Best Nespresso Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 28, 2019
Nespresso machines are extremely easy-to-use coffee makers. With its help, anyone can make a perfect cup of espresso like a skilled barista, needing no special skill or putting in any extra effort. Look through our selection of the best Nespresso coffee machines available and take your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
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Brewing Options
TEMPERATURE CONTROL
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PROS

The machine has a foldable drip tray that can accommodate quite big cups or glasses (up to 6 inches) for many coffee recipes.

CONS

The machine is a little too noisy.

OUR VERDICT

The Nespresso Pixie by Breville is a premium coffee making machine that offers a good range of different brews and flavors. It's made to last, so you'll be able to treat yourself and people around you to delicious crema for many years to come.

detailed parameters
Type

Pump-driven (19 bar)

Power

1160 W

Brewing Options

Espresso and Lungo buttons, Progarammable volume

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Automatic

Convenience

Removable water reservoir (23.6 oz), Removable used-capsule container (up to 10 capsules), Foldable drip tray, Auto-power off, 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included

Dimensions

4.4" x 12.8" x 9.3"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It can run a cleaning cycle or descaling. You should press the "start" button three times in 2 seconds for cleaning and hold it down for 7 seconds for descaling.

CONS

Takes a little tug to detach water reservoir.

OUR VERDICT

High-performance and smart-looking, the Nespresso Vertuo machine will please both coffee aficionado and design lovers. Its streamlined approach to brewing is one of the best you can find in single-serve coffee makers.

detailed parameters
Type

Drip (CENTRIFUSION™ technology)

Power

1350 W

Brewing Options

One-touch operation, Capsule recognition technology (Five cup sizes: Alto, Mug, Gran Lungo, Double Espresso, Espresso), Progarammable volume

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Automatic

Convenience

Removable water reservoir (40 oz), Removable used-capsule container (up to 20 capsules), Height-adjustable stand (removable), Auto-power off, 12 VertuoLine™ Capsules included

Dimensions

8.3" x 11.9" x 11.9"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The water tank boasts an incredible 54 oz capacity, and the container can hold up to 25 used espresso capsules (or up to 17 large mug capsules). 

CONS

Although it's quite pricey, it has no aeroccino.

OUR VERDICT

The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee machine is a real steal for big companies. It can make many great cups of coffee per one go! You’d be hard-pressed to find a more capacious model than this. The best Nespresso machine for offices.

detailed parameters
Type

Drip (CENTRIFUSION™ technology)

Power

1350 W

Brewing Options

One-touch operation, Capsule recognition technology (Five cup sizes: Alto, Mug, Gran Lungo, Double Espresso, Espresso), Progarammable volume

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Automatic

Convenience

Removable water reservoir (54 oz), Removable used-capsule container (up to 25 capsules), Height-adjustable stand (removable), Auto-power off, 12 VertuoLine™ Capsules included

Dimensions

9" x 12.2" x 12.3"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It's the latest Nespresso machine in Vertuo line, which features a moveable water tank and a motorized opening/closing mechanism of the brew head.

CONS

It's quite bulky. 

OUR VERDICT

VertuoPlus is the latest innovation from Nespresso for true coffee lovers. This deluxe premium machine with chromed details has an extra-large water tank to let you brew different single-serve coffee cup sizes.

detailed parameters
Type

Drip (CENTRIFUSION™ technology)

Power

1300 W

Brewing Options

One-touch operation, Capsule recognition technology (five cup sizes: Alto, Mug, Gran Lungo, Double Espresso, Espresso), Progarammable volume

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Automatic

Convenience

Removable water reservoir (37 oz), Removable used-capsule container (up to 15 capsules), Height-adjustable stand (removable), Auto-power off, 12 VertuoLine™ capsules included

Dimensions

8.7" x 12.7" x 12.8"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This mini coffee machine maker is very portable. It takes up about half the space of a standard toaster and is just 5.1 lbs.

CONS

It can store only 5 or 6 used capsules.

