K-Select vs K250: Which Coffee Machine is Best?
When it comes to buying a new coffee making machine, you really do need to take a look around and make sure that you find the right coffee maker for your needs.
While some people need something small and compact, others don’t mind something a bit bigger. Some go for a strong flavour, while others aren’t too fussed about the taste.
Here, I am going to give you a comparison of two of the most popular coffee makers on the market, with the Keurig K-Select and the Keurig K250, giving you a better insight into what you can expect from each machine, making it easier for you to decide which out of the two would be best for you.
Now, with this comparison, I am going to break both coffee making machines into 2 categories; Differences and Similarities, and then give you a brief explanation of the features within. So, let’s not waste anymore time and dive into the comparison between the K-Select and the K250.
Size is always important when it comes to choosing the right coffee machine for you. Some people are very space aware and need something small and compact, while others have space to spare so do not mind the size. Here, the K-Select is slightly shorter but slightly wider than the K250, while the K250 is also slightly deeper and a bit heavier than the K-Select.
When it comes to the colors available for these two machines, they both have a variety of different colors to choose from. The Keurig K-Select is available in Black, White, Navy or Red, while the K250 comes in Black, Red, Oasis, Sandy Pearl, Plum Grey, Peacock Blue, and Turquoise. Meanwhile, when it comes to the design the biggest difference you are going to notice between these two coffee machines is the fact that the K-250 comes with a touchscreen which gives you great control over your coffee.
One of the most popular things about a coffee machine today is the fact that most come with an auto-off function. However, while the K-Select does come with a programmable auto-off feature, it seems that the K250 does not have any sort of energy saving feature at all.
Having control of how your coffee machine works is also something that has become very popular with coffee buffs recently. Now, while the K-Select does have the buttons to allow you to make certain decisions and adjustments, it is the touchscreen from the K250 which really stands it apart, giving you a much better feeling of control of your brew.
Everybody likes a different type of coffee, so pod compatibility is definitely important when it comes to choosing a coffee maker. While the K-Select is only compatible with the K-Cup pods, the K250 takes things to the next level by also being compatible with the K-Carafe, for a bigger and better brew.
As for those brew sizes, since the K-Select is only compatible with the K-Cup pods, it means that you are only going to get 6oz., 8oz., 10oz., or 12oz., whereas with the K250 being compatible with the K-Carafe, as well as choosing from 4oz., 6oz., 8oz., and 10oz., you also get the option of 22oz., 26oz., and 30oz., making enough coffee for everyone.
The bigger the water reservoir, the more coffee you are going to get before you need to refill it, and this is one of the few areas that the K-Select outdoes the K250. While you are only getting a 40oz. water reservoir with the K250, you are getting a much larger 52oz. water reservoir with the K-Select.
Back to form, when it comes to the water reservoir being removable, this is where the K250 takes back control once again, by allowing the user to remove the water reservoir in order to make refilling much easier, Unfortunately the K-Select does not come with such a feature, making the refilling just a little bit more awkward.
We all love some added extras when we buy something new and both of these come with some nice little bonuses. The K-Select comes with 6 K-Cup pods, 1 water filter handle, and 1 filter. Meanwhile the K250 comes with 4 K-Cup pods, 1 water filter handle, 2 filters, and a bottle of descaling solution, giving it the slight edge on the K-Select again.
The all important category for anyone buying a coffee machine has to be the price and there is a slight difference between the two. As you would expect, due to the fact that the K-Select comes with quite a few less features than the K250, it is quite a little bit cheaper but it depends if you are willing to sacrifice those extra features to save a little bit of money.
Brew strength is one of the most important things for any coffee drinker, so having control of the strength of your brew is vital to any coffee making machine. Fortunately, both the K-Select and the K250 allow you to control the strength of your coffee.
When you are in a rush or you wake up late for work, you want to be able to get a quick cup of coffee and not have to wait around. Well, both of these coffee machines will have a fresh cup of Joe for you in under a minute.
While there are some coffee machines out there today which give you temperature control, neither the K-Select or the K-250 offer this option, which does let them both down a little bit.
Removable Drip Tray
When you are using a coffee making machine, you are always going to have some slight dripping, which is where the drip tray comes in. Both of these have a removable drip tray, which not only makes it easier to clean but also gives a little extra room for those taller cups you might want to use.
Low Water Indicator
Nobody likes getting half way through a fresh cup of coffee being poured, only to discover that they need to refill the water. Luckily both the K250 and the K-Select have a Low Water Indicator, which lets you know to refill the water reservoir before making that next cup of coffee.
Pros and Cons
Touchscreen Control – The touchscreen controls make this stand up against the best coffee machines out there.
Pod Sizes – The wide variety of pod sizes allow you to decide just how much or how little coffee you want or need.
Removable Reservoir – The fact that you can remove the reservoir makes it so much easier to refill.
Small Reservoir – While the reservoir is removable, it is also small which means having to refill it more often.
No Auto-Off – The lack of an auto-off feature means that you really do need to make sure you turn it off every single time.
Durability – There have been many complaints about the durability of the K250, with some people having to send it back.
Large Reservoir – The large water reservoir means you can get much more coffee before having to refill.
Auto Feature – Having the programmable auto-off feature means you do not have to worry too much about turning it off.
Size – The size of the K-Select makes it perfect for any home kitchen or office break room.
When it comes down to it, while the K-Select does have a couple of features that the K250 is missing, and is also a little bit cheaper, it would still be worth your while paying the little bit extra to get the better features that the K250 offers. It really is one of the best coffee making machines for its price range and, while some might argue that it breaks a bit too easily, it still delivers a great tasting cup of Joe.