A review of the Keurig Vue System: the design, usability, pod compatibility, maintenance and everything in between.
There are three different Vue home-use models: V700, V600 and V500.
All Vue brewers use the same technology and their performance is the same. There’s only a small difference in cup and reservoir size, dimensions and price.
With Vue machines you can make: hot and iced coffee, regular or strong coffee, tea and cafe style drinks.
On the top, there’s a programmable touchscreen with drink strength, temperature and size control. Removable water reservoir with flip-top lid for easy filling on the left and removable & adjustable drip tray. Vue brewers come only in black/silver.
Keurig Vue has the auto on feature so you can set the machine to turn on and brew coffee in the morning. You can also set the specific time when you want it to turn off. Or, you can program it to automatically turn off after a certain period of time after the last brew. The machine will also indicate when you need to refill the water reservoir.
Although Keurig Vue was not officially discontinued, they no longer sell Vue machines at Keurig .com. That’s probably because they really want to push new Keurig 2.0 and Kold machines. But if you really like the Vue, you can still find them on Amazon.
Vue 500 : 60 ounce removable water reservoir, 7 cup size options (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16), black & white touchscreen, $119.00
V600 : 74 ounces water reservoir, 8 cup sizes (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 oz), black & white touchscreen, $139.00
V700 : 74 ounce reservoir, 8 cup choices (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 oz), color touchscreen, $149.00
As far as the operation and simplicity, the Keurig Vue is very similar to highly popular K-cup system. You just take the Vue pod, insert the pod in the machine, close the handle, press the button and your coffee is ready in less than a minute.
But, the Vue does offer some extra settings. With Vue you can control the size, strength and the temperature of your drinks. You can adjust water temperature or set the timer to turn on the machine each morning for you, and much more.
The touchscreen on this machine is super simple to use. It offers three main drink options: coffee/tea, brew over ice and cafe drinks and you just need to choose the one you want. You can also adjust the temperature of your drinks, within 187 ºF and 197 ºF range (the default temperature is 192ºF). Depending on the pod choice, you can make coffee, tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee/tea and their specially designed cafe beverages.
For coffee, you can set a desired strength, by choosing regular/ strong option. Choose a cup size: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 or 18 oz and press brew.
For cafe style drinks you need two pods. Choose cafe option, then make the froth. The Vue makes 4 ounces at froth setting. Then, insert the second pod. Choose coffee or tea and cup size (this will be added to 4 ounces of milk) and press brew. It’s really easy.
Even though the system itself is almost perfect and makes great coffee, you’ll probably have to buy vue cups online. Vue cups are not as easy to find at grocery stores as k-cups so ordering them online will save your time and you will spend less money on gas.
There are about 45 varieties to choose from including coffee, tea, hot chocolate and coffeehouse drinks. Normally the price for a 16ct box of vue cups is $10.99, for vue travel mugs (20% more coffee and are ideal for large cup choices like 14 or 16 oz) is $8.99/12ct box, and you can get a box of coffeehouse cups for little under $11.00. All Vue cups will also work in new 2.0 Keurig.
There’s also a Keurig Vue adapter for k-cups that you can use to brew k-cups or your own coffee in your Vue machine. The adapter/reusable vue cup works with all Vue models: V700, V600 and V500.
And what’s also important Vue cups are made of #5 plastic and they are recyclable. To recycle your vue cups, first allow pod to cool, then carefully peel back tab to separate foil lid and any filter from cup. Recycle your cup wherever #5 plastics are accepted.
Vue cups vs K-cups, the difference between the two? The main difference are the pods and how they work. K-cup machines: After we place a k-cup into the machine, the machine makes small holes on top and bottom of the cup. Hot water is sent through the k-cup and fresh& hot coffee goes directly into the mug. Keurig Vue: Vue is doing something better – it makes a specific combination of water pressure, timing and airflow, depending on our settings. This results in pretty much a customized, perfect cup of coffee.
Different from K-cups, vue packs have two layers – plastic cup and filter with coffee. There’s a free space between them and this is exactly where all the magic happens. While the K-cup maker makes holes on top and bottom of a k-cup, Vue makes two holes on the top and uses this empty space to redistribute water pressure and air differently – and, they are recyclable.
Can Keurig Vue do espresso? No. Even though these brewers have an air-infusion system that gives nice, frothy drinks, they can’t do real espresso coffee. If you want a Keurig that makes only espresso, there’s Keurig Rivo $199.00. It uses specially designed Lavazza espresso pods and has a bult in milk frother which is great. But you won’t be able to make regular coffee with this machine.
Best grind for Keurig Vue? If you’re using a reusable vue cup, I suggest the medium grind level (try to get the texture that feels/ looks like beach sand).
Are Vue packs BPA free? According to Keurig, all parts that come into contact with water and Vue packs are BPA free (BPA: Bisphenol A).
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
The Keurig Vue includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. To keep your Vue in good shape, it’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly and descaling it every three to six months. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-2739.
Keurig Vue Water filter holder and water filters
Keurig Vue V700 replacement water reservoir and drip tray are available to purchase at Keurig website but not the V600 and V500.
If you cannot find the part you’re looking for, please contact Keurig Customer Service.
HOW TO CLEAN KEURIG VUE
I recommend to do a regular cleaning routine every two weeks and to descale your machine every 3,4 months to remove calcium deposits. This will keep your Vue nice and clean.
Regular cleaning routine, every 2 weeks (10 minutes):
1. turn off the brewer.
2. remove the drip tray, water tank and the brew head (here’s a video showing how to remove a brew head from Keurig Vue)
3. hand wash all the removable parts with mild detergent and dry with soft cloth.
4. wipe the unit with damp cloth
5. put everything back
Replace the Vue water filter, every 2 months
1. Remove the filter holder from the reservoir, open the holder and discard the old filter
2. Rinse the mesh on the lower filter holder
3. Take a new water filter and soak it in water for 5 minutes. Then, rinse it under running water for 1 more minute
4. Place the filter in the filter holder, close with lower filter holder and set the date 2 months ahead to know when it needs to be replaced again
5. Place a filter holder in the reservoir and push down until in place
I hope this helps. Thanks so much for reading and contributing, as always! xoxo
Update: Keurig Vue Recall Emails
I’ve been getting emails asking about the Keurig Vue Recall. I’m not sure what might be the reason, but it’s important to say that there is NO OFFICIAL RECALL NOTICE FROM KEURIG and everything is absolutely fine with the Vue brewers. As I mentioned, they no longer sell Vue brewers on their website but that’s probably because they decided to concentrate on the Keurig 2.0 system and the Kold system, not because there’s anything wrong with the Vue machines. The only recall notice so far was for their MINI Plus brewers with model number K10 produced prior to July 2014. For more details, please contact Keurig Customer Service.