OUR VERDICT

The Essenza Mini is the most compact machine in the Nespresso range, which makes it a good option for small kitchens. However, it retains all the features of the brand’s top-tier models to create dense and unctuous crema.

detailed parameters
Type

Pump-driven (19 bar)

Power

1255 W

Brewing Options

Espresso and Lungo buttons, Progarammable volume

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Automatic

Convenience

Removable water reservoir (20.2 oz), Removable used-capsule container (up to 6 capsules), Detachable drip tray, Auto-power off, 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included

Dimensions

3.3" x 8" x 12"

Warranty

1 year

Nespresso Pixie by Breville

The Best Seller

The Pixie Coffee Machine is a high-end model that falls into the "premium" category. It is available in two finishes - steel and electric - and has a timeless Avant-garde design, giving it a nice retro style. With titan-colored panels on the sides perfectly aligned and stoutly built, not only does the Pixie Coffee Machine look ultimately stylish but also feels very durable and expensive.

However, the looks aren't the only strength of this coffee machine. Naturally, the machine is also high-performance and is able to brew delicious coffee with rich and foamy crema. It uses a 19-bar pressure pump which allows for release of all flavors of your favorite coffee and getting the crema consistency you want. The only issue we have is that this pump works rather loudly. Though not as loudly as coffee grinders (which are still cute), we wish the manufacturers would improve this.

Furthermore, the Pixie Coffee Machine offers a very user-friendly operation. Without any intricate controls, you've got the standard espresso and lungo options and the custom-size feature letting you customize the grind and concentration of coffee. On top of that, you get an empty water tank alert - once the water tank empties, the LEDs will start to flash red notifying you to refill it.

Review of Nespresso Pixie by Breville Espresso Maker

A Wide Variety of Flavors

The best thing is, the Pixie Coffee Machine works with all Original Nespresso coffee capsules and comes including a set of 16 capsules in the package. Thanks to this, you'll have a chance to try all the most popular flavors and pick your favorites. Each capsule contains the ideal amount of ground and freshly roasted coffee, and is hermetically sealed to preserve its authentic taste. With the Pixie capsule system, you'll be able to reveal that exceptional taste and unique aroma without any effort - the machine will extract perfect coffee cup after cup.

To sum up, if you're looking for a high-quality coffee machine able to make a wide range of coffee brews and flavors, the Pixie Coffee Machine will fit you to a tee. With this coffee machine at hand, you'll always get a barista-style result and treat yourself and other people to delicious crema.

Nespresso Pixie by Breville Espresso Maker in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso Vertuo by Breville

Super Easy

This coffee maker is the top-selling model in the innovative Nespresso Vertuo line. It has a retro vibe and comes in chrome, black, red, or titan colors. Hence, it will look great on any countertop and function twice as well.

The machine takes only 15 seconds to preheat and offers 5 different single-serve coffee cup sizes. Namely, it defaults to 1.35 oz for espresso, 2.7 oz for double espresso, 5 oz for gran lungo, 7.7 oz for coffee, and 14 oz for alto. And it adds Nespresso's signature crema layer to every style, making your daily dose of caffeine a bit more gourmet.

Although the Vertuo coffee maker is fitted with a large 40-oz water removable tank to make quite big mugs of coffee, it's surprisingly compact. Measuring 8.3 x 11.91 x 11.93 inches and weighing a bit more than 10 lbs, it's not one of those monstrous machines that take up all of the counter space. It's relatively small but packs such a punch.

Besides superior design and usability, the Nespresso Vertue boasts easy operation. You won't need to bother with selecting a brew type - a single button controls everything. The machine uses the barcoded "Grand Cru" pods, so all you need to do is insert the pod and press "start". The barcode will give the machine all the brewing instructions.

Review of Nespresso Vertuo by Breville Coffee and Espresso Machine

Usability

Although the operation of the Vertuo machine is very straightforward, its maintenance is a bit more involved and might even require you to look at the user manual. For example, the coffee maker can automatically run a cleaning cycle or descaling. These options are controlled by the same "Start" button. For cleaning, you should press it three times in 2 seconds, while descaling cycle requires holding the button down for 7 seconds.

