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Keurig K475 vs K575

Coffee. Java. Joe. Mud. Brew. Everyone has their favorite nickname for that beautiful and magical liquid that gets you through your day. Some people can’t start their day without visiting their local coffee shop for that perfect steaming cuppa in the morning. It’s part of their daily routine and don’t you dare ask them to give it up.

Others prefer playing the role of the barista in their own kitchens. They mix flavors and creamers or milk to perfection. But the secret to creating that perfect cup of caffeine at home is not only in the beans. It’s also the coffee machine itself.

With all the home coffee brewing machines out there now, how do you know which is the best? One of the most popular coffee machines on the market today is the Keurig. It’s so well-known, in fact, that even other brands of coffee makers are called Keurig because of the popularity of these wonder machines.

To bring you the good, the bad and the caffeinated, we’ve done extensive research comparing the Keurig K475 vs K575. In this caffeine-filled review, we will be looking at pros and cons of each of these recent models. Read on to see which Keurig might be best for you while we pour ourselves another cup.

Why A Keurig?

Walking down the coffee aisle in the grocery store offers brand after brand, and flavor after flavor of coffee nirvana. It’s the same idea when ordering off the menu wall at your local Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. What do you feel like today? Tall? Decaf? Dark Roast? Foam? We all like to customize that daily steaming cup of java-y goodness.

So back to our first question. Why a Keurig?

It’s actually very simple. Keurig’s huge variety of K-Cup flavors makes it easy to re-create your morning fix at home, no matter what magical combination you crave. Want that Classic Cinnabon Cinnamon Rush? No problem! How about the Starbucks holiday blend? Done! Dad can’t let go of his old school Folgers coffee in the red can? They have a solution for that as well. Keurig’s 2.0 My K-Cups allow Dad to use his favorite coffee grounds for his morning fix.

Keurig is the unofficial king of the single-serve coffee industry. There are options for every budget, lifestyle, and occasion. Most homes and offices now have a Keurig on their counters and affordable K-cups in the drawers. These coffee machines are easy to use and make clean-up a breeze. So the only question left is, “Which Keurig is best for me?” Today we’ll take a look at the K475 vs K575 to break it down.

In This Corner – Keurig K475

Here’s What We Love

The Keurig K475 is a premium programmable coffee maker. With all the bells and whistles you can imagine, the K475 can make even the most die-hard coffee shop devotee fall in love with its homemade, customizable drinks. How about that one friend who doesn’t drink coffee? The K475 has you covered! You can keep hot chocolate or tea K-cups on hand for your finicky friend.

Part of the K475’s charm is its slew of programmable features. The benefit for you? Options! There are strength control settings to brew that extra strong cup of coffee when you really need it–like after that all-nighter or just before that important meeting at work. If you want your drink piping hot, then use one of the five temperature selections to avoid the dreaded office microwave.

Now not all cups are created equal. So the K475 has a variety of K-cup pod brew sizes designed to make filling your favorite coffee cup or travel mug with your flavor du jour, as easy as 1, 2, 3. When you finally decide which Disney mug you’re taking with you today, select from one of the following K-cup pod brew sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces. Keurig knows it’s not always possible to drink your coffee at home. Sometimes you have to take it with you–in a travel mug to avoid spills, of course. When that happens, just select from the K-Mug pod brew sizes: 12, 14, or 16 ounces. Have guests over? The K475 can also brew a Carafe: 22, 26 or 30 ounces using the larger K-Carafe pods.

The K475’s large 70 oz. water reservoir makes it easy to brew 8+ cups before you need to refill it. Plus, it’s removable to make cleaning a breeze. No more dragging the entire machine over to the sink to get it clean. Remove the reservoir and channel your inner Mr. Clean!

Did you struggle to see the display on your old coffee maker? Give your eyes a break with the easy to read 2.4” color touch screen display that makes customizing your drinks easy. Another way Keurig is making your life easier is by offering auto on/off, energy saver mode, a digital clock, favorite settings and a K-Carafe auto-brew setting. Press the options you want and let the K475 do the rest.

To customize your Keurig K475 even more, you can pick from three classic colors: Black, Sandy Pearl or Vintage Red. Go ahead, let your inner designer show!

What We Wish Was Better

As amazing as the K475 sounds, there are a few cons worth mentioning.

  • No instant hot water – you will have to wait several minutes for the machine to heat up again if it’s been a little while since you last used it. Best keep your hot chocolate and tea friends entertained in the meantime.
  • Older or third-party K-cups may not work with this newer generation machine. Something to be aware of if you’re looking to upgrade and still have any K-cup pods left over.

And in The Other Corner – Keurig K575

Keurig’s machines continue to get more impressive with each new model that’s developed. The upgraded K575 has many of the bells and whistles that made the K475 so popular. But of course, Keurig wasn’t about to introduce a new machine without making a few adjustments to make it even better than before. Let’s take a look at what the K575 has to offer.

