Keurig K65 Special Edition Brewing System Review

keurig k60/65 special edition brewing systemKeurig K65 Special Edition Review

Jennifer’s Rating: 4.4 Stars

The Keurig K65 Brewer is a great option if you really prefer the “classic” styling reminiscent of the earlier, mid-2000s editions.  While doing my research there was a little confusion at first as the listing shows 2 model numbers – 60 and 65 as well as two different names “Special Edition” and “Signature Brewer”.

Fortunately, I’ve got the full scoop-a special thanks to my first cousin who owns this model (and loves it) When I said I was working on a full review of the Keurig K65 and I asked if I could pump her for some good info, she said be my guest!


Dimensions

Approximate measurements:

14.9″ (height) x 14.2″ (depth) x 12.2″ (width)

Weight: 13.3 lbs

What’s included?

In addition to the unit itself, a user guide, a sampler bonus pack of 12 K-Cup coffee pods and a water filter kit comes in tow.

Manufacturer’s stated warranty: Limited One Year

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Features

  • One-touch operation with 3 brew sizes, 6, 8, and 10 oz.
  • The water reservoir is backlit and removable for easy refilling and has a max fill line to prevent overfilling.
  • Drip tray is removable to accommodate taller mugs and it holds up to 8 oz of overflow. Remove the drip tray assembly first and then the metal plate, then empty out any overflow from the drip tray.
  • The brew temperature is adjustable and the attractive chrome-accented control panel is backlit with a digital clock, and auto shutoff.

Buttons and Controls

On the front you’ll see the panel with a backlit window and arrow buttons to adjust accordingly certin items within the menu like the time and temp. The backlit control panel has great breadth of options like being able to adjust the temperature, clock and brew size by means of the up/down arrow buttons,  There is also an auto shutoff and the option to pause a brewing cycle.

This Keurig model is one in which the temperature can be adjusted: the factory default setting is at 192 degrees F, but there is a five-degree window that can be adjusted via the control panel. The desired temp setting should be visible on the front window.

Reservoir

The water reservoir holds 60 oz which is a little bigger on average and should last through up to 10 brewings, give or take. It is very user-friendly. It’s not only removable, but can also be filled or refilled when stationary through the lid on top, and the blue backlight will blink when it needs refilling.

Ease of Use

You can set the clock just as you would any digital standalone clock; it will not lose the time display unless you unplug the unit, and you can also program the auto shutoff time through the control panel as well.

Tip: Only if you are going to program the auto shutoff feature, does the clock needs to be set. Leaving the power on indefinitely is OK and not unsafe in the manufacturer’s advice, but as many people are energy-conscious today (as well we should be!) it pays to know about this feature.

Keurig K65 Consumer Ratings and Reviews

My cousin has owned the K65 for about 3 years and has just about all good things to say about it overall.  Now she uses distilled water and descales it semi-regularly; many owners report that distilled water makes descaling minimal if not a non-issue altogether. We got to talking about water chemistry and she admits that she doesn’t think distilled water tastes “flat” or anything (To each his own as they say.)

Of course, I sought out other opinions too, I was glad to discover a great many positive reviews from users. Some people compared the K65 to the K75 in terms of features; mostly their beef was that the K75 had additional brew sizes. Apparently there is a trick to getting a >10 oz cup and that is to push the 6 oz button twice, once before starting to brew and then again after opening the chamber and closing it. It tripped them up at first, but when they made this discovery it got easy.


The most satisfied users went with a combo of bottled/filtered water. Although this unit comes with a water filter that is not hard to install (which requires periodic replacement) these are the best types to use for the best taste and the least amount of maintenance.

In general, being able to “intercept” a brew cycle won the Special Edition the most brownie points. It really helps when you’re trying to balance the strength/weakness and water/brew strength ratio issues because try as we might, it’s still guesswork.

Pros

Following are the biggest pluses of the K65 overall:

  • You can adjust the brewing temperature within a 5-degree threshold
  • User-friendly water reservoir with blinking feature
  • It will read “Not Ready/Add Water” in the control panel window if it is not secure in the base.
  • Easy to program clock and auto-shutoff

Cons

These were where the few negatives lie mainly with this particular unit:

  • It is important to “purge” this type of brewer if it has exceeded a week of inactivity as water can build up in the internal tank (separate from the reservoir – the user guide clarifies this well)
  • Sometimes people have a little trouble with the ambiguity of the screen display (I think this can be overcome however)
  • A little more expensive than some of the other Keurig 1.0 models

Price

Here is where I’m a little disappointed.  Because this model is no longer carried by the “big box” retailers (the whole thing about how something becomes harder to find it has more value) the various price listings look good but they are for pre-owned K65’s so please exercise due diligence and read the terms carefully.

I did see a few K60’s listings, but to get a brand new one you are going to be paying a pretty penny it looks like.

(My cousin said she paid less for hers 3 or 4 years ago.) For what it’s worth, I think this brewer offers a lot more of the good over the bad (or annoying!)

keurig k60/65 special edition reviewConclusion

The Keurig K65 single cup brewing system has classic styling and design and uses all standard 1.0 varieties of K-Cups and the 1.0 My K-Cup Reusable Filter as well. It is comparable to the Keurig Elite K45 in its design overall and function. It is pricier than the K45 Elite, too, for what I’ve discovered to be due to its more enhanced features, and a larger reservoir.

Overall this is a very nice, intermediate level brewer with a few more additional features than the K45, rated high in terms of usability, ease of cleaning, durability and overall quality of coffee, and longevity.

Versatile in that it will accommodate pretty much each and all 1.0 K-cup coffee brands as well as many of the refillable K-Cups available in said 1.0 version.

The K-cup holder assembly in the dishwasher (top rack, low setting)-the other external parts should be spot-cleaned and hand-washed only.

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