Maybe you’re new to the world of Keurigs and want to make the most of its features, or perhaps you’ve just figured out that your beloved Keurig has an auto-off setting. Regardless, here is everything you need to know about properly using, shutting off, and changing your Keurigs auto-off feature.
The process of setting a Keurig coffee maker's auto off feature will depend on the Keurig model. In this article we'll cover how to set the auto off on the following Keurig machines:
Let’s dive in.
What is The Keurig Auto-Off Feature?
The Keurig auto-off feature is a safety and energy-saving feature that automatically turns off the Keurig coffee maker after a specified time. This feature helps to conserve energy and reduce the risk of accidents, such as electrical fires, by shutting off the coffee maker when it is not in use.
The auto-off feature is typically programmable and allows the user to set the length of time after which the Keurig coffee maker will turn off. Common settings include 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours, or 8 hours of inactivity before the coffee maker shuts off.
The auto-off feature is a great way to ensure that your Keurig coffee maker is not left on unnecessarily. This can help save on energy costs, reduce the risk of accidents, and even serve as a reminder that it's time to put the coffee cup down for the day.
Which Keurig Models have Auto-Off
Not every Keurig is made the same, and while the brand has made it a point to add the auto-off feature to every model 2021 and newer, there are still some older and used models that may not be equipped with the feature.
Not sure what year your Keurig was made? No problem. Simply check the serial number on the bottom of your machine. The first two numbers of the serial number indicate the year your Keurig was made. For instance—if the serial number starts in 18, your model was made in 2018. If the numbers start in 22, it will have been made in 2022.
While most of the older models still have an auto-off feature, the setting may not be adjustable like it is in the newer models. The newer models that let you fully customize your auto-off feature include:
- Keurig K-Elite
- Keurig K-Select
- Keurig K-Classic
- Keurig K-Slim
- Keurig K-Duo
- Keurig K-Compact
How to Set your Keurig Auto-Off Feature
Now that we’ve figured out whether your machine has a customizable auto-off feature—let’s dig into exactly how to set it. This will vary from model to model, so feel free to scroll down to your model below for easy step-by-step instructions.
The Keurig K-Elite comes straight from the factory with the auto-off feature set to two hours. This model allows you to change your auto-off time in 15-minute increments. To know whether your machine has the auto-off feature enabled, look for the moon icon on the screen.
To change the setting, first make sure your machine is turned on, then:
- Press the “menu” button. This button will have two gears on it.
- Use the arrows to scroll through the settings until you see the “auto-off” feature. Press the “menu” button again to select it.
- Use the arrows to adjust the auto-off time.
- Press the “menu” button one last time to confirm your setting.
The Keurig K-Select comes pre-programmed to shut off after two hours of inactivity. While this model doesn’t allow for the time to be adjusted, you can easily turn this feature off.
To shut off the auto-off feature:
- Turn your Keurig on.
- Press the “Strong” and “10oz” mug buttons for 3 seconds.
- Release the buttons, and your machine will no longer have the auto-off feature enabled.
To turn the feature back on simply repeat these steps.
The Keurig K-Classic doesn’t have a menu button, but it does allow you to enable or disable the auto-off feature. You’ll know whether or not your auto-off feature is enabled by looking at the light next to the “auto-off” text. If it is illuminated green then it is on, and if it isn’t illuminated at all, it is off.
Simply press the button to toggle the setting on and off.
For those who want a compact coffee machine, the Keurig K-Slim is a fantastic option. This machine automatically shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity, making it great for conserving energy as well.
However, since this machine doesn’t have any buttons at all, there is no way to toggle the auto-off setting on this specific model.
Some days you may just want one cup of coffee, and other days you may crave an entire pot! The Keurig K-Duo is great because it gives you the option to make both a single-serve cup of coffee or brew a whole 12-cup pot.
This machine turns off the single-serve setting 1 minute after the last brew and automatically shuts off the heating plate for the carafe 2 hours after the last brew.
If you’re looking to be even more eco-friendly, these reusable filters are specifically designed for this machine and can be used on both sides.
The Keurig K-Compact isn’t quite as small as the K-Slim, but it's still great for those who like to keep their counters free of bulky appliances.
The Keurig K-Compact is designed to automatically turn off after two hours of inactivity. This setting can’t be toggled on this specific model of Keurig.
Here are some commonly asked questions about Keurig’s auto-off setting:
Is it safe to leave my Keurig on all day?
It is not recommended that you leave your Keurig on all day. This can be a potential fire hazard and will draw an unnecessary amount of power.
Why is my Keurig shutting off unexpectedly?
If your Keurig is shutting off unexpectedly it could have a malfunction in the auto-off setting. Try adjusting your auto-off setting if your model allows, or try unplugging your machine for a few minutes and trying again.
What is the standard auto-off time for a Keurig?
Most Keurig’s come with a 2-hour auto-off setting enabled.
How does Keurig's auto-off feature save energy?
The auto-off feature automatically shuts your machine off while it isn’t in use. This prevents it from drawing unnecessary amounts of power between brews.
Can I manually turn off my Keurig if I don't want to wait for the auto-off feature to kick in?
Yes, simply press the power button or unplug the machine to turn it off manually.