Keurig K55 K Classic Review
Jennifer’s Rating: 3.7 Stars
Now I return to the classics yet again…This review is for the Keurig K Classic, as it’s labeled. It’s one of the more recent successors in the “Elite” series, and if you’ve kept up with my reviews on those, some of the information here may seem familiar.
Right now it’s widely available in most retailers and I had a chance to check out the Keurig K55 up-close and personal to further enhance my recommendation of it.I liked what I saw at first, but what I discovered later was surprising.
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Keurig K55 Features
As one of The K45 Elite’s biggest successors, the K55 has all of the styling, function and general appearance of that particular generation. Included are 3 brew sizes (6, 8, and 10), auto-off, three indicator lights, a 48-oz reservoir, drip tray and open-platform K-cup adaptability (yay!)
That being said – standard sized pods only…sorry, but you cannot use the “K-Mug” and “K-Carafe” pods with the K55 (those 2 are strictly made for operation with the 2.0 series)
With the Keurig K55, you will also receive a bonus sampler pack of 4 K-cups (one is hot cocoa, everyone claims), start guide, 1 year limited warranty, and a water filter in addition to 2 refill carbon cartridges.
Ok…dimensions: 13.3″ height, 10.1″ width and 13.2″ depth are provided on the sales page;this one somehow different in which an array of images is shown including details from the box, so I’m taking it as accurate. When the kcup chamber is fully opened the height moves to 17.6″ if you are checking cabinet space first.
The three-prong power cord reaches a length of 3 feet (nothing said about it being retractable-yet)
And perhaps the biggest biggie you are waiting for if you’re a traveler or commuter – yes, the K55 is good at accomodating taller travel cups; with the drip tray removed the max height of a cup that space will permit is 7.1″
Just like most all of the “Classic” series goes; the K55 has a 48 oz reservoir, which will make a day or evening of brews pretty much hassle free. To remove the reservoir for easier refilling, simply push up and out. The lid comes straight off. If you look to the interior side of the reservoir that doesn’t show when it is in place with the machine, you can see the max fill line near the top.
There is also a small oval shape space in which the water filter is inserted (it kind of faces the front). The included water filter is the same black model with the wheel at the top that you can set the monthly reminder to.
In case you’re wondering, the reservoir doesn’t light up (I wish it did – I love that feature)
Also, what is up with this…..As per the user manual, you are recommended to use only bottled or filtered water with your brewer (some people have used distilled water with no problem,, which is fine, since the K55 doesn’t have those 2.0 sensors that mis-read due to distilled water’s non-mineral state.
But the discouragement of softened water also should be included too, I thought, in that paperwork. Apparently, per the rules of water chemistry, softened water is worse than hard water in that it can make the water “gelatinous” (did I spell that right?) and ground extraction will not occur.
This part is well made, with a one-inch depth, the drip tray will hold up to 8 oz of overflow for all of those “oopsies” out there. The drip tray plate has this neat little design on it with a star shape cutout, which you stick your thumb into to pull it out easily. Also it is top rack dishwasher safe.
Keurig K55 Buttons and Controls
Basic operation includes a control panel on the left side There are three indicator lights, power button, and auto-off button. No LED window or any of that.
I’m puzzled when I look at the user guide, however – and I see the button/icons labeled as “5.25” “7.25” and “9.25”…Now I get that their respective even numbers are easier to remember in other locations, but it’s got the potential to confuse people. What is the point of increments, when whole numbers are easier to remember?
Once again, pretty reminiscent of the K45 Elite, the K or B40, pretty much, in terms of button and light operation. If you have ever owned one of those you may need no further explanations.
Keurig K55 and the K50 Compared
If you’ve been shopping for awhile and were looking into the K50 which preceded this one, you may have wondered if it differs all that much from this one. In a nutshell, no.
The K50 model simply was released first and is a little bit smaller in size and weight.If you’re browsing, you may find that the K-Classic is labeled K50 and K55 so if you happen to pick up the former in error, pretty much all of what is discussed here will still apply.
Same thing if you see “B50” or “B55” as well 🙂
Keurig K55 Consumer Reviews and Ratings
Well, the news seems happy….but on average the K55 reviews are mostly good or satisfactory, but, and emphasis on but…..there are also a lot of unsatisfied comments and remarks as well. With the large quantity of comments in general (surprising since this model hasn’t been out as long as you might think) combing through them all would be time consuming, but there ‘s enough of a pattern established to make a determination.
Don’t have to worry about DRM restrictions. The way the front panel slopes down just so slightly, making it easier to read and punch in selections (I agree with that one too) few temperature complaints (this one does not have temp control by the way ) enjoy the speed and convenience.
But then….One two and plenty of reviews by some flabbergasted consumers who have experienced that all too dreaded premature machine failure. Why is this? Happy and thankful mine is not having these problems….Quality control perhaps?
Kind of made me reminisce about some of those older early 2000s models that had that nice chrome finish….Dang, I wish I could report something better, but it is telling me that the K55 should go into the “good…but you can do better” category.
- Open platform
- Expedient operation
- Accommodates tumblers easily
- Reliability overall could be better
- Cannot be programmed
- Does not have temp control
- Limited color options
The price is comparable to the older member of its generation, but I wonder if it’s made as well..based on the amount of reports, I say, no, there are better opportunities to be had. There are various options that include different accessories (other than those listed in the What’s Included section).
I am curious as to why there is only that one other non-black color (rhubarb-which is pretty -however it does cost more) The older K45 had that pretty blue and white models.
If you’re still with me, I think you can get far better reliability in a Keurig machine if you take a look at the Office Pro, whose design is very similar in appearance, but you also get benefits like the option to drain the internal tank, and a stronger pump in general.
I’d also suggest reading up more on the K-Elite too, which is more recent on the market, but it has more options for beverage enthusiasts and better reliability.
If you really like the Elite series as a whole, the K45 is also a good fit and still shows fairly strong ratings as well as continued popularity despite being supplanted by the K50 and 55. Good luck!