What can we say about Dolce Gusto coffee makers at this point? It is a capsule system that was born from the collaboration between Nescafé and Krups. Which since its landing – in October 2007 – has positioned itself on the Internet as one of the references in the single-dose market.
Nescafé provides the raw material (coffee), and Krups provides the machine as a manufacturer (Dolce Gusto coffee machines).
The characteristic and fundamental difference between Dolce Gusto capsule coffee machines and Nespresso, Tassimo or Senseo coffee machines are the composite preparations that are prepared with a double capsule, a coffee (or tea) capsule and a milk capsule. The variety of drinks is enormous thanks to the support of the entire Nestlé group: dozens of different coffees, Nesquik, Nestea, tea, chocolates you can find them all here: store to buy Dolce Gusto capsules.
And as you are sure to have many doubts, before we start, we will know which are the most popular Dolce Gusto coffee machines today, so that you can distinguish them well:
There are many more, logically (we’ll see them all now) but this table is worth as an initial sample of the company. Next, we’ll get to know all the basics so that you understand why to buy a Dolce Gusto coffee maker, which Dolce Gusto coffee maker is best for your interests, and what the essential differences are between this capsule system and other formats. Let’s go!
The peculiarity of Dolce Gusto
Although both are associated with the Nestlé company, Dolce Gusto and Nespresso have very different characteristics and business orientations. The Dolce Gusto Nescafé coffee machines have a more adventurous design, with very identifiable colours (almost all are red, white, grey and black), and are intended for the general public.
Nespresso coffee machines aim at a higher profile of consumers, more demanding in terms of the quality of their espresso, and exude a more elitist aura if you like.
This can be seen both in the appearance of the machines and in the very aesthetics of each brand: the fonts, the styles, the advertising, etc.
For example, all official Dolce Gusto ads and videos usually are very brightly coloured. The capsule offer is also very familiar, with drinks such as chocolates or Nesquik, clearly focused on the younger public.
The 3 best Dolce Gusto coffee machines in 2020 – Comparison
With such a wide range of models on offer, less savvy buyers are drowning in a sea of doubts and often succumb to the latest model, which is usually either the one that receives the most publicity or the one that has the most presence in the supermarket’s displays.
In this section, we would like to start by giving an objective view of which Dolce Gusto coffee machines are best, reasoning why. Which Dolce Gusto coffee machine is better than another? Here we are going to tell you:
Piccolo and Oblo: the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee makers
This is something that can vary greatly depending on promotions, discounts and occasional offers, both from the brand itself and from the distributors. But if you are looking to buy the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee maker, the Piccolo and Oblo models are always the reference. At least if we stick to the official standard prices.
Mini Me: the best seller
This is a veteran machine (it was launched in 2014), but it has been a resounding sales success and is still in use – unlike others, which are being discontinued.
The secret of its success is that it combines a very competitive price with automatic operation. Later on, we will explain the difference between manual and automatic Dolce Gusto coffee machines. Still, if you are looking for the best Dolce Gusto coffee machine in terms of quality-price ratio, this is yours.
Infinissima and Esperta: The biggest
One of the qualities to all Dolce Gusto coffee machines is that the water tanks are not excessively large. This rule is broken by some models, such as the Genio XL, or those we recommend because they are much newer (year 2018): the Dolce Gusto Infinissima and the Esperta coffee machines.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines Comparative – Models and prices 2020
A Dolce Gusto comparison is always good to gauge the possibilities of each machine and to know its price at any given time. As there are many models, it is a matter of stopping at each one and looking for the one that best suits your needs.
Here we will not tell you which Dolce Gusto coffee machine the best is to buy, but we will present you the primary lines of each one so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Take it as a schematic summary. You can always access the review of each machine (you will find a button for this in each file) if you want more in-depth information.
Dolce Gusto Piccolo
The Piccolo is the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee maker, one of the smallest, and without doubt one of the most mythical. It is part of the pioneering poker machines that served to introduce this format on internet (the others were the Circolo, the Melody, and the Genio, which is nothing more than the automatic version of the Piccolo) and it continues to sell well today. The Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee makers are 0.6-litre capacity, manually operated machines whose greatest virtues are simplicity and low price.
✅ Very economical, very small and simple.
❌ Low capacity in the water tank.
- 15 bar pressure,
- Removable 600ml water tank,
- Adjustable height drip tray
- Uses Dolce Gusto capsules
Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS
An updated version of the legendary Piccolo, which maintains its traditional look, but slightly reduces its body dimensions and increases the size of the water tank to 1 litre.
- Compact design - extra-small capsule coffee machine (14cm W x 28cm H x 27cm D) with 0.8L water tank
- Delivers professional quality coffees with a thick velvety crema – thanks to its maximum 15 bar pump pressure
- Over 50 beverage varieties including NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto or STARBUCKS coffees
- Hot & Cold Drink capability for delicious hot and cold beverages prepared with one easy move of the machine’s manual lever
- Easy to Clean - as all the coffee grinds stay in the pods there is no mess, no fuss
Dolce Gusto Genio 2
This model was initially designed precisely like the Piccolo. The difference? Well, it has automatic operation: that is, it has the Play&Select system integrated, which allows the user to choose the size of his coffee cup (in other words, the amount of water used in the extraction) and therefore forget about having to stop the flow of water.
Over time, this unique difference between the two models was complemented by an option that the market had been demanding for some time: a larger tank capacity and a larger size. The immediate consequence was the appearance of the Dolce Gusto Genio 2, which is the same as the first generation of the Genio, but with a capacity of 1 litre.
✅ The size of the water tank.
❌ The price concerning the Piccolo goes up a lot.
