Bosch Tassimo Vivy Coffee Machine Review

The Bosch Tassimo Vivy TAS1402GB is a compact, entry-level offering from Bosch that gives you access to the full range of Tassimo discs in a compact, space-saving package.

Aesthetics

The Vivy is available in a full range of colours to suit every kitchen colour scheme imaginable. Its compact size allows it to sit discreetly in the corner of the kitchen. While the design is quite plain, especially next to some of its more expensive cousins, it looks perfectly at home in the modern home.

Performance

The Bosch Tassimo Vivy is a powerful, yet compact little coffee machine. Its powerful 1300w element means that water is heated near instantly with no need to heat up. This means that you can be enjoying your drink within 30 seconds of pressing start.

While not the fastest dispensing Tassimo coffee machine in the range, the speed of the Vivy is perfectly acceptable for normal day to day use, especially given its budget price range.

The 0.7-litre water tank again is fine for average daily use, although if you are preparing drinks for a larger group of people then you might find yourself nipping to the sink for a refill sooner than you’d like.

The slightly limited capacity of the Vivy is clearly a compromise to keep the overall size of the coffee machine as small as possible.

One killer feature of the Vivy is the inclusion of Tassimo’s INTELLIBREW technology. Each disc is barcoded and the Vivy reads these and programs itself accordingly. This means that each drink is served consistently at the right temperature, with the right amount of water and the correct brewing time.

Its such a simple idea but it really does make a huge improvement to the overall drinks experience.

Whats in the Box?

Because of its budget price, you don’t get many bells and whistles in the packaging.

  • Bosch Tassimo Vivy
  • Cleaning Disc
  • Drip tray and insert
  • Warranty Card
  • Instruction Manual

However, the straightforward nature of the product means that you can be enjoying your first coffee within minutes of unpacking.

One thing to note is to always run the Vivy through a couple of cleaning cycles before you use it properly. This makes sure that the machine is working as it should and cleans out any chemicals that may be left on the plastic from the manufacturing process. The last thing you want is a funky chemical taste in your premium coffee!

Cleaning the Bosch Tassimo Vivy

Bosch Tassimo Vivy DispensingConsidering it is a budget offering, the Bosch Vivy is very easy to keep clean.

The dispensing mechanism detaches fully from the coffee machine and is easy to pull apart and put back together again after cleaning. The included drip tray also unhooks from the front of the machine for easy access.

All of these core parts are made of high impact, dishwasher safe plastic for easy cleaning. The machine also features an automatic line cleaning and descaling process to keep your drinks from developing any off flavours between cleans.

The glossy plastic casing is also wipe-clean allowing you to keep the machine looking its best with minimal effort.

Compatibility

Tassimo Disc BoxAs the Bosch Vivy is a Tassimo branded unit, its is fully compatible with the entire Tassimo drinks range including coffees, teas, and other speciality drinks.

Pros and Cons of the Vivy

Pros

  • Price
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Simplicity
  • Access to a great range of Tassimo drinks

Cons

  • Capacity
  • Basic feature set

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Conclusion

Overall, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy is a great value, no frills coffee machine and while coffee aficionados may want to save up for a more featured unit, it does offer a wonderful introduction to the Tassimo drinks range.

Ratings

Bosch Tassimo Vivy
  • Features
  • Ease of Use
  • Cleaning
  • Price
4.0

Summary

The Bosch Tassimo Vivy is a great value, no frills coffee machine and while coffee aficionados may want to save up for a more featured unit, it does offer a wonderful introduction to the Tassimo drinks range.

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