Nespresso or Dolce Gusto

In this article we put Dolce Gusto and Nespresso to the test.

So if you're looking for a comparison that goes into detail then you've come to the right place.

We looked at the two coffee brands:

  • The cups
  • Price per cup
  • Nespresso and Dolce Gusto flavors
  • Coffee makers

Nespresso cups

The two major coffee brands are well known among most people.

But what is better? Nespresso or Dulce Gusto?

Let's first look at the differences in the cups.

With a Nespresso cup you generally make simple coffee drinks, but don't let this fool you. They may look simple but you will soon notice that coffee from a Nespresso cup is full of flavor.

Nespresso cup

You will experience buying Nespresso cups as luxury. Nespresso itself claims that its coffee has to meet strong demands. Thought has been given to the location, the climate and the soil on which the coffee beans grow. All this so that you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in the early morning, or as a boost while working, of course.

When buying Nespresso cups you will quickly notice that the capsules are made of aluminum. Aluminum is known for its ability to maintain the best aromas.

The material is also extremely environmentally friendly as it can be recycled indefinitely.

Dolce Gusto cups

Dolce Gusto's larger coffee cups are also known as the best alternative to Nespresso cups. Dolce Gusto offers more variations in flavors, from a ristretto to a cup of chocolate milk. A number of Dulce Gusto cups contain milk powder in contrast to the Nespresso cups. This ensures that you can also enjoy a cappuccino or latte when there is no pack of milk nearby.

Dolce Gusto cups

Unfortunately the cups of Dolce Gusto are made of plastic. This means that they are not recyclable and therefore not good for the environment on the contrary to the Nespresso cups.

There is the possibility to buy refillable Dolce Gusto capsules. You will have to fill these with ground coffee after each use. It takes a little longer, but it's better for the environment and in the long run much better for your wallet!

Another nice fact! Dolce Gusto flavors

On top of the Dolce Gusto capsules there are always a number of dashes. Each filled dash stands for 5 seconds preparation time!

In the field of environmental friendliness Nespresso is the winner here, furthermore the other advantages of using alumiunium stand above the plastic material.

Price per cup

Storing coffee in capsules has many advantages but also an important disadvantage. It is quite expensive!

We will start with the prices of the Dolce Gusto cups.

The capsules come in boxes of 16 cups. The costs of the boxes vary per taste, the prices are between € 4,50 and € 4,99. In theory you'll pay about 30 cents per cup. However, for many types of coffee you need milk capsules, so you actually need 8 cups to make a cup of coffee. The prices for coffee with a lot of milk like a cappuccino will be about 60 cents per cup. Pretty pricey!

The cups of Dolce Gusto are easy to find at a supermarket nearby. Dolce Gusto has many different flavors, so chances are that you can't find all the flavors in the supermarket. In that case you could also order the cups on the website of Dolce Gusto.

Nespresso is more exclusive in this, these can't be found in the supermarket. You will have to buy the Nespresso cups in the stores of Nespresso or order them on the website of Nespresso. The buying experience of the Nespresso cups in the stores is unreal. You will be welcomed with warm hands by the employees of Nespresso. Then you can try out the whole range of Nespresso cups to make the best choice.

It's possible to find B brands in the supermarket, only they don't taste as good and are often made of plastic instead of aluminium.

Nespresso smaken

The Nespresso cups prices start from €0,35 and are sold in boxes of 10 pieces.
If you choose one of Dolce Gusto's milk specialties you will get cheaper with Nespresso cups. If you choose a 'normal' drink from Dolce Gusto you save yourself a few pennies.

Because with the flavors of Dolce Gusto you will choose more often for the milk specialties, here is the winner Nespresso.

Nespresso and Dolce Gusto flavors

Both brands now have an extremely wide range of coffee flavors. Dolce Gusto goes a step further here, however. The Nespresso flavors are coffee only. For example, you can choose from a lungo or an espresso cup. Nespresso flavors do not include milk specialties. Nespresso flavors

Dolce Gusto goes a step further than Nespresso with its assortment. So you can choose one of the milk specialties for when you like coffee with lots of milk. And there are 5 different kinds of espresso capsules, for example the espresso inteso, which is just a bit stronger than a normal Dolce Gusto espresso.

