Maybe you have one of the original Keurig machines and you’re thinking of upgrading.
Or perhaps you’ve never owned one and you’re thinking of buying your first. In either case, you might be considering a model from the Keurig 2.0 range.
Here, we compare the most popular models to help you answer the question, which Keurig should I buy?
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A note on Keurig models and number codes
Keurig is well-known – or perhaps notorious might be a better word – for releasing extremely similar machines with slightly different numbers. Most often, in fact, the only difference between one version and another is one or two additional accessories bundled with the brewer.
This being the case, for this review and comparison, we will talk about one of the most popular models from each class of Keurig 2.0 and then go on to mention other commonly purchased variations and the extras included in the package.
Also, note that not all models and packages are still available, so we will limit ourselves to talking about the models still commonly found.
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Why buy a Keurig?
Before we continue, let’s remind ourselves of the advantages of Keurig brewers.
Keurig machines were originally the answer to the problem of office coffee that used to sit stewing all morning. Keurig proposed a machine that office workers could use to brew a single cup of fresh coffee using a pod.
Although they were originally designed to be used in the workplace, such was their success that a home version was soon produced. Their success was due to several distinct advantages.
1. They produce a fresh cup of coffee each time
Since they use pods to brew a fresh cup every time, office workers were no longer condemned to suffer old, bitter coffee that had been sitting around all morning. Every cup is freshly-brewed.
2. They are extremely easy to use
Brewing coffee in a Keurig couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is pop in the pod of your choice, hit “brew” and wait for the machine to pour your drink (1).
3. No clearing up after
Once your coffee is ready, you don’t need to empty the filter or clean the pot. All you need to do is dispose of the empty pods from time to time.
4. Perfect coffee each time – no human error in brewing
Brewing good coffee is a fine art. The grind, the dose, the water temperature, the extraction time and many more all need to be controlled carefully to produce great results. This means if you don’t know what you are doing, it is easy to brew bad coffee.
Keurig machines take away this element of human error from the brewing process. Every cup is always perfect.
5. More choice of coffees
When brewing coffee in the traditional way, you usually have one choice: coffee. When brewing with pods, you can buy different styles and flavors, giving you much more choice over your beverage.
It is now possible to buy pods for other drinks too, meaning you can use a Keurig to make tea, cocoa, hot cider and others.
6. Coffee in pods stays fresh for longer
If you buy beans, they will only stay in their optimum condition for about two weeks after roasting. If you buy pre-ground coffee, it is even less.
However, coffee in pods can stay fresh for up to a year or more, meaning they can be a great option if you don’t drink lots of coffee every day.
On the downside
If Keurig machines sound too good to be true, it should be noted that there are also a couple of disadvantages.
For many, the biggest downside is the price. While the machines themselves are not expensive, the pods cost more than buying beans or grounds – sometimes two or three times as much. If you are thinking about buying a Keurig, you need to decide if the convenience is worth the extra cost.
Another point to bear in mind is that pod-based machines lock you into buying only coffee that is available in compatible pods. This is less of a problem now that reusable pods are available, but it is still worth considering.
Finally, there is the environmental impact. Keurig K-Cup pods are not recyclable (2), and each year literally billions of them end up in landfill sites. You will need to decide whether you are comfortable contributing to plastic pollution or if you prefer a more ecological way of making coffee.
The 2.0 range
Before we look at the machines themselves, we need to add a note about the 2.0 range. 2.0 models have one major advantage over the original series, namely that they are able to brew mugs and carafes of coffee using special pods, rather than just single cups (3).
However, Keurig also added a special DRM device that blocked all non-official K-Cups. Many customers were extremely angry about this attempt by Keurig to dictate what coffee they could and couldn’t make on their machines.
Reusable 2.0 pods are now available, offering more freedom – but Keurig 2.0 machines will still not accept non-official “rebel” K-Cups.
