.
Overall, a no-fuss brewing experience is the highlight of the K15.
To a brew a coffee you simply need to open the lid and pop in your favorite type of K-cup. Then, you need to fill the small water tank behind the lid. There are indications in the tank for different sizes (6, 8 or 10 oz.). It is recommended to pour water before you insert your K-cup.
Once you close the lid, the light surrounding the Brew button starts flashing and you simply have to push the button to start the brewing process. It takes about a minute and a half for the water to heat up (the light turns red when the water is heating up).
In terms of strength, we would say the coffee tastes ‘medium’ and if you love hard or strong coffee, you can go for high end models. The K15 requires minimal cleaning, and you simply need to add a descaling solution in the tank to clean the machine.
Overall, if you are always running late or need a quick cup of coffee in the morning, the Keurig K15 is right up your alley.
With the Keurig K15 you can brew anything you like. It supports all kinds of K-cups (third party K-cups also) and you can choose from a ton of flavours and types. You can also brew a cup of tea or hot cocoa with this.
If you are a fan of ground coffee, then you can use My K-cup (a reusable cup) in which you can add your favourite coffee and brew.
If you like to experiment, then the K15 is ideal and, in this regard, it is even better than some high-end models like the Keurig K575 which do not support third party K-cups or ground coffee.
The major complaint people have with this is the brewing time. It takes roughly 110 seconds to brew a single cup. Since there is no ‘inside tank’, the machine cannot store hot water and it needs to reheat after each cycle.
Also, if you need multiple cups then you have to refill the tank every single time, as no water is stored within the K15.
Finally, you have zero control over the brewing and you cannot change the strength of the coffee.
The Keurig K15 is highly recommended for college students or if those of you living alone in a small apartment. The brewing is super easy, you can experiment with flavors and maintenance costs are negligible.
However, if you drink multiple cups or live with a family, then we would recommend you to go for the K55 or the Keurig K155 (which cost a few bucks more but have a reservoir and strength control options.)
With the launch of the Keurig 2.0 series, everyone was hoping for a revamp in single serve coffee brewers. The K500 series is currently the best Keurig has to offer regarding features and quality. But is the upgrade worth it? We talk all about that in this review.
Right off the bat, the K575 resembles a standard Keurig brewer. It features a removable 80 oz. reservoir (which is the largest in a Keurig brewer) and the overall build quality looks improved, with a cleaner finish. (Full marks for the design).
However, the latest addition in the the Keurig 2.0 line is the touchscreen. The K575 features the most “feature-rich” display. It works well and is responsive to touch (however the colors aren’t vibrant).
The brewing remains simple, simply lift the brew head, pop in the K-cup (or K-carafe) and hit the brew button.
The initial setup doesn’t take long and the machines simply passes water to calibrate itself.
Note – If you are confused between K500, K550 or K575, it is basically the same brewer but you get more K-cups in the K575 compared to the K500.
With the Keurig 2.0 series, you can now brew larger quantities. You get a separate K-carafe pack that can brew from 22 to 30 oz. of coffee at a time. You can also brew the regular K-cups (from 4 to 12 oz.)
For the regular K-cups, it takes about 55 seconds to brew the coffee and for K-carafe it takes less than 5 minutes. With K-carafe, you can get around 4-5 cups of freshly brewed coffee.
Along with the size, you can also select the strength from mild to strong. This gives a greater control to the users as they can now brew a coffee according to their taste. You can also select high altitude settings which customizes the brewing for a hot and strong coffee that is suitable in high altitudes.
And finally, you can also change the brew temperature, which gives a different texture to your coffee, a great feature for coffee aficionados.
Talking about the touchscreen, you can use it to program the brewer to automatically turn on (or auto brew) at a specific time. This feature can be used to get a fresh coffee “Pre-brewed” when you get up. You can also customize the display by changing the wallpaper, color and language preference (these features can more or less be termed as gimmicky).
And finally the 80 oz. reservoir is compatible with a filter and can easily brew up to two full carafes without refill.
With Keurig brewers you get the versatility of choosing from hundreds of flavors and types. With 2.0 brewers you can only use Keurig branded K-cups or K-carafes, but still there are several options available.
Also, for carafe packs of drinks like cocoa, you have a number on the pack which can be selected once you place it in the brewer. This basically alters the brewing according to that particular drink. Thus with a single brewer you can not only get different types of drinks, but you can also alter the brewing technique. (This is one of the most underrated but unique feature of the K575).
