Tassimo or Dolce Gusto

“Tassimo or Dolce Gusto , which do I prefer?”. This is a question I get asked all the time about the Tassimo and Dolce Gusto single serve coffee machines. So, to clear this matter up, I’m now writing a review comparing each of these machines.

Firstly, I’ll start with the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto.


As the name implies, Nescafe has worked with Krups and Nespresso to produce this model. On opening the packaging for the machine, I found the instructions, in terms of set up, easy to read and follow. The machine comes in a striking red color and oval shape that will look good in any kitchen.

The next step in this Tassimo or Dolce gusto  review was to check the mechanics of each machine. The first thing you’ll notice here is how quickly the Dolce Gusto heats the drinks:it took me about a minute to make a really nice latte, cappuccino and hot chocolate. Also, the quality of the drinks from this machine are excellent. This is not really surprising as the beverages supplied with this model are branded under the Nescafe label. So, if you are familiar with the Nescafe taste, you’ll appreciate the quality of what you will be tasting.

The Dolce Gusto  comes with it’s own smart capsules that contain only 100% ground Arabic coffee. These capsules are easy to insert into the machine, however they cannot be refilled or recycled.

The next step in the Tassimo or Dolce Gusto review was to test for usability. Usability with the Dolce Gusto was excellent. It was particularly good to see the power buttons on the front of the machine. In so many coffee makers these are only found at the back which can make them difficult to activate. Another nice touch is the fact that the Dolce Gusto comes pre packaged with a tall glass for lattes and a small cup and saucer for espressos.

Some of things that could be improved upon include:
The bin for the unused smart coffee capsules gets dirty and fills quickly. Thus, I would like to have seen the Dolce Gusto  come with a larger bin

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There was no filter with the water reservoir and, because of it’s oval shape, it is quite difficult to fit in a fridge. This would only be an issue if you wanted to keep the reservoir cool. If not, then it won’t be a problem.
The machine is roughly $30 more expensive than the Tassimo.

So, overall, this is a very nice machine that makes lovely crema-like frothy top coffee.

So now for the second review in the Tassimo or Dolce Gusto comparison. The Tassimo Hot beverage system has been distributed throughout the US for the past two years. When it was first launched it was made by Braun. Now with a new partner (Bosch) there have been many improvements. These can be most clearly seen in the new cup stand area where it can now accommodate both coffee mugs and, if you remove this stand, will also fit and fill travel mugs.

Additional controls have been added to the machine so you can now check when your drink will be ready for consumption. For example, it has standby, automatic, and water refill indicators on it’s LED panel.

It’s water reservoir is larger than the old model and, unlike the Dolce Gusto, it also has a water filter.
Making coffee with this machine couldn’t be easier: simply pick out your T Disc capsule, place it in the machine and close the brew head; put your mug underneath, and hit the button for brewing!
Again, like the Gutso, you can’t use your own coffee when brewing; but then why would you when you taste the quality of coffee that comes out of this machine.

So, will I recommend the Tassimo or Dolce Gusto ? Well, in terms of price, both machines are positioned in a similar range: the Tassimo retailing at $139.99 and the Gusto at $169.99. The per cup prices are also quite similar: $0.50 for one cup of coffee, add milk to this and you are talking $ 0.80 – 1.00 per cup

We also looked at the taste and the range of drinks available. Both machines make flavorsome coffees, however there is a difference in the range of drinks available: the Gusto comes supplied with 8 different types of drink whereas the Tassimo has over 40 coffees and teas. So, the Tassimo wins out on the number of drinks!

So, my conclusion in the Tassimo or Dolce Gusto comparison is there is very little to choose between either of these machines. Both these single serve coffee products make excellent coffee, so your choice of Tassimo or Dolce Gusto will depend  on which machine will look best in your house in terms of style and design.

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