Coffee is an important part of the morning routine – some would even argue that it’s the most important part. Keurig makes some of the best coffee makers in the industry to start your day off right. Not long after changing the world with their revolutionary single-cup coffee makers, Keurig released its Keurig 2.0 Series (now called Keurig Plus Series) machines. With the new models came new features such as 4-cup carafe brewing capability, increased cup size options, and a user-friendly touch screen display to make selecting options a breeze. The K475 and K575 are two models from the Keurig Plus Series that will start your morning off deliciously. Although they look similar, there are a few key differences between these two machines. Let’s take a closer look.
Keurig K475 vs. K575: Appearance
Wow. These machines look almost exactly the same. They share dimensions of 13.2 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 13.3 inches deep, so counter space won’t be a deciding factor.
The overall layout is the same with the only difference being the K575’s slightly larger display screen. The stylish machines also feature similar colors gray and black or platinum and black on the base model. If you’re not into monochrome, some retailers offer the K475 in additional colors like Vintage Red and Sandy Pearl.
Ease of Use
Both the K475 and the K575 are very easy to use. Brewing a cup of coffee is quick and simple on both machines.
- Choose your favorite mug and place it on the drip tray (you can remove the drip tray to fit a carafe or taller travel cup).
- Lift the handle, place a K-Cup® Pod in the holder, and lower the handle to close the lid.
- Select your cup size, brew type, and brew strength, then press the brew button.
Voila! Your steaming-hot beverage is ready in about one minute and the machine is ready to go again after the water warms up for the next cup in another minute.
Both machines have a convenient color touch screen to make selecting options easy, but the screen on the K575 is wider which makes it slightly easier to use than the K475.
Both models have a “before you brew” break-in cycle that you should run prior to using the machine for the first time. It basically consists of plugging in the machine, turning it on, rinsing and filling the water reservoir, and brewing a cup of hot water to pour down the sink. This first brew makes sure that any residual factory or shipping dust is cleared away and your first cup will be just as good as you expect from a top-notch machine.
Every three-to-six months, both the K475 and the K575 should be descaled. Conveniently, they both have alerts in the display that will let you know exactly when it’s time. Descaling the machine involves cycling a full reservoir of water through the machine using Keurig’s Descaling Solution and then running another 12 cycles with fresh water to rinse the machine.
You can also purchase an optional Keurig water filter kit, which adds additional maintenance but makes a great cup of joe. Every 1000 ounces (about two months), your machine will remind you to replace the water filter. Simply remove the water filter handle, wash it off, replace the filter with a new one that rinsed after soaking in water for five minutes, and reinstall the water filter handle.
Your steaming-hot beverage is ready in about one minute and the machine is ready to go again after the water warms up for the next cup in another minute.
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Both the K475 and the K575 have a color touch screen displays that make selecting brewing options and machine settings super simple. While the K575 has a slightly larger display (2.8 inches) than the K475 (2.4 inches), the features are similar. From the handy touch screen of your machine, you can control:
Temperature: Since not everyone likes to have their coffee scalding, these versatile machines offer five different temperature settings for your brew. Although variables like cup type and size make it impossible to state the precise temperature of each setting, the highest internal temperature of the water is 192° F – for those who like it hot!
Brew Strength: Whether you prefer your coffee regular or strong, both machines have you covered with the selectable brew strength option. When making strong coffee, the machine steeps the grounds longer, increasing the time to a little over two minutes.
Brew Size: Both models brew in multiple sizes for K-Cup Pods, K-Carafe Pods, and K-Mug Pods. However, the K575 can also brew an 18-ounce K-Mug Pod while the K475 cannot.
|K-Cup Pod||4 oz.||6 oz.||8 oz.||10 oz.||12 oz.|
|K-Carafe Pod||2-3 cups||3-4 cups||4-5 cups|
|K-Mug Pod||10 oz.||12 oz.||14 oz.||16 oz.||18 oz.*|
Automatic On and Off: Set your machine to automatically turn on at certain times so the water is hot and ready when you are. You can also select a specific time for it to turn off when you know you won’t be using it.
Energy Saver: That’s right, coffee can go green! If you don’t select the option to turn your coffee maker off automatically, enabling the Energy Saver feature will turn your machine off automatically when it’s not in use for 15 minutes.
Preferred Brew Settings: Just because the cool touch screen makes selecting options easy doesn’t mean you should have to repeat them every time you brew a beverage. The preferred brew settings feature lets you change the machines default settings to save your favorite combination of brew size, strength, and temperature for a perfectly smooth brew every time.
Maintenance Alerts: Cute alerts like, “More Water Please” and “Time To Replace the Keurig Water Filter” let you know when your machine needs attention. Maintenance alerts will make sure you never forget to refill the water reservoir, descale the machine, or replace the optional water filter.
