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When you’ve gotten to this point in the coffee machine buying process, you’ve already made some sacrifices. Your morning of starting the drip brewer is a thing of the past and you don’t want to pay four bucks a day for a cup of coffee. You want something quick and easy in the morning, pop a pod in the machine and grab the travel cup on the way out. That is the true convenience of a Keurig machine.
But there isn’t just one Keurig machine, there are several. So which one is right for you? Here’s how two similar models—the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve and the Keurig K475 Single Serve—compare:
The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve is a pod-based Keurig coffee machine. That’s really all you need to know. You put a pod in, you press a button and it makes coffee. Actually, there is a bit more to know about this particular machine. It has more than one button for instance—and these buttons do things.
Those things include a strong brew option, to increase the strength of the coffee. There are also buttons for multiple cup sizes, up to 12 ounces. Those buttons include one for descaling (which is actually a handy cleaning feature), temperature control and high altitude settings. This device is highly programmable, which is appreciated in a pod machine.
The best feature of the Keurig K-Elite is that it can be used for other pod-based drinks that are not coffee related. Iced tea, iced coffee (okay, that one is coffee- related) and whatever else comes in pod form that isn’t coffee. So you can live that total pod-life when it comes to your beverages.
By comparison, the Keurig K475 only handles coffee, but it can handle more of it. With the regular pod brew sizes 4 to 12 ounces, it also has an option to use the K Carafe pods to brew 22, 26 or 30 ounces of coffee. While variable water amounts with the same pod create an imperfect brew, you’ve already decided that sacrifice is worth it for the sake of quick and functional coffee.
The Keurig K475 doesn’t have a bunch of buttons, it has a color touchscreen. There is a strength control setting as well as temperature settings. With a 70-ounce reservoir you can make all the hot water you want up to 70 ounces, or brew some coffee with pods. It’s really up to you.
There are more similarities between these two machines than differences. The water reservoirs are within a few ounces of each other and they both brew coffee as the primary function. The prices are similar—roughly $149—so you have to look at the few differences when deciding which one to buy.
The K-Elite seems like the better choice because of the brew over ice option, so you can make Snapple and Iced Tea instead of coffee. While the K475 has the touchscreen, those always find a way to get ruined in the kitchen, buttons are better.
The K475 also offers the carafe option, but do you really want to brew an entire pot of coffee with a Keurig? Get a larger drip machine if you want to do that. Both have temperature control and strength of brew options and both have about the same counter space footprint.
So really, it comes down to buttons vs. touchscreen, carafe vs. brew over ice. Either way you lean, you’ve got the pods, you’ve got the travel mug, you’ll get your cup of coffee.