Keurig K155 Review
Rated by Jennifer
4.5 Stars – Updated 2018
In my Keurig K155 review I found myself thinking back to time taking classes and the newly added lounge had a coffee bar in which a commercial grade Keurig very much like this one (could have been this one for all I knew!)
It got plenty of activity and so I can tell you that there is a need to have specially designed brewers like this in the public sector where people can get their cup of joe without a hitch.
If you are thinking of investing into a performance standard industrial brewer that can handle heavy consistent use, lets consumers make a few choices in terms of size and temp, and overall, looks good without being much bigger than some of the homefront counterparts, read on.
What's on this page?
Those listed on the sales page were a little tricky: what I read was “16 by 8 by 10” and 6 lbs…(whoa…six pounds?? This is a commercial Keurig brewer – I had to do some fact checking) especially since the shipping weight listed below read “21 lbs” and we know that cardboard packaging doesn’t weigh 15 lbs)
The manufacturer’s site lists the dimensions of the K155 as 13.25″ H x 12.25″ D x 9.5″ W and “18 lbs” OK, that makes a lot more sense – This is a heavier unit, guys…but overall its size is nice and not cumbersome, which is good.
I’m wondering how I got such conflicting dimensions across various sources unless the drip tray was being factored in? The removable drip tray is also a little larger in width.
When the K-cup chamber is fully opened the height adds up to 16″ – so for most under cabinet use this is a pretty good size. The dispensing area-to-drip tray base (tray removed) clearance is about 7 3/4″” so most tumbler style to-go cups, should be no problem as most of them are 7.25″ in height on average.
- Commercial-UL Listing
- NFS Certified for food and beverage environments
- 90 oz water reservoir
- Brew Sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10
- Has direct water-line hookup adaptability
- Can drain internal water tank periodically
- LCD touchscreen for making selections and setting time, language, and auto-off
Keurig K155 Compatible Accessories
- Direct Water Line Plumbing Kit for Keurig K150/K155
- Water Line Plumbing Fitting
- Direct Water Line Plumbing and Filter Kit
- Solofill K3 24K Gold Refillable K-Cup
Buttons and Controls
All of the function with the Keurig K155 brewer (mainly) takes place from within the LCD touchscreen on the front panel. There is an on/off power button which is located near the back left side of the unit (near the K-Cup chamber). Below the touchscreen window is the Brew button. The Touchscreen window is somewhat reminiscent of the 2.0 models in terms of being able to choose certain functions and set them easily.
The touchscreen shows brief guidance tips and statuses in the window as well as random coffee-related graphic animations while brewing is in progress. Through the various menus you are able to
- choose the desired brew size setting,
- Set the clock
- adjust the brew temperature from within a threshold of 5 degrees above or below the 193 degree default setting,
- set or change the preferred language from English, Spanish or French
- add “contact” information – this part is strictly optional
The “contact” part, is only used to reprogram your brewer settings. It pretty much is an alpha-numeric keypad approach.
The K155 water reservoir is quite large with a 90 oz capacity. It’s got a sorta triangular shape and fits into the side nearest the control panel. You can easily remove it to refill using the water source of your choice; but it also has a lid so if you’re wanting to pour from a pitcher or something – even better and an easier approach.
Ease Of Use
When you’re just going to brew a cup of coffee, you’ll find yourself “greeted” by the touchscreen graphics. Opening and placing a K-cup into the chamber will set off the menu showing the four brew size settings for you to make a selection. Also, this is an open platform brewer (yay!) BUT let me stress however, this is not open platform with regard to the refillable K-Cups (neither are the other OfficePro units either I should add) The one recommended brand to look for is the Solofill K3 brand.
If you’re wanting to do some changes to the brewer settings, it’s strictly a matter of choosing plus or minus to increase or decrease and pushing “OK” when you’re satisfied. Pretty reminiscent of the “Platinum” series such as the K65 Special Edition, I was thinking.
Direct Water Line Connection
The other distinguishing feature, besides its size and shape – is the fact that you can install a direct water line connection to this unit and make refilling the reservoir a thing of the past. This would be highly recommended in high-traffic environments like restaurants or college campuses. If you have experience in plumbing work this would be worth the effort and knowing that fresh water is always on tap will be great come that morning rush in most public venues!
Although purchase and use of the direct water line installation kit can be a real boon when operating your brewer, it is certainly an optional step, and if you’re considering this unit for your domicile or a small work environment in which your staff is not that large (say, 10-15 people that you anticipate using it) you may not even have a need for this procedure at all; especially since 90 oz can go a long way, and produce about 18 beverages on average. Especially considering the fact that you do not need to remove the reservoir every time you need to refill it 🙂
Creative Commons Attribution: Image courtesy of Christopher Weible
Keurig K155 Consumer Reviews and Ratings
It was a great occasion for me to discover that the Keurig K155 reviews and ratings were overwhelmingly positive or satisfactory and the negative reviews were in the minority, on which I will elaborate on both. I also noticed a pattern; although this brewer is commercially-UL listed at least half of the respondents bought it for personal home use. Which I can further infer is that they were strictly after the performance grade first, and “bells and whistles” second.
Of course, one of the major highlights – people enjoyed not having to deal with “any of that DRM nonsense” Their employees could bring their own pods from home with them and help themselves, worry-free, and the touchscreen feature is great, like having the advantages of the 2.0 without fear of seeing the “oops”
Positive feedback from users new and well beyond the honeymoon stage included statements like “sturdy” “durable” “don’t have to refill it as often” “a good fit and size despite being an industrial unit” and “only have to clean the holder periodically”
What was one or two things people wished were different? A few people said they wished it had a 12 oz setting. The K155’s predecessor, the K150, does have a 12 oz setting btw. And secondly regarding the ‘default brew size setting being 8 oz” You are free to pick any size and even delete brew sizes from the touchscreen menu, but for some reason, just not the 8. To me this felt more like a performance quirk than anything else.
And OK, this one negative…A few people mentioned a “weird funky smell” upon receipt of their new unit. However, it was a problem that was easily remedied. (It would not put me off, however)
- Very well constructed and durable
- Made for heavy use in an industrial environment
- Drainable internal water tank
- Direct water line attachment capability
- Will accept all brands or K-Cups
- Programmable options to set desired time and brew size
- Can adjust the temperature within a 5-degree threshold of the factory default setting
- Brew size settings are a little quirky
- A few comments about chemical odor upon new receipt of unit
- May only accept certain types of refillable K-cups
So all of these things combined make the K155 pretty attractive for the money – stronger, more reliable, less need for refilling, and confirmation of all these qualities -The Keurig K155 is a little more expensive that most models due to its weight and keeping in mind that this is a commercial grade item too.
I do periodic updates and that means checking prices and availability ever so often… At the time of this update I saw a higher price on Walmart than Amazon, but if you check up on eBay you can get the best deal and grab the K155 for under $300. You can check either venue below to see if that’s still the case:
Aside from the unit itself, what would be your other expenses? If you are looking to connect it to a direct water line, the equipment (see Compatible Accessories) is all sold separately but would be a one-time expense.The Solofill K3 24kt Gold refillable K-Cup would be your other main “extra” item if you are hoping to use refillables in addition, in terms of price and quality they are comparable to most other brands of similar refillable K-cups.
All in all I think the K155 has a lot of pluses and only few minuses, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a performance-standard brewer for the office or establishment.
Probably overkill for a single-coffee drinker household – but a busy area, a home run machine in my book 🙂