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The Best Nespresso Machine and Product Review – 2017

Nespresso machines come in a range of models varying in functionality, design, and price. You can find a machine as cheap as £70 or as expensive as £400. All Nespresso machines use the same capsules and the same basic process of brewing coffee.

The Best Nespresso Coffee Machine

Nespresso Inissia Coffee Capsule Machine

Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine

To get right to the point and to save you reading 3500 words, the Inissia is the Nespresso machine which reigns supreme. What we need to understand is that all Nespresso machines work exactly the same so there is no need to buy one that is “fancy”. You use the same capsules and the same water so the end coffee is always going to taste just as good.

The Inissia is one of the cheaper models and also the most compact Nespresso machine to date. It has extremely high customer satisfaction just to prove this is the machine to have.


If you find these machines aren’t for you, take a look at my favourite bean to cup coffee machine, the DeLonghi ECAM44.660.B Eletta

Alternatively if a coffee machine what you’re looking for I highly recommend a coffee grinder as a cheaper alternative.


Top 10 Nespresso Coffee Machines

Cheaper models tend to make just black coffee like espresso and lungo. Higher-end models come with milk furthers and thus, are suited for brewing milky drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. Even more luxurious models come with more features like larger capacities, automatic controls, and steam wands for latte art.

The best Nespresso machine for you depends on what you are looking for. If you are a fan of frothy drinks, go for something with a milk frothing device like the Aeroccino. If you are looking for a basic machine for a cup of espresso every morning, go for a cheaper model.

Read on, to find out the features and reviews of 10 of the top grossing Nespresso machines on the market.

Nespresso Inissia Coffee Capsule Machine

Weight: 2.4 kg

Capacity: 0.7 litres

Power: 1260 watts

Material: Plastic

Features: one-touch fast heating, automatic and adjustable water sizing, ergonomic handle, up to 19 bar pressure, power save mode, made of 23% recycled plastic

If you have a small modern kitchen and lead a busy modern life, the Nespresso Inissia Coffee Capsule machine may be just right for you. It’s compact and light; so, it can fit perfectly in a small kitchen. It comes in a wide range of colours; so, it can complement a modern kitchen very well. It can heat water to the right temperature in just 25 seconds, without the need for preheating time, and with just a single touch; this means, you can make yourself your morning cup of coffee in no time and that too, very easily.

The Inissia’s patented extraction system delivers a high pressure of up to 19 bars. The high-pressure pump coupled with the easy one-touch use can help you have barista-style coffee within minutes, right at the comfort of your home. The 0.7 litre tank can hold enough water for up to nine cups of coffee in between refills.

The Inissia comes with two programmable Espresso and Lungo buttons, which can be used to automatically adjust the cup size. It’s drip tray folds down to accommodate larger cups. Its energy saving mode switches the Inissia off after nine minutes of inactivity.

The device uses hermetically sealed and recyclable aluminium Nespresso capsules, which lock the aroma and flavour of high-quality coffee. The device comes with a welcome set of sixteen capsules for you to try.

Most customers seem to like the fact that the Inissia is compact, fast, performs well, and is of a great value. A few have complaints that it leaks.

Pros:

  • Small footprint
  • Affordable compared to other Nespresso models
  • One-touch operation
  • Very fast – can heat in just 25 seconds
  • Energy saving mode
  • Convenient storage facility for used pods

Cons:

  • Sometimes, the pod does not fit in the right place and results in leakage

Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine

Weight: 3 kg

Capacity: 0.7 litres

Power: 1260 watts

Material: plastic

Features: Compact, one-touch button, Espresso and Lungo automatic options, 19 bar pressure, fast heating, empty tank alert

Only 11 cm wide, the Nespresso Pixie is an extremely compact machine and therefore, an ideal choice if you live in a small apartment. Though it is small, it has the same features as most other Nespresso machines.

Like the Inissia, the Pixie too is operation by one-touch buttons, and heats water fast, in about 25 seconds. It gives you an option to choose between Espresso and Lungo. A folding drip tray ensures it can accommodate different sizes of cups.  It also has a compartment for storage of up to 11 used pods.

