Comparison between Dolce Gusto and Tassimo coffee machines

If there are two similar brands of coffee machines on the market, they are Tassimo and Dolce Gusto. Still, despite being so similar, there are also very important differences between them. Before buying one of these coffee machines, it is important to know what each brand offers and which one is best suited to your lifestyle.

People think that what defines a capsule coffee machine is the machine itself, with its cost, design and operation, but this is incorrect. What defines these coffee machines is the coffee pods, as the machine’s function is to pass hot water under pressure through the ground coffee inside the pod.

Difference between Dolce Gusto and Tassimo capsules

As we have already mentioned, what matters in a capsule coffee machine is precisely the coffee capsules. You need to know how each brand’s system works, what variety of flavours are available, what prices they have and what quality of coffee they contain.

Price of Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo coffee pods

Not many people think about the price of the coffee pods when buying a coffee machine, as a big outlay is made when purchasing the machine. However, if we think in the long term, what we will spend on coffee pods in just one year, will exceed the initial cost of the coffee machine.

Let’s say that a Dolce Gusto Mini Me costs around £45, while coffee capsules cost £0.23 each. If you drink one coffee a day for a year (0.23 x 365), you will have spent £84 on coffee capsules, almost double the cost of the machine.

The same is true for Tassimo coffee machines, which are even cheaper than Dolce Gusto machines (more on this later). So the price of the capsules is of vital importance.

Price of Dolce Gusto Original coffee capsules

As of 4 May 2022, we will offer the prices of the original Dolce Gusto capsules in the official Dolce Gusto shop and Amazon UK. We can get a general idea of how much it costs to drink a coffee from these original capsules.

Official Dolce Gusto online shop:

On Amazon UK:

The unit price of Tassimo Original capsules:

As we did with the Dolce Gusto capsules, as of 4 May 2022, we offer here the prices of the original Tassimo capsules sold both in the official online shop and on Amazon UK, where we can find wholesale capsule offers. With these prices, we can get a general idea of the cost of Tassimo capsules.

Official Tassimo online shop:

  • Boxes of 16 coffee capsules cost £5.19, which means each capsule costs £0.32. All Tassimo coffee&milk drinks require two capsules, and boxes of 16 (8 drinks) cost £5.19, so each coffee costs £0.64.

On Amazon UK:

Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo capsules price summary

The cheapest original capsules are the Dolce Gusto capsules, with a unit price of £0.22 compared to £0.20 for Tassimo capsules. This means that Dolce Gusto capsules are 10% more expensive than Tassimo coffee capsules. If you spend 100 pounds a year on capsules, you save 10 pounds with Tassimo coffee machines.

PricesSimple drinkCompound drink
Official shop
Dolce Gusto
£0.22£0.44
Amazon
Dolce Gusto
£0.22£0.44
Official shop
Tassimo
£0.32£0.64
Amazon
Tassimo
£0.20£0.40
Price table Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo capsules

Note: As a general rule, Dolce Gusto coffee capsules are cheaper than Tassimo capsules; however, if you find offers like the one shown above, Tassimo pods may be the cheapest.

Taste of Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo coffee pods

In terms of the taste and quality of coffee capsules, we can make two divisions; on the one hand, the varieties of coffee exist, and on the other hand, the quality of these beverages.

The variety of capsules is enormous in both Tassimo and Dolce Gusto (slightly greater in Dolce Gusto). However, the taste is much better in the Tassimo capsules, although this is a very personal opinion. All the drinks I have tried in Tassimo have a more intense flavour than the Dolce Gusto equivalents.

Variety of Dolce Gusto capsules

The list of varieties described below refers to the original capsules currently (04/05/2022) available in the official Dolce Gusto shop. In online shops such as Amazon, we can find even more varieties.

We have 39 different varieties, not counting special editions that appear at different times of the year or compatible capsules from other brands:

  • Ristretto (Barista, Ardenza)
  • Espresso (Intenso, Decaffeinated, Peru, Starbucks Espresso Blonde Roast, Starbucks Espresso Colombia, Starbucks Espresso Dark Roast)
  • Americano (Classic, Intenso, Lungo, Bold Morning XL, Lungo Intenso, Lungo Decaffeinated, Colombia Sierra Nevada, Mexico Chiapas, Starbucks Americano Veranda Blend, Starbucks House Blend Medium Roast Grande, Starbucks Americano Sunny Day Blend)
  • Latte (Café Au Lait, Café Au Lait Decaffeinated, Café Au Lait Intenso)
  • Cappuccino (Classic, Skinny, Starbucks Cappuccino)
  • Latte (Oat Caffé Latte, Almond Caffé Latte, Coconut Caffé Latte, Starbucks Caffé Latte)
  • Latte Macchiato (Classic, Caramel, Starbucks Classic, Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, Starbucks Magadascar Vanilla Macchiato)
  • Cortado
  • Flat White
  • Chococino
  • Nesquik
  • Cold Brew

Variety of Tassimo capsules

Here are the 46 original varieties available in the official Tassimo shop. That’s a few more than Dolce Gusto offers. Also, remember that in online shops like Amazon UK, you can find more varieties.

