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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2005
Incredibly easy to set up and get brewing, I really like the fact that it offers a choice of hot drinks rather than just your standard expresso or cappucino. It's a bit like having a mini drinks vending machine in your kitchen except that the drinks taste 100% better than office machines and as far as I can see, you can't get Mushroom Soup or Bovril T discs!!
The machine itself it easy to use, easy to clean (when you do need to clean it, which is not very often, there is a little brush that comes in the box) and is not as noisy as a standard glug glug filter or expresso machine. Because the drinks are mixed in the nifty T discs (using a neat barcode system that tells the machine what to do) there is no cross contamination of drinks. I hate tea and its important to me that my Suchard Chocolate isn't tainted after I've knocked up a cup of Rosie Lee for a friend!!
The drinks are brewed quickly, so you can easily provide a round of teas, cappucinos (with frothy milk), coffees before they go cool. I've found the T discs in Boots, Tescos, Morrisons and Asda so I have not a problem getting hold of the different varieties of drinks that the machine can produce.
The styling is not ground-breaking, it's a silver or black plastic machine with nice 'ergonomic' soft lines that looks nice enough in the kitchen.
To summarise, good choice of drinks via a T disc system that seem to be available in most of the big supermarkets, easy to use and clean and would look good in any kitchen.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2007
I bought my Tassimo from Amazon in November 2006 and have used it at least twice a day since then. It was looked at by family members as one of those appliances that end up in the back of a cupboard along with waffle makers and sandwich makers etc.
Not mine though! I love all the coffees, even the tea's not bad. I'll go on using it until it packs up - then I'll buy another! (It's worked perfectly since I bought it). UPDATE: It's now August 2009 and it's still going strong!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2007
When I told my wife I'd just orded the Tassimo I got the usual groan, "Not another coffee machine?". Well I can now report she is totally converted. This is an excellent product, and I would say designed and engineered to perfection. It really is that good. If like me, you buy a coffee machine, use it a few times, (frothing milk is such a novelty, but then after a while loses its appeal), and then end up with the machine collecting dust, well I think the Tassimo will change all of that. It's so easy to use, mess-free and the icing on the cake is definitely the terrific flavours. I popped into Tesco and grabbed every flavour they had on the shelf. I haven't tried, (they'd sold out), the Cappucino or Suchard Chocolate, but reading through some of the other reviews I can see I won't be disappointed when I finally get my hands on them. My wife and I loved every one, apart from the Kenco Medium Roast, which is just a little on the weak side for our particular tastes. I think I read a review here somewhere and the reviewer complained of the drinks not being hot enough. All I can say is that he/she must have a faulty one, as we found the drinks very hot. Oh, I nearly forgot, the Twinings Breakfast Tea is superb also, and delivered a piping-hot drink which I had to leave for a little while to cool down, it really was that hot. My only minor niggle, is that the machine arrived with no samples at all - you have to register and then wait for a voucher to arrive by post. This was quite frustrating as the machine arrived by post from Amazon, and as I live a good distance from the nearest town, had to wait until the next day before I could get hold of some T-Discs. I think there should have been a small selection with the machine and this would have made the experience perfect. So, if you decide to buy one mail order, nip into your local supermarket and grab a few T-Discs before the machine arrives. I still give this 5 stars because as a product, it is excellent.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2007
Bought one of these just over a year ago, and was impressed with the design, operation and features of the machine. Bought on a 'special offer' at the time of £80.00, and was pleased to find an introductory offer on the packs of 'T-discs' at our local Morrisons supermarket.

After the initial good impression, I started to encounter some of the negative factors: while very easy to make a single serving whenever you feel like it, it's quite a lengthy process preparing half-a-dozen shots consecutively. Later on I found the odd pack of 'T-discs' would fail: seals broke in the discs and coffee grounds would get into the cup. It wasn't a matter of cleaning or maintenance - other packs worked fine. This happened about four or five time during the (short) life of the machine.

A couple of months ago things started to go wrong - initially it was just a 'hiccup' like having to re-lock the 'T-disc' into place before the pouring would start. After that it progressed to having to switch the machine off and leave for a few minutes before attempting to prepare any drinks. In the end the behaviour became so erratic I lost patience and consigned it to the junk store. I should say that I followed the descaling procedures properly and at regular intervals.

About this time I noticed there were fewer special offers on the 'T-discs' in the supermarket. Then they started to reduce the number of discs in a pack, but sell at the same price of £2.99...hmmm...seems I'd been 'hooked' along with a number of others and they realised there was no need for the lower prices anymore.

