Keurig K-Elite Review | (Really A High End K-Cup Machine?)

In today’s world, tastes have broadened and everyone prefers to have their own customized drink. Someone really likes to drink stronger joe while others prefer to have a slightly cooler drink. With its customizable features, Keurig K elite is a perfect machine.

But is Keurig k-elite also a perfect choice for you?

For this article, I have reviewed Keurig Elite thoroughly. I will describe the brewing features, taste, and functionality of this machine, and finally, come up with a compiled list of pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Keurig K Elite | Should you buy it?

Keurig k elite has greater customization features and some cutting-edge technology making it one of the best single-serve coffee makers available in the market. Equipped with a larger water reservoir (75 ounces) and a modern brushed metal exterior give k-Elite a premium look appearance. The digital LED display, Auto on/off setting, high altitude setting, brewer maintenance remainder, removable drip tray, and quietest brewing technology are good enough to justify its price.

Additionally, it features an iced coffee setting and a hot water setting for a cup of tea, soup, or oatmeal. So, if you are a coffee lover who wants full customization over your drink and wants it in quick time, then Keurig k-elite is worth the investment.

On the negative side, like other Keurigs, it is not slim and smart and has a somewhat bulky appearance. And there is no option for brewing pot and milk-based drinks. At this price, I think these features should be included.

Keurig k-elite | overview of a highly customizable K-cup machine

Product TypeSingle-serve coffee maker
Dimension9.9 x 12.7x 13.1 inches
Weight8 pounds
ColorBrushed Slate, Brushed gold, Brushed Silver
Water reservoir75 ounces removable water reservoir
Brew sizes4,6,8,10 and 12 ounces
Temperature controlYes
Strength controlYes
DisplayLCD control panel with buttons for Brew Strength, Brew Temp, Brew Size, and Iced Coffee
Other featuresHigh Altitude Setting,  maintenance reminders, removable drip tray, iced coffee setting, hot water on demand, quiet brewing technology, auto on-off setting.

The upgrade version of the previous K-475 model, the Keurig k-elite is a single-serve most customizable coffee maker with cutting-edge features available in the market. K-475 was a part of Keurig 2.0 and was discontinued because of backlash from the customers due to its inability to brew coffee with any k cup of coffee pods.

Fortunately, Keurig K elite is compatible with all the Keurig original and 3rd party k cups and also with the My K cup for using your own coffee grounds.

With Keurig K elite you can control everything ranging from brew strength to temperature control, and also have inbuilt features of altitude settings and iced coffee. One thing that I like the most about k-elite, is the huge water reservoir ( 75 ounces) and convenient hot water dispenser.

Pros

  • Super fast and Easy to use.
  • Brew over ice option for iced coffee
  • Strong coffee option for intense brew
  • Quiet Brewing technology
  • Large Water Reservoir
  • Modern design with metal finish
  • Hot water on demand function for tea, oatmeal, and soup.

Cons

  • The water reservoir is not visual.
  • Most expensive Keurig Machine
  • Single-serve only – No carafe option
  • The temperature can’t be adjusted.

 Keurig k-elite review | A DETAILED GO THROUGH

Although  Keurig k-Elite has several benefits, it still has many shortcomings. Read out each core feature and then make your decision!

1) Design and build quality of Keurig K-Elite

The dimension of  13.1 x 9.9 x 12.7 inches indicates that the Keurig k-elite is heavy and bulky. But surprisingly, it is small enough to be easily adjusted on the counter of your kitchen or office. Even when the pod lid opens, the height raises slightly above 17 inches so it won’t take more space.

Keurig K -elite

Although the machines seem heavy, it is not, it is mostly plastic and weigh about 8 pounds, so it is easy to carry to outdoor gatherings such as picnics.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in any fun colors, but the modern brushed metal exterior gives k-Elite a premium look appearance. Keurig k-elite comes in 3 colors: Brushed gold, Brushed Silver, and Brushed slate.

Keurig Elite has a LED display and a Button control panel. A drip tray that is removable and gives you more space to accommodate larger mugs as tall as 7.2 inches under the coffee outlet.

The top compartment of the machine also has a container for k-cup storage.

Keurig K Elite has an elegant and fatty design that’s quite modern in appearance. While it is not minimalist like other Keurig models, it is not too heavy either.

2) Performance of Keurig Elite

After reading dozens of customers review, I never saw a single negative review that complained about machine performance. I myself am completely satisfied with the machine’s performance. The performance of the coffee maker highly depends upon the coffee quality it produces. Honestly, The quality of coffee produced by K-Elite is highly appreciatable. Brewing time is incredibly fast.

This machine brews coffee within a minute whatever brew size you select. The heat up time is pretty fast too.

The machine is equipped with a water reservoir of 75 ounces, so you don’t need to refill the tank after each use. The machine can brew 8-10 cups of coffee without refilling the water reservoir.

The best thing about k-elite is it features a hot water button if you’re in the mood for instant tea, soup, or hot oatmeal, you can easily make it.

If there’s a sunny day outside, you can use the iced coffee option so you can amuse yourself with a cold beverage.

As Keurig claims, their coffee maker reaches the maximum temperature of 192 degrees Fahrenheit. Keurig k-elite features temperature control functionality, so if you don’t want a very hot drink, you can lower its temperature to about 187 degrees Fahrenheit. Similarly, you can control the strength of your drink by using the strength setting option.

Compatible with all types of k-cup pods gives you the freedom to experiment with different kinds of pods until you find one that matches your desired preference.

K-elite also features an altitude setting. 

Overall, I am quite satisfied with the performance of this machine.

3) Taste and the quality of the coffee drink

If you have been using K-cup brewers for a while you will not find any exceptions. Keurig Elite brews an average cup of coffee just like other K-cup brewers.

