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Tassimo Vs. Keurig

Updated on August 30, 2017

Single Cup Brewer Confusion!

Choosing between the Tassimo and Keurig single serve coffee brewers took me months of researching online opinions and reviews, weighing out the pros and the cons. Finally I bit the bullet and choose one impulsively with some Christmas gift money!

Read on to benefit from my over thinking and personal experience in an effort to help you choose the right single serve brewer for your home, or office, or home office!



P.S.: I ended up with Bosch TAS4513UC Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer, Glamour Red and I couldn't be happier! It has been 3 years with our Tassimo and it still makes consistent and tasty beverages. We've had no issues with our machine. I will say most of our friends and family have gone with the Keurig and are equally as happy.

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The 2 Coffee Makers I was Most Interested In - It shouldn't be this hard to decide!

Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System
Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System

I was interested in this model over the other Keurig machines, because it offered the largest cup size. Most of the Keurig machines are limited to a 10 oz or less cup size. The cup size was important to me, because I planned to use my machine with travel mugs. Update: we purchased this model as a gift for Christmas 2011 and the recipient loves the availability of K-Cups and the convenience of single serve.

 
TASSIMO Single Serve Coffeemaker, T45
TASSIMO Single Serve Coffeemaker, T45

Most of the Tassimo models come with similar features. Go with the one that fits your budget and decor. I liked this model for the optional water filter and because it came in my favorite color, red.

 

Tassimo Vs. Keurig a Comparison Review - So how do they stack up against each other?

For the purposes of this comparison I am using the 2 models I was trying to choose between. The Tassimo Suprema Home Brewing System by Bosch and the Keurig Platinum Brewing System. Both brewers are displayed and purchasable through the Amazon links above. The machines are comparable in price at around the $169 mark. Both are near the top of the mid range home brewers in terms of features. Read on for more information on the two coffee brewers.

  1. Drink Variety?

    Tassimo:

    Tassimo's claim to fame is the consistency of the drinks based on their unique bar code technology that calibrates the machine to the perfect water temperature, pressure and drink size. If you have a sleepy brain in the morning, never fear the Tassimo does all the work for you, just remember to put a mug under the spout! The Tassimo also has the built in ability to steam and froth milk from the real milk t-discs, so this is the machine for making cappuccinos and lattes. Brand variety is limited to a handful. Drink choices include more than 40 varieties of Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Cappuccino, Latte, Espresso, Iced Coffee and real Milk Creamers.

    Keurig:

    Keurig is King for variety with over 200 different k-cups in Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Iced Coffee, Iced Tea, and Apple Cider in a wide selection of brands. The Keurig does not have the ability to froth or steam, however you can buy separate attachments to handle frothing and still enjoy cappacinos and lattes. If you enjoy flavored coffees and teas you'll find just about everything you'd want in a k-cup.


  2. Which Handles Big Cups?

    Tassimo:

    Drink size is determined from the bar code on the drink t-disc, however at the end of the drink cycle you have the option to add more water manually to your cup. The t-discs are optimized for consistency so adding water manually will result in a weaker drink.

    Keurig:

    Choose from 5 options for cup sizes before brewing. 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz and 12 oz. Experiment with the k-cups to find your perfect size beverage setting. From what I can tell there is no option to add additional water without running a second cycle. There have been complaints that the Keurig draws a lot of electricity, making it difficult in some homes to run other appliances while making a cup of coffee.


  3. What about the Water Tank?

    Tassimo:

    61 fl oz tank fit with a Mavea Maxtra water filter, but the unit will run just fine without the filter in place. The water tank is set in the back of the machine, which means you must pull the machine away from the wall for refills. This does, however save on precious counter real estate. The sleeker design is more attractive in my opinion.

    Keurig:

    60 oz water tank mounted on the side for easier refills. The side tank does mean it will take up a bit more counter space. No built in filter option.


