Keurig K Select K80 Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

Keurig K Select/K80 Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

Reviewed by: Jennifer

Jennifer’s Rating: 4.5 Stars

Well guys, you guessed it, Keurig has got a new kid in town and the name is the K-Select. Due to diligent research, this looks to be the most recent new arrival having been out on the market for under six months, but is making a good impression on consumers with some additional benefits and none of the bells and whistles.

With a slimmer design, a more generous water reservoir, and the addition of a 12 oz cup setting, and the opportunity to use any K-Cup brands you want, the K-Select is definitely worthy of consideration.

In this review I hope to fully highlight this return to classic Keurig styling and performance.. My research took me downtown, as this model is still relatively new, finding it locally was a breeze.

Dimensions

The information on the Amazon sales page gives the K-Select measurements as 12.5″ in height, 9.2″ width and 11.6″ depth and 7.3 pounds for the weight. Always one to fact-check, I found through the manufacturer site cited, so yep, Amazon nailed it. Overall, it’s sleeker in its design and size than some of the older Keurig models.

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  • Measurements: 12.5″H x 9.2″W x 11.6″D
  • Weight: 7.4 lbs.
  • Height with brew chamber fully open:  17″
  • Clearance for cups (drip tray in place) 6″
  • Clearance (drip tray removed): 7″
  • Power cord length: 27″

In addition to being a little slimmer, this baby can accommodate travel mugs much better .

What’s Included with the Keurig K-Select

In addition to the unit, there is a bonus K-Cup sampler pack with 6 different flavors, a water filter and cartridge. Also – a start guide and 1 year warranty. The included water filter is very reminiscent of the 2.0 styling.

The start guide is only about 6 pages long so you know already this Keurig may be a real walk in the park! A few consumers mentioned that the start guide was absent (could have been an oversight) in which case you may be able to retrieve it online:

Keurig K-Select User Guide

Features

Unlike all of the older Keurig models, the K-Select has a 12-oz cup setting, which is great for the option of using taller travel cups, especially good for those on the go a lot. Others include:

Smart Start – One distinctive feature in that you can select your desired brew size right before the water heating stage; which I perceived as a way to quicken the process by heating only the amount needed for certain cup sizes.

      

Strong setting – This is the other distinctive “biggie” …if you like bolder brews the Strong setting on the K-Select may be exactly what you’re after. Its brew time is a little longer in keeping with the nature of richer flavor.

Auto-Shutoff provides a worry-free experience for you the consumer, by going into effect after two hours of inactivity but it can also be disabled too.

Matte finish – Instead of the glossy outer appearance such as that of the K10 and the K15, the matte colors supposedly resist fingerprints and reduce the need for surface cleaning.

Keurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, Matte BlackKeurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, Matte Black

Keurig K-Select Colors

Colors include Black, White, Vintage Red and Navy Blue. More recently, there has been the addition of a “designer color” the pretty mint green “Oasis”. And because it’s unique, that one tends to go fast.

Pretty similar to their Classic lineup colors; however they all have a fingerprint proof matte color finish.

The red and black version were on display at Krogers where I did some of my research. Up close, the red isn’t bad looking – it’s just not glossy looking red like the model I own.

The accents are matte looking too, rather than the chrome finish used on the handle in other models.

Buttons and Controls

The K-Select is designed with buttons very similar to the earlier versions such as the B40 and K45 Elite – the biggest difference is that it has four cup sizes as opposed to three -the respective buttons are arranged in the same way with coffee cup icons of varying sizes. The buttons each indicate the cup sizes of 6, 8, 10 and 12.

Above the cup size buttons is the indicator lights, the power button, and to the left is the “Strong” brew setting button. Altogether, very minimalist design with no touchscreens or menu windows.

The indicator lights show Descale, Add Water, and Auto-Off…The main one that is absent, is the heating light, which I believe is due to the SmartStart feature.

Like some of you, I had questions of my own too. One biggie was regarding the ability to pause a brew cycle. I ended up posting in the Q and A for this one – As it turns out, holding down the power button or gently raising the handle will permit this. If being able to make small beverage adjustments is important to you this is good to know.

The power button illuminates in green; the Strong brew setting button and all the cup sizes illuminate in blue when in operation mode.

Reservoir

The removable water reservoir holds 52 oz which should equate to about 5 uses before refilling. You can make full use of the included water filter housing and cartridge, which as with other models, change the cartridge on the same schedule of every two months or so, depending on water conditions where you live.

Or it can be removed if you prefer to make use of filtered water. The reservoir is designed pretty much like all of the older Keurigs, with a max fill line and side notches that need to be lined up into the side tabs.

Drip Tray and Plate

The drip tray is sturdy and has a metal plate you can remove. The tray will hold up to 8 oz of overflow. When the drip tray is removed to accommodate travel cups, there is a resting base under with a round depression to seat them securely.

Keurig K-Select Consumer Reviews and Ratings

Consumer ratings for the K-Select seemed to follow a consistent pattern across different platforms. With a high proportion going to favorable and happy reviews, comments cited tended to follow a pattern of enjoying the convenience, fast heatup time, not having to fool around with DRM restrictions and lastly, its more compact size, were all reasons given for the K-Select being ultimately a great buying decision.

Not to mention having to fill the reservoir less often, the boon of using a travel mug regularly with a hassle-free workflow, and enjoying the added benefit of a 12-oz setting.

keurig k select reviewAs far as a few negatives or less satisfactory remarks, yes this was inevitable too. A few consumers (mainly who have owned older Keuirg models such as the B70) felt like its construction left something to be desired. Now, I won’t lie, I love the construction of that one and its appearance overall, so having that one as a reference point I could see where they were coming from.

