The Keurig K Select is another model in a great line of personal pod-based coffee brewing machines from the reliable Keurig company.
What sets it apart from the rest, though?
This Keurig K Select review will take an in-depth look at its features, as well as some of its drawbacks.
Keurig K-Select Review - At A Glance
The Keurig K Select offers a wide degree of functionality.
- Brews 6oz, 8oz, 10oz, and 12oz sizes
- Removable side reservoir is 52 oz that can brew up to 5 cups before refilling
- Removable drip tray for up to 7.4” mugs and easy cleaning
- Descaling maintenance reminder
- Strong Brew and high altitude settings for the perfect cup, every time
Brewing a cup of coffee is surprisingly easy with the Keurig K Select. Most mugs, and even smaller travel mugs, can be accommodated in the space between the tray and the spigot.
Once you’ve chosen your size, simply pop in a pod and press brew; the Quiet Brew technology ensures you’ll have a fresh, hot cup of coffee (without waking up the rest of your house!) in less than a minute.
The reservoir is roomy enough to allow 4-5 cups of coffee before it needs refilling, and there’s no need to fill up an extra jug of water to do it; the removable reservoir means you can bring it straight to the sink.
Storing or transporting your machine is just as easy, and the fingerprint resistant materials mean that you can have your Keurig back up and running without too much cleanup.
If you prefer a stronger cup of coffee, the Strong Brew option increases the intensity of your coffee by decreasing the rate at which water flows through the pod. If you’re at higher altitudes, worry not: this Keurig will let you adjust the temperature of the water to accommodate you.
Along with having an auto-off feature, the Keurig K Select has a maintenance reminder to let you know when you need to descale your machine.
While descaling is necessary for any machine that handles lots of water flow, the Keurig K Select includes a water filter handle and water filter that both decreases the time between maintenance runs and gives you a better tasting cup of coffee, every time.
The Keurig K Select includes a water filter, a reusable coffee filter, and a bonus 6-pod variety pack to get you started (1).
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Dimensions and Specs
This machine is a comfortable 12.5” high x 9.2” wide x 11.6” deep with the reservoir attached. Its countertop footprint is small; more importantly, it will fit under almost any kitchen cabinets with ease.
Perhaps more importantly, it reaches 17” high when the bale is open; while much taller than the regular height, it’s still within the clearance the average kitchen cabinets give, meaning it can be refilled without having to move the machine.
If you do need to move the Keurig K Select, however, don’t worry; it weighs a comfortable 7.4 lbs, making transport and storage a breeze.
Its selection buttons are physical, not digital. There is no customizable temperature select, either. Despite these potential flaws, the Keurig K Select has a sleek design.
Its lack of options in these areas make it a simple and straightforward machine to use, without fuss or frills.
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The Pros of Keurig K-Select
- Four different size options and Strong Brew feature
- Personal filter cup for more personalized coffee selection or more environmentally conscious use
- Can use any similarly-sized coffee pod
- Will easily fit on most counters
- Removable reservoir makes the filling, emptying, and cleaning easy
- Lightweight for easy transport and storage
- Accommodates most mugs and some travel mugs
- The auto-off feature means you won’t accidentally leave it running
- Includes water filter and free K-cups
The Cons of Keurig K-Select
- Buttons are physical, not digital, which makes using the different modes more difficult and limits options
- No customizable temperature select
- Can only brew 4-5 cups, at best, before needing to refill the reservoir
- Descaling process takes about 45 minutes
- Water filter pods not included
- No auto-on feature
- Limited warranty only lasts 1 year
Helpful Hints and Tricks
The Keurig K Select offers a relatively simple and straightforward experience.
The water comes out at an optimal temperature for coffee brewing, and the manufacturer recommends using K-cups and Keurig brand reusable filters, as they have been quality tested.
However, alternative brands are able to be used with the machine, which cannot be said of all Keurig machines.
Instructions for installing the filter, running your first coffee pods, and descaling are all included with the user manual.
Descaling is a long process and it’s recommended you set aside about 45 minutes to do it, during which you’ll need to repeatedly press the brew button. It also requires descaling fluid specific to the Keurig.
Most users report needing to descale their machine every 100 cups or so; however, this will vary based on the quality of the water you’re using, the freshness of the filter, and the size of coffee you’re brewing.
Some users have had success using distilled white vinegar in the descaling process, instead of the descaling fluid; doing so, however, will be at your own risk, as it’s not a process supported by the company.
When using your machine for the first time, be sure to do a test brew of hot water only. This does a few things: it makes sure the machine is functioning properly, ensures it's calibrated correctly, and rinses out the machine of any substances left from the manufacturing and shipping process.
Be sure to register your machine on the Keurig website once you purchase it. While the warranty only covers manufacturer’s defects and not normal wear and tear on the parts, its main downfall is that it does not cover the use of non-Keurig products, being serviced by anyone other than a Keurig technician, or acts of God.
Comparing the Keurig K Select to Similar Products
If you’re looking for a product in a similar price range to the Keurig, the BUNN Single-Cup Multi-Use Coffee Brewer offers a strong-brew setting, different pod options including K-cup compatibility, and size functionality ranging from 4 oz to 14 oz. It also heats water to about 200°F, hotter than most Keurig machines.
While simpler, the BUNN has a number of different trays that you need to juggle depending on what you want to brew. The reservoir only holds a single cup’s serving, and how much you fill it dictates how much coffee you get from it.
For a more budget-friendly personal brewer, the Mixpresso Single Cup Coffee Maker is a great option. It offers K-cup compatibility, three different cup size options, and a reservoir that holds up to 45 oz. Its lack of a strong brew feature is its only true detracting point.
The Final Word
The Keurig K Select is a personal coffee cup maker with enough flexibility in its cup sizes and brews strengths to satisfy any member of the family.
Its simple and straightforward functionality means that it can fit most mugs and travel mugs without any fuss.
Perhaps more importantly, it allows for a personalized touch in your choice of coffees without having to be constantly refilled.
Its small size means that it will fit on most kitchen counters with ease, and the removable reservoir makes it easy to clean and fill.
This Keurig K Select review may sound overly positive, but really - it’s a great machine for regular home use.
My name is Kathy Gallo, Editor of Ag Ferrari, a Coffee buff. The guide you find here is designed exactly for you, and it is our hope that you find it not only interesting but also actionable.