Pod coffee machines are new to the coffee machine scene compared to standard bean to cup or filter coffee machines as they have only been on the market for a few years.  However, even though they have only been around a few short years they certainly have become popular and proved that they are not a fad item.

To make it easier we have broken down the guide into sections so you can jump straight to the information you are interested in, or read through the whole guide and maybe find something unexpected.

How do Pod Coffee Machines work?Will they make my favourite Coffee?
Who are they good for / what flavours do the pods come in?Are coffee pods expensive?
Tassimo or Nespresso – does it matter?Nescafé Nespresso Dolce Gusto range
Bosch Tassimo rangeWhich pod coffee machine is best?

How do Pod Coffee Machines work?

Pod coffee machines are really simple to use in general and do exactly what it says on the tin, i.e. you put a pod in the tray/slot or wherever that particular coffee maker has, press the button and the coffee maker makes coffee via the pod.  Very simple and quick to use.  Because of this, they are the ultimate no mess, no hassle coffee machines because everything they need, except water, is provided in each pod.  You simply choose the coffee you want from a wide selection of pods, stick it in and press the button.  Job done!
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Will pod coffee machines make my favourite Coffee?

As well as being easy to use, quick and no mess, pod coffee machines are also very flexible when it comes to the drink you want.  A few years ago when the machines first arrived on the market, there were only a few flavours to choose from but over the last few years the ranges have grown to suit the tastes of everybody and you now have pods available for every type of coffee as well as other drinks like hot chocolate.

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Americano

Cappuccino

Latte

Why should I buy a pod coffee machine?

Pod coffee machines are great for lots of reasons. They are a very affordable way to enjoy excellent tasting coffee and other drinks and importantly they are far cheaper than espresso machines or bean to cup coffee machines.

Tip – If you think you might like the idea of an espresso machine or a bean to cup coffee machine but aren’t sure if you will end up using it enough to justify the cost, a pod coffee machine is a great way to test the waters without spending much money.

Obviously there are a few compromises to flavour but the pods still make great tasting coffee and are full flavour.  As per my tip above – if you don’t want to commit to a more expensive coffee machine, check out the range of pod machines as there is bound to be something that meets your needs.

Perfect for families

Pod coffee machines are great for families or individuals who have a wide range of tastes because these compact machines have so many flavour options.  The ranges of pods are so big that you likely have not heard of all the types of drink you can make with them and it’s not limited to just coffee, you can also get a wide range of teas and hot chocolates in pod form too, something for all the family or mood.

Coffee range

Pods range from simple espresso, cappuccino and latte to all sorts of flavours like caramel latte macchiato, vanilla latte, Yunnan espresso, chocolate caramel, chai tea latte, mocha and lots lots more.

Tea range

The tea ranges are also varied with lemon, peach, Marrakesh style, Twinings ranges, herbal and tea latte to name but a few.  What this really means is that pod coffee machines aren’t just great for families, they’re great for everyone, especially when you have visitors.

Bosch Tassimo

Nescafe Dolce Gusto

Costa Caramel LatteAmericano
Costa LatteCappuccino
COSTA AmericanoBarista
Cadbury Hot ChocolateChococino
COSTA CappuccinoCappuccino Ice
Tassimo OreoCaramel Latte Macchiato
Chai LatteEspresso
Twinnings Green Tea and MintMocha
Twinings English BreakfastChai Tea Latte
Twinnings Fruit of the Forest TeaMarrakesh Style Tea
  • The Tassimo range has 65 flavours and options to choose from!
  • The Dolce Gusto range has 41 flavours and options to choose from and growing every day!

Our Tassimo pods guide lists all available pods by type, flavour and brand, it is definitely worth a look!

Are coffee pods expensive?

The pod coffee machines themselves are very affordable but people are often put off thinking that it must be expensive to constantly be buying coffee pods. This was true a few years ago when they first came to market but not anymore.

Today, coffee pods are everywhere meaning that you can buy them from your local supermarket and on lots of websites at huge discounts like Amazon.  You can always find deals and multipacks on offer which means that you can even buy in bulk to reduce the price further.  As mentioned above, the huge range of flavours on offer means that you will never get run out of new flavours to try ever again.

Combine the low price of the coffee pods with the cheap, easy and quick to use pod coffee machines themselves and you can see why so many people are using them today.

Does it matter which pod coffee machines I buy?

The two best manufacturers in the pod coffee industry are Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Bosch Tassimo, both of which have a large range of superb pod coffee machines and shown above, tons of flavours.  But which one is the best?

