Rated By Jennifer
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The Keurig K250 came out in August 2014 but has now been discontinued. We would recommend checking out the Keurig K-Duo as a suitable alternative which was Keurig’s replacement for the Keurig 2.0 brewers.
This Keurig K250 review was very enjoyable for a range of reasons. It’s definitely one of the most popular models in the Keurig family and one of the most popular in the 2.0 series. In my research, I’ve found that it is voted highly for its size, design, and customizable options. It is also the youngest after the K200 in the 2.0 series.
A really cool thing you can do with this model is the capability to brew a whole 5-cup carafe of coffee and the option to brew a 14-oz tumbler size, which is great for those days when you’re on the go. Both settings will let you do just that in addition to your cup-of-joe ritual easily.
Table of Contents
- Keurig K250 Features
- What’s Included?
- Keurig K250 Available Colors
- Drip Tray
- Is There Any Difference Between the K250 and the K200?
- Touchscreen and Buttons
- Programming and Settings
- Keurig K250 Compatible Accessories
- Keurig K250 Consumer Ratings and Reviews
- Keurig K250 Conclusion
Keurig K250 2.0 Series Single-Serve Brewer
The listing on Amazon gives these dimensions for the Keurig K250 2.0 Brewer: 15″ L, 9″ w, 13.7″ h. Weight: 11.5 ounces (7.5 pounds).
Being one to always check for any discrepancies, the manufacturer’s site shows the same dimensions listing atÂ 13.7″ height, 9″ width, and 15″ length. It took me a while before I realized “length” and “depth” are synonymous and that “width” applies to the front view across measurement. When the handle in front is raised, the height comes to about 17.5″ so if you are trying to determine how much cabinet space needed, I thought I’d throw that out there.
I believe the depth is increased due to the shape of the water tank in the back, which is different from the other models. At its widest point, it’s 9″; if looked at from the side view, it’s closer to 7″.
The power cord, which is a little bit shorter than average, has a total length of about 18″.
Keurig K250 Features
The Keurig K250 2.0 contains these major unique features:
- A removable 40 oz water reservoir
- A removable drip tray for easy cleaning
- Many attractive color options
- Brew setting capabilities for a 14 oz tumbler and the 5-cup carafe
- Four different brew strength settings to help the consumer get the right level of bold flavor.
- A user-friendly touchscreen LCD display with a black and white reading.
Straight out of the box, you’ll receive some nice bonuses: a water filter, a descaling solution, and a cleaning needle (for the part inside the cup compartment that pierces the K-cup-sometimes grounds can get in there and interfere with brewing.) lastly a sampler box with 4 K-cup pods.
The black carafe is NOT included in the package. You would need to purchase the carafe separately or the thermal version to use the “K-Carafe” brewer function.
There is also a user guide and a manufacturer’s 1-year limited warranty.
And lastly, a user guide – but if you don’t receive it, here is the link to the manual.
Keurig K250 Available Colors
No doubt, one thing that makes this unit popular is the array of colors available. There’s one to match the fussiest of kitchen decor.
Â Since I started this review, the color selection and availability have changed a little…(remember, that was back in 2015). There are also a few “designer colors” that have come out in the batch, too 🙂, and the new color series includes Oasis (a pretty pale misty green – love it!), Plum Gray and Peacock Blue. My apologies, as when I started working on this article, the “new” colors had not come out yet. In the pictures here, you see Strawberry Red, Turquoise, Purple and Black.
Some consumers expressed concern over the colors being different from what they saw on the screen (due to computer monitors’ discrepancies). Sandy Pearl is more like a tan than a true white, and Peacock Blue is a bold teal color and a bit deeper than the Turquoise if that helps.
You can make it any color, as long as it comes in black -Henry Ford
The removable reservoir holds 40 oz, which is a mid-range amount that should last through at least 5-6 brewings, give or take, and has a unique shape to it when viewed from the back – it resembles my neck pillow and wraps around the unit right behind the brewing chamber.
There is a min, and max fill line, just like the others; to refill, there is a round depression in the middle which I presume was made to get a grip on the lid.
This is one reason the K250 has a slimmer appearance than some other guys; the girth seems to come out of the side view more as I got a close-up look at the water reservoir. It is also designed to accommodate a water filter (included) to get the purest taste.
The drip tray, which is marquis-shaped, is the same color as the body of the unit, and with the center round opening in the top plate, you can easily remove it to drain any overflow. With the full removal of the tray, you have ample space to use a taller tumbler, as shown below or the black carafe and make full use of your coffee experience.
Is There Any Difference Between the K250 and the K200?
Many people ask this, and after careful investigation, I have realized that there is no physical or operational difference. The K250 includes bonus accessories that the K200 does not. These are the descaler and the water filter, plus the cartridges. This surprised me, as I was once wondering the same thing too.
