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Keurig K Elite Review 2020: Pros, Cons, & Verdict

Keurig K Elite

Our Final Verdict

We give the Keurig K Elite a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Build Quality
Coffee Quality
Price
Ease of Use
Cleaning

Keurig K Elite – At a Glance:

The Keurig K Elite packs a lot of features into a mid-range coffee machine. But should you buy it, or is there a better model out there for you? Take a look at this in-depth review and find out!

We liked the K Elite’s many programs and customization options. You can control everything from brew strength to water temperature, and there are some nice extras like high altitude and iced coffee settings. The water reservoir is huge, and there’s a convenient hot water dispenser.

It doesn’t come in any fun colors, but it does have a classic Keurig design and a reasonably compact footprint. The interface has a lot of buttons but is surprisingly simple to use, and the coffee, of course, is tasty. The bottom line? If you have the budget, you may want to give this single-serve coffee maker a try!

A Quick Look

Pros
  • Many programmable features
  • Five brew sizes and adjustable brew temperature
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Large removable water reservoir
  • Auto-off and timer features
  • Compatible with all K-Cups & reusable filter
Cons
  • Fairly large and bulky
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Doesn’t come in fun colors
  • No milk frother

Specifications

Brand: Keurig

Models: K Elite, K Elite C

Product Type: Single-serve pod coffee maker

Materials: Plastic

Cup Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces

Water Reservoir: 75 ounces

Dishwasher-Safe Parts: Yes

Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.9 x 12.7 inches

Weight: 8 pounds

Compatible Pods: All K-Cup pods and Keurig’s reusable K-Cup

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Appearance

The K Elite is a classic-looking Keurig model that stands 13.1 inches tall. You can choose between brushed silver, brushed gold, and brushed slate — all slight variations on a metallic sheen. The footprint is reasonably compact, with the water reservoir in the back, and the interface fits well on the brew head.


Ease of Use

Like all of Keurig’s coffee machines, the K Elite is easy to use. Add a K-Cup, fill the water reservoir, and press the brew button. That’s it!

Keurig K Elite interface
The K Elite’s interface

Of course, if you’d like a little more control over your coffee, there are a multitude of settings you can adjust. You can program a time for your machine to turn on and off, conserving energy and preventing you from having to get up earlier! The brew temperature is also adjustable, so if you’re picky about your coffee temperature, you can choose between 187° and 192° F.

If you’re a fan of tea or hot cocoa, you’ll enjoy the built-in hot water dispenser. And if you hate filling water tanks, you’ll like this model, which has a very large 75-ounce reservoir.

We found the K Elite’s interface a little complicated, with many buttons and settings. Still, the icons are straightforward and you’re unlikely to spend too much time with the Keurig K Elite’s manual. And the coffee itself? Hot and delicious.


Cleaning

As with all Keurig models (and other coffee machines, for that matter), the K Elite requires regular maintenance, including cleaning and descaling. Unfortunately, there isn’t a dedicated cleaning button or program — to descale this model, you pour in descaling solution and water and use the hot water button.

RELATED READ: How to Clean Your Keurig Machine (With & Without Vinegar)


Extras

In addition to the many programmable settings, like auto-off and brew temperature, the K Elite has a high altitude setting. This is great news if you live at over 5,000 feet, since this setting will make sure your elevated coffee is as tasty as it can be.

Keurig K Elite C
The Keurig K Elite C bundle, with a reusable K-Cup and a water filter

This model also offers strong and iced settings — so you’ll never have to suffer through a weak cup of coffee. And if you opt for the K Elite C bundle, you’ll receive a water filter, Keurig’s reusable K-Cup, and a selection of K-Cups to get you started.

The Verdict

So what did we think of this Keurig model? The K Elite will probably work well for you if you like to have quite a bit of control over your coffee. It offers a lot of customization, including auto-on and auto-off features, plus high altitude, strong, and over ice brew programs. You can also make use of the hot water dispenser for tea or hot chocolate.

On the negative side, this is a large model that may have more features than you need. If you’re looking for simple, one-touch brewing, there are cheaper and more streamlined models out there, like the Keurig Mini. There are five brew sizes, but the largest is 12 ounces, which may not be enough if you like a large cup of coffee. And despite all of those programs, there isn’t a self-cleaning feature.

STILL LOOKING? Read our reviews of the Keurig K-Café, the Keurig Mini, or the  Keurig K250.

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FAQ

Where can I find the Keurig K-Elite Manual?

Your coffee maker should come with a manual, but if you’ve misplaced yours, no problem! You can find the Keurig K-Elite Manual online.

Which K-Cups are compatible with the Keurig K-Elite?

You can use any regularly-sized K-Cup. Read our reviews of the 10 best K-Cups on the market! You can also use the My K-Cup reusable coffee filter.

What kind of water reservoir does the K-Elite have?

The Keurig K-Elite has a 75-ounce removable water tank.

What is the difference between Keurig K Elite and K Elite C?

What’s the difference between the K Elite and the K Elite C? The C model is the exact same brewer — but the package includes extra goodies like a reusable K-Cup and a water filter.

Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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