Keurig K-Duo Plus Review

Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
95
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

The K-Duo Plus is Keurig's most versatile coffee maker, brewing both single-serve K-Cups (up to 12 oz) and full 60 oz carafes with a convenient swivel water reservoir designed to fit your counter's configuration.
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Key Features of the Keurig K-Duo Plus

Key Features of Keurig K-Duo Plus

  • Product Line/System: K-Duo
  • Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 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: Yes
  • Dimensions: 7.7"W x 15.9"D x 14.2"H
  • Weight: 11.0 lbs
  • Other Features: Swivel reservoir can sit on side or rear (dimensions listed here show rear), comes with 60 oz thermal carafe, Auto-On/Off for carafe, pause and pour

Keurig K-Duo Plus 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 Plus is the best of those 3 brewers. How do they differ?

  • K-Duo Essentials: Base model that brews 8-12 oz K-Cups with no Strength Control
  • K-Duo: Adds 6 oz brew size and Strength Control feature
  • K-Duo Plus: Adds swivel reservoir (left, right, or rear) and replaces glass carafe with thermal carafe

Regardless of which K-Duo model you choose, all of them brew up to 60 oz carafes (double the volume of the discontinued 2.0 brewers) using a reusable Keurig Gold Tone mesh filter and ground coffee.

Pros

  • 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
  • Multi-position water reservoir swivels to either back or side

Cons

  • Full 60 oz carafe isn't as robust as coffee from a dedicated drip coffee maker
  • Carafe pour spout has tendency to drip
  • Doesn't come with a water filter kit

Is the Keurig K-Duo Plus for you?

Is Keurig K-Duo Plus for you?

The K-Duo Plus is Keurig's best dual-use brewer. With the ability to brew K-Cups from 6-12 oz and full carafes up to 60 oz, it covers all of your coffee needs with several worthy bonus features like the swivel reservoir for countertop convenience and a thermal carafe to keep your coffee hot.

If the glass carafe and stationary reservoir are all you need, the standard K-Duo is for you.

If you're cool losing the small 6 oz brew size and Strength Control, go with the K-Duo Essentials.

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 Plus Review: An In-Depth Look

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Keurig K-Duo Plus
The K-Duo Plus is Keurig's most versatile coffee maker, brewing both single-serve K-Cups (up to 12 oz) and full 60 oz carafes with a convenient swivel water reservoir designed to fit your counter's configuration.

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