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Whether as a start to the day or for a cosy coffee chat - a good cup of coffee can give you the boost you need or provide a comfortable break. The right coffee machine, which brews the perfect coffee for you quickly and easily at the touch of a button, can be a real joy in hectic everyday life. Automated coffee machines such as those made by Senseo are ideal for this purpose.

In our Senseo coffee machine test 2021, we present the best coffee machines from the manufacturer in more detail. Our guide covers all the questions you should ask yourself before buying and provides you with all the information you need. We also show you the most important buying criteria to make your decision even easier.




The most important facts

  • The Senseo coffee machines combine the technology of the electronics manufacturer Philipp and the coffee of the roasting company Jacobs Douwe Egberts. Senseo machines brew coffee at the touch of a button using pods.
  • Senseo machines offer technologies that give your coffee that certain something, such as the Crema Plus function or the Coffee Boost technology. In addition, the coffee machines offer a variety of practical functions such as the adjustable cup filling quantity, automatic switch-off, limescale indicator and more.
  • With the various models of Senseo coffee machines, you can prepare a wide range of coffee variations, from simple filter coffee to luxurious lattes. So there is something for every use, whether at home or in the office.

The Best Senseo Coffee Machine: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Senseo Coffee Machine

When looking for the right Senseo coffee machine, you probably have a few questions. Here is a summary of all the important background information.

What makes Senseo coffee machines different from other manufacturers?

Senseo is a brand of coffee machines and coffee pods that was developed in cooperation between the electronics manufacturer Philips and the coffee roasting company Jacobs Douwe Egberts. In the Senseo coffee machine, the coffee is brewed from the pods, which portion the coffee perfectly.

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Coffee comes in countless varieties. The right coffee maker brews the perfect coffee for you and makes your day. (Image source: Yanyapong/ 123rf.com)

In the meantime, there are various offers on the market, but in the beginning, coffee pods were only offered by Douwe Egberts and until today, Senseo is the market pioneer as a manufacturer of pad coffee machines.

How much does a Senseo coffee machine cost?

The price of Senseo coffee machines is in the upper middle range compared to similar pad coffee machines from other manufacturers, with prices ranging from €60 to €185.

Senseo coffee makers use coffee pods to brew your favourite type of coffee at the touch of a button.

Pad coffee makers, on the other hand, are rather inexpensive compared to other types of coffee makers.

Type price range
French Press approx. 15-50 €
Filter machine approx. 20-80 €
Pad machine approx. 20-160 €
Capsule machine approx. 25-200 €
Fully automatic machine approx. 110-1300 €
Piston machine approx. 70-2000 €

French press machines are the cheapest, with prices ranging from €15 to €50. Filter machines are also cheap to buy, with prices between €20 and €70. This is followed by coffee machines with pods or capsules, both of which are priced roughly between €20 and €200. Fully automatic machines are available from 110 €, but prices are often around 500 € and can rise to over 1000 €. Piston machines are also much more expensive, with prices varying widely up to €2000.

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An important process in the production of coffee is the roasting of the beans. (Image source: belchonock/ 123rf.com)

What alternatives are there to the Senseo coffee maker?

As an alternative to Senseo coffee machines for pods, there are other manufacturers that make pad coffee machines. Capsule coffee machines also work according to a similar system.

Furthermore, there are coffee machines that can be used to prepare coffee in a variety of ways. These are briefly presented below with their advantages and disadvantages.

Type Function
French Press The French Press is probably the simplest way to prepare coffee. Loose coffee powder is put into the press and hot water is poured over it. After the brewing time, a filter can be pressed down into the pot, as is also known from certain teapots. This coffee maker can be purchased very cheaply. Another advantage here is that the French Press is very easy to clean.
Filter machine The filter machine is also an inexpensive and simple way of making coffee. Here, hot water drips through a filter filled with coffee powder. This variant is particularly suitable for preparing larger quantities of coffee for groups. However, the taste can be rather bitter and is therefore not to everyone's taste.
Capsule machine These coffee machines work on the same principle as the pad coffee machine, but with capsules. They prepare a cup of coffee quickly and easily at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, the capsules often create a lot of waste. Fortunately, some manufacturers are working on compostable capsule shells.
Fully automatic coffee machine Fully automatic coffee machines make perfect coffee at the touch of a button. Often these machines have an integrated grinder with adjustable grind. The more expensive machines often produce a large selection of different coffees at the touch of a button. However, cleaning can be difficult.
Piston machine The piston machine, also called a portafilter or espresso machine, is the most professional, complicated and also most expensive of the coffee machines. They are mostly used in the catering trade. The coffee is ground in the often integrated coffee grinder and then put into the flask. With the right skill, the perfect espresso can be made by choosing the grind, water temperature and pressure. However, this takes some time and should be practised.

Buying Criteria: These are the Factors you can use to compare and evaluate Senseo Coffee Makers

Below we show you which aspects you can use to find the perfect Senseo coffee maker for your needs. The criteria for comparing different Senseo coffee makers include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each of the criteria.

Size

All Senseo coffee makers offer the practical option of making two cups of coffee at the same time. Nevertheless, the models are usually very slim.

An important factor in choosing the size is the capacity of the water tank. The capacity of the water tank determines the number of coffees that can be made with one filling. A water tank capacity of 1 litre, for example, allows 7 cups of coffee to be made.

A large water tank is particularly practical if the coffee machine is used a lot, for example in an office. You don't have to keep refilling the water tank.

Features

Senseo coffee makers offer a range of practical features that are worth looking out for when buying.

