The Keurig range of coffee makers is growing all the time, and one of their newest and most impressive offerings is the K-Elite. In this review we will analyze the Keurig K-Elite vs K575 and highlight all the pertinent details.
As it is a new addition to the market, many people are comparing it to the existing Keurig models out there and working out where it sits in terms of cost and features.
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In this article we are comparing it to the K575, one of the most popular of the K500 range which is packed full of features.
The K-Elite was released at roughly the same time as the K-Select model. These are more modern products from Keurig as they start to introduce more features to their mid-range products in terms of size.
Though similar in features to the K-Select and definitely targeted at the single cup market (the K-Elite can’t brew Carafes or batch brews).
The K-Elite allows people to use compatible pods made by other brands, something Keurig had seemed to do away with when making the K 2.0 generation. This means more options and more affordable pods.
Though the K-Elite only offers smaller, single-serving sizes it does have multiple options from 4 to 12 Oz. Everything from a small pick up in the morning to a 12 Oz coffee to take to work with you.
A couple of the more modern features on offer include the strength control, something not many coffee makers of this size have on offer.
It also has an iced coffee setting, meaning it will brew your coffee specifically for serving over ice, great for summer days and always a great option to have.
Keurig K575 Reviews
The Keurig K575 is certainly a great coffee machine. Just because the K-Elite is new and packed with impressive features doesn’t mean this should be totally discounted.
If you are weighing up whether to purchase this or the K-Elite, and you often find yourself with the need to brew larger amounts of coffee, the K575 will win the day due to its ability to brew K-Carafes of up to 30 Oz.
This is great for when you have company, for meetings and for any time when a group serving is in order.
The K575’s LCD control panel is one of the big plus points, as well as being easy to use it has a lot of controls including the ability to choose the strength of your brew and even set favorite settings of sizes and brews which you can return to at any time.
This means if you like a 6 Oz brew at a strong setting in the mornings, you can set this as your favorite and easily brew with these settings whenever you like.
The K575 is one of the Keurig models where they have ring fenced the type of pods you can use.
Although there are ways to work around it, the brand has tried to keep people from buying off-brand pods, meaning that your choices are either to buy official Keurig ones or a reusable “My K-Cup”.
- A very large 80 Oz water capacity.
- Use any of K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Vue and K-Carafe pods
- Temperature and strength controls.
- Save your favorite settings.
- Variety pack of K-Cup and K-Carafe pods free with the machine.
- Has K-Carafe mode, but doesn’t come with the Carafe.
- Restricts you to using official Keurig pods.
- Doesn’t have an “iced mode” (the K-Elite does)
Being one of the newest coffee machines out there it is natural that this has some more modern features.
In terms of choices for the coffee itself, this has more than pretty much any other Keurig as you can brew to different strengths and even specifically for serving over ice.
The lack of a touch screen isn’t an issue for most of us, and the button controls are simple to use. However, where this might be found lacking is the lack of larger sizes.
Being able to choose between 4 Oz, 6 Oz, 8 Oz, 10 Oz and 12 Oz is great for single servings, but the lack of a K-Carafe option can make it unsuitable for some of us. It depends on what you need from your coffee machine.
The water reservoir seems to have also been given an upgrade by Keurig. Whereas previously, coffee makers this size would only be able to hold around 40 to 50 Oz, this product has an impressive 75 Oz capacity, meaning you don’t have to refill all the time.
As we’ve come to expect, it brews in under a minute and the mechanics of the product are sound, meaning perfect coffee pretty much every time.
This ships with six Keurig pods to get you started and give you the chance to try out which settings you prefer, and unlike the 2.0 generation it allows you to use off-brand and unlicensed pods if you wish.
This means there are loads of Keurig compatible options to choose from.
- Iced Mode.
- Includes a filter.
- Comes with a sample pack of K-Cups.
- Strength control.
- No option to save favorites.
- Only brews up to 12 Oz at a time.