Keurig K155

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Keurig K155
8.1 Total Score

$219.00 $269.99

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  • Ease of Use
  • Proper Brewing Temperature
  • Auto On/Off
  • Large Water Tank
  • Quick

Description and Review

Keurig K155 Review

Overview

Almost identical with the old model B155 the new Keurig K155 comes with some improvements on internals that meet the NSF certification. It is still housed in a not so attractive fully plastic silver case and the only metal part that stands out is the drip tray’s top panel. A massive 90 oz. water tank lies at the right side which is also removable. A nice addition is the colorful touchscreen interface which controls the whole unit.

You can adjust the time, brewing temperature from 188F° to 198F° and size from 4 oz. to 8 oz. Furthermore you can enable the auto turn off function which will shut off the device after 2 hours of the last activity. If you also like your coffee prepared right after awaking, there is a programmable timer for this. Finally the language can also be set to English, Spanish or French.

Promoted as a commercial product, oddly makes solely use of the company’s K-cups, which can get pricey for repeated production. That is usually a big turn off for many people as they want to brew their own ground or use different brand of pods. Lastly a faster brewing speed is promised, presumably compared to their lower level machines.

Testing

Using a Keurig seems like an unconscious process on behalf of the user. Simply open the lid, put your K-cup inside, close back and choose your brewing cup size. The only button on the machine is a large illuminated brew one, below the touch screen. During brewing you will notice several informative images about coffee harvesting, brewing and related material. At the end you see Keurig’s logo as a final brainwash tactic, like you didn’t know which machine was that. It may be interesting for the first time but truly disturbing after a while.

Although there are 4 different options of brewing size there is no 12 oz. option which is quite unusual from competition. So in case that you need 12 oz. cup you have to make double 6 oz. brewing, which can get irritating. It seems that the machine is made to promote its K-cup sales requiring repeated use to fill a larger mug. But if your coffee mugs don’t have to be more than 10 oz. it can be adequate and efficient.

The operation is virtually noiseless as there isn’t any kind of grinding present. Relatively quickly, depending on your cup size, you get your first coffee cup at proper temperature. Initially we got a plastic taste that fortunately subsided after some runs, but took a lot of vinegar to clear. At the end the result was forgiving though, providing a robust coffee with rich taste but missing the aroma of fresh ground.

Verdict

Very convenient to use, due to Keurig’s K-cups but could get pricey in the long term. It seems that it is made mostly for people who are lazy enough to grind their own beans or they are just obsessed with the company’s ready coffee pods. It certainly doesn’t offer the pleasure of brewing fresh ground and you lose all of its uplifting aroma. On top of that if you want to have enough coffee to get through the week, you have to keep a storage full of these industrialized pods. The flashy screen with the ‘cheesy’ images doesn’t help as well. Undoubtedly it is an upgrade of its home line machines but still lacks the finesse of authentic coffee brewers such as the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741.

8.1 Total Score

Build Quality
8
Functions
7.5
Ease of Use
9
Coffee Taste
8
PROS
  • Ease of Use
  • Proper Brewing Temperature
  • Auto On/Off
  • Large Water Tank
  • Quick
CONS
  • Plastic Domination
  • K-cups Constriction
  • Annoying Screen Images
  • Lack of 12 oz. Size Selection

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