The Pixie’s energy saving mode switches the machine off automatically after nine minutes of inactivity, just like the Inissia. The Pixie also alerts when you need to refill the water tank through red backlights along the sides of the machine.

Its 19 bar high-pressure pump enables to make a barista-style cup of coffee. The Pixie too, uses the Nespresso capsule system; the coffee capsules release a nice flavour while brewing. The Pixie comes with 16 coffee capsules as part of the welcome kit, so you get to try a few popular coffee aromas.

The machine comes in a range of colours and two finishes, so you can choose one to complement the other interior design of your kitchen.

It also comes with an Aeroccino 3, which means it is a bonus if you are a fan of creamy coffee with a nice dash of frothy milk.

Customers are especially happy with its ability to reach the right temperature very fast and the ease of cleaning it.  Its small footprint has also made it popular, especially among apartment dwellers. A small drawback to it is that it drips a bit.

Pros:

  • Tiny footprint; just about 11 cm wide
  • Heating time only 25 seconds
  • Automated Espresso and Lungo buttons
  • Pretty colours

Cons:

  • Quite some instances of leaks in the machine after a short-term use
  • Foldable drip tray needs to be folded manually, not automatic

Nespresso Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine

Weight: 2.5 kg

Capacity: 0.9 litre

Power: 1400 watts

Material: Stainless steel

Features: De’Longhi patented automatic cappuccino system, six beverage options to choose from, 25 seconds heating time, option to personalise your drink, sliding drip tray, 1.35L milk container, 9 – 11 capacity used capsule container

The De’Longhi Nespresso Latissima Touch Coffee Machine offers easy one-touch operation and fast heating time of about 25 seconds.

It offers six automated beverage options you can make with just a single touch: Ristretto, Lungo, Espresso, Latte Machiato, Cappuccino, or hot milk for most coffees. It features the De’Longhi patented cappuccino system, due to which you can have a perfect glass of cappuccino or Latte every time.

You can use the milk froth knob to adjust the texture of froth suited to your taste buds. The machine also enables you to personalise your drink by setting the exact amount of milk and coffee you prefer. The design of the machine ensures milk does not touch it, so you can keep it hygienic. A carafe allows excess milk to be refrigerated.

The sliding drip tray facilitates the use of both coffee cups and latte glasses for your drink. Like the Nespresso machines discussed above, the Lattissima also comes with a high-pressure 19 bar pump and a fast Thermoblock heat control system, because of which you can have a cup of coffee in no time.

It comes with an energy saving system which turns off the machine after nine minutes of idle time. In addition, it features an intuitive descaling function, which is activated based on one of the five levels of water hardness setting. A pluggable descaling pipe makes descaling easier.

Like other machines, this Nespresso machine comes with 16 capsules for you to try. It uses Nespresso coffee capsules, recyclable aluminium capsules which come packed with well-sealed high-quality coffee.

Though the Lattissima is not as affordable as other Nespresso machines, it comes with features that are well worth the price. Most customers are happy with its performance and the degree of personalisation options it provides like milk frothing, amounts of milk and coffee, etc. The ease of cleaning and descaling is also worth mentioning.

Pros:

  • Fast heating
  • Easy to use and easy to clean
  • Great coffee
  • Good options for personalising your drink

Cons:

  • Milk does not get hot enough; it’s just warm

Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine

Weight: 2.3 kg

Capacity: 0.6 litres

Power: 1200 watts

Material: plastic

Features: ultra-compact, easy controls, Espresso and Lungo automatic options, 19 bar pressure pump, fast heating with Thermoblock technology, energy-saving mode

If space is really an issue for you, have no worries. Welcome the smallest Nespresso coffee machine for those squeezed-in kitchen spaces. The Essenza mini, as its name suggests, is an ultra-compact Nespresso machine with a footprint as small as 8.4 cm wide. This machine is light-weight and small enough to be moved about in your kitchen. Choose between the two contemporary shapes and three colours according to your liking.