One of our favorite things about the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine is its cost-effectiveness. Though it's quite a heavy-duty device, it consumes 40% less energy than A-rated appliances. The machine heats up very quickly and turns itself off after 9 minutes of inactivity.

Being performance-wise and smart-looking, the Nespresso Vertuo machine will please both coffee aficionado and design lovers. It's more expensive compared to Original Nespresso models but its streamlined approach to brewing is one of the best you can find in single-serve coffee makers.

Nespresso Vertuo by Breville Coffee and Espresso Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo by De'Longhi

Premium Quality

The Evoluo is the second generation of the famous Nespresso Vertuo machines. It boasts the premium built quality and is even more solid than initial models. It’s available in a wide variety of colored finishes from classic black to red and silver.

The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo features a sleek, modern design that puts functionality front and center. It's manufactured from high-quality plastic with chrome accents throughout. The plastic isn't prone to deformation and won't suffer from “junkiness” as it happens with some lower-end brewers. So, you can expect for the long life of the machine.

The detachable water and capsule reservoirs also feel very stoutly-built and we haven't noticed any leaking issues or other structural flaws with them. The Nespresso folks haven't cut corners and really put significant attention into the build quality. Therefore, we would easily justify the premium price point of the Evoluo machine.

The other notable features include an extra-large 54-oz water tank and 17-count used capsule container. But even despite this incredible size, the machine heats up in just 15-20 seconds, regardless of which size drink you choose. Like other models from Vertuo line, this one brews espresso (1.35 oz.), double espresso (2.7 oz.), gran lungo (5 oz.), coffee (7.7 oz.) and alto (14 oz.). And the cup tray height is adjustable to accommodate different cups.

Review of Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo by De'Longhi Coffee and Espresso Machine

Excellent Taste

For most users, the taste of crema is the ultimate deciding factor. And we bet this is the machine you want to invest your money in. It delivers a rich crema which is reasonably foamy and extra delicious. It utilizes the Nespresso Vertuo capsules with the “automatic brand recognition” via the barcode rim, thus, taking all the guesswork out of the cycle.

If you like both espresso and coffee, the Evoluo machine is a great choice. It comes with a VertuoLine starter pack including 8 different coffee roasts and 4 espresso. They all offer a different range of aroma intensity, from delicate and velvety to deep and dense. Unfortunately, the machine itself doesn't come with a milk frother. But you can get a bundle with Nespresso Aeroccino and enjoy milky latte or cappuccino as well.

In all, it may not be the ideal single-cup coffee brewer for small families and small kitchens, but for big companies, it's a real steal. It can make many great cups of coffee per one go! You’d be hard-pressed to find a more capacious model than this.

Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo by De'Longhi Coffee and Espresso Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe

The Newest Release

Need a sophisticated coffee machine for your home or workplace? The Nespresso Vertuo Plus can be a great fit. It's the latest innovation by Nespresso - a deluxe premium version with chromed details that can brew a large amount of coffee.

Equipped with a 40-oz water tank and capacious capsule container, it can make much more coffee than Nespresso machines from Original line. However, the tradeoff for that generous water tank is quite a hefty size and weight. It’s pretty self-contained and takes some extra counter space but actually, there are few kitchens you couldn’t sneak the machine into. On the positive side, the machine has an updated design with a movable water tank, which is a very handy improvement for users. New features also include a motorized opening and closing of the brew head.

The ability to make four cup sizes is another thing that makes us believe that the machine is worth every inch of extra space required. The Vertuo Plus machine has been designed to offer: 14 oz full brew alto, 8 oz coffee, 5 oz gran lungo, 2.7 oz double espresso, and 1.35 oz espresso. The machine makes decent long blacks without a need to "add two pods to get a bigger coffee". So, if you want the latest Nespresso brewer that can make more than just small cups of coffee, this one would be perfect.

