Keurig K-Duo Essentials Review

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The Bottom Line

A replacement for the discontinued K200-K575 brewers, the K-Duo brews both single K-Cups and full 60 oz carafes with the reusable Gold Tone filter. This is the most basic of 3 K-Duo models and includes just the Essentials.
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Key Features of the Keurig K-Duo Essentials

Key Features of Keurig K-Duo Essentials

  • Product Line/System: K-Duo
  • Brew Sizes: 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz (single serve) and up to 60 oz (carafe)
  • Water Reservoir: 60 oz
  • Display: Button control panel with buttons for Brew Strength, Brew Size, and Auto-On plus digital clock display
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: No
  • Dimensions: 12.3"W x 13.4"D x 12.7"H
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs
  • Other Features: Auto-On/Off, comes with 60 oz glass carafe and heating plate, Auto-On/Off for carafe, pause and pour for carafe

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Overview

In August 2014, Keurig unveiled their new Keurig 2.0 brewers that expanded the single-serve giant's reach by allowing users to brew up to 30 oz carafes of coffee.

Customer reaction was mixed as Keurig's 2.0 brewers, numbered from K200-K575, featured pod-scanning system ("DRM" or Digital Rights Management) that locked out unlicensed K-Cups and wasn't compatible with the original My K-Cup. (Keurig would later unveil a 2.0 My K-Cup.)

Keurig also found it challenging to support their 2.0 brewers, which brewed 10 different sizes from 4-30 oz using 4 different types of pods: K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Vue, and K-Carafe.

Ultimately, Keurig scrapped the 2.0 system and went back to the basics: single-serve brewing with K-Cup pods.

But they still wanted to offer a dual-use brewer that brewed everything from single cups to full carafes.

Enter the Keurig K-Duo series with 3 similar brewers.

The K-Duo Essentials is a stripped down version of the regular K-Duo, presumably having only the essentials!

What do you lose?

  • Just 8 oz, 10 oz, and 12 oz brew sizes (no 6 oz brew size)
  • No Brew Strength feature

Aside from those two differences, the K-Duo and K-Duo Essentials are the same machine and give you the option to brew either single-serve coffee or full carafes up to 60 oz.


  • Includes Keurig's upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Brews both single-serve pods and 60 oz carafes


  • No Brew Strength or 6 oz brew size, which come on the K-Duo
  • Full 60 oz carafe isn't as robust as coffee from a dedicated drip coffee maker
  • Carafe pour spout has tendency to drip
  • Compared to K-Duo Plus, water reservoir is fixed in rear of brewer making it harder to access and refill
  • Doesn't come with a water filter kit

Is the Keurig K-Duo Essentials for you?

Is Keurig K-Duo Essentials for you?

The Keurig K-Duo Essentials is the simplest of Keurig's 3 K-Duo brewers and is a great option if you want the flexibility to brew both single-serve K-Cups and full carafes up to 60 oz.

If you're looking for the extra 6 oz brew size and/or the Brew Strength feature for a stronger cup, take a look at the standard K-Duo.

If you're looking for a thermal carafe (instead of the K-Duo and K-Duo Essentials glass carafe) and/or the swivel reservoir that can be positioned on the left, right, or rear of your brewer, upgrade to the K-Duo Plus.

Also worth noting, the Keurig K-Cafe is a dual-use machine that brews both K-Cup coffee and specialty beverages (espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos) with the push of a single button (in case that's more your speed).

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Review: An In-Depth Look

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Keurig K-Duo Essentials
A replacement for the discontinued K200-K575 brewers, the K-Duo brews both single K-Cups and full 60 oz carafes with the reusable Gold Tone filter. This is the most basic of 3 K-Duo models and includes just the Essentials.

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