If you’re the type of person to pick up a coffee every morning on the way to the office or gym, then chances are that you’ll be quickly racking up unnecessary costs. With most takeaway coffees coming in at around $5 or more, it can soon add up.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way; with a good coffee machine in your kitchen, you can brew single-serve cups of coffee for a fraction of the price, both in terms of upfront cost for coffee pods and ongoing maintenance. If you’ve been buying a coffee every day (check out Keurig k55 review), then a machine could pay for itself in as little as just a few weeks.
Keurig K55 Overview
The Keurig K55 is a single-serve coffee machine that uses coffee pods to produce individual mugs of coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Drinks sizes vary depending on the setting you choose, with 6, 8 and 10oz drink settings available.
All these are served by a built-in water reservoir that can hold enough water to produce nearly 5 full cups of coffee on the largest setting.
Controlling the various functions of the machine is handled via physical buttons mounted on top of the machine, as opposed to the LCD screen used on more pricey variants.
On top of the unit, you have 5 LED displays, which signify when the machine needs refilling with water; when it's time to run a descaling process; when the machine is in the middle of a heating cycle; when the 'Auto Off' feature is enabled, and finally the 'Power' indicator.
The detachable drip tray comes away to make room for travel mugs, so that you can take your coffee to go when you’re in a hurry. In terms of its physical size, the machine stands at 13.3-inches (17.6-inches when the handle is elevated), and 10.1-inches wide.
Who is the Keurig K55 for?
The Keurig K55 is a well-rounded machine that’s
suitable for both home and office use.
Homeowners will love the ‘Auto-Off’ feature that helps to conserve energy when the coffee machine is left turned on for lengthy periods of time without use. The single-serve system is also perfect for brewing individual cups of coffee in the morning without wasting half of an unused carafe.
Additionally, the machine falls somewhere in the middle of the Keurig range in terms of its physical dimensions, so it won’t take up a great deal of space on the kitchen countertop. Similarly, the machine could also be used within a small office.
With a reservoir that holds around 48 oz. of water, you could brew around 5 cups of coffee on even the largest setting, before having to refill the water reservoir; enough to cater for a small team. You can even disable the ‘Auto Off’ functionality, keeping the machine in a constantly ready state so that it’ll never take long to brew another fresh mug of coffee.
What’s Included with the Keurig K55?
Straight out of the box, you get the base components that you'd expect, including the durable machine itself, the power cord, and the built-in water reservoir. You'll also get 2 water filters that can be regularly changed to keep impurities out of your hot drinks.
What's more, depending on the bundle that you choose, you may also get a variety pack of K-Cup coffee pods, to help you find your preferred hot drink flavors. It’s worth checking out the fine print on the bundle you’re looking at, to ensure that you get some pods included; otherwise, you won’t be ready to brew once you set it up.One thing that this machine doesn’t include, and indeed neither do many other coffee machine bundles, is the descaling solution that you’ll need to run through the machine once every 3 to 6 months.
This process clears out any limescale that has built up within the machine, which can happen more quickly if you’re in a hard water area. You can however buy this solution separately for a relatively low price, so this is not a big deal. Alternatively, some people recommend using regular table vinegar to further save money.
Keurig K55 Features
The Keurig K55 Coffee Maker follows several of the favored design choices seen in other models from the same brand, including much of the same functionality.
All the major components are detachable and the process of brewing a coffee is controlled via physical buttons mounted on the top of the machine housing; this coffee maker does not feature an LCD screen like some of the more high-end budget models.
Large Water Reservoir
The Keurig K55 includes one of the biggest capacity water reservoirs that is featured on several the brand’s coffee machines; with enough space for 48 oz. of water, you’ll be able to serve coffee to the whole family before needing to refill the tank.
When it does come time to refill, the whole reservoir can be lifted and detached from the coffee machine, meaning you can fill it directly from the kitchen faucet. There are also filters that can be used in conjunction with the water reservoir, though you also have the option of filling the tank with bottled water, which helps to reduce the incidence of scale.
The Keurig K55 uses the K-Cup range of coffee pods. These can be picked up from a vast range of retailers, so finding your favorite drink is never difficult. The machine does not lock you down to any particular brand of pod; providing that the pods selected are K-Cups, then you can opt for any brands or flavors within this range.
