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Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Hope someone can shed some light on this for me:

Am looking to purchase a coffee machine that uses capsules (yes, I know, I am finally giving in). I am aware of the pros and cons of capsules vs beans and don't want to get into that debate..but I do need some advice.

I have narrowed the search to either the Tassimo machines or the Dolce Gusto (Nescafe). It is a gift for my hubby, who likes coffee, but (of course) I would be using it to, and I prefer hot chocolates or teas.

Want something that takes as little cleaning or bench space as possible.

Can someone please tell me if one of these machines is better than the other? Whether there is a huge difference in price and availability of capsules etc? Any other possible pitfalls?

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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Really, no one out there has any advice / experience to share??
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Old 29.09.2011, 23:41
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

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Really, no one out there has any advice / experience to share??
I'm a man. I like coffee. I'd hate for someone to buy me a coffee machine without my input.

IMO coffee machines fit into the same category as power drills and lawnmowers.

So, you need to ask your husband what he likes. He may prefer neither and want a Nespresso machine.

Tricky if you want to keep it a surprise.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Only can talk about the one I use ie Tassimo. Does good coffees, and a great Latte Machiato , as well as Milka chocolate. Can get products from different countries via the website.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I had a Tassimo which did not give very good service - imho, they are not made to last! I now have a Dolce Gusto, with which I am very satisfied. The DG takes up less space and makes very good coffee; capsules available in Co-op. Placette, etc.
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Old 02.10.2011, 09:36
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

we had 2 Dolce Gusto machines, thought they were great but they kept breaking and refused to buy a third so got the Tassimo instead and it is MUCH better, more choice, great that you dont have to stand and wait and switch it off when your cup is full, the tassimo has a bar code reader and deposits the right amount of water per drink/capsule - I'd recommend Tassimo
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I'm a fan of the machines that use pods and ground coffee as well, handy when you run out of pods. The pods have a few different companies that make them such as illy/Amici, Chicco Doro and Maestro Lorenzo so you aren't stuck to one brand. They are less messy and the coffee portion is always the same.

Turmix machines use these pods and I have a coupon for one for 129 sfr incl. coffee if you want it. Francis Francis and Magimix machines also use these pods and many do pods and ground coffee.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Thanks so much for all your replies!

I think I will go with the Tassimo as the choice of beverages seems great, and I like the fact that it is completely automated.....now just got to decide between the models! Doesn't seem to really be any differences except for the tank size and of course the price!
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I've got a Dolce Gusto which is fine. However, the OH doesn't drink coffee and the range of none-coffee drinks is limited. I haven't tried a Tassimo coffee, but the tea selection looks better.
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Old 02.10.2011, 19:31
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

How about a Nespresso for the husband and an electric kettle for you to boil the tea water - best of both worlds...
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Hi Kiwigeek,


I know it's three years since you posted this thread, but (assuming you are still in Switzerland, a member of the forum etc) ...


I am thinking about buying a Tassimo machine as (a) they are small (b) they are cheap (c) they have good reviews on Amazon (d) they do hot chocolate as well as coffee, and (e) they sell the pods in Coop.


Did you buy one? Would you recommend it?


Thanks.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

We have one and like it. We are tea drinkers but use it when we have guests. I am horrible at making coffee since I don't usually drink it, and with this I can't go wrong I don't think we would have bought it if we drank coffee every day, but for occasional use it is great and the price was right. Their chai is nice, the regular tea is horrible. Capuccino and cafe macchiato are nice, too. Was not impressed with the hot chocolate.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I use a Martello machine, bought for 59,00 from Aldi - small and compact, with two preset buttons (user adjustable) for small or big size.
Capsules cost 1,99 (basic) or 2,49 (specials) for 10 from Aldi or 7,50 for 30 from Coop.
Capsules are plastic and not alu.

http://martello-cafe.com/ch/
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I have tassimo, only use it occasionally for varieties of coffee (latte macchiato, cappuccino) or if I want a quick and hassle-free coffee or espresso. As for regular use at home, I stick with my french press
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Yip, we bought one and still use it regularly.

You can get about 3 different hot chocolates from the machine (Milka, Suchard, and Cadbury) which is great, plus they have some decent coffee and I like there Chai Latte (I agree with Swisscanmom, there regular tea is pretty gross, but who needs a machine to make regular tea).

Now that you can buy generic capsules to fit into the Nespresso / Dulce Gusto machines, you have a lot more variety, and the machines can be picked up pretty cheap (Denner recently had a deal where the machine was essentially free if you bought a box of capsules), so this is probably also a decent option now compared to 3 years ago.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

We really liked the tassimo for the choice of non coffee drinks. But we got a bit fed up with the price, often more than 1chf per drink. Ok it's not a lot per drink but over time it's a lot. And the capsules take up a lot of space, you can easily fill a cupboard!

We ended up getting nespresso so that we can use the own brand capsules, some of which are really quite good and we're not coffee snobs.

But purely for choice of non-coffee-only drinks, tassimo is great.. The english breakfast tea is quite cheap and according to a tea drinker, quiet nice.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

Thank you Kiwigeek, John_H, Furious Rose, TiMow & Swisscanmom for all the advice. Happy podding.
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I've been using my Tassimo machine for years now and am happy with the results. I've tried several different capsules but go stuck on only one finally.
One thing I've noticed that the same brand of capsules, but from different packages, sometimes produce a very watery coffee. I've brought this issue up once with the company but I didn't get any proper response. Anyone else had that problem?
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

The daily deal website "DeinDeal.ch" has the Bosch/Tassimo T55 model on special today.

Only CHF 39 for the machine plus a packet of Café au lait capsules, a packet of Espresso capsules...and a free Toblerone. Bargain.

http://brands.deindeal.ch/fr/collect.../option/106833
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Re: Tassimo vs Dolce Gusto? - advice please

I was in Denner a few days ago where they had the Dolce-Gusto Piccolo machine on sale for 9.95 CHFs. I had to buy 4 boxes of capsules, but still thought this a good deal as I was ready to replace my ageing Delizio machine. So far, I'm pleased with it.

If I'm home all day and want to drink plenty of coffee I'll stick to my filter machine, but for a quick and easy blast of caffeine when I'm in a hurry, these machines are the answer.
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