November 18, 2008

Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Bosch Tassimo Comparison - Which One is Right for You?

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto (read our full review) or
the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System (read our full review)?
Which one is right for you?

We are currently getting a large number of write ins asking which machine we prefer - the Nescafe Dolce Gusto (read our full review) or the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System (read our full review). We really like both machines, but do understand why some single serve coffee shoppers might be considering one over the other.

The big factor for choosing one machine over the other for most people writing in is price. Both machines are in similar price range - the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System is $139.99 and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto is $169.99, and we can understand why this could be a big factor. The price per single serve coffee cup is also similar, with both machines at the $.50 for a single cup of coffee and the milk based drinks coming in at about $1.00.

As we stated above price is usually a big factor, but we always go on taste and coffee preference. Both machines make very tasty cups of almost all of the hot beverages you would want in a multi-hot beverage system.

The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System can make a large range of drinks including the following:

  • coffee, tea, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto can also make a large variety of drinks including the following:

  • lungo coffee (larger cup of espresso based coffee), espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate (iced drinks as well)

The big number to think about is also the total number of drinks available. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto has 8 different types of smart capsules you can purchase for it all under the Nescafe coffee brand. The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System has 40+ coffees, teas, and other drinks it can make including coffee from well known brands such as Starbuck's Coffee and Seattle's Best. So if you just picked on the number of drinks the Tassimo is clearly going to give you more choice, but we also always pick on flavor as well.

Hot Beverage Flavor for Both Systems

So here's how we break it down. If you like the flavor of a Nespresso based coffee beverage as the Nescafe Dolce Gusto has a very similar flavor, texture, and quality - you'll be very happy with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto here. If you have a large variety of coffee needs or other hot beverages in your house - the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System may be for you.

We think on the quality of the latte vs. latte or the hot chocolate - we really prefer the Nescafe Dolce Gusto. The texture and taste is what we expect in a such a drink. Each time we make a latte from the Nescafe Dolce Gusto we could be in Italy or the North End in Boston. On the coffee front the matter is different.

We really think the Tassimo is clearly ahead. You're only going to have one flavor of coffee with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto and you're going to need to really like it. How much? Well since there's only one flavor it's going to be like having your own house blend of coffee you never change. The Tassimo Hot Beverage System is going to give you a full range of coffees from Starbuck's, Seattle's Best, and others. The Seattle's Best is really excellent tasting coffee. But if you really want to get an exceptional range of coffee you could also just go with the Keurig single serve coffee system as well.

Design of Both Systems

Both are pretty funky cool space age appliance designs. We think most people are more struck with the design of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto, but we also like the clean lines of the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System. The water reservoir design on the Tassimo is clearly easier to use, but we love the round funky design of the reservoir on the Nescafe Dolce Gusto.

The controls on both machines are straight forward as well. The Dolce Gusto allows for more control - with a simple lever setup that is manual - but gives you more choice on amount of beverage in the cup. The Tassimo doesn't allow for as much control - you can always add more water at the end of the cycle or stop in mid cycle - but it's designed to be a one button push instead of having you manually control the beverage delivery.

Pros and Cons of Both System

We pulled this set of pros and cons from our reviews of both systems.


The Nescafe Dolce Gusto:


  • Heats up quickly
  • All the beverages the machine produces we really like - some we love
  • Insertion of the smart capsules into the machine is easy
  • Controls are easy to use and are made out of high quality metal - great feel
  • Both cold and hot water brewing options are available for all drinks
  • Really solid milk flavor and taste in all milk based drinks


  • Bin for used smart coffee capsules can get messy and full quickly
  • Limited amount of coffee flavors and blends available
  • No water filter - for the price we'd expect a water filter in the reservoir
  • Water reservoir is hard to fill in our fridge filtered water dispenser
  • The machine is priced about $30 more than the Tassimo Hot beverage system for similar functionality


The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System:


  • Large variety of coffees available
  • Machine heats up quickly
  • Large reservoir includes a water filter
  • LED Controls on front are easy to use
  • Improved cup stand - will handle a travel mug


  • Removal of the clear top to see brewing is kind of a bummer
  • The machine is deeper on the countertops than the earlier model
  • Not the best latte
  • Crema top on the espresso is also a bit weak

Availability of Coffee Capsules for Both Systems

You'll be able to get most of the T Discs for the Tassimo Hot Beverage System at your local Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, or other locations offline. Online both the Nescafe Dolce Gusto and the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System capsules are readily available. You can find both machines at online retailers such as,, and others. Each also has a direct site - and

Wrapping Up

We really like both the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Both machines make excellent single serve coffee, and you're going to have to decide on your coffee flavor and preference on what machine is for you. Also another factor may just be the aesthetic - some people love one machines general look and appeal over the other. Whatever you decide, we think you'll be very happy with either of these single serve coffee machines.

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Recent Comments

Are the tassimo pods available in South Africa?

Posted by: Stephanie at October 18, 2013 11:24 AM

Do you know how these two machines compare to the Keurig?

Posted by: Caroline at September 20, 2013 12:56 PM

Here can i buy this machines in south África? Thanks.