I got to thinking a little bit about those “flimsy” remarks. Just out of curiosity I put my K10 Mini on the kitchen scale and it weighed in at 6.7 lbs. Now granted it’s smaller than the K-Select, being almost 11″ at its highest point, but it feels pretty sturdy to me. The K-Select weighs a pound more and is bigger all around by a slight margin.

That being said, remarks like that one above were in the minority.

This is not one of the Keurig brewers than will let you purge the internal water tank…One review mentions this. It may not be a total deal breaker for everyone but I feel it is worth mentioning.

In person, the K-Select seems pretty well built to me.

How Does the Keurig K-Select Compare to Similar Models?

Well, honestly, the K-Select is the most reminiscent of the “Classic” series, to such a great degree that I compiled some basic info from these different models.If you’re on the fence about features, I hope to shed some light here. Inside the chart below I give you the skinny on the similarities:

ModelKeurig B40Keurig K45 EliteKeurig K55Keurig K80/KSelect
Reservoir48 oz48 oz48 oz52 oz
Brew Sizes6, 8, and 106, 8, and 106, 8, and 106, 8, 10, and 12
Color OptionsYesYesYesYes

Pros

  • Quick heat time with SmartStart feature
  • Accepts all Brands of K-Cups -no DRM annoyances to deal with
  • Has a 12 oz setting
  • Auto-Shutoff feature
  • Accommodates taller travel cups easily
  • More compact size and design than some earlier models
  • You can pause the brew cycle as needed
  • Strong brew setting
  • Can use refillable K-Cups
  • Fingerprint-resistant finish

Cons

  • No programming options, other than the Auto-Shutoff feature
  • Cannot purge internal water tank
  • A few reviews felt construction could be better

Price

As far as the price goes….I think it’s fair. Not the best but not the worst either. You’re getting a Keurig without all the bells and whistles that pretty much does what it is supposed to, with some additional benefits and features, so I think the stated price is OK….And since you’re free to use whatever brand of K-Cup or use your own refillable K-Cups too, your coffee budget might not change much.

Normally I expect the black version to have the lowest price, but in this case, the red version does (that’s good news since red is a great color and it’s pretty popular) Funny thing though, at the time of writing, the prices bounced a little since the time of first doing research, and the black version actually was the cheapest (figure that one out, lol)

Sometimes the tricky part is not just getting a good price, but also finding it in the most preferred color. Naturally, a color like Oasis is pretty sought after, so naturally it tends to be higher priced that the black…I did some looking on eBay and found that you can grab a K-Select for under $80. You can check to see if that’s still the case:

Final Thoughts

So, if you’re looking for a single-cupper without all the fancy-schmancy stuff, this may be just the thing for you. Overall, I like it’s design and less girth, I do wish it had more of a glossy finish like my K10 and some chrome accents would be nice too (the cleaning issue doesn’t put me off) I also think a lighted reservoir would be nice, too, but, it is what it is. And with a majority of opinions, is good.

13 thoughts on “Keurig K Select K80 Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

  • 12/08/2020 at 9:16 pm
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    My K80 did not come with a water filter or sample cups, I called the company and was told It didn’t come with water filters, that it was built in and didn’t need them, but could use them….was I lied to and who should I report it to

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    • 12/11/2020 at 3:54 am
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      Where did you purchase it from? Sometimes this is the case with third party sellers -one or more of the accessories is left out. They should be more honest about that, though (of course some do indicate that such and such is missing, up front.)

  • 06/28/2020 at 5:26 pm
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    EBay and Amazon charge exorbitant prices for just the water reservoir $45/$50 plus $15.50 for shipping plus duty??? what the h_ll, I can get a brand new one for a few dollars more and get all the pieces!! Rip off for sure!

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    • 07/14/2020 at 3:39 am
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      Wow, that stinks! That does sound like a ripoff. Did your reservoir get cracked or something? sorry you had a bad experience 🙁

  • 05/09/2020 at 11:53 am
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    had mine for 3 months when to make a cup yesterday and the water wont come out so I cleaned it and change filter and the water came out fine but when I put pod in it wont come out but will come out the top and not the pod.

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  • 10/18/2019 at 7:16 am
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    I made one cup and it worked fine but now when I hit the power button and then cup size it just shuts off . What do I do ???

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    • 11/01/2019 at 1:35 am
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      Jetty –
      The buttons on the K-Select will go out after a minute (the Auto-Off goes into effect in two hours, unless you disable it.) The user handbooklet I consulted says to lift the handle and then lower it to re-activate the buttons.

  • 08/13/2019 at 10:42 am
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    How do I adjust the temperature of the coffee. Way to HOt

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    • 08/15/2019 at 2:56 pm
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      Carmen, I don’t think the K80 has temp adjustment (I did go back and do some re-reading to be sure :)The manufacturer’s response to the temp question is that when tested the resulting beverage is about 180 degrees F on average.

      If being able to change the temp settings is a must-have a model I would recommend instead is the K-Elite which is a little bit newer (unfortunately it’s also a little bit pricier than the K80 – but a lot of people really like it!) This is my K-Elite review if you’d like to find out more.

  • 05/06/2019 at 8:33 am
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    we have a Keurig K Select K80 and we just love it
    I am looking for the filters for the water tank.
    Eleanor

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    • 06/05/2019 at 8:10 pm
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      The K80 does include a water filter out of the box. Do you mean the filter cartridges?

    • 06/17/2018 at 2:23 pm
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      Thanks for the share! I know those ebay listings may go fast and may not always be there when someone reads this but I’m all for saving a few bucks….I can’t remember what they were over at Kroger’s. Hope you enjoy using your new K Select!

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