- Automatic coffee maker with 15 bar pressure capsule system and auto off system after 5 minutes of inactivity; Capable of making coffee of professional quality, hot from the first cup thanks to its...
- Compact size 16.5 x 25.7 x 29.6 and design with technology capable of preparing more than 35 varieties of coffee and other beverages
- As easy as inserting a capsule and selecting the dosage of your drink with the Play&Select function that will allow you to create the coffee to suit you; Your Genio Coffee Maker will automatically...
- Includes adjustable tray for all types of drinks allowing you to use various sizes of cups or glasses to enjoy your drink
- Each Dolce Gusto capsule is designed to automatically adjust the pressure based on the type of drink
Dolce Gusto Melody 3
It is another model of the Dolce Gusto veterans, and undoubtedly one of the most iconic. In the United States, it was the first Dolce Gusto coffee maker (later all the others came) and is known there as Dolce Gusto Creative Melody. This “bug” shaped coffee maker (with an identifiable head and body) was characterized by its much larger size than the Piccolo and the Genio – at that time the only range companions for this brand.
It also had a container in which used capsules were automatically ejected, and it also had the particularity that it was marketed in two versions: manual or automatic, to be chosen. The price difference between both was only a few pounds.
The Dolce Gusto Melody 3 coffee maker is the third generation of this veteran machine, and it incorporates a gigantic water tank with a capacity of 1.5 litres.
✅ The design and the container for used capsules the size of the tank (in the Melody 3 version)
❌ The price, especially in the automatic version, was quite high.
- Nescafe capsule multi-beverage maker in Piano black, with manual flow operation
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure
- Thermoblock heating system - no preheating required and energy efficient
- 1.3l removable water tank and this model has an LED on off light in blue and red
- Easy and convenient to use and clean
Dolce Gusto Circolo
It is Another absolute icon: The rounded Dolce Gusto coffee maker and a machine that would mark a before and after in the design and iconography of domestic coffee makers. Apart from its striking design, it was characterized by a larger than average tank at the time (over a litre capacity) and, like the Melody, you could choose between the manual and the more expensive automatic version.
Unfortunately, it has long since been discontinued on the Internet, and there are fewer and fewer copies left in stock in stores.
✅ The breakthrough design and the hugely successful one.
❌ It is quite big, and it is not easy to locate it in different places.
Dolce Gusto Fontana
A coffee maker of the year 2011, discontinued on the Internet a long time ago (it didn’t last long on the market) and that because of its design and capacity of 1.1 litres has always been one of our favourites. What a pity it was so difficult to get online!
Of course, it owes its name to the shape of its main body along with the Circolo, one of the best designs of Dolce Gusto coffee makers in history.
Dolce Gusto Mini Me
The real big success of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines came in 2013 with the Mini Me model. It is a fully automatic machine (you no longer had to use the lever to open and close the water flow) but with a reduced size, very basic, very compact and within reach of everyone.
In other words: A Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machine but very cheap, at the price of a manual. It was one of the first models to make capsule coffee machines – at that time somewhat “elitist” – available to the general public. And it was not by chance that the firm chose a combination of two different shades on its body (with a multitude of variants and colour pairs to choose from).
Without a doubt, the Dolce Gusto coffee maker with the best quality-price ratio. Today it continues to be a sales success and is marketed in many different colour combinations.
✅ Its value for money and its size. It is the smallest Dolce Gusto coffee maker.
❌ Low capacity in the warehouse.
- Compact automatic pod coffee machine - Mini Me machine is only 16 x 31 x 24 cm (WxHxD) with 0.8 Litre water tank
- Quality - Delivers professional quality coffees with a thick velvety crema, thanks to its maximum 15 bar pump pressure
- Variety - Over 50 hot and cold beverage varieties including NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto or STARBUCKS drinks
- Easy to Use - Automatically stops the water flow for easy coffee preparation in less than 1 minute
- Easy to Clean - As all the coffee grounds stay in the pods there is no mess, no fuss
Dolce Gusto Oblo
The Oblo was a return to the origins. After the successful launch of the Mini Me – which was selling like hot cakes – the firm wanted to shore up its growing market share with an even cheaper, but manually operated, coffee maker. The result is a beautiful machine, but one that is hardly different from the Piccolo.
✅ Very economical and attractive.
❌ Incomprehensibly, it is only produced in a manual version.
- 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
- Pods available in supermarkets and online
- Note: Do not leave the capsule in after use. This can bloke the nozzle and cause not liquid to be pump. Dolce Gusto products are fitted with a nozzle cleaning pin to help consumers remove the...
Dolce Gusto Jovia
The Jovia was launched at the same time as the Oblo but has not been as successful as its partner. The Jovia was also manual (it seems that Dolce Gusto gave up during this year to implement its Play&Select system). But it wasn’t as cheap as the Oblo, and besides the design was very striking, but quite high. Consequently, the Dolce Gusto Jovia coffee maker is not easy to place on worktops where we have cupboards or shelves above.
✅ The design and capacity of the tank.
❌ It is too high.
- 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
- Pods available in supermarkets and online
- Two year guarantee
Dolce Gusto Drop
The arrival of the Drop and Stelia couple in 2015 brought a breath of fresh air to the already crowded Dolce Gusto coffee machine catalogue. The design of this Drop was ground-breaking: it simulated a drop of coffee falling on the cup.
But it also included the first major functional innovation since Dolce Gusto opened its presence on the market: the machine was automatic, and the Play&Select system was operated via a 100% touch panel. No buttons.
✅ The touch control panel.
❌ The starting price was high. Also, the machine was bulky at the base.
