Keurig K250 Review

Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

The base model of the now-discontinued Keurig 2.0 pod-scanning system, K200 series brewers are an affordable option for those who want to brew multi-cup carafes, but we recommend the in-production K-Duo.
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Key Features of the Keurig K250

Key Features of Keurig K250

  • Product Line/System: Keurig 2.0 Plus
  • K-Cup Compatibility: Keurig 2.0 K-Cup pods, K-Mug, and K-Carafe pods, and ground coffee with the Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup
  • Brew Sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, 22 oz, 26 oz, 30 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 40 oz
  • Water Filter: Included
  • Display: 2.4" black and white LCD touch display
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Dimensions: 8.9"W x 13.4"D x 13.6"H
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Other Features: Removable drip tray, brew selector for hot cocoa/other, high altitude setting, comes with variety K-Cup pack and descaling solution

Keurig K250 Overview

In August 2014, Keurig unveiled their 2.0 brewing system, which added 2 new (big) features:

  • Pod-scanning system to lock out unlicensed pods
  • Larger K-Carafe pods for up to 30 oz pots

The Keurig 2.0 brewers came in 4 different series — K200, K300, K400, and K500 — with each series progressively adding more features.

Within each series, Keurig released multiple different models. For example, the K200 series includes both the K200 and K250.

Here's the important part: All brewers in each series are exactly the same. That's right, the K200 and K250 are the same machine. The only difference is what's included when you buy the brewer.

Specifically, each model number includes (or doesn't include) these accessories:

  • K-Carafe (the actual carafe, not the pods)
  • Charcoal water filter starter kit
  • Pod variety pack
  • Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup

Our Buyer's Guide section below covers the differences between all 4 series (plus this K250 model versus other K200 brewer).

In this section, let's look at the entire Keurig 2.0 system.

First, all Keurig 2.0 models brew 10 different sizes from 4-30 oz using one of four different types of pods:

  • K-Cup: 4-10 oz
  • K-Mug: 10-16 oz
  • K-Carafe: 22-30 oz

Unfortunately, K-Mug and K-Carafe pods have since been discontinued, which eliminates the major selling point of these brewers.

Second, all Keurig 2.0 models have some type of digital touchscreen interface, Keurig's new Quiet Brew Technology, which actually is less noisy than their original brewers, Strength Control for a stronger cup, and a High Altitude setting.

Pros

  • Capable of brewing both single-serve coffee and carafes up to 30 oz
  • Brews wide range of sizes from 4 oz cup to 30 oz carafe
  • Strong Brew option included
  • Comes with water filter kit and K-Cup/K-Carafe variety pack

Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Part of the Keurig 2.0 series, which has pod-scanning system to lock out unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Compatible with K-Mug and K-Carafe pods, which Keurig no longer produces, so why get a pod-based carafe brewer when you can only use K-Cup pods?
  • Relatively small 40 oz water reservoir
  • Doesn't come with carafe or reusable Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup

Is the Keurig K250 for you?

Is Keurig K250 for you?

As a discontinued series, it's our duty to provide you with alternatives currently in production. If you're looking at getting a Keurig 2.0 brewer (models K200-K575), take a look at these brewers instead:

  • K-Duo: Keurig's replacement for their 2.0 brewers, the K-Duo brews both single-serve K-Cup coffee up to 12 oz and full carafes up to 60 oz (double the volume of Keurig 2.0 brewers). What the K-Duo loses from 2.0 brewers are the 14-16 oz "large cup" brew sizes and the K-Carafe pod. Instead, you brew carafes by dosing ground coffee into the reusable Gold Tone mesh filter.
  • K-Elite: Keurig's high-end home coffee maker, the K-Elite maxes out at 12 oz (so no full pots) but it has every other premium feature: 75 oz reservoir, Hot Water and Iced brew modes, Strength and Temp Control, a High Altitude setting, and a durable, brushed metal exterior that looks better than any Keurig brewer to date.

As promised above, let's take a deeper look at the differences between the 4 Keurig 2.0 series:

FeatureK200K300K400K500
Reservoir40 oz60 oz70 oz80 oz
Display2.4" b+w touch2.4" b+w touch2.4" color touch2.8" XL color touch
Max K-Cup Brew Size16 oz16 oz16 oz18 oz
Strength ControlYesYesYesYes
Temp ControlNoYesYesYes
Customizable ClockNoYesYesYes
Customizable WallpaperNoYesYesYes
Set FavoritesNoYesYesYes
Hot Water ModeNoNoNoYes
Iced ModeNoNoNoYes
Water Tank NightlightNoNoNoYes

As for the K200-series brewers (this is a Keurig K250 review, after all) here are the differences:

  • K200: Comes with the water filter kit
  • K250: Comes with the water filter kit and K-Cup variety pack

Neither brewer comes with the K-Carafe, which you'll have to purchase separately.

Bottom Line: If you're seriously considering the K250 (or any other Keurig 2.0 brewer), just get the K-Duo. It's the same type of brewer, only better. But if you're dead-set on getting the K250, well, just click the button below.

Keurig K250 Review: An In-Depth Look

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Keurig K250
The base model of the now-discontinued Keurig 2.0 pod-scanning system, K200 series brewers are an affordable option for those who want to brew multi-cup carafes, but we recommend the in-production K-Duo.

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