- Revolutionary Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology, Hundreds of varieties from the brands you love
- K550 Includes: Keurig Carafe, 6 K-Cup Pods and 4 K-Carafe Pods, Water Filter Handle and Cartridge
- NOTE: Brew a single cup with a K-Cup pod and 4-cup carafe with a K-Carafe pod.
- 80 oz. Water Reservoir, Large Color Touch Display, Strength Control, Customizable Settings, Programmable Clock
- Auto Brew, Customizable Night Light in Water Reservoir, Hot Water On Demand
The Coffee Maven Conclusion
It takes a lot to get me excited about a Keurig brewer, but the Keurig K550 does just that. It packs a ton of functionality into an attractive design, topped off by an intuitive color display that offers easy-to-follow instructions and a degree of personalization.
For those that crave total brewing freedom and flexibility, the only real shortcoming noted in this Keurig K550 review is its lack of compatibility with non-Keurig 2.0 K-Cup pods. There are very easy ways to overcome this if you’re open to “tricking” the machine, and it’s not even a concern if your favorite K-Cup is part of the 2.0 series.
Overall, the Keurig K550 earns strong marks across the board from The Coffee Maven.
The Coffee Maven Rating: 9.1 of 10
- Design & Performance: 9.4
- Appearance: 9.2
- Durability: 8.6
- Quality of Coffee: 9.1
- Ease of Cleaning: 9.2
Keurig K550 Review: Product Images
- Keurig System: Keurig 2.0
- Brew Sizes: From 4 oz to 32 oz carafes (K-Carafe included)
- Water Reservoir: 80 oz removable with LED light
- Pod Compatibility: K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Carafe, reusable My K-Cup
- Water Filter: Charcoal water filter included
- Display: Large color touch LCD display
- Auto-On: Yes
- Auto-Off: Yes
- Brew Strength: Yes
- Dimensions: 12.7″W x 18.3″L x 16″H
- Weight: 14.3 lbs
- 1-year limited warranty
Design & Performance: 9.4
The Keurig 2.0 brewing system is pretty advanced. It’s compatible with 3 different K-Cup sizes, each of which has a different set of serving size selections:
- Standard K-Cup: 4, 6, 8 & 10 oz
- Larger Vue K-Cup: 12, 14 & 16 oz
- Largest K-Carafe: 16-32 oz (2-4 8 oz cups)
This means you can’t select a 12 oz serving with a standard K-Cup. You’d need to either select two 6 oz brews or use a Vue-size K-Cup and select one 12 oz brew.
The biggest knock on this system is that it scans the K-Cup pods for the white “Keurig Brewed” ring around the top of the K-Cup pod to make sure you’re only using licensed Keurig K-Cups. If you’re willing to do a little life hacking, this is not a problem. This is explained further in the Potential Shortcomings section below.
When pre-heated it brews a speedy cup — about 60 seconds for single servings and 3-4 minutes for the largest carafe size. Take advantage of the programmable auto-on/off feature to make sure the machine is ready when you wake up.
My stylistic preference is for stainless steel and silver machines, but in this Keurig K550 review I just can’t deny that the unit is visually appealing. The color touch display is your portal to everything the K550 has to offer and has a bright, “futuristic” interface. The K550 allows some degree of personalization, such as the ability to change the display’s background and the color of the water reservoir light.
The piercing needle clogs fairly easily compared to other K-Cup brewers, but overall the K550 is a durable machine. That said, the 1-year warranty is a little concerning.
Keurig does make special note in their user’s manual for any non-coffee drinkers:
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR HOT COCOA/OTHER USERS: IMMEDIATELY AFTER USING A HOT COCOA/OTHER PACK, RUN A HOT WATER BREW CYCLE without a pack to avoid the possibility of clogging the exit needle. DO NOT assume the next user will do this.
Quality of Coffee: 9.1
By restricting your brew size to the type of pod you’re using (see: Design & Performance above) Keurig has gone above and beyond on the K550 to ensure a quality brew. This system does not make watered down coffee, and I found it to be sufficiently hot. Overall, I’m impressed.
Ease of Cleaning: 9.2
Cleaning is pretty easy. Nothing on the K550 should be cleaned in the dishwasher, including the K-Carafe. It’s also advisable not to fully submerge the K-Carafe in water. Instead, just use some warm water and a damp, soapy cloth. Should the needle clog, use a paperclip to fix the issue.
It’s recommended you descale the brewer every 3-6 months, which you can do with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water.
Full cleaning and maintenance instructions can be found starting on page 23 of the user’s manual.
Easy-to-use color display
The color display is beautiful and simple. You can also use it for a multitude of options. Pictured below is the ability to select a strong brew setting, and you can save presets for your carafe brews.
Comes with reusable My K-Cup filter
I’m not a fan of pre-packaged K-Cups. They’re just too expensive for my liking.
I do, however, enjoy the convenience of the reusable My K-Cup filter included with the Keurig K550. Just fill it with your coffee of choice and you’re good to go.
Of note: because the My K-Cup is the same size as the smaller K-Cup pods, you’ll only be able to brew 4-10 oz servings and will need to run it multiple times for anything larger.
Up to 32 oz servings with the K-Carafe option
When I go to a cafe or coffee shop, I’m the sort of person who only orders the largest size available. This often leaves me wanting when I brew with a single-serve brewer (8 oz…are you kidding me?). That’s why I love the K-Carafe option, which brews up to 32 oz in 3-4 minutes. That’s still only 1.6 Maven-sized servings, but that
is should be more than enough.
Beware: Only compatible with Keurig 2.0 pods
Keurig introduced their 2.0 brewing technology in September 2014 with some pretty disastrous PR results. The change: Keurig incorporated a pod scanner to prevent users from brewing non-Keurig-approved pods. This is by far the most significant shortcoming to note in my Keurig K550 review.
For more industrious (or spiteful?) readers out there, you can trick your Keurig 2.0 machine into brewing your favorite non-approved K-Cup. It’ll take you about 5-10 minutes, but it’s a permanent fix:
- Obtain an approved Keurig 2.0 K-Cup
- Cut the top off (can be done after brewing with it)
- Affix the “Keurig Brewed” part to the top of the “jaw” with a little bit of tape
- Laugh maniacally
This video shows you how to do it. (Well, everything except Step 4.)
Doesn’t store programmed settings when unplugged
The Keurig B70 has a nice feature whereby it saved your pre-programmed settings even after being unplugged. The Keurig K550 doesn’t.
Other notable shortcomings
- Needle clogs pretty easily
- You need to press and hold when dispensing hot water, not just press and release
- Pump when brewing is a little noisy