- Enhanced design with touch technology
- Automatic closing head
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure
- Over 30 varieties of hot and cold drinks
- Easy to clean
Dolce Gusto Stelia
Functionally, it is a coffee machine just like the Drop: automatic operation, HMI touch panel and 0.8 litres of tank. Only the design changed, and in what way: this model had a transparent plastic neck that allows users to see the cables or conduits through which the water -cold and hot- circulates from the boiler to the coffee group.
✅ 100% touch control panel and the possibility to “see the guts” of the coffee maker.
❌ It suffers from the same shortcomings as the Drop: the base is vast, and its high starting price kept it away from the profiles of less expert buyers.
- Multi beverage maker to include drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos and americano's
- Chococinos can also be made with this machine
- Intuitive HMI Interface
- Switches off automatically after minutes
- Diverse choice of capsules offers a new and exciting way to enjoy stylish coffee
Dolce Gusto Movenza
The previous year’s turn of the screw continued in 2016 with two models, Movenza and Eclipse, which did not enjoy the public’s favour. It seems that the Dolce Gusto went too far with them as if they wanted to crown things off.
For example, the Dolce Gusto Movenza coffee machine was characterized by its larger size than previous models (1-litre tank) and above all by an automatic folding head, which opens and closes itself at the touch of a button.
A very “cool” function but that at the moment of truth makes the price of the machine quite expensive and does not add any advantage when it comes to preparing and tasting the coffee, which is what interests the final buyer.
✅ The folding head and the futuristic look of the machine (when closed it looks like everything but a coffee maker).
❌ Very expensive.
- Enhanced design with touch technology
- Automatic play and select function
- Over 30 varieties of hot and cold drinks
- Easy to clean
Dolce Gusto Eclipse
Once again, Dolce Gusto has chosen to launch two machines with the same features and innovations, but with different designs. In this case, the Eclipse has the appearance of a doughnut (when the head is closed), but when it is opened the capsule holder, and the touch control panel are entirely exposed.
✅ Everything related to the aesthetics and appearance of this model.
❌ Like the Movenza, it is too expensive for what it has to offer.
- Multi-beverage maker, including espresso, cappuccinos, caff latte and deeply indulgent chococinos
- Automatic opening - press on/off icon
- Machine automatically opens to beverage preparation position
- Intuitive touch screen interface to easily set beverage quantities
- Adjustable drip tray height - 3 positions, removable water tank (1 Litre) with level indication window
Dolce Gusto Lumio
This has been a big seller. After some complex and not very successful attempts, the firm hit the jackpot when launching this proposal called Lumio.
Its virtues are that being an automatic coffee machine, it had a more adjusted price than other previous launches of the brand, and it also includes a new function that is useful for many consumers: XL coffees. All this with a decent capacity of 1 litre in the water tank.
✅ The possibility to extract extra-large coffees (XL function)
❌ Not too many innovations and new features in a market that was already well established and competitive at that time.
- Automatic, ultra-compact capsule coffee machine 18 x 22 x 37 x cm (W x D x H) with a 1 L water tank
- High-pressure coffee machine (up to 15 bars) for professional quality coffees with a thick velvety crema
- Over 40 coffee creations and other delicious hot and cold beverages prepared with one easy push of a button. Voltage 230 V, 50 Hz
- Drink size adjustable with the automatic function
- Eco-mode: automatic switch-off after 1 minute; energy consumption rating A+
Dolce Gusto Colours
Of the two Dolce Gusto coffee makers launched in 2017, the Lumio worked very well, but this Colours remained a failed project. The proposal was a machine that incorporated several interchangeable colour panels so that you could change the colour of your coffee maker whenever you wanted.
In practice, users didn’t buy this idea. People bought a Dolce Gusto coffee maker to enjoy their coffee, and this was a model that brought nothing new to the previous ones.
✅ To be able to change the colour of the coffee machine when we want to.
❌ Functionally it is a machine exactly like many others of the brand.
- The Colours Coffee Machine by De'Longhi offers a supply of delicious hot coffee at your fingertips. For the first time, this Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine comes with red, blue and yellow panels,...
- Exclusively for Nescafe Dolce Gusto Capsules. Removable 1l water tank. New easy clean capsule holder. Coffee options: espresso, cappuccino, latte, ristretto, lungo and latte macchiato. Strength...
- Water capacity 1 litre. Removable water tank. Transparent water tank. Adjustable cup stand for any size mug. Magnetic pod holder. Removable drip tray. Auto shut-off.
- Dishwasher safe parts for effortless cleaning. Recyclable pods. Size H37.1, W17.6, D21.5cm. Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.
Dolce Gusto Infinissima
2018 is once again the year in which Dolce Gusto is committed to launching a single coffee maker on the market (in previous years it had been beginning them in pairs), and the result is this Infinissima, which unlike other projects, has had an impact on consumers from the outset.
There are two main features of this model: on the one hand, it is the Dolce Gusto coffee maker with the biggest tank (1.2 litres), and on the other hand, the design is very successful. It is beautiful but convenient at the same time. It’s especially noteworthy for its width, which has been reduced to a minimum. Such a narrow coffee maker is straightforward to place in any kitchen.
✅ It has a very compact design for the enormous capacity of its water tank.
❌ It is a manually operated machine.
Dolce Gusto Esperta
This is a machine that will be launched on the market at the end of 2019, and includes many new features compared to its predecessors. The most important are the bluetooth connectivity, the temperature selection, the two special preparation modes (intense and delicate espresso), and the huge 1.4 litre water tank. The Esperta is possibly the brand’s most complete coffee machine to date.
For example, we see how the Piccolo and Genio models (remember that they are the same coffee maker, in manual and automatic versions respectively) have a much smaller water tank than the rest of their companions.
