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Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine) review

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Simple, easy-to-use machine
  • Design
  • Taste
  • Price

The Bosch Tassimo Vivy is affordable coffee capsule machine that is basic but easy to use and makes great coffee.  See also: The 11 BEST Coffee Machines of 2017.

Price: £55

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Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Compact design
  • Almost zero waiting time for water to heat from switch on

Cons:

  • Very flimsy
  • Doesn’t hold much water
  • No milk steamer

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, basic coffee capsule machine, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy is for you. Affordable and compact, this unit does what it says on the tin, but not much more.

Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine) review: Design

One of the most attractive features of the Bosch Tassimo Vivy is its size. With measurements of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm this unit takes up very little bench space. Its sleek, modern design and availability of seven different colours mean this coffee machine is a great addition to any kitchen.

However, its compact design is also one of its biggest downfalls. Due to the small water tank at the back, users will often find the red low water light blinking and need to fill it up with water every two or three drinks. But this is one of the sacrifices to be made if you are looking for a small, unobtrusive machine. See also Nespresso Krups Prodigio review.

Also, don’t open the box expecting a weighty, solid, stainless steel unit. Somewhat echoed by its low price-point, the Vivy is almost wholly plastic. This means it is relatively flimsy. Its price also means there is no feature for steaming milk.

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Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine) review: Ease of use

The Bosch Tassimo Vivy couldn’t be any easier to use. One capsule, one button and you’re off. From opening the box, it will take minutes to set up. Another great feature is the speed in which it heats up the water. Compared to other machines of its size or price, the Tassimo Vivy takes next to no time to heat the water.

Even better, the Tassimo Vivy has an automatic cleaning and descaling program and is made up of dishwasher proof parts.

Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine) review: Taste

As with all coffee capsule machines, much of the taste of the finished product depends on the coffee pods you are using. With the Bosch Tassimo Vivy however, this is probably more important due to the low water pressure the machine can muster. However Tassimo does produce a vast range of different coffee capsule – or disks as it calls them – to suit everyone’s tastes, and the Vivy unit pours a smooth cup with a respectable crema. See also: The BEST capsule coffee machines of 2017.

While the heat of a hot drink varies from person to person, if you do like your beverages at an expected temperature, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy might not deliver. It doesn’t look like Bosch put much time or effort into ensuring the water strains through the disks at a good hot drink temperature, and you could find yourself needing to zap it in the microwave for a few extra seconds.

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Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine) review: Value for money

There is no doubt the Bosch Tassimo Vivy is extremely good value for money. Priced at just £37.99 it is one of the best affordable coffee capsule machines on the market. The Tassimo disks are not too bad either, averaging at an average price of 50p each. See also: Best De’Longhi Coffee Machine.

Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine) review: Verdict

If you aren’t a coffee connoisseur but are looking for a simple, easy-to-use machine that will make a good cup of coffee, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy is ideal. Its small size and price make it one of the best, affordable machines on the market. While it isn’t made to razzle-dazzle, it does the job.

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