Anyone who loves single serve coffee makers will be very familiar with Keurigs.
And if you’re interested in the higher end models, you’ll probably have looked at the K475 and K575. But how do you choose between them?
Read on for our guide to the Keurig K475 vs K575.
Which pods can you use?
Both the K475 and K575 are part of Keurig’s newer line of machines, the version 2.0. So what’s the difference between them and the original line?
The main one is the option to choose non-Keurig coffee pods has gone. Whereas earlier Keurigs can take a range of compatible pods, newer machines are fussier. With both the K475 and K575, you’ll need to stick to K-Cups.
Keurig has, though, entered into a range of partnerships with other coffee manufacturers. As a result, you’ll still be able to choose from over a hundred different options. Brands like Folgers, Lavazza, and Caribou Coffee all feature alongside Keurig’s own Green Mountain.
So this is one area where there’s nothing to choose between the two options.
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Cup or carafe?
More recent models of Keurig have added the ability to brew a carafe full of coffee to their repertoire. If this is important to you, you’ll be pleased to know that both the K475 and K575 deliver. They’re fast too – either model will give you a full carafe in just three minutes.
There are also options when it comes to the carafe size. Choose between 22, 26 or 30 ounces, depending on how many coffee lovers you have to satisfy. See how it’s done in this YouTube video.
There’s nothing to choose between the two machines when it comes to brewing single cups either. Both offer an impressive range of five different serving sizes, ranging from four to twelve ounces.
And for all the great features, these machines also share a drawback. Despite being designed to offer the option of brewing a full carafe, neither model comes with a carafe. If you want to use this option, you’ll need to buy it separately.
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Is the coffee strong enough?
Earlier models of Keurig suffered from a lack of flexibility when it came to coffee strength. No matter what serving size you picked, you’d be using the same size coffee pod. The result? Larger servings meant weaker coffee (1).
Both the K475 and K575 have overcome that problem. And both have managed to do it in two different ways.
First of all, there’s the choice of K-Cups themselves. In addition to the standard offering, both machines will take both K-Mugs and K-Carafes. The former is designed to produce a good, strong coffee in travel mug sized servings. The latter will do the same for a full carafe.
Then there’s the option to select brewing style. Both machines will allow you to select between regular and bold flavors.
If you’ve been put off Keurig coffee by weak flavors from earlier models, it might be time to try again. Either the K475 or K575 is worth a look.
What about the temperature?
Another cause for complaint in the past has been whether the coffee is hot enough. It’s something that isn’t just an issue for Keurigs: lots of single serve coffee makers struggle with water temperature (2).
Of course, how hot is hot enough is a matter of opinion. One person’s comfortable drinking temperature may be unpleasantly tepid for someone else. But wouldn’t it be great if you could select an option that best suited your individual preferences?
Happily, with both the K475 and K575 you can do exactly that. Both machines allow you to choose from no fewer than five different temperature settings.
Fancy a cup of tea?
Whilst these are machines built primarily for coffee, they are surprisingly versatile. In common with all other Keurigs, the K475 and K575 will dispense hot water too.
Just raise and lower the handle on the brew compartment without inserting a K-Cup. When you press the “brew” button, you’ll get hot water instead of coffee. Everything else works the same way, so you can also select different serving sizes.
The different temperature settings here are particularly useful. Unlike the vast majority of electric kettles, which will switch themselves off at the same temperature, the K475 and K575 allow for more flexibility.
So if you’re brewing green tea, you might want to choose a lower temperature setting to avoid scalding the leaves. Or if you’re going to be adding a dash of cold milk to hot chocolate, pick the highest option instead.
And unlike the earlier machines, the ability to dispense a full carafe of water means it’s easy to fill smaller teapots or add water to cook pasta. You may even decide to free up some countertop space by getting rid of your kettle altogether!
Time for a refill
At this point, you may be starting to wonder whether there’s any difference at all between these two models. Well, wonder no more. One area where the specifications of the K475 and K575 differ is the size of their water tanks.
The difference isn’t enormous. With the K475, you’ll get a generous 70 ounces – more than enough to fill two carafes. The K575 tops that with an extra 10 ounces of capacity. That’s enough for one more large cup before you need to refill the reservoir.
On the other hand, a full 80-ounce tank of water is pretty heavy. If there’s a distance between the tap and your coffee maker, you may prefer to sacrifice the extra capacity. (Of course, there’s no rule that says you have to fill it right to the top.)
Automatic on and off
Another feature shared by the two coffee makers is the ability to program the time at which they turn on and off. This is something you won’t get with the more basic Keurigs.
Set the timer to turn on the machine so it’s ready for that first cup of Joe in the morning. Then program it to turn itself off to save energy when you won’t be using it for a while. Do your bit for the environment and save your energy bills at the same time.
While the automatic power off is a plus, both the K475 and K575 have a big negative when it comes to saving the planet. That’s they both use K-Cups, which aren’t widely recycled.
When you think about using one of those little plastic pods every single time you brew, the impact is obvious. Keurig has talked about improving the sustainability of their pods, but for now, this is a real problem.
Both models do, though, come with a “My K-Cup”. This refillable capsule not only allows you to use your chosen coffee, it doesn’t get thrown away after use.
It does mean a little more effort – you’ll have to fill the pod before you pop it in the machine. But we think that’s a small price to pay to reduce the harm to Mother Earth.
Touch screen display
Whilst other Keurigs have a simple push-button operation, the K475 and K575 go one step better. Both have touch screens that walk you step by step through the process of selecting your coffee.
And unlike machines like the K275, these screens are in glorious technicolor. It adds a touch of extra class when they’re in operation.
So far, so similar. But this is another area where there’s a difference – albeit small – between the K475 and K575.
With the K575, you’ll get an extra big screen, a little less than half an inch bigger than the K475. It makes it just that little bit easier to use. Take a look at this YouTube video to see it in action.
And if you enjoy making your coffee maker stand out from the crowd, the K575 has another feature you’ll like. Unlike the K475, it gives you the option to customize the “wallpaper” on your screen.
Customizable wallpaper might not seem like a big deal, but it’s one opportunity to add a dash of individuality. Other than this, and the slightly larger screen on the K575, the two machines look very similar.
They’re the same size and they even come in the same colors: black, platinum and red. They’ll fit in with a range of décor, but they won’t get your heart racing.
If you’re looking for something more exciting, try the K250 instead. That’s made in a range of delicious shades that turn this coffee maker into a statement piece.
And one for the night owls
There’s one final feature that separates out these two machines: the K575 comes with a nightlight. If you have your morning cup of coffee when it’s still dark outside, it’s a nice touch. You won’t need to blind yourself with an overhead light when you’re still half asleep.
Keurig K475 vs K575 - Conclusion
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of the similarities and differences between the Keurig K475 and K575. We think you’ll agree there’s not much to choose between them. Both are high-spec Keurigs with some great features.
But if you want a slightly bigger screen and reservoir, customizable wallpaper and a nightlight, pick the K575.
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.