Keurig 2.0 K575 Coffee Maker Review 2018 – Is It Worth It?

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

Keurig K575 is perhaps one of the best Keurig machines ever made and effortlessly produces perfect coffee at the touch of a button. It has plenty of upgrade features you will love and it works with an extensive range of official K-Cup products.

K575s do not allow you to use pods other than approved Keurig 2.0 K-Cups, limiting your choice of drinks. Some families might find it is a little large for their needs, and, as a deluxe model, is more expensive than some other machines in the Keurig 2.0 range.

Quality

Keurig is the original maker of single-use coffee machines and the market leader. This is one of their most advanced models, and the quality is clear to see.

Price

Keurig coffee makers are costly, there is no escaping that, and the K575 is one of the most expensive. However, the price has dropped since it first appeared, and this model now represents excellent value.

Ease of use

Keurig coffee makers were designed with the express purpose of making the brewing of coffee simple and painless, and that is exactly what they have achieved. Using the K575 is quick, efficient and intuitive.

Warranty

All Keurig brewers include a limited one-year warranty. Unless you’re very unlucky, if you take proper care of your K575, it should last a lot longer than that.

The Pros

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    Compatible with a vast range of Keurig 2.0 K-Cup drinks
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    Extremely quick and easy to use
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    Huge reservoir, easy to refill
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    Plenty of extra features including timer and LED nightlight
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    Brew strength and temperature controls

The Cons

  • Keurig 2.0 machines “locked in” to using approved K-Cups
  • Big unit, perhaps less suitable when space is limited
  • Environmental impact of one-use pods

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 to let you see how the K575 performs.

Back in the 2000s, Keurig launched a single-use coffee machine designed to solve the age-old problem of bad office coffee. Instead of drinking coffee from a pot that had been stewing all morning, you just popped in a pod and were served a fresh cup every time.

They proved so popular that a home version was soon produced. Since then, Keurig machines have gone on to dominate the US coffee market.

In the early 2010s, the Keurig 2.0 range was launched. These new machines boasted the ability to make mugs and carafes as well as just single cups – but they also included a DRM device to prevent the use of K-Cups made by unapproved brands.

The K575 is one of the deluxe models from the 2.0 range, with a range of extra features – making this a popular upgrade pick.

Things to consider before you buy Keurig 2.0 K575

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

There are some clear advantages with any Keurig machine as well as a few distinct disadvantages to consider. If you have made the decision to invest in a Keurig, you will also need to decide whether you need a K575 or if a smaller model might be more suitable.

Keurig coffee makers excel in convenience. If you are the kind of person who is always in a hurry and you don’t have time to brew fresh coffee (1), but you still don’t want to accept a poor-tasting beverage, a Keurig could be just what you need.

Furthermore, if you want a top-of-the-range machine with lots of extra features, the K575 could be a good option, especially if you have a large family.

Some points to consider include:

  • Do you want great coffee in a hurry or do you prefer to take time to brew coffee yourself?
  • Do you consider it worth the cost to pay extra for speed and convenience?
  • Do you prefer a machine with top specs or a standard model?
  • Do you have a large family that consumes lots of coffee or is your family small?

Keurig k575 review

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

So, let’s have a look at how Keurig machines work and the advantages of the K575 in particular.

Keurig machines are the original single-cup brewing system. They produce great coffee every time with a minimum of effort. All 2.0 machines, including the K575, also have the capability of brewing carafes or mugs of coffee, unlike the original first-generation Keurig machines.

The Keurig K575 is one of the company’s most high-spec machines and boasts many additional features. These include a large color touchscreen control, timers, a huge 80oz reservoir and an LED nightlight.

Keurig 2.0 models only accept genuine Keurig 2.0 K-Cups, so if you buy one, your menu will be limited (2) – although there are over 75 brands and 500+ varieties of compatible pods. The pods are not environmentally-friendly, and literally billions end up landfill sites every year (3).

Here are some of the pros and cons:

What I Like

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    Extremely convenient and easy to use, simply insert a pod and hit “brew”
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    Can make mugs and carafes – total of 12 drink sizes, more than some other 2.0 models
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    Large color touchscreen operation very easy to use
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    Huge 80oz reservoir means you don’t need to refill so often
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    Coffee in pods keeps fresher for much longer than regular grounds or beans

What I Didn't Like

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

Features and benefits of keurig® k575 coffee brewing system

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

Now let’s look in more detail at the features and benefits of the Keurig K575.