However, the real magic begins once you press the strong brew button. The cup will take a little longer to brew but it will definitely be worth it.

The Keurig brewer doesn’t usually offer smaller cup sizes like 4 oz, but this coffee allows you to brew cups from 4 oz up to 12 oz.

My favorite aspect of this machine is the ability to brew a 4 oz cup size on strong settings, as I enjoy strong coffee. This small shot of coffee resembles the taste of Espresso.

4) Cleaning and maintenance

For enhancing the smooth functioning of the machine, cleaning & maintenance is mandatory.

Cleaning k-elite isn’t a difficult task. As the drip tray & water reservoir is removable and dishwasher safe, you can remove them, rinse them with warm, soapy water, and put it back in their original position.

Keurig k-elite also features a maintenance reminder that tells you when it needs to descale the machine. 

Additionally, if you live in a location, where water quality is not good, then the charcoal water filter comes with k-elite which minimizes scale buildup in your reservoir. A water filter also enhances the overall taste of coffee as it retains the natural smell of water.

Remember you need to buy a new water filter after 2 to 3 months.

5) Ease of use

As far as ease of use is concerned, Keurig never disappoints its users. Like every Keurig Machin, K-Elite is also very simple to use. With so many features one might expect that this machine will be difficult to operate but that’s not the case.

Keurig Elite Dispaly

In my point of view, Keurig k-elite is one of the most user-friendly machines available in the market. The LED digital display contains all core feature buttons, so you can opt for whatever you like.

Unlike other brewers, Keurig k-elite has a pretty fast warm-up time of 40 seconds.

While testing, I noticed that It needs 45 seconds to brew a cup of coffee and about 30 seconds to reheat water so you can make a second cup.

 The brewing procedure is like a cherry pie. All you need is to insert a k-cup, press your desired cup size button and wait! The machine will do its magic and brew delicious drinks for you within minutes.

The only thing I really hate about the usability of this brewer is that it has a nonvisual water reservoir.

Some other Features

Let’s look at some of the core features of Keurig k-elite and how these features are helpful to you.

1) Quietness

The quietest brewing technology makes this machine work silently and makes it ideal for office environments.

2) Temperature control functionality

Temperature is a critical factor while determining optimal extraction. Temperature control feature is very rare in the Keurig model but fortunately, K-Elite, allows you to tweak the temperature between 187 and 192°F.

Keurig k-elite also features a hot water button that provides instant hot water access. So, if you need instant boiled water for making soups, oatmeal, hot chocolate tea, or Americanos, these features prove to be an ideal time saver as you don’t need to wait to boil water in a kettle, pot, or microwave.

3) Iced coffee option

Keurig K elite also features Iced coffee settings. The setting does not prepare cold brew; it prepares a small more concentrated shot of coffee and you must pour it into a cup filled with ice cubes.

4) Auto on/off feature

This machine also has an Auto Off feature which turns off the machine automatically after two hours of inactivity.

5) High altitude setting

This feature is a miracle for those who live at higher altitudes. High-altitude settings allow you to brew your coffee at altitudes over 5,000 feet.

6 Programmable settings

You might love this feature if you are always in a hurry on busy mornings. You can program Keurig Elite to turn On and Off automatically. The machine will turn on and heat up at the specified time to save time.

VALUE FOR MONEY

Keurig k-elite isn’t the cheapest Keurig model, but superior customization and upgraded core features are good enough to justify its price.

I can say without any doubt that this is one of the best pod-based machines for under 200 dollars. Yes, you can get pod-based machines with similar features from other companies at a much lower price. But Keurig is a trusted name that manufactures reliable machines and offers good customer support.

Overall, k-elite is one of the best single-serve coffee makers that offers the best money value.

Customers’ reviews on Keurig Elite

Overall, Keurig k-elite has around 45k global reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 on amazon. More than 85% of users are completely satisfied with this machine.

Honestly, you will not find any electronic on the internet with that many positive reviews.

Customers really admire Keurig k-elite for its high-end performance, the convenience it provides, and the advanced programmable features. A hot water button is quite useful for making great coffee, cocoa, and tea.

Customers also admired the button-based control panel that is easier you use than the touchscreen control panel which is present in the previous model.

Things you like in Keurig k-elite

  • The highly customizable coffee maker allows you to adjust the temperature, serving sizes, strength of the coffee, and many more.
  • The huge water reservoir of 75 ounces capacity.
  • Hot water setting for hot tea and other beverages.
  • Compatible with all k cup coffee pods
  • Iced coffee setting
  • Temperature and strength control functionality.
  • Includes brushed metal finish
  • Have Keurig’s upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing.

Things you don’t like in Keurig k-elite

  • No milk frother. (You can buy it separately) 
  • Doesn’t comes with a k-cup reusable filter. (You can buy it separately)
  • A little bit expensive.
  • The water reservoir is not visual.
  • You can’t brew a pot of coffee

Final thoughts on Keurig k-elite

Overall Keurig K elite is a great coffee maker and definitely better than other Keurig machines like Keurig k Select, k mini, and k classic with many advanced features.

So that’s it I hope you find this review helpful and if you want to check reviews of other Keurig models they are linked below.

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FAQs

Is Supreme or Elite Keurig better?

Simple Keurig supreme has no competition with Keurig Elite, Elite is far better.
However, Keurig Supreme Plus can be compared with K Elite. But again in my opinion Elite is better in terms of features. But I must say the design of Keurig Supreme Plus is much more compact and stylish compared to the elite.

Is Keurig K-Elite discontinued?

No Keurig K elite is not discontinued and is still available for sale in the market. In fact, it is one of the latest models of Keurig company.
It is Keurig K45 elite brewing system which was discontinued.