And when it comes to brewing coffee, the results will be just as good in all Dolce Gusto coffee machines, as they all have the same pressure pump (15 bar) and of course, use the identical capsules to make it.
If after all this, you still don’t know which Dolce Gusto coffee maker to buy we can’t help you much more. We have given you all the information available. Now it’s up to you to compare and decide.
If you want more information, be sure to check out the comparison between Dolce Gusto and Nespresso coffee makers or our exclusive collection of cheap Dolce Gusto coffee machines.
Buy Dolce Gusto Coffee machines: Prices.
Are you thinking of buying a Dolce Gusto coffee maker online? In that case, you will have seen in the previous section that the average price is usually around 100 pounds. However, bear in mind that some models have two versions (manual or automatic), and that in these cases Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines, with the Play&Select system integrated, are always a little more expensive.
Dolce Gusto Automatic Coffee Makers
Dolce Gusto coffee machines can be manual or automatic. This is a distinction of this firm, which is not found in the other brands of pod coffee machines.
The difference between the two options is elementary.
In manual Dolce Gusto coffee machines, the user must start and stop the flow of water, so that the coffee comes out as short or if we want.
On Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines, the amount of water flow is chosen in advance (through a little wheel) from 7 predetermined levels. So, all we must do is start the machine, and it will stop by itself when it’s finished. Much more convenient.
Naturally, automatic machines tend to be more expensive.
In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to learn more about this topic: Dolce Gusto coffee makers: manual or automatic?
Chronology of Dolce Gusto coffee machines
Below, we show you the launch year of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines (at least on the Internet; note that the company has been operating in other markets since 2006).
- Year 2007: Melody.
- Year 2009: Circolo.
- Year 2010: Piccolo, Genio, Fontana.
- Year 2013: Mini Me.
- Year 2014: Oblo, Jovia.
- Year 2015: Drop, Stelia.
- Year 2016: Eclipse, Movenza.
- Year 2017: Colors, Lumio.
- Year 2018: Infinissima.
- Year 2019: Piccolo XS and Esperta.
It must be considered that almost all these launches take place at the end of the year (September-October) to gain strength for the Christmas campaigns.
Old Dolce Gusto coffee makers
Leaving aside the Fontana model, which we have already said was never distributed on the Internet, the four pioneering Dolce Gusto coffee makers were the Melody, Piccolo, Genio and Circolo.
This real poker of aces did not find new companies until the end of 2013 when the Mini-Me was launched on the Internet. From that year on, the firm adds new items to its catalogue every 12 months.
Dolce Gusto coffee makers: latest model
At the time of writing, the newest Dolce Gusto coffee makers are the Piccolo XS and the Esperta (2019).
Dolce Gusto coffee machines of colours
This is a curious point, as it is one of those characteristics that all Dolce Gusto coffee machines have in common, and which are repeated in all models.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines are very recognisable on the market thanks, among other things, to their characteristic colour range. Parts in the following colours can be found in almost all models:
- Red Dolce Gusto coffee machines
- Black Dolce Gusto coffee machines
- White Dolce Gusto coffee machines
- Silver Dolce Gusto coffee machines
With a few honourable exceptions, all Dolce Gusto coffee machines are available in black, red and white (and almost always in grey). This is a rule that allows consumers to identify the brand with the colours red and black, above all.
However, there are some models that in some periods – not always – have been manufactured and sold in other different colours. Nowadays they are difficult to find, but they can be considered almost as collector’s items.
In some cases they are simply new colours in a regular coffee maker (we will see some examples later, for example orange or blue machines), but in others we find personalised Dolce Gusto coffee makers, with very bright colours, exclusive patterns and designs sponsored by some other famous firm or personality. Most of these designs were executed on the Piccolo, Genio and Mini Me models.
These machines are highly appreciated by some users because of their unique character. They are ideal, for example, as a coffee maker to give away and as a commemorative (or collector’s) item. However, they have the advantage that in many cases their price is higher than that of the normal model.
Anyway, we won’t delay any longer, and we’ll start looking at the main Dolce Gusto special edition coffee machines and colourful Dolce Gusto machines. For lovers of originality.
If you want to buy a coloured Dolce Gusto coffee maker, or buy a limited edition Dolce Gusto, take a look at these alternatives:
All these coffee machines are exactly the same as the other models and “sisters” of their line. The changes in colour and design remain just that: an aesthetic novelty in the external appearance.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines for companies
Unlike other brands such as Nespresso (Business) or Lavazza (with its Lavazza Blue series), Dolce Gusto does not have a line of professional or specifically business-oriented machines. There is no such thing as a professional Dolce Gusto coffee machine.
So, if you’re looking for a Dolce Gusto coffee machine for offices, to share with colleagues, or for a business where there’s a lot of turnover, the only option we recommend is to look at Dolce Gusto coffee machines with the most significant water tank. And specifically, they are the following:
- Melody 3: 1.5 litres.
- Circolo: 1.3 litres.
- Esperta: 1.4 litres.
We consider that the 3rd generation of the Melody, both for the capacity of its tank and for the detail of the used capsule container (which only has to be emptied every so often) is the most suitable to cover a higher than usual demand of daily coffees.
However, it is interesting to note that although there is no catalogue of Dolce Gusto coffee machines for businesses, the company does have an individual subscription program for businesses, called Dolce Gusto business. This is a plan aimed at facilitating and automating the supply of capsules to offices.
Where can I buy Dolce Gusto coffee machines?
Contrary to Nespresso in its early days, the Dolce Gusto commitment from the beginning was to be as present as possible in all shops, stores and Internet establishments (and all its markets, of course). Both the Dolce Gusto machines and their capsules could and can be bought freely in any supermarket.
Where do you sell Dolce Gusto coffee machines?
