I talked about the Keurig K-Select model in a previous post and mentioned that it was a direct competitor to the Keurig K-Classic. The K-Elite is another model was released around the same time as the K-Select. The shiny and sleek design catches your eye right away, but that’s not all there is to it. The K-Elite is a step up from both K-Select and K-Classic, just keep on reading to find out how they’re different…

- The K-Elite is a larger brewer with several additional features. 
- The differences is in serving sizes, strength and temperature controls and more. 

If you want a basic K-Cup brewer, the K-Select should be good enough. But if you want additional customization, do consider K-Elite. 

Please continue reading for specific details of each model

Comparisons: How Is K-Elite Different Than K-Select?

The K-Select, like the K-Elite, has some really good features, but it lacks the ‘next-level’ features that the K-Elite packs:

Serving Sizes5 sizes (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz)4 sizes (6, 8, 10, 12 oz)
Strong BrewYESYES
Temperature ControlYESNO
Hot Water on DemandYESNO
Reservoir Capacity75 oz52 oz

– For serving sizes: K-Elite has five cup sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz) while K-Select has four (6, 8, 10 and 12 oz).

– Both models have Strong Brew option for increasing the strength of your drink.

-Temperature control is only available in K-Elite, and it allows you to brew between 187-192 degrees Fahrenheit. (read more about it here)

-Iced setting is only available in K-Elite, too. You can still brew over ice using all Keurig brewers, of course. But the idea behind the Iced setting is that is brews a more concentrated drink so when the ice starts melting, your drink does not taste watered down.

-Programmability is a feature of K-Elite that the K-Select does not have. Using the clock on the K-Elite, you can set it to go on or off at a certain time. The K-Select has auto off option only, which is an energy saving feature.

-The water reservoir on the K-Elite is 75 oz and 52 oz on the K-Select.

Which do you choose?

If temperature control and auto on are important to you, then it’ll make sense to go for the K-Elite. If you’re not fussy about the exact temperature of your coffee and don’t need the extra programmability, the K-Select is a great option.

Click here to read the full guide on the Keurig K-Select.

Features of Keurig K-Elite K-Cup Brewer

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-Compatible with all K-Cup pods: branded, non-branded and refillable pods.

-Brews five cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.

-Strong Brew option for increasing the strength of your coffee brew.

-Iced Setting: brew over ice without losing the full flavor of your coffee.

-Programmable settings: auto on/off, clock, temperature control and high altitude settings.

-Hot Water on Demand: hot water always ready for instant meals or soups.

-Water reservoir capacity: 75 oz.

-Easy to use control buttons with small display for programming/displaying clock.

-Premium brushed finish with metal accents gives the machine a more modern look.

K-Elite K vs. K-Elite C, Is There a Difference?

You might find the K-Elite available under two names, K-Elite K or K-Elite C. There is no actual difference in the machine itself, but what’s bundled with it:

-The K-Elite K includes a pack of 6 K-Cup pods, a water filter hand and a water filter cartridge.

-K-Elite C includes: 15 K-Cup pods, My K-Cup refillable filter, water filter handle and one water filter cartridge.

Keurig K-Elite Pod Compatibility

K-Elite model, like the K-Select and K-Classic, allows you to brew any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable pods. However, it’s not compatible with pods made for Keurig 2.0 that are labeled K-Mug or K-Carafe, since those are bigger and designed differently.

Where Else to Buy Keurig K-Elite


Video Review

Is K-Elite Discontinued by Keurig?

No. As of 2022, it is still still sold and supported by Keurig.

Is K-Elite a Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

No it’s not. Keurig 2.0 has been discontinued and is no longer in production. K-Elite is one of Keurig’s regular brewers.

Can I Use My K-Cup With the K-Elite?

Yes! My K-Cup, which is Keurig’s official refillable pod works perfectly with K-Elite.

Other Comparisons…

K-Elite vs K-Supreme Plus

K-EliteK-Supreme Plus
Brew Sizes4, 6, 8, 10, 124, 6, 8, 10, 12
Strong BrewYesYes
Variable Strength SettingsYes (3 settings)Yes (3 settings)
Temperature SettingsYesYes (3 settings)
Over Ice SettingYesYes
WiFi ConnectionNoNo
Reservoir Capacity75 oz78 oz

K-Supreme Plus is one of Keurig’s more modern brewers, and it reflects in its sleek and compact design. Both brewers are comparable in terms of serving sizes, brew settings

One major difference between K-Elite and K-Supreme is Keurig’s MultiStream Technology. This is what they call their redesigned needles that puncture the K-Cup pods. Instead of a single needle, Multi-Stream machines have 5 needle points that saturate the K-cup pods even better for a more even extraction.

And even though the K-Supreme Plus is actually more compact that the K-Elite, it has slightly larger water reservoir, but it’s only by 3 oz so it won’t make that much difference.

Which One To Pick?

I would personally go for the K-Supreme Plus over the K-Elite for two reasons:

-The updated Multi-Stream tech

-And for the compact and modern design. The K-Elite looks quite outdated in comparison.

You can read all about K-Supreme Plus and its other variations here.

K-Elite Compared to K-Classic

Serving Sizes5 sizes (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz)3 sizes (6, 8, 10 oz)
Strong BrewYESNO
Temperature ControlYESNO
Hot Water on DemandYESNO
Reservoir Capacity75 oz48 oz

K-Classic is quite comparable to the K-Select. So, what you read in the previous comparison applies here. The K-Classic still lacks some of the K-Select features though:

-It only has three serving sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz.

-It does not have the Strong Brew option.

The K-Elite is quite a step-up from both the K-Select and K-Classic. But when you choose between them, it always comes down to what you need in a brewer.

Click here to read the full guide on Keurig K-Classic.

K-Elite Compared to Ninja Coffee Bar

The Ninja Coffee Bar is an entirely different system than Keurig K-Elite (than all Keurig machines, really). Ninja’s Coffee Bar is available as a single serve or a carafe system, but what sets it apart is that it’s more like a traditional coffee maker, in the sense that it only uses coffee ground to make coffee (no pods, whatsoever). Also, it only makes coffee, unlike a Keurig, which can make a lot of other drinks, too.

If the Ninja Coffee Bar is of interest to you, then you can read our full guide on it here.

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