Posted by: cristina at January 21, 2012 11:47 AM

The DG brews hot and cold beverages. The Tassimo only brews hot beverages. If you are looking for a variety of regular joes to drink with an occasional specialty drink then the Tassimo would be better suited to your needs. Know that SBuxs will no longer be a part of the T-disc inventory as soon as all the supplies have been sold. SBuxs and Kraft ended their partnership in March of 2011. But there are other good regular coffees for the Tassimo. In regard to hot chocolates and specialty Lattes and Caps, I'm of the opinion DG is a better alternative out of the two brewers. I own both machines, and go for my DG Creativa when I'm craving a latte, cap or hot chocolate. And yum, the DG Peach Tea is great!!!

Posted by: Bekka at May 1, 2011 3:19 PM

Does the Tassimo have iced teas available for their machine?

Posted by: carol at March 8, 2011 9:03 AM

I am so torn as to which machine to buy... Is there another option besides these 2. I like my regular coffee AND my latte drinks... I definately can;t afford to splurge on both, but i am getting tired of wastiung coffee in my old drip pot since I usually only drink a cup or two... Is there hope for the Dolce Gusto to come out with more coffee flavors?

Posted by: desirae at January 16, 2011 4:41 PM

Can I use the dolce gusto capsules on the tassimo brewbot?

Posted by: Rob at December 25, 2010 4:17 PM

I don't know anything about coffee. I don't drink plain coffee and I love love Starbucks coffees (Caramel Machiatto, Pumpkin Spice, Dark Cherry Mocha, Mocha, etc) so I want a machine that is good for "milky" coffees. I love hot chocolate made with milk, not water.

Reading the comparison, it looks the Dolce Gusto is better for what i am looking for. However, if I can only use Dolce Gusto discs is a big concern. Tassimo has Starbucks coffees....

Decisions, Decisions ...

Posted by: CokeGirl at October 12, 2010 5:49 PM

yo personalmente creo que es Dolce Gusto muchos sonda mejor yo de eyos en Baricentro carrefur ...
Pero tampoco descartaría Tassimo. Tambien esta Senseo pero ppp no tiene nada de comparacion con Dolce Gusto.

Posted by: adri at November 5, 2009 2:22 PM

Sounds like both machines have drawbacks. Are there any other choices? I really want just one machine, not a separate milk frother. Is the Senseo 7850 going to be marketed in the US? Has it lived up to it's promise.." milk chamber cleaned at the push of a button"?

Posted by: Susan at January 22, 2009 9:54 AM

Good review and I would agree with the drink assessment having tried both machines personally. However a big factor is pod availablility, and I have had trouble both in stores and online getting Dolce Gusto supplies over the last couple of weeks (not so with the Tassimo). A single serve coffee system, especially the proprietary fill ones, are only as good at the supply chain of the coffee.

Posted by: Randy at December 29, 2008 10:53 PM

This is a great resource. Thank you for doing it. I want to buy a system primarily for me and I can only drink decaf so decaf options are important. Do I read it correctly that the Dolce Gusto does not have a decaf cappuccino option? I am also curious to hear how much better the cappuccino is on the Dolce Gusto than on the Tassimo. Are they miles apart? or pretty close? As a long-time drip guy, I'm nervous about going to a pod. I love the convenience, but worry about sacrificing taste. Thank you for your help.

Posted by: Tom at December 17, 2008 6:09 PM

I just bought the Tassimo over the Dolce Gusto because of the difference of the Carbs and sugar in the Lattes and Cappuccinos with the Dolce having about double the amount of both.
If you are diabetic that's of great importance.

Thus far I love the Tassimo and Target sells the discs at half "$4.99" of what you can buy them anywhere else.

Posted by: Jorg Schreier at December 11, 2008 9:00 PM

No. You can only use the smart capsules from Nescafe.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at November 30, 2008 4:54 PM

Just wondering. Can I can use Starbucks' pods in the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine?

Posted by: Connie at November 30, 2008 2:22 PM

The US model was released this Fall - so a new model is not coming anytime soon. If you read earlier coverage in the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto section of the site - you'll see this is the redesigned machine from an earlier European model - so you're safe.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at November 23, 2008 7:31 AM

Thanks for the great comparison Jay. I have just one question - when was the Nescafe Dolce Gusto released? I know the Tassimo is brand new in the market and I just don't want to buy something that may be replaced by a newer model in the very near and foreseeable future (that is if the Dolce is over a year old for example).

Posted by: Marco at November 22, 2008 7:33 PM

I just found your site while looking up the Dolce Gusto. I am very interested in the Gusto, but am hesitant about hooking up with a system requiring pods etc. only available by a company. Do you think there is a chance that someone could market a reuseable system for this machine?

Great website, lots of great information.

Posted by: cyndee at November 20, 2008 2:19 PM

I couldn't decide either. So I have both. I drink Starbucks House Blend on the Tassimo and cappuccino in the Dolce Gusto. I am thrilled with BOTH machines. Actually, the review has it right. The Tassimo is best for coffee and the Dolce Gusto is best for latte/cappuccino/hot chocolate.
Warm regards,

Posted by: BJ Jones at November 19, 2008 12:00 AM

Jay, thanks for this comparison. It basically presents the same assessment as what I expected based upon my own experiences with the two machines.

Posted by: David at November 18, 2008 11:10 AM
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