Comparison Chart: Compare Keurig Models - Side by Side (Updated: 2016)

Put it this way.

If you’re a coffee lover, you’re gonna sure as hell love Keurig coffee machines - that much is straightforward.

However, what’s not so easy - is actually shopping for the right Keurig coffee machine for you. There seems to be well over 30+ different coffee machines, so when it comes to try and compare Keurig models against each other - in two words: it’s hard.

Comparison Chart: Compare Keurig Models - Side by Side (Updated: 2016)

Put it this way.

If you’re a coffee lover, you’re gonna sure as hell love Keurig coffee machines - that much is straightforward.

However, what’s not so easy - is actually shopping for the right Keurig coffee machine for you. There seems to be well over 30+ different coffee machines, so when it comes to try and compare Keurig models against each other - in two words: it’s hard.

That’s why I thought I’d make a pretty neat Keurig comparison table of the main coffee makers that you need to concern yourself really, the latest 2.0 models - then from there you should be able to work out the ideal one for you.

For those in a rush…

..and want to know outright which is the best Keurig machine for you, chances are you aren’t going to be going far wrong with the K475. For those who want to make sure, they are getting the right one - right about now is a good time to grab a coffee and come back - because we are going to all down and dirty with the details.

Compare Keurig Models

- K15 K55 K250 K475 K575
Dimensions & Weight H: 10.8” x W: 6.9” x D: 10.7” | 8.75 lbs H: 13.0” x W: 9.8” x D: 13.3” | 12 lbs H: 13.7” x W: 9”” x D: 13.7” | 7.5 lbs H: 13.45” x W: 13.63” x D: 10.43”| 14.1 lbs H: 13.45” x W: 13.63” x D: 10.43”| 13.9 lbs
Brewing Options Coffee, tea, cocoa, iced beverages etc.
Brewing Time Under 2 min Under 1 min Under 1 min Under 1 min Under 1 min
Removable Drip Tray
Indicators/Lights Let’s you know what’s going on in which department.
Pods Currently there is a selection of four pods: K-Cup, Vue, K-Mug & K-Carafe Keurig 1.0 
K-Cup
Keurig 1.0 
K-Cup
Keurig 2.0 
K-Cup
Vue
K-Mug
K-Carafe
Keurig 2.0 
K-Cup
Vue
K-Mug
K-Carafe
Keurig 2.0 
K-Cup
Vue
K-Mug
K-Carafe
Crossovers “My K-Cup”, Reusable filters and the new 2.0 technology. “My K-Cup”Compatible 
Reusable Filter
“My K-Cup”Compatible 
Reusable Filter
“My K-Cup”Compatible 
Reusable Filter
“My K-Cup”Compatible 
Reusable Filter
“My K-Cup”Compatible 
Reusable Filter
Brewing Sizes The amount of brew sizes available , amongst the different pods.
K-Cup Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz & 10 o)

K-Cup Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz & 10 o)
10 
K-Cup Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz & 10 oz. 
Vue Brew Sizes: 12, 14 & 16 oz. 
K-Mug Brew Sizes: 12, 14 & 16 oz. 
K-Carafe: 22, 26 & 30 oz.
10 
K-Cup Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz 10 oz & 12 oz 
Vue Brew Sizes: 12, 14 & 16 oz. 
K-Mug Brew Sizes: 12, 14 & 16 oz. 
K-Carafe: 22, 26 & 30 oz.
11 
K-Cup Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz 10 oz & 12 oz 
Vue Brew Sizes: 12, 14 & 18 oz. 
K-Mug Brew Sizes: 12, 14 & 16 oz. 
K-Carafe: 22, 26 & 30 oz.
Water Resevoir Capacity The amount of water the Keurig machine is capable of holding. Whether or not it illuminates? None. 
Must add fresh water for each brew.
48 oz. 
Full on Water Reservoir.
40 oz. 
Full on Water Reservoir.
70 oz. 
Illuminating
80 oz. 
Illuminating with Night light.
Settings Interface How you go about altering features and settings: touch screen to manual buttons. Controlled through manual buttons. Controlled through manual buttons. Touch Screen Operated 
Measures (2”) 
(Black & White)
Color Touch Screen 
(Measures 2.4”
Color Touch Screen 
(Measures 2.8”)
Switch Off A feature to turn off after a while of non-use as well as delayed time for when it isn’t in use. “Switches off after 90 seconds of inactivity” Auto Off Feature - Auto On & Off 

