While the Keurig Platinum Brewing System is more expensive than its siblings, it does offer more options for users, including four cup sizes and two temperature settings. If you want to spend a bit less and don't need the extra features, the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System (*Est. $150) performs just as well, users say.
Two temperature settings and more cup size options. Unlike its less-expensive counterparts, the Keurig Platinum Brewing System offers a larger, 12-ounce cup setting instead of the 6-, 8- and 10-ounce settings of the Special Edition. However, like other Keurig models, the larger cup size settings mean a weaker cup of coffee unless you use more than one K-Cup, which adds to the cost per cup. Editors at SingleServeCoffee.com point out that the Keurig Platinum is quieter than its predecessors, and they appreciate the fourth cup size option, which they say makes enough coffee to fill most travel mugs.
While some owners complain about the initial cost of this machine, others point out that the price per cup is a significant savings when compared to purchasing coffee from retailers like Starbucks. One owner at Amazon.com explains: "The pricing of the Keurig brewers are extremely reasonable, and brews gourmet coffee [at] just a fraction of the cost of purchasing it from a Starbucks, Coffee People, or similar [shops]. I expect that my machine will pay for itself in savings in just a couple months of use."
Users posting to Amazon.com and Viewpoints.com appreciate the ability to control temperature with two settings, g187 degrees or 192 degrees Fahrenheit. In professional reviews, the B70 earns very good scores for temperature consistency and excellent scores for size consistency. It's also rated highly for brewing speeds.
We did read some complaints about durability. While a few owners say they've used this machine regularly for years with no problems, others report malfunctioning water or air pumps within a few months. Clogs can also be a problem. However, most of the reviews we read indicate that Keurig customer service is accommodating and willing to send replacements. We did find a few isolated complaints from owners who experienced trouble with customer service.
Simple operation, large water tank. The Keurig Platinum Brewing System is easy to use and clean, owners say. One user review at Viewpoints.com sums up the simple operation: "You pop a K-Cup into the holster, pull the lid down and press a button. Really can't get much simpler than that. When you're done, just take out the K-Cup and toss it."
Owners also like the 60-ounce water reservoir, which means you'll need to refill the tank less frequently, and the programmable on/off timer. Editors at SingleServeCoffee.com highlight the descale indicator, which sends an alert when it's time to descale (remove calcium deposits) from the machine to preserve its lifespan.
Sleek, modern design with backlit display. The Keurig Platinum Brewing System has a smaller footprint than other Keurig models, so it occupies less counter space. It's also a bit more modern looking, with more chrome accents on the front of the unit and a sleek, blue-backlit water tank and LCD display. An owner review at Viewpoints.com describes it as, "quite fancy looking with its blue back-lights and sleek, shiny design."
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors of ConsumerReports.org compare 25 pod coffee makers on six criteria, including convenience, brewing range, initial cup and subsequent cup brewing speeds, temperature and size consistency. The Keurig Platinum is included in this round of testing.
Review: Pod Coffeemaker Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent More than 1,200 owners contribute to an overall rating of 3.6 stars out of 5. A few owners say they've owned this machine for several years. Users say it's quieter than its predecessors and simple to operate.
Review: Keurig Platinum B70 Brewing System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good While this is an older review, it goes into great detail about the functions and performance of the Platinum compared to Keurig's older models. Pros include the larger, 12-ounce brew option, smaller footprint and quiet operation.
Review: Review: Keurig Platinum B70 K Cup Single-Cup Brewer, Editors of SingleServeCoffee.com, Oct. 6, 2006
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 300 out of about 460 reviewers say they love the Keurig Platinum Brewing System. Overall, this single-serve coffee maker earns an overall rating of 90 out of a possible 100. Users say they appreciate the ability to produce a fresh cup of joe on the spot without the waste of coffee from a larger pot.
Review: Keurig Platinum Single-Cup Home Brewing System B70 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good About 180 owners weigh in with feedback on the Keurig Platinum, which maintains an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. While some owners gripe about the price, most agree that the variety of K-Cup is a major advantage, especially for those who prefer tea over coffee.
Review: Keurig B70 Coffee Maker, Single Serve Platinum, Contributors to Macys.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Fair About 50 owners review the Keurig Platinum at Walmart.com, where it maintains an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Users say it's easy to operate and ideal for those who prefer fresh coffee to reheated leftovers from a morning pot.
Review: Keurig B70 Platinum K-Cup Brewing System, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012