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Tassimo vs Keurig

Are you tired of having to make an entire pot of coffee every time a single cup? Do you enjoy experimenting with different flavors? Tassimo and Keurig coffee makers are premium coffee machines which allow you to make the perfect cup of coffee every single time.

Both Tassimo and Keurig machines work with specialty packets or pods designed to make a single cup of coffee and there are dozens of flavors available for each machine. These machines are typically called coffee pod makers and while there are other companies that make them, Tassimo and Keurig are by far the some of the most popular—but which one is actually better?

Well, let’s find out:

Tassimo – Overview

Developed in 2004 by Kraft, Tassimo coffee machines first appeared in France and they are now available in Andorra, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the US. Since 2008 all Tassimo machines have been manufactured by Bosch. The company has experienced rapid growth and Tassimo has become a household name within a few short years.

T-Discs

Tassimo coffee machines use a special proprietary type of coffee pod produced by Kraft, T-Discs. These pods come in a massive variety of flavors, including hot chocolate and a variety of premium coffee flavors. Kraft even produces a variety of latte T-Discs, a range of specialty coffees for the holiday season, and specialty tea pods made in collaboration with Twinings.

Now Kraft has also introduced refillable Tassimo pods which you can use to brew coffee to your specific needs. Refillable Tassimo pods come with a kit to help you measure. This is a great option if you’re feeling guilty about the amount of plastic your Tassimo uses(or if your wallet is hurting from buying the regular pods) but it does require some serious concentration and measuring skills.

One of the most significant differences between Tassimo and Keurig machines is that Tassimo machines can only be used with T-Discs, whereas you can buy value brand coffee pods and use them with a Keurig machine.

Bosch Tassimo TAS5542GB

This simple Tassimo machine can easily make any drink you can buy a T-Disc for, and at $130(one pack of T-Discs is included), this Tassimo won’t actually cost you much more than a regular high quality coffee maker. It is quite bulky compared to other Tassimo machines but this is to make room for the 1.4L water compartment.

Features

  • Removable 1.4L water compartment for easy refilling and cleaning
  • One Tassimo proprietary cup for perfect brewing
  • Optional water filtration system

What Makes it Different?

The biggest difference between the TAS5542GB and other Tassimo machines is the size of the removable water compartment, which is large enough for you to make several drinks without refilling the machine.

Potential Drawbacks

As mentioned above, this machine is pretty bulky, so if you don’t have a lot of counter space it’s not the best option for you.

Verdict

If you have the counter space and you like to drink a lot of coffee this is the ideal Tassimo machine for you.

Bosch Tassimo TAS4702UC

If you’re willing to spend another $50 you can purchase Tassimo’s TAS4702UC beverage system instead and get some additional features.

Features

  • Adjustable height and removable drip tray so you can fit mugs with up to 16 Oz
  • Noise cancelling technology
  • Instant heat up – your first cup of coffee can be made in about a minute
  • Removable 1L water reservoir

What Makes it different?

The main benefit of this system is its adjustable height and removable cup tray, which make it possible to brew any size cup of coffee you want. It’s also quieter than other Tassimo machines thanks to the noise cancelling technology.

Potential Drawbacks

There aren’t really any potential drawbacks to this machine, unless you count having to refill it slightly more often as a drawback.

The Verdict

If you like to take a big travel mug of coffee with you to work, the TAS4702UC is the ideal Tassimo machine for you. As one of the smallest Tassimo machines around, it’s also a great option if you want a Tassimo but you don’t have a lot of counter space.

Bosch Tassimo T12

This machine doesn’t look quite as slick as the TAS4702UC but it provides almost all the same features for a somewhat lower price tag.

Features

  • Removable drip tray and adjustable cup height
  • Four cup settings: 4 Oz, 8 Oz, 12 Oz, and 16 Oz
  • Programmable brewing time
  • Removable 24 Oz water reservoir
  • Sleek design specifically for kitchens with minimal counter space
  • Fully plastic wipe clean exterior

What Makes it Different?

The Tassimo T12 is the most programmable of all Tassimo machines, allowing you to really customize your beverage. It’s also the smallest, able to fit on just about any kitchen counter.

The Verdict

If you really want to customize your drink every time or you have a super small kitchen, this is the Tassimo machine for you.