Summing up: this 'duff' machine may well be in the minority - it happens - so don't be put off too much by my poor experience. I would consider carefully, however, the points about convenience of preparing several drinks in one go and be aware that you're locked-in for the life of the machine to buying the 'T-discs' at whatever prices the manufacturers choose. What did I do? Bought a good filter machine incorporating an insulated metal jug (Russell Hobbs Caffe Torino) - so now I choose the premium coffee I like, prepare several cups at a time (useful if people turn up out of the blue) and pay around 4p a cup instead of up to 37p with the Tassimo system.......
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2005
I like a choice of brews so I've given traded up my old Krups expresso
machine and bought a Braun Tassimo machine.
It's a bit space-age and trendy! It uses a T-disc system, which basically
are plastic pods containing hot chocolate (Suchard...mmmm!), tea and various
coffees. These slot int othe machine and hot water pumps through in a
similar way to an Expresso machine.
My only criticism would be that it's a bit noisy, and sounds abit like a
robotic purring cat but it's not as noisy as the steam function on my old
machine.
It is a nice looking thing, matt silver plastic and Braun styling that looks great on my kitchen worksurface.
I've tried all the drinks as my local Tesco stocks the T-discs but my
favourites have to be the hot chocolate and the Cappuccino...the Cappuccino
has a nifty 2 disc element, you make the expresso and then it froths a
t-disc of milk on top.
It's definitely easier to use than an Expresso machine and I really like the
choices of drink. I give it 4 and a half stars for the choice of drinks, the
quick process and its cleanliness.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2005
I own both machines - the Phillips Senseo that I share with someone in work and the Braun Tassimo at home, so I can make a good comparison of both. Search for and read my review for Senseo first.
The attraction with these machines is that you can get a hot freshly brewed drink within a minute, and there is no preparation or clearing up to do afterwards unlike traditional expresso type or perculator type machines. Any subsequent drinks are often more quickly dispensed as the water is already partly heated.
The Tassimo has a much larger water reservoir which has a wide neck so is very easy to fill without removing it from the machine. This machine is a little more complex, once the machine is switched on it does not heat the water straight away, it sits in standby mode until a T-disc is inserted. A barcode on the disc is then read so the machine knows the quantity of water to use and the brewing time. The machine waits until you then press the large start button. Again as with the Senseo, a loud buzzing noise is made for a second or 2 and then a quiet pause for 2 seconds and then quite a loud 'chugging' noise almost like a pneumatic drill (65 decibels - I know, bit sad for measuring it, but I'm an engineer) while the rest of the process is completed. The Tassimo machine is overall, slightly noisier, if not more irritating noise to use in the office than the Senseo. Once the machine has finished it switches to manual mode which means you can press and hold the start button to fill you cup or mug up a little more to your own preference. The coffee does not have a crema unlike the Senseo unless you purchase the expresso T-discs or purchase the Café Crema T-discs (even then they have a thinner bubbly froth, compared to the Senseo). The Tassimo's main advantage is the variety of drinks, e.g. more different coffees like expresso, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino (not as good as proper steamed milk from a expresso machine but OK).
When I first purchased the machine I was a little disappointed with the taste of the coffee compared to the Senseo - it seemed to be a bit 'chemical', I am not sure whether this is due to the brand of coffee (Tassimo - Kenco, Senseo - Douwe Egberts) or whether it was the because the machine was brand new. I think it is the latter because I like the taste of the coffee now, either that or I am just used to it.
The Tassimo machine requires its drip tray emptying occasionally even though no coffee is spilt because some sort of overflow leading in to the drip tray from the boiler dribbles out water whilst it is boiling, whereas the overflow for the Senseo machine drops it straight back into the reservoir hence no need to empty the drip tray unless you spill coffee.
The main advantages for the Tassimo are the range of drinks, bigger water reservoir compared to Senseo (I have the smaller reservoir model though), the finally the T-disc system keeps each individual drink fresh until ready to use.
Assuming these machines are likely to be purchased by people who enjoy a decent cup of coffee, and each machine produces different tasting coffee I would recommend trying to find somewhere that can demonstrate the machines so you can taste the difference before deciding which one to purchase. If budget is a major issue in terms of initial cost and subsequent cost of the drinks, I would choose Senseo over the Tassimo (just over half of the purchase cost and drinks 2/3 of the cost of the Tassimo system).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2012
It makes great tasting hot drinks at a touch of a button. The drinks are always hot which was one of my concerns when i was thinking of buying. Also when i registed it online i recieved a free full pack of t-disks of my choice and 50p off my next purchace and they also sent me a new improved part for my machine free too! You can buy the t-discs from most large supermarkets like asda, morrisons, tesco, ect and online at the tassimo site. Some people have reported the machines to be very loud but i think it makes no more noise than boiling a kettle which i have not done for a long time! the machine makes drinks quick so the sound of the machine is only on for 30 seconds or so. All you have to do to make a drink is put your cup under, pop a t-disc into the top of the machine, push the lid down wait for the ready light and press the button when the machine stops your drink is ready. I am very happy with my tassimo and i am glad i decided to buy it. Overall the tassimo is a great product and i have not had one problem.if you love fresh coffee then get one it will make your life soooo much better !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 January 2008
have had my tassimo since december 2005. It is brilliant, coffee in 30 seconds, and no coffee grounds to clean. If you live in a hard water area filtered water is a must, as the machine can clog. I agree that the range of T discs in shops is limited, however tassimo have an excellent website with loads of different varieties of coffee and teas. My daughter is a complete coffee addict so the machine is in constant use. My 8 year old son loves the hot chocolate, and my 6 year old keeps drinking my lattes when my back is turned.This is a good machine easy to clean and maintain. You can use large mugs just remove the the drip tray.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2007
I was fortunate to have already tried this at work so only needed to convince other half that we needed it. Various coffee makers have had their position in our kitchen over the years from the filter machine to the expresso pressure type. They all lost their appeal quite rapidly as the use/cleaning far outweighed the benefits of the taste.

A few days before Xmas I was walking past a Robert Dyas store and saw said machine on offer just inside the door at £54.95. Well I was in and out again with purchase within 2 minutes.
Other half as I suspected was very pleased with my purchase.

Oh and for this time of year - the hot chocolate topped up with a slug of 'baileys' is absolutely divine.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2006
I wanted a small coffe maker that could do a nice Crema coffee. My mate has one and it seemed to work. I also drink lots of tea and find this machine does good tea as well. You must keep cleaning it - but that is easy and esure you put in good filtered water too (I live in very hard water area).

But I use it every day and love experimenting with it by mixing pods (latte, esspresso and chocolate made a nice combo)!

It is also good because you can top up if your cup is bigger using the same pod - unlike the senseo machine I am told.

My first one went wrong, Braun could not have been any more helpful - I had a new one back with me within 4 days! and they send me offers, recipies etc.

I got one for my mum and she loves it too.
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