REASON: I purchased the 'Keurig - Keurig K525 Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker, Platinum - Platinum' for my girlfriends birthday. We both enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning but are always in a rush to get out the door for work or school.
SETUP/USE: Setup was quick and easy. I do recommend reading the manual if you want to know everything this machine can do. My girlfriend and I worked together clicking on different functions learning what the Keurig was capable of but the manually clearly details everything. Once you make your first cup of coffee it becomes second nature.
FUNCTIONS: The number one function we use is setting a time to brew. We can set the time for 6 AM in the morning and wake up to a fresh cup of coffee. The water heats up in about 20-30 seconds and begins dispensing immediately. We really enjoy the touch-screen on the machine and navigation is simple. You can choose the cup size accordingly and it makes dispensing easy. Water is held in a clear container on the side and needs to be refilled every few days depending on how much coffee you drink or what size you are dispensing but it's simple to remove, refill and install. You have some simple customizing you can do like changing the screen color or even the color of the light that shines in the water container.
ACCESSORIES/CUPS: You can use the K-cups (single serve - 6, 8 or 10 ounce cup), K-mugs (travel sized mug 12, 14, or 16 ounces at full strength). and K-carafes (30 ounces of coffee) in this machine. If you choose to brew a K carafes then I recommend purchasing the 'Keurig - 2.0 Coffee Carafe' as it holds the right amount and fits perfectly under the dispenser. We also own a 'My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Pod', which allows us to use coffee grounds. There are a wide variety of flavors available and if you wait for BestBuy's Deal of the Day or have a BestBuy rewards account, you can get some nice discounts on the cups. BestBuy members automatically get 15% Off Regular-Priced Keurig K-Cups too.
OVERALL: We love our 'Keurig - Keurig K525 Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker, Platinum - Platinum" and use it daily. We highly recommend this purchase for any coffee lovers. It's simple to setup, use and really makes life convenient. The price is reasonable and I can't imagine going back to a standard coffee maker again.