When you are a serious coffee drinker you know that a pod brewer can make all the difference between enjoying a great cup of coffee and not. From Starbucks to Green Mountain Coffee, there are a staggering amount of these coffee machines on the market.
But one brand that has managed to win the hearts of many coffee lovers is Keurig. This is the company responsible for introducing Americans to pod coffee and its machines still top the list.
In this review, we are going to look at one of the best-selling coffee maker, the Keurig K55 and determine what makes this pod brewer better than the rest.
If you are thinking of buying the Keurig K55, then you would want to check out this review. Below is a breakdown of the good and the bad of this machine, and my final verdict.
- Convenient and easy to use
- Large water reservoir
- Lots of flavours
- Stylish design
- Easy to set up
- Only works properly with K-cups
- Can only brew one cup at a time
- Issues with descaling occasionally
Keurig K55 – Basics
Keurig K55 introduces versatility to your breakfast while at the same time making your morning routine simple.
The water reservoir is 48 oz. large, enough to brew more than 6 cups before refilling. You can brew not only coffee but also hot chocolate, tea and any other special beverage. Features an auto-off program that switches the machine off when not in use.
Keurig K55 – Top Features
- 48 ounces Water Reservoir
- Three Brew Sizes, 6, 8 and 10 ounces.
- Intuitive Button Controls with Light Indicators
- Removable Drip Tray
- Automatic Auto-off function
- Several Colours to choose from
Keurig K55 – the Good
1. Convenient and Easy to Operate
Keurig K55 is simple to operate. It has a basic K-cup brewer design with one power button and three buttons for cup sizes. So, it’s a matter of filling the water reservoir, inserting the pod, pressing the power button on, selecting the brew size and you get yourself a nice cup of coffee.
And the machine does it so quickly. When you turn the power on, the machine takes around four minutes to preheat, but once this is done, you can make great tasting cups of coffee one after another within every minute.
The light indicators makes it even more convenient. They indicate what process is taking place and whenever the reservoir needs refilling. Thereby they help keep you abreast of what is happening with the machine.
Even much better, the K55 features an auto-off function, so when done and the machine is idle for some period of time, it will automatically turns itself off.
2. Generous Water Reservoir
If you are the type of person who enjoys regular cups of coffee while at home or at work, you will love the K55 even more. The water reservoir is large and can hold up to 8 cups of water at a time. In other words, you can make 6 to 8 ounce of coffee before you think of refilling it again.
Oh! Wait, you don’t even have to think about it. The Add Water light indicator will illuminate when more water needs to be added to the tank. You can just then fill it up by lifting the lid on top or remove the reservoir all together.
Cleaning is also pretty simple considering that the parts are easily removable. Than having to carry the entire machine to the sink, you can remove the reservoir and the drip tray, clean them on your sink and put them back. It’s simple as that.
3. Versatile/ Multiple Flavours
This is a coffee maker machine but what’s more interesting is that it’s also multipurpose. You are not limited to coffee alone. The K55 can make a variety of beverages. If you feel tea would do best to start off your day or hot chocolate, no hustle, this machine will make that special beverage you desire.
Versatility does not stop at flavours alone, Keurig K55 comes with three brewing sizes. You can make a small, medium or large cup of coffee, that‘s either a 3, 6 or 10 ounce of coffee.
You can even make one on-the-go. If you remove the drip tray, you get enough space to fit a taller travel coffee mug. That’s how versatile this machine is.
4. Attractive Design
When you look at the K55 it has this stylish shape and colouring that gives it a somewhat youthful look that’s aesthetically pleasing. The combination of black and silver build is only elegant and will complement well in almost all modern kitchen.
Looks aside, the machine is also pretty durable. It’s made using stainless steel and plastic. These are strong materials which means this is a machine that can serve you for quite a long time.
5. Easy to Set Up
Assembly is easy. All that needs to be done is unpacking everything, filling the water reservoir, connect the power cord and it’s good to go. But you will have to give it a few minutes to calibrate, then you can begin experimenting to ensure everything functions properly.
Keurig K55 – the Bad
1. May not be Compatible with other Manufacturers Cups
Like most Keurig machines, the K55 will accommodate only dedicated K-cups. While you can remove the drip tray to make extra space, this fact makes this model a bit limited. Nevertheless, you still have three cup size options to choose from.
2. It’s a Single Cup Brewer
Hats off to Keurig for giving the K55 a large water reservoir but being a single cup brewer, it’s a tad cumbersome or rather slow when you want to make many cups of coffee quickly.
This is a point to consider because there are other high-end machines that can accommodate at most 4 cups at a go, which is ideal in case you have company around and you wish to make multiple cups quickly.
You also want to factor in the fact that preparing the first cup is a bit slow due to the initial 4 minutes preheating time.
3. Descaling Issues
Another slight drawback mostly based on the various complaints of customers is that sometimes, the descaling function may not perform properly.
Another thing that seems to raise a few concerns although it’s really a rare case, is the machine failing to dispense any coffee even when there is not too much water in the reservoir, that is, above the maximum fill line.
Well, it’s apparent that this is not a malfunctioning on the part of the machine. You just have to follow the filling process correctly. Wait first for the “add water” indicator to illuminate and then refill the reservoir. If you follow this simple steps, the machine will work properly.
Keurig K55 – Final Verdict
If you have gone through this review you will agree with me that the K55 has some great features and the pros far way outweigh the cons. I’m a loyal fun of Keurig brewers for years now because they always commit to producing reliable products. With my experience using some of their brewers, the K55 model is no different. It’s convenient in usage, highly effective and comes at an affordable price.
Overall, this is indeed a top coffee maker and a great buy. So, if you are in the market for a simple yet elegant brewing machine that can make your beloved beverage without compromise on taste and quality, then I suggest you keep Keurig K55 in mind.