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We were given this machine as a moving in present and we have absolutely loved it ever since!
The pods are really easy to use, and the taste of the coffee beats Starbucks any day!
I was a bit worried about the space it would take up when we opened the gift as we only have a small kitchen but it is not much bigger than our kettle/toaster and we wouldn't be without it now.
You can get the pods in the supermarket (Sainsbury's) but the Krupps website also sells them, and has more flavours and sometimes some special offers as well. As well as coffee they sell Chai Tea and other ice teas and we love Chococino as well!
The machine is really easy to clean and we haven't had a problem with limescale as we keep the water reservoir empty in between uses.
Since getting the machine we have bought the specialist glasses and coffee pod holder and visitors absolutely love coming over to ours for a 'posh coffee'!
The machine has gone down in price recently and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
I got this coffee machine as a christmas present after wanting a decent coffee machine for ages and I am delighted with it. If you are like me and hate reading instructions and just like to jump straight in and figure it out for yourself then this is the product for you. This machine is straightforward and simple to use, easy to clean and it makes a delicious drink in under a minute.
The variety of pods you can use with this machine are great and not too expensive either. The machine itself looks great and is nice and compact. Will look amazing in any kitchen. I would say this is definitely worth the price and would even pay up to double this for a machine of this quality! I love the fact it can be used to make hot and cold drinks which include coffees, teas and hot chocolate!
For many years I have had a bit of an extravagent wish. Although I can't stand coffee I have always fancied a coffee machine to make frothy hot chocolate. I could never really justify buying one however just to make one kind of drink but this Christmas my lovely other half bought me one as a surprise present! The model he picked was the dolce gusto melody and I think it was a great choice.
***Value for money***
As it was a gift I'm not sure exactly how much my husband paid for the machine but they range from around £50 plus. It's worth keeping an eye out on groupon etc as they are quite often on offer.
I think the drinks can work out quite expensive although if you buy in bulk then you can get better deals. The dolce gusto website does free delivery or ebay can work out about the same.
I would guess it works out between 40-70 pence for a drink for the fancier flavours so certainly more expensive than buying a tin of hot chocolate from the supermarket. The quality however is so much better. A better comparison might be with ahot drink from starbucks or costa which are considerably more expensive.
***The taste test***
Of course it is only better value if it actually tastes better than a hot chocolate out of a tin. The chocochino flavour is the standard hot chocolate and I have to say it tastes great. It is quite strong, almost more like a continental hot chocolate but with a nice layer of foam on top. The best thing is there is none of that powdery taste you get with instant hot chocolate.
***Ease of use***
The machine is pretty intuitive to use, the only difficulty can be working out how much water to put in although there are measurements given for each drink. I think some models work this out for you but seeing as I pretty much only use one flavour I wouldn't see the need for this. Cleaning seems pretty straightforward too, the section where you insert the pods just needs rinsed and the drip tray only needs cleaned every so often.
Ok, so it's still a bit self indulgent to have a machine in the kitchen only for making hot chocolate but I really like my dolce gusto. My husband has tried the latte and enjoyed it so I would guess that the more usual coffee drinking customers would like it also!
I'm a big coffee lover. I drink more than is probably healthy. While I enjoy the usual, run of the mill instant, I adore a nice hot latte, often with an extra shot of coffee and with different syrups. I'd been wanting a coffee machine for a while, but not being the type of person who can be bothered with too much faff was certain it had to be an easy to use pod machine. When I was offered this machine a year ago it appeared to tick all the right boxes.
The Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 3 is a stylish and modern appliance that comes in different colours. Mine is cream, and I must say it looks very nice in the kitchen! It isn't particular heavy or large, and takes up a nice discreet corner on my work tops. The coffee machine comes pretty much already to use and it's simply a case of adding cold water to the tank, adding a pod and flicking a switch. So simple and quick that I was very impressed.
The machine came with some coffee pod samples, but I quickly realised that those six pods would only make 3 drinks as one contains coffee, the other milk. I quickly skimmed, then discarded the instructions, popped a pod in the little drawer and set about making my drink. The machine, once filled with water, has an indicator button which flashes red for 30 seconds then turns green to indicate the machine is ready to pour. A small lever switch goes left to right...one side giving you nice, piping hot water and the other cold (I'm not really sure why the second is necessary). As the machine pours water, it is a bit noisy. Certainly noisier than I was expecting. Once the required amount of water had been run through the milk pod, you switch for a coffee pod to finish your drink. The packaging on the pod does tell you in ML how much water is required for each pod, however there's no way of managing this other than common sense judgement as the colour of the pouring drink weakens. Even with guesswork on quantities, I'm still happy with the delicious drink that takes around 1 minute start to finish to make. It is the nearest thing to coffee shop latte I've experienced at home.