Energy Saver Mode
Auto On & Off
Strength Control Change the strength of your brew, to get it just how you like it.    
High Altitude Setting Can adjust for those who are situated in higher altitudes.    
Temperature Control More settings to adjust what kind of temperature you want your brew heated at.      
"Saved" Favourite Settings Remembers the brew settings you prefer best for each pod and type, so you don’t have to keep resetting.      
Auto Brew Carafe      
Handy Cord Storage To keep everything neat and tidy for the coffee machine.    
Digital Clock      
Maintenance Alerts      
Hot Water On Demand Have a stream of hot water come out instantly.        
Colors Available Black, Platinum, Red, Blue & Jade Black, Red. White, Pearl, Violet, Red, Turquoise, Blue, Serenity & Black. Black, Red, Pearl. Platinum
Price $ $$ $$ $$$ $$$

Side note: the plan is to keep this article as up to date and live as possible, so you will see a few updates here and there - but all information is sourced through Keurig.com & contacting their representaitves. Information in the Keurig Comparison chart is all details sourced second hand and is kept as accurate as possible.

Keurig K15

The K15 the most basic model amongst the main Keurig line up (also referred to as the ‘mini) is the an ultra compact coffee machine for when counter space is pretty darn limited and/or you want to take it out and about with you.

With this (and as you can see from the comparison table above) the K15 is rather limiting. It doesn’t feature a water reservoir, you’ve got add fresh cups as you go through (single use reservoir, essentially) - then add the K Cup and you are away.

You’re too quite limited on the choice available, you literally can only choose from K Cups and are limited to three brew sizes being: six, eight and 10 ounce. Everything else is pretty basic too, you get the removable drip tray - a set of manual buttons to choose the rather few settings you have (on the other hand this makes it incredibly easy to operate). You do however, get a recipe book with it.

Who’s this best for?

This ideal for the college student, to take with you on the go or those who are incredibly limited on space. It offers you the convenience factor so when you want a coffee fast, you can get it (although you will soon see you can get it even faster with the K55 - which is the model I’d recommend going for).

You still get a decent variety of coffee to try as with all the Keurig models, there are literally 100’s of different K-Cups to choose from. It’s not a bad looking machine either. In fairness, I’ve probably come across a little too harsh on the K15, reading back over the account, it’s a great model for those who are after a really cheap coffee machine. I still think it is worth investing the extra cash for a better model though.

Keurig K55

In many ways the Keurig K55 is just the K15 but with the water reservoir so you don’t have to keep on refilling it every-single-time that you want a new brew.

On the flip side, this of course means that it does take up a little bit more space on the kitchen counter and isn’t exactly portable to the extent that the K15 is.

But as you can see when we compare these Keurig models in the comparison chart above, the features and aspects very much remain the same. They have the same K-Cup compatible (and that’s about it) and brew the three set sizes. A slight advantage with the K55 also is that it can brew quicker than the K15, and still offers the wide range of additional beverages to choose from.

Standard features like the removable drip tray and indicator lights remain as well. It does have an auto off feature too.

You can basically set it for when you want it to turn off and how long for, so you can have it ready in the morning for when you are in need - have it turn off during the day whilst you are at work and then for the time you’re back from work too. Unlike the K15 though, you don’t get a neat cord storage system, although it’s not of massive benefit.

Who’s this best for?

As this is a first gen model, like the K15 (essentially Keurig 1.0) it is a basic model, that said it will be able to serve most households. It’s purpose is to basically take care of the core necessities and will produce several cups of coffee throughout the day without the need to keep refilling.

Again, ideal for a student or a single/couple living in a household. What’s great is about how simple it is to work, literally a case of punching the buttons and letting it do its thing, so great for those who could be a little intimidated by a touch screen with various settings as you will find with the later coffee makers. An all round great machine for a decent price, you can’t go far wrong.

Keurig K250

The first model in the Keurig 2.0 line up.

As you can see this technology basically allows a lot more of the range of pods to be brewed, it basically detects which type is which through the lid and populate the appropriate settings.

In many ways, the K250 is basically the upgrade of the K55, however is the ‘next gen’ model. As it offers the K Cup as well as the Vue, K-Mug and K-Carafe it offers an additional 10 brewing sizes on offer.

It also offers a decent water reserve too, not as much as the K55, but at 40 oz you can expect a good decent amount of single brews out of that - and you won’t have to be constantly filling it up. If that is one of your peeves though, you should probably look to the K475 or K575 down below, with the K575 actually having double that amount.

The K250 is also a little more advanced on what settings you have on offer. First off, you aren’t dealing with buttons anymore, you’ve actually got a touch based interface to decide what exactly you’re after. For instance, you can alter the strength control: this is essentially the ratio of water to coffee - they do this through increasing the brewing time compared to the standard setting.

