I can't understand why Philips don't promote Senseo more heavily in the UK. Everyone has one on the continent, and it's a brilliant way to make great tasting coffee. The pods are cheaper than Nespresso, and every bit as good. Try to source your pods from Holland - they're way too expensive in the UK. We bought this Anodized Aluminium model because it matches our kitchen. It's hard to get hold of now, and will be phased out soon, but it looks, and is, more expensive than the plastic ones. Look for a model with a larger capacity tank - this one's a pain to refill, and 750ml is barely large enough for 2 decent size coffee mugs. Also, check out the Quadrante - it's beautiful, and with an adjustable spout height, it's easier to get proper British coffee mugs under it! If you're regularly making one or two cups of coffee at a time, and can get the pods at a sensible price, I highly recommend the Senseo to you. Get one, you won't be disappointed.
I think these machines are fabulous. We have bought the aluminium one purely because it looks much sturdier than the plastic ones and it looks way cooler. We looked at a few different coffee machines before coming to our decision. Our friends have the ultra expensive Nespresso (more money than sense if you ask me!) and we particularly liked the Tassimo. The Tassimo has tea, coffee, chocolate pods but the quality of taste seemed less than that of the Senseo and kenko pods. When looking through many other reviews we found that this Senseo machine faired better for the price.
You can use Senseo branded pods as well as Tesco's own brand and Kenko. The choice is good in terms of types and strengths of coffee. The machine itself is pretty easy to use and clean and comes with a single and double pod holder. The pods tend to make a good froth. As there is no milk frother or steamer attatchment we just simply fill half a cup with milk and bung it in the microwave for about 2 mins. If making more than one just use a jug of milk for about 3 mins in the microwave. As coffee makers go I like the simplicity...fill with required amount of water in the removable water container, press the on button, put your pod/s in, milk in microwave, cups under and when flashing light stops hit the one or two coffee's please button and hey presto instant coffee without the naffness of a jar! Works for me everytime.
I have owned one of these Senseo coffee machines since Nov. 06 and have been extremely pleased with it. Very easy to use and easy to clean. No jug of coffee sitting stewing, just fresh full flavour coffee every cup.
One pod per cup is great as in our house everyone has a different strength preference, and as you can buy decaf, mild, medium, dark roast and many more, everyone can have the one they enjoy the best.
My daughter and son in law have just stayed with me for a week and on their return to Belgium discarded the filter machine which they have been using and went and bought a Senseo as they were so impressed with it!
I reviewed all similar products and chose this one as it seemed good value and a brand that I recognised. The first one arrived and it didnt function properly so I had to return it. The replacement failed to operate on a single cup option and eventually gave up completely. I have now bought a Braun Tassimo which so far has not let us down. Although I prefered the coffee available in the Senseo - there is little point if the thing doesn't work!