Here’s What We Love

The K575 has all the same cool features that made many fall in love with the K475. It’s sleek. It’s powerful. It makes your mornings a little more bearable. Read on but watch out, we can’t guarantee you won’t fall in love the K575 too.

Remember that friend from earlier who doesn’t like coffee? Well the K575 remembers too! Just press hot water on demand on your screen, select your cup size (4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz.) and Voila! Instant hot water for their hot tea or hot chocolate. Now, your non-coffee friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness as they sip on their hot tea while everyone else enjoys their favorite java blends. And you will finally have an Instant Hot Cocoa maker that will make your inner eight-year-old squeal with delight

Not to be outdone, the K575 also has brew strength control settings for those mornings when you feel yourself dragging. Need a little help getting to that 8 am yoga class on Saturday morning after a late Friday night? Select an extra strong brew setting and get your Namaste on.

To improve upon the features of earlier models, the K575 was given an extra brew size option. Like the K475, it also gives you options for each type of pod. As with its predecessor, you can still use your favorite coffee mug and select from K-cup pod brew sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces.

Since many of us are often running late and have to take our fix to go, you can now choose between K-Mug pod brew sizes: 12, 14, 16 ounces or the newly available option of 18 ounces. The K575 is still thinking of your friends and family, though, so you can still brew a carafe and use the K-Carafe pods to choose from 22, 26 or 30 ounces.

If you thought the K475’s 70 oz. reservoir was nice, wait until you see what the K575 is packing. An 80 oz. reservoir means you can now brew about 10+ cups before having to take it over to the sink to refill. It’s still removable, so it lets you spend more time with your guests and less time glued to the coffee machine.

To save your tired eyes, the K575 has a 2.8” XL Color touch screen to let you easily adjust settings. No more squinting at dark panels trying to figure out which button brews and which turns off the unit. The bright touch screen makes it easy. As with previous models, you can still select from auto on/off, energy saver mode, a digital clock, favorites mode and Carafe auto-brew. New to the K575 is the added benefit of a nightlight, so you don’t have to wake up the entire household just to get your caffeine fix in the morning.

What We Wish Was Better

Unfortunately, there are a couple of things the K575 can still improve on:

  • Older or third-party K-cups may not work with this newer generation machine. Something to be aware of if you’re looking to upgrade and still have any K-cup pods left over.
  • No designer color options. The K575 is only available in sleek Platinum, so hopefully, that goes well with your kitchen décor.

Who Would Most Benefit From Each Coffee Machine?

  • The K475 – This machine gets you a lot of bang for your buck, so it’s best for those looking for value over luxury. It’s also ideal for small families or offices who don’t necessarily need a top of the line product but still want the convenience of a pod coffee maker.
  • The K575 – This machine is best for those looking for the ultimate in coffee brewing machines. They want all the bells and whistles and then some. It’s perfect for tea drinkers who are jumping up and down because of the hot water on demand feature. It’s also ideal for those coffee-drinking families who want to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee every morning but who don’t want to have to get out of bed to make it.

Recap

Let’s take one more look at the key features of each before we make our final decision:

K475

  • Weight: 13.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
  • Power Requirements: 1470 watts
  • Water Tank Capacity: 70 oz. removable reservoir
  • Brew Time: 1 min (Cup) / 3 min (Carafe)
  • Brew Modes: K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Carafe
  • Brew Sizes: 9 sizes (4 – 30 oz)
  • Display Screen: 2.4” color touch screen
  • Pod Compatibility: Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup reusable coffee filter
  • Extra Features: Strength control, temperature control, high altitude setting, energy saver mode, digital clock, favorites settings, Carafe auto-brew
  • Warranty: Limited one-year

K575

  • Weight: 13.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.43 x 13.63 x 13.45 inches
  • Power Requirements: 1470 watts
  • Water Tank Capacity: 80 oz. removable reservoir
  • Brew Time: 1 min (Cup) / 3 min (Carafe)
  • Brew Modes: K-Cup, K-Mug, Vue-Pod, K-Carafe
  • Brew Sizes: 10 sizes (4 – 30 oz)
  • Display Screen: 8” XL color touch screen
  • Pod Compatibility: Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup reusable coffee filter
  • Extra Features: Strength control, temperature control, hot water on demand, high altitude setting, energy saver mode, digital clock, favorites settings, nightlight, Carafe auto-brew
  • Warranty: Limited one-year

And The Winner Is…

After much debate, extensive research, and testing (not to mention tasting), the winner is the K575. Even though the price tag is a slightly higher, the benefits that the additional features offer are too good to pass up. For those who want to be the ultimate host or hostess, there’s no contest if you have a drawer full of flavor options for your guest to choose from. For anyone who still wants to brew a whole pot of coffee, the K575 won’t let you down. For those who want to get rid of their tea kettle, the hot water on demand feature is a must. Whichever you decide on, you really can’t go wrong.

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