  4. Programmable?

    Tassimo:

    Nope, the machine reads the bar code on the t-disc to get all the information it needs to brew a consistent drink. No brain power of your own required. However, you do have a manual override to add more water at the end of the cycle. No clock.

    Keurig:

    Yes. You can select water temperature, automatic start and 1 of 5 cup sizes (see 2nd bullet). It also has a digital clock.


  5. DIY drinks?

    Tassimo:

    No refillable options for t-discs. Although you are able to insert the cleaning disc and get hot water for use with your own teas, which I do quite often. Instant hot water is a very nice feature.

    Keurig:

    Yes you can make your own k-cups by buying a refillable k-cup kit. People who enjoy grinding their own beans, really love this option. This was one of the most positive aspects that was pulling me from Tassimo.


Your own Beans or Specialty Drinks? - Which is your cup of tea?

Cafe written on a Mug of Coffee
Cafe written on a Mug of Coffee

The choice really boils down to do you prefer simple flavored coffees and like to grind your own beans (Keurig) or do you fancy cappuccinos and lattes without going to a coffee shop (Tassimo)?

Image thanks to Stepheye

Why was it so hard for me to choose?

Maybe I'm just an indecisive person?

You may have read the above list and knew instantly which brewer is right for you. I think they are both great single cup coffee and tea machines, and you can't go wrong with either. But in case you're curious why I choose the Tassimo over the Keurig... well here's a little bit of my logic, if you want to call it that!

  • I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do like tea lattes and cocoa with steamed milk. Tassimo does that without any additional mess!
  • I like to take a good sized travel mug of tea with me to work, and I don't mind a weaker tea so I fill my travel mug to the brim with the manual over ride. The limited cup size was a big detractor to the Keurig for me.
  • I am not a morning person and am always running late; I like that the Tassimo does the thinking. No wasting time mucking up a programmable setting.
  • I am the type of person that orders the same thing off the menu once I discover I like it. As long as it's good quality, I don't need a lot of variety.
  • I like to entertain and a majority of our family and friends enjoy cappuccinos and lattes. I have no idea how to prepare coffee, and now I can make them fancy coffee house drinks that are consistently good each time. I'm so impressive!
  • No way in the morning is either one of us in the mood to be making our own coffee/tea pod. I am more than happy to let the machine take over.
  • The frothing and steaming milk is not a feature our current coffee machine can do.

All of these personal qualities in me, led me to buy the Tassimo. So if that's the case, what in the heck was tugging me towards almost buying the Keurig?

  • Well, my husband is a big coffee drinker and likes to grind his own beans. The reusable k-cup was an attractive feature, and one I was using to "sell" him on the idea of us buying a single cup coffee machine. He already has a coffee maker he is happy with.
  • The plentiful varieties of tea were so very tempting.
  • Same for the variety of flavored coffees I could have on hand for guests.
  • It would be fun to have instant Apple Cider.
  • Almost every shopping center we went to had a giant display of k-cups, reminding me I wanted one. Plus all that variety was easy to find.

Photo Credit: Nibbled.

Let's Duel: Tassimo Vs. Keurig - Share your opinion on single serve machines

Which brewer would you buy and why?

Tervis products for hot and cold drinks - The best insulated clear cup/mug out there

We love our Tervis cups and mugs, they keep cold drinks so cold the drink is often gone before the ice is melted, even on hot summer days. The cups and mugs do equally well with keeping hot drinks hot. You can buy them with decorative inserts of almost anything imaginable, from sports teams, decorative swirls or yes even the world's best mom/dad/grandma/grandpa mugs. It's a fun personalized cup, or buy them clear and simply enjoy the look of the fun layered specialty drinks a Tassimo machine can create. Travel lids and straws are available making them super convenient for the commute to work and they come in several cup sizes to fit whatever drink you're making.

