Tassimo vs Nespresso

Have you been thinking about getting a single serve coffee machine so you can just fill your travel mug before work instead of making a whole pot? Do you want to be able to enjoy a quality latte from the comfort of your own home—and without spending $5 or more every time? Tassimo vs Nespresso, they both provide premium single serve coffee machines that use specialty cups to make individual servings of a range of hot drinks.

Both companies sell a variety of coffee makers and a large range of deluxe hot drinks, so what’s the difference? I’ve taken the time to research and try both companies heavily and find the answer for you.

Spoiler alert: since 2016 (when I first started this blog), the Tassimo models have continuously got worse with their reviews. My ultimate favorite is the Nespresso Evoluo which you can read more about by clicking here.


Out of all the brands making coffee pod machines Tassimo is probably the most well known thanks to their fantastic branding and high quality machines. In fact, the first coffee pod machine I ever encountered was a Tassimo, back in 2008 when the brand was still relatively new (they put out their first coffee machines in 2003).

Bosch Tassimo T20

The T20 is a fantastic coffee pod machine that will fit just about any budget. It’s also got an impressive number of features to make your life more convenient and a sleek design that makes it appear smaller than it is.

What Makes This Machine Different?

At this point it’s actually an older model, but the T20 offers most of the features newer models have for a much better price.

Potential Drawbacks

There aren’t really any drawbacks to speak of with this machine. It’s one of the best coffee makers Tassimo has ever produced and now that newer models have come out you can purchase it for an incredible price.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for an excellent coffee pod machine on a budget, the T20 is one of your best options. There are a couple features it doesn’t have, like an auto on/off, but it has everything most coffee drinkers could want.


  • Removable cup stand
  • Height adjustment so you can use cups of different sizes
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling(the machine comes with a special T-Disc for this purpose)
  • Noise cancelling technology
  • Removable 1.5L reservoir
  • LED indicator lights

Bosch Tassimo T12

The T12 is the ultimate safe saving coffee pod machine. It is narrow enough to fit on almost any counter space but tall enough to accommodate large travel mugs, making it ideal for condos and other spaces with small(or crowded) kitchens.

What Makes It Different?

The reason why the T12 stands out is because of its highly efficient design. It comes with almost all the same features you’ll find on Tassimo’s most luxurious machines and takes up half the space.

Potential Drawbacks

This machine isn’t as quiet as some of the other Tassimo machines. It also has a smaller tank, which is a bonus for anyone with a small kitchen but it can be a drawback if you drink a lot of coffee.

The Verdict

If you have a small kitchen or you only drink a couple cups of coffee a day the T12 is the ideal coffee pod machine for you.


  • 5 cup size options: 4 Oz, 8 Oz, 10 Oz, 12 Oz and 16 Oz
  • Adjustable brewing time so you can have a coffee at your preferred strength
  • The ability to make hot or cold drinks within 60 seconds
  • Self cleaning feature using a special T-Disc
  • Removable drip tray
  • Removable 27 Oz water reservoir

Tassimo T47

The T47 is a sleek coffee maker with a large water reservoir, making it the perfect machine if you live with other coffee drinkers or drink a lot of coffee yourself.

What Makes It Different?

The T47 is one of Tassimo’s largest coffee makers, allowing you to rapidly make a variety of drinks for everyone in the house.

Potential Drawbacks

If you have a limited amount of counter space the T47 is bound to take up most of it. The T47 is also one of Tassimo’s most expensive machines.

The Verdict

This machine is well built, has a number of features which allow you to customize your drink, and is large enough that you can have several drinks before you have to refill it. If you drink a lot of coffee or live with other coffee drinkers the T47 is the Tassimo for you.


  • Extendable brew time for stronger coffee
  • Removable drip tray
  • Adjustable height for a variety of cup sizes
  • Removable 1.4L water reservoir
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling program using a special T-Disc
  • Brew both hot and cold drinks within 60 seconds
  • Noise cancelling technology
  • LED indicator lights
  • Auto on/off

Created in 2013, Nespresso is Nestlé’s offering to the world of single serve coffee makers. As one might expect from such a massive company, they’ve already created several high quality coffee pod machines.

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

The Pixie Espresso Maker is Nespresso’s primary offering for small kitchens. Its overall design and a number of special features also make it highly energy efficient.

What Makes It Different?

The Pixie Espresso Maker is one of the smallest single serve coffee machines on the market and it still comes with an impressive number of features. Its industrial design is also very different aesthetically from other coffee pod machines.

Potential Drawbacks

Its small size means that you’re going to have to refill the Pixie Espresso Maker frequently and some customers say the reservoir isn’t as easy to remove as you might expect. The industrial design may also look extremely out of place in an older house.

The Verdict

The Pixie Espresso Maker is roughly the same size as the T12 and offers virtually all of the same features, but its design is very different.