The krups is handily designed to accommodate differing sized mugs, and even some quite tall mugs I have fit underneath it. The drip tray base can be moved up and down quite easy to fit either tiny espresso cups or everyday mugs. Cleaning the machine is also incredibly easy, with the pod drawer and drip tray being easy to remove and rinse. The tank itself is also easily detachable and surprisingly holds more liquid than you may think at first glance. Certainly enough for 3-4 mugs.
So far, the krups melody 3 seems perfect; it looks great, is easy to use and produces delicious drinks. However, there is a downside and this is the price and availability of the pods themselves. They are quite expensive, and when you consider that most drinks require two pods, the 16 pod packs work out at around £4 for eight drinks. For the reason I have found that over the last twelve months I don't use the machine as often as I'd though, as the pods are really a bit of a treat. I do believe that amazon may have some subscription club with the pods making them a bit cheaper, but this isn't something I've found time to investigate yet. On the plus side, beside being very, very nice, they come in quite a good range. Our favourites are the mocha, cappuccino lite and my 9 year old loves the hot chocolate.
All things considered, I am very happy with my Krups melody 3 and am glad i own it. it hasn't been a let down in anyway and the only complaint I have is the price of the coffee pods. However, I shall definitely look forward to some special cups of coffee on these coming cold weekend mornings. Ranging in price from between £55-£100 depending on when, where and what colour you buy, I think it's a good price compared to similar makes and certainly appears to be very high quality. If you are looking fo a no fuss, stylish coffee machine that I'd more than happily recommend this one.
I first came across the Dulce Gusto Melody coffee machine when researching what coffee machine to buy for my husband's birthday. I wanted something that was easy to use (and to clean!) and looked smart in our kitchen and this one seemed to be all these things. I managed to get it at a bargain price of £50 when Currys had a special offer on but I have seen this sell at a huge range of prices. It is currently on Amazon for £79.99 and Currys for £89.99 just to give you an idea. It is available to buy in red, ivory and black. I chose the black version.
The inventors of this machine put the success and taste of the coffee down to the coffee pods themselves. They are sealed for freshness and each pod is designed to regulate pressure from the machine, the theory being that for optimum taste each type of coffee needs a different amount of pressure, for example, an expresso needs high pressure to release the flavour but milk does not need as much. I thought this concept was very clever. It also means that because the coffee and milk is kept in the pods there is minimal cleaning to be done on the machine. To clean the machine I usually just give it a quick wipe down and wash out the water tank regularly, the machine also comes with a tray to put used pods in. It is recommended that you descale the machine after every 900 uses with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Descaler kit, but we are yet to do this.
The machine itself is incredibly easy to use. The removable water tank at the back of the machine has to be filled with water, then pop in a pod (milk or coffee) and move the hot/cold lever until you have the desired amount in your mug. It takes a few goes to work out how much milk and coffee you need to get your preferred taste but this is part of the fun! The pods are divided into coffee and milk in each box so two pods are used per drink usually, with the exception obviously of if you want a black coffee. The coffee pod packaging does have information on it to show required measurements per cup.
There are over 25 varieties of coffee pods to choose from, so there is something for everyone. These include Americano, various versions of Latte and Cappucino and also Chai Tea which I'm personally interested in trying! There are also options for those who are not huge coffee lovers like myself such as hot chocolate and also cold alternatives like ice cappucino and ice tea. I've seen these to buy in most supermarkets and prices per box are usually around the £4 mark. When I purchased our machine we did have a box of different pods in with it, whether this is still the case I'm not sure, but this allowed us to try a few varieties to see which we would like to buy.
So what do we think? This coffee machine has been a huge success in our household. The coffee always comes out lovely and frothy and tastes as good as (if not better than) any coffee you would pay for in Costa or Starbucks. We particularly like the Latte Macchiato pods because they taste both strong and milky at the same time. We've received many compliments from guests about our coffees which is fantastic considering the simplicity of how we make them!
I would recommend this coffee machine to any coffee lover looking for a machine that offers them delicious coffee that doesn't take alot of time to make. I'd also recommend it to anyone who isn't great with technology (like myself) and just wants something simple to use.
5 out of 5- everything you want from a coffee machine!
Coffee options: espresso, cappuccino and latte / 1500 watts / 15 bar pressure / Incorporated crema device / Water capacity 1.3 litres / Removable transparent water tank / Adjustable cup stand / Magnetic pod holder / Drip tray / Removable drip tray / 14 second heat-up time / Auto shut-off / Includes: free sample variety pack & bin for used capsules / Dishwasher safe parts / Non-slip feet / Size H33, W21, D31cm / Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee / EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 010942213628 / By Krups / Short name: Krups KP220840