Category: Keurig K575

What Is the Best Keurig Machine To Buy?

It’s no surprise that people love their Keurig coffee makers! And we shouldn’t just call them ‘coffee makers’, Keurig machines do a lot more than just coffee. In fact, you can do coffee, tea, iced coffee, hot chocolate, other hot beverages like hot apple cider and more. But with so many Keurigs available on the market, as well as machines from other brands that can brew K-Cups, which one do you buy?

Answering the questions “What is the best….” has always been a tricky one. ‘Best’ is very subjective thing and means different things to different people. So what I’ll try to do here is to recommend a Keurig based on a specific feature that might appeal to you over other things. Overall, you’ll get the same quality of coffee out of any Keurig model, so you’ll have to pick what feature appeals to you the most that would make a particular model the best to you personally.

Things To Consider Before Buying Your Keurig Machine:

There are few a things to keep in mind when it comes to Keurig machines that will make choosing your best machine an easier task:

How Will You Use Your Machine?

Are you buying a machine for a single person to use or a small/large family? Or, how many cups will you be brewing per day? This will determine if you need a small or a larger machine with large capacity water reservoir. Also, are you going to use it at home or in an office? A home-use Keurig shouldn’t be used at an office where it will be used more often. There are commercial-ready Keurig machines for office use.

Advanced Functions:

Will you need advanced features like temperature or coffee strength control? Are you okay with button controls or would you prefer a touch screen?


Keurig machines can be a little bulky and do take up some space on your kitchen countertop. If you’re tight on space, make sure to go for a small or compact model.

The Best Keurig Machine – Keuirg K-Select:

The Keurig K-Select, which is the upgraded version of the K-Classic (also known as K55) meets all points for a classic machine that is perfectly sized with enough features to meet most people’s needs.

It has:

  • 52 oz water reservoir
  • 4 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12oz
  • Strong Brew function for a stronger cup of coffee.
  • Brews all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters.
  • Simple button controls.
  • Accommodates cups up to 7.4″ tall.
  • Available in 6 colors.

The K-Select doesn’t have any fancy features. It does the job of brewing a cup of coffee in under a minute just right. It has a nicely sized reservoir which allows you to brew multiple cups before the need to refill it. The Strong Brew button, which steeps your coffee longer before brewing for a bolder cup of coffee, is great alternative for Strength control feature which is available on a more expensive models.

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Select and how it compares to Keurig K-Classic.

The Best Small Keurig Machine – Keurig K-Mini Plus:

If you’re looking for something small in size, look no further than the Keurig K-Mini Plus. This model, which is a big step up from its preceder the K-Mini, has been completely redesigned to be slimmer and look more modern. The K-Mini Plus has the following features:

  • It’s less than 5″ wide.
  • 4 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Removable water tank.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters.
  • Available in 4 colors.

So, what will you be giving up on in exchange of this really slim design?

No water reservoir – the machine has to be refilled for each use.

No controls buttons – the machine only has two controls on it, the brew button and Strong Brew button. How do you select your size? The machine brews whatever water amount you add to it, so fill the water tank to the size you want to brew (the water tank is clearly marked with each size capacity).

The water reservoir, or lack of, only becomes a problem when you need to use your machine frequently throughout the day. I don’t recommend this model for a large household, or for multiple brews per day (say, over 5 times per day).

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Mini Plus and how it’s different from the K-Mini.

The Best Keurig Machine with Programmable Options – Keurig K-Elite:

The K-Elite model is quite an upgrade from the K-Select and the K-Mini Plus. This is the model where you get it all: the advanced features, the controls, additional sizes, and more…

  • Large 75 oz water reservoir.
  • 5 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Iced Coffee option.
  • Hot water on demand for making instant meals or tea.
  • Programmable auto on/off with digital clock.
  • High altitude settings.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods including refillable cups.
  • Available in 3 colors.

Using the K-Elite model, you’re getting a way larger water reservoir, an additional cup size, iced brew option, hot water on demand and programmable auto on/off option. The only con of this model is that it’s vastly larger, too. So you have to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate it.

What Is ICED brew option?

You could be wondering about the Iced option, and if you can do the same using other Keurig models?

The ICED option still brews your beverage hot (coffee or tea), however, the difference is, it takes into consideration the fact that your drink will get mixed in with ice soon enough. So in order not to get a diluted drink, when using this option, the machine will adjust the size and strength of the pod you are brewing to get you the best results.

Can you do the same using other Keurig machines, even if it doesn’t have ICED brew option? You can still brew a hot brew over ice, but you won’t get the best results as the ice might melt as soon as the hot coffee hits it. This is why the ICED option is helpful, it decreases the temperature and steeps the brew longer to make it taste better even if the ice melts into it.

