Keurigs are great for their mix of convenience and quality. If you’re looking to graduate from your drip coffee maker to something quicker and easier, purchasing a Keurig is a natural choice.
The number of coffee makers Keurig produces is growing all the time, with new functions and fine-tunings with each new machine. When I first began using Keurigs, I thought they were all the same. It wasn’t until I worked two part-time jobs, with two different Keurig machines, that I realized there are a variety of models to choose from.
Knowing there are options is great, but when you really just want a machine that will meet all of your needs and produce great coffee, the abundance of information can make the process more complicated than it needs to be. It’s important to evaluate what Keurig is selling these days in order to decide what will work best for you.
Two popular models, the K-575 and the K- Elite look a lot alike and offer many of the same features. If you’re shopping around, you’re bound to run into these two models and wonder what it is that really sets them apart.
We’ve compared and contrasted the features of the K-575 and the K-Elite to help others in their quest for knowledge on the different Keurig models.
Let’s begin by looking at the K-575.
Main Features of the K-575
The K-575 looks like a classic Keurig, with a more prominent touch-display on top which allows you to select your style of coffee. It can brew 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-ounce cups of coffee.
If that’s not enough coffee, this machine is compatible with K-Carafe pods, which can brew up to 30 ounces in a carafe. If this sounds like your thing, you’ll need to purchase a carafe and K-Carafe pods before you can start brewing bigger batches.
The water reservoir can hold up to 80 ounces at a time, meaning you won’t have to refill the machine frequently between brews. There is a also a hot water feature that allows you to dispense hot water at your desired size straight from the machine into your cup. This is great for a quick tea, or even for heating instant soup.
The large touch screen makes using the K-575 easy. There aren’t a lot of buttons to mess around with, and the display is very clear about which selection you are making as you use it. You can use the digital clock to set automatic times for your machine to turn on and off. This is great for conserving energy, and also for convenience sake.
This Keurig also comes equipped with a nightlight, which may not seem like a big feature, but can be nice to have when you need it. I find myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night often, mostly because I can’t sleep. The nightlight is great because it’s customizable, and you can select from a variety of different colors for your display.
The nightlight is convenient as well because if you do end up in the kitchen late at night, you can prep for the next morning by filling the water in your machine, getting the K-Cup ready, and programming the turn on and shut off time on the machine.
The machine also offers strength control settings. This gives you the option of selecting a bolder brew regardless of what size you’re brewing. It also offers five different temperature settings, meaning you can find the perfect one for your drink and never have to deal with waiting around for your drink to hit your desired temperature.
Main Features of the K-Elite
With K-Elite you can also brew in 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 ounce sizes. It also includes the strong brew function which allows for customization of your daily cup.
The water reservoir in the K-Elite can hold up to 75 ounces of water at a time, which means you can brew around eight cups before needing to refill it. The reservoir is easily removable for when the time comes to refill.
The K-Elite also has a removable drip tray, which allows you to place travel mugs under the machine to directly brew your coffee into. This is great for busy mornings on the go. The drip tray can also hold up to an entire full accidental brew, which can cover your back in a pinch if you over-brew and need a quick cleanup.
The display on the K-Elite is not touch screen, but still has a programmable clock. You can adjust the turn on and turn off times for the Keurig, which, again, is great for energy efficiency and busy mornings. The K-575 also has a nightlight, which the K-Elite does not.
With K-Elite, you can also brew iced drinks. The machine has a setting meant to brew a higher concentration of less coffee to account for the inevitable melting of the ice. This is a great feature for anyone who prefers their coffee iced, but hates a watery drink when making it at home.
The Main Differences
Now that we’ve taken a look at the features of each machine, we can go ahead and scope out what is setting the two apart. Since the two machines are similar in nature, coming from the same brand and with similar functionality, the main differences are small but can have a huge impact on what you end up getting out of your machine.
The K-575 has a lot of flexibility with temperature and brew strength. You can choose between five different temperatures for your brew, which is a useful feature for cutting back time spent waiting for your drink to cool off. Being able to customize and change the temperature can really come in handy, especially if you make a variety of different drinks with your Keurig.
While the K-Elite doesn’t offer five different temperature settings, it does offer the iced drink setting, which may be more useful for different people. If you’ve ever tried to make an iced drink at home, you probably know why having a setting for iced drinks is so useful. Nothing tastes worse than lukewarm, watered down coffee that started with the intention of being a delicious iced drink.
The K-575 is compatible with a lot more products than the K-Elite, which can only be used with K-Cup. K-575 can be used with K-Cup, K-Mug, and K-Carafe.
The two products both boast many great features, with the ability to customize your drink and get a delicious, bold brew in under a minute. Which model is right for you comes down to personal needs.
I struggled to choose between the two, as they both offer different things that make me want to choose one over the other. The K-Elite’s iced brew function makes me want to purchase it right away, knowing that I won’t have to deal with my poorly-made iced drinks anymore. But the K-575 offers five temperature settings, which is also extremely convenient.
Both products run around the same price, though you’ll need to factor in the price of the K-Cups. If you choose to go with the K-575 and plan to use K-Carafe pods, you’ll need to purchase a carafe that is compatible with the machine.
For someone who plans to use their Keurig solely for a personal cup of coffee every day, relying on the convenience and consistency of the brand, the K-Elite will probably serve your needs more than the K-575. The K-575 has a lot of extra features that someone who just wants to brew a daily cup of coffee might not want to mess around with.
The extra features of the K-575 do not affect the overall price. The two remain very close in price, though it does fluctuate. You can keep an eye on the current pricing for the K-575 here, and the K-Elite here.
Anyone who thinks they may want to brew more than personal cups, or wants to be able to adjust the temperature of their drink easily may want to opt for the K-575. This versatile machine would fit those needs.
For me, I have to go with the K-575. As much as I love the iced brew setting for the K-Elite, I know I could master an iced drink by using the lowest temperature setting for the K-575.
The fact that I can use one machine as a nightlight in my kitchen, to brew various sizes and strengths of coffee, and to use different styles of Keurig pods makes this machine more bang for my buck.
When it comes down to it, both machines are great and offer useful features for anyone looking to add a new way to brew their daily joe. Both are great options, but not all functions are useful for all people, and lacking certain features can also be a dealbreaker.
Now that we’ve looked at the main features and differences of the K-575 and the K-Elite, your search for the right Keurig should be an easy task.
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