How to buy the best Tassimo coffee machine
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 café-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?
What you get with Tassimo machines
The features on offer don't largely differ between Tassimo machines. 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 machines use 3.3-bar pressure
Most machines use 15 to 19-bar pressure to make an espresso, but Tassimo uses only a 3.3-bar pressure for all 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, take a look at our .
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 to avoid 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 technically recyclable
Tassimo's plastic pods are recyclable via Terracycle. However, depending on where you live, the drop-off points are quite limited. You may have to go out of your way to recycle pods.
How much do I need to spend to get a decent Tassimo machine?
Tassimo machines can cost between £40 and £150, and you can get similar basic features on lower and top-end models.
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.
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, Cyber Monday and Christmas 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, 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 to 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 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.
Are Tassimo machines any good?
We gathered feedback from more than 250 Tassimo coffee machine owners in 2019, asking how satisfied they were with their coffee machines and whether their machines had developed any faults. We've combined these results with data from our independent lab tests to bring you our verdict on how good Tassimo machines are at making coffee, and whether you can rely on them to stay fault-free for years to come.
In the table below you can find out:
- How well Tassimo machines do in our coffee tests.
- How likely Tassimo coffee machines are to last, based on our survey of owners.
- Whether Tassimo owners feel they get value for money.
- How satisfied owners are with their Tassimo coffee machine and how likely they are to recommend it to a friend.
- Our verdict on whether this brand is worth buying.
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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). 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 to 66p
- Available from: Large supermarkets nationwide, online
- Machine price range: £40 to £145
This is slightly cheaper than other capsule brands if you opt for Tassimo's own-brand pods. If you're turned off by the prospect of continually paying for capsules, you may want to consider a 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 that 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 .
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.
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.