If you look for your Dolce Gusto coffee machines in Currys (or other stores such as Argos), you will usually find many the latest device, plus some of the bestsellers from previous years.
But if you want to get hold of a model from previous years, out of print, or only a colour that is out of the ordinary, the most practical thing to do is run away from the physical shops and buy your Dolce Gusto coffee machine online.
Buying Dolce Gusto coffee machines from Amazon means you have access to the entire catalogue of the brand (all models, all colours), so it is usually the preferred option for the medium-high profile consumer. In other words, the one who knows what he wants.
The inexperienced consumer, on the other hand, continues to be carried away by the latest fashion and buys what he or she sees on the store displays.
Dolce Gusto Moulinex coffee machines
What? But aren’t Dolce Gusto and Moulinex two different brands? Well yes friends, they are not to be alarmed. Some readers may have been surprised to read this headline. Still, it has an explanation: Moulinex manufactures some Dolce Gusto coffee machines in various Latin American countries (the same as Krups and Delonghi here), such as the Oblo and Genio models.
It is therefore not unusual to find references to Dolce Gusto Moulinex coffee machines in many forums or on sites such as ours where a large community of readers from all over the world participate.
What we miss in Dolce Gusto machines
Dolce Gusto coffee machines have very particular characteristics and a series of limitations, which can act in their favour or against them depending on the preferences of each consumer.
In this section, we are going to summarise for you what we miss in the coffee machines of this firm. Who knows if this will lead to any improvements in the future?
Dolce Gusto coffee machines with screen
Not a single machine in this company has a screen that informs us of the operating status at any given time. The closest thing is the touch control panel with the Play&Select system, which the Drop and Stelia (and following) coffee machines incorporated. But it does not become an informative screen.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines with milk froth
This is, in our opinion, the main shortcoming of Dolce Gusto coffee machines compared to others. No foamers, no sprayers, nothing like it.
The firm indeed excuses itself that its range of capsules includes a multitude of varieties with milk powder, such as lattes, cappuccinos, etc. (which we do not find at Nespresso, for example). But even, so the Dolce Gusto coffee machines brand does not allow us to emulsify the milk on our own. The milk capsules, another exclusivity of this firm, do not solve the problem of being able to make foam on our own either.
Nespresso, at least, covers this demand with the Aeroccino electric frother.
So now you know: if you want to enjoy Dolce Gusto coffee machines with milk, either add it yourself (without emulsifying) or strip what the capsules offer, which is still powdered milk and not everyone likes the taste they offer. It’s a matter of nuances.
General information and characteristics of Dolce Gusto coffee machines
- Dolce Gusto coffee machines are very intuitive and easy to use.
- They all use the Thermo block heating system and have a 15-bar pressure pump.
- Instructions for use: turn the machine on and wait 20 seconds for a green light on the panel to turn off. At this point, you can start inserting the coffee or milk capsules. To start preparing the coffee, you must choose whether you want to use cold or hot water.
- The manual models have a manual lever to control the amount of coffee in the cup. With this lever, you can add more water to make the coffee longer, or simply cut it earlier to get a more concentrated coffee. On automatic models, the lever is replaced by an electronic panel called Play&Select.
- You simply select how you want your coffee, and the coffee maker automatically knows when to stop the process. On the latest coffee machines (Drop and Stelia, Eclipse and Movenza) this Play&Select panel is operated by touch.
Guide to buying a Dolce Gusto coffee machine
If you’ve reached this point in the report, you’ll already have understood that almost all Dolce Gusto machines are similar and that the differences between them are not very important, at least in terms of functionality. So, which Dolce Gusto coffee maker should I buy? What should I consider when choosing a model? We will help you with this brief outline:
- First and foremost, you must decide whether you want a manual or an automatic. The latter is more expensive but much more comfortable.
- Secondly, is the capacity of the tank. The bigger it is, the less you will have to fill it. However, if you are only one or two people at home consuming coffee a day, one of the small ones might do.
- Finally, it is always interesting to consider the price: newer coffee machines (the latest to come on the market) usually have a higher price, but this, in turn, causes older models to come down in price. This opens an excellent opportunity to buy your Dolce Gusto coffee maker cheaper than before.
All the other details that differentiate a Dolce Gusto coffee maker from another are secondary and do not affect the preparation or aroma of the coffee, which is what it is all about. You can learn more about this in our guide to the differences between Dolce Gusto coffee machines.
How to use a Dolce Gusto coffee maker: Tips for use
Once you decide to buy, you have your Dolce Gusto machine at home. Okay. What now? I’m sure many readers are clear about what model they want, but they have some doubts about how it works because I’ve never had a capsule coffee maker in their house.
Well, we have a lot to tell you on this subject too. We are not going to do it on this page, but we have gathered all the relevant information, here and in the following section (the one about the maintenance tips for Dolce Gusto). Let’s get started!
The capsule holder is stuck.
This is a common problem, and what you should never do is force it or pull the lever to remove the capsule. You can easily break the injection mechanism if you do this. Instead, make sure the lever on the capsule is raised. If it isn’t, try lifting it (very gently!) and if you can’t either, try these two alternatives:
- Wait about half an hour and repeat the operation. The capsule may be under pressure and making a vacuum that prevents it from separating from the capsule holder.
- Or, run a water service to wet the inside of the capsule and get it unclogged. This is useful when you have left the capsule there for many hours, and the consequence is that the remains inside have hardened or dried out, preventing the injector from lifting.
NOTE: If your Dolce Gusto machine is manual, make sure the hot or cold-water selection lever is in the neutral position before attempting to remove the capsule holder.
How do I know if I should decalcify my coffee maker?
