Keurig K-Elite Review – Is It the Finest K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker Yet?
Are you interested in a Keurig coffee machine and only want the best of the best? Read our Keurig K-Elite review to find out if this model (which is the upgraded version of the popular K-475, now discontinued) is the right one for you. Spoiler alert: it probably is.
The Keurig K-Elite
- The most customizable Keurig machine, including temperature control
- Large water reservoir
- Elegant look and stylish brushed slate, silver or gold finish
The Keurig K-Elite Review
Custom Brewing Features – 5/5
While this type of automatic single-cup coffee maker won’t offer real control over the brewing process unlike, for example, pour over methods, the K-Elite single serve is the most customizable when it comes to Keurig machines.
What we like the most is its brew temperature control: while the water temperature is an incredibly important factor in coffee extraction (1), it’s a very rare feature not only in Keurig models, but in single-cup coffee brewers in general. The K-Elite, however, lets you tweak the temperature between 187 and 192°F, and it even has elevation settings should you need to brew coffee at a higher altitude (2).
“In order to get that perfectly extracted cup of coffee, as well as ensure our machines last, you need to be aware if you’re brewing at high elevations.”
The K-Elite single-serve coffee maker is obviously compatible with hundreds of K-Cups, meaning that you surely won’t get bored when choosing the flavor of your next morning coffee.
It also has 5 different cup sizes: you can choose between 4, 6, 8, 10 or—perfect for a travel mug—12 ounces of coffee. If you need an extra kick, go on and press that Strong Brew button to increase the strength and bold flavor of your coffee!
If you also happen to enjoy iced coffees every once in a while (who doesn’t?), you’ll love its Iced option, which allows you to ‘brew hot and enjoy cold’ without compromising on the flavor.
Make Your Life Easier’ Features – 5/5
The K-Elite single-serve coffee maker is very practical and easy to use: like any Keurig model, you just need to insert the K-Cup, choose a size and you’ll get a coffee in less than a minute.
However, the K-Elite has lots of extra features that will make your life easier. First of all, it’s programmable!
You’ll be able to decide when it turns on and how long it shuts off after your brew, saving you time and energy.
It has a handy Hot Water button, giving you instant hot water for a nice cup of tea or to add to instant soups and oats, while its Quiet Brew Technology means that you won’t wake up the entire household when you brew your first cup of coffee of the day.
How often you descale your Keurig coffee machine depends on the level of mineral content in the water you use (3), but, luckily, this model has a handy Maintenance Reminder that lets you know when the time has come. Like all Keurig models, the K-Elite coffee maker also has a removable drip tray that simplifies the cleaning process as well as making it easier to fit bigger travel mugs.
Water reservoir – 4/5
The K-Elite has an incredibly large water tank for a single-serve coffee maker designed for the house: with its 75 ounces of water, it’s slightly larger than its predecessor (K-475) and second only to the Keurig K155 OfficePRO Premier. Basically, you can have a 6-ounce cup of coffee a day for 12 days without having to refill it.
As usual with Keurig models, the water tank is detachable, which makes it very easy to fill up and clean
It’s also compatible with Keurig’s charcoal water filter, one of which is usually included when you purchase this model.
Do NOT Buy If…
You don’t have much of a budget – As you might have guessed from our Keurig K-Elite review, we think that, when it comes to Keurig, this model is the best of the best thanks to its impressive customizability. However, if you’d rather invest less money as you don’t really need all these extra features, we think the K-Classic or its near-twin, the K-50 might be a better choice for you. We compared the K-50 and K-55 here. Another lower-priced option is the K-15, which you can read about in our Keurig K15 review. And if you want to look at other options, check out our review of the best Keurig coffee makers.
You want to be able to enjoy large carafes of drip coffee too – If you enjoy the ease-of-use and practicality of K-Cups but think that you could do with some large carafes of drip coffee too, every once in a while, then we recommend the K-Duo Plus: it comes with a thermal carafe and a filter for coffee grounds, while also maintaining Keurig’s signature K-Cup element.
You want to be more in control of the brewing process – In our opinion, the K-Elite coffee maker is the best Keurig model, but we will choose ground coffee over K-Cups any time. If you’re like us but don’t want to compromise on time and practicality, we recommend looking into espresso machines, SCAA-certified coffee machines or the other options included in our list of the fastest coffee makers. You might also consider the Hamilton Beach 49981, which uses K-cups but also takes ground coffee. If you live in the mountains, the K-Select should be on your list because of its included altitude control; you can read about it in this post. And in case you like your coffee milky and frothy, why not consider the K-Cafe?
Overall, the K-Elite is the Keurig model that offers the most features and customization, from temperature control, to Strong Brew, to various brew sizes, to iced coffee and pretty much everything in between. It’s also very elegant and stylish: it comes in 3 different premium colors (brushed slate, brushed silver or brushed gold) that will easily blend in with your kitchen.
Because of the environmental footprint of K-Cups, we strongly recommend that you also purchase a My K-Cup universal reusable coffee filter, which lets you use your own coffee grounds instead (we promise you’ll thank us as soon as you taste the quality difference… and realize how much money you’ve saved!).
No, the Keurig Elite can’t brew a carafe and is therefore not compatible with Keurig’s carafes
Yes, the Keurig K-Elite comes with a one-year warranty.
No, you can’t use coffee pods in a Keurig as only their K-Cups are compatible with Keurig machines.
We think that the K-Elite is the best Keurig to buy because it offers the most features and settings, as well as a large and handy water reservoir. However, the best Keurig for you is the one that suits your needs the most: if you are not set on the K-Elite, we recommend checking our list of the best Keurig coffee machines.
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- Molina, A. (2018, October 11). How Does Elevation Affect Your Ideal Coffee Brew Temperature? Retrieved from https://www.perfectdailygrind.com/2018/10/how-does-elevation-affect-your-ideal-coffee-brew-temperature/
- (n.d.). (2017, June 28). How often do I need to descale my system? Retrieved from https://support.keurig.com/article?id=kA036000000CJgi