Review of Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee Machine

Centrifugal Action

The coffee maker boasts the Centrifusion extraction technology. It uses centrifugal forces to extract flavor from the capsules. It spins up to 7,000 rotations per minute to blend ground coffee with water and produce the perfect coffee. What is also notable is that each VertuoLine capsule has its own barcode and the machine reads that data and automatically adjusts the flow, the volume of water, temperature, infusion time and capsule rotation speed to deliver you rich crema. Simply put, every brewing parameter is adjusted individually for each style - there's no need to change the settings. Just insert a capsule and close the lever.

Summing up, we can say that Centrifusion technology is certainly worth the hype. It creates delicious coffee day after day. If you’re looking for a capacious coffee machine that can make different coffee drinks, it's a good option. It's very versatile and good to share with your housemates or use in an office environment, or just any other scenario where you’re getting through a lot of coffee. It's very powerful and functional yet quiet.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso Essenza Mini

For the Smallest Kitchens

Looking for an espresso machine that could easily fit even in the smallest urban kitchens? Meet the Essenza Mini Coffee maker, the most compact machine in Nespresso lineup. It has an updated curvy design to have even a smaller footprint than before. To understand how compact it is, just consider the fact that it takes up about half the space of a standard toaster. And being just 5.1 lbs, it’s effortlessly portable.

This mini coffee maker neatly hides the water reservoir in the back, but the drip tray and capsule chamber are in the front as usual. And although this machine is the smallest in the Nespresso range, it retains all the great features of bigger machines and, more importantly, the taste. Espresso and lungo produced by this machine are always delicately creamy and evenly pulled. The 19 bar high-pressure pump ensures barista-style results, extracting all the rich flavors and premium aromas of the coffee capsules to deliver you dense and unctuous crema.

Naturally, since this portable coffee machine is smaller than other models, you may have a real hassle if you’ve got many guests coming. With only a 20.3 oz water reservoir, the Essenza can make just two or three lungos before it needs a refill. But considering the fast heating time, you won't need to wait that long to serve all your guests.

Review of Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine

Easy to Use

The design is not only compact but very intuitive and easy to use. There are only two buttons for the drink options. Hence, all you have to do is choose the programmed espresso or lungo. The machine will take care of the rest. There will be no need to tamper coffee grounds and then knock out coffee pucks. Simply load a capsule in the slot and press a button. 

With a pod-based Nespresso small machine, you won't need to clean up any coffee powder afterwards. The used capsules will go into the capsule container which, by the way, can store up to 6 of them.

All the parts including a water tank, drip tray, and drip grid are removable for washing. And the surface can be cleaned with a damp cloth. The casing is made of high-quality plastic and is offered in classy black and white designs to add a chic hint to any kitchen. 

Being exceptionally compact and modern, it's the number one option for small families and small kitchens. The reduction in size doesn't have any effect on coffee quality or taste. This mini coffee machine really retains all the features of the brand’s top-tier models.
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

What Is a Nespresso Machine?

With being over 30 years in the market, you can be sure in the quality of Nespresso's products. The people behind this company do their best to provide you with all you need to make a perfect cup of coffee like a seasoned barista. In their range, you can find a variety of coffee-making machines, all sorts of coffee capsules, and some great services specially tailored for users.

What sets Nespresso coffee machines apart is that they allow for a barista-style result each time, no matter whether you're making espresso or lungo or have any prior experience. Making coffee with Nespresso machines is intuitive, easy, and mess-free. Also, it's very quick. Operating under high pressure, they deliver a cup in a matter of two-three minutes, so that you and your family members can have their cup without spending a lot of time.

For those who love milky drinks such as cappuccino or latte, we suggest you also get yourself a milk frother. This tiny device will complete the arsenal of any novice barista.

What Features to Compare

Type

Before selecting a Nespresso coffee machine, you need to decide which type of a machine you want. The company offers two types: from the Original lineup and Vertuo range. The main difference between these two lies in the principle of operation and compatible capsules.

