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(Last Updated On: May 24, 2020)

Are all Keurig coffee machines the same? Probably not, hence your dilemma: what’s the difference between the K50 and the K55?

Many people have been wondering about this, including myself. Before you just pick either one and hope it works for you, I’ve decided to tackle this question.

Many articles claim that there’s a difference between these two models. There’s not a lot of research on these.

But before the suspense kills you, know one thing: these two coffee makers are, in fact, the same.

You might be a little bummed since you were looking for the better machine, but this doesn’t mean that the K50 and K55 aren’t good coffee makers. They’re actually so popular that Keurig just slapped a new name on the next model and kept remaking it.

There are other reasons why Keurig kept the same model with two names too, such as:

Branding and marketing

Well, they have to sell the coffee makers after all. To keep selling them, Keurig came up with a new way to keep all of their customers interested, and that was by re-releasing the K50 under the new name of K55.

Understandably, you might be a little suspicious, wondering if they really are the exact same coffee maker. Take a look to see them side-by-side:

They do have the same specs. I will say, however, that you might get better shipping and deals on the K55. This is because the newer model is usually the preferred model, and has more or less replaced the K50 on the market.

So, now you know that each Keurig is about the same. The real question is whether one of these models will actually work for you. Let’s take a look to see if this coffee machine will really work with your needs.


The K50/K55 brewers is an original classic under the Keurig brand. Think of them as the Keurig 1.0, as they’re often referred to as the K-Classic line. They’re still just as fancy as other Keurig machines though, using the pod-style of brewing. You take your coffee pod, scoot it into the machine, and in a few minutes, your hot cup of coffee is all ready to be served.

Do keep in mind that these coffee makers are known as the classic style for a reason. The early Keurig coffee makers are missing some of the upgraded features you might like on newer models, like the touch screen on the K250. Another huge feature is the temperature control on the Keurig Elite. If you’re okay with paying a higher price, both of these models have more features for you to try out.

No matter what machine you get though, the Keurig company does recommend regular maintenance. Generally, this means periodic de-scaling. Basically, de-scale every 3-6 months. You can do this more or less often depending on how pure your water is, but regular maintenance is what will help your Keurig last even longer, regardless of which model you end up buying.

Coffee Pods

If there’s one thing Keurig is known for, it’s their single-served K-Cups. There are so many flavors and options that you can try, without having to buy a full bag or a flavor that you might not like enough to drink every day.

You can try a new flavor whenever you’d like, without having to drive anywhere. You can even get those holiday flavors whenever the mood strikes you, something which all Keurig coffee machines offer.

But, wait: there’s more!

Cheesy one-liners aside. There really is more to look forward to with a Keurig. You aren’t limited by the flavors of K-Cups if there’s a 3rd party coffee pod that has a flavor you prefer. Most of these off-brand pods will work with your Keurig.

You’re not even limited to coffee. Either of these two models will let you switch to tea, hot chocolate, or iced tea at your convenience.

Design and Look

Your coffee maker sits out on your counter every day. You see it every morning. Your guests see it when they want coffee.

The design is important.

Okay, maybe not for everyone, but the K50/K55 models really do look quite classy. You can get one in black or red, and won’t have to struggle with using it either. The controls are simple to use, and there are also indicator lights on it. As you make your coffee, there will be lights that illuminate your countertop. Talk about fancy.

Flavor and Taste

The flavor is the most important part of your coffee maker. It doesn’t matter if it only takes a minute to brew if the coffee is terrible.

Lucky for you, the Keurig brews good coffee. You’ll get the best taste if you brew a 6-ounce cup. Larger cups will dilute your coffee more. If you’re a fan of stronger coffee then, smaller cups are best. You can also try the more expensive Keurig K-Elite. This Keurig has a strong brew, and includes iced coffee settings.

Really, the taste will depend on which cup or pod of coffee you use to brew, and how diluted you want your coffee.

Ease of Use

Speaking of convenience, the K50/K55 coffee makers are both very easy to use. They include a button control board instead of a touch screen, but this control board should be simple for you to learn.

Beyond the control board, you also have a removable drip tray included, along with a huge reservoir of 48 ounces. Scoot whatever sized mug you own right underneath it and your Keurig will fill it. You could fill even large cups around six times, but hopefully you don’t need six cups all to yourself in the morning.

Don’t forget that your coffee is brewed quickly. So when you’re rushing out the door, you can use a travel mug and run. Your morning cup will be done in only a minute. With one of these Keurig coffee maker, you don’t have to wait 5-10 minutes for your morning cup. Just push a button and you’re already almost done.

Is K50/K55 Coffee Maker Worth It?

The K55 is the K50 coffee maker, just with a new name. Keurig wanted to get an increase in sales and added the new name. You may sigh at the marketing technique, but the K-Classic series of coffee makers work well, are priced affordably, and do make a good cup of coffee right from home too.

Let’s Pass It To You Now

Do you have a preferred choice between the K50 and K55 coffee maker?

Comment below to let me know!

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