Keurig K145 Review

keurig k145 reviewKeurig K145 Review

Jennifer’s Rating: 4.3 Stars

In this indepth Keurig K145 review I take a good look at an industrial-grade single cup brewer worthy of consideration – it’s also known as the OfficePro so it is made with public venues in mind. In appearance it is very similar to its home-front “relatives’ but it works harder and has the added advantage of an inner-tank drain function which is great if you are someone who needs to transport that office essential safely. Aside from that, it produces good, hot coffee, of course it’s not without its sticky spots, too like the more industrial-strength sounds.

This is a no-frills approach to brewing in the workplace. A big thank you to my sister in law who works in an office administration setting and whose main office shares ownership of the Keurig K145. This helped provide me with a good live testimonial to go on.


Dimensions

Amazon lists the dimensions of the Keurig K145 as 16.7 x 15 x 12.6 inches and the weight as 14.9 lbs (it’s a little bit of a heavyweight); when cross-checking the manufacturer’s site stated dimensions read: 13.25″ h by 12.25″ d by 9.5″ w.

I’m unsure of what led to this rift in the dimensions, but I got confirmation that when the lever is raised in the front as the process of starting a cycle, this puts the height at about 17.5″ This is good info if you’re concerned with cabinet to counterpart clearance.

With regard to clearance between the dispensing area and the drip plate base (when the tray and plate are removed) there is 8′ of space that should allow for travel cups fairly easily.

The Keurig K145 has a 66″ power cord, which is pretty impressive. I’m about 5 foot six and that’s exactly how long this cord is LOL 🙂

Features

Along with 3 brew sizes, the K145 is unique in that it has a “drain” setting allowing the user to purge residual water from the inner tank in the case of transportation and storage. With regard to basic operation, a round rotary dial lets users choose the brew size.

There is also an Auto-Off function that enables the user to set it; it is entirely optional, when punched in the brewer is set to go off in about 2 hours.

What’s Included?

In addition to the brewer is a sampler bonus pack of Kcups – however take this with a grain of salt as some consumers claimed they did not receive the bonus, which I felt was more a case of oversight than misleading. There is also a start guide and one year warranty.

Buttons and Controls

All of the control parts are located on the left side and include a rotary knob with which you use to set the desired brew size (6, 8, or 10 oz.) The brew button is located right in the middle of the knob with its respective words,

Above the knob is the “drain ” function, To the right is the power button and the Auto-Off. The indicator lights include: Add Water, Descale, and Heating, and each respective command has a different color light associated with it (e.g. “Descale” is amber, “add water” is blue.)

   

In the back is a Brew/Drain selector switch, which is only vaguely visible from a front parallel view. My first impression it was hard to tell what the heck that thing was but as I dug deeper I made this discovery and what it was for…it’s much more visible from a top or back view.

Personally I think this tank drain feature is great….I wish all Keurigs had them. I kind of wish this little knob thingy could have gone in a less obvious location, though, maybe a little further down in the back.

drain tank on officepro

Reservoir

The Keurig K145 has a 48-oz reservoir. Even though it is not included with the package it will accommodate a water filter assembly just as the other 1.0 models. You can refill the reservoir by removing the lid on top and pouring from there, or pulling out the reservoir to fill at the sink; of which I would prefer the former since you have to line up the tabs on the side when replacing it.

Ease of Use

Basic operation of the K145 should not be much of a head-scratcher. You’re looking at plug-and-play operation, pretty much, just that you’ll find yourself setting the dial instead of pushing the buttons more; the indicators have different colors which is kind of interesting.

The dial selector at the back needs to be set to the correct procedure – switch it to “drain” before getting ready to perform a purging of the hot water tank, just remember that for the next time you’ll want to set it back to Brew.

keurig officepro review

The Auto Off feature is optional and you’ll know it’s activated if you see the green light showing next to the button. If you hit the button the light will go out and Auto Off will be disabled.

The most you will notice regarding the noise, is the water pre-fill stage that happens shortly after a complete brew cycle. This is to be expected and nothing to worry about. In general it will take about 20 seconds to reheat/refill.

making coffee with the keurig officepro

Here I am making an 8 oz cup. It was pretty expedient; of course a part of that could have been the chance that it was used by another party five minutes before I did. When I retrieved my cup, I noticed the blue light on the dial blinked a little before the power-off mode kicked in.

There is a vent on one side of the unit (easier to see when the reservoir is detached) which may trickle water into the reservoir which is a normal occurrence and indication that the water is heating.

keurig k145 reviewKeurig K145 Reviews and Ratings

Well, if there’s anything I discovered in consumer reviews that was spoken frequently almost to the point of being redundant, it was all the comments about the volume of this machine. Some were rather vociferous about it while others took it in stride, seeing the industrial-level inner equipment of greater strength as par for the course.

Other than that, what I saw overwhelmingly in the positive comments included a pattern of “sturdy” “fast heatup” and “love the drain tank feature”

Comments on resulting coffee temperature has some variation; of which some basis could be formed, the default factory setting is to a range of 187-192 degrees. This is not one of those Keurigs with the brew temp adjustment. A consensus was going on that 6 and 8 oz brews turned out “stronger”.

There seemed to be some confusion about the question of using refillables, since the proprietary My K-Cup is deemed not a fit for the K145. However, people were finding other brands of reusable K-cups that were working out just fine; one in particular was the Solofill K3 Gold and Chrome. Several mentions of this led me to deduce that was the preferred choice due to fit and performance, as I understand the K-cup holder assembly is a little different in the inside.

There seemed to be as many people who had bought this for home use as there were getting it for their workplace, which was kind of telling; they were seeking a more powerful upgrade.

The “noisy” part…again this is a subjective issue here; but since so many people commented on it, I thought I would include a video of the K145 in action so you can judge for yourself.



Video Courtesy of Laly Flores
I wish I could have thought to make a video myself…..Not exactly the best setup for it, though…There were other people in the lounge room and the din of them talking may have made any noise not that detectable.

Pros

  • The drain feature allowing users to periodically purge the inner tank if planning to store it temporarily.
  • Built stronger to withstand heavy use
  • The ability to interrupt or halt brew cycles
  • Auto-off feature that can be set at will
  • Fast reheat time between brew cycles
  • You can use any brand of Kcups desired; not hampered by DRM technology

Cons

  • The noise level and associated vibration when operating that was not expected
  • You cannot use the My K-Cup proprietary brand of refillable K-cups
  • A few “extra” accessories that other brewers include are absent

Price

I have to tell you, I’m impressed with what the asking price is when you think about the fact that it’s not that different from that of its close residential relative, the K45, but with commercial-grade performance.it’s only a little more than the K45 on average.

You’d probably spend in the ballpark of about $20 more for the K145…and in terms of the coffee Kcups themselves, since you are not limited by type or proprietary brand you’d have no difference in your coffee budget with the Elite over the K145. So basically what you’re paying extra for is a stronger machine that can take more frequent reheating and brewing and with a drain tank setting, so when you look at it, that sounds like a pretty fair deal, dollar wise.

 

Keurig K145 Summary

In short, I think it’s fair to say that the Keurig K145 is a more heavy-duty version of the K45 Elite. Appearance and design is pretty similar, but esthetics aside you may find greater advantages with the K145 Office Pro. And yes it kind of depends on whether it is more important to have a quieter machine or a more rugged one!

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