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How to Replace the Filter in Your Keurig 2.0 Coffee Machine

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You should replace your Keurig 2.0 coffee machine filter every couple of months, according to Keurig. And luckily, it’s pretty easy to do! 

I’ve been using a Keurig 2.0 coffee machine for a long time so I’m very familiar with the process of replacing the filter. That’s why I’m able to show you exactly how to do that and more in this guide. 

Today, we’re going to be looking at the following key points:

So without further ado, let us begin.

Key Takeaways 

  • You should replace the filter every couple of months
  • Make sure to soak the filter for five minutes before installing
  • Filters can be purchased from Amazon or Keurig directly 

Guide to Replacing Your Keurig 2.0 Filter 

If you already have a filter ready for your Keurig 2.0, you’re ready to get started with the replacement process that I’m about to show you. 

These steps are going to be fitting for any of the Keurig 2.0 coffee machines. They are:

  • Keurig K500 Series
  • Keurig K400 Series
  • Keurig K300 Series

But if you don’t have a replacement filter yet, make sure you get hold of one first. I’ll show you how to do that later on in this article. 

Anyhow, these are the steps you’ll need to take.

1. Clean the filter cartridge: You’re going to need to put the new filter cartridge into a glass of clean water before you do anything else. Let it soak for five minutes in order to remove the loose charcoal inside the filter. 

It’s also a good idea to give the filter cartridge a rinse under the tap for about 60 seconds when you’re done with this to make sure that it’s completely free of charcoal.

2. Separate the parts of the filter holder: Remove the filter holder from your Keurig machine. It will be in three parts: the upper filter holder (the largest part), the lower filter holder and the old filter cartridge.

3. Rinse the lower filter holder: It’s a good idea to rinse the lower filter holder every time you replace the filter as this part can get charcoal on it from previous uses.

4. Swap the filter cartridge over: Take the old cartridge out of the upper filter holder and put the new one into the same position.

If you’re putting a filter cartridge in for the first time and you’re not sure how it’s supposed to be attached, it should simply slot into the top with the lid of the cartridge facing upwards.

5. Attach the lower filter holder: The lower filter can now be snapped back on to lock the filter cartridge in place.

6. Set the install date: Turn the wheel on the filter holder to set it to the current date for reference. 

This step is optional, but it will help you to remember when you last changed the filter in case you forget.

7. Put the filter back into the water tank: Now that the water filter holder has been put back together, you can click it back into the water tank. Make sure the tank is free from water before you do this though, otherwise this could be hard work and it could cause a spillage.

8. Confirm the filter replacement on the display: The digital display should pop up with a message asking you if you just replaced the water filter. Be sure to press “Yes” so that you can reset the reminder loop if you want to use that tool. 

When to Replace Your Keurig 2.0 Filter 

Keurig themselves recommend that you replace the filter on your Keurig 2.0 every couple of months. This is a good practice to go by in general. And in fact, you can actually program the filter to remind you it needs replacing by going into the settings. 

If you have particularly soft water in your area, you might not need to replace the filter quite this often.  

That being said, if you have very hard water, you might want to think about changing the filter more than every couple of months.

If you don’t use your Keurig coffee machine every day, you probably won’t need to change the filter every couple of months. If you use it every other day on average, for example, you’ll probably only need to change it every three months. 

You’ll be able to tell when the Keurig filter is desperate for a change if your coffee begins to taste chalky or bitter. 

Where to Buy a Replacement Keurig 2.0 Filter 

Not purchased your Keurig 2.0 filter yet? Let me show you where you can buy one, and what to look for when you’re shopping for one.

The best way to get your new water filter is through It’s really easy to go down this route and I found that the Keurig customer support team is pretty responsive if you have any issues with your order. 

But that’s not the only place you can get hold of one. They’re also available to purchase from the likes of Amazon, and some specialist coffee shops online too.

If you want to buy a water cartridge in a physical store instead of online, you can do that. Some Walmart stores or other supermarkets stock them or you can get them in specialist coffee shops, for example.

The water cartridge you’re going to be looking out for is the only type they sell. The Keurig 2.0 coffee machines are the

By the way, you can also order replacements for the other parts of the water filter holder if you need to. They can break from time to time, and it’s good to know that you don’t need to order a whole new coffee machine if this happens. 

Replacing the Keurig 2.0 Coffee Machine Filter FAQ

Here are some more things you might want to know about replacing the filter on a Keurig 2.0 coffee machine. 

Does the Keurig 2.0 replacement process apply to other Keurig models?

The steps I’ve laid out above only apply to the Keurig K300 Series, K400 Series and K500 Series. These are the only ones that have a replaceable water filter.

How often do I need to clean my Keurig 2.0 coffee machine?

A good way to make sure that you don’t need to replace your filter too often is to keep the whole coffee machine clean. I recommend giving it a good clean every week or so. Make sure to descale it at least every six months as well! 

You can find out more about cleaning and descaling your Keurig coffee machine in this article. 

Last Thoughts on Replacing Your Keurig 2.0 Filter

It’s really easy to replace the water filter cartridge on your Keurig 2.0 coffee machine. Just order a new part from or elsewhere, or pick one up in Walmart or another store first of all.

Then, give it a soak and a rinse, pop it into place and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to use the water filter replacement reminders on the machine to give you a nudge to replace it next time around. That makes life easier!

It’s important to make sure that you replace the water filter cartridge every couple of months on average anyway.

If you don’t actually have a Keurig 2.0 coffee machine yet, I can help you to find the right one to buy. I wrote an article on the best Keurig coffee machines overall and you can read it here. Enjoy!

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Tim Lee is, as you might have guessed the founder of He is a former barista and a professional web publisher. He has now combined his knowledge and expertise in both subjects to create
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