Keurig K-Elite Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
- Large Capacity
- Multiple Cup Sizes
- Regular or Strong Brew
- Adjustable Temperature
- Modern and Stylish
- Unwieldy large reservoir
- Complaints about leaking discharge
- Incompatible AFCI circuit breakers
The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker combines a modern, compact design with loads of features. Get your day going with a Strong brewed coffee. Then later in the day cool down with a refreshing iced coffee. Choose from hundreds of flavors of K-cup® pods. Or brew your own from fresh ground coffee in the Universal My K-Cup® Reusable Coffee Filter. Read my unbiased detailed review to see if this is the right coffee brewer for you.
Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker – Overview
|Name:||Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker|
|Manufacturer:||Keurig Dr. Pepper|
|Manufactured In:||Burlington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.|
|Overall Rank:||93 out of 100|
The Keurig K-Elite has a modern design with a premium brushed finish. It comes in two colors, brushed slate and brushed silver. Both feature stylish metal details.
Built for convenience, Keurig coffee makers are fast and easy to use. Brew coffee in less than a minute with very little hassle.
At the same time early Keurig models took easy to its ultimate limits. Put water in, pop a pod in, and bingo a cup of coffee is made.
However, people have different tastes and so Keurig has responded. The K-Elite has customization features that make it a standout among single-serve coffee makers.
Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker – Features
The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker has a large 75-oz. (2.2 L) water reservoir. You can make up to nine 8-oz. cups of coffee without refilling.
If 8 ounces isn’t your preferred size of cup don’t worry. It can use 5 different K-Cup pod sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz.
On the downside some people have trouble carrying the 75-oz. reservoir full of water and juggling it back onto the machine without spillage. In this case bring a container with a pouring spout over to the machine and fill the reservoir from it.
You can place any container up to 7.2″ tall under the coffee makers discharge.
Another great feature is the brew strength control. The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker has a “STRONG” button to give you a bold tasting cup of coffee.
The difference between Strong Brew and regular taste is noticeable but not overpowering or bitter. Whenever you need that extra shot of flavor a bolder cup gets your mojo going.
The button marked “ICED” is for brewing coffee directly over ice without watering it down by pouring hot coffee over frozen cubes. There are better ways to make iced coffee but this is faster and more convenient. In your modern fast-paced world speed and convenience is often just what you need.
The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker accepts almost any brand of single-serve K-Cup. Keurig learned their lesson the hard way with Keurig 2.0 machines that only worked with Keurig branded K-Cups.
So now you can choose from 100’s of brands and flavors of coffee in K-cup compatible pods.
Also, Keurig has a Universal My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately) that can be used to brew packaged or freshly ground coffee.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) recommends a water temperature of 195°F – 205°F (91°C – 96°C) for the best coffee extraction. The Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Machine allows you to adjust temperature between 187°F and 192°F (86°C – 89°C).
Although brewing coffee at higher temperature may give you optimum extraction quality it can also burn your mouth. So if you are in a hurry, the lower temperature may be what you want.
If you live at a higher altitude you know how temperature affects water differently than a sea level. It boils sooner the higher the altitude. Standard coffee makers brew weaker tasting coffee as a result. The K-Elite has a high altitude setting that lowers the water temperature to ensure that your coffee tastes just as good no matter where you live.
Another great feature of the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker is the programmable clock. You can set a start time so that your morning cup of coffee is brewed, hot and ready for you to start the day.
You can also save energy by setting the auto-off timer for up to 2 hours in 15-minute intervals after your last brew.
The large water reservoir really comes in handy when you want just hot water for soups, sauces, oatmeal, tea, and so on. Without a K-Cup inserted, press the HOT WATER button and any mug size button (4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz.) for hot water on demand.
The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker has an empty reservoir indicator and a maintenance reminder that simplifies keeping it clean and operating properly.
|Capacity:|| 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces (118, 177, 237, 296, and 355 ml)|
75-oz. (2.2 L) water reservoir
|Finish:||Brushed Silver or Brushed Slate|
|Materials:||All parts in contact with water or pods are BPA-free|
|Power:||1500 watts peak at start, 200-400 watts heating, 60 watts idle.|
Programmable Auto-off energy saving mode.
|Temperature:||Programmable from 187°F to 192°F (86°C – 89°C)|
|Voltage:||120VAC, 60 Hz|
|Dimensions:||13″ (33 cm) x 8″ (20 cm) x 13″ (33 cm)|
|Weight:||10 lbs (4.5 kg)|
|Warranty:||1-year Limited (Manufacturer pays shipping costs)|
Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker – Pros & Cons
- Fast – brews in under 1 minute
- Large capacity water reservoir
- Brews 5 different size K-Cups
- Brews with My K-Cup reusable filter
- Regular or Strong brew options
- Versatile – uses any K-Cup compatible pod
- Quiet Brew technology
- Adjustable temperature control
- Modern and stylish appearance
- Large water reservoir can be difficult for some people to return to the machine without spilling.
- Complaints about K-Elite machines turning on by themselves in the morning and draining the reservoir all over kitchen counters. Keurig replaced all of them under warranty (sometimes several times). Appears to have been a design defect that has been fixed.
- Also some complaints about the Keurig causing arc fault protection circuit breakers (AFCI) in newer homes. AFCI circuit breakers are there to prevent electrical fires in your home, do not change them to an ordinary or even GFCI circuit breaker which performs a different safety function. AFCIs are improving, have your electrician see if a different make/model will solve this incompatibility problem.
If you want to know more about AFCI circuit breakers and what makes them trip read this Structure Tech article.
Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker – Final Opinion
If you like your coffee quick and easy with no frills, like lattes or cappuccinos, but with options for personalization like temperature control or iced coffee, then the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker is the one for you.
Fast, quiet, versatile, and very stylish the K-Elite stands out among Keurig coffee machines. I give it 93 out of 100 not only for its performance but also for the great customer service that Keurig provides.
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