The latest addition to the k-cup system, a Keurig coffee maker that lets you make iced coffee and stronger brew.
75 oz removable water tank
5 cup sizes
iced coffee button
hot water on demand
auto on, auto off
works with regular k-cups
lets you control the temperature and strength
13.1 inches tall and 9.9 inches wide
The $169.99 Keurig K-Elite is constructed of metal and plastic. Its design easily blends in with contemporary kitchen decors and it’s sturdier than other k-cup models. It’s a definite improvement over the previous design.
Not only does this machine brings some nice design details, it also meets consumers’ demands for making iced coffee or stronger brew at home using k-cups. And with its new brushed finish, we can’t deny that the K-Elite is a tempting appliance.
The water tank holds 75 ounces and it’s removable which makes it easy to rinse and refill. While the k-cup holder looks the same, the area around the holder is slightly easier to wipe than it was before.
Buttons are placed on top for easy controls. Besides 5 different cup sizes and 2 dedicated buttons for iced coffee and hot water on demand, there’s auto on/off option so you can set a time to have the coffee maker ready when you get up or save energy.
The K-elite retails for $169.99 and comes in two different finishes: brushed silver and brushed slate.
Ease of use
Since it shares the same basic design as all Keurig machines, the K-Elite is just as simple to use. It accepts all regular k-cups, as well as reusable k-cup filter. The K-elite can do only single cups and it’s not compatible with Keurig carafe.
There are 5 different cup sizes to choose from 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 ounces. It lets you control water temperature (it has a range between 187 and 192 degrees Fahrenheit) and coffee strength. For bolder brew, just press the Strong button before selecting your brew size.
Perhaps this coffee maker’s most innovative feature is its iced coffee mode. This button is for making hot coffee in small, concentrated amounts right over ice. It’s not much different though than doing the task with 4 oz cup setting, but it’s nice to have a dedicated button.
Additionally, there’s a button for dispensing hot water only.
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
The Keurig K-Elite includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. To keep your machine in good shape, it’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly and descaling it every three to six months. The machine has the maintenance reminder and will let you know when it is time to descale.
The water filter should be changed every 2 months or 60 tank refills.
The main advantage of this new model is its design and the fact that it doesn’t feel delicate as some earlier models. While you can make iced coffee with any k-cup machine (use this recipe) or get hot water, having an individual button for each mode is convenient. But it’s pricey – $169.00 compared to $80 K55 or $99 K-select.
And if you’d like to ditch the pods and switch to ground coffee, you must check out the new Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System. It has 6 cup sizes – including carafe, 5 brew styles, built-in milk frother, warming plate that allows you to adjust time and temperature, programmable auto on, auto off and clean indicator. The Ninja retails for $199.00 but with so many different options (it also brews loose leaf tea and tea bags) and the fact that it uses ground coffee and not the pods, you will save those extra $30 in no time.