Keurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker Review – Is It worth the Money?

Keurig 2.0 Brewer, K200, Black (117644)

The Keurig k200 is part of keurig® 2.0 brewing system range. The major innovation is that the new models can brew mugs and carafes as well as single cups.

The K200 model is relatively inexpensive and is super-easy to use, producing perfect coffee each time. It is a good option for a small family.

The main negative issues are the price of the machine and the pods, and the environmental impact of the K-Cups themselves.

Quality

Keurig coffee makers are the original and the market leader. Even if this is one of the budget models, the quality associated with the brand is clear.

Price

This is one of the least expensive coffee makers in the Keurig range, making it great value for money. However, it is still more expensive than regular coffee makers and the pods are more expensive.

Ease of use

Using a Keurig literally couldn’t be easier. You pop in the pod, hit “brew” and in less than a minute, your perfect cup of coffee is ready.

Warranty

The warranty is a year. This should be sufficient. The machine should last a lot longer if you take good care of it.

The Pros

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    Exceptionally simple and convenient to use
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    Makes a perfect cup of coffee every time
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    New 2.0 models like K200 able to make mugs and carafes as well as single cups
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    Fast water heating time and short heating time between cups
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    Easy to clean

The Cons

  • Only accepts approved K-Cup 2.0 pods
  • More expensive than traditional coffee makers
  • K-Cups are non-recyclable

What do other people say?

We also had a good look online to find out what other people were saying about this product. There are lots of positive reviews on YouTube and you can find more there – here, we’ll give you just one so you can see how the K200 performs.

In the last decade or so, Keurig machines and other single-use coffee makers have taken over the US market.

Perhaps you are looking to upgrade your old Keurig or perhaps you are considering purchasing your first single-use coffee maker. Maybe you’re just curious.

Whichever sounds most like you, we have an in-depth Keurig K200 review for you to give you all the info you need to make up your mind.

Things to consider before buying Keurig K200 Coffee Maker

Keurig 2.0 Brewer, K200, Black (117644)

Are you the kind of person who is always in a rush? You have a busy life and a tight schedule, and you don’t have time to mess about with things like brewing fresh coffee (1), right? But at the same time, you’re not willing to drink bad coffee, or even – dare we say it? – instant.

If this sounds familiar, a Keurig could be the answer you have been looking for. These pod-based coffee machines are ideal for people who are looking to save time with the ultimate in coffee-making convenience without compromising on the quality of the brew they drink.

Keurig coffee makers were specifically designed to deliver great coffee every time with the absolute minimum of effort. These are some questions you might like to think about before buying a Keurig:

  • Are you willing to pay a little extra for a premium product with the minimum of fuss?
  • Do you value convenience over pinching a few pennies?
  • Do you enjoy the process of brewing coffee yourself or do you just want to get it done?
  • Are you happy to always buy official K-Cup pods to use in your machine?

Keurig k200 review

Keurig 2.0 Brewer, K200, Black (117644)

So, let’s have a look at how Keurig machines work and the advantages of the K200 in particular.

As we said, Keurig machines make coffee using single-use pods. You pop the pod into the coffee maker, you hit “brew”, and in less than a minute, you have a perfect cup of steaming coffee. Nothing could be simpler.

Keurig 2.0 machines, which include the K200 model, can also brew mugs or carafes of coffee, something the first-generation machines were unable to do.

There is some controversy with the second-generation 2.0 machines since they feature a DRM device that prevents you from using rival brands’ unauthorized pods. This means you will be “locked in” to using only Keurig-approved K-Cups – unless you hack your machine (2).

There is also the important matter of environmental impact. K-Cup pods are not recyclable, and literally billions end up in landfill sites every year. You may wish to consider whether you want to contribute to this situation before investing in your own machine.

Here are some of the pros and cons:

The Pros

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    Extremely convenient – pop in the pod, press “brew” and your coffee is on the way
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    Keurig 2.0s able to make mugs and carafes, offering a total of nine drink sizes
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    Now over 75 approved brands and 500+ varieties of approved pods
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    New reusable pods give you freedom to brew own coffee and protect the environment
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    Coffee in pods keeps fresher for much longer than regular grounds or beans

The Cons

  • Pods more expensive than regular grounds or beans, especially Keurig-approved pods
  • Keurig 2.0 machines lock users into only buying official pods
  • Extremely harmful to the environment

Features and benefits of keurig® 2.0 k200 brewing system

Keurig 2.0 Brewer, K200, Black (117644)

Now let’s look in more detail at all the features and benefits of the Keurig 2.0 K200.