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Elite and how it compares to K-Select and K575.

The Best Keurig Machine To Brew Single Cup and Carafe – The Keurig 2.0 K575:

If you want more than just a single cup out of your Keurig coffee maker, then the K575 is what you’re looking for. The Keurig 2.0 line is the only kind (as of time of writing) to brew both single serve cups and carafe size. It also offers a lot of programs and customization for anyone that needs it.

  • It features a large 80 oz water reservoir.
  • Large colored touchscreen display for easy control and customization.
  • Brews multiple cup sizes and K-Cup pods
  • Cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
  • Mug sizes: 14 and 16 oz
  • Carafe sizes: 22, 26 and 20 oz.
  • K-Cup pods are used to brew cup sizes, K-Mug pods for mug sizes and K-Carafe pods for carafe sizes.
  • Compatible with branded K-Cup pods only. Refillable pods available.
  • Strength and temperature control. You can choose from 5 temperature settings.
  • Hot Water on demand.

The best thing about the K575 is the variety of sizes that it can brew. On the other hand, the limited selection available for K-Carafe and K-Mug pods are concerning. There are some refillable filters available for K-Carafes, but many are still not compatible with the K575 model.

Another con about this model is that the carafe is not included with your purchase. Unfortunately, you have to use their carafe, which is available either as a regular or thermal carafe, or the carafe brewing option will not be displayed on the machine.

Overall, even though this machine performs well, it’s still very limited. If you want to mainly brew carafe sizes, I would recommend a drip machine instead. And for single-cup brewing, any of the models mentioned above would make a better choice.

Click here to read our review and comparisons of the Keurig K575.

Keurig vs. Ninja Coffee Bar, Which Coffee System Is Right For You?

What Is Ninja Coffee Bar? How Is It Different Than Keurig?

Ninja Coffee Bar is a single serve coffee maker, much like Keurig. However, it’s not a system that relies on pods, it uses ground coffee, instead, just like a traditional coffee maker.

But Ninja Coffee Bar is not just a single serve coffee maker. ‘Coffee Bar’ refers to the fact that it can prepare an array of coffee drinks: a full pot, a half pot, a single cup or travel mug, and specialty coffee drinks.

Let’s look at the features of Ninja Coffee Bar CF092:

  • Pod-free single serve coffee maker. Uses coffee ground only.
  • Customize your brew strength: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Speciality or Cafe Forte.
  • Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-serve, Half carafe and full 10-cup carafe.
  • Built-in milk frother allows you to froth milk to make specialty coffee drinks.
  • Warming plate (with the glass carafe model) keeps coffee hot for hours.
  • Available in different models that include different accessories like double walled tumbler, glass or thermal carafe.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Coffee Bar, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is Cafe Forte?

This custom brew is an 8 oz of size that produces a bold and complex coffee flavor. If you prefer a strong brew, this would be your choice.

How Is Ninja Coffee System Different Than Keurig?

In this case, we will be comparing the Ninja Coffee System to Keurig 2.0 for a fair comparison. If you want o see a comparison of Keurig vs. Ninja’s single-serve coffee maker, click here.

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  • Of course, the one major difference here is the fact that a Ninja Coffee System is pod-free and gives you the freedom of using your own coffee ground. While the Keurig system uses K-Cup pods mainly, with the option of using coffee ground with a reusable filter.
  • When it comes to cup sizes, although both systems use different names, they both pretty much offer the same selection of cup sizes. But, there’s a difference in brew strength customization:
    • Keurig has the option of creating a strong brew, which works by steeping the coffee ground in the K-Cup for a longer time before releasing it into the cup.
    • Ninja Coffee Bar has classic, Rich (which is strong brew), Cafe Forte which is another strong brew.

  • When it comes to specialty coffee drinks, none of these coffee systems can prepare an authentic espresso shot. However, Ninja Coffee Bar can prepare a better cup than Keurig. With a Ninja Coffee Bar, the machine can prepare a concentrated 4 oz coffee that can be combined with milk that you can froth using the built-in frother. This way, you’re getting a drink made with espresso-like coffee and fresh milk. On the other hand, Keurig’s specialty coffee drinks come packed fully in a K-Cup, which means you’re making a drink using flavored powered milk.

Making Drinks Other than Coffee:

  • With a Keurig, you can make drinks like hot chocolate or tea for example. There’s a large variety of drinks available as K-Cups.
  • Ninja Coffee Bar System is for coffee drinks only.