Who’s this best for?

In a few aspects it is actually similar to the K55 (being actually slightly more compact but just a little taller). Obviously, the main factor is that the new Keurig 2.0 technology allows a lot more variation in what you want from the coffee machine and what you’re trying to achieve.

However, due to the relatively small water reserve it isn’t quite there in regards to supporting a coffee loving household but could support 1 or 2 for the day (depending how many mugs they plan on going through). Plus, the fact it does have the strength control setting gives you a little more of a ‘say’ on just how you like your brew.

If you are specifically debating between going for either the K55 and K250, I’ve done a nice little comparison - and ultimately chose to go with the K250.

Keurig K475

This is the model that I would recommend the average household getting, certainly one that all loves coffee.

It offers everything yoy ‘really’ need to have a one heck of a decent coffee machine, it comes with a large water reservoir of 70 oz so you don’t have to keep on refilling the machine. Also, due to the 2.0 technology you can choose from literally hundreds of different pods being able to brew a wide range of brands and specialities.

The K475 basically takes he K250 and adds to it - making it the family sized version with some added benefits.

You can not only alter the strength of the brew, but the water temperature too, so you can really hone down the ideal coffee for you (with a choice of 5 different settings). Plus, you can set it to actually remember what your ideal settings are, so you don’t have to keep going through the touch interface all the time. Upon buying the K475 you also get a starter pod pack (with six different varieties) as well as couple of water filters to get you going right away as well as a water filter handle.

It also takes the energy saving aspect up a level too. First, it has an energy saver mode, where basically when the coffee machine isn’t in use, it will switch off. However, with the K475 not only can you turn your brewer off at a set time like you can with the K55, but you can have it come on when you want too.

Hey, it even comes with a digital clock too. What’s not to love?

Who’s this best for?

For me, this coffee machine is always the model that I’d recommend to a family who want a decent model that will cater to their needs.

It’s got a large enough water tank (that of course illuminates) to keep even the keenest of coffee drinkers at bay, plus with the 2.0 technology you have a whole range to try out and brewing options. You get control over the brew strength, temperature control and basically have it all set.

I guess, it is missing some of the features that the K575 has such as the hot water on demand, which will prove useful and a few of the added bells and whistles, but that said - in terms of pure bang for buck this and the K250 is what I would be weighing up to go for.

Keurig K575

The most advanced machine in the Keurig model line up (if it is between the K475 and K575 which you are debating over, I have done an exclusive comparison here).

Being ‘the’ model in the Keurig range, as you’d expect it comes with all the bells and whistles.

That said, it isn’t overly different to the K475, there isn’t that much extra it has going for it - and as you can see from the comparison table above - it only edges it on a couple of aspects. Such as making the already rather large water tank even larger by 10 oz and having a night time light saver with the energy aspects.

What is quite a practical feature though is the “water on demand” that’s been improved since the K550 (the predecessor), where it basically grants you a running of stream of hot water on an instant which can come in pretty handy.

Apart from that though, there’s nothing significant to give it the edge of the K475 to say that it is definitely worth going for the K575 every time.

Who’s this best for?

For those who like the K475 but who want the extras too such as the larger water tank, hot water on demand - it does offer an extra couple of brew sizes as well and a larger 2.8 inch touch screen.

Which Keurig is the Best & Should I Buy?

2016 Update

It’s basically a case of what do you need it for and what do you want from it?

If you are super short on space and looking for it to be largely portable - and are happy enough with just bog standard but good coffee - the k15 would be the way to go.

However, if you are after a simple coffee machine for your house, that can take care of a couple/few coffee lovers but aren’t overly concerned with the array of pods available - sticking to the Keurig 1.0 model (the K55) will suit you down to the ground.

On the other hand, if you want a bit more say as to what you want from your brew in terms of strength and the amount of options you have available - then you need to start to look towards the 2.0 models (K250, k475 & K575). Again, if there is only two of you - you’d get away with a smaller water tank with the K250.

Then again, if you want even more options to customize your beverage just how you like it, the control over the temperature settings with the K475 - will suit you right. Plus, it comes with a range of practical features too and such like - e.g. the auto on and off feature as well as energy saving and so on.

Of course, if you’re the ultimate coffee lover and want complete control of everything then the K575 is the way to go with one of the largest water reservoirs on any coffee machine. You have the full works from a large touch screen interface to an illuminated water tank and much more.

Like always here at Dadvocated, if you have any questions or concerns about any of the line up of Keurig models we compared here today - then just shoot us across an email.