A review of Keurig K-Elite coffee maker, a first Keurig hot and iced coffee brewer.
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.
This model has the largest water tank and it holds 75 ounces. The tank is 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.
K-Elite is as easy to use as any other Keurig machine. You insert the k-cup and choose a cup size. It needs 45 seconds to brew a cup of coffee and about 30 seconds to reheat water so you can make a second cup.
It accepts all regular k-cups, including Keurig branded and non-branded k cups, as well as a reusable k-cup filter. Keurig K-Elite is compatible with universal reusable k-cup filter.
Keurig K elite cup sizes
Keurig K Elite has 5 different cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces. There’s also an iced coffee button and hot water option.
The machine also lets you control the 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.
KEURIG ELITE ICED COFFEE SETTING
At this time, K-Elite is the only Keurig with an iced coffee option. What’s important to know is that the iced coffee button doesn’t make cold coffee. It makes hot coffee in small concentrated amounts, directly over ice.
While some people prefer to have a dedicated iced coffee button, you really can make iced coffee with any Keurig model. So if that’s the only reason you want this coffee maker, maybe you can get a cheaper model instead.
But, the Keurig K-Elite offers some other great options like 5 cup sizes, temperature control, and most important, programmable auto ON, which some of us really need in the morning. K-elite is currently the only Keurig besides K-Duo Plus with auto ON option.
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 – there’s not auto ON, temperature control, hot water on demand or iced coffee button. That’s not to say that you can’t make iced coffee in K-cafe. K-Cafe has a built-in frother with cold froth option so you can easily make iced lattes.
Keurig K-Elite vs K-Select: Keurig K-Select has 4 cup sizes and 52 ounces water tank. It doesn’t have iced coffee button, hot water on demand, or programmable options, but it’s cheaper – $129.99.
Keurig K-Elite vs K-Classic: K-Classic is a basic Keurig brewer. It has 3 cup sizes and a 48 ounces water tank, and retails for $119.99. It doesn’t have auto ON, temperature control, iced coffee or hot water buttons like K-Elite.
Keurig K-Elite vs K575: There are several reasons to choose K-Elite over K575. First of all Keurig K575 has been discontinued a long time ago. So, even though you can probably still find it on sale it’s just not worth the money. The K575 works only with Keurig branded k-cups and often has a problem with its sensitive touchscreen. So, K-Elite is much better.
Keurig K-Elite vs Ninja Coffee Bar: 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.
doesn’t feel cheap as other Keurig models
5 cup sizes
iced coffee button
hot water on demand
temperature control, strength control
programmable auto ON
works with all regular k-cups
not very durable compared to some drip coffee makers
k-cups are more expensive than using regular drip coffee maker
Is Keurig K-Elite worth the money
Although Keurig K-elite is the only Keurig Hot and Cold Brewer at this moment and this iced coffee option is its main selling point, this shouldn’t be the only reason to get Keurig K-Elite since you can make iced coffee with any Keurig brewer. What you will get for this price is good, big water tank, 5 cup sizes, hot water on demand, and auto ON.
Also, make sure that you can use this brewer in your kitchen. If you have an updated kitchen, you might have a problem with this model since some units trip GFCI outlets.