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When I was commuting into work and leaving the house at a ridiculously early hour, I found myself spending far too much money on takeaway coffees. With Starbucks revenues at $6.82 billion at the last count, I’m clearly not alone!
With a young family and a stretched budget though, I had to find ways of saving cash while still getting a decent cup of coffee inside me.
Back then there wasn’t anything like the range of single serve coffee makers that exist today, but I wish there had been!
Keurig’s one of the most popular manufacturers of these nifty machines, which produce high-quality coffee in record time.
In this Keurig K575 review I’m taking a closer look at one of the most popular makers at this end of the range. Does it live up to the hype?
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Keurig machines are great if you want to get a decent cup of coffee inside you easily, and do so much faster than traditional drip coffee makers are capable of.
If you’re the kind of person who’s often in a rush but doesn’t want to compromise too much on coffee quality, they’re a great solution. Many of these coffeemakers also do a very good job of brewing on both a cup-by-cup basis, and on a bigger scale when you have guests around.
Very few true coffee coinnosseurs rely exclusively on a Keurig. There’s a huge variety of coffee pods to choose from, but the taste and strength just can’t match slow-brewed coffee. Many find the ease of use and speed of a Keurig to be worth the trade-off though – at least some of the time.
Before you settle on the Keurig K575 coffee maker, you should think about the following things:
The K575 is one of the largest machines in the Keurig range, and you will need around 17 inches of height free to fit it in place and open it up to insert the pods.
The machine is also constructed from a plastic shell. For most people this won’t be an issue, but if your coffee machine simply has to match your stainless steel equipment then you might need to look elsewhere.
The good news is that the K575 is still quite easy on the eye for a coffee maker of this type. That’s helped by a clear, large touchscreen that makes the machine punch above its weight in appearance.
Keurig 2.0 Brewing
The K575 makes use of Keurig’s 2.0 coffee system.
That means you’ll need to use the officially branded coffee pods, the cost of which can add up over time.
Fortunately you can buy a reusable filter separately. This lets you continue using your favourite ground coffee, which is good for you and even better for the environment.
Technically you can work around the 2.0 system by holding onto the label from one of the pods supplied with the K575. Scan it in, use your alternative pod, and you’ve tricked the machine into making something else.
Just keep in mind that this could – if detectable by Keurig – invalidate your warranty if anything went wrong with the machine.
How many cups?
One of the things I really like about the K575 is its massive 80oz water reservoir. That’s good for between 8-10 cups of coffee without having to refill the machine.
It’s also compatible with optional accessories like the K-Carafe and K-Mug pods. You might find the K-Carafe particularly useful if you have people over to visit often, and don’t want to make everyone’s coffee one cup at a time.
Some machines allow you to set a start time for the machine. I find it useful to be able to set up my first brew the night before, and then get the day started with a hot cup of coffee.
The K575 allows you to do this, and also has an Auto Off setting. This switches the machine off after a period of inactivity, which saves some money on the power bills and again helps the environment.
The Keurig K575 sits at the higher end of the company’s collection of coffee machines. This is a machine to buy if you’re an existing Keurig fan who wants the ultimate experience, or someone who just wants to jump straight to the top of the product line.
If you need a steady stream of Keurig caffeine in your veins, then I think this is the best option available to you. If you’re going to have coffee-guzzling guests in your house, then the K575’s big reservoir should prove more than enough for the job.
If you want to stick to the official product line, you’ll need to buy the K-Carafe separately. Alternatively you can remove the drip tray and see if your existing carafe will fit. It might be worth buying the K575 and trying that first, before buying unnecessary extras.
The same advice applies for your travel mug. Just remember that you’ll need a stash of K-Carafe and K-Mug pods to get the coffee serving sizes you need.
- Large 80oz reservoir so refilling is minimised
- Lots of different brew sizes to choose from
- Strong brew setting so you can amp up the richness
- Programmable, so you can set the machine to run exactly when you want it to
- Easy to clean with a removeable drip tray
- Multiple brewing temperatures so you can get your coffee just as you want it
- Can use your own ground coffee if you purchase the reusable coffee filter
- One of the largest machines in the Keurig range
- Plastic finish may not be suitable for high-end kitchens
- Strong brew setting helps a little, but Keurig coffee is generally weaker.
- Without the reusable coffee filter, you’re technically limited to Keurig branded pods
Those are the basics of the K575 coffee maker. Let’s take a closer look at how the machine actually works in practise.
80oz Water Reservoir
The water reservoir on the K575 is a bit of a beast, and has a total capacity of 80oz.
Keurig claims that’s good for around 10 cups of coffee, although I think the average coffee drinker will get around 8 instead. It really depends on how big a cup you like. If you think you’ll actually need a smaller machine, you might like to look at our reviews of the K55 K-Classic Coffee Maker or the K250
It’s also very easy to remove and refill, and it even lights up in a handful of colours. That sounds a little frivolous, but it’s great in the winter months! Stumble downstairs bleary-eyed, head straight to the machine and get a jump-start.
Remember not to leave the water in there too long if you only have the occasional cup of coffee though. It’ll go stale after a while, and that’s going to ruin your coffee.
Multiple Brew Sizes
One of the things I like the most about the K575 is the large number of brew sizes. However you take your coffee, you should be able find a setting that works for you. Obviously the smaller the size, the richer the brew.
