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“Ahh Coffee” | Keurig 2.0: K550 Vs K575 - What’s the Difference?

Keurig K575 Coffee Machine

It’s come to that special time of year again, no it’s not my wife’s and I’s wedding anniversary or even my birthday - the coffee machine has been on its last legs for a while now and I think it’s just about time to get a new brewing system.

Fun times, ey? Coffee machine shopping!

And I’ve narrowed it down to the Keurig 2.0, as my chosen brewing machine. Keurig have been around for a long while I’ve had 3 before even the one that’s broken down and they’ve never really let me down - so I considered hey, let’s go for a safe bet. However, the question that begs is which to go for the Keurig K550 or the K575? There’s also the K500 but I’ve dismissed that one just on the lack of features.

Comparing the K550 and K575 2.0 Keurig brewing machines though...

Well, first off it is pretty difficult to actually work out the differences between them - so I decided to give a quick write up of what I think I ‘ve worked out the differences & similarities between them are (I’ve only got one - see below which one I went for, but I’ve researched and asked a few Keurig reps - first hand).

For those, who want to cut to the chase though: I’d recommend going with the Keurig K575, since all it is essentially, is the updated model - which is also why you will see Keurig not actually featuring the K550 on their website anymore. At least promoting it anyhow.

  1. The K575 is just an upgrade with a few tweaks and “enhancements” of the K550. The core concepts are however the same.

Design, Accessories & Features

As you can see from just the looks of things, they are essentially exactly the same model appearance wise, a good looking platinum based coffee machine - that said those with a keen eye might notice the subtle change Keurig have made with their logo that they have on their 2.8” XL screen (well so one review claims anyhow, myself I can’t really tell the difference). All in all though, you can see it is pretty much the exact baseline 2.0 model.

With regards to the features as well as the accompanying accessories - although they are subtle, but they do exist (as according to a rep I’ve been in talks with & a bit of research). First off, you are said to get an additional water filter cartridges with the K575 (two in total) whereas with the original K550 you just get the one.

I did warn you about the minor changes didn’t I?

However, with the K550 you appear to get an extra four K-carafe pods in addition to 6 x K-Cups, whereas with the K575 you just get the six count pod variety pack. Although, this one is worth double checking. You will also find that the plastic black carafe is missing when you compare it to other models too, as with the K550.

Software Update

According to the Keurig rep (very helpful by the way if you ever find yourself in a spot of bother with it), also let me know about an update to the actual system itself - and assured me essentially everything else, at least on the outside is still the same.

Apart from the fact that they also have a new K cup size (12 oz) which apparently the K550 doesn’t.

The K575 has the brew sizes as follow fors the K-Cup pod brew: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz. Then the Vue Pod brew at 12, 14, 16 and 18 oz and K-mug pod brew at 12, 14, 16 and 18 oz and finally the K-carafe at 22, 26 and finally 30 oz. You will also see from here that the K575 actually accepts K-mug pods as well which you will end up finding the K550 rejecting.

Temperature Control

You also get the option to now change and alter the temperature on the Keurig K575, whereas with the K550 it is just the “strength”brew setting (that you also get with the K575 too) - for those who like the bolder coffee - but this gives you an added dimension to alter how you like your coffee. Apparently there has been an additional set of brew settings added too.

There has been a slight tweak to the hot water dispenser too (feature: “hot water on demand”), instead of having to hold down the “brew button” like you do with the K550 for the release of hot water and keep it there, you can just hit it down once and hit it again to stop.

As for Everything Else?

As from what I can gather it is pretty much the same, and rather superb Keurig 2.0 coffee machine overall - with an impressive 80 oz water reservoir (their largest ever), a whole range of different brew sizes (of course as we discussed the K575 does offer more).

You can alter the settings for brew strength and regulate temperature control (only on the K575) and have an array of coffee pods to try out. Not only that, you even have a high altitude setting (to adjust for where it is positioned), an energy saver, a K Carafe auto brew and to top it all off - it even displays a digital clock. What more can you want, ey?

To go with the Keurig K550 or K575?

Like I said from the start. I think it is pretty clear with the Keurig 2.0 models, the K575 is the way to go.

The only apparent downside to it, is that you don’t get the extra selection of K Carafe pods and you are without the black carafe as you get with the K550 (update: there are some debates around this though it seems). However, in all other factors you can see that all the adjustments, although small or to some extent negligible they are with the K575.

The main enhancements are basically as follows:

Increased number of brew size options

Added temperature control capability

Adjustments to the brewing options

Improved hot water dispenser.

As above there are a few other minor factors too, but all in all the K575 is the way to go. If you find any other alterations between them, don’t hesitate to get in touch.