80oz reservoir

For those with large families – or who simply get through a lot of coffee – the K575’s huge 80oz reservoir will save you a lot of trouble.

A reservoir of this size is about as large as you will find on any Keurig – or other machine – and this one is even more practical since you don’t need to completely remove it to fill it – you simply open the lid and top it up.

Strength control

If you like to have some control over the coffee you are brewing, you will appreciate this feature. When preparing your coffee, you can increase or decrease the strength by using the strength controller, a feature not found on all Keurig machines.

Temperature control

With the K575, you can also adjust the temperature of your drink according to your preferences. You have five choices, “low”, “medium-low”, “medium”, “medium-high” and “high”. This is another feature that not all Keurig coffee makers include.

Keurig 2.0 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.

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

Timer

One of the best additions to this machine, representing an upgrade over most other Keurig coffee makers – and one that offers a whole range of extra functionality – is the timer.

First, you can program in the times you want your machine to be switched on and switched off. This means you can have water heated and ready for coffee during the day while you are at home but left unheated when you are unlikely to want a hot drink.

You can also set the unit to switch to energy saver mode during times when you use it less to reduce your electricity bill.

Finally – and this is perhaps the coolest of them all – you can set the K575 to automatically brew you a cup of coffee at a predesignated time. If you need to get up and leave for work in the early hours, you can set your K575 to have the coffee waiting for you just as your alarm sounds.

LED nightlight

The K575 also features an LED nightlight, with four colors to choose from. You can even set what time the nightlight switches on and off automatically using the timer. This is perhaps not the most essential addition to what the K575 can do, but it’s still a nice touch.

Large color touchscreen control

All Keurig machines are operated with a touchscreen control. However, not all of them have a color version, and the one on the K575 is as big as they come.

Controlling the unit to make perfect coffee just the way you like it is simple and intuitive using the touchscreen control. Everything is there for you, and even the technologically-averse will have no problems learning how to use it.

“Hot water on demand” feature

Even when you don’t want to make a coffee or other K-Cup drink with your K575, you can still use it for hot water with the “hot water on demand” feature. You just press the button to select how much you want, and it will pour it for you without you needing to stay and watch.

This is probably not going to be a deal clincher – a K575 would certainly be an expensive option if you just buy it to heat water – but it’s a thoughtful addition nonetheless.

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

Water filter

A very useful upgrade not found on all Keurig machines is the water filter. Coffee is only as good as the grounds and water you use. If you use top-quality coffee but poor-quality water, you won’t be able to make a decent brew. The water filter on the K575 can help with this problem

K-Carafe

One of the big innovations in all Keurig 2.0 models is the possibility to use the K-Carafe. Since only having the choice of being able to make single cups each time can be severely limiting (think dinner parties, for example), the K-Carafe gives you more flexibility.

By using the special K-Carafe (sold separately) and the K-Carafe pods that go with it, you can now brew 22oz, 26oz or 30oz of coffee with one press of the button.

K-Mug

Sometimes, a single cup is not always enough for someone who needs coffee for driving or for a morning of work in the office. The solution is the K-Mug, a bigger cup brewed with specially-designed pods that are slightly larger and contain more coffee than regular K-Cups.

With the K575, you can brew a mug containing 12oz, 14oz, 16oz or 18oz of coffee, as you require. Like the K-Carafe, the K-Mug feature is common to all second-generation Keurig 2.0 machines but cannot but used on old first-generation Keurig coffee makers.

Five cup sizes

The K575 offers the possibility of brewing regular single K-Cups in a choice of five cup sizes, 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 10oz and 12oz – more even than some less expensive models in the 2.0 range.

This means that, taking the K-Cups, K-Mugs and K-Carafes together, the K575 can brew up to 12 different sizes of beverage (we don’t consider the 12oz cup and the 12oz mug to be the same since the 12oz mug is stronger).

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and Hot Water on Demand, Programmable, Platinum

Broad range of K-Cup drinks

Of course, the K575 is fully compatible with the full range of Keurig 2.0 drinks. This gives you access to over 75 brands and 500+ varieties of coffees, teas, hot chocolates and hot ciders. Every cup you brew with a Keurig guarantees you a great beverage every time.

Using reusable K-Cups (sold separately), you can also use any other regular beans or ground coffee of your choosing.

Short heating and brewing time

From cold, the reservoir only takes a couple of minutes to be ready to use. Wait time between each individual coffee you brew is under a minute and the time to brew a single K-Cup is around 50 seconds. Carafes take a little longer but are similarly quick and convenient.

