Keurig has come to dominate the single-serve coffee maker market in recent years. That’s thanks to its steady stream of affordable, reliable machines that deliver a consistently tasty cup of coffee.

If they’d been around in my 20s when I was still drinking instant, I would have been giddy at the variety of coffee flavours they make possible.

Two of the more recent machines – the K475 and the K575 – have enjoyed continued popularity, but what’s the difference between the two?

In our K475 vs K575 showdown we’re going to look at what separates these machines, and try to work out which is the best, once and for all.

(If you want to explore more of my coffee content, take a look at the home brewing guide I have on the site!)

K475 vs K575: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Here’s the thing. There’s really not a huge amount of difference between the K475 and the K575, beyond a few tweaks here and there.

For the record though, here are all the features that set these machines apart from each other:

  • Water Reservoir: 70oz (K475) | 80oz (K575)
  • Touchscreen: 2.3 inches (K475) | 2.8 inches (K575)
  • Digital wallpaper: No (K475) | Yes (K575)
  • Nightlight: No (K475) | Yes (K575)
  • Hot Water: No (K475) | Yes (K575)

Apart from the extra 10oz in the K575’s water reservoir, the differences between the two machines are mainly cosmetic.

If you’re going to make a choice between these two machines, you’ll need to decide whether any of the extra features found on the K575 are deal-breakers for you.

It’s best to assume you’ll need around an average of 8oz per coffee serving, so you’ll get around one more cup out of the K575. Once that’s done it’s time for a refill of the reservoir.

If you don’t intend to make other drinks like tea or hot cocoa, then you won’t be fussed about having the Hot Water function found on the K575 either. I like having it, just because my kitchen is quite small and I’ll take any extra functionality in one appliance that I can get!

Both of the touchscreens are perfectly serviceable and allow easy navigation of the brewing options. If your eyesight is poor – or you’re buying this for someone who struggles to read displays – it would make sense to go for the K575.

As for the touchscreen wallpaper and the nightlight, these are nice extras but are never going to be factors in my buying decision!

Here are the full specs of each machine, and I’ve also included an image of each one. As you can see there are some subtle design differences between them, but nothing drastic.

After looking at the specs we’ll take a closer look at the most important features in greater detail.

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K475

  • Brewing System: Keurig K 2.0
  • Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.5 x 13.3 inches
  • Compatibility: 2.0 K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Vue, K-Carafe, My K-Cup
  • Brew Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, 26, 30oz
  • Water Reservoir: 70oz
  • Removable Drip Tray
  • Brewing Time: 1 minute
  • Touchscreen: 2.4 inches colour
  • Strength Control
  • High Altitude Setting
  • Auto On / Off

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K575

  • Brewing System: Keurig K 2.0
  • Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.5 x 13.3 inches
  • Compatibility: 2.0 K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Vue, K-Carafe, My K-Cup
  • Brew Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, 26, 30oz
  • Water Reservoir: 80oz
  • Removable Drip Tray
  • Brewing Time: 1 minute
  • Touchscreen: 2.8 inches colour
  • Strength Control
  • High Altitude Setting
  • Auto On / Off
  • Hot Water Function
  • Night Light

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Assuming you don’t care about the extras of the K575, it’s likely you’ll want to go for whichever machine is cheaper at the time.

Just keep in mind that later machines tend to feature a few improvements to the internal mechanisms. You can also expect longer support from Keurig as well.

K475 v K575: SIMILARITIES

Now we know what makers them different, but what do these machines have in common? Here’s everything you need to know about both of these Keurig coffee makers:

Keurig 2.0 Brewing

Each of these brewers make use of something called Keurig 2.0 brewing technology. The nice thing about that is that it will detect the pod you’ve put in, and brew it just right.

That means though that you can only – officially – use branded Keurig coffee pods. The good news on that front is that there are hundreds of different pods to choose from.

(There are ways of tricking these machines into thinking you’ve inserted a branded pod. You may be playing with fire a little when it comes to your warranty though.)

If you want to use your own ground coffee instead, you’ll need to pick up the optional My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter.

There are some ground coffee flavours I really don’t want to let go of so I find this very helpful. If you’re the same as me, then it’s worth grabbing one of these with the machine. They really don’t cost much at all.

