The Keurig 2.0 and Vue are systems born of Keurig’s continuing innovation and mission to develop and improve an easy coffee drinking experience.
Keurig has been pioneering single-serve coffee machines for the domestic market and are known for creating a seamless and high-quality experience – that’s pretty clear.
What isn’t always clear is how to choose a machine from their line-up of similar models. Most of the machines look alike and share a lot of the same base features. Understanding the nuances in how they differ is tough.
The 2.0 K575 and the Vue 500 are both higher end machines and use the same system for single serve brewing. The Vue is an older, discontinued model that is still available for purchase, but it does utilize a different pod system.
Read on to learn more about this match-up.
|Name||Keurig Vue V500||Keurig 2.0 575|
Size (L x W x H)
|14.3 x 13.3 x 16.3 in||10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 in|
|12.1 lbs||11.8 lbs|
|60 oz||80 oz|
|Auto on and off||Auto on and off, brew, clock, and favorite settings|
Both the Vue V500 and the Keurig 2.0 K575 are relatively compact coffee makers that are slim enough to find a place in just about any kitchen or office.
They both feature removable water reservoirs for easy refilling, as well as removable drip trays which can also be emptied easily into the kitchen sink when full.
LCD screens on both the V500 and K575 are simple to operate and customizable according to individual tastes, with variations that include volume, brew strength and beverage temperature.
Both systems are easy to operate by choosing a coffee pod in accordance with each machine’s operating system, placing the pod in the holster, closing the lid and selecting a beverage on the one touch control screen.
The V500 and K575 operate rapid brewing systems that take about one minute to process, depending on the strength chosen for a single coffee.
Energy saving auto on and off programs are incorporated into both machines, so you never have to worry that you ran out the door leaving the coffee machine on. You can also program both machines to an auto-start time and wake up to smell the coffee!
While the basics are the same, there are quite a few notable differences to consider.
The K575 operates the current Keurig 2.0 system that will continue being developed by the company, while the Vue system is the older of the two and no longer a current product. This section will be most useful as a place to determine if the 575 is the right replacement for the Vue in your routine.
This is probably the most important difference between the two systems.
V500 uses V-Pods which come in a number of different coffee varieties from different companies including Starbucks, Donuts and of course Keurig’s own Green Mountain. These are not so readily available in stores, but they are available online.
The K575 uses the current K-cups designed specifically for the Keurig 2.0 line of machines (there are several!). These unique pods have a bar code under the rim that is read by the Keurig 2.0 machine.
The machine’s program alters the bre setting accordingly to produce the best brew for each individual pod and the coffee within. The K575 literally does all the thinking for you when you are half asleep in the morning or need all your concentration for more important tasks like breakfast.
This doesn’t mean you can’t still tinker with the machine a bit. You can alter the process for individual taste should you wish to personalize further.
There are currently over 500 different varieties of coffee and other beverages available for use with the Keurig 2.0 system.
The fact that the K575 is designed to be used with only Keurig 2.0 pods has upset some customers, however there are a number of ways around this if you choose to search online and there are also the refillable K-cups available for use with personal choice coffees of any company.
When it comes to choice the K575 has far greater than the V500. Vue pods are just not so readily available in stores.
The Vue V500 features a pretty basic black and white touch screen.
The Keurig K575 features an extra large, full color touch screen with a digital clock. The background colors and wallpaper can be changed according to personal taste and mood. So basically, a bit of a fancy upgrade.
Both machines allow you to easily select and customize the settings, but the K575 goes further to allow more choices and options concerning strength and volume.
The V500 has a choice of brew sizes between 4 to 16 oz for a single serve pod whiel the K575 has a full range of brew sizes – K-Cup pod brew sizes 4 to 12 ounces, K-Mug pod brew sizes 12, to 18 ounces, and K-Carafe pod brew sizes 22, 26, and 30 ounces.
If you, or your family, often require many different volumes for coffee drinking, the K575 will obviously allow for a better experience, especially when it comes to carafe as opposed to single serve.
The K575 is also equipped with one of Keurig’s best new offerings, the 4-Cup carafe, which is designed for brewing drip style coffee for situations where you are serving guests are just need a continuous supply.
The K575 has an indicator light ensure the carafe is placed correctly before you start to brew. You might also choose to purchase a thermal insulated carafe to keep your coffee hot for a longer period of time.
There is also a small difference when it comes to the water reservoirs of the two machines. The V500 has a removable 60 oz water reservoir with a flip top lid.
The K575 has a removable 70 oz water reservoir with lid. Both of these machines have good sized water reservoirs, but the K575 will need refilling less often for comparable brews.
The K575 also has a handy night light installed behind the water reservoir. The light’s color can be changed to make a warm or cool glow in the machine area as well as be programmed for automatic on/off operation. This isn’t a feature the Vue comes with.
While both the K575 and the Vue are good one touch, convenience coffee making machines, it is important to note that the Vue V500 is no longer manufactured by Keurig and all the older Vue models have been superseded by the Keurig 2.0 brewing process.
The new K575 really does offer a whole host of features that the Vue just doesn’t. It packs in so many variables for brewing strength, volume as well as different coffees and other beverages. The carafe, 4-cup option is really a stand out feature and the larger water tank is something I always look for.
The K575 from the 2.0 line is a solid Keurig choice and is an excellent choice from their product line.
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