Keurig 2.0 Models Comparison
1. Keurig 2.0 K200
The K200 is Keurig’s entry-level 2.0 model. It measures 8.9” x 13.4” x 13.6” and weighs 7.5lbs. As with all 2.0 models, it is compatible with K-Mug and K-Carafe pods and can brew 10 different sizes of drink, from a 4oz cup up to a 30oz carafe.
It features a black and white touchscreen control (as opposed to the push-button controls of earlier models). The reservoir is 40oz, the machine is supplied with a water filter and it also features a function for brewing at high-altitude (up to 6,000ft).
This model includes a strength control but no temperature control. The carafe needed for use with K-Carafe pods is also not included.
This is a good entry-level model for someone who doesn’t need the frills of the higher-end models and who doesn’t mind the smaller 40oz reservoir.
Check out this video to see one in action.
- Strength control
- 40oz reservoir
- Compatible with K-Mug and K-Carafe pods
- Makes up to 10 drink sizes
- Water filter
- High-altitude mode
- 4” black and white touchscreen control
- Temperature control
2. Keurig 2.0 K250
The K250 is a common upgrade version of the K200. It is identical to the K200 except that it includes a charcoal filter, a bottle of descaling solution and a K-Cup variety pack.
This could be a particularly good option if you live in a hard water area.
3-4. Keurig 2.0 K300, K350
These models are no longer produced but are still available to buy. They are very similar to the K200/K250 but are slightly larger, measuring 10.4” x 13.4 x 13.6” and weighing 8.5lbs. The water reservoir is larger, at 60oz. The K350 includes a water filter whereas the K300 doesn’t.
This could be a good option for someone who is looking for an entry-level machine with a slightly larger reservoir but otherwise all the same functionality as the K200/K250.
5. Keurig 2.0 K475
The K475 represents a step up from the K200 and K300 series. Extra features include a temperature control (as well as the standard strength control) and a 2.4” color touchscreen display (as opposed to black and white). It measures 10.4” x 13.4” x 13.6”, weighs 8.5lbs. It has a 70oz reservoir.
Another useful extra is the programmable timer that tells the machine to brew your beverage at a predesignated time – so it can have your coffee ready when your alarm sounds in the morning.
It includes all the standard features of the less expensive models, including high-altitude mode and K-Mug and K-Carafe compatibility – but it doesn’t include the carafe.
Other models in the 400 series have now been discontinued.
Extra features of the K475
- Temperature control
- Color touchscreen display with customizable wallpaper
- 70oz reservoir
- Programmable Timer
6. Keurig 2.0 K525C
The K500 series are the deluxe machines from the 2.0 range; they include even higher specs than the K400 series models. They measure 10.4” x 13.4” x 13.6”, weigh 11.9lbs and include a large 80oz reservoir and 2.8” color touchscreen display. They also include a water filter.
Other than this, the K500 series are similar to the K400 series machines and include high-altitude mode, K-Mug and K-Carafe compatibility, programmable timer, strength control and temperature control.
This model also includes the reusable My K-Cup 2.0 pod – but it doesn’t include a carafe. This is the model to go for if you want a top-of-the-range machine with all the extras available. However, you will still need to buy the carafe separately.
Improvements over 400 series
- Larger reservoir – 80oz
- Larger touchscreen display
7. Keurig 2.0 K575
This is the newest version of the K500 series models. It is essentially the same machine as the K525C, but it doesn’t include the reusable My K-Cup 2.0 pod. Otherwise, this is a top-of-the-range, deluxe model, just like the K525C.
Which Keurig should I buy? - Choose your specs and accessories
As you can see, there are many Keurig 2.0 models – but in fact, many of them are very similar or identical. All of these machines are good buys, you just need to think about what you really need.
If you want an entry-level model, go for the K55; if you prefer a high-end machine, choose something from the K500 range. If the K575 are a little over the top, try a K475 model. Beyond this, our advice is simply to think about what you need and to look carefully at the accessories included.
Do you have a Keurig 2.0? Which model do you have? Which accessories do you think are essential and which do you hardly use?
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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.