The Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System is a simple-to-use coffee maker offering users the advantage of a vast selection of K-Cups. This 40 Elite Brewing System is similar in design to the Special Edition Brewing System (*Est. $150), but the latter has an additional cup size. Users generally like the 40 Elite Brewing System, saying it produces a fresh, hot cup of joe in less than a minute. However, we read some complaints about cup sizes, weak coffee and water pump problems.
Convenient features but not without complaints. Owners are generally pleased with the coffee produced by the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System, although taste is largely dependent on which K-Cups are used. There are some complaints that the larger cup size setting produces weaker coffee. One owner at Walmart.com suggests, "They need to start at 8 oz. and go up to about 16 oz. to keep up with the cup sizes of today." One professional roundup gives the Keurig 40 fair scores for brewing range and speed, due to the initial warm up time required.
Some suggest running the same K-Cup through two brew cycles, which makes the resulting coffee weaker, or using two brew cycles with two K-Cups, which doubles the cost per cup. However, extra-bold flavor varieties are available, which some users say produce stronger coffee for larger mugs.
We also read some concerns about the water pump. Several users posting to sites such as Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com and Walmart.com say the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System makes inconsistent cup sizes and sometimes fails to brew altogether. After starting the brew cycle a few times, the Keurig 40 also may brew so much water that it overfills a cup.
That said, users who like to drink several cups of coffee throughout the day praise the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System for its ability to quickly brew a fresh cup of joe any time of day, with no need to reheat stale coffee leftover from a morning pot. Because K-Cups come in such a vast selection, even noncoffee drinkers can enjoy various hot teas and cocoas.
Simple operation and easy cleanup. The Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System is intuitive to use, reviewers say. Bryan Gardiner, who reviews the 40 for Wired magazine, writes, "Operating the Elite is dead simple." It has two cup sizes (8 ounces and 10 ounces), which are selected with the push of a button. K-Cups are available in more than 200 varieties, including hot teas and cocoas, for differing tastes. Users raise the levered lid and insert a K-Cup into the hopper, close the lid and select a cup size for a freshly brewed cup of coffee in less than one minute.
Gardiner, who addresses the pros and cons of single-cup brewing systems as a whole rather than the Keurig 40 specifically, expresses concern about the amount of counter space this unit takes up. While this isn't a sentiment echoed by owners reviewing this machine on sites like Amazon.com and Target.com, Gardiner's point is that dedicating so much real estate to a machine that produces just one cup of coffee seems wasteful.
In professional tests, the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System earns good scores for convenience. The drip tray is removable for easy cleaning, as is the 48-ounce water reservoir, which also makes it easy to refill. There's a four-minute prep time required for the machine to warm up after the machine is turned on and fresh water is added.
Simple, attractive design. Like most pod coffee makers, the Keurig 40Elite Brewing System is modern-looking, yet very simple. It's black with a touch of brushed silver on the lever that operates the lid. Owners don't complain about its appearance, saying it's stylish enough that leaving it on the counter isn't an eyesore. One user posting an otherwise mediocre review at Walmart.com says the 40 Elite "looks great on the counter and provides a talking point for guests."
Review Credibility: Excellent The Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System is compared to 24 other pod coffee makers in this roundup by ConsumerReports.org. Each model is rated on six criteria, including convenience, brewing range, initial cup and subsequent cup brewing speeds, temperature and size consistency.
Review: Pod Coffeemaker Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent About 750 owners review the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System, contributing to an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most users say this is an excellent coffee maker for the price. There are some complaints that the large cup size produces weak coffee.
Review: Keurig B40 Elite Brewing System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent About 550 owners contribute to an overall rating of 91 out of a possible 100. More than 350 owners say they love this coffee maker, citing its ease of use and the convenience of switching between flavors and strengths. Users also praise the variety of K-Cup beverages and flavors. There are a few complaints about malfunctioning water pumps.
Review: Keurig Elite Gourmet Single-Cup Brewing System B40 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in about 300 owner reviews. Users say it's simple to use and easy to maintain, and they praise the variety of K-Cup options. Several owners complain that the coffee is weak.
Review: Keurig Elite B40 K-Cup Brewing System, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good Bryan Gardiner tests the Keurig 40 Elite and provides feedback on the single-cup brewing concept. He concludes that the Keurig machine is as large as one that brews a whole pot of coffee, and the coffee mostly tastes horrible. He does concede the Keurig is very easy to use and clean, and it brews in under a minute. He gives the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System a rating of 4 out of 10.
Review: Single-Serving Coffee Maker's Mud Tastes Like Crud, Bryan Gardiner, Sept. 21, 2009
Review Credibility: Good The Keurig 40 Elite maintains an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in about 90 owner reviews. Owners say the Keurig is the perfect solution for families with differing coffee preferences. Some say the water tank is too small.
Review: Keurig B40 Coffee Maker, Elite Single Serve, Contributors to Macys.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good About 60 owners contribute to an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Users who don't drink a full pot of coffee each day say the Keurig 40 Elite is a great solution, especially for those who like experimenting with different flavors. There are some reports of defective units.
Review: Keurig Elite Single Cup Home Brewing System - B40, Contributors to Target.com, As of November 2012