The Duo Series Vs Older Dual Brew Keruigs
A while back Keurig released the K-475. It was a 2.0 era machine that would brew different size cups of coffee with K-cups, as well as small carafe sizes using the K-Carafe, a small carafe made specially only for certain Keurig 2.0 systems.
None of the 2.0 machines ever got to be very popular and since then the K-Carafe and the K-475 have been replaced by the three versions of the new K-Duo which I want to review and compare in this article.
These new machines are fundamentally different from the older carafe-machines and they more closely resemble other dual brew coffee makers like the super affordable Hamilton Beach Flexbrew machines or the fancier Cuisinart machines like the SS-15.
I own each one of the three K-Duo machines and the side-by-side Flexbrew for the very purpose of this website so I hope youll find what I have to say useful.
Sidenote If you want a two-way coffee maker that brews both carafes and k-cups then consider the FlexBrew Trio. In my opinion its just as good as the K-Duo and it costs a lot less. Heres a link to check specs and pricing.
Before I get to the written review and comparison of the Keurig 2-way machines Id like to encourage you to first watch this comparison video I made of all three machines. This video covers much of what is written lower on this article complete with visuals.
Coffee Maker Review: Keurig K
Brew for two with the Keurig K-Duo.
When it comes to living that coffee-pod life, there is Keurig, then there are the other pod machines. In this space, Ive compared a lot of Keurig machines, to each other and toother coffee machines. The Keurig Select vs. the Keurig Special Edition K-Cafe, the Keurig K-Mini vs. the Keurig K-Mini Plus, the Keurig K-Elite Single Serve vs. the Keurig K475 Single Serve and the Keurig K-Duo Essentials vs. the Keurig Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System. Now Im comparing the Keurig K-Duo with the brand-new K-Duo Plus.
Like the K-Mini vs. K-Mini Plus comparison, the differences in these two machines are slight, while the similarities are abundant. They are both Keurig pod machines that offer a variety of size options when brewing, as well as the always-on feature of being able to use whatever Keurig coffee pod you want. There are so many third-party flavors and blends available that you will never get bored by limited options.
Unlike the Mini comparison, there are more physical differences in these two machines that might contribute to your purchasing decision. When you see the name Keurig, you generally think of the classic bulky K-Select machine taking up too much space on the counter. You’ll see that one of these machines has a much more convenient footprint than the other. So which Duo is the better Duo? Read on.
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The Differences Between The K
Contrary to the norm these days on the internet I can review each of these units from actual personal experience. I bought all three and own all three. I have even brewed hundreds of k-cups in the machines collectively so I know a few things that arent apparent from the various sales pages found online.
For one I can say that the stated water reservoir is not 60oz as advertised!
In the K-Duo Essentials machine I was able to pour 73-ounces of water into the reservoir before hitting the max-line.
Then after brewing the first cup of coffee a full 11-ounces is pulled into an internal water holding tank/reservoir for heating. Like older model Keurig removable reservoir brewers this secondary chamber cant easily be drained either.
Basically, both of the K-Duo and K-Duo Essentials machines can hold 11-ounces internally plus an additional 73-ounces in the removable water tank.
The only caveat is that you cant use all 84-ounces of water without refilling the reservoir well before its empty.
When the water gets down to the Minimum line there is still approximately 25-ounces of water left in the removable reservoir in addition to the extra 10-11oz of water still inside the machine in the internal heating tank and tubing.
Once the machine gets to the Minimum line it wont cycle a new cup of coffee of any size effectively resulting in a real reservoir size of only 48-ounces because the machine isnt ever actually emptied all the way.
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The Similarities Between Each K
The K-Duo machines actually let you brew regular K-cup singles just as you would expect and have grown to love over the years, but they also let you brew full carafes with your own ground coffee just the way a traditional drip coffee maker does inside a standard flat-bottomed filter basket.
No longer do you need special K-Carafe pods or small Keurig branded carafes.
Game Changer is probably too strong of a term to use to describe the K-Duo series of brewers but the ability to brew regular drip coffee is certainly a huge selling point for me. Im sure it will be a big draw for countless others as well because using your own coffee is the best way to make good coffee from a Keurig.
Basically no matter which K-Duo you buy you will be able to brew K-cup pods or ground coffee with no additional items needed.
With the release of three different K-Duo machines however you would be hard-pressed to not ask what the difference is between them.
I can answer that for you succinctly.
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Basically if you want to pay less and dont care about the strong brew option or the lack of a small-cup or small-carafe size then the K-Duo Essentials is easily your best option.
If you need the Strong Brew button and/or want to make either 6-ounce cups of coffee or 6-cup carafes of coffee but dont care about the glass carafe, the flexible water reservoir placement, or the slim design of the K-Duo Plus then the plain-Jane K-Duo will do just fine.
You can see the sales page for the K-Duo Special Edition here. Its the newest version with the upgraded trim.
If you are like me however I only brew with the Strong Brew button. I absolutely love the water reservoir on the K-Duo Plus, and I really appreciate the smaller footprint of the Plus model on our kitchen counter so it is of course the model I would use daily if I werent always testing new products for the sake of this website.
For me I feel that the extra price I paid for the K-Duo Plus was well worth it!
You can see the sales page for the K-Duo Plus here.
Yes the cost was higher but it wasnt obscene and I LOVE the fact that the Duo Plus has a handle on the side of the water reservoir and that I can place that reservoir on the side of the machine that is most convenient for my counter.
I also can easily operate this entire machine with it located under my cabinets.
For pricing the K-Duo and K-Duo Plus are frequently sold out so Ive put together a where to buy page for these brewers for your convenience.
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