Wallpaper: Yes, you can select one of 16 available wallpapers to make your coffee brewing experience even more enjoyable. Delicious and beautiful!
Language: Language settings include English, French, and Spanish.
High Altitude: Enabling this feature at altitudes above 5,000 feet ensures that your coffee maker works properly and your beverage is great no matter where you brew.
Night Light: The K575 features a cozy nightlight that you can turn off and on from the display. You can even change the nightlight colors from white to blue, green, or red!
Hot Water on Demand: The K575 has a hot water dispenser so you can make tea, oatmeal, or even a cup of noodles with the touch of a button. This is an excellent feature for a quick breakfast on-the-go.
Both the K475 and the K575 are speedy brewers, taking about one minute to brew a K-Cup® and up to three minutes to brew an entire carafe. As mentioned earlier, the simple process for brewing is the same for each machine.
While both machines can brew sizes from 4 ounces to 30 ounces, the K575 has an 80-ounce reservoir while the K475 is limited to 70 ounces.
If you have a large family or expect frequent coffee-drinking guests, the K575 will keep you caffeinated without frequent refills.
The K474 and K575 only brew genuine Keurig K-Cup, K-Mug and K-Carafe pods. This might sound limiting, but don’t let it worry you. Whether you’re craving a hot cup of smooth, delicious coffee or a mug of sweet hot chocolate, Keurig has you covered.
Keurig’s website carries 36 different brands of coffee including favorites like Starbucks, McCafe, Dunkin’ Donuts, Eight O’Clock, Gevalia, Kahlúa, Green Mountain, Krispy Kreme, and more. With a variety of beverage options like black tea, green tea, herbal tea, hot cocoa, chai, and even iced drinks, these versatile machines will never leave you or your guests unsatisfied.
Keurig offers a limited warranty for one year under normal home use.
If you’re looking for a brewer to use in an office or other public areas, check out the business or hospitality models. And, although there are tons of videos of hacking your Keurig to brew third-party pods, keep in mind that any damages it causes won’t be covered.
If your brewer stops functioning properly under normal use during the warranty period, you can contact Keurig to help troubleshoot or replace it. Their website also has a very thorough and extremely helpful support page with tons of FAQs, videos, and help guides.
What’s the difference between K475 and K575
Differences are noted throughout this review, but here’s a handy quick list:
|Parameters||Keurig K475||Keurig K575|
|Capacity||70 oz||80 oz|
|Brew Sizes||4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, 26, 30 oz.||4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, 30 oz.|
|Hot water only||No||Yes|
|Included extras||6 K-Cup® Pods, water filter kit||6 K-Cup® Pods, water filter kit|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
What is hot water on demand?
Hot water on demand is a feature on the K575 that delivers hot water only. This is a useful feature for those who drink tea.
Will older K-Cups ® work with these machines?
Probably not. It’s unlikely that third-party or older Keurig K-Cups ® will work with these newer generation machines. However, the My K-Cup ® universal, reusable coffee filters will work with both the K475 and K575.
Do they come in more colors?
The K475 is available in several color options, depending on the retailer. The K575 is only available in the standard Platinum.
Do they work with Alexa?
No, neither the K475 of the K575 is compatible with Alexa.
What is a carafe?
The Keurig carafe is an insulated coffee pot designed to work with Keurig machines. It holds up to four cups of coffee (32 ounces) and is designed to keep the contents warm.
Can they brew iced coffee drinks?
Yes, these machines can brew the iced coffee K-Cups®, but the beverage still comes out of the machine hot. The cup or tumbler must be filled with ice before brewing.
How much space is there between the countertop and the brew head?
The distance with the drip tray installed is 5.8 inches and without the drip tray, it is 7.3 inches.
Are the parts dishwasher safe?
Unfortunately, no parts of either machine are dishwasher safe.
Keurig K475 vs. K575: Pros and Cons
- Great tasting brew
- Color touch screen
- Brews a cup in less than a minute
- Carafe brewing
- Energy saver mode
- Temperature control
- Brew strength control
- Multiple color options
- Includes 6 K-Cup Pods
- Includes water filter kit
- Makes some noise
- Does not include carafe
- Does not brew third-party pods
- No hot water on demand feature
- Super delicious coffee
- Simple and easy
- Large color LCD
- Makes coffee in a minute or less
- Can make an entire carafe
- Features to conserveenergy
- Five temperature selection
- Regular or strong brew selection
- Hot water on demand
- 80 ounce water reservoir
- Colorful nightlight
- Only brews K-Cup pods
- No color options
- Does not include any extras
With so many similarities, it’s not an easy decision between the K475 and the K575 at first glance. But the difference in price and the extras included with the K475 make it a great value, especially if you want more than one color option. Unless you have your heart set on the hot water dispenser, the less expensive K475 is the way to go.