When someone thinks about buying a Dolce Gusto coffee maker, especially this 2021, we take advantage of it to make excellent gifts. There is a doubt that always arises in most cases as a result of the scarce information that exists on the Internet on this subject. So much so that it is not strange to see people asking about the Dolce Vita coffee machine or things like that. Yes, Dolce Vita coffee maker, it´s true.
The average consumer, who has never bought a coffee maker, is unaware of all the differences between the Dolce Gusto coffee makers. There are several models, but they don’t know what the advantages and disadvantages of each one are. And in physical stores, the shop assistants don’t always know how to guide us precisely.
And of course, doubts multiply in the head of the novice buyer: Which Dolce Gusto coffee maker should I buy? Which Dolce Gusto coffee maker is better? Why is one bigger than the other? Are Dolce Gusto coffee makers all good, or are there more basic and advanced models? Which brand do I choose and why Nespresso vs Dolce Gusto?… and so on to infinity.
Well, we are going to try to clear up these doubts by explaining in this comparison what the difference is between the Dolce Gusto coffee machines, most transparently and schematically possible, so that you know what you are going to buy.
As everyone knows, the price of the Dolce Gusto coffee machine can vary a lot depending on the model and the type of operation that the machine has. Antiquity also influences: the latest models are always more expensive, which sometimes allows you to buy models from other years with exciting discounts.
Let’s start by reviewing all the existing models on the market, which are fourteen: Piccolo, Genio, Circolo, Melody, Mini-Me, Oblo, Jovia, Drop, Stelia, Eclipse, Movenza, Lumio, Colors and Infinissima. There is another model, the Dolce Gusto Fontana, which dates back to 2010 that you can not continue buying online, and therefore we will leave it out of our comparison.
- 1 Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker: Which Is the Best?
- 2 Differences in operation: Manual or automatic Dolce Gusto coffee machine?
- 3 Which Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker Is Bigger?
- 4 Which Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker Is Smaller?
- 5 What Is the Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker Cheapest?
- 6 Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker: Types of Capsules
- 7 Differences Between Dolce Gusto Models
Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker: Which Is the Best?
The first thing you should know is that the differences between all Dolce Gusto coffee machines in terms of performance and functionality are very small, almost non-existent. The only significant difference concerning the operation of Dolce Gusto coffee machines is that the fact of choosing a manual or automatic coffee machine.
The rest of the details on which you will have to decide your purchase are more aesthetic or logistical: price, size, design, colours or capacity of the water tank, for example.
But all Dolce Gusto coffee machines work primarily the same way, use identical capsules and produce the same coffee.
If anything, in the most recent models (2016 onwards), we find some advances such as the touch control panel or the automatic opening. But nothing that affects the preparation of coffee.
Differences in operation: Manual or automatic Dolce Gusto coffee machine?
Before analyzing the differences between each Dolce Gusto coffee maker, let’s explain the main difference in operation that you’re going to find: Dolce Gusto coffee makers are divided into two large groups, manual and automatic.
- Piccolo, Infinissima, Oblo and Jovia are Dolce Gusto manual coffee machines.
- Drop, Stelia, Eclipse, Movenza, Lumio, Colors, Genio and Mini Me are Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines.
- The Circolo and Melody coffee makers are available in both manual and automatic versions.
The difference between a Dolce Gusto manual coffee machine and an automatic one is that in the manual one, you must stop the preparation of the coffee yourself now when it suits you.
Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines use the Play&Select system, in which you select the intensity of your coffee on a scale from 1 to 7, turn it on, and the coffee machine automatically stops brewing at the right time. You don’t have to worry about anything, and it’s much more comfortable. You can see more details about this process in the following article: Differences between Dolce Gusto manual and automatic coffee machines.
Manual coffee machines are much cheaper than automatic ones. If the budget is crucial to you, you should make sure that the Dolce Gusto is manual rather than the specific model.
Which Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker Is Bigger?
If we talk about capacity, the biggest water tank is the Circolo and the Dolce Gusto Melody 3 (which is not the normal Melody, watch out for mistakes), with 1.3 litres. Other models only mount 1-litre tanks: Drop, Stelia, Eclipse, Movenza, Lumio, Colors and Genio 2.
When it comes to space and dimensions, Dolce Gusto’s newest coffee machines (Stelia, Eclipse and Movenza) have a broad base and pay for their spectacular design with a size unsuitable for which kitchens. The Circolo is also quite wide.
Which Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker Is Smaller?
What Is the Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker Cheapest?
If we’re talking about new factory models, the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee maker is the Piccolo. Around 40 Pounds is almost always the case.
On the other hand, bear in mind that some models such as the Melody or the Circolo have two versions: manual and automatic. Although the appearance of the coffee makers is similar, the manual version is always going to be much cheaper than the automatic one.
On the other hand, if we go to the Dolce Gusto used coffee machines, we can find a lot of reconditioned machines, with all the guarantees and at incredible prices. Here you have them all: See all Dolce Gusto secondhand coffee machines.
Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker: Types of Capsules
We do not know very well why, but this is a frequent doubt among many consumers who do not yet know this sector. Just in case, we clarify: all Dolce Gusto coffee machines use the same capsules with no differences. There are no capsules of one type or another, being all the same. You can choose between official or compatible Dolce Gusto capsules, but they all work for any machine.
Differences Between Dolce Gusto Models
Once you’re clear whether you want to buy a Dolce Gusto manual or automatic coffee maker, you’ll have to choose the model. Let’s tell you about the peculiarities of each one.
Oblo and Jovia
We started with the Dolce Gusto Oblo and Jovia coffee machines. Both coffee machines were launched jointly in September 2014. They are necessarily the same and only differ in design and shape. So you will have to choose the one you like best or the one that fits best in your kitchen. You can see it in more detail in this article: Dolce Gusto Oblo vs Jovia comparison.
Drop and Stelia
The Drop and Stelia models are launched in the autumn of 2015, and apart from their revolutionary design, they differ from the rest of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines in that they introduce a fully tactile control panel (Dolce Gusto calls it the HMI panel). Both are self-operated coffee machines that are controlled by Dolce Gusto’s exclusive Play&Select system and have 1-litre capacity water tanks, slightly larger than those of the company’s previous coffeemakers.
Eclipse and Movenza
These two coffee machines will appear on the market for the 2016 Christmas season. Both have an automatic operation, a touch panel, and an innovative automatic opening function, as the main novelty concerning their predecessors. It means that just touching them directly opens the capsule insertion compartment. Besides, they have a large capacity when compared to the rest of the range: 1 litre in the water tank.
In short, if you’re looking for a Dolce Gusto large coffee maker, these are two exciting options.
Lumio and Colors
These are two very similar machines: automatic, small, reasonably priced and with 1 litre capacity in the tank. Both also introduce the novelty of the XL function in the Play&Select system: a possibility to brew extra-long coffees with more water than usual.
The difference between the two lies above all in the design: in particular, the Colors bet on an innovative collection of panels of various colours, which can be exchanged and replaced easily. When you buy the Dolce Gusto Colors coffee machine, three of these panels are already included in the box.
Piccolo and Genio
And now, let’s go to the other end with two of the most veteran Dolce Gusto coffee machines. Both are the same and differ only in that the Piccolo is the manual model, and the Genio is the automatic model. Just like that. The capacity of its tank is the same as the Oblo, the Jovia or the Mini-Me.
The Genio has a new version called Dolce Gusto Genio 2, which has a larger water tank (1 litre, per 0.6 of the original Genio).
The capacity of the water tank is no advantage or disadvantage. If the container is smaller, you will have to refill it more often, but the machine will also be smaller and more manageable.
The Piccolo, being manual and already very old, is the cheapest Dolce Gusto coffee machine: you can buy a Piccolo online for just 40 £.
The Dolce Gusto Mini Me coffee machine differs from previous ones in that it combines a small size with automatic functionality. It is very similar to the Genio, although it is somewhat more compact and also newer. It was released for the 2013 Christmas season and is one of the best-selling Dolce Gusto coffee machines because it is the cheapest of all the automatic ones. The capacity of its water tank is reduced.
- Automatic ‘Play & Select’ coffee machine
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure for coffee shop quality
- 40 varieties of hold and cold drinks
- Easy to use and clean; Cup Capacity : 3
- Eco mode activates after 5 minutes
The Infinissima coffee machine dates to the autumn of 2018 and is one of the brand’s largest coffee machines: its water tank has a capacity of 1.2 litres. It is 100% manual (it does not have an automatic version). Its combination of a massive tank with small dimensions is fascinating, especially in terms of the width of the coffee machine.
- Enjoy infinite coffee possibilities with the slimline Infinissima manual coffee machine (37cm H x 15cm W x 28cm D). Available in 3 colours.
- Extra large water tank of 1.2L and adjustable drip tray suitable for all cup sizes
- Easy to Use -all you need is the machine, some water and NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto pods
- Deliver high quality coffees with a thick velvety crema –thanks to its maximum 15 bar pump pressure
- Over 40 coffee creations and other delicious hot and cold beverages prepared with one easy move of the machine
The Esperta, this machine dates from late 2019 and the first in the Dolce Gusto catalogue to boast Bluetooth connectivity. Besides, it has a very generous 1.4-litre tank and allows you to customize some aspects not found in other machines, such as the temperature of the coffee.
- De'Longhi EDG656T Dolce Gusto Esperta, Black by DeLonghi
Circolo and Melody
We leave for the end the two largest Dolce Gusto coffee machines: The Melody and the Circolo. Both coffee machines have been on the market for some time and are different from the previous ones in that their water tank is much larger (1.3 litres), and they also have a groundbreaking and very striking design. Also, Melody has a practical compartment for storing used capsules. As mentioned above, another advantage of both is that they are available in both manual and automatic versions, so if you want to buy one of these, you can choose whether to spend money depending on the version you are interested in.
So much for our summary of the main differences between Dolce Gusto coffee machines. We have tried to be very clear and schematic, and we trust that the article will help you decide your next purchase or your next Christmas gift. Did you find it interesting? Do you disagree at any point?