The Keurig B70: A Closer Look at Keurig's "Platinum Edition"

The Keurig B70 is one of the latest brewers in Keurig's line. It is essentially an upgraded version of the B60. If you hear a reference to the Keurig Platinum brewer, the B70 is the one that's in mind.

Features

  • 5 brew sizes
    3.25oz iced drinks
    5.25oz intense cup
    7.25oz standard cup
    9.25oz mug
    11.25oz travel mug
  • Digital clock, program on/off times
  • Adjustable brew temperature
  • Quiet brew technology
  • Backlit LCD & reservoir
  • Removable 60oz water reservoir
  • Removable drip tray
  • Chrome handle and faceplate

Specs

  • 13" wide, 10" deep, 13.24" tall
  • 12 lb empty, 15 lb full
  • 1500 watts
  • 120VAC/60hz
  • UL approved for household use only
  • Brewing time: approximately 30 seconds per cup

Keurig Platinum B70 Review
The Keurig B70 is pretty much a middle-of-the-road machine in the world of k cup brewers. It has more bells and whistles than the B40 and B60 but less than the Breville and Cuisinart models.

Let's take a minute and examine the special features of the Keurig Platinum coffee maker. It boasts of having 5 different brew sizes, from 3.25oz all the way to 11.25oz. While this is impressive, you should note that no matter which size you choose, only one k cup is used. As a result, even when using a strong extra bold k cup, brewing at the 11.25oz size will produce a weak cup of coffee. This will be fine for some, but if you like medium to strong coffee, you will probably never use more than the 7.25oz setting.

The second key feature is the 60oz water reservoir. This is great. While this is only 12 more ounces than in the B60, the practical difference is huge. If you have more than one coffee drinker in your household, definitely consider having at least a 60oz reservoir.

The third feature of the Keurig B70 is the ability to adjust the brew temperature between 187 and 192 degrees (192 degrees is default). We doubt that most people will want to hassle with this feature, but it is nice to know that the option is there.

The fourth key feature is the general appearance. Only you can judge if you like the style, but we find that the B70 is considerably more sleek and impressive than the earlier B60 and B40 models. The backlit screen is sufficient in size and easy to read. The blue light in the reservoir, in addition to looking just plain cool, makes it easy to see when the reservoir needs refilled.

One additional note is that the B70 is substantially quieter than the B60.

Reliability
Reliability is a big deal to us at OneCupCoffeeSource. Overall, the Keurig B70 is a well-built machine. The machine is sturdy, and Keurig did not skimp on the quality of the parts. There is one recurring problem that you will want to be aware of. A number of users of the Keurig B70 have reported problems with the water pump failing. Keurig reportedly fixed this problem in June 2010, but we are still hearing rumblings of problems in this area.

Customer Service
Even though this machine has had some water pump issues in the past, we can still recommend it because of Keurig's outstanding customer service. If anything goes wrong with your machine during the one year warranty, Keurig is a breeze to work with.

Bottom Line
The Keurig Platinum B70 is a great machine and definitely worthy of consideration. This unit retails for $179.95. It is the perfect choice for someone who is looking for a k cup brewer with plenty of options but who is not wanting to spend over $200 for the largely "stylistic" improvements of the Breville and Cuisinart models. With the excellent reputation of Keurig's customer service, you can purchase this machine, realizing that Keurig will take care of you if anything were to go wrong with your brewer.


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