What’s more, you can switch from one pod to another immediately after brewing the first, without suffering from any blending together of flavors. The only downside is a lack of carafe-sized coffee pods, and no supplementary pod holder to contain all of your drinks pods.
Ease of Cleaning
Like many of the other coffee machines within the Keurig range, the K55 is straightforward to clean thanks to several of the design choices. The drip tray that catches runoff from the machine can be detached and rinsed under the faucet, while the water reservoir is also fully detachable for rinsing.
Additionally, every few months, you can run a descaling process simply by running a descaling solution through the machine using the normal brewing process. The exterior casing is easily wiped clean of stains with a damp cloth, too.
Adjustable Drinks Settings
Though the K55 is only a single-serve machine, you can select the size of drink that you want through the physical buttons on top of the machine. After choosing the appropriate mug size, you can brew 6 oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz. drinks from the same type of pods.
Despite the difference in the amount of water dispensed, you’ll still end up with a high-quality coffee, tea or cocoa from a single pod, so there’s no need to stock different pod sizes. The exception is when brewing a carafe, but this machine is not designed with a carafe setting.
How to Use the Keurig K55
There's no LCD screen on the Keurig K55, though sometimes additional functionality such as a touchscreen display can overcomplicate the process anyway. Instead, the machine is controlled via a power button, plus 3 additional buttons for choosing cup size; small, medium and large.
Once powered on, the machine will take around 4 minutes to pre-heat, though this process only needs to be carried out once after each power-on.
You'll then be able to brew several cups of coffee. You'll know when the machine has sufficiently heated, as there's a 'Heating' LED display that will switch off when the machine is ready to go.
At this point, the handle can be lifted to expose the K-Cup Pod holder, and you can insert a pod for your favorite hot drink, before replacing the handle back down; this will illuminate the brew size selector buttons. Next, simply select your drinks size from the brew size buttons.
A 'Small' cup size will produce a brew of around 5.25 oz. in size, while a 'Medium' equates to a brew size of around 7.25 oz., and finally a 'Large' brew is around 9.25 oz. in size. Once selected, your drink will be dispensed, though the buttons will be disabled if you haven't made a selection within 60 seconds.
For a great look at all the components that make up the K55 coffee machine, you can check out this video on YouTube, which shows you exactly how to go about first-time setup of the device. It’s also a great indicator of what you’ll get in the box.
One thing that this machine can't do is brew a whole carafe of coffee, which might be a desired feature if you're routinely making the office coffee run, or brewing drinks for the whole family.
Producing a large batch of hot drinks one by one using K-Cup pods can take a while, so if your intended use of a coffee machine is to brew whole batches more often than single-serve coffees, then you might want to consider another machine.
The Keurig K200 for example, has a carafe feature, which uses specialized K-Cup pods to brew bigger batches at once.
As we’ve mentioned above, the Keurig K55 uses water filters, which help to remove impurities within the water that you use from the kitchen faucet; these impurities can influence the taste of your hot drinks.
If you don’t want to continually buy bottled water to use in your machine, then it makes sense to choose a coffee machine that has a built-in water filter. Another alternative that has water filters included is the Keurig K200, which also comes with an LCD screen.
However, if you do choose this alternative, it’s worth bearing in mind that the K200 is limited in only being compatible with Keurig’s own coffee pods. A barcode on the foil seal of the pods is scanned each time you brew a cup of coffee; this means that the machine won’t recognize anything other than its own branded pods.
A third alternative to this K55 machine is the Keurig K15, which is far smaller.
One thing that we don’t love about the Keurig K55 is that its physical dimensions are not that much smaller than machines such as the K145 and K200, yet the functionality included is reduced compared to these 2 machines.
As a result, though you’ll pay less for the K55, it’ll still take up a great deal of countertop space and for less of the functionality than you’d get in the above 2 models.
Thus, if space is a concern and you’re not too fussed about having all the bells and whistles that come with some of the larger Keurig machines, then you may be better off choosing the K15, which is the smallest coffee machine within the Keurig range.
The Keurig K55 will suit a family home or small business office, providing you aren’t looking to brew whole batches of coffee in a single sitting. If you want a machine that isn’t going to take up a lot of countertop real estate, then there are smaller model choices, whereas if you want something with a heap of functionality, there are pricier alternatives available. However, for a good balance between size and functionality, and with a very reasonable price tag, there’s the Keurig K55.