Coffee and style have always gone hand in hand. From the image of the cool, sophisticated Italian cafés from the 1800’s to the modern adverts starring George Clooney, there has always been a deep bond between coffee and looking good.
Over the last decade or so, the developments in technology and the boom in popularity has meant that much more of the coffee industry has brought itself into our kitchens. It is therefore no surprise that it has brought with it the same feeling of style that was once reserved for the artisan coffee shops on our high streets.
Coffee pod machines are one of the biggest changes to the way we drink coffee at home, making it so much easier for us to make, in our own homes, the sort of coffees we would normally have to go to a specialist shop to buy.
The companies that produce these know that the thing we consumers are looking for, almost as much as the ability to make a good coffee, is a machine that looks great in our kitchens. A quick glance at the products on offer will prove this – there are some wonderfully designed coffee pod machines out there.
But what of the pods themselves? There’s no point in having a beautiful machine, and then a tatty box of pods next to it. To complete the look, you’re going to need a coffee pod holder. Now there are loads on the market, so let us help you decide on which one is right for you with a little guide to some of our favourites.
Why Use A Pod Holder For Storage?
Are coffee pod holders really necessary? Well, you can certainly live without one, so I wouldn’t consider them to be an essential item, no. However, when you are spending a decent amount of money on a coffee pod machine that no doubt looks great in your kitchen, a coffee pod holder can be a great little accessory to really complete the look.
It’s not just an aesthetic thing though – coffee pod holders are a great way to keep your kitchen tidy and organised, while saving cupboard space. If you are like me you probably have many different types of coffee pods, to make many different types of coffee, so having a designated holder to keep them all together, grouped in order, really saves time when you are making a coffee. You’ll also know when you are running low, meaning you can order more before you run out.
They look great, they keep you organised, and they save space. So, while they’re in no way essential, they will make your whole coffee setup much smarter.
The Top Coffee Pod Holders
With that settled, now let’s take a look at some of the best coffee pod holders available today.
Nespresso Capsules Pod Holder
We’ll kick things off with one of the giants of the coffee pod world, Nespresso. They have been making pod coffee machines, in one form or another, since as far back as 1986, so have plenty of experience when it comes to how to store the pods!
This is a great place to start because it really is a classic design. A tower structure with four different channels, which allows you to easily sort your different types of pods into groups so that each one is easily accessed. You can rotate the tower around 360° as well, so that you can get whichever pod you would like without having to reach around the back – it’s very easy to use.
You can store 10 pods in each of the 4 columns, so 40 pods in total, which is plenty. It doesn’t mean that this is a huge structure though that will dominate your kitchen counter – measuring just 11cm x 11cm x 37.5cm. It’s not particularly imposing, but has a decent amount of storage. I should note here, although I imagine it’s obvious, that this is only suitable for Nespresso pods.
As you would expect from Nespresso, it is a very well made item. The rotation of the tower is very smooth, and it is solidly built – this isn’t a cheap product that you’ll need to replace in a few months.
Having said that, it is also not too expensive. It’s right in the mid-range of the products that we’ll look at on this list. If you have a Nespresso machine, put this holder on your shortlist.back to menu ↑
Stainless Steel Dolce Gusto Pod Holder
You may have been reading the last product review and been thinking to yourself “well that looks great and everything, but I have a Dolce Gusto coffee pod machine…”. Well, don’t worry, we always have your back, so here is a very similar product, but this time compatible with Dolce Gusto pods.
There are some differences between the two products, other than the size of the pod that they can hold. This is a more simple design – just a chrome wire, rather than the more complex full bodied effort of the Nespresso one above.
Due the the fact that Dolce Gusto pods are larger than the Nespresso pods means that even though this is a larger holder, measuring 43cm x 12cm x 12cm, it stores slightly fewer pods – 32. This is going to be the case no matter what holder you go for – you won’t be able to store as many pods in the same amount of space as you can with Nespresso pods.
With that in mind, this is a really good option for the DG pod users. It rotates around 360°, so all of the pods are easily accessible, and the chrome base is ‘anti-scratch’, so it will stay looking nice and shiny for a long time.
In terms of price this is, again, right in the middle of the price range for these holders, so nothing to put you off there. If you like the idea of a rotating tower for your Dolce Gusto pods, this is a fantastic option.back to menu ↑
Exzact Tassimo Capsule Holder
Can you guess what we have next? We’ve covered two of the three main coffee pod producers in Nespresso and Dolce Gusto, so sure enough, now we can tick off our third option with this Exzact product made for Tassimo capsules.
One thing you will notice immediately is that this is a much wider, and therefore shorter, structure than the other two that we have looked at so far, measuring 18.2cm x 18.2cm x 24.5cm. This just mirrors the differing shape and size of the Tassimo pods, compared to the other two.
The shape of this enables it to store the most amount of pods of the holders that we’ve looked at so far – a whopping 52 in total, again across four different columns. This means that you can really stock up on your pods without having to worry about where you are going to store them!
This holder ticks a lot of the boxes that we have already covered – it has a great chrome finish, which looks very stylish, and it fully rotates 360° meaning that all of the pods are immediately accessible. It is also well made, so you can be sure it will last and is very sturdy.