Tervis 24 oz. Big T Clear Tumbler
Tervis 24 oz. Big T Clear Tumbler

On the go 24 oz tumblers that fit in the cup holder. Snag a travel lid and you are good to go. I love filling up my favorite iced chai latte in this size cup, but I also use it as my water glass. The water is always gone before the ice.

 
Tervis Tumbler 15oz Clear Mug
Tervis Tumbler 15oz Clear Mug

This is the best clear mug for the layered specialty drinks that the Tassimo can produce. My husband's favorite recipe fills this mug right to the brim. 1 Gevalia Espresso (Dark) T-Disc, 1 Suchard Hot Chocolate T-Disc, ending with 1 Tassimo Cappuccino Foaming Milk Creamer T-Disc.

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Tervis Berry Swirl Wrap Tumbler with Red Lid, 16-Ounce
Tervis Berry Swirl Wrap Tumbler with Red Lid, 16-Ounce

My favorite travel mug, because of the cute red top and black swirled theme. Other women comment on the cute pattern all the time. If you've never owned a Tervis cup before, they are wonderful at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

 

Tassimo Details

My Red Tassimo Brewbot making a chai latte
My Red Tassimo Brewbot making a chai latte

Tassimo Details & Reviews

If you enjoy specialty coffee drinks like cappuccinos or lattes and want to make them at home, the Tassimo is your machine.

I have had my Tassimo Brewbot for about 9 months and still use it nearly daily. As the weather has warmed we're now enjoying iced coffees and iced chai lattes, still as delicious as the hot drinks. My husband is addicted to mocha lattes by using a milk disc, a chocolate disc and an espresso disc. I wake up almost every morning to a chai tea latte and enjoy it most out of the tea options currently available. Tassimo did just lose their deal with Starbucks, but have promised customers a new line of bold coffee options to come out this summer. I hope they also introduce more teas.

Photo Credit: PixelPosy.

Bosch TAS4513UC Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer, Glamour Red
Bosch TAS4513UC Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer, Glamour Red

My favorite color is red and I took that as a sign that this version of the Tassimo was the one to go with. All the Tassimo brewers have very similar features. You can't go wrong with any of them. Tassimo wins hands down for people that love lattes.

 

t-discs - Tassimo's coffee brands, specialized yet more limited than Keurig

Tassimo Chai Tea Latte, 8-Count T-Discs for Tassimo Brewers (Pack of 2)
Tassimo Chai Tea Latte, 8-Count T-Discs for Tassimo Brewers (Pack of 2)

Not as spicy of a chai as I'm use to getting from a coffee shop, but still very yummy without being too sweet.

 

Keurig Details

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker

Keurig Details & Reviews

For flavored coffee lovers, or those that enjoy grinding their own beans, the Keurig is the single serve coffee machine to go with.

The Keurig offers many different brands of flavored coffee, teas and an apple cider. The k-cups (one use coffee filters) can be found for around .60 cents a cup and in many areas can be found sold at grocery and big box stores in the coffee aisle. Plus you can also grind your own coffee beans with the refillable k-cup. For straight up coffee lovers you can't go wrong.

Image thanks to sashafatcat

Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System
Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System

Several times I had this machine in my cart instead of the Tassimo. The variety, it's just so tempting and every where I look there are k-cups on sale. Plus my husband, the coffee bean grinder connoisseur had the option of making his own pods for use in the k-cup. It all sounded perfect, until I realized this machine didn't do anything I couldn't already do on my own without a $170 machine.

 

K-cups - They seem to be in stores everywhere!

Starbucks ditched the Tassimo brand and now are available only with the Keurig. If you enjoy Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea, Keurig is now your machine.

Coffee People Variety Pack  22-Count K-Cups for Keurig Brewers (Pack of 2)
Coffee People Variety Pack 22-Count K-Cups for Keurig Brewers (Pack of 2)

Keurig offers many different variety packs. There is definitely something for everyone.

 

What's in your Cup? - Share what you sip

My Tassimo Hard at Work
My Tassimo Hard at Work

Photo Credit: PixelPosy.

