In my humble opinion, there’s no better way to start the day than with a cup of coffee. Most times, I don’t want anything fancy except for a classic hot cup of coffee with some creamer. That said, I’ve been on the hunt for a coffee machine that’s easy to use, looks modern, and makes delicious coffee.
A few weeks ago, I got my hands on the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker, and I wanted to put it to the test. The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker brews coffee, both hot and iced, with the click of a button. Without giving too much away, this coffee machine has a large reservoir and has options available for up to five different-sized cups depending on your caffeine needs for the day. You’ll find the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker on sale on the brand’s website for $101.99 and on Amazon for $119.00 — it’s on sale from its standard price of $189.99, with nearly 4.7 stars on Amazon and over 45,000 five-star ratings, so that speaks volumes.
Keep on reading to see our full review of the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker, as it may just be one of the best coffee makers out there right now. From ease of use to overall taste, we’ve analyzed each feature to determine whether or not it’s worth the price and the hype.
Casey Clark is a freelance writer from NYC who covers shopping, food, and lifestyle content. She has bylines in The Wall Street Journal, Huff Post, INSIDER, TIME, and more. She’s tested many products, from coffee machines to mattresses, and loves giving readers the inside scoop on what’s worth the purchase.
I drink coffee nearly every day and prefer it bittersweet and more earthy. I tested the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker for two weeks and am able to keep it for ongoing use for all my morning beverage needs.
Keurig K-Elite: Key Specs
|Type of coffee needed:
|Hot water, strong, iced, up and down arrows for time, different cup sizes, and auto-on, temperature adjustment, and digital clock display
|13.01 (H) x 9.90 (W) x 12.70 (D)
|Brushed silver, brushed gold, brushed slate
Keurig K-Elite: Price & availability
Score: 5 / 5
Keurig K-Elite: First Impressions
Similar to the other coffee machines I’ve tried before, this coffee machine was very lightweight and modern. It’s more on the basic side, but a tad more elevated than my K-Select. In terms of size, it’s pretty much the same size as the other Keurigs and was able to comfortably fit on the kitchen counter in my apartment.
Each part of the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker was individually packed - the water filter and the machine itself came with a water reservoir and drip tray. To set up the machine, I took off the packing tape and put the parts in the designated areas indicated in the instructional booklet.
Before I started to use the machine, I set the digital clock by clicking the “settings” icon and using the two up and down arrows. Then, I made sure the temperature of the coffee was to my liking. It ranges from 187 to 192 degrees Fahrenheit, but I kept mine at 187 since I know that’s what I prefer.
Then, I did a cleansing brew which involved running hot water through the filter as if you were making a cup of coffee to make sure it was clean prior to use. I filled up the 75 oz reservoir, stopped at the MAX fill line, waited for the water to heat up, and then selected the 8-ounce button as instructed in the directions. The “cleansing brew” was a pretty seamless process that lasted about three minutes.
I wasn’t a fan of the different cup sizes icons instead of the labeled buttons. I had to refer to the manual often instead of simply reading the buttons. That said, I did like how they lit up, so you know which one was selected. The same light feature happens for the hot water, iced coffee, and strong buttons, so you can know what you’ve selected.
Keurig K-Elite: Design
The Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker features a 75-ounce reservoir to hold water, a drip tray, and a water filter. Its contemporary design makes it suitable for any modern kitchen while remaining functional and not taking up a lot of space. The buttons are pretty big to see from far away, despite not being labeled, but they illuminate when selected, making it easy to use. It’s available in three colors, so there are numerous options to pick from, depending on your preference.
Keurig K-Elite: Performance
Similar to other Keurig machines I’ve used in the past, I’ve found the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker to be one of the easiest to use.
I started the testing process by brewing a single cup of coffee. I re-filled up the reservoir, put it in the pod, selected 6 ounces, and let it work its magic. I followed the same process with different pods over the course of the week for 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces too. It was a pretty seamless experience. My only note is that it did drip a bit when it was done. Luckily, the drip tray was there to catch it, but expect a few spare drips to come out afterward.
