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Keurig K450 vs. K475, What’s Best for you?

Keurig K450 vs. K475

When is a Keurig 450 not the best Keurig around? When it’s replaced by a Keurig 475!

On the surface these two machines by Keurig seem to have little in common, both share the same sleek design and variable settings with a range of different K-cup pods.

K-cups boast the ultimate in coffee brewing convenience, promising uniform brew and great taste, every time. Originally designed for office workers to get a quick injection of caffeine on-the-go, Keurig machines have made an easy transition into homes since they expanded their range in the early 2000s.

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The Final Shot: The K475 will soon be your only option as the discontinued K450 is phased out. Luckily, it offers some solid upgrades, like a range of brew settings for strength, temp and size and the eco-friendly option of refillable pods. The only downside? The carafe isn’t standard and it doesn’t come with as large of a pod starter pack.

Both machines are single serve coffee makers. These nifty little machines simply require you to fill the water reservoir and insert a coffee pod to make you beverage. The advantage of this kind of brewing is its uniformity, so these machines are more for busy coffee-lovers than passionate at-home baristas.

With the Keurig K450 being discontinued in favour of the Keurig K475, we’re taking the two models head to head to see what users will gain, or lose, in the transition between these two versions of the classic K-cup machine.

Keurig K475 vs. K450 Head to Head

 
NameKeurig K475Keurig K450

Color Options
Black, Sandy Pearl and Vintage RedBlack

Size (L x W x H)
10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 in10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 in

Weight
13.7 lbs8.5 lbs

Water Filter
YesYes

Frothing Wand
NoNo

Water Tank
70 oz70 oz

Similarities

Although these machines are known as single-serve coffee makers, the variety of cups you can produce is far from monotone.

Both these machines offer an array of choices. If you’re brand loyal and want to enjoy your favorite Starbucks coffee at home, you won’t be disappointed. With K-cups made by a range of brands, you’ll be able to sip any of your usual favorites with either model.

Because of the number of different brands that produce K-cups for these machines, you can get more than just a regular drip style cup. With affiliate brands like Lipton and Swiss Miss, these machines are a great choice for a family home where the kids can enjoy it too- without the usual mess of homemade hot chocolate!

Both the Keurig K450 and the Keurig K475 come in three colourways. Classic black, a clean white and a classic red- great options no matter what your home style is like.

The 450 and 475 machines both come with the capacity to brew coffees for the Keurig carafe. Giving you a 4 or 6 cup serving rather than the standard single cup. This is a great solution for people used to entertaining- or for those who work from home and need a pot of coffee to power their home office as it cuts down on processing each pod as your other cups cool.

Both machines also boast a roomy 70oz water reservoir that will produce 8 cups at a time, reducing the need for re-filling. This adds an extra layer of convenience by limiting the number of re-fills needed.

These two models also offer a range of brewing options, due to the variety of K-cups available. Since both machines are programmable and include an auto-brew setting, you can make sure your coffee isn’t the thing that holds you up in the morning.

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Shared Features:
  • Variety of different K-Cup pods available
  • Three colour options
  • 70oz water reservoir
  • Carafe brewing capacity

Differences

Although it seems as though the similarities between these two models must outweigh any differences, we think we’ve found a few crucial things to consider when making your choice between these two Keurig single-serve machines.

Sustainability

The biggest difference between the Keurig 450 and the Keurig 475 in the capability to fill your own reusable pods with home ground coffee. These pods can be filled and refilled with the user’s’ own ground coffee. Not only is this cost-effective, it’s great for the environment too.

Since coffee is a product that undergoes international travel, as well as roasting and grinding before getting to our cups, it’s something that already carries a heavy carbon footprint. This small change to the Keurig K475 design is a good way to reduce waste in the final phase of making your favourite cup.

Given that single-serve machines are sold on their convenience, this might seem like a redundant option. However, it gives added flexibility to those who like to grind their own beans, and extends an already impressive canvas of beverage choices.

What’s more, the reusable pod, although excluding you from all those super-fun K-cup crafts out there, is a far more environmentally conscious choice for those of you concerned about your carbon footprint. The energy saving mode on the Keurig K475 is another plus on the sustainability front, as it allows you to brew coffee however and whenever you want without running your machine 24/7.

Settings

The Keurig K475 offers brewing up to 12ozs in a single cup- meaning getting a large cup of coffee to power your commute, or jump-start the weekend isn’t a problem. The 5 temperature settings and strength controls also allow you to brew your favourite K-Cup coffees exactly to your tastes.

This means that, no matter what size K-cup pod you’re using, you can adjust the intensity of flavour and the temperature of your cup to make sure the drink you get is right every time. This is a great addition for those of you sharing your Keurig machine with a few other coffee drinkers, allowing everyone at home to enjoy the great taste they want, without needing to have multiple brewing methods around in the kitchen saving you valuable space.

The K450 just doesn’t offer this option and it is probably the biggest feature difference between them.

Accessories

Where the K450 comes with the Keurig Carafe, 6 K-Cup Pods, 4 K-Carafe Pods, a water filter handle and cartridge, these products are usually optional extras and not always standard in the case of the Keurig K475.

While this isn’t as much of an issue for those looking to use the reusable pods that come with the Keurig K475, having to source the carafe separately might prove inconvenient- especially if you want to give your Keurig machine its first outing at a dinner party. This is definitely a downgrade from the earlier model.

pricePrice

Although it’s an older model, the Keurig K450 is becoming pricier than the Keurig K475 as stock diminishes.

Because the K450 is being replaced by the K475, stockists now have a limited number of K450’s available, and because of this, the price is likely to start creeping up. This means time is of the essence if your heart is set on the K450.

Summary

These two machines stand toe to toe on almost all their primary features. With a digital display and carafe-brewing capacity coming standard, there isn’t much to miss out on in terms of brewing convenience between the two machines.

The biggest difference, the brewing settings options available on the K475, is a huge boon for coffee drinkers seeking to customize their experience. It’s also a great feature if you have a family of varied tastes.

For the environmentally conscious, the reusable pods that come with the K475 are a big plus. These give you the flexibility of re-filling the pod each time with your own home ground coffee, allowing for control over the flavour and finish of your cup, as well as the self-assurance that you’re reducing your carbon footprint.

Don’t forget that this feature could help you save some dough if you find you and yours are galloping through K-cups like they’re going out of fashion.

Because a number of items that were included with the K450 are becoming ‘optional’ extras for the K475, you’ll need to think carefully if any of these are must-haves before purchasing. Don’t wait too long however, with the K450 being phased out in favour of the K475, a bit of scarcity could easily drive those prices up.

When it comes to the crunch, although we’re saying goodbye to the Keurig K450, coffee lovers looking for the same convenience will get this and more by choosing the K475.

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