Keurig Vue V500 Review

Keurig Vue V500
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
A revolutionary series from Keurig, the K-Vue introduced K-Vue pods for bigger, hotter coffees. Today, all Vue brewers are discontinued. For a versatile brewer with all the extras, check out the K-Elite.
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Key Features of the Keurig Vue V500

Key Features of Keurig Vue V500

  • Product Line/System: Keurig 2.0 Vue
  • K-Cup Compatibility: Keurig 2.0 K-Vue pods, and with an adapter 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
  • Water Reservoir: 60 oz
  • Water Filter: Included
  • Display: Black and white touchscreen
  • Temp Control: Yes
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13.8"W x 15.3"D x 15.3"H
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs
  • Other Features: Ability to brew cafe-style beverages with froth button, brew over ice function, 24 hour digital programmable clock, Auto-On/Off

Keurig Vue V500 Overview

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

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 V500 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.

Pros
  • MyBrew technology reads the capsule you inserted and pulls up the proper temperature and other brew settings
  • Capable of brewing up to 16 oz coffees plus tea and hot cocoa K-Cups
  • Large 60 oz water reservoir
Cons
  • 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 V500 for you?

Is Keurig Vue V500 for you?

The Keurig Vue V500 is the lowest-end model of Keurig's discontinued Vue series, and there's no good reason to purchase this brewer (if you can even find it).

If you're looking for larger serving sizes, take a look at the K-Duo. It can brew either single-serve K-Cups up to 12 oz or multi-cup carafes up to 60 oz.

If a full (or even half) carafe is still too much for you, check out the Keurig 2.0 series with model numbers from K200-K575. These machines can brew 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, and 30 oz cups/carafes, but they're also pod-scanning DRM machines that have been discontinued.

However, you can buy a Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup to use ground coffee, allowing for stronger brews while bypassing the DRM system. Many Keurig fans say these Keurig 2.0 brewers are the best Keurig has ever made with the K475 and K575 especially beloved.

Keurig Vue V500 Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Keurig Vue V500!

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Keurig Vue V500
A revolutionary series from Keurig, the K-Vue introduced K-Vue pods for bigger, hotter coffees. Today, all Vue brewers are discontinued. For a versatile brewer with all the extras, check out the K-Elite.

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Bryan De Luca

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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