Keurig, have you heard of them? They are quickly becoming one of the most popular manufacturers of single serve coffee machines worldwide.
Founded in Massachusetts in the early 1990s, Keurig launched their first products primarily targeting the office market. When they discovered how popular their innovative, single cup brewing system became, they began to manufacture products for home use in 2004. Since then, the company has enjoyed considerable success, growing year on year with an impressive and satisfied customer base.
In 2015, the company was reported to be the most popular brand in North America by an independent NPD Group retail tracking survey. An accolade like that doesn’tjust get awarded by chance, so the company must certainly be doing something right.
In this article, we will look at what Keurig has to offer the consumer in today’s dynamic marketplace. Examining five of their most popular products, we will consider whether their one-cup brewing system and innovative design can still impress and excite customers in the ever-changing landscape of today’s coffee machine retail market.
Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
Arguably, Keurig’s most popular consumer machine, the Keurig K55 Coffee Maker, incorporates a very user friendly and intuitive design with solid construction and consistently good coffee output. For those familiar with Keurig’s products, this affordable machine takes everything that the K45 had to offer and builds on its success with a few extra features.
Ease of use is something that the folks at Keurig pride themselves on and the K55 is one of the most intuitive and easy to operate machines on the market. In addition, traditionally, coffee machines produce quite a bit of noise when brewing; however, the manufacturers have developed “quiet brew technology” which while not silent, certainly takes it down a good few decibels compared to a standard coffee machine. With brew time in just under 60 seconds, this machine is about as fast as it gets. The versatility that the K55 provides is a welcome bonus. The machine can handle capsules, brew tea and even brew using ground coffee. This makes it ideal for those who like variation in their beverages.
Although the machine can use ground coffee, if you are a regular drinker of ground coffee from a traditional filter or espresso machine, you may be slightly disappointed here as the taste is somewhat weak in comparison. Secondly, the machine doesn’t self-descale. This means that every so often you will have to manually descale it yourself to ensure thelongevity of the machine.
There is a reason for the ongoing popularity of this machine. Its ease of use out of the box, user-friendly design, and ability to consistently produce top quality coffee, far outshine its limited drawbacks. If you’re looking for a solid, affordable and reliable coffee machine, look no further than the Keurig K55.
Keurig K575 Coffee Maker Single Serve 2.0 Brewing System
The Keurig 2.0 series was an attempt to revolutionize the company’s single-serve coffee brewers. The K575 encapsulates the best that Keurig has to offer regarding quality and features. However, the premium features don’t come free, so let’s examine if the upgrade to the 2.0 series is worth the investment.
The Keurig K575 is perhaps a better choice than the K55 for those who have larger families or require large amounts of coffee for entertaining. The K575 allows you to brew up to 30oz of coffee in one go. The machine also boasts a very useful touch screen display that allows users to customize the strength and temperature of their brew and also allows users to programme their coffee to be brewed at a specific time in the future. It’s hard to beat a fresh cup of Joe when you fall out of bed in the morning! Like the K55 the machine offers great versatility, with the options to brew tea, hot coco and ground coffee.
A glaring drawback of the Keurig K575 is that 2.0 brewers are only compatible with Keurig branded K-cups which limits the potential for switching to cheaper brands or brands offering different flavors/options. To add insult to injury, older K-cups do not work either, so if you have been a long time user of Keurig K-cups and have a stash in your home, they won’t be any use in the K575 machine.
The K575 is a wonderful machine with a plethora of features and controls. If you are looking for a larger coffee output and want greater control over the brewing process, then perhaps this is the machine for you. However, if a greater output is all you after then you may be better advised to opt for the K250, next up in our review.
Keurig K250 Single Serve 2.0, Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
The Keurig K250 represents the entry-level model in the company’s 2.0 series. Utilizing the exact brew technology that is used in the K575, this machine doesn’t offer the high-end frills of its more expensive brother. However, at a more accessible price point the K250 is without a doubt one of the top machines in its class.
One of the big pluses from our perspective is that the Keurig K250 coffee machine allows you to brew varying quantities of coffee. These range from 4oz up to 40oz and mean that there is a size to suit every occasion. Additionally, like the other models in the 2.0 series, the K250 provides users with full control over the strength of their brew from light to strong. It has a removable and ergonomically designed reservoir that is a breeze to use.
