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 pod coffee machines make my favourite Coffee?
- Why should I buy a pod coffee machine?
- Are coffee pods expensive?
- Which pod coffee machine should I buy?
- Nescafé Dolce Gusto pod coffee range
- Bosch Tassimo pod coffee range
- What is the best Tassimo coffee machine?
- Which pod coffee machine is best?
- Want more?
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Which pod coffee machine should I buy?
This depends on the type of coffee you like the most.
Illy, Lavazza, and Nespresso are the brands to look for, since they only produce coffee drinks with an espresso base. Being espresso-based coffee machines, however, doesn’t mean that they are confined to quite limited coffee variants. In fact, you’ll be amazed at the various ranges of blends they make.
These brands also have machines with milk steaming options, if you like your coffee creamy, or with a tasty foam atop like cappuccinos and lattes, Illy, Lavazza and Nespresso have you covered.
More Flavour Choices
If you prefer more choice, such as café-style coffees like hot chocolate, caramel macchiatos and tea, you should take a look at Tassimo or Dolce Gusto machines, as these make not just great coffee, but a huge variety of drinks for you to choose from.
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.
- Automatic play and select coffee machine
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure for coffee shop quality
- 40 varieties of hold and cold drinks
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure for coffee shop quality. 40 varieties of hold and cold drinks
- Automatically shuts off power 5 minutes after the last coffee brew to save energy
- Easy to use and clean. Rated voltage/Frequency (volt~Hz): 220/240~50/60
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure for coffee shop quality
- Over 30 varieties of hot and cold drinks
- Easy to use and clean, 2 Year Guarantee
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?
As 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.
- Smart start button for quick drinks preperation
- Ideal results thanks to Tassimo intellibrew system
- Virtually no heat up time. Manual adjustment of drinks possible
- Auto cleaning and descaling. Note: It is suggested to wait for 24 hours for the machine to unlock
- Height adjustable and removable cup stand with stainless steel drip tray: can be fully removed for tall latte glasses or travel mugs
- Easy to use, one button operation with Tassimo T-Discs
- Water capacity 0.7 litre.
- 3.3 bar pump pressure.
- Power output 1300 watts.
How do you use a Tassimo?
If you have ever wonders how to use a Tassimo coffee machine, take a look at the video below to see just how easy it is.
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!
What is the best Tassimo coffee machine?
Tassimo Joy 2
If I was to pick the best 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. Find best priceAlso, it is incredibly easy to use with its quick heat up time and auto cleaning settings.
Definitely one for your short list!
Which pod coffee machine is best?
This decision comes down to either
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.
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
- Compact designed machine with six boxes of pods (Americano, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato
- Easy to use - all you need is the machine, some water and pods
- Easy to clean - as all the coffee grounds stay in the pods there is no mess, no fuss
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
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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