Best Dolce Gusto Machine Review and Buyers' Guide
Are you looking for great tasting coffee that's easy to make?
Coffee machines can be complex but since the arrival of coffee pods, life for coffee makers has become easier.
However, with so many different brands and models of coffee machines on the market, how do you know where to start?
If you know Dolce Gusto coffee machines are your preference, which model do you choose?
We've reviewed the top coffee machines Dolce Gusto makes and are here to try and make that decision easier for coffee makers out there!
De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch (Editors' Choice)
The design of De'Longhi coffee machines hasn't stood up well when compared to Nespresso or Bosch. However, De'Longhi looked to change that with the Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch. It's unique and in terms of style, it's ahead of its competition.
This Dolce Gusto machine is designed as a loop. A touch of a button will open the coffee machine into a stylish twisted shape. In terms of making a statement in your kitchen, it certainly achieves that.
Two colour choices to keep things simple, black or silver. These ought to work in any kitchen and with any decor.
When it comes to using this gusto machine it has a touchscreen operation. You use bars to select the quantity of coffee, and there is a choice of hot and cold drinks. Having a choice of hot and cold is something that puts De'Longhi ahead of their competitors.
Honestly, one thing we really liked was that the coffee machine opened up automatically when switched on.
Let's face it if coffee pods machines are easy to use, they aren't worth buying. The whole principle of a pod machine is great coffee, little effort. Fortunately, this coffee machine fits that!
Fill the water tank, insert a Dolce Gusto coffee pod, select your water volume (there's a new XL option if you're after a long drink!) and choose between hot or cold. The machine will do the rest.
Similar to the majority of De'Longhi pod machines, there isn't a milk chamber. For milky drinks, there will be separate pods with milk inside. One of the best upside to these coffee pods is that there is less mess and no complicated milk frothing to be done.
Another feature of this Dolce Gusto coffee maker is that cleaning is an easy job. Built into the machine is a descaling function and the drip tray is removable for easy cleaning.
De'Longhi and quality coffee are two things which naturally go together and this Dolce Gusto coffee machine is no exception. There is a pressure regulation of 15 bar - which strikes the perfect balance to achieve that smooth coffee with thick crema, every time you want it.
When it comes to Gusto coffee machines, De'Longhi offers one of the widest range of hot and cold drinks. The variety of coffee is extensive, with over 40 different options and strengths to choose from.
The design of this coffee machine is something to be marvelled and really paves the way for other manufacturers to follow.
If you are in the market for Gusto machines with an added extra style factor, large choice of coffee pods and great tasting coffee, then this may be the ideal coffee machine for you.
- Easy to use the touchscreen
- Wide range of gusto coffee
- Cable colour may not appeal to everyone
Breville All-in-One Coffee House
Are you looking for the best of both coffee making worlds? Then this machine may be perfect for you!
A coffee machine that is compact and designed to fit into a tight spot on the countertop comfortably. The water tank is a nice neat size - though still a decent capacity at 1.5 litres so you won't find yourself constantly topping up.
The steam arms will tuck nicely into the machine when not in use. As there are so many different attachments you may have to consider where they will be stored.
The Breville All-in-one could really suit those who like a bit of variety in their coffee lie.
Coffee makers can choose from filter coffee (up to 10 cups), a portafilter with two baskets, one for a single shot of espresso and one double and why we are all here, an attachment for pods!
The Breville Coffee House can auto-detect which coffee option you have chosen that day and will brew accordingly. This makes the coffee-making experience really simple - exactly what most people want!
For those who love extra creamy coffee, this range of coffee machines delivers in bucket loads! This is due to the 19 bar pressure system - this is higher than average when it comes to a Gusto coffee machine.
When it comes to coffee machines this one offers so many choices for those who love to change up how they brew their coffee.
The machine itself is a neat size and fits onto the countertop beautifully. The water tank is a decent capacity and the bar pressure is higher than average. Some will find this to produce tastier coffee as a result!
- So many different coffee making options
- Steam wand for added creaminess
- Compact design
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Krups Lumio
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine has a real contemporary feel and look about it. This machine could be perfect for people with limited countertop space as it has a compact design, intended to save space but still provide a nice tasting coffee.
