Control Panel and Settings
Both models come with a variety of customizable settings like brew strength. Do you like very strong coffee? I know some people that order a shot of espresso in their coffee with no cream or sugar. The brew strength indicator gives you control over your cup of Joe.
The control panel is about 3 inches and has a nightlight and comes with customizable wall paper (background color/pattern). There are selections for hot cocoa and other café-style drinks. You can also dispense hot water on demand.
You will get a reminder when its maintenance time. A really convenient feature is that you can setup an automatic brew to be ready just as you wake up in the morning. It can be set to your own strength preferences.
Keurig takes all of the guess work out of making good coffee. Each k-cup/carafe has a barcode. That barcode tells the brewing system which settings to use for that particular pod. It’s really easy to use. Both brewers can reportedly brew a single cup of coffee in about a minute and just five minutes for a 4-cup carafe.
K-cups and K-carafe pods
One thing that once deterred people from buying a Keurig or other single-cup coffee brewer was the availability of pods in their desired brand. Now, however, k-cups for both these machines are available in over 500 different varieties to include teas, coffees, and hot chocolate.
Some customers complained about not being able to use the regular k-cups with the new machine. This is true, you must use k-cups that are compatible with the k500/550. But even if your favorite coffee/tea drink is not available in pod form, you can get an eco-pod or similar reusable pod for under $20. Going this route can be a lot less expensive than using the k-cup pods anyhow, just make sure that the reusable pod is compatible with the 550/500.
K-cups come are available in a variety of sizes:
K-Cup Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, ounce
Travel Mug Sizes: 12, 14, 16 ounce
Carafe Sizes: 2-3 cups, 3-4 cups, 4-5 cups
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Size and Appearance
The amount of space that a small kitchen appliance takes up on your countertop is very important to consider. I prefer smaller appliances that perform multiple functions. This is the best way to get the most out of your available countertop real estate.
Both machines in the Keurig k550 vs k500 comparison measure 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches. That’s not too large considering that you will probably use it at least once a day.
The machines are identical. They possess sleek contours and lines. A lot of thought and effort was put into the design. The color scheme includes varying shades of grey and black. Overall, they are good modern-looking machines that will compliment any kitchen décor.
Only the Keurig k550 includes a water filter. In fact it’s the only thing that really separates these two machines. Using filtered water in your coffee pot is important to avoid mineral build-up that can clog your machine. A filter can also make your coffee taste better. If you have a water filter on your faucet then you can probably just go with the k500.
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