  • Warm-up time: Certain coffee machines are characterised by the fact that they warm up and are ready to use very quickly.
  • Automatic switch-off: The automatic switch-off saves electricity and prevents unnecessary heating when the coffee machine is not in use.
  • Crema Plus: According to the manufacturer, this patented system guarantees even better crema, i.e. coffee foam.
  • Coffee strength setting: The coffee strength selection offers the possibility to brew a small, strong coffee.
  • Coffee Boost Technology: The Coffee Boost Technology enables an even more intense coffee flavour by distributing the water over the entire pad via a fine mesh distribution.
  • Milk frother: If your Senseo coffee machine has a built-in milk frother, you can make lattes such as latte macchiato, cappuccino or café latte.
  • Programmable cup size: Thanks to the programmable cup size function, you can perfectly match your coffee to the size of your cup.
  • Height-adjustable coffee spout: Some machines allow you to adjust the height of the coffee spout or the drip tray to suit your cup size.
  • Limescale indicator: The descaling indicator lets you know when the machine needs cleaning.
  • Calc-clean function: Some machines are equipped with a cleaning function to descale the machine.

Power

The power of a coffee machine is expressed in watts and tells you how "strong" a machine is. For Senseo coffee machines, the power usually ranges from 1450 watts for smaller, simpler machines to 2650 watts for larger and more complex machines.

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A good cup of coffee is perfect for a short break in between or the necessary boost for the rest of the day. (Image source: belchonock/ 123rf.com)

The wattage affects how quickly the coffee maker can heat cold water. In addition, the wattage says something about the power consumption of the machine. A machine with 1000 watts consumes 1000 watt-hours, which is equivalent to 1 kilowatt-hour.

Material and colour

The individual parts of Senseo coffee machines are dishwasher safe.

By choosing the material and colour, you can adapt the coffee machine to your personal preferences. But the material also plays an important role in cleaning the machine. Most Senseo coffee makers are made so that the various parts are dishwasher safe.

The colour selection for Senseo coffee machines ranges from black and white to elegant shades of grey, bright red or delicate shades of salmon and blue. Some Senseo coffee machines are available in metallic finishes.

Facts worth knowing about Senseo Coffee Machines

Below we list all the other information that is relevant to you and your Senseo coffee machine. Before using your Senseo coffee maker for the first time, be sure to rinse it thoroughly.

Which pods fit into the Senseo Coffee Machine?

You can use all different types of Senseo pods for all Senseo coffee machine models.

Nowadays, most coffee pods are standardised to fit all machines.

Since most coffee pods are standardised nowadays, you can also find pods from other manufacturers that are compatible with Senseo coffee machines.

What accessories are available for Senseo Coffee Machines?

In addition to Senseo coffee machines, the manufacturer also offers a milk frother. This is particularly suitable as a supplement for machines that do not have an integrated milk frother function.

Furthermore, Senseo offers accessories for storing the pods, such as pod tins or entire storage stations. You can also buy Senseo coffee cups made of glass to go with your machine.

The following spare parts can be purchased individually:

  • Pad holder
  • Sealing ring
  • Cup tray
  • Drip tray
  • Coffee spout cover
  • Coffee spout
  • Water tank
  • Milk tank
  • Milk hose

How do I set up a Senseo coffee machine correctly or troubleshoot problems?

On the Philips website you will find all the manuals and instructions for the different models. There you can read everything about the operation of the Senseo machine. The support page also has some articles on how to solve the most common problems.

Below are the most common troubleshooting tricks for you:

Problem Troubleshooting
Reset the machine If you experience a problem while using the machine, you can reset the machine. To do this, hold down the button for one coffee and the button for two coffees at the same time. This reset will cause all the water in the tank to run through.
Adjusting the amount of water New Senseo machines have a simple function to adjust the amount of water. On older machines, you can simply press the 2-cup coffee button to run a larger amount of water through the pad. For a finer adjustment, do the following: Switch off the machine and unplug it. Press and hold the buttons for 1 and 2 coffees at the same time and switch the machine back on. The power button should now light up. Now press the button for 1 coffee to decrease the amount of water by 3.5 ml or the button for 2 coffees to increase the amount of water by 3.5 ml.
Too little coffee If your coffee machine does not produce enough coffee, you should check the following points. Check the amount of water or coffee set in the machine. Clean the pad holder, as it may be clogged. You should also descale your machine at least every 3 months to prevent it from clogging. If you have not used your coffee machine for a long time, there may be air in the machine that reduces the amount of coffee. It helps to flush the machine by filling the water tank and running a non-pad coffee programme.
Too much coffee One cause may be that the machine was not rinsed before first use. Fill the water tank and place a bowl under the coffee spout. Switch on your machine and briefly press the buttons for 1 cup of coffee and 2 cups of coffee simultaneously. Wait until the entire system has been rinsed with water and the process is complete. Another cause may be a defective pad holder. Try another pad holder to see if the problem persists.
No crema There can be several reasons why your coffee has no crema layer. Make sure your coffee pod is placed curved side down in the centre of the pod holder. Make sure that the pad holder and the coffee outlet are not clogged. Otherwise, you can clean the individual parts under running water or in the dishwasher. Descale your coffee machine at least every 3 months to prevent clogging.
Lid is stuck If your Senseo coffee maker does not open, the pad holder is probably clogged. First switch off the coffee machine. Now open the lever as far as it will go and wait 24 hours. Then try to open the lid again. This may require more force than usual. Now clean the filter of the pad holder with water and a brush or in the dishwasher. To avoid this problem, the machine including the pad holder should be decalcified regularly.

For more information about troubleshooting your Senseo coffee machine, visit the Philips support page.

What kind of warranty do I have on the machine?

Senseo coffee machines have a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase from the manufacturer Philip.

If you cannot solve a problem with your machine despite the above list, you can have it repaired directly by Philips or another repair service.

Philips provides a 2-year warranty on all machines upon presentation of a sales receipt or other proof of purchase, such as a credit card transfer, to establish the date.

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