Which Keurig Water Filter Kit is Best?
Let’s face it a good water filter kit can help you offset some potential water troubles and it’s a small enough investment that it is worth taking the time to do! Even though it is common to find single-brew coffee makers that already include a filtration accessory, sometimes things happen…you may need a replacement!
Or you run into a great deal on one but it doesn’t happen to have this very beneficial accessory included. Although some people are partial to their filtration system they have stuck with for awhile, having an interchangeable one for the coffee maker is a boon.
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How To Use the Keurig Water Filter Kit
This kit (also known as an assembly) contains a device that is inserted into the reservoir of the coffee maker to help purify the water quality. They consist of an assembly with a handle, a base, and a dial on top that the user can set to keep tabs on when the cartridge needs to be replaced. The cartridges are carbon-filled sachets that fit into the base before attaching it to the handle. Each cartridge maintains optimum water quality for a 2-month period of consistent use.
To insert your Keurig water filter you need to do a few preliminary steps: first soaking the new cartridge in water for 5 minutes and then giving it a good rinse under the faucet. The cartridge goes into the base and when you put the base and handle together line up the bottom in the empty reservoir of your coffee maker…it should click in place easily.
Keurig Water Filter Kit for 1.0 Models
This particular assembly is sometimes included with its respective coffee makers, but is also sold as a standalone “starter kit” and includes the handle, base, and 2 cartridge refills. The round dial at the top has numbers 1-12 on them with which you can set it to the month you are in so you can keep tabs on when to change the cartridge. You can set it to the month in advance that you’d like to be reminded of or to the current month; whichever you prefer.
It is made to accommodate the following models (not an exhaustive list):
It’s a safe bet that it is made to fit with the Platinum, Elite, and Classic models easily, with a few exceptions. It will NOT work with the Keurig Mini Plus (the Mini doesn’t have a reservoir for one thing) A number of people were stumped as it was hard to know if this would work with the Keurig Vue or not and were a little put off by the ambiguity of “all the 1.0 models”.
I was wondering that myself, but one call to a company representative and I got my answer – NO it is not compatible with the Vue series . Sorry to have to report that as I think it’s a shame. It appeared that owners of this exceptional brewer made do with bottled water or used a filtering pitcher.
Nevertheless, this filter has a lot of satisfied users, I discovered, happy with the ease of use and the improvement in the taste of their respective beverages.
The 2.0 Version of the Keurig Water Filter Kit
The 2.0 Starter Kit is made to work with all of the Keurig 2.0 models excluding the K200 and 250. If you go back to my review of the K250 you will learn that the reservoir shape is quite different from its successors, with its “wrap around” design. That particular model comes with its own filter holder assembly which, when viewed up close, is a shorter version of the one I’m describing here.
Like its 1.0 predecessor, it has a dial on top, flat down so you can only see it from the top view…here you can adjust it to reflect the month in which you first set it up. You can also opt to have a friendly reminder periodically from the panel settings…You want to check the “Enable” setting for the Water Filter Reminder setting from the touchscreen panel.
Like the 1.0 above the bottom part of the holder needs to line up with the correct slot inside the reservoir and you should hear a “click” in place to know it’s secure. You have to pinch both tabs firmly and pull. Some people I found in my research, were frustrated with the 2.0 version in that they found it difficult to separate the pieces of the assembly.
There were a few reports of broken tabs here and there. I could sense the discouragement in that they found themselves having to purchase a whole new assembly kit when all they needed was that one part!
This may be something to think about if you have any dexterity limitations (e.g. arthritis) in which case you may find it troublesome; but I have heard that some ease of part removal was achieved by soaking the assembly bottom in some hot water to loosen the parts.
Where to buy Keurig water filter cartridges and kits?
I looked both of these up on the main company website (the 1.0 and 2.0 were priced exactly the same) but I discovered you can get a better deal on Amazon at the time of writing…plus a few listings also include extras like a refillable My K-Cup and some additional cartridges.
These are difficult to find at local retailers from what I could see. You can also buy the cartridges alone and they come in bundles ranging from 6 to a dozen.
The dimensions of the 1.0 and 2.0 are about equal: Manufacturers’ listed them as 2.4″ L by 1.6″W by 8.2″H.
It may go without saying but the 2.0 Keurig water filter kit also will not work with the Vue models. If cared for well the only thing that will need periodic replacing is the refill cartridges.
Having better water quality will not only result in better-tasting coffee drinks but the performance of the unit will be improved overall as stray pieces of debris will not be as likely to find their way into the more sensitive mechanisms of the unit. So the choice is clear that drinkable clean water means clean-tasting coffee!