I also brewed a cup using the ‘strong’ button and the ‘iced coffee’ button to try out all of the settings. The strong wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, but it was definitely stronger than when the button wasn’t selected.
Over the course of the two weeks, I also followed the instructions for high altitude. This involved pressing down the pod in the dispenser prior to brewing. I don’t know if I’d call it a setting per se, but more so, it's another option to make sure you can get the best brew. There’s also an Auto-Off button, which I like because sometimes when I’m in a rush, I’ll forget to unplug it and then worry that it’ll remain on for the rest of the day.
My favorite part about this coffee machine was not just the coffee but also the reservoir. It was the biggest reservoir I’ve used to date and I didn’t have to constantly refill it. I was able to get 3 to 4 days' worth of coffee out of it before needing to refill it.
That said, the machine didn’t make any squeaking noise when heating up. It’s perfect if you have a household that is sleeping, and you don’t want to wake them up with high-pitched tones early in the morning. In terms of cleaning, it was pretty easy to clean. I put the reservoir in the dishwasher and did a hot water brew to clean out the inside of the pod and filter holder. You’ll want to do this after the machine has cooled down a bit, so don’t hurt yourself.
Let’s talk about arguably the most important part of any coffee machine - how the coffee tastes.
I like my coffee bittersweet and earthy. This machine was able to brew me a satisfactory cup that was not too bitter and not too acidic. If you like a stronger cup, then I’d suggest selecting the ‘strong’ button prior to brewing.
How does the Keurig K-Elite compare
The Keurig K-Elite Single-Serve Coffee Maker is great for making a high-quality, tasty cup of coffee in less than five minutes. That said, the K-Select is similar but available at an approx. $30 cheaper price point, for $69.99 on Keurig.com.
If you’re looking for a slightly more elevated version, you’ll want to check out the Keurig K-Supreme Smart Coffee Maker, which has five strengths and different temperature options.
Should you buy the Keurig K-Elite?
|Price & availability
|It’s a great value considering the options you’re given. In terms of availability, it’s only available on Amazon and the brand’s website. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, if you’re looking for other retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond or Target, you might not be able to find it.
|I gave this coffee machine a 4.5 / 5 rating because it has nearly everything necessary. It’s small enough for kitchen spaces either large or small and boasts a chic modern design that justifies the price point. Keep in mind there is no size indications on the cups aside from the images.
|From a quick heating time to making bold, earthy coffee, this machine does it all. Although it may leave a drop or two behind, that easily falls into the drop tray for a mess-free experience.
Buy it if...
You like iced coffee
If you like both hot and iced coffee, then you’ll like this coffee maker because there are different brewing options to choose from. From the strength and amount, you have full freedom over how you want your coffee made.
You don’t want to constantly refill your water reservoir
For those daily coffee drinkers, you might notice that you constantly need to refill your water reservoir. However, with the Keurig K-Elite, it’ll last you for several days since it’s so large (75 oz.)
You like an intuitive coffee machine
The last thing I want in the morning is a coffee machine that has so many buttons and is difficult to use. With a limited number of buttons, including those that are clearly labeled, it’s easy to select the settings you want without hesitation.
Don't buy it if...
You’re looking for a more intricate coffee machine
Although it’s sleek and modern looking, it can only brew hot and iced coffee. It doesn’t have the option to make lattes or cappuccinos similar to some of the brand's other machines.
You’re looking to use a carafe
For some people, the ease of a coffee pod is what seals the deal. If you don’t envision yourself using coffee pods, then you won’t want to buy this machine as it doesn’t have a carafe.
You’re looking for fancy features (milk frothers, etc.)
Although this machine does have some programmable settings, it doesn’t offer additional features for the coffee itself (milk frothers, steamers, etc.)
How I tested the Keurig K-Elite
- Used the machine to make a cup of coffee (or two) every day for two weeks
- Brewed cups with both the pods
- Followed the instruction manual carefully for set up and assembly
I reviewed the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker at my apartment in Florida. I also had other people (friends and family) taste the coffee to see what they thought about it, especially now that there was a specific button for it.
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First reviewed: December 2023