Update 2015: Although Keurig Vue was not officially discontinued, they no longer sell Vue brewers at Keurig. com. Finding Vue replacement parts it’s not easy too. So, even though you can still purchase all Vue models Vue 500, V600 and V700 online (more info about each model below), I strongly recommend to choose a different brewer, maybe one from their new Keurig 2.0 product line ($109.99 – $199.99). These machines use regular k-cups and can do a single cup, a travel mug and a carafe. Most grocery stores don’t carry vue cups anymore so you will have to buy the pods online too. You can get a reusable filter for your Vue machine though.
You can still read our full Keurig Vue review below:
KEURIG VUE REVIEW
Brewing a fresh cup of coffee is always easy with Keurig. And, in today’s brand new episode, we’re staying on our theme to talk about the Keurig Vue System.
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, a really great thing about Vue is that it’s a completely programmable coffee maker. 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.
And, my favorite thing about this machine is a huge number of cup sizes. Depending on the model you’ll have 7 or 8 different cup sizes to choose from: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 oz. For this reason Vue pods come in two different sizes: regular and travel mug size.
Even though the system itself is almost perfect and makes great coffee, you’ll probably have to buy vue pods online. For some reason, vue cups are not as easy to find at grocery stores as k-cups.
Right now there are 48 pod options to choose from (coffee, tea and hot chocolate). Usual price for a box with 16 regular vue cups is $11.99 ($0.74 each) and $9.99 for 12 travel mug vue cups ( $0.83 each) . The travel size vue cups have 20% more coffee and are ideal for large cup choices like 14 or 16 oz.
Different from non-recyclable k-cups, the vue cups are made of no5 plastic so they are recyclable in most areas.
And, if you want to use your own coffee, there’s a reusable vue cup ($15.00) available. The filter works with all Vue models: 700, 600 and v500.
At this moment, there are three different Vue home-use models: V700, V600 and V500.
All Vue brewers use the same technology why you don’t have to worry about the quality of the drinks. You can make: hot and iced coffee, regular or strong coffee, tea, hot chocolate. They have a programmable touchscreen with drink strength, temperature and size control. Removable water reservoir with flip-top lid and removable & adjustable drip tray, and energy saving mode (on/off).
There’s only a small difference in cup and reservoir size, dimensions and of course, their price. The Vue 500 $119.99 has 60 ounce water reservoir capacity and 7 cup size options. Both V600 $139.99 and V700 $149.99 have 8 cup choices (the 18 ounces cup) and a 74 ounces water reservoir. The only difference between 600 and 700 is the color touchscreen on V700 model.
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. The process is easy and the company also provided step-by-step instructions for descaling. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739).
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. 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
Descaling Keurig Vue, every 3,4 months:
For descaling you can use a special Keurig Descaling solution or white vinegar. For Vue descaling instructions, please see this manual, page 7. This will remove all the build-ups and dirts.
Vue vs K-cups, the difference between K-cup and the Vue, etc. ? 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.
K cup or Vue, which is better? Keurig Vue is a powerful brewer. However, the limited pod choices and the fact that most grocery stores carry k-cups, but not vue cups is not good. And the latest Keurig 2.0 series has a huge number of cup sizes and different options, like Vue too.
Can you use regular k-cups with the Keurig Vue? Unfortunately, vue packs are not compatible with K-cup brewers, and vice versa. However, there’s a small trick that you can use if you have an old travel size vue cup. Save the top layer (plastic basket), get a k-cup, make a small hole at the bottom of you k-cup and place into the vue basket. Use as vue cup. Please note: It’s always best to use original cups since these things can sometimes damage your machine. But, for most people this is a good option to use a coffee maker with k-cups.
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 $229.00. It uses specially designed Lavazza espresso pods and has a bult in milk fother which is great. But you won’t be able to make regular coffee with this machine. However, if you want a single serve machine that can do both , espresso and regular coffee, Starbucks Verismo $119.00 – $149.00, might be just the right choice.
Do they make reusable vue packs? Can you use your own coffee in Keurig Vue? YES. You can use the V1 gold Solofill reusable vue cup ($15.00) in your Vue. Works with all Vue models: 700, 600 and v500.
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).
I hope this helps. Thanks so much for reading and contributing, as always! xoxo