Last Updated 02-08-2019

10 Best Tassimo Machines 2019

The Tassimo range of coffees is extensive, with pods from brands such as Costa, Twinings Cadburys and Baileys being widely available.

This makes them an excellent choice for anybody after a machine which can also make a bigger range of hot drinks, but they also craft a great coffee flavour which can rival some of the high street shops and chains.

Each machine from Tassimo has their own selling points, so to make your decision easier we have reviewed them, from how well they make drinks to how much effort is required from you.

The Best Tassimo Machines

1.
Bosch Vivy 2 – BESTSELLER

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.7L
  • Power: 1300W

The most popular machine by Tassimo, and the newer version of the original Vivy.

It is also one of the smallest in their range, at just 17 cm wide, meaning it is compact enough to fit into any kitchen space. Furthermore, it is available in black, cream and red, so whether you want to match the rest of your appliances or go for something with a pop, the option is there.

Using the machine couldn’t be any easier. Simply insert the dedicated T-disc, press the button and wait until it is all finished. The correct water settings and pressure are all automatically achieved, thanks to the Intellibrew technology and barcoding method.

A 5 LED user interface area lets you know what status the machine is currently in, whether it be Standby, Automatic, Manual, the water tank needs refilling, or it needs to be descaled, which we thought was handy, so you can diagnose any problems before they occur.

The cup stand can be adjusted to accommodate taller or smaller cups and glasses, and the water tank is fully removable so it can be refilled under the kitchen tap. It always slotted back into place relatively easily when we tried it, even when full to the maximum level.

The instructions aren’t great, just picture cards demonstrating how everything is done which can be difficult to follow. It also seems to need descaling a lot more than machines from other brands which isn’t necessarily a negative, but can just be time-consuming.

All in all, it is a great machine which does a fantastic job for the price.

Reasons to Buy

  • Slimline design for saving space Instructions are hard to follow
  • Easy to access water tank

Reasons to Avoid

  • Instructions are hard to follow

2.
Bosch Tassimo My Way

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.3L
  • Power: 1500W

A Tassimo model with a boost of technology, the My Way is designed for those households where everybody likes their coffee made differently and adjusts the settings, meaning it is wrong for the next person who goes to the machine.

Being able to alter the size of the cup and the amount of water is incredibly handy if you like your drinks to be personalised. Maybe you prefer a more subtle caffeine kick, or find some of the speciality pods a bit sweet so like to add more water than is recommended.

Something that will please those who like their drinks extra hot is the chance to increase or decrease the temperature, too. If you need to run out the door just lower it, and if you are making a hot chocolate to last throughout your film, give the heat a boost.

These settings can be saved in one of the four memory slots, so all your favourites are within easy reach and can be selected immediately via the touchscreen interface. All the chosen settings are illuminated, so you know exactly what you’re getting, and it can even guide the user.

Your flatmate just made a hot chocolate, but you’d rather not have any trace of it in your Twinings? The My Way’s automatic cleaning cycle after every cup is quick and will clear all left behind residue while making sure it is ready to again within moments.

While you can alter the water amounts, it is only by about 20-30%, so it still struggles to make a full cup of drink, but it helps.

It can make the full range of 40 hot drinks, as well as having the top level of personalisation, so would also be a fab choice for any offices or workspaces.

Reasons to Buy

  • More choice than with cheaper Tassimo models
  • Ability to make drinks hotter
  • Best tasting coffee out of the whole range

Reasons to Avoid

  • Have to pay extra for the ability to personalise your brew

3.
Tassimo T40 Multi Drinks Machine by Bosch

Specifications

  • Capacity: 2L
  • Power: 1300W

Able to craft espresso, cappuccino, latte, ristretto and latte macchiato, this is a small yet very flexible machine which accepts one of the leading pod brands around.

The barcode system will identify the pod being used and automatically adjust the correct water levels and temperatures to use. This makes it just as easy to prepare your hot chocolate or green tea pod as it does an ordinary coffee, with no manual adjustments to make. There are 35+ varieties to choose from, which is ideal for the general hot drink lover.

It holds two litres of water at any one time, which is plenty for a family to use and not have to fill it very frequently. The 3.3bar pump pressure is the perfect balance for espressos as well as larger hot drinks, and the cup stand is adjustable for any sized cup.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great choice of pods
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Large water capacity

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pods can be a little pricey long term – but the machine is faultless

4.
Bosch Tassimo Charmy TAS5542GB

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.4L
  • Power: 1300W

The Tassimo range is great for choice and ease, but if you want something a bit more mighty than the smaller pod machines, the Charmy has all of the looks of a traditional coffee machine too.

