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DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo
 
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$74.99 - $196.19
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Summary: This DeLonghi single-serve coffeemaker has:
  • a removable reservoir.
  • a height-adjustable drip tray.
  • auto-off.
  • It requires Nescafé-brand capsules.
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Type: Single-serve coffeemakers
About - DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo

The DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, pod coffeemaker models like the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


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About This Brand

DeLonghi makes a variety of coffeemakers In the mid to upper price range. In addition to the familiar countertop coffeemakers, DeLonghi makes coffee urns for when you are serving coffee to a crowd. Their products are sold in department stores, Target, specialty stores, and online retailers. Prices range from $30 to $200.

Features & Specs - DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo
info Can use two pods at a time No
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 14 x 13 x 8
info Average coffee temperature (°F) 170
info Maximum mug height (in.) 7.00
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User Reviews - DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
solid performance, good taste
12/9/2013
Pros
Brews Quickly
Stylish
Cons
Hard To Find Pods Locally
Must Stop Brewng Manually
Best Uses
Everyday
Comment:
Solid performance - warms up very quickly. Excellent taste. The little milk pods are pretty good, but I use a Nespresso milk frother to save money. Only three minor areas for improvement:<br /><br />(1) You must move a lever to start brewing and you MUST pay attention and move the lever back to stop. It will just keep pushing water through until you move that lever back. I wish you could push a button for serving size, walk away, and have it stop automatically.<br /><br />(2) Not enough caffeine for me. I often add a Starbucks Via pack just to give it a little more oomph.<br /><br />(3) Pods are expensive and difficult to find in stores. You can get K-cups anywhere, and there are many different brands of coffee available, but these won't work in the Nescafe brewers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Perfect..until leaking started
10/28/2013
Pros
Can Customize
Easy To Order Pods Online
Good coffee
Cons
Leaks Developed
Best Uses
Specialty Drinks
Comment:
Sad that this developed the often-mentioned leaking problem. It leaks from the pod area and the bottom.<br />Not worth the effort to get it fixed from what I read.<br />Too bad because it was easy to use and coffee it makes is very good. Will look for a more realiable, though lower rated model.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Takes Practice
8/6/2013
Pros
Brews Quickly
Coffee tastes good
Durable
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Stylish
Cons
No Way To Measure Output
Pods Expensive
Pods Hard To Find
Varied Water Amounts
Best Uses
Everyday
Home
Office
Comment:
I received as a gift from my son. It is my first pod coffee maker, so don't have other taste/experiences to compare it to. I really did not think I would use it much, but it is convenient, I like the coffee tastes, and it is ready to go and brews quickly. I use it almost daily and company seems to really like it as well. It did take me a while to get used to the fact that different pods require different amounts of water and unless you are brewing directly into a measuring cup, it is guess work. Since the amount of water used is to a large degree a matter of taste, I have gotten used to eyeballing the levels in my cup to achieve a taste I like, but in the beginning I DID use a measuring cup and then pour first the coffee, and then the creamer (some come with creamer pods) into my cup until I was able to guesstimate levels without measuring. An improvement to the design would be a gauge or lever that could be set to the amount of water you want to brew through a pod. A con that others have mentioned, is the difficulty in buying pods locally. I have had to buy mostly online, but finally did find that our Kroger store carries a couple flavors, although they have recently reduced prices and marked them as 'close-out' deals, so I am wondering if they will soon disappear from Kroger shelves? All-in-all, I have found the pros outweigh the cons and once I got used to adjusting water amounts and ordering pods online, I have continued to enjoy my Circolo.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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