High altitude setting

For sea-level dwellers, this feature might seem slightly obscure, but for anyone living higher up, it is invaluable. This setting helps solve the problem of brewing coffee at altitude, allowing you to enjoy great coffee at up to 6,000ft.

Keurig K575 Alternatives

Here, we look at some of the alternative Keurig machines to see how they compare with the K575.

#1 keurig K475

Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and temperature control, Programmable, Black

Among other things, Keurig is famous for its range of different machines, many of which are almost the same as other models the company produces. The K575 and the K475 are a good example of this.

These two models have a lot in common. They are both part of the 2.0 range and, as such, are both compatible with K-Mug and K-Carafe pods. Similar to other 2.0 models, including the K575, the K475 also includes the DRM device to prevent the use of non-approved “rebel” pods.

The K575 features a number of upgrades compared to the K475, making it a superior machine. The reservoir is 80oz (compared to 70oz), it can make more sizes of drink, the touchscreen is bigger, and it features the programmable nightlight – the K475 has no nightlight.


#2 keurig K525

Keurig Hot 2.0 K525 Plus Series Single-serve Coffee Maker (Brewer Only)

While the K575 and the K475 are very similar, the K575 and the K525 machines are identical in every way, quite literally. There is no difference.

This means they both have the large 80oz reservoir, they both include temperature and strength controls and they both feature the timer, allowing you to program various functions and control when the LED nightlight switches on and off.

They are both compatible with K-Mug and K-Carafe pods and both reject non-approved K-Cup pods. So where is the difference?

The difference between the K575 the K525 comes down to the inclusion one accessory: the water filter kit. If you want a water filter to ensure optimum coffee with the best possible water, choose the K575. If you don’t mind using unfiltered water, go for K525. Simple.


#3 keurig K550

Again, as with the K575 vs the K475, these two machines are the same. They both have all the same features such as nightlight, timer, “hot water on demand” etc. The difference here, once again, lies in the accessories.

You might be fooled into thinking that, being the higher number, the K575 is the superior model. In this case, however, it is the K550 that comes with more stuff – and generally costs a bit more.

The main extra you get with the K550 is the K-Carafe. This makes sense since one of the main reasons for buying a 2.0 model is for the K-Mug and K-Carafe functionality. If you buy the K575, you will probably buy a carafe at some point – so you might as well go for the bundle.

Another extra is the addition of the reusable K-Cup pods. This is certainly very handy if you plan to use it, but some people might not. This time, it depends on you. Still, always handy to have, just in case.

Unfortunately, K550s are now more difficult to find; even if you decide you prefer the K550 over the K575, you mind not be able to lay your hands on one. Never mind, just buy the K575 and Carafe separately – ultimately, it’s the same thing.


#4 keurig K525c

Keurig K525C Single Serve Coffee Maker, 12 K-Cup Pods and My K-Cup 2.0

This final comparison is possibly the most confusing of them all – so bear with us and we will endeavor to enlighten you.

Before we start talking about the K525c, we need to remind ourselves about the K525 we mentioned before. As we noted, they the K575 and the K525 are the same machines, the only difference is the inclusion of the water filter kit with the K575.

As with the K525, the K525c also has no water filter kit. However, it does include something that neither the K575 nor the K525 has – the reusable K-Cup pod. If you want a reusable pod but no filter, buy the K525. If you want a filter but no reusable pod, go with the K575.

What about if you want both? Go with the K550, it has everything. But if you can’t find one, just buy a K575 and then buy the carafe and reusable pod separately. Since some versions are now harder to find, this might be the only option available to you.


Conclusion

So, now to bring it all together. Keurig 2.0 coffee machines have one big advantage over older first-generation models in that they are compatible with K-Mugs and K-Carafes, giving you more flexibility in your coffee brewing.

Within the 2.0 range, the K575 is the deluxe model, featuring a whole slew of extras, including large reservoir, timer, extra drink size options, beverage strength control, temperature control, LED nightlight and others.

If you want a machine that makes great coffee with a minimum of fuss, a Keurig could be a good pick. If you want the flexibility afforded by the ability to make mugs and carafes of coffee, the 2.0 range would make sense.

If on top of this, you want all the extras of a top-of-the-range model, the K575 could be the right choice for you.

However, if you don’t want to be locked into using only approved K-Cup pods or you are concerned about the environmental impact of your coffee machine, you might think of looking elsewhere.

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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