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Keurig Comparison: Sizing Up the Brand’s Coffee Makers

September 30, 2016
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Trying out different coffee flavors is relatively easy, but trying out different coffee makers isn’t — after all, there’s no option to send it back to the barista. Coffee makers are an investment, so when you settle on one to buy, you want it to be the right machine.

Keurig creates a trusted line of coffee makers, but not every Keurig is alike. We compared five of the most recent models from the brand to help you make a more informed decision before you select one for your kitchen.

Keurig K15 Classic Serieskeurig-k15

  • Price: $99.99 from Keurig
  • Features: The K15 is the most affordable and simplest of all the makers in our comparison. Priced at $99.99, it’s a compact personal brewer from Keurig’s Classic series. Users can create a single serving — of six, eight or 10 ounces — in under two minutes. The machine works with K-Cup Pods and can whip up coffee, tea, hot cocoa, iced beverages and more. There’s no water reservoir in this one, so coffee drinkers will need to add fresh water for each cup. Buy it in jade, true blue, chili red, platinum or black.
  • Works with: K-Cup Pod
  • Good fit for: Those who want just enough coffee for themselves without paying more for all the bells and whistles.

Keurig K55 Classic Serieskeurig-k55

  • Price: $119.99 from Keurig
  • Features: Next in line and price is the K55, also from the Classic collection. Like the K15, the $119.99 K55 machine is designed to create a single cup of six, eight or 10 ounces. But it brings additional features to the table that its sibling machine lacks. The K55 brews faster (under a minute), has a removable 48-ounce water reservoir and can fit travel mugs. The brewer is sold in black or rhubarb and comes with a bonus four-count K-Cup Pod variety pack, one water filter handle and two filters.
  • Works with: K-Cup Pod
  • Good fit for: Coffee drinkers who want single servings of joe that they can take on the road in a travel mug.

Keurig K250 Plus Serieskeurig-k250

  • Price: $129.99 from Keurig
  • Features: Spending $10 more than the K55 will get you the $129.99 K250 model from Keurig’s Plus collection. This line introduces Keurig 2.0 technology, affording users the ability to create a cup and a carafe (carafe sold separately). The advanced machine has the ability to read the lids of inserted pods and automatically calibrate its settings to the optimal levels for each particular beverage with minimal user effort. The brewer also features a 40-ounce water reservoir, a two-inch black-and-white touch display screen and a strength control setting. The K250 comes in peacock blue, turquoise, imperial red, violet, sandy pearl, white, black and serenity.
  • Works with: K-Cup Pod, K-Mug Pod, K-Carafe Pod
  • Good fit for: Budget-minded consumers who need a brewer that can deliver a range of serving sizes.

Keurig K475 Plus Serieskeurig-k475

  • Price: $149.99 from Keurig
  • Features: The K475 Plus is a $149.99 brewer that, like the K250, is equipped to produce both cups and carafes (4 to 30 ounces in serving size). Armed with Keurig 2.0 technology, users can make everything from traditional coffee to mochas. The Keurig K475 brings convenience-minded features like a 2.4-inch color touch screen display, a digital clock and five temperature settings. It includes a removable 70-ounce water reservoir for easy refilling, a six-count K-Cup pod variety pack, water filter handle and two water filters. This one is sold in black, vintage red or sandy pearl.
  • Works with: K-Cup Pod, Vue Pod, K-Mug Pod, K-Carafe Pod
  • Good fit for: Frequent coffee drinkers who want a higher level of convenience and customization in their machine.

Keurig K575 Plus Serieskeurig-k575

  • Price: $179.99 from Keurig
  • Features: The K575 Plus is the best brewer of the bunch. Although it’s sold in just one color, the platinum $179.99 brewer offers more than the former models in nearly every other area. Its highlights include programmable settings, a large color touch screen display, a night light setting, hot water on demand and an 80-ounce water reservoir. The machine combines these features with strength control, temperature settings and Keurig 2.0 technology. It can brew servings of 4 to 30 ounces and comes with a six K-Cup pod variety pack, water filter handle and two water filters.
  • Works with: K-Cup Pod, Vue Pod, K-Mug Pod, K-Carafe Pod
  • Good fit for: Shoppers who demand top-of-the-line features in their pod coffee maker.
 Keurig K15 Classic SeriesKeurig K55 Classic SeriesKeurig K250 Plus SeriesKeurig K475 Plus SeriesKeurig K575 Plus Series
Price$99.99$119.99$129.99$149.99$179.99
Cup size6-8 ounces6-8 ounces4-30 ounces4-30 ounces4-30 ounces
Coffee typePodPodPodPodPod
DisplayNo screenNo screenBlack-and-white displayColor displayColor display
Strength controlNoNoYesYesYes
ReservoirNo reservoir48 ounces40 ounces70 ounces80 ounces
Dimensions10.8 inches x 6.9 inches x 10.7 inches13.0 inches x 9.8 inches x 13.3 inches15 inches x 9 inches x 13.7 inches10.43 inches x 13.63 inches x 13.45 inches10.43 inches x 13.63 inches x 13.45 inches
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Did you find a Keurig that’s right for you? If not, you’re not out of options yet. For more Keurig models, consult NerdWallet’s roundup of the best Keurig coffee makers, including brewers that precede the ones in this comparison. If you want to expand your java search beyond Keurig, take a look at the brands and models that made our list of the best overall coffee makers.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.