15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly easy to use.,
I have had the previous version of the Philips Senseo coffee maker for quite a few years now and have been very happy with it. The time has finally come for an update as it is now looking rather the worse for wear (probably because it gets used so much!).
This newer version looks just that bit sharper than the old one. The adjustable chrome spout is a nice new feature and the red illuminated buttons just give the machine a more modern look.
The slightly larger water tank (1.2L vs 0.7L) is also a bonus.
It is still as simple to use as the previous machine and produces the same delicious coffee with the same lovely crema layer on top.
One of the reasons we have stuck with a Senseo machine is the ease of use. My wife has had carpal tunnel operations on both hands, has arthritis in her fingers and also suffers from Fibromyalgia. She really cannot use a traditional espresso machine due to the force needed to lock/release the coffee holder/spout onto the machine. On the Senseo machine this is not a problem. The release/locking lever really is very easy to use. In fact this newer model seems even easier to lock closed than the old one.
The relative cost of the coffee pads was also a factor. The basic Senseo Coffee pod bags are still cheaper per bag than the competitors. The basic bags are made entirely of paper and are totally compostable as well. (Note that some of the flavoured versions such as the cappuccino flavour are both considerably more expensive and have a plastic frame inside the "pod")
You can also if you wish purchase a refillable Coffee Duck so that you can chose your own favourite type of coffee.
One last thing to mention - I make my coffee in the following way:
Take two large mugs and half fill them with milk.
Microwave the milk for 2 minutes.
Whilst the milk is heating, set up and turn on the Senseo machine so that the water will be ready at the same time as the milk.
Stand both cups of hot milk side by side on the drip tray and use the "Mug/2 cup" button. On the size of mugs I use, this will perfectly fill both cups to the brim with a pretty much perfect crema layered Café Latte and will only use one coffee bag . Perfect in my opinion - but might be a bit too mild if you like strong coffee.