Keurig Vue V1200 Review

Keurig Vue V1200
Overall Rating
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Durability (20%)
Ease of Use (10%)
Brand Reputation (10%)
The Bottom Line
The Vue V1200 and identical Vue V1255 were Keurig's revolutionary commercial brewers with the ability to brew specialty beverages and 18 oz coffees. Now discontinued, check out the K1500 for a similar commercial model.
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Key Features of the Keurig Vue V1200

Key Features of Keurig Vue V1200

  • Product Line/System: Keurig 2.0 Vue Commercial
  • K-Cup Compatibility: Keurig 2.0 K-Vue pods, comes with adapter you can use any K-Cup pod or your own grounds
  • Brew Sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, 18 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 80 oz
  • Water Filter: Included
  • Display: Full color touch screen
  • Temp Control: Yes
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Dimensions: 11.4"W x 14.8"D x 13.8"H
  • Weight: 19.6 lbs
  • Other Features: UL Commercial listed, comes with K-Cup pod and coffee ground compatible adapter, ability to brew cafe-style beverages with froth button, brew over ice function, 24-hour digital programmable clock, Auto-On/Off, comes with K-Vue variety box

Keurig Vue V1200 Overview

The Vue V1200 is one of 5 brewers in Keurig's Vue series: V500, V600, V700, V1200, and V1255.

Only the V1200 and V1255 are commercial-listed brewers. The V500, V600, and V700 are intended for home use.

Originally released to give customers the ability to brew a larger, hotter cup with a max 18 oz brew size (16 oz on the V500) and Temp Control functionality, Keurig ultimately decided to discontinue its Vue brewers because they weren't popular enough to justify the hassle of producing special K-Vue pods.

These Vue brewers used Keurig 2.0's pod-scanning system (also known as DRM or "Digital Rights Management") to lock out unlicensed third-party pods while simultaneously having programmed brewing instructions of the pod you selected.

This is the same system found on Keurig's K200-K575 brewers, which also have been discontinued.

But that doesn't mean Vue brewers are totally worthless today. You can actually buy an inexpensive adapter to use either K-Cups or ground coffee with any K-Vue brewer.

With the adapter, there's actually an advantage to owning a K-Vue brewer: You can brew a 16 oz coffee. We wouldn't recommend doing that with a K-Cup (it would be too watered down) but you could definitely make a good tall cup with your own ground coffee.

Since we aren't writing the entire K-Vue series off, let's look at the Vue V1200 versus the other 4 Vue brewers:

  • K-Vue V500: 60 oz reservoir, 7 brew sizes up to 16 oz, black and white touchscreen
  • K-Vue V600: 60 oz reservoir, 8 brew sizes up to 18 oz, black and white touchscreen
  • K-Vue V700: 74 oz reservoir, 8 brew sizes up to 18 oz, color touchscreen
  • K-Vue V1200: Commercial UL listed, 80 oz reservoir, 8 brew sizes up to 18 oz plus specialty beverages, color touchscreen
  • K-Vue V1255: Commercial UL listed, 80 oz reservoir, 8 brew sizes up to 18 oz plus specialty beverages, color touchscreen

Of note, the V1200 and V1255 are both commercial models and are identical. The only difference is where they were originally sold with the V1200 available through Authorized Keurig Distributors and the V1255 available through office supply stores like Office Depot.

  • MyBrew technology reads the capsule you inserted and pulls up the proper temperature and other brew settings
  • UL Commercial listed
  • Capable of brewing up to 18 oz coffees plus tea and hot cocoa K-Cups
  • Discontinued model and product line
  • Compatible with K-Mug and K-Vue pods, which Keurig no longer produces, so why own a Vue machine if you can only brew K-Cup pods?
  • Locks out unlicensed Keurig pods

Is the Keurig Vue V1200 for you?

Are Keurig Vue V1200 for you?

The Keurig Vue V1200 (along with the identical Vue V1255) are Keurig's commercial Vue machines with the ability to brew specialty beverages and regular coffees up to 18 oz. We don't recommend investing in this discontinued series, especially for a customer-facing coffee machine.

Instead, here are some alternatives.

First, a non-commercial brewer that replicates the V1200's dual coffee and specialty beverage functionality: the K-Cafe. It's capable of brewing 4-12 oz coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, and iced specialty beverages using only K-Cups (and your milk of choice).

If you're looking for a commercial Keurig model that brews both K-Cup coffee and specialty beverages, unfortunately you're out of luck. Keurig no longer manufacturers a commercial model with that dual-brewing ability.

In fact, nobody does.

While that may tempt you to purchase the V1200, you probably shouldn't because Keurig doesn't manufacture the required K-Vue pods anymore. While you could use the K-Cup adapter and switch to standard K-Cups, any customers who try to brew 14, 16, or 18 oz coffees will get something weak and watered down.

Instead, take a look at the K1500. Another UL Commercial listed brewer, the K1500 has a massive 96 oz water reservoir and brews 6-12 oz coffees with a sleek brushed metal exterior.

If you're looking for something a little more robust, take a look at the K155 OfficePro. It's another Commercial UL listed brewer with a 90 oz water reservoir, 4, 6, 8, and 10 oz brew sizes, and a color touchscreen interface (like the V1200).

Keurig also makes a high-throughput commercial brewer, the K3500, but it requires direct water line plumbing and probably is more brewer than you need.

Keurig Vue V1200 Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Keurig Vue V1200!

Check out Keurig Vue V1200!

Keurig Vue V1200
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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!