Included Accessories:

  • The Ninja Coffee Bar is available in a range of model numbers, each includes different accessories with it. Of course the prices on these models vary depending on the included accessories, which are: glass carafe, thermal carafe or double-wall tumbler.
  • Keurig 2.0, unfortunately, no longer includes any accessories with the machine. The only thing you’ll get is a water filtration kit. As for the carafe, you’ll have to purchase separately. You might find bundle deals from different sellers.

Which One To Buy?

Which one of these is the right choice for you will depend on what you need from your brewer:

  • If you or your family members like a variety of drinks, whether its coffee, tea or hot chocolate, then you’ll love the variety Keurig can offer you. Using K-Cups also makes the preparation of a drink much faster and mess-free.
  • If you’re only looking to make coffee drinks only, the Ninja Coffee Bar can give you more value for its price. However, the process of making a cup of pot isn’t as quick. There’s also the clean up of filters (either reusable or paper) after use. So while it’s great, it is not as convenient as using a Keurig.

Video Reviews:

Review and Unboxing of Ninja Coffee Bar:


What Is The Largest Cup a Keurig Can Brew?

Okay, it is quite obvious that you mean business and you want the largest cup you can possibly get from a Keurig. No, problem…

If you want a Keurig that does it all, we can right away recommend you look into a Keurig 2.0 Brewer. And here’s why:

  • Keurig 2.0 give you a lot more options when it comes to sizes. It brews three types of pods: K-Cup, K-Mug and K-Carafe.
    • K-Cups which give you 10 oz to 12 oz max, depending on the model.
    • K-Mug pods, which can brew up to 18 oz of coffee (also depending on the model)
    • And K-Carafe, which can brew a carafe up to 30 oz.

So, in theory, the most you can make out of a Keurig 2.0 brewer is 30 oz using a K-Carafe pod.

But which Keurig 2.0 brewer will unlock all available sizes? It’s definitely the K575:

  • It can brew up to 18 oz using a K-Mug or 30 oz using a K-Carafe pod.
  • It has a generous 80 oz water reservoir, so you won’t need to refill the machine regularly.
  • It has the largest color touchscreen display of all Keurig 2.0 machines, making it the most convenient to use.

So, if you often like to brew a travel mug or any large mug, this is definitely your machine. Just make sure you’ll brew your large mug using a K-Mug pod, which contains more coffee ground in it and therefor results in a stronger large cup than a regular K-Cup.

Click here to read our review and comparisons of the Keurig K575.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K575, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Watch a Full Review of the Keurig K575:

New classic Keurig Coffee Makers with 12 oz Cup Size (2018):

If you prefer a classic Keurig over a 2.0 brewer (not sure about the difference? Click here), here are the two models that make the largest cup, which is 12 oz:

Keurig K-Select has four cup sizes with 12 oz being the largest.

And K-Elite comes with five cup sizes including 12 oz.

The great thing about K-Select and K-Elite is that they’re classic Keurig brewers, which means they use old-school K-Cup pods and refillable pods. On the down side (not necessarily though), you can’t brew a full carafe… it shouldn’t be a big deal though if it’s not something you need.

Keurig K575 Review and Comparisons


The Keurig K575 is the top of the line model in the Keurig 2.0 Brewers family. It is the largest in size and brews the most cup sizes, that in addition to a lot more features we’ll look at in this post.

What Is a Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

Keurig 2.0 is a type of Keurig coffee maker that brews all your favorite K-Cup, but offers you an additional feature of brewing a carafe as well. A Keurig 2.0 has a reader that automatically recognizes the coffee pod you insert and adjusts the machine for you to the optimal settings, but you still have the option to customize, of course.

Features of the Keurig 2.0 K575:

  • Brew a variety of cup sizes and carafe, up to 30 oz.
  • Cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10,12 oz. Mug sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18 oz, Carafe sizes: 22, 24 and 30 oz.
  • XL 2.8” color touchscreen display for easy customizing and programmability
  • Ability to save your favorite settings.
  • 80 oz water reservoir.
  • Hot Water on demand.
  • Adjust the strength and temperature of your drink.
  • Compatible with Keurig 2.0 reusable pod which allows you to brew your own coffee ground.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K575, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K575 vs. K500 vs. K550 vs. K545 PLUS, What’s The Difference?

When shopping for the Keurig K575, you’ll probably come across a variation of the model name that will confuse you. Is there an actual difference between these models?