Recently, Keurig has introduced 2.0 series reusable filters that allow you to use your favorite ground coffee and brew it in Keurig K575. However, the reusable pod as of now is only available for cups and not for carafes.
The only thing that holds this machine from being an overwhelming success is its restrictive nature –
With the K575 (and other 2.0 series Keurig Machines) you can only use Keurig branded K-cups. Third party pods cost less, and offer more options to the user than Keurig branded K-cups.
Furthermore, older Keurig K-cups are also not compatible, so if you have been stocking the K-cups in your house, you will not be able to use them with the Keurig K575.
Now you can find some videos which show you how to bypass this (and make way for other K-cups) but this voids the warranty and you are at risk of a complete malfunction.
Finally, the auto-brew feature can only be used with K-carafes and not the regular K-cups.
Because of all the restrictions we won’t naturally recommend the K575 brewer to the average coffee drinker. If you are in the market for larger size in a single serve, then you can go for Keurig K250. It costs less but you have to give up on certain brewing controls.
On the other hand, if you’re a hardcore coffee aficionado and want greater control over brewing, then the K575 is the only Keurig Machine that can let you do so.
Keurig brand of coffee makers – a name that resonates in almost every American home today – went from obscure anonymity to billion dollar revenues almost overnight, most people think. But what they do not know is that for Keurig founders Peter Dragone and John Sylvan, ‘overnight’ dragged on for more than two decades. The reputation of the brand, whose name means ‘excellence’ in Dutch, is a testimony to the grit and willpower of two young men who refused to give up on an original idea in the face of adversity.
Dragone and Sylvan had been friends since their varsity days at Colby College in Maine around the late 1970s. A tech graduate, Sylvan quit his job in Massachusetts in early 1990. A germinating idea to solve the problem of lack of fresh coffee in office spaces had prompted his move. Tired of the full pot of brewing coffee that sat for endless hours at workplaces, turning bitter, stale and cold, Sylvan wanted to manufacture a single serve pod of coffee ground and a machine that would brew a fresh cup every time.
In 1992, after two years of living in Greater Boston and conducting several trials to build a prototype, he roped in his former roommate Dragone, to help create a business model. Dragone was at that time working as a partner and director of finance for a reputed firm. Thus, Keurig was born.
The cash-strapped duo did most of the tasting and testing themselves, to the point where Sylvan was diagnosed with caffeine poisoning after regularly consuming 30 to 40 cups of coffee a day.
Finally, the design and automation were perfected to create what you know as Keurig coffee makers, today.
The machine’s biggest plus it that it brews a fresh cup every time and does not let your coffee go stale. Today, after years of research and innovation, Keurig manufactures single serve coffee pods – K-pods – in a vast variety of flavors. It also produces K-pods for hot chocolate and a range of teas. Although some users complain of faulty machines and complicated operational controls, Keurig has received largely positive feedbacks and is a popular product among coffee lovers.
If you are considering purchasing a Keurig coffee machine and are wondering which would be the best model to invest in, you sure are concerned about performance and longevity of the coffee maker you buy.
But once you start comparing Keurig variants and going through user feedback from several sources, you will realize that the difference between several variants of Keurig coffee makers has more to do with the number of features a machine has than its performance. This is because all Keurig machines using K-cups essentially utilize the same brewing methodology and perform similarly.
The one stark difference between the variants is the size of the water reservoirs each possess and the individual brewing capacities regarding cup size options.
Keurig manufactures two main types of coffee makers – for home use and for commercial. Two of the commercial machines – K145 and K155 – are also deemed suitable for home use and perform optimally when used by large families or offices with compact teams or small eateries and restaurants.
Since the machines are very precise in nature, they sometimes come across as mercurial to many users. Hitches and malfunctions most often stem from coffee grounds getting stuck inside the filter or the spray nozzle. But these blockages can be easily cleaned to make your machine work as good as new once again.
In some instances, mineral build-ups occur in the machines components causing it to sputter and spew and resulting in the coffee tasting a bit off. A minor descaling process using chemicals can fix this trouble easily.
However, to ensure hassle-free and smooth performance, it is advised that you use spring water or bottled water in the machine to brew your cup of coffee and steer clear of undistilled or hard water that contains a lot of minerals leading to a build-up.
But if unfortunately, your machine does malfunction, Keurig is very good at offering prompt replacements.