Nespresso or Dolce Gusto – Which is Better?

As the demand for coffee increased, so did its supply. Gone are the days when you had no choice but to stand in long queues just to get your morning cup of joe; thanks to the introduction of various coffee machines – designed to meet the day-to-day home convenience of the consumers.

Single-serve coffee makers such as Nespresso and Dolce Gusto are the preferred choice for many coffee drinkers. Both require compatible capsules or pods to deliver various kinds of coffee choices.

Is Nespresso compatible with Dolce Gusto? 

Although they both belong to the same parent company – Nestle, Dolce gusto and Nespresso are two different single-serve coffee makers, and therefore are not compatible.

As purchasing a coffee machine is nothing but a long-term investment, this raises one question, between Nespresso and Dolce Gusto, which one exactly is the better coffee maker to purchase? 

Related Read: Is it worth buying a coffee machine?

This article covers all the details that will help you decide which coffee maker best serves your need or meets your preference.

Nespresso Vs Dolce Gusto – the differences

1. Property – Nespresso is a single-serve espresso and coffee machine that delivers several premium coffee choices. Whereas Dolce Gusto is a single-serve beverage centre serving both coffee and other drinks.

2. Types – Focused on offering coffee choices and espresso, Nespresso coffee makers come in two forms – Nespresso Original Line and Nespresso Vertuo Line. Both the lines work on different pods and are thereby not compatible. 

On the other hand, Dolce Gusto has several models available in the market that offers various drink choices. The most popular Dolce Gusto coffee makers come from the hardware manufacturers – DeLonghi and Krups.

3. Drink choices – Aimed mainly at coffee connoisseurs, Nespresso coffee machines are for those who enjoy short coffee. Nespresso coffee capsules or pods offer many different choices to make barista-style espresso and coffee as well as espresso-based beverages. Original Line focuses on authentic espresso taste and offers single-origin blends from coffee-producing countries – BrazilEthiopiaCosta RicaGuatemala, etc. For Non-coffee drinkers, it offers decaf Vertuo Line of Nespresso coffee maker has more size options, offering a slightly longer espresso with more crema.

Related read: Decaf coffee: Good or bad? 

Dolce Gusto, on the contrary, does not produce as aromatic and flavorful espressos as Nespresso but instead offers a wide range of drink choices for those who enjoy longer coffee. It uses single-serving capsules or pods to deliver over 20 different beverage choices other than coffee, such as latte, cappuccinos, hot chocolate, iced tea, etc.

4. Ease of use – Nespresso coffee makers are comparatively more complicated than Dolce Gusto, where the latter uses a single lever to control the entire coffee-making process. Therefore, Dolce Gusto is more simplified and easier to use. 

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5. Cost – The cost of Nespresso coffee machine is higher than Dolce Gusto, hence making the prices for the pods or capsules cheaper or cost-effective for the latter. (Check out our store to shop for Dolce Gusto compatible capsules available at an affordable price.

6. Availability – Dolce Gusto pods or capsules are easy to find in any supermarket and physical or online store. Whereas Nespresso coffee capsules or pods are available only at online shops or official Nespresso stores. (Visit our store to shop Nespresso compatible capsules.) 


So, which one is better between Nespresso and Dolce Gusto coffee machines?

For that, we can say it’s just a matter of personal preference as both the coffee makers are designed to deliver different coffee choices.

Those who want a coffee machine that offers more than just coffee – can pick Dolce Gusto. But those who are looking for a coffee machine that produces aromatic, flavorful, and all-around quality espresso or specialty coffee, should opt for Nespresso. 


Don Carlos store offers a wide variety of coffee products intended to fulfil the purposes such as coffee beans ground coffeepods, capsules, etc. From single-origin coffee capsules to espresso-based capsules to alternatives, there are many Nespresso and Dolce Gusto compatible capsule options for you to choose from.

Nespresso® and Dolce Gusto® have registered trademarks of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., unrelated to Don Carlos Thailand. Our espresso pods or capsules are not created or sold by Nespresso® and Dolce Gusto®. 



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