If you’re just making coffee for yourself cup by cup, you can get a 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz serving. It takes around one minute to get that first cup out, which is about as fast as things get.
When friends are round and you need to get more coffee brewing, you can whip up a 22, 26 or 30 oz serving. That means you can set the machine on, go back to entertaining, and have everyone’s coffee ready in around three minutes.
If you’re travelling and want to use your existing travel mug or the K-Mug, you can choose a size between 12 and 18oz. That should be enough to keep you moving!
The K575 includes Keurig’s Strength Control setting. That means you can tweak the taste for a richer brew, although there’s no getting away from the fact that Keurig coffee – from all machines – is relatively weak.
That may just be my personal preference. If you’ve used Keurig machines before and found the strength a little wanting, know that the K575 doesn’t bring any changes to the core coffee experience.
There are five temperature settings to choose from though, so if you don’t mind experimenting a little you should soon find a set-up that works for you.
If you drink more than just coffee, then the K575 has a hot water function. If you’d rather have tea, say, or hot chocolate, just hit the Hot Water button and fill up.
This feature is quite common across Keurig machines, but I need to save space in my small kitchen. Having more features in one appliance is always good news for me.
We talked a little bit about the K575’s touchscreen earlier on, but it really is pleasantly clear to view and navigate. At 2.8 inches it’s one of the biggest available too.
It’s from here that you’ll tweak your settings and save favourites. You can also set the machine to come on early in the morning, so you can get a coffee in you immediately.
I really don’t think anyone would struggle to programme the K575. The user guide also explains things very clearly.
Cleaning & Maintenance
All the Keurig machines are extremely easy to clean, and the K575 is no exception.
A damp cloth should be enough to clean up the plastic shell, while the drip tray comes out easily and can be rinsed.
You even get a little tool with the machine which helps you clean up the gunk that can accumulate in the needle that pierces the pod.
The K575 will also alert you when the machine needs to be descaled. You should descale any coffee maker at least once every six months, and possibly sooner than that if you’re a heavy user.
Keurig supplies its own branded descaling solution, but there are other third-party solutions available if you want to save a little bit of cash.
Here’s what’s in the box when the machine turns up:
- The K575 2.0 coffee maker
- Half a dozen K-Cups to experiment with
- Water filter handle
- Two water filters
- Keurig K575 manual
- One year warranty information
I find having those extra water filters really useful, and you should definitely replace them every month or so.
They help prevent chemical build-up in the machine, which will affect the taste of your coffee. You also want to avoid getting mineral build-up on the internal workings of the machine.
As we’ve already mentioned, things like the K-Carafe and the K-Mug aren’t supplied out of the box. You’ll need to purchase these separately if you’re going to be hosting guests or taking your coffee on the go.
Here’s a complete list of the optional extras you can buy for the K575 if you want to get more out of the machine:
- Storage Drawer – This helps you sort your pods, and will fit 35 regular K-Cups, 15 K-Carafe pods, or 15 K-Mug pods
- Pod Carousel – If you’d like all your Keurig pods on show, then you can add this next to the machine and lay out your pods as you’d like.
- My K-Cup Reusable Filter – This allows you to continue using your favourite ground coffee. Although you can recycle K-Cups, it’s a bit of a pain and I think the reusable filter is more environmentally friendly overall.
- Keurig K575 Carafe – This is the accessory you’ll need to make larger brews when friends are visiting. I think you should see if your existing carafe fits in here before making an extra purchase.
- K-Mug – Again, if your travel mug already fits under the K575 then you won’t need to worry about this extra expense.
- Water Filters – Try to keep a fresh filter in the machine. Changing it every month or so should be enough.
The Keurig 2.0 K575 is quite a bulky machine and is not designed to be portable at all!
Here are the basic specs, but remember you’ll need to allow an extra six inches or so of space at the top to insert and remove the coffee pods:
- Height: 13.2 inches
- Width: 10.5 inches
- Depth: 13.3 inches
This really isn’t designed to go anywhere else but an appropriate countertop space. If you’re hoping to tuck this one away somewhere then you’ll need a big cabinet!
The K575 has proved to be a popular higher-end Keurig machine, and I had a look around the internet to see how owners have been getting on.
Generally it seems to be a bit of a hit. Here are a few quick testimonials which show how the rest of the web’s been getting on:
There are of course other coffee makers, similar to the K575, that are worth looking at first. Here are a couple of my favourites:
The Cuisinart SS-10 is another popular coffee maker in this range, and it’s compatible with K-Cups too. It brews in 4-12 oz servings and has a 72oz water reservoir that’s easy to remove.
Note that although this looks like an aluminium design, it’s actually made of plastic. Keep that in mind if you’re turned off by the build material on the K475.
The K-Elite offers brew sizes of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12oz, and has a slightly smaller water reservoir than the K575 at 72 oz.
What’s really nice about this machine though is that it does a really good job of making iced coffee too. It’s great to have an extra bit of functionality in these machines, so think about whether that will matter to you in the summer months.
All things considered I really like the Keurig K575.
A single-serve coffee machine like this is supposed to deliver good coffee quickly, and do so with as little fuss as possible. I also need to be able to scale up the servings when friends come over.
Although it’s a little on the large size, I really feel like the K575 fits the bill. The water reservoir is big enough for the kind of gatherings I have, I like the variety of K-Cups that are out there, and I can find a long-term space for it in my kitchen.
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