Once again, it is at an almost identical price point to the other two products – smack bang in the middle of what you can expect to pay for a decent coffee pod holder. This is a great option for all Tassimo pod users.back to menu ↑
EVER RICH ® Tassimo Pod Holder
Time to move on to something a little bit different with this space-saving holder from Ever Rich – another one that is designed specifically for Tassimo pods.
As you will have already seen, this is not a tower structure in which to store your pods, rather a drawer for them all to fit in. The huge advantage of this is that the entire unit can therefore fit underneath your coffee pod machine, meaning that you can save a lot of space on your kitchen counter.
It measures 35.56cm x 33.27cm x 9.91cm, which is admittedly a little bit bigger than some of the other options, but when you consider that this area covers both your machine and holder, it looks very attractive.
The slightly larger size also means that it is able to hold more capsules – 64 to be precise. They can be arranged in four columns, meaning that you can arrange them in order, but even if you have more than four different types of pod, they are all so easily accessed. You simply pull the drawer out and you’ll be able to easily see and select all of your pods.
The unit comes fitted with anti-vibration feet, so your machine won’t be wobbling around when it’s in full flow, and the smooth finish means that it’s easy to wipe clean. All in all, it gives off a very neat, professional look.
This is slightly more expensive than the tower options that we have looked at so far, but it offers much more storage and arguably takes up less space, so I think the price is justified. This is a great option for kitchens and offices alike.back to menu ↑
Bagoo Coffee Pod Holder
Another tower for us to look at now This one is made by Bagoo, specifically for Nespresso VertuoLine pods. These are pods that are larger than the original Nespresso pods, and they were first released in the UK in 2017.
On the face of it, this may seem almost identical to the other towers that we have looked at, and it does have many similar features, however this really is a premium product which is actually quite fitting, as the pods that it holds are premium themselves.
This offers a full 360° rotation, of course, so all of your pods are accessible. Where it differs from some of the other towers though, is that it is much wider – the dimensions are 17.8cm x 17.8cm x 40cm. This means that it has room for more columns, and therefore you can fit more pods in – 56 in those columns.
That’s not all though, as there is also space in the middle of the columns for any overflow. You can get another 12 in there, meaning that you can fit 68 capsules in total. Considering these are larger pods, this is an excellent use of space.
The design of this holder is clever, because it really takes advantage of how attractive the VertuoLine pods are. These bright, bold colours really stand out on the tower, and as Nespresso still have exclusivity rights on the pods, you will always have these very attractive pods to put in the holder. They just look really nice, so why wouldn’t you want them on display?
This is the most expensive product on our list, which may not surprise you given the premium nature of the pods themselves. If you have a Nespresso VertuoLine machine, I think you should seriously consider buying this holder for your pods.back to menu ↑
TopBrewing Coffee Pod Drawer
Back to a drawer now, with this versatile offering from TopBrewing – a Birmingham-based drinking gadgets company that are constantly making new and innovative products for the beverage market.
This is similar to the Ever Rich product that we saw earlier, but with the main difference that it is compatible with all different types of coffee pod. The drawer has six different sections, all 5cm apart, meaning that you can fit any pod you like in there!
They claim that you can store up to 60 pods in total, but obviously this depends on which pods you are using. The Dolce Gusto pods seem to have the most ‘snug’ fit, but we tried a few different ones and if you stack them sensibly, they all fit nicely in there.
Of course, this holder also has the ability to fit underneath your coffee pod machine, meaning that you end up saving a lot of space on your worktop. Measuring 34cm x 32cm x 8cm, this is a product that will fit well in even the most cluttered of kitchens.
It is fitted with a non-slip rubber mat on the top to make sure that your machine doesn’t move around when it is making your drink, and there are silicone feet to make sure that it doesn’t slip around or scratch the surface that you put it on.
It is a very similar price to the Ever Rich drawer, so pretty standard for a product like this. It could be the perfect solution for offices that have a couple of different types of machine, as you can store different types of pods within it.back to menu ↑
Ever Rich Pod Tower
We complete our list of best coffee pod holders with this unique offering from Ever Rich – this one from their range compatible with Nespresso pods.
By this stage of the article I think you can probably guess what we’re looking at here – yes, it rotates 360°, meaning that you can access all of your pods easily. In terms of dimensions, this one is 15cm x 15cm x 40cm, which is pretty similar to the other towers that we’ve looked at on this list. This gives you a capacity for 40 pods, with ten fitting in each of the four columns.
The unique selling point of this one, for me, is the look of it. I really like the curved chrome wire, it has a look of simple elegance that seems to compliment the aesthetics of the pods, and my machine, on our kitchen counter. It’s such a smooth looking accessory. It’s really well made as well, so you can bet that this will last a long time without needing to be replaced.
Ultimately, as you will have seen throughout this article, the functionality of these holders is pretty standard – as long as you pick one compatible with the pods you use, it’s going to do the job for you. What you have to decide, therefore, is which one you think looks the best for your kitchen – personally, I think this one is a fantastic option.
There is nothing to put you off with the price either, as this is maybe slightly, but not very much, more expensive than the other towers that we’ve looked at. If you like the look of this, there should be nothing to stop you buying it.