For the most part, no, there’s no much difference in the machine itself, although there are a few notes worth mentioning:

  • The K500 was the first of all these models to be released. It features the main features of brewing but lacks the 12 oz cup size and doesn’t have temperature control. It also lacks the water filtration kit that comes with later models and NO hot water on demand.
  • The K550 comes next, still the same as the K500, but this one included a carafe and a set of K-Cups and K-Carafe pod samplers. It also included a water filters set. But still no hot water on demand and no temperature control.
  • The K545 PLUS is next in line, it includes the reusable K-Cup 2.0 with it so you don’t have to purchase it separately. It has the hot water on demand feature and the 12 oz cup size. But it does NOT have water filter kit and does not come with a carafe.
  • Last but not least is the K575, at this point the the Keurig 2.0 has been updated to have the temperature control, all sizes including 12 oz for cup sizes, up to 18 oz travel mug size and up to 30 oz carafe size. It includes a pack of pod sampler, the water filter starter kit but no carafe and no reusable K-Cup pod.

It seems like Keurig won’t be including a carafe with its 2.0 brewers from now on, but you can purchase either a regular or thermal carafe as a separate purchase.

What Pods Are Compatible with Keurig 2.0 K575?

You can use any K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Carafe and Vue pods that are labeled as Keurig 2.0 compatible. There are over 500 varieties available from 75+ brands, so you’ll have plenty to choose from!

NOTE: If you want to use Vue pods with your Keurig 2.0, DOUBLE check that the package says it can be used with a Keurig 2.0 brewer.

Keurig K575 Comparisons:

Keurig K575 vs. K-Elite:

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The K-Elite is a new addition to Keurig’s line of coffee makers. It’s NOT a Keurig 2.0 brewer, but it has features are just as good.

  • It has five cup options: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • It has Strong brew, Iced, high altitude settings.
  • It also has temperature control.
  • Programmable clock for auto on/off.
  • Hot water on demand.

How Is It Different Than K575?

  • Keurig K575 is a Keurig 2.0 brewer, so it has more cup and carafe options. K-Elite has cup options only.
  • K-Elite is a classic brewer, meaning it is compatible with all K-cup pods included branded cups, generic cups and refillable cups. With K575, you can either buy branded K-Cup pods or a Keurig refillable cup.
  • Controls wise, K575 has a colored touch screen. The K-Elite has simpler button controls, with a dedicated button for each cup size and a small screen for clock settings.
  • The K575 has a larger water 80 oz reservoir (naturally, since it can brew a carafe) The K-Elite has 75 oz water reservoir, which is considered quite generous for its class.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Elite, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K575 vs. K475, What’s The Difference?

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The K475 is the smaller version of the K575…

  • It has a smaller 2.4” screen, but its still colored and touchscreen.
  • It has a smaller 70 oz water reservoir.
  • It includes a pack of 6 pods to sample and it includes the water filter kit.
  • It does NOT include a carafe or reusable K-Cup filter, same as the K575.

Features Wise:

  • The largest K-Cup size it can brew is 16 oz ( vs. 18 oz on the K575)
  • It doesn’t have the hot water on demand feature.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K475, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K575 vs. K55, What’s The Difference?

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The K55 is not a Keurig 2.0 brewer, so while it brews K-Cup pods for single cup servings, it doesn’t brew larger cups or carafes.

Let’s look at the features of the Keurig K55:

  • It brews 3 cup sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz.
  • has a 48 oz water reservoir.
  • It has no display or customization settings.
  • Control panel features buttons for each cup size and light indicators.
  • Removable drip tray allows you to fit a travel mug.
  • Compatible with My K-Cup reusable filter. (sold separately)
  • It includes a 4-pack variety pod, two water filters and a water filter handler.

The K55 is quite simple brewer in comparison to the K575. It is a perfect solution for anyone who wants to brew a single cup at a time (max of 10 oz) with no customization to strength or temperature.

Read our Keurig K55 Comparisons here.

Pod Compatibility:

The K55 is compatible with the older version of K-Cups. However, you can’t fit a K-Mug or K-Carafe pod in it, since those are especially made for Keurig 2.0 brewers.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K55, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which of These Is the Right One For You?

By now, you’ve probably realized that the Keurig K575 definitely offers the most in features. If you can about the strength and temperature of your coffee, the K575 and K454 would be a great choice. How do you choose between those two? Here are the questions to ask:

  • What’s the largest cup size you’d like to brew? 16 oz is the max on the K454 and 18 oz is the largest cup on the K575.
  • There’s only 10 oz difference in the water reservoir sizes: the K575 has 80 oz capacity while the K454 has 70 oz capacity. Decide if that would make a difference in your daily use.
  • Do you need hot water on demand? this is a helpful feature for anyone who wants to make an instant meal, soup or brew a tea bag. Only K575 has this feature.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K575, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Video Reviews:

Unboxing and Review of Keurig K575: