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Best Large Pod Coffee Makers

By: Kelly Burgess on October 16, 2017

Large pod coffee makers can also service a crowd

Pod coffee makers are beloved for their convenience, just pop in a pre-loaded K-Cup (or generic equivalent), press a button (or two) and you have coffee in two minutes or less. With small pod coffee makers you have to pour water in before every cup; larger pod coffee makers have a reservoir to allow you to make several cups in a row, or just have coffee-on-demand all day long. However, some people do not like the idea of a reservoir at all, preferring to use fresh water for each cup. If that's you, we also cover small one-cup coffee makers elsewhere in this report.

Keurig is THE name in pod coffee makers and the Keurig K55 (Est. $90) is our top pick for this year's update. It gets raves from users not only for the delicious coffee it brews, but also for the wide range of beverage choices That includes coffees that are as light- or as full-bodied as you could wish -- including half-caff and decaf, cocoas, soups, tea, cold drinks and fruity drinks. In addition to Keurig's vast line of proprietary K-Cups, the K55 also will work with many generic pods, giving any coffee lover an endless array of drinking (or eating) possibilities. That's could make the K55 a better choice for some as the Keurig Plus system brewers (discussed below) aren't compatible (out of the box) with many generic pods.

The Keurig K55 has three cup sizes, 6, 8 and 10 ounces, and brews a cup of coffee in a minute or less. It's also very simple to use, with intuitive, easy to read controls. It has a removable, 48-ounce water reservoir and the drip tray is removable to accommodate taller travel mugs -- and for ease of cleaning. The K55 can be programmed to turn off and on so that the brewer is ready to go when you get up in the morning, but uses less power when it's not needed. When the K55 is powered back on it takes about four minutes before it can brew its first cup. The default brewing temperature on the K55 is 192 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are a couple of downsides to the Keurig K55. The main one is that most K-Cup pods are not recyclable or biodegradable -- a deal-breaker for some due to the environmental impact of millions of pods being tossed in the trash. However, Green Mountain Coffee -- Keurig's parent company, is addressing that issue. The company has added some recyclable pods to the K-Cup line and promises to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020. Also a number of the generic pods that will work in the Keurig K55 are recyclable or biodegradable, or you can purchase the optional My K-Cup (Est. $10) filter to brew from your own grounds.

Another issue with the Keurig K55 is that while it has a large reservoir, you can only brew one cup at a time. That means if you have guests everyone has to wait their turn. Keurig's new Plus Series line solves that issue by accepting the single K-Cup pods, larger Vue and K-Mug pods (12, 14, 16 or 18 ounces), and K-Carafe pods that allow you to brew up to a 30 ounce carafe of coffee.

In the Keurig Plus Series we recommend the Keurig K575 (Est. $180). In testing at YourBestDigs.com, which makes the K575 their top pick, it has one of the hottest drink temperatures. Testers there also praise its adjustable strength settings, which, they note resulted in "coffee that is noticeably richer and thicker."

One bonus: the Vue pods, K-Mug pods and K-Carafe pods are recyclable, which solves the environmental issue as well. However, the machines will not accept non-Keurig approved cups without a hack, nor will it show all of the cup sizes when you use certain pods, though there are hacks to fix that as well. We will let you look those up, they're everywhere on the Internet.

Owners also like the Keurig K525, saying they love its versatility, the many varieties of pods available and how easy it is to use. In general, the fact that you can't use off-brand pods irritates some who bought one of these 2.0 Plus Series brewers not realizing that, although those who are loyal to Green Mountain brand pods (or have successfully hacked the system), are very pleased with the many features on this fully-loaded pod coffee maker. You can also brew from grounds, but it uses a different My K-Cup filter than the Classic Series (because of the sensor), the Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup (Est. $10).

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