Dolce Gusto coffee machines do not have an alarm system or warnings that indicate when it is necessary to start a decalcification process. However, some several common symptoms or patterns can be easily identified, and which are usually indicative of problems with lime deposits. The main ones are:
- When making hot drinks, the outlet temperature decreases progressively with each use.
- The drink does not come out with as much force or pressure as before.
- (The most severe case) Not one drop of drink comes out.
If you have been perceptive, you will have noticed that these symptoms are very similar to those that occur in case of injector obstruction. For this reason, it is always recommended to do a decalcification and also to clean the injector needle. To find out how to do this, read the following article: injector of Dolce Gusto coffee machines. And for more information about the decalcification process, read here: how to decalcify a Dolce Gusto coffee machine.
Either way, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, don’t you think? Instead of waiting for symptoms to appear, it’s better to periodically decalcify your coffee maker to avoid problems before they happen.
According to Dolce Gusto’s testimony, the Thermoblock heating system used by all her coffee machines means that decalcifications are only necessary when approximately 500 to 1500 capsules have been consumed (the range is wide because it also depends on the hardness of the water you use, harder water means more frequent decalcifications).
About the frequency of decalcification, it is useful to review this diagram as a guide: How often should I decalcify my coffee machine?
Cleaning the coffee machine
In this case, the best thing is not to make out and go to this post, where we explain everything in detail: how to clean a Dolce Gusto coffee maker.
Conservation of the capsules
Indeed, all Dolce Gusto capsules (and in general all hard single-dose capsules) are hermetically sealed, and hardly receive any impact from the outside in the form of aromas or changes that could alter their qualities. However, this does not mean that we should be negligent.
Consumers of these capsules tend to buy large quantities (since many times large orders allow us to take advantage of offers or save money) which then must wait locked up in their box for long weeks or months.
For this reason, it is ideal for storing our boxes of capsules – unopened – in as dry a place as possible. In inland regions, this is usually not a problem, but if you live on the coast or in areas of high humidity, you should be careful and take precautions before storing your capsules for a long time.
It is also important to note the expiry date on each capsule pack. The manufacturers put it there for a reason. After that date, the product inside the capsules will not be damaged, but it will start to lose freshness.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines: maintenance tips
The maintenance of Dolce Gusto coffee machines is a topic of much discussion. Thousands and thousands of people have one of these machines in their home, and at first, when they are new, they rarely give problems.
But coffee machines are household appliances that remain in the home for many years, so things do happen in the long run. It’s a logical consequence of use, lack of maintenance, and the passage of time. And of course, when a little problem happens to you, you won’t have that instruction booklet handy that you no longer remember if you threw it away or put it away in the bottom of the most forgotten drawer in your house.
Here we offer you the main articles that we have prepared in our Dolce Gusto coffee maker tips, maintenance tips and good practices to avoid the passage of time making a dent in your machine. Or, at least, to have some reference on how to act if you come across any of these unforeseen events:
✅ Advantages of Dolce Gusto coffee machines
What are the main benefits of Dolce Gusto coffee machines? In this section, we summarize them all:
- Thermo block system: the water is heated when passing through a coil, and this greatly accelerates the preparation of hot drinks. In just a few seconds, you have your coffee ready.
- The 15-bar pressure pump is a marvel; it works perfectly and allows you to enjoy a delicious cream in all your drinks. Without a doubt, one of the hallmarks of the Dolce Gusto machines.
- The coffee is quite good quality, and the rest of the products have the Nestlé guarantee.
- Massive variety of coffees and other drinks, both in the official capsules and in the compatible ones.
- The insertion and removal of the capsules are effortless.
- The controls are quite simple, and the lever on the manual machines is made of quality metal.
- Hot or cold water can be used for all beverages.
- The taste of the milk obtained from the capsules is quite good. You can see the hand of Nestle in this product, and of course in the chocolate as well – it is not only from coffee that man lives!
❌ Disadvantages of Dolce Gusto coffee machines
Naturally, it’s not all going to be rosy. There are also disadvantages to Dolce Gusto coffee machines. These are the most notable, in our opinion:
- In most models, you must remove the used capsules every time you use the coffee maker. You can only have one capsule in the machine. Be very careful because they drip; make sure you throw them directly in the trash and don’t leave them in the sink.
- If you forget to remove a capsule and leave it in the container for several days, then it may be difficult to remove it because the product gets stuck.
- There is no water filter in the water tank, although we have checked that coffee tastes the same with mineral water as with tap water. Even so, the filter always helps to avoid problems with decalcification.
- The water container of some Dolce Gusto coffee machines is perhaps a little complicated to fill because the opening to introduce the water is on one side of the container, and not on the top. This is a minor problem, in any case.
- None include a steamer or possibilities to emulsify fresh milk.
Dolce Gusto coffee machine accessories
This is a topic that we have already discussed on our website, but here it is time to expand it to cover all options. If you want to be left alone with the best of the best, here is a selection of the best five accessories for Dolce Gusto (always from our point of view, of course).
Gifts and originality aside, if you want to buy accessories for Dolce Gusto coffee machines, the list of items goes through the following:
Spare parts for Dolce Gusto coffee machines
The parts for Dolce Gusto coffee machines do not last forever. Almost all machines are made of plastic, and this causes some to break more often than others, or to be more sensitive to leakage. Also, to count on breakdowns, which can affect specific components.
Among the most common spare parts for Dolce Gusto coffee machines are capsule holders, cleaning needles, injectors and, of course, tanks, which we will discuss in more detail in the next section.
