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Keurig K-Select Review 2021: Pros, Cons, & Verdict

Keurig K-Select

Our Final Verdict

We give Keurig K-Select a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars:

Convenience
Reliability
Features
Price

The Keurig K-Select is an excellent example of the Keurig credo: make coffee brewing as simple as possible. Keurig machines are based on their pod system, making it very easy to make coffee quickly with little setup or cleanup required. The K-Select is a great machine for people who want a hands-off, one-button coffee make that requires little maintenance in favor of dependability and simplicity.

Some Keurig models favor ultra-lightweight designs that sacrifice everything for compactness, and others are behemoths loaded with features. The K-Select falls somewhere in between but falls on the smaller, simpler side. You get four different cup sizes – 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces – and a large, 52-ounce water reservoir at the expense of a sizable chunk of counter space. If you have the space for it, the bigger reservoir and flexibility of choosing multiple cup sizes are nice to have.

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Keurig K-Select – A Quick Look

Pros
  • One-button operation is very simple to use
  • Pod design is convenient
  • Four selectable cup sizes
  • Removable 52-ounce water reservoir
  • Strength control button
Cons
  • Takes up a lot of counter space
  • Doesn’t have many features

Keurig K-Select brewing

Specifications

Brand: Keurig

Model: K-Select

Product Type: Single-serve coffee maker

Pod storage: none

Removable water reservoir: Yes

Specialty drink options: No

Strength control: Yes

Travel mug compatible: Yes

Dimensions: 12.5 inches x 9.2 inches x 11.6 inches

Weight: 7.3 pounds

Removable water reservoir

We initially weren’t going to make this the first feature, but ultimately it is the attribute we like best about the K-Select. The 52-ounce reservoir is so much nicer to have than the smaller reservoirs on some of the one cup models. We only have to refill it once a week, making it significantly easier to use than other, smaller Keurigs. It’s also removable, so refilling and cleaning it are extremely easy.

Selectable cup sizes

The K-Select offers four different cup sizes to choose from – 6, 8,10, or 12 ounces. We love the flexibility to make more coffee, but the small 6-ounce size is actually one of our most used settings. The ability to make a smaller cup is welcome when we’re craving an afternoon coffee, but we know we shouldn’t over-indulge. The larger sizes are great for travel mugs, which can be placed directly under the spout thanks to the removable drip tray.

Strength control

If you like strong cups of coffee, the K-Select is a great choice for you. It features a strength control button, which lets you toggle between ordinary-strength coffee and a more robust cup. It’s a great option to have and helps satisfy guests who might have a different taste in coffee than you do. Having options is always nice, and this option gets more use out of us than we thought it would at first.

keurig k-select on counter

Size to feature ratio

If counter space is scarce in your kitchen, it might be hard to justify taking up so much room with the K-Select. It’s fairly large, and since it only makes regular coffee, it doesn’t get as much use as its size would suggest. You’re basically trading counter space for the larger water reservoir, which is worth it only if you have the room for it. We’ve already mentioned how much we love the reservoir’s capacity, but if you don’t have room for it, it’s not the end of the world. A smaller Keurig would probably suit your needs better.

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FAQ

Does the K-Select take 1.0 or 2.0 pods?

The K-Select is a 1.0 and can take all pods.

How does the strong button work?

The strong button slows down the water flow to increase the amount of time the water stays in contact with the coffee. This increases the extraction and makes your coffee stronger.

What is the brewing capacity?

There are four brew sizes: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces.

Is the K-Select easy to clean?

Yes. The water reservoir is removable, which makes it very easy to clean. The rest of the machine is easily accessible, as well.

Keurig K-Select black

What the Users Say

We believe in the wisdom of the crowd, so we went ahead and collected thoughts from K-Select users across the internet to give you an idea of what other people think about it.

The general consensus is that the K-Select is a solid machine that works as intended most of the time. Many users echo our sentiment about the large capacity water reservoir, and it seems to be a talking point.

There are a few users that dislike how hot the water dispenses if you use it as a fast water boiler. We didn’t have this experience, but it did come up a few times. We also saw several complaints about machines malfunctioning after a short period of time. Our opinion is that this is probably a selection bias where people with broken machines are more likely to report it than people who get machines that work properly. Our machine has been reliable, but it’s something to be aware of. Most likely, the worst outcome would be a simple return and exchange.

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Conclusion

The K-Select is a good machine for people who want a pod-style brewer that is easy to use and makes coffee quickly. We are big fans of the 52-ounce water reservoir, but it might not be the best choice if you have a cramped counter since it takes up a lot of space. The K-Select doesn’t come packed with features and options, but it’s a reliable machine that can make several cup sizes and comes with a built-in strength control. If you favor convenience over everything else, the K-Select is the Keurig for you.

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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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