  • Americano (Costa Americano, Kenco Americano Smooth, Kenco Pure Colombian, L’OR XL Classique, L’OR XL Intense, Morning Cafe, Jacobs Caffé Crema Intenso, Café Hag Decaff, Jacobs Caffé Crema Classico XL, Jacobs Caffé Crema Intenso XL)
  • Espresso (L’OR Espresso Delizioso, L’OR Espresso Decaffeinato, L’OR Espresso Fortissimo, L’OR Espresso Splendente, Jacobs Espresso Ristretto, Marcilla Espresso, Marcilla Espresso Descafeinado)
  • Cappuccino (Costa Cappuccino, Kenco Cappuccino, L’OR Cappuccino, Jacobs Cappuccino Classico, Gevalia Cappuccino, Jacobs Cappuccino Choco)
  • Hot Chocolate (Milka Chocolate, Cadbury Hot Chocolate, Suchard Hot Chocolate)
  • Flat White  (Kenco Flat White)
  • Latte (Costa Iced Caramel Latte, Hazelnut Praline Latte, Costa Gingerbread Latte, Gevalia Latte Macchiato Less Sweet, Chai Latte, L’OR Latte Macchiato, Costa Latte, Costa Caramel Latte, Marcilla Cortado, Toffee Nut Latte, Baileys Latte Macchiato, L’OR Latte Macchiato Caramel, Jacobs Latte Macchiato Vanilla, Jacobs Latte Macchiato Caramel, Gevalia Café Au Lait, Jacobs Café Au Lait)
  • Milk (Creamer from Milk)
  • Tea (Chai Latte, Tea Time Green Tea & Mint)

Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo compatible and refillable capsules

Today we can find dozens of compatible capsules for Dolce Gusto coffee machines, which has had a positive effect on the price of the original capsules, which have dropped significantly. In my personal experience, I have not had any problems with Dolce Gusto compatible capsules, although I prefer to use originals.

Due to the complexity of Tassimo capsules (presence of a barcode), there are no Tassimo compatible capsules on the market. This also has to do with the “patent wars”, where the Bosh Intellibrew system is still protected.

In my opinion, the great advantage of Dolce Gusto over Tassimo is not that the compatible capsules are cheaper than the originals, as in most cases we are talking about cents difference, but that the presence of these compatible capsules has reduced the price of the originals.

Are there refillable capsules for both brands?

As for refillable capsules, they already exist for both Dolce Gusto and Tassimo (60ml and 180ml), and in both cases, they work “just as well”. Don’t expect refillable capsules to be without problems, as it is only through practice and experimentation that you will achieve really good coffee.

Price comparison of Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo coffee machines

One of the main characteristics of both brands is the low cost of their coffee machines because, as we said before, Tassimo and Dolce Gusto do business selling capsules. Both brands’ coffee machines are very easy to use.

Tassimo is the simplest; you get the right amount for each capsule type with a single button. This is thanks to the barcodes on their capsules and the reader on the machine. However, their latest model (MyWay) offers more customisation.

You have to stop the preparation (manual models) in the Dolce Gusto machines or pre-select the desired amount of coffee before pressing the preparation lever (automatic models).

Price of Dolce Gusto coffee machines

Dolce Gusto does not sell its coffee machines directly from its official online shop in the UK but instead offers you a price comparison of other shops where they are sold:

  • Manual (Piccolo XS and Infinissima): £29 / £39.
  • Automatic Mini-Me: £54.48.
  • Genio S automatic: £49.66.
  • Genio S Plus automatic: £40.49.
  • Genio S Touch automatic: £79.99.

Price of Tassimo coffee machines

In the official Tassimo shop, we can find the following prices for their coffee machines:

  • Happy: £39.99.
  • Happy + 5 packs of free capsules: £49.99.
  • Suny: £119.99.
  • Vivy 2: £34.99.
  • MyWay: £139.99.
  • MyWay 2: £139.99.
  • On Amazon UK, we can also find great deals on Tassimo coffee machines, such as this Tassimo Suny for only £29,99.

Design comparison of Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo coffee makers

When we talked about taste, I said I liked Tassimo coffee machines better than Dolce Gusto, but that was a personal opinion. In the case of design, we are back to a very subjective area; depending on your taste, you may prefer one over the other. However, I will give you some details that may help you choose.

The exterior appearance of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines available in the official shop:

Design of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines
Design of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines

In the image above, we can see the classic silhouette of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines, with their spherical “head” housing the capsule holder. The Dolce Gusto will certainly not go unnoticed anywhere.

The exterior appearance of the Tassimo coffee machines available in the official shop:

Design of the Tassimo coffee machines
Design of the Tassimo coffee machines

Tassimo coffee machines are less slender than the Dolce Gusto but are more proportionate, making them ideal for fitting into any kitchen niche.

Durability and technology of Dolce Gusto vs Tassimo coffee makers

One of the most important facts about the durability of a coffee machine is provided by the brand itself through the guarantee they offer on their machines:

Both Dolce Gusto and Tassimo have made very robust and reliable coffee machines. As someone who loves to take these machines apart and put them through very demanding tests, I think both brands have done an extraordinary job with their designs and assemblies.

If I had to single out one bad (but good) thing about one of the brands, it would be Tassimo’s Intellibrew system. This barcode reader is one of the most important and, at the same time, most sensitive components of the Tassimo coffee machine.

The two negative things I see:

  • On the one hand, you can’t customise the drinks automatically as you can with the Dolce Gusto. It behaves like a manual Dolce Gusto because if you want more water, you have to provide it yourself by pressing the button again until you have the desired amount of water.
  • On the other hand, if the reader gets dirty or damaged, the machine will not allow you to make coffee.

NOTE: The My Way model already allows you to modify these quantities of water and other variables.

Conclusion:

From all of the above, I think the determining factor in choosing one coffee maker over the other involves weighing up whether you prefer a cheaper capsule coffee maker or one with higher quality capsules.

The Dolce Gusto is the coffee machine if you opt for the economic side. However, if you want better taste, you should get a Tassimo coffee machine. I confess that I love Dolce Gusto coffee machines, but I prefer Tassimo because of the taste of their coffees.