If you are looking to upgrade your old Keurig machine to a more modern version or if you are interested in buying an entry-level Keurig brewer, you might be considering a model in the K200 range.
Here we look at Keurig K200 vs K250 to help you decide which one is most suitable for you.
Why buy a Keurig?
Before looking at the K200 and the K250, let’s begin by thinking about why you would want to buy a Keurig at all.
Because these machines were so convenient and easy to use, they were an immediate success, and it wasn’t long before a home version was released. This is what Keurig machines represent: the ultimate in simplicity, offering the perfect cup of coffee every time.
All you need to do to make a coffee or other hot beverage (including hot chocolate, hot cider and more) is to pop in the K-Cup of your choice and hit “brew”. There’s no need to worry about dosing, grind, brew time or anything else since the machine does it all for you.
The main problem with pod-based machines is that you are limited to using only coffee that is available in compatible pods. However, with Keurig, this is not such a problem – for two reasons.
First, Keurig has partnered with numerous coffee companies (2), meaning that the varieties of K-Cups now number in their hundreds, giving you as much choice as you are likely to ever need.
Second, if you really want to use your own beans or grounds, reusable pods are now available, allowing you the freedom to use any coffee you choose.
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Are there any disadvantages with Keurig machines?
If you are thinking that Keurig machines sound too good to be true, you should bear in mind that there are also some disadvantages.
The first issue is price. While the machines themselves are not all that expensive, the pods often work out two or three times more expensive than traditionally-brewed coffee.
Of course, you can still buy your own coffee and use a reusable pod, but it seems a little perverse to buy a pod-based machine and then not use the pods it is designed for.
Secondly, despite the existence of reusable pods, these machines still limit your options when it comes to brewing coffee. Even though the machines allow some customization, you do not have the same level of control over your beverage as when using traditional methods.
Finally, K-Cups are extremely detrimental to the environment. At the moment, they are not recyclable, and each year, literally billions of K-Cups end up in landfill sites. If you want to help save the planet, K-Cups might not be the ideal choice for you.
The Keurig 2.0 controversy
Since the K200 and the K250 both belong to the Keurig 2.0 line, it is worth mentioning a certain controversy that arose with the launch of the second-generation models.
In the early 2010s when the original patents for K-Cups expired, Keurig launched their new range of machines known as Keurig 2.0.
These machines included several improvements over the previous models. In particular, one of the most significant upgrades was the ability to brew beverages in mugs or carafes using the new K-Mug pods and K-Carafe pods.
However, Keurig also upset a lot of people by including a DRM device that prevented the machines from accepting unofficial K-Cups.
After the original patent expired, other companies began making Keurig-compatible pods and Keurig began losing market share. The new Keurig 2.0 DRM device was their way – some might say extremely cynical way – of clawing back their lost business.
However, the move backfired, and many loyal Keurig customers were angered that the company was seeking to control which beverages they could and could not use with their home brewing system.
Keurig has since relented, and now, a special Keurig 2.0 reusable pod has been released, offering some more freedom over what you can brew with these machines.
However, if you purchase a K200 or a K250, you should realize that the DRM device will still prevent you from using unofficial pods with your machine unless you hack it – check out this video explaining some of the ways this can be done.
Introducing the K200 and the K250
Keurig is famous – or perhaps notorious – for releasing extremely similar machines under different number codes. Sometimes, the machines are the same, with the different numbers simply denoting slightly different accessories bundled with them.
This is the case with the K200 and the K250 – these two machines are exactly the same. There is absolutely no difference between the machines themselves, and the difference lies purely in the inclusion of a couple of extra accessories.
With this in mind, let’s now look at the features of these two machines. Check out this video for a quick preview.
The K200 and the K250 are entry-level Keurig brewing systems meaning they are among the least expensive available. For some, this might be seen as a positive, but others who prefer a higher-performance machine might choose to look at more expensive models.
The water reservoir is 40oz – which equates to five 8oz cups. If you don’t mind filling up more frequently or you don’t expect to use the machine that often, this might be fine. Others might find it a little small, especially those with larger families.
As part of the Keurig 2.0 range, both machines are fully compatible with K-Mug pods and K-Carafe pods and can make beverages of ten different sizes ranging from a 4oz cup to a 30oz carafe.
The machines both include an adjustable strength control, allowing you to customize your drink, and both have a high-altitude mode which allows you to brew coffee at up to 6,000ft, an extremely important consideration for people living at higher elevations.
The machines are both controlled by a simple and intuitive black and white touchscreen display that even the most tech-averse user will quickly master.
To summarize, both machines include the following:
- 40oz water reservoir
- Fully compatible with K-Mug and K-Carafe pods
- Can brew 10 different sizes of drink
- High altitude brewing mode
- Black and white touchscreen control
Keurig K200 vs K250 - What’s the difference?
As we mentioned, the machines themselves are identical, the only differences being the accessories that are bundled with them. In fact, there are only two – the K250 includes an extra charcoal filter and a bottle of descaling solution. As you can see, the difference is very small.
- K250 includes an extra charcoal filter, K200 does not
- K250 includes a bottle of descaling solution, K200 does not
What they don’t include
As entry-level models, there are a few features and accessories these machines don’t include that more expensive versions have. For example, most other Keurig 2.0 machines include adjustable temperature control that allows you to further customize your drink.
Another particularly useful feature that is not present here is the auto-on mode. On other models, you can program your machine to start brewing at a predesignated time so your coffee is ready just when your alarm sounds. With the K200 and K250, this is not possible.
Finally, while these machines are compatible with K-Carafe pods, the carafe itself is not included. A plastic or thermal Stainless-Steel carafe must be bought separately.
To summarize, these machines do not include the following:
- Temperature control
- Auto-on feature
Upgrade option – K575
There are now so many Keurig brewers available – in fact, it may be useful to look at just one of the top-of-the-range models to see how they differ from these entry-level machines. Check out this video to see it for yourself.
These are the main features of the K575 that are not found on the K200 or the K250:
- 80oz water reservoir
- Large 2.8” color touchscreen
- Auto-on and Auto-off setting
- Temperature and strength control
Keurig is the market leader in single-serve home brewing systems for a reason, and that is because their machines are easy to use and make great coffee every time.
The K200 and the K250 are entry-level machines that are supposed to offer an affordable way into the world of pod-based brewing using K-Cups.
Taken like this, they are a great success. These machines perform their task admirably, and with either machine, you can soon be enjoying the whole range of Keurig K-Cups from the comfort of your home.
If this is enough for you, all you need to do is choose between the K200 and the K250 – essentially, you have to decide if it is worth paying the extra money upfront for the two additional extras, namely the second charcoal filter and the descaling solution.
The decision may come down to whether you live in a hard water area or a soft water area, although the extras are useful wherever you live.
However, if you prefer more functionality, as highlighted with the K575, you may prefer to look at some of the more elaborate models.
On the other hand, if you prefer more freedom to grind, dose and brew manually, perhaps a pod-based brewer is not for you and you might prefer to look at other brewing systems.
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So many choices on the market
The coffee machine market is now flooded with products and choosing the right one can be a bewildering experience.
We hope that, with our guide, at least you now have a clearer idea about the differences between K200 vs K250 and which one is more suitable for you.
Do you own one of these machines or do you have something fancier? How did you choose? Do you have anything to add? If you have anything you’d like to tell us, please leave us a comment since we always love hearing from you – and if you enjoyed reading, please give us a share!
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.