  • Width of 4.3 inches
  • Reprogrammable Espresso and Lundo settings which can be customized for drinks of different sizes
  • High pressure coffee pump
  • Removable 24 Oz reservoir
  • Foldable drip tray to accommodate cups of different sizes
  • Empty water tank alert
  • Automatically turns itself off after 9 minutes without use to conserve power

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker

The Inissia Espresso Maker stands out immediately thanks to its sleek, professional and slightly futuristic design. It’s also small enough to fit on just about any counter space and the Inissia is roughly the same price vs the Pixie.

What Makes It Different?

The main difference between the Inissia Espresso Maker and other single serve coffee machines for the house is its design aesthetic. It’s also the lightest Nespresso machine, making it easy to move for cleaning.

Potential Drawbacks

Like the Pixie, the Inissia Espresso Maker has a small tank so you’re going to have to refill it frequently.

The Verdict

The Inissia Espresso Maker’s size and design make it ideal for any kitchen, and it comes with many of the same features as other Nespresso machines. Of course, you’re going to want something bigger if you drink a lot of coffee or live with other coffee drinkgers.


  • Espresso and Lundo buttons can be programmed to brew drinks of different sizes
  • High pressure pump
  • Preheat water in 25 seconds and brew drinks in 60
  • Removable 24 ounce water tank
  • Foldable drip tray to accommodate larger cups
  • A class energy efficiency rating
  • Automatically turns off after 9 minutes without use

Nespresso VertuoLine and Aeroccino

Want something a little bigger? How about more drink options? The Nespresso VertuoLine Espresso Maker and Aeroccino Frother will take up a lot of room, but they allow you to create an even larger variety of amazing coffee drinks.

What Makes It Different?

Having both the VertuoLine Espresso Maker and the Aeroccino Frother allows you to make cappuccinos and lattes that are truly on par with the drinks you get from your barista. There are also many recipes already on the Nespresso website for coffee drinks you can make using this combination.

Potential Drawbacks

These machines are going to take up a fair amount of space in your kitchen and the Aeroccino Frother can be difficult to clean.

The Verdict

If you want something a little bigger and you want the ability to make lattes or cappuccinos the VertuoLine Espresso Maker and Aeroccino Frother is the Nespresso option you want to consider. Both machines are high quality and they allow you to make a much larger variety of drinks than either of the other machines on this list.


  • A dial control with three different cup sizes
  • Centrifusion technology which blends your ground coffee at a much faster rate for the perfect result
  • Small capsule option for espresso drinks
  • Aeroccino can either heat milk or froth milk for cappuccinos/lattes
  • Power save mode

Tassimo Vs. Nespresso: The Final Verdict

The coffee pod machines offered by both of these companies are well built, easy to use, and allow you to make a large variety of drinks. Which brand and what machine you choose should be based on what you need. If you have a small space and you want to make lattes, you want a Tassimo. If you want to drink espressos and specialty coffees instead, get a Nespresso. And if you want to truly replicate barista coffee, get the VertuoLine Espresso Maker with the Aeroccino Frother and be prepared to make a mess.

As mentioned at the start of the post my personal preference for the average person and kitchen is the Nespresso Evoluo

The Coffee Pods


The proprietary pods used to make hot drinks in Tassimo beverage systems are called T-Discs. Most grocery stores carry at least basic flavors and you can also buy them online at Amazon or from Tassimo directly.

Unlike some other coffee pod machines, Tassimo beverage systems only work with T-Discs. If you want to use your own coffee you can purchase a reusable T-Disc, which comes with a special measuring system and can be used with any pre-ground coffee. These setups do come with comprehensive instructions but it may take you a while to figure out exactly how you like to mix it.

As for the drinks themselves, Tassimo is best known for its extensive range of latte and cappuccino style drinks, which come from beloved brands like Gevalia and Nabob. They also have a variety of tea flavors from Tetley and Twinings, coffee blends from popular coffee houses such as Second Cup and Tim Hortons, and a range of hot chocolates from Cadbury. You may be restricted to using proprietary drinks with a Tassimo brewing system but you’re sure to find something you love on their list.

Nespresso Coffee Capsules

Unlike Tassimo, Nestlé hasn’t partnered with other brands to create a variety of drinks. Instead they make their own proprietary drink lines. The VertuoLine consists mostly of flavored coffee and four espressos ranging from light to dark. The Originals line is an extensive espresso line.

At this time Nespresso is the only company producing single serve coffee pods that doesn’t offer any latte or cappuccino options directly out of the pod, but they also offer something other companies don’t: machine accessories.

You will also note that Nespresso machines do not work with coffee pods from other brands.

Nespresso Accessories

You can also buy an Aeroccino+ milk frother from Nespresso and they have a variety of recipes on their website, allowing you to make custom cappuccinos and lattes. Other accessories offered on their site include specialty coffee cups and capsule holders.