Tanks for Dolce Gusto coffee machines
The issue with the replacement of the deposits for Dolce Gusto is now more comfortable. If yours has broken (due to a fall or carelessness), you simply must look for the spare part of the model you have at home and ask for it. Some coffee machines share a tank (same size and shape), such as the Piccolo and the small Genio, but in general, each machine has its own. Make sure you check before buying your Dolce Gusto coffee machine tank!
In the following list you have all the ones that you can get right now on the Internet:
Descaler for Dolce Gusto coffee machines
More than just a Dolce Gusto accessory, decalcifying liquid is an essential long-term maintenance product for any coffee machine. You can read more about them here: The Dolce Gusto decalcifier guide.
For now, on this page we will only tell you that if you want to buy a descaler for Dolce Gusto, you will find them from a lot of brands and manufacturers. There is no exclusivity: they are all chemical products that dissolve in water and are poured into the tank of your coffee machine before cleaning.
Dolce Gusto coffee machine covers
If you are looking to buy a cover for your Dolce Gusto coffee maker, we are sorry to say that they are not sold online, at least not on the Internet. Many people make them at home, handcrafted, embroidered, personalized, with different fabrics, colours and finishes. But they are not sold or distributed commercially. They are 100% private initiatives, which mainly take place in creative sewing workshops, embroidery practices, and so on.
The Dolce Gusto coffee machine covers serve to keep your machine well protected if you need to store it, to keep it unused for a long time (e.g. if you go on holiday) or to transport it safely.
On the American continent, Dolce Gusto machine covers are sold, mainly in the form of a transparent mesh or net. Their primary purpose, in this case, is to serve as insect protection.
Storage of Dolce Gusto capsules
Whoever has not had capsules of different varieties piled up in a box or a cupboard and has had to look for them or choose them blindly, should raise his hand. A nuisance, isn’t it? Well, the solution to this frequent problem is to buy an accessory that allows you to keep your single doses well organized, and close to the coffee maker.
There are three types of storage or products for storing Dolce Gusto capsules:
- The bowls.
- The drawers.
- The towers.
The bowls to store capsules are simply jars or containers where we can keep and take out capsules comfortably. This is the most straightforward format, and usually the most economical as well. Naturally, they can hold any type of single-dose inside (not just Dolce Gusto) and are not tidy.
The drawers for storing capsules have the advantage that they usually have several rows or compartments for arranging capsules of different varieties, and they also allow us to place the coffee maker on top of them. The disadvantage is that they open forward, so you need to have enough space to place them and use them without limitations.
Finally, the pod towers allow us to make better use of the space, as they are arranged vertically. They are available in large sizes, even for 48-64 capsules. They are ideal if you usually have a good number of capsules or reserve boxes at home.
Who makes Dolce Gusto coffee machines?
On the Internet, which is what interests us, all Dolce Gusto coffee machines are manufactured by both Krups and Delonghi. If you have visited the pages of these brands, you will see that both have a wide range of coffee machines and their products that they sell themselves. But for Dolce Gusto they only do the job of manufacturers.
For this reason, it is widespread to find references to Dolce Gusto Delonghi coffee machines, or Dolce Gusto Krups coffee machines. Often without even mentioning the model.
It is important to note that all the models manufactured by Krups and by Delonghi are identical. This is not the case, for example, with Nespresso (a company that has these two manufacturers), where some models have different designs depending on who made them.
The Delonghi Dolce Gusto and the Krups Dolce Gusto coffee machines are precisely the same.
Are Dolce Gusto coffee machines good? Reviews
Yes, Dolce Gusto coffee machines are good, although within the competitive capsule scenario they enjoy less prestige than Nespresso’s.
This is not a problem of the machines, which in terms of quality and reliability are very similar (not in vain, as we have seen their manufacturers are the same). Still, the varieties of coffee they offer and the philosophy of both brands pursue a very different target audience.
In any case, don´t have any doubt. If someone asks you what Dolce Gusto coffee machines are like, you can be sure of the answer. Their products offer a level of quality very similar to that of other leading brands in the industry, and certainly much higher than that of compatible or low-cost firms.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines: Offers and promotions
One of the brand’s hallmarks is the large number of Dolce Gusto coffee machine promotions it runs quite frequently. You can see it through its website, or perhaps in press and television ads.
There are also Dolce Gusto offers that are launched in collaboration with certain distributors or commercial partners, such as the gift of a Dolce Gusto coffee maker at Banks (when subscribing to particular products from certain bank) or alliances with Supermarkets. Who has not seen the promotion of taking a Dolce Gusto coffee maker to Supermarkets?
Naturally, these bargains have a price tag. They usually lower the price of the machine a lot, in exchange for taking a certain amount of the capsule (which is where all these companies have the profit margin).
It is not surprising, therefore, to find the ideal gift of a Dolce Gusto coffee machine with ten boxes, or with 12 boxes. It’s not that the machine comes out “free”, but that you are already paying part of its price with the purchase of the consumables.
Look at it this way: when you take home a Dolce Gusto Nescafé coffee maker with 160 capsules how much money are you investing in the coffee? Exactly: there you have the answer.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines at £69
Let’s explain one of the best-known cases of Dolce Gusto promotions.
Dolce Gusto launched a special promotion for its automatic coffee machines, which could be obtained on its official website for just £59 for the Mini Me and £69 for the Circolo, the Melody or the Genio.
But how was this promotion applied? Well, the conditions were elementary: You had to buy (also on their web) at least two boxes of capsules. In other words, everything was bait for you to take the machine home – and therefore, you were already “obliged” to buy capsules indefinitely.
Of course, another way to get a Dolce Gusto coffee maker on sale is to watch the daily swings of the market. In other words: comb the Amazon website regularly in search of that bargain.
