Keurig B79 Review

Keurig B79
Overall Rating
78
Coffee Quality (40%)
75
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
75
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
Once Keurig's most acclaimed brewer, the now-discontinued B79 is still a formidable model with a 72 oz reservoir, Temp Control, and 4 brew sizes from 4-10 oz. The B79 isn't a bad buy, but we recommend the new K-Elite instead.
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Key Features of the Keurig B79

Key Features of Keurig B79

  • Product Line/System: Keurig 1.0 Platinum Plus
  • K-Cup Compatibility: Unlicensed K-Cups, Keurig 2.0 licensed K-Cups, and ground coffee with the My K-Cup
  • Brew Sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 72 oz
  • Water Filter: Included
  • Display: Blue backlit LCD display with buttons for Brew, Hot Water, and Rinse
  • Temp Control: Yes
  • Strength Control: No
  • Dimensions: 10.3"W x 13.8"D x 13.0"H
  • Weight: 12.0 lbs
  • Other Features: Quiet Brew Technology, Auto-On/Off, 24-hour digital clock, programmable favorites, removable drip tray

Keurig B79 Overview

Want to know one of the most common Keurig-related questions we're asked?

What's the difference between Keurig's B series and K series brewers?

Answer: Nothing. The switch from B to K was solely a marketing decision as the company realized branding their brewers with a K made more sense. (They're called Keurig, after all.)

The B79 is part of Keurig's B70 Platinum series, but it's actually a subset of that series called the Platinum PLUS. Here's what I mean:

All five of the Platinum series brewers are the exact same machine. The model numbers just differentiate between included accessories and brewer colors.

Here's how the Platinum and Platinum Plus series compare to B60 Special Edition brewers:

  • B60 Special Edition: 3 brew sizes (6, 8, 10 oz), 48 oz reservoir
  • B70-B77 Platinum: 4 brew sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 oz), 72 oz reservoir, Temp Control
  • B79 Platinum Plus: 4 brew sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 oz), 72 oz reservoir, Temp Control, Hot Water and Rinse modes

When Keurig transitioned to their K series brewers, they rebranded their B70 brewers as K70 brewers and kept everything the same. That means the rebranded B79 is the K79.

Well, almost the same. K70-K79 brewers have a fifth brew size: 12 oz.

Today, all of the B70/K70 series brewers have been discontinued.

In the Buyer's Guide section below, we'll offer a pair of alternatives so you can enjoy the many awesome features of the Platinum and Platinum Plus brewers with Keurig's latest and greatest brewing tech.

Pros
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Foolproof to use
  • Hot Water and Rinse modes
  • Temp Control setting
  • Ability to program your favorite brew size
Cons
  • Discontinued model
  • Max 10 oz brew size (12 oz on the K79 and new Keurig models)
  • No Strength Control setting
  • Power button inconveniently located on back of machine

Is the Keurig B79 for you?

Is Keurig B79 for you?

The B79 Platinum Plus was a revolutionary brewer in its heyday, and it's still a solid option if you can find one at a good price. However, it does lack two features that are pretty close to standard on Keurig's newest line of brewers: a 12 oz brew size and Strength Control for stronger cups.

You can get the 12 oz brew size by going with the K79 (or any other K70 Platinum or Platinum Plus brewer).

If you're looking for something currently in production and built with Keurig's newest brewing system and parts, check out the K-Elite with everything the B79 has (plus a few extras):

  • 5 brew sizes from 4-12 oz
  • 75 oz reservoir
  • Strength and Temp Controls
  • Iced Beverage setting
  • High Altitude setting
  • Sleek, durable, brushed metal exterior

Just like the B70/K70 series once were Keurig's best, today the K-Elite holds that crown and it's our pick for the best Keurig home brewer.

Keurig B79 Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Keurig B79!

Check out Keurig B79!

Keurig B79
Once Keurig's most acclaimed brewer, the now-discontinued B79 is still a formidable model with a 72 oz reservoir, Temp Control, and 4 brew sizes from 4-10 oz. The B79 isn't a bad buy, but we recommend the new K-Elite instead.

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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!

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