Keurig has made K-Cups a lot easier to recycle in recent years, although they’re still not exactly environmentally-friendly. The reusable filter will help limit what you’re sending to landfill a little though.

Brew Sizes & Flavour

Keurig K-Cup coffee tastes pretty much the same, regardless of the machine you own. Real coffee afficionados may scoff a little at the strength and flavour overall, but it’s still miles away from coffee out of a jar.

What I really like these machines for is their convenience. The flavour might not be as good as drip-made coffee, but it’s there in your cup in under a minute, and without the usual mess to clear up either. For daily use these things are just fine and I wouldn’t be without one.

Both of these machines can serve coffee in 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz measures (larger with the K-Mug or K-Carafe). I like having that largest single-cup serving on hand here, as it’s not always available on machines further down the Keurig range.

Strength Control is a nice feature to include, as it means you can get the day started with a huge injection of caffeine. Once evening approaches though, I’ve personally found myself having to reduce the intensity a little bit (old age comes to us all…)

This gives you the flexibility to adjust brew strength for yourself or any visitors you have over.

As for brewing times, you’re looking at around one minute for a single cup of coffee to be served. If you’re using the K-Carafe and need to make a bigger pot, the whole process is finished up in around three minutes.

Touchscreen

All these brew settings are controlled using the touchscreen found at the top of the machine. It’s really easy to get things set up how you want them, so don’t be intimidated. Keurig knows how to keep things simple when it comes to this stuff.

The K475’s touchscreen is a little smaller than its bigger brother’s, but not so much that it causes a problem – to my eyes at least.

My wife and I have our own preferences when it comes to coffee, but thankfully we could store our favourite settings on both machines.

Auto On / Off

I always get a little bit uneasy about the idea of hot appliances stewing away in the background. Thankfully the K475 and K575 both shut off after a period of inactivity (around 90 seconds).

I am always in a rush in the mornings though, so I’m a fan of being able to programme the machine the night before. That way you get your first cup of coffee the moment you need it (which is “right now” in my case).

Just get the pod loaded up before you go to bed, make sure there’s enough water in the reservoir, and then set the time for when you’ll be up and about in the kitchen.

K-Carafe / K-Mug

Although both the K475 and the K575 are compatible with the K-Carafe and K-Mug travel cup, you’ll need to buy these items separately. They’re not included out of the box in either case.

You’ll also need to keep a separate supply of pods for each of these accessories.

It’s a bit of a shame that neither of these commonly-used accessories are included. At the same time though, at least you’re not paying for something you might not even need.

Regardless of the machine you settle on, I always recommend seeing if your existing travel mug or carafe will fit once you’ve removed the drip tray.

If they don’t fit, you can think about ordering the official Keurig kit. Otherwise there’s no need to spend money needlessly.

Installation

Installation of both the K475 and the K4575 is very simple.

The machine will arrive with a user manual, but you really can’t mess up with a Keurig coffee maker.

  • Take everything out of the packaging
  • Assemble according to the instructions in the user guide
  • Switch the coffee maker on
  • Fill the water reservoir
  • Use the touchscreen to enter whatever settings you prefer
  • Put the coffee pod in
  • Hit Brew

That’s it! One of the nice things about a Keurig is that you get really tasty coffee from them, very easily. You don’t have to faff around with complex settings.

Cleaning

Both machines are easy to maintain over the long term. As they have a plastic exterior, a quick wipe down with a wet cloth is enough to keep them looking their best.

The drip tray is removable too, so all you need to do is slide it out from the front, empty the muck from inside and then give it a rinse and wipe down. Pop it back in the coffee maker and you’re done.

You should also descale your machine regularly.

Aim for a six monthly descale if you’re using the machine infrequently. If you’re really churning through coffee then think about running the descaling programme every three months or so instead.

CONCLUSION

The fact is both of these machines do a really good job of delivering the full Keurig experience. If you’re still not sure which is right for you, you can find out more about each of them in our K475 and K575 reviews.

There’s not a lot of difference in price, and so I would recommend choosing the K575 over the K475. You get a bigger water reservoir, a hot water dispenser for other drinks, and a bigger touchscreen too.

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As a more recent machine, it’s also likely to enjoy longer support from Keurig and that’s always a consideration worth factoring in.

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