Difference between Keurig 1.0 and 2.0

by PickMyBrewer Team
keurig 1.0 vs 2.0

Keurig has definitely won the hearts of many coffee lovers throughout the years. Their easy-to-use, great-quality, compact coffeemakers have and still do perform neatly.

But, of course, like every coffee machine manufacturer, Keurig has to continually improve their products. With the increase of competition in the industry, Keurig needs to constantly step-up their game and listen to what the people ask for. Hence, the classic Keurig 1.0 got its sister series — the Keuring 2.0.

This doesn’t mean the 1.0 will be forever left in the past witnessing to some other times and customer preferences. The Keurig 1.0 product models are neither old nor outdated, and many people already have their perfect coffeemaker on the shelf. Therefore, in this article we will explain the main difference between Keurig 1.0 and 2.0.

Our favorite Keurig 1.0 model: Keurig K55

Our favorite Keurig 2.0 model: Keurig K575


Some of the differences between Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 are the following:

  1. The Keurig 2.0 series can work with a 4-cup carafe while the Keurig 1.0 lacks that possibility
  2. While Keurig 1.0 is compatible with many different K-cups, the Keurig 2.0 falls short on that option
  3. The touch screen on the products from the Keurig 2.0 have the screen available in both black/white or color
  4. Even though previously unavailable, Keurig made the My K-cup reusable filter and pod
  5. The new, improved brewing method of the Keurig 2.0 can program the system automatically so to match the coffee pod

Now, let’s elaborate on these differences in more detail.


The 4-cup carafe really saves the day when the day is busy and you need a lot of coffee brewed at once. Not only is it tiresome to prepare several different coffees for a family gathering or an evening with friends, but it’s also faster and smarter. The coffee that you’ll get in the 4-cup carafe will be rich and for that, you’ll just have to press a few buttons on the machine’s screen.

This is a great and necessary feature available on the Keurig 2.0 product series. The option was not available on the Keurig 1.0 line.


We should all congratulate Keurig on the 4-cup carafe option, but what do we do about Keurig 2.0’s incompatibility with K-cups that are not Keurig branded?

Keurig is known to have patented the K-cups. However, as of 2013, the manufacturer’s patent has expired and many different brands of K-cups have since been available on the market. Keurig continued to allow the usage of K-cups not of their brand. But it finally decided to make a line compatible only for the Keurig brand with the creation of the 2.0 products.

The manufacturer now has a new RFID (radio frequency identification tags) technology. Basically, this is a technology of bar codes that a system can read and approve of. What happens then is the machine will say that it can make your coffee and you’ll get the drink in your cup.

The downside to this is that many other good-quality pods cannot be used on the Keurig 2.0 coffeemakers. Of course, this is because the pods which are differently branded don’t have a Keurig barcode printed on them.

You could still use some other brand pod on your Keurig 2.0 coffeemaker, though. However, the options are pretty scarce. This might make some people stick to the older, Keurig 1.0 version.


Another positive thing about the 2.0 line is that its touch screen is available not only in color but in black/white as well. This is suitable for people who like more neutral screens or have a problem with their eyes. It also adds up to different options that the customers might select based on their preferences.


Something else that Keurig did was create the My K-cup reusable filter and pod. The manufacturer did this after realizing that many of their customers were unsatisfied with no available options to use refillable pods. This used to always be an option on the Keurig 1.0 series and made a lot of people happy. So, it does seem like Keurig did correct themselves in a way. With the option available. You can still buy your preferred coffee and brew it on a Keurig 2.0.


Programming your coffee pod sounds like a nice new feature on the 2.0 version. Not only does it feel more individualistic, but it also takes care of many of your and other people’s preferences. This is sort of like what’s opposite of the 4-cup carafe that feels more general. Think about it—it means you’re able to program the size, temperature, strength, and some other things depending on your product. This can come in handy not only for yourself alone, but during larger gatherings too.


Ultimately, what Keurig is trying to achieve with its new Keurig 2.0 line is a more personalized set of products for its customers. I’ve already mentioned some of the controls that you have available to you so to get a coffee made after your standards.

The new black/white screen available also seems to make the coffeemaker more personalized and so do the My K-cups. It is definitely not easy to have so many competitors nowadays, but Keurig obviously knows what to do. By listening to their customers’ needs, this coffeemaker brand is certain to be one of the favorites for a long time.

“The 4-cup carafe seems to really solve some of the problems of the Keurig’s previous 1.0 line”

Again, it all goes down to listening to what the customers want and doing the best effort to provide the desired features. The brand might have gone a bit harsh with using the RFID technology on their pods, but it certainly provides some good-quality ones to its users.

Customers that have stuck with Keurig for a longer time may prefer their older 1.0 version. As I’ve mentioned, those products are of good quality as well and, at the end, it’s all about one’s preferences.  So, to wrap it up, make the best decision based on what you like the most.

Our favorite Keurig 1.0 model: Keurig K55

Our favorite Keurig 2.0 model: Keurig K575

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