Last Updated: 14-10-2019

10 Best Dolce Gusto Pods

If you own a Dolce Gusto pod machine, you will know that there is a huge variety of coffees, teas and hot chocolates available which makes them perfect for those who love all kinds of hot drinks.

Official Dolce Gusto capsules are now available in supermarkets and shops as well as online, and 2019 has also seen the emergence of some alternative pods from supermarket own-brands and independent retailers which are great if you fancy a change.

Below are our favourite picks, which are easy to find and purchase and also give you the variety and taste quality you will be after.

The Best Dolce Gusto Pods

1.
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Flat White Coffee Pods

For the smooth, creamy taste and finish, you can’t really get any better than a flat white. It is the classic milk coffee, and the high pressure from the pod machines means you get that crema which you thought was only possible in coffee shops.

2.
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Starbucks House Blend Americano

Is your morning Starbucks visit costing a lot more than you should be spending? This set of 12 pods works out at just over £1 per cup, so will save you plenty of money, and you can jazz it up as you wish with your own splash of flavouring or syrups.

3.
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Chai Tea Latte

An exotic blend, the perfect mix between coffee and tea for anyone who likes both. Chai is slightly fragrant, so these would be great for anyone who likes to have something a bit different when it isn’t a caffeine hit they require.

4.
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Nesquik

The best-selling flavoured milk around the world, now in handy pod size. Everything is in the capsule, and it is a perfect treat for kids or adults.

5.
Horlicks Dolce Gusto Compatible Pods

If you opt for the Nesquick in the morning but prefer a malted Horlicks before bed, then these pods are the perfect way to get the most out of your capsule machine. Enjoy them short with one pod, or use two for a long drink.

6.
Caffeluxe Single Serve Variety

If you bought your Dolce Gusto because the availability of chocolate drinks, caramel hints and cappuccinos appealed, then this is a great value selection pack.

It would also be a great option if everyone in the house likes a different kind of drink, and if there is one you try and really like the taste of, then they’re available to buy separately too.

7.
Café Royal Caffé Grande Coffee Pods

As mentioned in the introduction, Dolce Gusto offers a huge range of milkshakes, milk-based coffees and teas. But if you’re just a fan of strong black coffee, espresso, or want only a dash of milk then you have a trickier task on your hands.

The range from Cafe Royal is all of the staples, from Grandes to Espressos and even a choice of origin.

8.
Letilio Refillable Coffee Capsules

These are the best option for anyone who owns a Dolce Gusto machine but is concerned about single use plastic/aluminium and finds pods difficult to recycle.

While they are a bit more fiddly as you have to fill them with your own coffee powder, they are currently the best option for the environmentally minded out there.

They win rave reviews for their ease of insertion, simple-to-fill size and the all-important end result. The taste will all depend on the coffee you use, but this could be great for those who are fussy too. You can stick to your current favourite coffee blend, or even opt for a decaf from time to time.

9.
Solimo Dolce Gusto Compatible Lungo

If you’d rather not have to think about when to order your pods, then a subscription option is ideal. Not only do you save money, but you can decide on the frequency of the deliveries too.

This is an Amazon brand of pod, so deliveries are going to be reliable and you won’t have multiple accounts to manage. While the taste isn’t quite up to the levels of Nescafe and other larger brands, especially if your taste buds are used to that, these are a great price and there is a good amount of choice.

10.
Aldi Americano Coffee Pods Bundle

Aldi stores are popping up all over the place, so these are great if you like the freedom of being able to buy the pods with your weekly shop or on your lunch break. They’re a great price, and reviews state that they are one of the closest matches to the real thing.

You also have the option to order online and have them delivered to your home or a local collection point – you may as well grab a middle aisle deal or two at the same time!

Lidl, Asda and Sainsbury’s also have a good range of alternative pods available, although not every store will stock them all.

Dolce Gusto Pod Buying Guide

Can I Use Dolce Gusto Pods In A Nespresso Machine?

Despite both being owned by Nescafe, the Nespresso and Dolce Gusto pods aren’t interchangeable due to the differing sizes, so you can’t buy any of the above for another form of machine except Dolce Gusto.

Can I Use Alternative Coffee Pods In All Dolce Gusto Machines?

Not always, no. Bear in mind that the design of Dolce Gusto pods is patented, so the alternative capsules above aren’t going to look exactly the same as the official ones. Some slight differences in shape or size may mean that they are a bit difficult to place into the space securely, are trickier to remove, or there may be difficulty piercing them.

Read up on other user reviews before you buy. The general consensus seems to be that De’Longhi and 15 bar machines are the safest bets for using alternative pods.

If you are worried you may be wasting money, the official pods are becoming more in line with the alternative models price-wise.

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