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      AnnaMKB 4 years ago

      In the last year, I noticed the local grocery stores have seriously reduced their selection of coffee beans and ground coffees and filled the space with Tassimo displays. The Keurig displays are about 1/3rd the size of the Tassimo, so I'm thinking some major contracts were signed! Unfortunately, it meant that my daughter's favourite beans are now almost impossible to find. She loves a course grind in a French Press. Now that we've bought them a Keurig, both my daughters are looking forward to trying the varieties out there.

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      TerriCarr 4 years ago

      Well, since a co-worker recently brought a tassimo into the office for collective use, I guess that is my only choice. So glad to hear it does lattes too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I did little more research. i am a big fan of Latte's. I like real milk in Latte instead of one in cups because it can't give all the richness and creaminess which real milk can. I think Keurig Rivo System is best if you love latte's and cappuccino's. But the rivo cups don't come in flavours. You have to buy the flavours separately. I haven't used this product but looks good from descrption.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Thank you for all this comprehensive information. Now I feel that I know a lot about the differences between those coffee machines.

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      Thank you for the single cup brewers detail!

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens. I got a Tassimo for Christmas last year. It didn't last through the summer. That will be my last one.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Tough decision to make!

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      ErinRivers 5 years ago

      K Cups are better for regular coffee. With Keurig having brought out the Vue packs, they put a real competitor for Tassimo on in the specialty drinks market. Check out my review of the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker to read more about Vue packs.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I think I'll stick with my old way - Melita with boiled water and fresh ground coffee, steamed milk for a latte.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens.

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      ChecksUnlimited1 6 years ago

      Very well designed lens! I have been looking at the Keurig for like ever now and honestly this has helped me narrow down my decision. I didn't realize you could refill your cups with fresh ground rounds!

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      sojourner-1 6 years ago

      I have a Keurig. However i am a coffee freak and like to try all things. I would buy Tassimo also.

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Very comprehensive comparison - well done!

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      Buchamar 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Buchamar 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Sonoko 6 years ago

      This is great, I enjoy reading this lens about the Brewbot. I personally would pick the Brewbot over the Keurig just because I think they are more reliable. Check out this review to see why Tassimo Brewbot Review

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      food monkey 6 years ago

      good stuff! nice lens!

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      iWriteaLot 6 years ago

      Nice, informative lens. Thanks for your reviews. I'd actually been looking at the Keurig myself but now I'm tempted to go with the Tassimo. I'll use your info to help me decide :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great comparison! Now I have to go check out what's available at our local stores. I'm expecting to buy a Keuring, but the cappuccino/latte option on the Tassimo is tempting me! Blessed.

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      Thank you! As a coffee lover is it always fun to learn a bit more about these fun machines. I love mine:)

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Thanks for your comparison on these two machines. I'm was not familiar with either one. :)

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens with good, honest information. I love a nice side-by-side product comparison.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Great lens! I saw this in Squidu lens spotlight ...you've got my 'thumbs up' - I like it!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent job on the lens, thumbs-up. I am taking a coffee break right now, and really enjoyed my visit here. I would pick the coffee maker that is on sale or at the right price.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I've been struggling with deciding which single cup coffee maker to buy. I liked the idea of the Keurig, but I hadn't considered the Tassimo and I like the sound of it. I'd love lattes at home.

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      Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      I love this lens...it's great thank you...

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      worthim 6 years ago

      The Tassimo is awesome-O! I love hanging out at my friend's house in Dallas... He's got a bunch of yummy discs!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Me too, still deciding but you have given me lots to think about.

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      marketmasterpro 7 years ago

      I am still deciding which one I like but need a new coffee pot soon!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      I like the Ethiopian way...boiling it in a clay-pot. But I do it on the gas, not on charcoal! Nice comparison between the two machines, though. That's what we call an informed choice!

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      Carterpants 7 years ago

      Can't wait for ours!