Because it is a bit bigger, you have a larger water capacity so it is one of the best pod machines if you want something for a large family and minimal fuss/upkeep. There is also a steam purge at the end of each cycle, which flushes out any excess coffee or limescale so it doesn’t have to be descaled as often as rivals.

What also helps is the Brita Maxtra water filter technology, which gives you clean tasting fresh water in every cup to boost the taste of the drink.

Reasons to Buy

  • Stays clean and maintenance free for long
  • Not too noisy when making the coffee
  • Filtered water makes all the difference taste-wise

Reasons to Avoid

  • Instructions are picture based so can be a bit tricky to follow

5.
Bosch Tassimo Suny – Currently 55% OFF

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.8L
  • Power: 1300W

Referred to as ‘the quick one’ by Bosch themselves, SmartStart technology really makes this model stand out.

Simply press your mug or cup against the front of the brewer, and the machine automatically starts to work its magic. The water heats almost instantly, so you don’t have long to wait before everything gets to work and your disc is turned into a perfect brew.

It is available in four colours – black, white, blue and red – so if you like your small kitchen appliances to be focal points, then there is the perfect chance. We like the blue as we think it is very different to any other colour we had seen given it is more of a green/blue mix and it could be a real standout no matter what kitchen design you may have.

The area on which you place the mug feels quite sturdy, and there’s plenty of room to be able to accommodate wider cups. A water level window handily lets you know when it needs refilling, and cleaning the machine is also a doddle thanks to the dedicated cleaning T-discs.

While wide cups are easy to fit, it can struggle with taller cups such as iced coffee-style glasses. The water chamber holds enough to make about two large mugs of coffee, so this machine is perfect for smaller households rather than regular large rounds.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quick to get going
  • Great colour range available

Reasons to Avoid

  • Slow at pouring

6.
Bosch Tassimo Joy

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.4L
  • Power: 1300W

One of the Tassimo machines with a much larger water tank capacity, making it perfect for those busier households where everyone is a fan of hot drinks.

Not only do you have to refill it less often, but there is also Brita Maxtra water filtration technology, so even if you live in a hard water area, there is less chance you’ll have to clean it out and descale it all constantly.

This does take up a bit of room in the water tank, but it doesn’t always have to be in so you are free to take it out to accommodate more cups of water. General cleaning and descaling can be done automatically, and a lot of the parts are dishwasher safe which is a really great time-saver.

With barely any heat up time, this was one of the fastest machines we tested regarding power-to-brew time. Auto-off technology will save energy when the appliance isn’t in use, but the heater efficiency ensures the heat isn’t lost so it can quickly pick up where it left off asap.

The amount of coffee it produces can be minimal, as some pods are designed to just provide the base of the coffee drink as opposed to the entire drink. If you hold down the start/stop button, then more water can be dispensed, but this does make the coffee weaker at the same time.

Reasons to Buy

  • Makes drinks quickly
  • Built-in filtration

Reasons to Avoid

  • Noisy (but so quick you barely realise)

7.
Bosch Tassimo Caddy

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.2L
  • Power: 1300W

When the time comes for you to make your morning coffee or bedtime hot chocolate, the pods are within easy reach with the Bosch Caddy, thanks to the integrated capsule holders.

Up to 32 pods can be stored around your machine with the two holders that are included, to keep everything in one place and out of the way, so it isn’t taking up bench or cupboard space.

Want to go even further in your coffee collection? A maximum of eight holders can be stored around the machine in total, providing storage room for 128 T-discs. No chance you’ll be running out anytime soon.

You still have the convenient one-button operation system which makes Tassimo machines so popular, combined with barcode recognition, so your drink is made exactly how it was meant to be with no input from you.

The cup stand is adjustable and removable, so no matter the size of your favourite cup, it will probably fit. There is no time wasted waiting for it to heat up as it is ready automatically, and eco-mode ensures it won’t spend energy when left on idle while making sure it is still ready ASAP when you need it.

Available in two colours, we particularly like the white as it acts as a great contrast against the tones of the pods when the Caddy is full. The black is also sleek and modern, and perfect to match any appliances of a similar style.

Reasons to Buy

  • T-disc storage capabilities
  • Generous capacity

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pod compartment can be fiddly to move in and out

8.
Bosch Tassimo Happy

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.7L
  • Power: 1400W

Fully automatic with the press of a button, there are over 35 Tassimo T-discs compatible with the Happy, so you’re not going to run out of options anytime soon.