We’ll try to make it easier for you with our rankings. For example, here are the best offers on Dolce Gusto coffee machines today. They are sorted by % of savings, so don’t miss out on this opportunity:
You can also dig deeper by learning how to spot Dolce Gusto offers on Amazon on your own. An expert only guide!
Cheap Dolce Gusto coffee makers
We have already reviewed which is the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee maker (according to the official price of each model), but we also know that the promotions, offers, and second-hand copies put on sale on Amazon can lead to real bargains.
If you’re hungry for bargains, these are the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee makers currently on sale on Amazon.
In our rankings, the one with the highest price reduction appears first, and we have set the limit at £60. In other words: this is the updated list of Dolce Gusto coffee makers under £60.
If you find Dolce Gusto coffee machines with a higher price than this, don’t hesitate to let us know although it will be painful!
Second Hand Dolce Gusto coffee machines
If someone doesn’t want to spend a lot of money or wants to buy a machine for very occasional use, the most convenient option is to buy a second-hand Dolce Gusto coffee machine.
Although, frankly, for the general public, we don’t think it’s too much of an option to consider. Dolce Gusto machines are usually cheap (at least compared to other brands), and the discount when buying a second-hand machine is not that much either.
In short: if you are attracted to this option, the easiest way to buy a second-hand Dolce Gusto coffee maker is on Amazon. Here’s the link to the list of models available today (you know they’re being updated at lightning speed).
It is also possible to find a Dolce Gusto coffee maker on Wallapop, Gumtree or similar exchange sites. Although we always prefer the guarantees offered by Amazon.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines: their capsules and alternatives
We won’t dwell on this topic too much, because this is a report on coffee machines and we have already prepared complete guides on the capsules on our website.
We’re just going to summarize the most important points so that you know what capsules Dolce Gusto coffee machines use, and what options you have on the market to acquire them.
To begin with, you can choose from three possibilities:
- Official Dolce Gusto capsules (own brand).
- Capsules for compatible Dolce Gusto coffee machines (other brands).
- Rechargeable capsules for Dolce Gusto (other brands).
As you can imagine, the first two options are already filled with various coffee specialities or other infusions, while the refillable ones come empty so that you can fill them and seal them with the coffee blend you like best.
As for the refilled capsules for the Dolce Gusto format, whether they are the brand’s own or those of other manufacturers, the most exciting thing is that they do not come only filled with coffee. There are mixed ones (with some powdered milk) or even filled with other preparations such as chocolate, milk capsules or broth capsules.
Can you use a Dolce Gusto coffee maker without capsules?
Yes, of course. You can use your Dolce Gusto coffee maker without capsules inside, by starting a hot water cycle.
This is what we do when we decalcify the coffee maker (with the usual chemicals dissolved in the water tank).
It is also convenient to obtain a hot water service in a few seconds, to drink an infusion. As if it were a kettle.
Can a Dolce Gusto coffee maker be used without water?
No. This is a perverse idea that sometimes occurs to some absent-minded person or to some user who uses capsule coffee machines for the first time. Pretty much the reasoning goes like this:
“If I pour milk instead of water into the reservoir, I can directly get lattes or chocolate shakes from my pods…”
And nothing could be further from the truth. Dolce Gusto coffee machines are only designed to run on water. You can’t put any other ingredients in the tank. What you’ll do in the long run is spoil it, because the internal pipes of the machine will become clogged and deteriorate. There are no automatic cleaning programs, nor anything designed to remove the residues left by liquids other than water in the pipes and sleeves.
Dolce Gusto machines: frequent doubts
Which Dolce Gusto coffee maker is best? Which model is best?
Almost all of them are very similar. The new coffee machines that Dolce Gusto launches every year tend to incorporate few innovations and respond more to marketing manoeuvres than anything else. Our recommendation: opt for an automatic, and as cheap as possible.
Dolce Gusto or Nespresso?
If you are only going to drink one type of coffee, Nespresso is the best. If you want to enjoy other kinds of drinks (with milk, soft drinks, cold drinks, chocolates), then Dolce Gusto gives you more options.
Dolce Gusto or Tassimo?
The advantages of the machines of both brands are similar, and so are the features of the coffee machines. However, Dolce Gusto has many brands of compatible capsules, while the Tassimo format (the T-Discs) is unique and exclusive. In the long run, Tassimo is more expensive.
Dolce Gusto Krups or Delonghi coffee maker?
They’re the same! Either Krups or Delonghi makes some Dolce Gusto models. But only that changes, the manufacturer. The machine itself is the same; its performance doesn’t vary. At Nespresso, for example, this also happens.
Does coffee have to be pressed in Dolce Gusto machines?
No, the coffee is already compacted into the capsules with the ideal pressure as determined by the manufacturer. It does not have to be handled at all.
The best-selling Dolce Gusto coffee machine of 2020
After reading the most comprehensive guide to Dolce Gusto on the Internet, are you still in doubt about which Dolce Gusto coffee machine to choose?
Well, in case of doubt, one of the best references is to see what the rest of the consumers are buying and to know which are the current preferences and trends of the market.
These are the five bestselling Dolce Gusto coffee makers of 2020 according to the official statistics of Amazon Internet:
Dolce Gusto Coffee Makers: Which one is the best?
And we come to an end with our conclusions. Direct and to the grain.
- The best Dolce Gusto coffee maker for the price: Mini Me.
- The best for performance: Esperta.
- By tank size: Melody 3.
- The most balanced decision: Lumio or Infinissima.
In any case, you have already seen that this brand’s catalogue is made up of more than a dozen options, and besides, each user has his or her preferences and requirements.
So, before buying a Dolce Gusto coffee maker online, we recommend that you first define all the parameters that influence your decision (budget, consumption, preferences) and then read carefully the specialized reviews that we have prepared for each model.