Keurig’s range is growing all the time, and the K-Elite are among the newest coffee makers on the market.
Lots of people are trying to work out which Keurig model has the best features for them, and when there are two versions of the same coffee maker like the Keurig k elite vs k elite c it can make things even more confusing.
The key thing to know regarding the K-Elite and the K-Elite C is that they are the exact same coffee machine.
The features, size and weight are all identical, the only difference is the accessories. You can have a look at our comparison chart below.
According to Keurig (we phoned and asked) the K-Elite C means this is the Keurig model that is sold at Costco.
This means that if you are not bothered by the accessories, the choice will probably come down to the more affordable of the two.
The K-Elite is one of the newer models of coffee maker in Keurig’s range. They also offer the K-Select which is similar, but with fewer features and a smaller capacity.
It is easy to see how Keurig’s brand is growing and they are beginning to introduce more and more features, and one of the coolest things about the K-Elite is the iced feature.
This brews coffee specifically to be served over ice, great for those of us who live in warmer climates.
Though there are a lot of features on offer, the K-Elite is still only a single-cup coffee maker.
Whereas some of the 2.0 generation of Keurigs offered the ability to brew Carafes and larger amounts up to 30 Oz, these models will only allow up to 12 Oz at a time to be brewed.
Something else that happened when Keurig started to introduce the 2.0 generation was an attempt to ringfence the pods which could be used.
Keurig prevented people from using ‘compatible’ pods made by other manufacturers, so you had to buy specific Keurig pods. This is no longer the case, meaning more options and some cheaper pods.
You can also use the reusable “My K-Cup” made by Keurig. This allows ground coffee to be put into a pod which can be refilled on demand.
This is a great way to tackle the waste that goes along with reusable pods, though Keurig have committed to making their pods 100% recyclable in the future.
If you purchase the K-Elite C, the My K-Cup is included with your purchase, this is one of the big plus points of this model, but you can buy it separately if required.
The only other big difference is the fact that the K-Elite C comes with an impressive 15 pods in a variety pack.
The K-Elite is the perfect single-serve option. It has more features than any of the other single serving coffee makers in the range.
Options like the strength mode set this apart, these sort of features have been available in the larger, more expensive products in the range such as the K575 for a while, but for the first time are being incorporated into the smaller machines.
Describing this as a ‘smaller’ machine isn’t totally fair. While it makes servings between 4 Oz and 12 Oz, it has an impressive 75 Oz capacity which means you don’t have to refill as regularly.
An easy to use button control isn’t as hi-tech as some of the touch screen models on the market, but is very straightforward and is more than enough for what most of us need.
An LCD display shows everything from which settings are selected to when the water needs refilling.
The iced coffee mode is a totally new addition for the K-Elite. I’m sure this is something many Keurigs will offer in the future, but for now this is the only machine which can reliably offer coffee to be served over ice.
Only you will know whether this feature is any use to you.
The cost is somewhere in the mid-range for coffee machines. It is pretty reasonable in terms of price when you take into account the modern features.
- Brand new Iced Coffee Mode.
- Comes with a filter.
- Includes a sample pack of Six K-Cups.
- Control the strength of your coffee.
- No brew options for over 12 Oz.
The Only Differences: Accessories
The decision on K-Elite vs K-Elite C will boil down to accessories and price. The cost will vary depending on where you purchase and when, but the K-Elite will ship with a variety pack of six pods whereas the K-Elite C has a variety pack of fifteen pods.
The other accessory the K-Elite C has is the reusable My K-Cup, whereas the K-Elite does not.