The Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System is a comparable coffee maker, from many points of view, to other products that we’ve already reviewed. It strikes a good balance between price and what you actually get for your money. Overall, it’s a choice to take into account if you look for a single-serve K-cup coffee maker. We can’t necessarily say it’s the one coffee maker that swept us off our feet, but it gets the job done just right. Many people who have bought the K75 think it’s one of the best coffee makers they ever had. You can get it in 3 color options: silver, as the one featured here, black and brown.
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One of the first things that you will notice about the K75 is the blue LCD light that highlights both the control panel and the water reservoir, which holds up to 72 ounces of water and is positioned on the left hand side of the machine. The control panel is easy to use and it also features a clock. This is not necessarily a deciding point for us, but maybe you prefer your coffee maker to show time, in which case it’s a plus.
The K75 has a drip tray that is removable, so you can easily clean it and fit a bigger mug.
The only construction weakness that we found we had to mention is the fact that it’s made almost entirely out of plastic. This makes it feel less sturdy when compared to other similarly priced models that have some parts made of metal. In spite of this material choice, it really looks good on any kitchen counter.
Ease of use
Using the Keurig K75 is pretty straightforward. The faux chrome lever lifts easily and grants access to the K-cup receiver of the machine. Inside sharp pins are located, both above and under the K-cup receiver, poking holes into the cups. Once you put your favorite K-cup into the machine and hit the big Brew button, hot water is dispensed upon the K-cup, filling the mug you placed below.
It takes water from the reservoir and guides it into the heater once you turn the coffee maker on. This process will take approximately 4 minutes until the water is at the right temperature.
When you first use the coffee maker, Keurig recommends you run a cleansing cycle with hot water only. Don’t forget to put a mug to collect the hot water running through the machine. They also recommend you use a Keurig water filter with your K75, which is no surprise. You can avoid purchasing a water filter if you use pre-filtered water. It really depends on how it’s more convenient for you. You should by all means, either use a water filter or pre-filtered water, because this way you’ll significantly reduce impurity deposits on the machine’s mechanism. Once you’ve completed this one-time test run, you’re ready to brew your first cup of your favorite hot beverage.
Controlling and customizing every cup is really easy using the four buttons on the front of the machine. You can preset cup sizes and beverages and the K75 will adjust accordingly. You can brew starting from a small 4-ounce cup to a 12-ounce travel mug. The thing with these presets is that the only aspect that cannot adjust accordingly is the size of the K-cup. So, if you brew a small cup you will get extra-strong coffee, while brewing a travel mug size coffee will result in a weaker strength. There’s a way around this situation. You can use 2 K-cups and brew 2 smaller sized coffees into a larger travel mug.
Support and service
Keurig offers a one year normal home use guarantee. They recommend you clean the drip tray, water reservoir and reservoir lid regularly. They also recommend you descale the coffee maker once every 3-6 months, depending on the water you use. The machine is supposed to let you know when it’s time to descale it, but a good practice is you should do this every 3 months regardless of any signs. If you descale regularly, you’re going to improve the lifespan of your K75. The process is pretty simple. You should fill the reservoir with vinegar and start a full cycle, until all the vinegar goes through the mechanisms of the machine. This will remove calcium an other deposits that corrode the interior mechanism. You would expect such a coffee maker to outlast its one year warranty, and it will, provided you do these simple things at the right time.