IKOHS Potts multi-capsule coffee machine review
- Great value for money
- Good design
- Supports Nespresso, Dolce Gusto pods and ground coffee
- No milk frother
Star rating: 4/5
The Potts can make coffee in three ways – with Nespresso pods, Dolce Gusto pods, or loose ground coffee. To do so, it has three exchangeable adaptors that fit under its hot water spout. In our testing, all three produced strong, tasty coffee with a pleasantly creamy texture.
Perhaps the only negative, in terms of finished results, was that it struggled to get up to temperature when pouring very short measures of coffee. As such, we’d rate the Potts as great for making long drinks like Americanos, but not so well suited to espressos.
In terms of features, the Potts is simple, yet effective. It has two programmable pour buttons: one for short drinks, the other for long. These buttons only dispense a very small amount of coffee until they’ve been manually programmed by the user.
To do this, the user must press and hold the button for the desired pour duration. After this has been done, simply pressing the button will cause coffee to be poured for the programmed duration.
The simple functionality makes it a joy to use. Its controls and operating instructions are clear and intuitive, and setting the machine up for first use is fairly straightforward.
Photo: Alice Ostapjuk
One slight operational quirk is that you’ll need to use a tool provided to manually push water through its system after long periods of disuse, in order to ensure its pump works properly. No problem, as it’s simple to do and only takes a few minutes.
We found the Potts a particularly innocuous pod coffee machine to have around the house. Its footprint is tiny, and the machine is very easy to wipe clean. Plus, the choice of pods opens up plenty of relatively eco-friendly pod options for the eco-conscious.
Furthermore, the machine is very efficiently packaged in mostly recyclable material.
It’s also unusually inoffensive on the ear, as coffee machines go, with a deep, grinding tone. Do bear in mind that given this machine’s relatively low water capacity of 600ml, you will likely need to refill its tank fairly often, if you’re a big coffee drinker.
Ease of cleaning: 3.5/5
Value for money: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Supported pods: Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, ground coffee
Tank capacity: 600ml
Milk frother: no
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