If you’re a Senseo coffee machine user, you may not be entirely convinced by the capsule varieties of the brand itself, or you may be looking to save money by buying capsules that are compatible with Senseo, which are cheaper than the conventional ones.
Well, you’ve come to the right page. Let’s explain what options you have in the market to buy your Senseo compatible capsules, where you can find them, and if they are worth it.
Let’s start at the beginning: which capsules are compatible with Senseo? Well, the single-dose soft pods. If you don’t know what they are or how to tell them apart, read on to find out.
Unlike Tassimo compatible capsules, there are several varieties and brands of capsules compatible with Senseo coffee makers because they do not have a closed format or patent. Senseo machines use soft paper pods, and although they sell their official ones (you can find them here: Senseo capsules), any other manufacturer will do.
The paper pods follow a standardized format called ESE (Easy Serving Espresso). But they’re not all the same: they have different diameters and are divided into hard or soft according to whether the coffee dose is higher or lower (the coffee is more or less compacted inside the pod).
For more information, see our guide on ESE pods.
We should not forget that this soft single-dose format (pads) is also used by many other espresso machines on the market. They are not exclusive to Philips Senseo machines.
The best Senseo compatible capsules in 2023
If you are looking for the best brands of capsules compatible with Senseo, here are some of the alternatives currently offered by the market. In the sector of coffee capsules compatible with Senseo, brands such as Solimo Amazon, Gimoka, Fortaleza or ItalianCoffee capsules stand out. We have talked about many of them on our website, so we present them to you in this section.
- Douwe Egberts Senseo Cappuccino (Pack of 4, Total 32 Pods)
- Senseo Coffee Pods Compatible | Gimoka STRONG|Dark Roast Intenso Flavour
Other brands of capsules compatible with Senseo can be those of Oquendo or Bonka.
In general, as we have already said, you can use in your Senseo coffee maker any single dose of the soft type that you find in the supermarkets. There are numerous Senseo compatible capsules in any of the standard supermarket chains. Many of them are white-label Senseo compatible.
Solimo single-dose compatible with Senseo
As with their Nespresso compatible products, Solimo Amazon capsules for Senseo are available in only three varieties of espresso: mild, classic and strong. There is not much to choose from, but the price is quite attractive. Here they are:
- Amazon Brand – Solimo Senseo Compatible Pads Mild, 90 Pads (5 Packs x 18)
- Amazon Brand – Solimo Strong Senseo Compatible Pads, 90 Pads (5 Packs x 18)
Are Senseo capsules compatible with Dolce Gusto?
No. It is a frequent question from less experienced users, but the answer is not. Single doses of one system do not work in the other, nor are there any Dolce Gusto to Senseo adapters or anything like that. They couldn’t be more different. The Dolce Gusto is a hard capsule, and the Senseo capsules, as we know, are a soft single dose.
Are the Tassimo capsules compatible with Senseo?
No, it’s impossible because Tassimo T-Discs carry a unique barcode that makes them readable only from Tassimo coffee makers. We explain this in more detail in our article about Tassimo compatible capsules.