Keurig – Overview

The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters company began working with a pair of engineers on the single-serve Keurig coffee machine in 1993, long before Tassimo was even a thought. The first Keurig coffee machines and single-cup pods were sold in 1997 and in 1998 Keurig produced their first single-serve coffee machine for the office.
Since then Keurig coffee machines have grown so much in popularity that in 2014 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters became Keurig Green Mountain. Keurig Green Mountain also owns Timothy’s and Van Houtte, one of the most highly respected specialty coffee companies in the world. Ownership of these companies and partnerships with many more allows them to sell over 180 types of drink pods, including a variety of teas and hot chocolates.
Keurig used to have significantly more flavors available than Tassimo and they still do have more flavors and brands available but Tassimo has expanded its lines to close the gaps.

K-Cups

Keurig uses K-Cups, which are quite similar to T-Discs and allow you to make a huge variety of drinks, but most Keurig machines are also compatible with other, more affordable coffee pods. These pods may not be quite as high quality but you can often save a significant amount of money by switching brands.
You can also buy reusable K-Cups and fill them with your own coffee, though most people also recommend using your own filters instead of the reusable K-Cup filters that come with every machine.

Keurig K40

The Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System is a sleek single serve coffee pod machine that has a few more features than one might expect from a $119 machine—and you can frequently find it on sale for even less. It is one of Keurig’s oldest models but they have revised it multiple times, adding multiple cup sizes and other features.

Features

  • Removable drip tray
  • Settings for three cup sizes: 6 Oz, 8 Oz and 10 Oz
  • Indicator lights
  • Auto on/off
  • Removable 1.4L water reservoir
  • 15 second reheat time between brews after water is initially heated; first heat up takes 4 minutes
  • It comes with a variety pack of six K-Cups

What Makes it Different?

The Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System has a wonderfully attractive design that will look great on any countertop and is capable of fitting into most corners despite its size.

Potential Drawbacks

Really the only potential drawback of this system is its size. It is designed to fit well in corners but it still may be too large for some counter spaces.
Some people have also complained that the machine is too loud but it isn’t much louder than most regular coffee machines.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for something with room for travel mugs that you can buy on a budget, this machine is ideal for you.

Keurig K55 Coffee Maker

The K55 is much bulkier than the K40 but it’s also more affordable—between $77 and $95 on Amazon—despite still being a 1.4L machine.

Features

  • Removable drip tray
  • Three K-Cup settings: 6 Oz, 8 Oz, and 10 Oz
  • Programmable auto on/off
  • Indicator lights
  • Removable 1.4L water reservoir

What Makes it Different?

The K55 is the most affordable single serve coffee machine large enough to hold 1.4L or to have multiple cup settings.

Potential Drawbacks

Some customers report that the overall quality of this machine has deteriorated over the years but most customers absolutely love their K55 machine. It is also extremely bulky, making it simply impossible to fit in some kitchens and rather unattractive wherever you put it. If you want something stylish for the perfect modern kitchen this is not the machine for you.

The Verdict

If your main concern is that you get a good machine for a great price, the K55 is an excellent option. It’s also ideal for anyone who drinks a lot of coffee or other hot drinks.

Keurig K140 Coffee Machine

If you live with a large family of coffee drinkers or you want a single serve coffee machine for the office, this is the option for you. As an added bonus, on Amazon it is much more affordable than other office coffee machines.

Features

  • Removable 1.4L water reservoir
    Three K-Cup settings: 6 Oz, 8 Oz, and 10 Oz
    Quick brew, making drinks within 1 minute
    Auto on/off

What Makes it Different?

Most Keurig machines take 3-4 minutes to brew your first coffee but the K140 can produce excellent coffee within a single minute. It also has a fantastic design that makes it appear smaller than it actually is.

Potential Drawbacks

If you’re buying this machine for home use there is a chance that it will be too big for your counter space.

The Verdict

The K140 is a fantastic single serve coffee machine, especially if you live with a lot of people, but it may be overkill if you live on your own.

Tassimo vs Keurig – The Final Verdict

Both brands produce high quality coffee pod machines, so it’s really up to your personal preference. What type of drinks you enjoy is a major factor to consider when choosing between the two companies. Keurig has an extensive collection of high quality specialty coffees but they’re somewhat lacking in the cappuccino and latte department, which Tassimo has in abundance.

Of course, the other major factors are the amount of features and the price. If you want a relatively simple machine you can buy at an affordable price and use value brand pods with, you should buy a Keurig K40. If you’re looking for something that gives you a full range of customization options, you want a Tassimo T12.

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