Single cup coffee makers from Keurig and Tassimo are among the best and most popular but Keurig machines are more popular on the Amazon best sellers list, with half of the top 20 being Keurig coffee makers. Tassimo and Keurig both use a pressurized hot water delivery system that punctures a pre-packaged coffee cup. While Keurig uses K-cups and relies on the user to input the type of drink and size desired, the Tassimo reads the bar code on the back of T-Discs in order to brew the drink correctly.
Keurig can not only brew coffee but also tea and hot chocolate. It brews drinks using a K-cup, a vaccuum-sealed and pre-filled cup that is available in over 250 varieties of beverages. The machine pierces a hole in the foil lid and fills it with hot water.
Tassimo can make seven types of beverages, including espressos, lattes, hot chocolates and cappuccinos. Milk based drinks use two pods. The Tassimo uses T-Discs, which are coffee pods with bar codes that the machine reads to set the water temperature, strength and amount of water needed.
Keurig offers brands including Caribou, Green Mountain, Diedrich, Gloria Jeans, Coffee People, Timothy’s World, Tully’s Wolfgang Pack, Celestial Seasonings, Emeril’s and Twinning’s Tea
Tassimo’s T-Discs include drinks from popular coffee brands, including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Gevalia, Maxwell House, Suchards Hot Cocoa, Tazo Tea, Kenco, Nabob and Twinning’s Tea.
Keurig coffee makers are available at a variety of different prices, ranging from $90 to over $200. Individual drink cups cost $0.40 each, and reusable ones are also available.
Tassimo coffee makers typically cost between $100 and $220. Individual drinks cost approximately $0.56, with those requiring milk, such as cappuccinos, costing more due to the use of two pods.
You can expect to pay around $150 for a good single cup coffee maker from either Tassimo or Keurig.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., the owners of the Keurig brand, do not currently share sales figures. However, over 4 million Keurig coffee makers had been sold by the end of 2009. It has a larger market share than Tassimo.
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The Amazon best sellers list for single serve brewers is instructive. 11 of the top 20 coffee makers in that list are Keurig machines.
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OneCupCoffeeSource rates the Keurig as a reliable, sturdy coffee maker with high quality parts. However, some users of the Keurig B70 have reported problems with a failing water pump.
The Tassimo comes with a 1 year warranty, with the Tassimo T65 coming with a 2 year warranty. OneCupCoffeeSource rates them as solid, durable machines that are sturdier than the Keurig machines and are typically problem free.