Keurig K525 vs K575: What's The Difference?

Keurig K525 vs K575: What’s the difference between these nearly identical models?

You’re not the first person to ask.

Keurig’s way of releasing models can be confusing. You’d think higher model numbers mean more advanced brewers, right?

Usually, but not always.

I set out to figure out what’s different about every single Keurig coffee maker and compiled my results into a complete guide, which you can download for free.

My goal: To become the definitive expert on Keurig coffee makers.

This is The Coffee Maven’s Keurig K525 vs K575 Showdown.

Keurig K525 vs K575: The Differences

The K525 and K575 are different because the K525 comes with a reusable My K-Cup pod.

This reusable My K-Cup will allow you to use ground coffee with your machine instead of just K-Cup pods.

Also of note is that neither of these Keurig 2.0 brewers with K-carafe compatibility actually come with the K-carafe! They’ll all brew the max-size 30 oz pods, but you’ll need to buy the K-carafe separately. There are three ways to fix this:

  1. Buy the K550, which comes with a complete accessory kit (including the thermal K-carafe)
  2. Purchase the thermal K-carafe separately
  3. Purchase the discontinued plastic K-carafe separately

What’s So Special About the Keurig K500 Series?

All K500 brewers represent the best of Keurig's 2.0 line and stand apart from the K200, K300, and K400 models in several key ways.

Reservoir40 oz60 oz70 oz80 oz
Display2.4" b+w touch2.4" b+w touch2.4" color touch2.8" XL color touch
Max K-Cup Brew Size16 oz16 oz16 oz18 oz
Strength ControlYesYesYesYes
Temp ControlNoYesYesYes
Customizable ClockNoYesYesYes
Customizable WallpaperNoYesYesYes
Set FavoritesNoYesYesYes
Hot Water ModeNoNoNoYes
Iced ModeNoNoNoYes
Water Tank NightlightNoNoNoYes

Is a K500 Series Brewer Worth It?

Great question.

To be frank, you’ll get the same performance out of every other Keurig 2.0 machine, which means all models over K200. They all have the same internal components and run on the same Keurig 2.0 technology. The differences lie in the features, as noted above.

And there’s no doubt these K500 series models bring it with the added features.

Personally, I don’t mind refilling the water reservoir a little more frequently, and the larger screen and nightlight are bonuses that I really like to have but aren’t willing to pay up for.

That said, the 40 oz water reservoir on the K200 series brewers is a little pathetic. At least the K300 models give you a 60 oz water reservoir, and the K400 models step up to a 70 oz tank and a color display.

In my opinion, you should be shopping between the K300, K400, and K500 models. But at that point it really comes down to price and whether any of the models are on sale, which they frequently are.


About The Coffee Maven
bryan de luca
Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!