Accepts K-Ca​​​​rafe and K-Carafe pods

One of the biggest innovations of the second-generation 2.0 models was the introduction of the K-Carafe. Keurig obviously saw the limitations of their coffee machines only being able to produce one cup at a time and so came up with this solution.

Using a K-Carafe (sold separately for a few dollars), K200 users now have the option of making a 2-3-cup carafe, a 3-4-cup carafe or a 4-5-cup one using special, larger pods. This offers the possibility of making more coffee faster when you have guests, for example.

Accepts K-Mug pods

Keurig also realized that sometimes people need more than just a single cup. Some people prefer to make a mug of coffee at a time to keep on the desk all morning. This led to the development of K-Mug pods, larger pods containing more grounds designed to make 12oz or 14oz mugs of coffee.

Makes four cup sizes from regular pods

As well as the new carafe and mug pods, the K200 still uses regular K-Cup pods to produce 4oz, 6oz, 8oz and 10oz cups of coffee. Altogether, this means the machine is capable of making coffee in nine different sizes, from the smallest cup to the largest carafe.

Keurig 2.0 K200 reads new K-Cup pods

With the release of the new 2.0 models, all K-Cups were switched to the new 2.0 pods, which all 2.0 Keurig machines can use.

This gives you access to over 75 brands and more than 500 varieties of premium-quality coffee.

Accepts Keurig reusable K-Cups

Perhaps as a response to negative press caused by the pollution from Keurig machines, the company released a reusable K-Cup pod (sold separately). This allows you to use any regular coffee you choose.

Although these reusable pods are not supplied with the K200, this is particularly good news for anyone who owns one or who is thinking of buying one since this means the limitations of being “locked in” to approved official pods are lessened, as is the environmental impact.

40oz reservoir on back of machine

Unlike other Keurig machines, the K200 has the reservoir at the back. The reservoir can hold up to 40oz of water and is easily removable for cleaning.

Short heating time

The K200 does not keep the reservoir heated all the time. However, from being switched off, the machine can heat a full reservoir and be ready to serve coffee in around only three minutes.

Once the water is pre-heated, there is only a short wait of under a minute between each coffee you serve.

Keurig 2.0 Brewer, K200, Black (117644)

Fast coffee brewing

When the water is heated and ready to use, you hit “brew” and your coffee is ready in under a minute. This is one of the strong points of this kind of brewing method and is ideal for people who are always in a hurry and don’t have time to wait.

High altitude setting

This is an ingenious addition to the K200. Have you ever tried to make coffee up a mountain? This is not something that people dwelling at close to sea level would necessarily think about, but higher altitudes can make brewing hot drinks problematic.

If you live at higher altitude, you will be pleased to learn that the K200 has a high-altitude setting that will allow you to brew coffee as you would lower down.

Removable drip tray

The drip tray on the K200 is fully-removable, making it much easier to clean than models where this is not possible.

The drip tray must also be removed in order to slot in the K-Carafe, which connects to the machine at the bottom.

2” black-and-white touchscreen control

The control on the K200 consists of a small, user-friendly panel at the front of the machine. It is simple and intuitive to use, helping you operate the machine and have your coffee ready without even needing to think about what you’re doing.

Available in seven different colors

The K200 is available in a range of seven colors. Whichever style you prefer and whatever the color scheme of your home, you are sure to find a machine that matches. This is a big advantage over some other machines that are only available in classic office colors.

Small size, practical to install anywhere

The K200 is one of Keurig’s smaller machines. This makes it suitable to install in any home, even if you have a small kitchen or you live somewhere where space is at a premium.

Fast, practical and easy way to make perfect coffee every time

Owning a Keurig takes away all the hassle of making coffee. With a pod-based system, you don’t have anything more to do than pop in the pod and press the button.

This has many advantages. First, you don’t have to worry about grinding the beans, preparing filters or anything else you need to do with traditional coffee makers.

Similarly, when it’s done, there is nothing to clear up, you simply remove the pod and dispose of it –  the only problem being that at the moment there is still no environmentally-friendly solution for disposing of the pods.

Finally, you know that every single cup of coffee you produce will be perfect. With traditional brewing methods, there are many variables involved in brewing coffee. You have to think about the dosage, the steeping time, the temperature of the water, the grind of the coffee and many more.

With a Keurig, all of this is taken out of your hands. All you need to do is choose the pod you want to drink, and the machine does the rest.

Reasonable price

While Keurig machines may be more expensive than some of their rivals – and are certainly more expensive than older-style machines or other brewing methods.

K200s can now be picked up for budget, making them a great way to introduce yourself to the world of K-Cup coffee.

Keurig k200 alternatives

Here, we look at some of the alternative Keurig machines to see how they compare with the K200.

