The latest addition to the k-cup system, a Keurig iced coffee maker that makes iced coffee and stronger brew.
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.
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.
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 several colors: brushed silver, brushed gold and brushed slate. There’s also a limited edition with different finishes on handle and drip tray: iron, slate and chrome.
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.
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.
The K-elite can do only single cups and it’s not compatible with Keurig carafe.
KEURIG ICED COFFEE MAKER
At this time, K-Elite is the only Keurig with iced coffee option. The iced coffee button makes hot coffee in small concentrated amounts, right over ice. While you can make iced coffee with any Keurig model (I shared my recipe here), some people prefer to have a dedicated iced coffee button.
KEURIG K-ELITE REUSABLE FILTER
The Keurig K-elite is compatible with universal reusable k-cup filter. To use a reusable k-cup in K-elite, first remove the k-cup holder from the unit: lift the handle, grasp the k-cup holder and push up from below to remove.
If a reusable k-cup won’t fit your K-elite, make sure the bottom is removed. Since this filter can be used in classic and plus series brewers, you need to remove the bottom of the filter to fit your K-elite machine. To remove, hold the filter on top and push down the Plus adapter opening firmly to unlock the base.
KEURIG K-ELITE vs other models
Keurig K-Elite vs K-Cafe: The K Cafe doesn’t have as many options as K Elite – you can’t control the temperature, there’s no auto on and there’s no dedicated iced coffee button. That’s not to say that you can’t make iced coffee in K-cafe. While the iced coffee button on the K-Elite brews hot concentrated coffee directly over ice, you will use the Shot button to do the same with K-cafe. Plus, the built-in frother has cold froth option so you can make iced lattes with ease.
Keurig K-Elite vs Ninja Hot and Cold Brew: You really must check out the new Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System. It has 6 cup sizes – including carafe, 5 brew styles, a built-in milk frother and it also has a programmable auto on. It 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.
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.
Keurig K-Elite water filter: The K-Elite is compatible with Keurig Side Reservoir Water Filter. Water filter should be changed every 2 months or 60 tank refills.
Keurig K-Elite specs:
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
If you really need temperature control or auto ON option, Keurig K-Elite is currently the only model with these options. While you can make iced coffee or get hot water with any k-cup machine, having an individual button for each option is convenient. But at it does cost more than some other basic models like K55, which you can get for less than $100. If you have an updated kitchen, you might have a problem with this model since some units trip GFCI outlets.