The Keurig Vue in a Nutshell
My friendly neighbor owns a V600 series unit. I have a photographic memory for these kinds of things. It resembles a black cube that sits on the countertop and a glossy finish. Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound very sexy, but apparently it does work well and it’s quite the star performer.
I couldn’t help but notice that the ratings for the Vue were a little lower on average and I wanted to do some exploring to discover what an otherwise satisfactory Keurig generation got bumped down for.
What I discovered is that this brewer series works great and the line of pods that it is made to work with is dynamite, as they are made to be recyclable too! Here’s my findings on the series itself, and if you’ve got one of these what products you need to keep it going.
What's on this page?
- The Keurig Vue in a Nutshell
- Advantages of the Keurig Vue Series
- How does the Vue compare to the 1.0 and 2.0 series?
- What do you need to know first before purchasing the Vue?
- Who is in the Keurig Vue Family?
- Compatible Accessories For Use With the Vue Series
- The Keurig Vue Series – Conclusion
Advantages of the Keurig Vue Series
- It’s very customizable and getting to bump up the temp a few notches can be a real treat; especially if you are one of those coffee drinkers that adds the goodies to the cup prior to brewing such as milk, cream, creamer, etc.
- Recyclable pods that have a leg up on those eco-unfriendly other kind.
- The Vue series has one big leg up on the 1.0 models in that there is a line of gourmet-style beverages that can be concocted, like latte and cappuccino.
- The Cafe option is a two-step process in which you use two pods, which are labeled “1” and “2” right on the symbol. The first one creates “froth” at the default – only setting of 4 oz and the second pod makes the drink.
- Actual recycling of the spent pods may be a tad messy
- Locating the unique pods with their lip-shaped design may be trickier, but still doable however there are reusable cups made especially for the Vue series so you can use your own grounds.
How does the Vue compare to the 1.0 and 2.0 series?
As the Vue series launched around the 2010s or right before (the earliest version, the V500, entered the market around 2007) they do combine the convenience of on-demand brewing with some beneficial additions. Like the 2.0 series, they feature a touchscreen (the V500 shows a black and white; and the later 600/700 a color one) with icons that represent customizable options.
Temperature control gives you the added advantage of getting a few degrees hotter (up to 197 degrees F) and I will wager that the V-cup design allows an even better flavor with its porous makeup; the water that goes in flows around the “lip” area which allows for good “percolator” action and better taste overall.
The Vue series’ easy-customize options; like the 2.0 series; you can set or adjust the time for energy saving mode, auto-shutoff, and the coffee/tea settings are pretty varied; going all the way up to 18 oz. The Vue has corresponding beverage type settings built in that you can select from via the touchscreen.
The icons on the touchscreen match the yellow V-cup symbols, making it a snap to set it up. When you select one of the three you’ll see a short list of options below to choose from: ex. for the coffee and tea setting, you will also see an option for hot cocoa and tea/cider/other. There’s also the “strong” option that can be de-selected as desired.
What do you need to know first before purchasing the Vue?
The Vue series has been discontinued and a look at the company website confirms this. So it’s a moot point, but if you are considering it, Amazon still carries the Vues and the V-pods in varying price ranges and editions. For all its great features, it’s a brewer that has come and gone like ships in the night, and this sentiment has been echoed in numbers.
Generally, what drove down the overall rating has not been the quality of the mechanisms, but the difficulty in locating the corresponding pods. As with many harder-to-find marketplace items, the pod assortment prices exceed that of the standard K-cups by a slight margin.
This one bugaboo CAN be overcome; as there are the refillable options to consider bridging the gap between the brewer itself and its stricter requirements. It’s important to be sure you are shopping for the refillable filter cup made to work with the Vue as this is not one line that is easy to hack (some people have attempted, but some of them were sorry later on.)
Who is in the Keurig Vue Family?
- The V500 – earliest arrival, reasonably priced, for a little more there is an option to include a set of 24 cups and a carousel. It does have the fewest size options however.
- The V600 – shown in the picture at the top; great for home and personal use.
- The V700 – came out a little later, and includes 8 different brew sizes. I felt the price was a little steep, however. but it had more favorable reviews.
- The V1200 – This is a commercial brewer made for industry use. Price options are reasonable, but be careful as there were more negative reviews for this one.
Compatible Accessories For Use With the Vue Series
Got a pre-existing Vue series brewer? These products below will help you get the most out of it:
- Solofill V1 24k Gold Cup – This is one of the best choices if you are seeking a reusable coffee filter.
- K2V-Cup for Keurig Vue – This device is an adapter that lets you use any of your standard K-Cup pods in your Keurig Vue. A really good idea if you ever come up short finding genuine Vue pods!
The Keurig Vue Series – Conclusion
IMHO, I feel it is a little unfair to give an appliance a poor review or rating for an accessory being harder to locate or only compatible with a certain accessory. You would not have a negative opinion of a certain blu-ray player for not accepting standard DVDs right?
In short, what others have been saying has been confirmed extensively. The Vue series has been discontinued as its successor, the 2.0 series, usurped the throne. Amazon keeps them in stock as well as their eponymous V-cups but it looks as though the other mainstream retail giants are carrying a more limited selection.
So if you have an existing Vue (and it still functions great) you’re certainly going to want to know where to find those elusive pods and the best deals on them in those places. Vue pod assortments come in an elegant looking black box and you can see where it clearly states their intended use.
Look for little teeny “icons” on a yellow background that represent the different beverage types used. There is one for “Coffee and tea” a second one for “Cafe” drinks (like lattes) and a third for iced beverages.
In my experience your best bet is online to get the best deals and selection of pod assortments and accessories. Altogether, the Keurig Vue series is awesome and I wish there were more of them on the market!
Good luck! Do you have a Keurig Vue series brewer and love it? Are you seeking additional parts for it? Please share your thoughts below!