It isn’t K-cup functionality, brew sizes, or temperature/strength control.
But there are 6 key differences, all of which make the K525 the superior model.
I know what you’re thinking.
“Superior features generally come with a higher price tag.”
Is that the case here?
We provide up-to-the-minute prices for these two brewers in our Keurig K425 vs K525 comparison.
This is The Coffee Maven’s showdown.
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Keurig K425 vs K525: The Comparison
Keurig K425 vs K525: The Differences
Unlike some of our other comparisons, where the difference is just an included accessory, the K425 and K525 actually are distinctly different models.
Specifically, there are 6 differences:
- Water Reservoir: K425 is 70 oz, K525 is 80 oz
- Display: K425 is 2.4″ color, K525 is 2.8″ XL color display
- Customizable Wallpaper: K525 adds this feature
- Nightlight: K525 adds this feature
- Water Filter Kit: Included with K525
- Reusable My K-Cup: Included with K525
Is it worth splurging for the Keurig K525?
I don’t need the extra 10 oz the K525 offers (the K425’s 70 oz reservoir is enough for me). The nightlight and wallpaper are superfluous and don’t make my brewing experience any better.
However, I do like the larger display (0.4″ is a bigger difference than you think), and the included My K-Cup and Water Filter Kit are useful for me as well. Your mileage may vary.
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Quick Review of the Keurig K425 and K525
Both the Keurig K425 and K525 are part of the Keurig 2.0 product line. That means they come with Keurig’s pod scanning technology, which locks out unlicensed pods made by third party companies that haven’t licensed the technology from Keurig.
At first glance, this seems like a massive downside: Why buy into a Keurig system that’s going to restrict your pod selection?
In reality, it isn’t that bad. There are tons of different pods that a Keurig 2.0-compatible. And you can even buy things like freedom clips, which will allow you to fool the scanning system, or reusable K-cup pods to use your own ground coffee.
That’s the Keurig 2.0 system in a nutshell, but the Keurig K425 and K525 aren’t the only two models in Keurig’s 2.0 line.
They also range down to the K200 series and K300 series, which offer the same brewing technology as the K400 and K500 series but don’t have as many extra features.
Take a look at this table to compare all of the various Keurig 2.0 models.
The K400 and K500 models truly are the cream of the Keurig 2.0 crop, so now it’s time to compare the Keurig K425 vs K525 to see which is best for you.
Is the Keurig K425 Right for You?
Go with the Keurig K425 if:
- You don’t need the extra 10 oz water reservoir
- You don’t need the larger color display
- The additional features are just superfluous to you
- If it’s just cheaper (this does happen!)
Is the Keurig K525 Right for You?
Go with the Keurig K525 if:
- You really value the 80 oz water reservoir
- The larger display and easier navigation are worth it
- You want the top-of-the-line model available