Nescafé Dolce Gusto pod coffee range

The Nescafe pod coffee machine range was the very first pod coffee machine launched several years ago.  The design and build quality of the Nescafe pod coffee range is unsurpassed to this day though some come very close.  Dolce Gusto coffee machines are slightly more expensive than the Bosch Tassimo range but you get what you pay for, they are the best and they are still a lot cheaper than filter coffee, espresso or a bean to cup coffee machine and most people would agree that the pod coffee machines produce a great cup of coffee with lots of choice.

NameRatingFeaturesPrice
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Dolce Gusto Jovia Pod Coffee Machine

78
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Value for Money
80
Feature Range
70
Ease of Use
80
Design
80
Performance
80
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2

De'Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me Pod Coffee Machine

76
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Value for Money
80
Feature Range
70
Ease of Use
80
Design
70
Performance
80
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Control the strength

With the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machines you also have an element of control as the water quantity is controlled by you, meaning you can create strong early morning espressos as well as smoother mid-morning Americanos, all from the same coffee capsule.  This feature is unique to the Dolce Gusto and gives it an edge over the Bosch Tassimo range.

The Nescafe Nespresso System

What about all the other Nespresso machines?

best-coffee-machineAs mentioned, Nescafe invented the pod coffee system including the pods and called it Nespresso.  Nescafe make the coffee pods and license the system to other coffee machine designers to make the coffee machines that work with the Nespresso pods. This means that you can use the Nescafe Nespresso pods in any machine with the Nespresso name, giving you huge choice and great competition to reduce prices.
In my opinion the Dolce Gusto coffee machines are the best Nespresso coffee machines available today, they look great and are very affordable.  If I was to recommend one of the range, I would actually recommend the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me, even though it is the cheaper end of the range and the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Jovia Coffee Machine has a slightly higher rating, the Mini Me is my choice as it is cheaper, looks great and still delivers great coffee.

Bosch Tassimo pod coffee range

The Bosch Tassimo pod coffee range are an excellent choice, they are well made and are amongst the cheapest on the market today.  They look more like traditional coffee machines and less like coffee machines of the future and although they are slightly more traditional than the Nescafe Nespresso machines they fit in well in any kitchen today.

NameRatingFeaturesPrice
1

Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 Pod Coffee Machine

72
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Value for Money
95
Feature Range
70
Ease of Use
70
Design
75
Performance
50
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2

Bosch Tassimo Vivy Pod Coffee Machine

67
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Value for Money
85
Feature Range
60
Ease of Use
80
Design
50
Performance
60
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The Tassimo System

What Bosch Tassimo coffee pods are available?

The Bosch pod coffee machine range all use the Tassimo T Disc system of pods which are not compatible with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto pod system so if you buy a Bosch pod coffee machine you are restricted to using the T Disc coffee pods.  The flavours available in the Tassimo T disc system is excellent with over 65 flavours available compared to 41 for the Nescafe Nespresso system.  So it really is swings and roundabouts as to which you prefer.  Our Tassimo pods guide lists all available pods by type, flavour and brand, it is definitely worth a look!

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Which 
Bosch Tassimo pod coffee machine is best?

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If I was to pick one of the range, I would definitely go for
the Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 pod coffee machine.  Its price is excellent, I like the design and I can use a travel coffee mug easily which is great when I am rushing out the door.  Also, it is incredibly easy to use with its quick heat up time and auto cleaning settings.

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Which pod coffee machine is best?

This decision comes down to either the Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 pod coffee machine or the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me.  Essentially, you will base your decision on:

  • Design – futuristic design of the De’Longhi or the traditional design of the Bosch.
  • Price – swayed by the cheaper price of the De’Longhi.
  • Flavour – you know what you like.

Winner

Because the two are very similar, our choice is the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me, it really is a cracking coffee maker for the price and I am sure that if you buy one you will love it too.

DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me Coffee Capsule Machine

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The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Mini Me is stylish and compact, but don’t let its size fool you. With a maximum 15 bar pump pressure it is able to create coffee with full-bodied flavour and a silky crema finish. The coffee is designed to be just like you would enjoy in your local coffee shop.

The coffee capsules are sealed once the roast has been ground to deliver to you a full flavour and attractive aroma. With a wide range of drinks to choose from including ground and roast coffees, hot chocolate drinks and coffee shop specialties, this machine will soon be your most valuable appliance.

  Find best priceThe volume selector on the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Mini Me allows you to tailor the length of your drink to just the way you like it. Use the recommendation on the pod or select the amount of water to use make your perfect coffee – Click here for the full review

Want more?

Whatever you buy, enjoy and if you fancy something with a slightly more authentic taste check out our review of the mid range bean to cup coffee machines, again, you will not be disappointed.

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