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Stiftung Warentest: The best capsule machines in the test

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What is the best pad or capsule machine? The Stiftung Warentest provides the right answer to this question. For the August edition of the “Test” magazine, the consumer organization tested 13 pad and capsule machines – with surprisingly good results. For example, eleven of the coffee machines tested received a “good” rating. The grades “satisfactory” and “poor” were given only once. The machines were evaluated based on their technical equipment and criteria such as handling, power consumption, noise, safety and pollutants.

Capsule machines at Stiftung Warentest: This is the test winner

The best thing was not just one, but two capsule machines. The Cremesso Viva Elegante * and the K-Fee One * share the top position with an overall grade of 1.9 (corresponds to a grade of “good”). The testers of the Stiftung Warentest were not quite so convinced by the Philips Senseo HD6554 / 68 and the Flytek Zip Lux, which only achieved a satisfactory (grade 3.3) or poor (grade 5.5) result. The astonishing thing is that the defective capsule machine from Flytek with an average retail price of € 380.00 is by far the most expensive test object, while the test winner from K-Fee only costs around € 58.00 *.

Capsule machines: The test winners from Stiftung Warentest in the check

Cremesso Viva Elegant Capsule Machine – 169.43 euros on Ebay *


The first test winner from Stiftung Warentest is the Cremesso Viva Elegante, which is available on Ebay for 169.43 euros *. The conclusion of the Stiftung Warentest reads: “Ready to use immediately. Fastest first lungo in the test, Lungo brews well. Extra flush button. Espresso crema with very fine pores. The first drink comes out cold, inserting the capsule container in a hacky manner, inserting the drip tray requires skill“. The capsule machine scored above all in terms of noise and safety, for which it received top marks. The technical equipment, handling, power consumption and the presence of pollutants were rated “good”. In addition, the machine convinces with its inexpensive own capsules, which can quickly cost money from other providers. All in all, a capsule machine that is highly recommended.

K-Fee One capsule machine – 57.51 euros at Amazon *


A really cheap but nevertheless good capsule machine is the K-Fee One. The Stiftung Warentest says:Inexpensive. One of the cheapest systems in the test. Very fine-pored espresso crema, Lungo brews very well. Also for tea. Cup support small, hooked, water level a little difficult to see. Used capsules end up in the residual water and are also emptied ”. This capsule machine scored “very good” in terms of safety, while the technical equipment, handling, noise and pollutants were rated “good”. There were only deductions for electricity consumption. Here, the K-Fee One only got the grade “satisfactory”. But it also heats up particularly quickly (it was among the fastest machines in the test). For this, the K-Fee One with a price of only 57.51 euros (at Amazon) is really a bargain *.

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