When it comes to quantity and variation Dolce Gusto is the winner.

Coffee makers

For this test we used the Piccolo of Dolce Gusto and the Magimix of Nespresso. These are both well-known coffeemakers and are still sold a lot to this day. Both devices cost less than € 100 so they are well matched.

Making coffee with the Piccolo

Dolce Gusto Picolo XS

Making coffee with a lot of milk is not a difficult task for the piccolo. As you can see in the picture we made a latte macchiato. In any case, Dolce Gusto's coffee gets all the points for its appearance! But does it taste as good as it looks?
That depends.

We have noticed that Dolce Gusto's coffee is much more popular among the younger age group. And that's probably because of the sweet taste that Dolce Gusto coffee brings with it. You also quickly realize that the milk from the capsules isn't fresh.

The Piccolo itself is very compact and easy to use. It has a button to heat up the water (this takes about 40 seconds) and a lever to choose between hot or cold water.
For example, when you want to make an iced coffee (especially in these hot summer months) this can be very useful.

Making coffee is very easy. You put a coffee or milk capsule in the Piccolo, depending on what kind of drink you want to prepare. Then you press it down with the large lever on top of the machine. And the last step is to pull the lever to the hot or cold position. So simple! You'll have to be careful how much water or milk you want to add because the device continues until the water runs out. After 1 or 2 attempts you will realize these preferences for yourself.

The Piccolo is a small coffee maker. The machine is 16 cm wide, 29 cm high and 29 cm long.
With these dimensions it will not be difficult to give the Piccolo a place in the kitchen.
We can say that this device can be used well as a camping coffee maker.

Coffee making with the Magimix

Nespresso Magimix

Can't you get enough of a nice strong drink in the morning that wakes you up? Then Nespresso's Magimix might be for you. This device makes an espresso full of flavor in less than a minute. It might look like a small cup of coffee coming from a small coffee maker, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is nothing better than the strong aroma of a Nespresso in the early morning.
This machine easily finds a place in the kitchen. The Magimix is 12 cm wide, 23 cm high and 32 cm long, a small coffee maker. To prepare a strong espresso a high pump pressure is very important, that's why the Magimix has a pump pressure of no less than 19 bar!

Nespresso Magimix


Preparing such a strong espresso is no big deal with this machine. You pull the large lever at the front, then open a compartment where exactly a Nespresso capsule fits. When you've put in a Nespresso capsule of your choice you can pull the lever back and the capsule is in place. The last step is to choose one of the two buttons. One for making a small cup of coffee, and one for making a larger cup of coffee. Next, this lamp will blink for about 25 small coffee machine seconds to which the Magimix will warm up and make a delicious cup of coffee.

Both coffeemakers are good for daily use. Although if we have to choose a winner here it is the Piccolo of Dolce Gusto. This choice is difficult to make because there is little difference in performance. The maintenance of both coffeemakers is also minimal. So we looked at the price of both devices. The Dolce Gusto device takes the upper hand with a € 20 difference.

Dolce Gusto vs Nespresso and the winner is:

We've been trying both brands of coffee for a couple of weeks now and it's a tricky choice.
To find out which one of the two you prefer to drink you have to ask yourself a few things. Should there always be milk in the coffee? What are you prepared to pay for a cup of coffee? 

But perhaps the most important question: Do you like sweet coffee more? Or highly concentrated coffee?

If we really need to choose a winner then this is for us Nespresso.

We think Dolce Gusto's milk powder is a drawback.

Now we are curious. If you had to choose between Dolce Gusto or Nespresso.

Do you prefer the pure taste of Nespresso?

Or do you prefer the sweet taste of Dolce Gusto?

Let me know by leaving a comment.

If you're looking for a small coffee maker that you can take with you anywhere, take a look at our Presso X This handy device makes a delicious espresso in no time, wherever and whenever you want!

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