Keurig K45 Review

Overall Rating
78
Coffee Quality (40%)
75
Design & Features (20%)
75
Durability (20%)
80
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

The K45 is one of Keurig's most iconic brewers. It's simple and easy to operate with a solid 48 oz reservoir, but it has just a 10 oz max brew size and no special features. Now discontinued, check out the K-Classic instead.
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Key Features of the Keurig K45

Key Features of Keurig K45

  • Product Line/System: Keurig 1.0 Elite
  • K-Cup Compatibility: Unlicensed K-Cups, Keurig 2.0 licensed K-Cups, and ground coffee with the My K-Cup
  • Brew Sizes: 8 oz, 10 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 48 oz
  • Water Filter: Included
  • Display: Button controls for Brew Size and Power; LED indicators for Add Water, Descale, Heating, Auto-Off and Power
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: No
  • Dimensions: 9.8"W x 13.0"D x 13.3"H
  • Weight: 12.0 lbs
  • Other Features: Quiet Brew Technology, Auto-On/Off, removable drip tray, comes with K-Cup variety pack

Keurig K45 Overview

The K45 is one of Keurig's flagship brewers and was introduced as an upgrade to the B45, though the two models have the exact same specs.

Currently discontinued, the K45 has been replaced by the K-Classic, which offers many of the same features:

  • 48 oz reservoir
  • No Strength Control or Temp Control
  • Auto-On/Off functionality and removable drip tray
  • No pod-scanning system (found on Keurig 2.0 brewers) so it's compatible with all types of K-Cups

The only differences between the K45 and K-Classic are the K-Classic's slightly expanded brew sizes (6, 8, and 10 oz) plus its upgraded brewing system that ensures you're brewing with Keurig's latest and greatest technology for hotter, stronger cups.

You may also see 4 model numbers that look identical: K40, K45, K50, and K55.

What's the difference?

The K40 and K45 were originally released as Keurig's K-Elite brewers. Both came with the K-Cup variety pack, but the K45 also came with the water filter starter kit.

In 2015, Keurig rebranded the K40 and K45 K-Elite brewers as the K50 and K55 K-Classic brewers.

Pros

  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • The iconic brewer that put Keurig on the map
  • Foolproof to use
  • Comes with K-Cup variety pack and water filter starter kit

Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Only 2 brew sizes (8 oz, 10 oz)
  • No Brew Strength, Temp Control, or other features
  • Doesn't come with the reusable My K-Cup

Is the Keurig K45 for you?

Is Keurig K45 for you?

The discontinued K45 is still worth purchasing if you can get a good deal. It doesn't have any outdated tech that limits its usability and is still a quality model if you don't mind losing the 6 oz brew size.

If you like the K45 but don't need the water filter starter kit, take a look at the K40.

However, we really do recommend going with the K-Classic, which is currently in production, supported by Keurig, and has all of the features you'd find on K40-K55 brewers.

Keurig K45 Review: An In-Depth Look

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Keurig K45
The K45 is one of Keurig's most iconic brewers. It's simple and easy to operate with a solid 48 oz reservoir, but it has just a 10 oz max brew size and no special features. Now discontinued, check out the K-Classic instead.

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