Keurig K-Duo Plus Review

Keurig K-Duo Plus
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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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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