The size and style are compact and sleek, so there is no need to worry that it won’t fit into your kitchen space. All that is required for it to run is to insert the T-disc and press the button to start it all off. The correct volume and temperature are sorted automatically, with no extra programming from you.

How much drink you get in the cup can sometimes be a bit disappointing, especially if you want to use a larger one. It needs a bit of guesswork to get right, but filling the cup with more hot water can give you more (although dilutes the taste).

You also need to bear in mind that the water tank only really holds enough for two large mugs of drink, so will need refilling often if you live in a hectic household or simply love your caffeine.

Taller mugs and glasses can be accommodated by removing the overspill tray at the bottom, and as long as you keep an eye on everything, there is little overspill or splashing to create a mess.

The instructions are pictures, but unlike a lot of others with this as the case, they’re actually easy to follow. However, we feel writing would have probably been easier still.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact size

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small water tank

9.
Bosch T12 Vivy Coffee Machine

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.7L
  • Power: 1300W

If you want something really easy to use yet with a wide choice of drinks available at the press of a button, the T12 is a brilliant choice.

Over 35 varieties are available, and thanks to the bar code reader technology, all of the settings are automatically adjusted depending on the hot drink of choice. From the water temperature to the heat, you get the requirements without manual adjustment.

Energy efficient flow heater technology will only heat up the water which is required for the chosen drink, so you don’t waste money heating a full tank of water time and time again. The 3.3bar pressure is perfect for all of these varieties too, as it gives a good balance.

Other things which really help you out are the adjustable cup stand height, making it ideal for various cup and mug sizes, and a transparent water tank so you can easily view when the lot needs topping up.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to clean
  • Relatively compact size

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cost of the pods is high

10.
Bosch TAS2002GB Tassimo T20 – Best High End

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Power: 1300W

The big difference between the other models and the T20 is that you can customise the water length as well as leaving it up to chance and having it made how Tassimo thinks it should be made.

This puts your beverage in your hands, which is great if you don’t like strong tastes or need a bit of an extra kick from time to time. The choice of automatic and manual operations was something we thought really put it up there in our list.

As well, if you are somebody who hates having wires and clutter all over your kitchen work surfaces, the handy cable tidy integrated into the T20 will ensure everything is tucked out of the way and improves safety if you have any little ones about too.

To save you money and energy usage, the automatic standby mode is activated when left idle. It still only takes moments to heat up again though. With over 40 drinks to choose from and the Intellibrew technology, the right temperature will be reached without you having to lift a finger or preheat any cups.

Another stand out point is the generous 1.5L water tank, which is also surprisingly easy to remove, refill and replace despite its size.

If you like a larger mug of coffee, it may require two capsules to fill the cup up without tasting diluted, which could end up proving expensive after some time if you’re a regular hot beverage drinker.

Reasons to Buy

  • Manual option Can only brew 12 varieties of hot drink
  • Cable tidy

Reasons to Avoid

  • Quite loud when heating up
  • Can only brew 12 varieties of hot drink

Tassimo Machine Buying Guide

Which Tassimo coffee machine should I buy?

It may seem like there isn’t much difference between all of the models after you’ve read the reviews, and you’re partly right. They’re all similar, even down to the fact that they’re all made by Bosch. For example, they all make hot chocolate equally well judging by our taste tests.

The big difference to bear in mind is just how personalised you like your drink. Only the My Way and the T20 allow the user to choose their own water amounts, with the former being the only one to allow further adjustment of intensity and warmth settings.

If you want a standard pod machine, however, then there isn’t much difference between the rest, so it all boils down to how you want it to look and how large you need the water tank to be.

Price

This also doesn’t fluctuate too much, although the My Way and T20 models are the most expensive because of the premium controls and features.

How to use a Tassimo machine

Simply turn the machine on, pop in your pod barcode-side down and close the lid, and press the button to activate the flowing water. If you have a model which allows some manual configuration you will need to change these settings first.

They are quick to warm up, so there is no waiting around, and drinks are relatively quick to pour. As they feature barcode technology, all of the settings are configured on your behalf.

FAQs

Can I use the Tassimo as a hot water dispenser?

Yes. Included with the majority of models is an empty capsule which does not contain any coffee grounds, yet still allows water to flow through. This is great if you need to top your cup up a bit more for a more subtle tasting drink.

Can I use alternative pods?

Coffee capsules from the likes of Lidl and Aldi are popular but don’t fit every machine. As the Tassimo models use the barcode technology to read the contents of the pod and adjust the settings accordingly, it isn’t recommended you try alternative brands.

 

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