The K250 lacks the temperature control function, color screen and auto-brew settings of the K575 model. However, unless you are a serious coffee aficionado, it’s unlikely that you will miss these features too much. In a similar fashion to all the other models within the 2.0 range, the K250 is not compatible with any other manufacturer’s capsules, nor is it back compatible with older versions of Keurig’s own capsules.
The Keurig K250 2.0 single serve coffee machine is more affordable than its related models in the 2.0 series. How the team at Keurig has managed to retain the essential elements of the more expensive options, and offer them at an affordable price point, is nothing short of a miracle. This machine is hands down the best value for money in single-serve coffee machines available today.
Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
Combining Keurig’s renowned convenience with versatility, affordability and compact size the K15 coffee machine is a great mix of value and features.
Keurig’s K15 coffee machine is the most compact unit that they currently offer. Its smaller footprint makes it ideal for those who are short on space. Don’t mistake the smaller size for a trade down on quality; the K15 houses the exact brewing technology that is in Keurig’s more expensive machines. For a compact machine, its build quality and sturdiness are surprisingly high grade. The machine provides an effortless brewing experience that is so simple even a child could do it! Lastly, the machine has minimal clean up─it has no reservoir to be cleaned as it has been designed to save the most amount of space possible.
One drawback of the K15 is that it is significantly slower when compared to other Keurig machines. At approximately two minutes per cup, it’s by no means slow; however, it does make a small difference when you are in a rush. With no reservoir, it means that brewing more than one cup takes a fair bit of time, whichis not a problem if you live alone or in college dorm, but something to consider if you are someone who wants larger volumes of coffee on demand.
The K15 is a brilliant coffee machine that has taken the best bits of Keurig’s brewing technology and larger models and distilled it down into a wonderfully compact machine that checks all of the fundamental boxes of a quality product. While the K15 has a slower brew time and inability to produce larger volumes of coffee than its bigger brothers, if you are tight on space and living in a studio apartment or a college dorm, this machine would be a fantastic choice for you.
Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System
The K145 has been touted as the holy grail of single cup coffee in the office and commercial setting. Offering both flexibility and convenience, many offices and business owners are opting for the K 145 as the perfect coffee solution for their business. Let’s dive in and see if it’s worthy of the hype.
As with most of Keurig’s coffee machines the overarching benefit is convenience, and the K145 does not fail to disappoint in this regard. It boasts a detachable reservoir with a maximum capacity of 48oz. This makes cleaning and refilling a breeze. Additionally, the machine has a handy “drain” function which allows the user to remove all water from the reservoir. Similar to the other high-end Keurig machines the K145 offers great versatility; with a very large selection of K-cups, you’re sure to find your favorite. Additionally, the machine can brew tea, lemonade and other chilled beverages in less than a minute. Lastly, the K145 is built with durability in mind. The high-grade construction can handle a fair amount of abuse and will consistently produce quality cups of coffee multiple times per day for a very long time.
The K145 is quite noisy. This is surprising, given that Keurig have developed quiet brew technology for some of their other machines. Why they have neglected to incorporate it into a machine that is target at relatively quiet office spaces is not entirely clear. Additionally, the machine is not compatible with capsules from other manufacturers, so by buying it you essentially are entering into a capsule subscription service with Keurig.
The Keurig K145 OfficePro Coffee Machine offers users a decent and convenient single cup coffee experience. While this machine offers slightly better features than the K45, it also comes with a larger price tag. Its low maintenance and versatility make it a solid choice for an office environment where users may enjoy the selection of drinks available and the high speed brewing process. For those who would like programmable features, perhaps the coffee makers in the 2.0 series would be a better choice.
So, there you have it, a quick look at five of the most popular Keurig coffee machines. The general impression and user experience of Keurig’s machines is overwhelmingly positive. Many users who switched to using Keurig machines doubt if they will ever go back to other manufacturers. If you are looking for maximum convenience, minimum brewing time, drink versatility, minimum waste, and don’t mind being limited to only Keurig’s K-cup coffee pod range, then they are a quality manufacturer to consider adding to your shortlist. They have a wide range of single serve machines at various price points, so there is something to suit every need and taste.