Brand: Dolce Gusto
Capacity: 0.6 litres – 1 litre
- ESPRESSO BOOST to bring more intensity and develop the flavour of your espressos
- Temperature selector allows you to choose the temperature you want for your drink from 4 preset settings
- XL function that allows you to choose the volume of your drink up to 300 ml
- Compact and ultra modern design
- Touch interface, with which you generate your choices with one finger
The Dolce Gusto Genio is one of the longest-lasting Dolce Gusto coffee machines, and one of the first automatic machines of the firm. It was introduced as the automatic version (with Play&Select system, which we’ll talk about later) of the Piccolo coffee maker (year 2010).
Currently, although the original Genio is still on sale, there is an updated version called Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus. In this review we will talk about it.
The original Genio coffee maker appeared on the market a few months after the Piccolo, to meet the demand for automatic coffee makers that did not need to have the user waiting for the off button to finish making the coffee. We imagine that Nescafé decided to change the name of the machine for marketing reasons, rather than simply issuing a “Piccolo Automatic” or similar.
The primitive Dolce Gusto Genio is a coffee machine that in 2013 was replaced by a second-generation (Dolce Genio 2) that has the same characteristics as the first one, but a more significant size: 1 litre of water tank, for the 0.6 of the first version. Otherwise, its operation is similar to that of the other Dolce Gusto coffee machines of its generation.
This model has remained somewhat stagnant in the sector, and has been widely surpassed by the most recent Dolce Gusto launches, such as the Eclipse, Movenza or Stelia, which do introduce some exciting new features.
When asked whether Dolce Gusto Genio 2 or Melody? Dolce Gusto Genio vs Circolo? the answer is already more difficult. The most sensible thing to do is to compare the prices of both, and choose the one that is cheaper or the one you like best. They are similar in terms of features.
Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus: It was time for an update
Yes, after more than a decade in the market this Genio model was already due for an upgrade. The Dolce Gusto Genio Plus is offered in two colours (red and black) and shares the same essential functions as its little sister. 0.8 litre tank, Play&Select automatic system, 15 bar pressure…
However, from an aesthetic point of view the changes are much more noticeable. These are the most important differences of the Genio S Plus from the original model:
- Much smaller dimensions: 11 x 27 x 28 cms. The 11 cm width gives it the appearance of a false “head” machine, but the reality is that its capacity is the same as its predecessors: an ultra-compact coffee machine!
- Renewed design: the back is more square and the tank has a completely different shape than the original Genio.
- Includes the XL beverage function for truly extra-long coffees (or chocolates).
Coffee preparation: Play&Select system
The differences between the Dolce Gusto Genio Plus and the Piccolo are reduced to this automatic preparation function. The colour range is the same, the characteristics are the same (see next section), and of course the design is the same. It means that it is much more compact and practical than its Circolo and Melody companions.
The Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines are characterised by the fact that they have a seven-position control panel on the front, called Play&Select. The lower position indicates that little water will be used in the coffee (therefore it will be more loaded, more intense). In comparison, the higher position suggests the opposite: the maximum amount of water.
Each type of Dolce Gusto capsule has the recommended optimal water level indicated on its lid, so we insert the capsule in the coffee maker and select the correct position with the Play&Select wheel.
And we always have the freedom to put some position of more or less, in case after trying it we decide that our tastes do not coincide with those of the manufacturers of Nescafé Dolce Gusto.
Dolce Gusto Genius: Main Features
The features of this Dolce Gusto Genio coffee maker are the same as the Piccolo. Here’s a summary of them:
- 15 bar pressure pump, to achieve the delicious cream in all drinks.
- Removable water tank of 0.6 litres (1 litre in the Dolce Gusto Genio 2 version).
- Thermoblock system that allows the drinks to be heated in a few seconds.
- Drip tray that can be placed at three different heights to allow us to use different types of glasses and cups.
- Automatic switch-off system so that the machine turns itself off if it is not used for five minutes.
- Play&Select system: start the machine and forget about having to wait to stop it.
- Power: 1500 watts.
- Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 30 cm, the same as the Piccolo. The Genio 2 is somewhat larger, especially in terms of depth. 30 x 26 x 17 cms.
- You can currently buy it in the following range of colours: red, black and silver.
Advantages of the Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus
- It is one of the most economical Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines.
- Small size: ideal if we have little space in our kitchen. It is only 11 cm wide. It is a very compact machine, and much smaller than the original Genio.
- The Play&Select function for preparing drinks automatically is a marvel.
- The XL drink preparation function.
Disadvantages of the Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus
- The water tank with a capacity of 0.6 litres is somewhat scarce. Less than half that of the Circolo and Melody models.
- It’s precisely the same as the Piccolo, but in an automatic version. It’s not a different model.
- Perhaps it has become a little outdated with the launch of the Dolce Gusto Mini Me, also an automatic and compact coffee machine, but cheaper.
How does the Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus work? Videos
If you want to know how to use the Dolce Gusto Genio, we recommend that you watch this video wherein a few minutes everything is explained:
Of course, you can also see how the Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus is used. There are not many differences from the original machine:
Dolce Gusto Genio: Alternatives
Within Dolce Gusto, the most explicit alternatives are the Piccolo (it’s the same model as the Genio, but in a manual version) and above all the Mini Me, also a very compact and automatic coffee maker, but of more recent manufacture.
Of course, the Piccolo XS is also an equivalent option to the Genio S Plus, but in manual mode.
Why buy a Dolce Gusto Genio?
Conclusion: if you want to enjoy a Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machine, this Genio is the most economical option and also the smallest. But the Mini Me, although more basic, took the lead years after its launch. In our opinion, it is one of the best options if we want a domestic machine for the whole family to enjoy, but… if you are going to buy it today, you should go for the compact model Genio S Plus.