#1 keurig 2.0 k250

Keurig K250 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with Strength Control, Imperial Red

In fact, the K200 and the K250 are exactly the same machine. This means that everything we’ve said about the K200 also holds true for the K250.

It has the same reservoir and removable tray, it works with K-Carafes and K-Mug pods, is available in the same colors and performs exactly the same.

So, what is the difference between the two models? The difference lies in the accessories that are supplied with the machine.

While the K200 is sold as is, the K250 comes with a couple of useful extras.

The first of these is a water filtering kit. Remember, there are two ingredients in coffee, coffee and water. Using a Keurig machine, everything is taken care of – except the water. But if you use inferior water, it will produce an inferior cup. This charcoal water filter can help.

The second extra is descaling solution. It is important to keep your coffee-making equipment in good condition to continue producing top quality brews and descaling regularly will ensure this is the case. This is especially handy in hard water areas where coffee makers can scale up much faster.


#2 keurig K50

Keurig K50 The All Purposed Coffee Maker, Black

There are more differences between the K200 and the classic K50 – and surprisingly, in some ways, the K50 comes out as the clear winner.

The K50 has a 48oz reservoir, slightly larger than the newer K200, the drip tray is removable, as with the K200, and the brewing speed is comparable. So where are the big differences?

It all comes down to that number – 2.0. The K50 is a first-generation model, while the K200 is a second-generation model, and this has two major consequences.

The first consequence is a win for the new model. First-generation Keurig machines were not able to produce mugs or carafes of coffee. They do not accept K-Mug or K-Carafe pods and are only able to produce single cups; that’s all they were designed to do when they were created.

The 2.0 models were specifically designed to be able to make mugs and carafes, and this is one of the main reasons why anybody would choose to upgrade.

However, when Keurig launched the second-generation models, they added that sneaky DRM device to prevent you using non-authorized pods. This means anyone with a K200 can only use Keurig-affiliated brands.

Incidentally, K200 cannot even use old K-Cups designed for first-generation machines since they do not scan on the DRM device.

The K50, on the other hand, has no such DRM device. This means if you still have a K50, you can use any pods you like. You can use Keurig 2.0 pods, you can use old Keurig K-Cups – and you can even use “rebel” pods from other brands without having to hack your machine.

With a K50, you have much more freedom in what you drink whereas, with a K200, Keurig tries to impose a more restricted menu. For this reason, some people have even chosen to go back to old Keurig models rather than have Keurig decide which coffees they can and can’t drink.


#3 keurig K55

Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, Black

The old K50 and the K55 were very similar machines. They were not exactly the same, as with the K200/K250, but they were not vastly different either. This means there is not a lot to add that is not true of the K50.

K50s and K55s look very similar, but the K55 is marginally larger. It also weighs around 5lbs more. They both have the same size reservoir, they both feature a removable tray and their performance is more or less identical.

The only difference is that the K55 is probably sturdier and more durable than the K50, although you can expect either model to last a long time if you take good care of them.

So, in terms of comparing the K55 to the K200, we can say the same thing as for the K50: it’s a question of being able to use any kind of pods but not being able to use mugs or carafes.


#4 keurig K425

Keurig Hot 2.0 K425 Plus Series Single-serve Coffee Maker

Here we are comparing two 2.0 models, in this case, the K200 with its bigger, better brother, the K425 model. They are both excellent coffee machines and are both extremely successful products, but the K425 has some extra features.

The most obvious and striking difference between the machines is the size. The K425 is noticeably larger – and this is due to the larger reservoir of 70oz. This makes it a good choice for larger families, but the wider style somehow seems less stylish than the sleek K200.

Other than this, the K425 has a couple of additional features and upgrades. The touchscreen is in color, rather than being in black and white, as with the K200, and it also includes controls for temperature and beverage strength. It also offers a further two brew sizes than the K200.

Overall, the K425 is considered an “upgrade” on the K200 – but if you have a smaller family and don’t mind about a black and white control panel, the K200 is probably sufficient. The K425 also lacks the water filters of the K200 model.


Conclusion

To summarize, what we’ve said in our Keurig 2.0 K200 review, this machine was designed as an upgrade to the first-generation Keurig coffee makers and is now able to make mugs and carafes of coffee as well as just single cups.

It is super-convenient for those constantly in a rush who still want to drink great coffee every time. However, it is slightly more expensive than making regular coffee and has a significant environmental footprint – now reduced thanks to the reusable pods.

My name is Kathy Gallo, Editor of Daily Cupo, a Coffee buff. The guide you find here is designed exactly for you, and it is our hope that you find it not only interesting but also actionable.

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