NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo by Krups Review

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When it came to light that manufacturing giants Krups would be partnering with Dolce Gusto on a range of capsule machines, we were very excited to see the results. Whilst Krups have been restricted in their design work, by the likes of Nespresso, we are yet to be disappointed in a Krups machine. The Oblo is no exception.

Key Features

  • Outstanding design work in a range of colours makes the Oblo one of the most stylish, attractive machines on the market.
  • Incredibly compact at just 31cm tall and 24cm wide; it will fit into any kitchen and can be stored with ease.
  • Dismantling the Oblo takes no time at all for cleaning purposes and it is superbly tactile when reassembling.
  • 15 bar pressure and an 800ml tank. These aren’t the most impressive pumps and water tanks we’ve encountered. Though, in a machine this size, they are truly exceptional.
  • Quick start guide ensures the user can make use of the machine directly from the box. No lengthy initialising or first use process – the Oblo is the ‘plug in and play’ option as far as coffee machines are concerned.
  • A two year guarantee, a starter variety pack of pods and incredibly cost effective capsule packs (around £4.00 for 16) means the overall cost of the Oblo doesn’t stack up over time.
  • Hot and Iced drink varieties available including Chai Tea, Iced Coffee and more traditional coffee and tea beverages.

Pricing

For such impressive design and product flexibility, you might expect the Oblo to cost much more than the comparative Tassimo or Nespresso machines but you’d be wrong. The Oblo is widely available at a reasonable £89.99. We advise paying full retail in order to guarantee receipt of the warranty however.

Across the course of a year, assuming you use the Oblo three times a day, you’ll be looking at £89.99 initial investment and around £70.00 in capsules for the 12 month period. You won’t get better coffee on demand for less without considering a filter machine. And even then the filter sheets and ground beans can be costly.

Review

For all the Oblo’s positives; ergonomics clearly didn’t feature in the design process of the machine sadly. The rear mounted water tank is removable for filling but it is an awkward shape to put under a tap. As a result of this, jug filling can be problematic due to the strange placement of the opening.

Equally, the machine doesn’t feel particularly well built in places. The outer shell and mechanics of the Oblo are substantial but the capsule piercing and ejection system feel rather flimsy. They  will no doubt require additional pressure over time. Some customer reviews do explain the issues with the ejection system at length – it’s best to be delicate.

Finally, larger cups are unlikely to fit under the Oblo’s spout due to the restricted space underneath the dispense nozzle. Purchasing cups to fit the Oblo shouldn’t be an expensive issue but it’s an issue that shouldn’t be presented in the first place.

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