Don't let the small size put you off, it can still produce XL drinks with the additional settings.
The water tank capacity is 1 litre, which compared to many is a bit smaller. Though this Gusto coffee machine is built for people with limited space in mind and for that it works really well.
The coffee produced from the Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine is good quality and this model is no expectation. There is a maximum of 15 bar pump pressure, giving great flexibility and ensures creamy milky coffee for those who want it. What's best is that it comes with no fuss and no mess so it's easy to replicate that coffee shop experience in your own home.
Using the Nescafé Dolce couldn't be more straight forward. Pop in a coffee pod, choose the volume you want and your coffee will be with you in seconds.
A great thing about the coffee in the pods is that you get full flavours as the coffee gets sealed into the pod once it has been roasted so it stayed fresh - it also smells delicious too!
There is minimal cleaning as the coffee grinds tend to stay in the pod. One tip is to make sure you keep the "blank pod" that is included with the machine. This cleans the system when it's required - it will notify you when this is needed.
You will find a drip tray at the bottom to catch anything splashes or misjudgement on cup size.
Overall the Lumio Dolce Gusto coffee machine could be the perfect choice for many. It offers hot and cold beverages, with a great range.
These Dolce Gusto coffee machines are very easy to use and work very quickly. Due to the pod design, there is little cleaning required.
- Space-saving in its design
- Eco mode to save energy
- 2-year warranty
- Some may find it a little noisy at times
Nescafé Dolce Gusto by KRUPS Gusto Mini Me
You get a sense that a fair amount of thought has gone into the design of these Dolce Gusto machines.
There are a number of different colours to choose from; grey and white, matt black and black and red. This means that you ought to be able to find a colour that really works for in your kitchen.
If you opt for a two-tone version, the colours are split, this offers a nice modern twist to the Dolce Gusto coffee machines.
This range of coffee machines is made from plastic but it is still good quality and looks pleasing to the eye.
As you can expect from a coffee machine called "Mini-Me", it is neat and compact. This should help to eliminate any issues with finding a suitable place for it on the countertop.
Most people who choose are coffee Dolce Gusto machine with a pod system is down to convenience. They are simple to use, easy to operate and maintain.
Depending on the Dolce Gusto coffee machine you choose, it will either be Manual or Automatic. The Mini-Me is automatic.
What this means is that it will produce a set amount of water through each pod depending on the setting you select.
In terms of the number of settings, there are 7 to choose from. The lower the setting, the shorter the drink.
Due to the compact nature of these Dolce Gusto machines, the water tank size is quite small at 0.8 litres. This will produce around 2 to 3 beverages before requiring a refill. The great news is the water tank can be accessed easily.
A superb piece of kit for those who are limited on space or don't wish to have coffee makers dominating their kitchen.
The Mini-Me has most of the same functions as the bigger and more expensive machines so when it comes to value for money, this is a real contender.
- One of the easiest machines to use on the market
- Great value for money
- Really nice design
- Range of colours
- Some may find the water tank a bit limiting
DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS
The Piccolo XS is one of the smallest in the Dolce Gusto coffee range. This means that finding a slot for it in your kitchen should not be too difficult.
In terms of looks, it is shiny and really has a modern way about it - including its nice curvy silhouette.
The Piccolo is simple in design and in use. The drip tray is easy to remove for cleaning and can be slotted back in simply. The idea is that this machine provides you with no fuss and no mess and it sure goes a long way to achieving that.
The features of the coffee machine are basic. It is a no-frills, no-nonsense piece of kit and that's why we like it.
There is still the option of hot and cold beverages - you don't get this on other brands of pod machines.
So if simplicity is what you're looking for in a coffee machine, then you've probably found it.
Unlike some of the other machines, we have looked at, this model isn't automatic. This means that it won't stop unless you tell it to. Some will consider this to be a good thing in that you haven't got to keep restarting the machine to get a bit more coffee.
For others, they may prefer the convenience of being able to walk away and return when it's done. However, we aren't talking minutes, we're talking seconds.
This machine will provide you with a good cup of coffee, quickly and without complications.