Touchscreen and Buttons
There’s only one button…in the front, which you’ll push for brewing, but most of the control of everything is done through the touchscreen. It’s a black-and-white layout, and as soon as you raise or lower the lever, the prompts will kick into action.
The home screen shows the power button in the lower right and settings in the upper right. With the arrow keys, you can choose a brew size which is indicated by the oz number and symbol. There is also a strong option in the left bottom corner and to the right of it, the option to select â€œcoffeeâ€ (The strong option will not work for other beverages types.)
Programming and Settings
The options for programming beverages are highly satisfactory on the K250. Although you cannot program it to turn on whenever – besides the different sizes, you can change the language settings (English, Spanish, French), set High Altitude, and enable the Water Filter reminder via a simple check the box from the touchscreen. The Water Filter setting will let you know when it is time to change the cartridge, something we can all appreciate when we have those occasional moments of wondering if we’ve forgotten to do this or that in our daily routine.
I must say, Keurig does do a great job making the manuals easy to interpret. I never have a minute of trouble reading them. Pictures on one page show the different settings from 1-6 so you can see which sizes are “under” them. Here’s a glimpse of the touchscreen window with pretty much what you’d see prior to choosing a selection.
You can also choose the Strong setting, another tick-the-box operation, and the carafe option. You’ll see the left image change to the shape of the carafe instead of the coffee cup icon.Â From there, you get to determine the cup quantity (up to 5.) by pushing the “up” arrow keys until you get the desired brew size in oz.
One quirk is that you can’t program “Auto Off”; you must push the button in the right corner to turn it off fully.
Keurig K250 Compatible Accessories
To further enhance your brewing experience and make the most of it, several additional items are sold separately.
- Black Carafe
- Stainless steel thermal carafe (this one is preferable because the thermal design keeps the heat intact longer.)
- Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup Refillable cup
- K-Mug and K-Carafe pods
- The proprietary Keurig tumbler, which works with the 14 oz setting
- Replacement drip trays (you would have to choose the right color, which can vary by availability)
Keurig K250 Consumer Ratings and Reviews
I’m pleased to report that many reviews were positive or satisfactory. A common feature with the 2.0 series is that the preheat function must take place before you begin to start. On average, this may take up to 3 minutes (but hey, even in today’s fast-paced world, what’re 3 minutes?)
A few short/long-term owners did not like that it does not have an auto-shutoff feature. You must remember to press off via the touch screen (and hold it for a few seconds), but this isn’t too big of a caveat.
The most satisfied owners claim that not messing with the power off on the touchscreen made a big difference (apparently, this can affect the preheat cycle a little). Also, the quality of water used can make a difference. While on the subject of water, the reservoir feature was well-received-not having to refill it often was a boon; depending on the frequency of different coffee drinkers, the added water did not display until the very bottom-it is easy to see when you are running low.
I like the size and shape; studying them up close at the local Kroger gave me a better way to evaluate this part further. I do get the impression you have to choose a good place in your chosen environment so that you won’t have to be sliding and pushing it out all of the time – people with kitchen “islands” do not seem to have this problem.
- Good variety of brew size settings that includes tumbler and carafe
- The overall size, shape, and design are aesthetically appealing
- Impressive color selection
- Multiple brew strength settings
- Helpful bonus items included (e.g, descaler, water filter)
- It is a 2.0 series model so you must be sure to choose the appropriate pods.
- The lack of an auto-shutoff feature; could be a minor annoyance
- The lack of a temperature setting
I feel that the price options are reasonable overall. As of this update (7/7/21), I’ve noticed they have jumped up a bit…perhaps because this model has been around the block while and is slowly getting supplanted by successors? As we all know, scarcity=higher demand.) I do notice that the availability of colors tends to fluctuate from time to time. The part that irks me a little is that oftentimes the lowest price tends to be on the black one, which tells me that I’m not the only consumer who goes out for designer colors and that those pretty ones must sell out the quickest. (I guess I’m not the only one with good taste!)
Interestingly, the blue and red options are the most abundant at the time of this update. However, don’t let that be a stumbling block. It’s YOUR environment, and you should pick the color that most strike your fancy!
If you insist on an unavailable color, the best advice I have is to check into the K200….it looked like you could still grab the pretty light green Oasis and the Pearl. As I mentioned earlier, it’s pretty much the same.
Keurig K250 Conclusion
Overall, a lightweight, aesthetically pleasing machine that does not take up much counter space and complements most decor.
This is my favorite of the 2.0 series and the one I would go out for over the K475 and K575 brethren because I can choose a designer color and because the 2.0 menu is not as super-fancy as the latter two.
Most of the most satisfied owners tended to be in younger age groups, who are normally the most receptive to technology’s nuances and learning curves. The 2.0 generation works a little differently than its older brethren.
If you’re a technophobe at heart, the 2.0 series may seem a little intimidating to you, but rest assured, it’s not.