  • Original Nespresso machines, as the name implies, use original technology and classic espresso experience. They use a 19 bar high-pressure extraction system to release fresh aromas and rich coffee flavors from capsules. Original Nespresso machines are compatible with 24 coffee blends to help you make your perfect ristretto, espresso, lungo, americano, and various milk recipes.
  • Vertuo Nespresso machines are more advanced brewers that use a more intelligent extraction system. They are designed with the Centrifusion technology that individually reads every Vertuo coffee capsule. Vertuo machines analyze the unique barcode on each capsule and automatically regulate the flow and volume of water, temperature, infusion time, and speed of capsule rotation. Hence, you get an ideal in-cup result. This type of machine rotates capsules rather than pressing them. There are 25 unique coffee blends available.

Both types are produced in different styles and designs, however, Original Nespresso models are usually more compact and also cheaper than Vertue machines. The tradeoff for that is a bit limited functionality. Vertue brewers, on the other hand, provide more options letting you make not only espresso and lungo but larger coffees like americano as well.

Size

If you are limited in countertop space, we recommend you go for a mini model. The advantage of a mini model is that, while holding about the same amount of water, it has a smaller footprint, making it easy to find a place for it in the kitchen. However, if you intend to use a Nespresso machine at your workplace, consider more capacious models.

Extras

By extras, we mean all those features that make Nespresso machines easier to use. One of such features is an alert notification that you will receive when the water tank gets empty. Another is the automatic opening and closing mechanisms of brew heads that further simplify the use of coffee machines.

This isn't a complete list of features and you can find many more add-ons enhancing functionality of Nespresso coffee machines.

Did you know?

Interesting Facts About Nespresso

  • The company was founded in 1986.

  • The brand is an autonomous globally-managed business of the Nestlé Group.

  • Their headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Nespresso is present in 76 countries.

  • It counts more than 13,500 employees worldwide.

  • Over 700 boutiques worldwide.

  • George Clooney has been the brand ambassador since 2005.

  • Only 1-2% of the world's coffee meets the Nespresso specific taste and quality standards.

  • The company offers more than 60 smart and stylish coffee machines.

How Nespresso Machines Work

All Original Nespresso machines work almost the same way:

  1. You insert a Nespresso coffee capsule into the coffee maker.
  2. Press the button for your desired drink.
  3. The machine automatically uses as much water as needed for your desired drink. The pump sucks the water from the water tank and pumps it through the machine.
  4. When the water runs through the heating element, the water heats up to the perfect temperature.
  5. The pre-heated, high-pressure water goes through the ground coffee in the capsule, releasing the flavor.

Although that might sound too complicated, all that happens within seconds. Only half a minute separates you from pushing the button and enjoying your freshly-brewed coffee.

The Benefits of Using Coffee Capsules

A single-serve coffee capsule can drastically reduce the time needed to make coffee and simplify the overall process. You won’t need to admeasure coffee proportions and add flavorings from bulk containers. Simply load the pad and press the button.

Capsules can also help to keep the coffee fresher since they are individually sealed without exposing the contents to air and light. Plus, they provide a mess-free way of coffee brewing.

However, there is also a drawback. Most coffee capsules are made from plastic and aluminum, which makes them difficult to recycle. However, Nespresso does its best to create eco-friendly capsules and minimize the harmful impact on the environment. The Nespresso pods are produced from special aluminum which is infinitely recyclable. It has already reached an 80% recycling capacity, and Nespresso representatives claim that the recycling capacity will be increased up to 100% by 2020. So, by choosing Nespresso over other capsule machines, you help save the environment.

Do Nespresso Capsules Incorporate Foam Additives or Flavor Enhancers?

Definitely, no. The subtle flavor of the thick, textured crema is only a result of the advanced Nespresso system, which has everything needed to prepare exceptional coffee. Each capsule contains the highest-quality green coffee in the exact portion for a 19-bar pressure pump. As a result, the high-pressure water pumps through the ground coffee in the capsule, releasing its authentic flavor.

How Long Do the Nespresso Capsules Maintain Their Freshness?

As mentioned, freshly roasted and ground coffee is hermetically-sealed into a capsule to prevent air and light from affecting the contents. Hence, the coffee can preserve its freshness and fantastic aroma for up to one year. So, you can safely order in bulk.

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Publish Date: 2019-03-28 08:33:00