The water tank is 0.8 litres, adding to the compactness of the unit - which could be perfect for so many people.
A no-frills, simple to use machine with a great range of coffee flavours and blends to choose from.
- Basic and easy to use
- Manual settings
- 2-year warranty
- Brewing can be a little noisy but it only lasts 30 seconds
Buyers' Guide: What to look for when considering a Dolce Gusto machine
There is unquestionably a good choice of Gusto machines out there so let's look at some of the features to see what you might find useful.
- Water tank - The space you are prepared to give to your Gusto machine will somewhat determine what size the water tank will be. The bigger the water tank, the fewer trips to the sink you will find yourself making. However, at the same time the space, it is likely to take up in your kitchen will be greater - it's a fine balance!
- Drink Size - Different models will have different options for drink size. XL size is becoming increasingly common - and popular. It is good for those who like a good-sized latte. Some machines will offer the ability to save a setting so you no longer have to fine-tune your coffee every morning - keeping things nice and convenient.
- Bar Pressure - This is how much force a pod machine will use to pump the water through a pod. 15 bar is sort of the minimum needed to get those great tasting coffees. Helpfully all the Gusto machines we look at here are 15 bar or above.
- Spout Size - This is basically ensuring that there is enough space for your coffee cup. Adjustable drip trays or platforms can be a great feature for people who like a variety of drinks. Being able to adjust to suit your mug size also reduces the splashback when the coffee is being dispensed.
1. Which is the best Nespresso or Dolce Gusto?
Both Nespresso and Dolce Gusto can produce great tasting coffee. Their coffee machines are high quality and come in a range of styles, offering different functionalities too.
Which was is best comes down to your personal preference.
If you prefer the espresso-style drinks, with different ranges of strengths and blends then Nespresso may be more your cup of
However, if your style is creamier, milkier coffees such as caramel lattes, hot chocolates and other drinks you commonly see in a coffee shop, then Dolce Gusto machines may serve you best.
2. Is Tassimo or Dolce Gusto better?
Tassimo and Dolce Gusto offer so much choice when it comes to hot and cold drink varieties.
They both have big-name coffee pods available such as Starbucks and Costa so they both can provide that touch of familiarity.
When it comes to purchasing the coffee machine, Dolce Gusto tends to come out top on value for money.
Choosing between Tassimo or Dolce Gusto is a tricky one. Both are easy to use and maintain. If you have a preference between coffee shops, that could sway your choice.
Design of the coffee machine could be a decision-maker for some.
3. What is the best coffee pod machine?
Another difficult question!
The best place to start is to think about how much space you have and can make available. No matter how many features a coffee machine has, if it takes up half of your kitchen, you aren't going to think it's the best machine out there!
Once you have established that, it will have narrowed down your options. Then consider the budget, how much you are prepared to spend on a machine.
Again, this will narrow down the options. From that have a look at the different ranges of capsules each brand does and find one which appeals to you most.
Dolce Gusto coffee machines are great and they have a huge range of models to choose from. The coffee tastes good and you don't have to work hard to get a good cup.
4. Are Dolce Gusto machines being discontinued?
Dolce Gusto machines are still available to purchase and are still being manufactured.
New models are being released as Dolce Gusto coffee use is becoming a popular way to get a cup of Joe!
The Final Verdict
After looking at each of the Dolce machines on the list, it has to be said that the De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch takes the title as best Dolce Gusto machine on the market.
It oozes style. It looks high end because it is high end! With a high-end performance to boot!
The water tank is a great capacity. It isn't too large that the countertop will be dominated by the machine. Nor is it too small that it will require constant topping up. Dolce has struck a good balance.
Cleaning is easy, the pods do not produce too much in the way of a mess so there is often little to clean.
The touch control operation is a class above the rest and makes the use of this machine so simple and genuine joy.
Speaking of genuine joy, the automatic opening of the loop at switch on. A statement piece in itself, which ought to impress any guests looking for a coffee.
Finally, De'Longhi has kept the colour options to two. They've chosen well. The two colour options should fit beautifully and compliment any kitchen.
Overall this Dolce Gusto machine ought to meet the majority of peoples requirements when it comes to coffee making and that is why it gets our top spot!