Brand: Dolce Gusto
Capacity: 1.2 litres
- DeLonghi EDG 160.A. Product colour: Black
It’s been a few years since the launch of the Dolce gusto Infinissima, more than enough time to bring you a super complete review.
Since its beginnings, Dolce gusto has been committed to bringing new coffee machines to the market every year and the Infinisima, a few years ago, in 2018 took over from the Lumio and the not very successful Dolce Gusto Colors of the previous year. At first glance, what is most striking about this Dolce Gusto Infinissima is its design but let’s take a closer look at it to get to know it better and discover more details about its proposal.
The Dolce Gusto Infinissima is a manually operated coffee machine (it does not have the Play&Select system integrated) with enough capacity for what we are used to in Dolce Gusto: its tank holds up to 1.2 litres of water. The water tank is quite accessible, totally transparent, and is much more visible than in most previous models of the brand.
Functionally, this Dolce Gusto Infinissima is no different from the rest of the brand’s coffee machines: it works with a 15 bar pressure pump, and uses a Thermoblock for water heating.
One of its most innovative features is the drip tray (which is also the space where the cups rest), which can be adjusted in height to 3 predefined positions. It allows the coffee maker to be used with small espresso cups, or with very tall latte glasses. Other Dolce Gusto coffee machines already incorporate this function, but in the case of the Infinissima, the movement of the tray or cup holder is much more original and compelling.
Infinissima: opinions for all tastes
The entire primary structure of the Dolce Gusto Infinissima coffee maker is located on a base. It is where the circuitry and the electric board of the coffee maker are housed (a resource that the brand has already used on previous occasions, such as on the Stelia).
Beyond this interface, we find the distribution of space that has been implemented in this model of Dolce Gusto exciting. The Infinissima is not necessarily a small coffee machine, as the tank is large and has quite a lot of bottom. Still, it is very optimized, and the result is a particularly narrow coffee maker. So, it can fit quite well in tight spaces, if we know how to locate it.
And if we start to make a more in-depth analysis, the coffee maker doesn’t offer much more. The Infinissima works precisely as well as the other Dolce Gusto manual coffee makers, it doesn’t have any major innovations, and only the different look together with a large water tank seems to justify its launch on the market.
The launch price of the Infinissima was around 90 Pounds, much lower than other Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines, but higher than other manual models that have been on the market for long. Now, you can get it for less than 60 Pounds.
Of course, over time, you can expect these prices to moderate and drop a little, but we never know when that will happen.
Dolce Gusto Infinissima: various colours
As is now a tradition in almost all Dolce Gusto coffee makers, this Infinissima is available in the three primary colours that identify the brand: red, white and black (or rather, dark grey).
If you are thinking of buying your Dolce Gusto Infinissima on Amazon, here you have the purchase sheet and the official prices (updated today) of the three colours available on the Internet:
Dolce Gusto Infinissima: General Features
- 15 bar pressure pump.
- Black, red or white plastic body (to be chosen).
- Thermoblock heating system.
- Water tank with cover, transparent and very accessible, 1.2 litres capacity.
- Manual control of drink extraction (hot or cold).
- Cup tray adjustable to three heights.
- Maximum power: 1470 watts.
- Dimensions: 25 x 37 x 28 cms.
- Approximate weight: 3.2 kilograms.
Advantages of the Dolce Gusto Infinissima Coffee Machine
- The design is innovative and beautiful, but at the same time practical and compact: it is not a mastodon coffee machine, as is the case with some “revolutionary designs” of Dolce Gusto coffee machines from other years.
- The 1.2-litre water tank is among the largest of this brand—a machine designed for families or homes where several coffee drinkers live together.
- It is an unusually small coffee machine. Although it has a lot of depth, it can fit very well in small kitchens or apartments if the location is adapted to this dimension.
Disadvantages of the Dolce Gusto Infinissima coffee maker
- Manual coffee extraction: the user is responsible for both starting and stopping the flow of water.
- As is always the case with new Dolce Gusto models, the price is not too competitive for a manual coffee maker. There are automatic models within Dolce Gusto that are priced at or below this level.
Differences between the Dolce Gusto Infinissima and other coffee machines
As new models are launched every year (and sometimes even twice a year). the big question every time we come across a new Dolce Gusto coffee machine is what it brings that is new or different to the brand’s range, or other rival coffee machines in the industry.
In the case of the Dolce Gusto Infinissima, apart from the renewed design, we do not find too many differences or incentives to buy this Infinissima compared to other options of the brand. We can, if anything, mention the following:
- More significant than average water tank (1.2 litres).
- Very narrow coffee maker, comparable only to the mythical Mini Me.
If you are not attracted to or particularly fond of either of these two qualities, it may not make sense for you to spend the money on this new model. Older Dolce Gusto ones will serve you just as well and will surely be cheaper.
Dolce Gusto Infinissima: How to use it
We understand that many users will be curious to know how the Dolce Gusto Infinissima works, comments and opinions on its operation:
And since we know that these official videos are sometimes not very reliable, we also invite you to see the Infinissima machine up close, thanks to this recording of a private user at home. This way you can get an exact and precise idea of what the Infinissima Dolce Gusto looks like.
Why buy the Dolce Gusto Infinissima?
We tend to repeat it year after year, and this is no exception: new Dolce Gusto models often have a very high and uncompetitive introductory price. You must have a solid reason to get carried away with marketing and buy a late-model Dolce Gusto coffee machine, rather than one from another year (which works the same way but is cheaper).
In the case of buying the Dolce Gusto Infinissima, this reason is undoubtedly the capacity of its water tank: 1.2 litres are enough to avoid having to refill it continually. We find this coffee maker particularly suitable for households where there are 2 or 3 (or more) frequent coffee drinkers a day.
If this is not your case, then perhaps we would recommend you buy an older model, such as the classic Mini Me, or the Dolce Gusto Lumio, which now, after the launch of the Infinissima, will surely lower its price and be even more attractive. It doesn’t have as much capacity, but the features are practically identical.