How to buy the best Tassimo coffee machine
By Yvette Fletcher
Interested in buying a Tassimo capsule coffee machine? Our expert guide explains why you may buy a Tassimo over a Nespresso or Dolce Gusto
Tassimo machines make more than just coffee. There are more than 50 different-flavoured Tassimo pods available, including hot chocolate and various teas. But is Tassimo right for you? And if so, which model is the best?
Our guide explores the key questions you need to answer before investing in a Tassimo machine, as well as how much you need to spend.
If you want to make a variety of cafe-style hot drinks at home, Tassimo seems to have all the answers. The simple T-disc capsule system allows you to make drinks at the touch of a button. But are they any good, or will the coffee disappoint?
Before you commit to a Tassimo, check out how Tassimo machines have been rated by our experts in our Tassimo coffee machine reviews.
What do the Tassimo coffee machines include?
The range of features a Tassimo machine offers don’t largely differ between each model. Your choice when picking the right product for you will depend more on budget and aesthetics. Of course be sure to check each machine for any additions you specifically want before buying to avoid wasting your time and money.
Tassimo machines make more than just coffee
Most models offer a wide range of options when it comes to your drink of choice, including hot chocolate, a variety of teas and café-style coffee drinks using their T-disc pods. This is great for people that want to vary what they drink day-to-day.
There are more than 50 different-flavoured capsules available, including Carte Noire coffee, hot chocolate, Costa-branded capsules and various teas. Similar to other brands, the milk and coffee capsules are separate. To make a latte, for example, you use the latte disc first, followed by the milk disc which uses UHT milk.
Tassimo use 3.3 bar pressure
Most machines use a 15-19 bar pressure to make an espresso, but Tassimo use only a 3.3 bar pressure for all their hot drinks. Although most pressure bars depend on the brand, it is considerably lower than most. A higher pressure usually means good crema (foamy head) on the espresso. If you prefer a higher pressure then take a look at our full coffee machine reviews.
The capsules use a barcode recognition system
The machine scans the capsules barcode and adjusts the brewing time, water quantity and drink stream (flow) accordingly. Each T-disc is programmed to complete the cycle with a gust of steam at the end of each drink to remove residue between drinks. So there is no need to worry about flavour contamination.
You don’t need a milk frother
Milky drinks, such as cappuccinos, have everything they need in the capsule, so you don’t need an additional steam wand or milk frother.
Tassimo T-Discs are 'fully recyclable with Terracycle'
Pods can be extremely damaging to the environment if not recycled properly. Not all brands have available facilities for recycling but Tassimo does, in fact there are more than 200 UK recycling points.
How much do I need to spend to get a decent Tassimo machine?
Tassimo machines can cost between £40 - £150, and you can get similar basic features on the lower and top end of the price system.
What's more, they all use the same range of Tassimo T-discs to make coffee so you may be able to get away with a cheaper model.
As you go up the range in price, you will get more fancy features. But only our tests reveal how good each model is at making coffee and how easy they are to use.
These two Tassimo models are at the two ends of the price spectrum but are not so different when it comes to their features…
The Tassimo coffee machine price difference
When should I buy a Tassimo machine?
It's a good idea to keep an eye on prices and pick up a Tassimo machine when it's on offer, to avoid paying over the odds.
Black Friday, Christmas, and not forgetting cyber Monday, are all great times to get a deal on a Tassimo machine so try not to panic buy.
Preparation is key though. If you know you want to make the best out of upcoming deals then take the time to do your product research, check current prices and don't just focus on the saving to ensure you come away with a product you really want… and need!
How do Tassimo machines compare with other coffee machines?
Tassimo coffee machines tend to sit at the affordable end of the scale when compared with other capsule models. However, they also differ in another important way – while other coffee machines use high (15-19 bar) pressure to make espresso, Tassimo machines use just 3.3 bar pressure.
Coffee purists would argue this isn't enough to produce a classic espresso, although Tassimo says otherwise. In our independent coffee machine tests, our coffee tasting expert blind tastes espresso and cappuccino from every machine.
The wide variety of drink options is a great benefit to the Tassimo range, so if you’re not just looking for coffee than Tassimo could be better for you over Nespresso and Dolce Gusto coffee machines. The pods are also available in most major supermarkets, unlike some of the other makes, meaning you can stock up during your weekly shop.
However, you are typically limited to only Tassimo branded pods.
Our experts compare the top capsule coffee machines brands to help you make the right choice of appliance.
How much will the capsules cost?
As with all capsule machines, it's worth keeping ongoing costs in mind before committing to a Tassimo model – T-disc capsules cost around 28p each (and two are required for some drinks). So, if you average two capsules per drink and have two cups a day for an entire year this will cost around £205.
- Per capsule price range: 28p - 66p
- Available from: Large supermarkets nationwide, online
- Machine price range: £40 - £145
This is slightly cheaper than other capsule brands if you opt for Tassimo own brand pods. If you're turned off by the prospect of continually paying for capsules, you may want to consider a traditional espresso machine instead, which will be cheaper to use.
Are cheap Tassimo machines any good?
All Tassimo machines are fully automatic and use the same T-disc capsule system to make drinks. The capsules have a barcode which the machine scans, so it knows exactly how to make each drink. This means that theoretically all Tassimo machines should produce a similar quality of coffee. But to find out for sure, use our filters to take a look at our Tassimo coffee machine reviews.
So what do you get if you buy a more expensive Tassimo coffee machine? Some of the extra features you might see include:
- On-board capsule storage The Tassimo Caddy has a flexible storage system so your favourite drinks capsules can be stored alongside the machine for easy access.
- Adjustable drinks Tassimo T-discs each have a barcode that tells the machine how much water to use for that drink. However, pricier Tassimo machines will allow you to manually adjust the size of your drink for more flexibility.
- Liquid crystal display While cheaper Tassimo models keep things simple with just a single button, pricier models have a display that helps you personalise drinks and tells you when the machine needs descaling or the tank needs refilling.
- Larger water tanks More expensive Tassimo machines tend to have larger water tanks, which means you’ll be able to make more drinks before having to refill.
- Water filters Models at the high end come with a water filter that fits into the model’s tank.
What drinks can I make with a Tassimo?
The range of Tassimo pods includes espresso, cappuccino, latte and decaf coffee capsules, as well as traditional and herbal teas and a variety of hot chocolates. It also includes Costa coffee capsules, for fans of the coffee chain.
If you want this sort of variety, it's also worth considering a Nescafé Dolce Gusto machine, as the Dolce Gusto capsule range also includes a wide range of hot drinks.
Choosing the best Tassimo machine
If you aren't too worried about extra features, you have more freedom to pick a Tassimo machine based on how much space you have in your kitchen, how much you want to spend, and which model fits your decor.
But don't compromise on how good the coffee is, use our coffee machine reviews now to see which models have done well in our tests.