Its compact size does not stop it from delivering the best basic options for brewing barista-style coffees at home. It enables an easy one-touch operation. The machine offers options for brewing cups of Espresso and Lungo with its automatic stop-flow technique. It also has a detachable drip tray.

It comes with a high-pressure pump with a power of up to 19 bars. The Essenza Mini uses a Thermoblock technology for heating water to the right temperature while ensuring a reduction in the chance of scaling. The machine is capable of heating water in a minimal time of 25 seconds.

Its energy saving mode triggers into action after 3 minutes of inactivity, proceeding to switch the machine off after 9 such minutes.

The machine comes with 14 Nespresso capsules as part of a welcome kit. As with all other Nespresso machines, you can order any of the 24 Grand Cru capsules through the Nespresso Club.

Pros:

  • Sleek and very small; can fit into any crowded space
  • Light, so easily portable
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Heats up very fast

Cons:

  • Cannot fit a coffee mug without removing the drip tray
  • Water tank has capacity of 0.6 litres, a bit less compared to others

Nespresso Citz and Milk Coffee Machine

Weight: 4 kg

Capacity: 1 litres

Power: 1870 watts

Features: Integrated Aeroccino 3, one-touch programmable buttons, 1 litre water tank, fast heat up

Like other Nespresso machines, the Citz and Milk boasts of fast heating in times as less as 25 seconds. It too comes with a high-pressure 19 bar pump, which, along with the Thermoblock technology, helps you to brew a cup of coffee very fast. Its programmable one touch buttons make brewing coffee a breeze.

This machine comes with an integrated Aeroccino 3, which enables to have a hot or a cold milk froth. Use the froth for amazing cappuccinos, lattes, or even for other drinks like hot chocolate. Use the built-in programmes for Espressos and Lungos and add some froth for milk drinks.

The Citz and Milk features adjustable cup sizes facilitating the use of different sized cups and glasses including small or large coffee cups, mugs and latte glasses. Tall glasses can fit in it due to the foldable drip tray. The removable water tank has a capacity of 1 litres, which is on the higher end relative to most basic Nespresso machines.

Like others, this machine also comes with an energy saving mode using which, the machine can shut itself down after 9 minutes of inactivity. This can be programmed to up to 30 minutes, according to your needs.

You get a welcome kit of 16 Nespresso capsules with this machine. You can order more through the Nespresso Club.

Pros:

  • Hassle-free use
  • Easy to clean
  • Great coffee
  • Good instructions
  • Nice milk frother
  • Makes hot coffee, good if you prefer it very hot
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Drips a bit

Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Machine

Weight: 5.46 kg

Capacity: 1.5 litres

Power: 1600 watts

Material: stainless steel

Features: 3 seconds heating time, 8 milk froth settings, 3 coffee volume settings, 11 milk temperature settings, various coffee options, easy cleaning, 480 ml stainless steel milk jug, pop out cup support, removable drip tray and drip grid

The Nespresso Creatista Plus is one of the higher end machines that offers myriad options for a cup of coffee of your choice from the comfort of your home.

The Creatista Plus can let you have more than just a cup of coffee; you can create latte art using the café-quality micro foam it can create with its settings. It comes with 8 milk froth settings, so you can have just the perfect froth texture that you desire. With the 8 beverage selections you can choose a preprogramed option including Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Café Latte, latte macchiato, or flat white, and milk froth. You can choose among the 3 coffee volume options. Moreover, make a cup as hot as you would like with one of the 11 temperature settings.

A feature you would love to have with this machine is the steam pipe, which allows to make café-style coffee art in your cup, with a perfectly textured froth using the milk froth settings. The Creatista Plus gives you an easy to use intuitive interface with a high-resolution display. Cleaning is also very easy, more so, because of the automatic purge of the steam wand after each use.

Given the fast heating of most Nespresso machines, this one is even faster with a swift heat up in just 3 seconds. This, and the high-pressure pump, make a cup of coffee in a breeze. It comes with a complementary welcome kit with 16 Grand Cru coffee capsules.

Its brushed stainless steel design with the barista style stainless steel milk jug can look stylish in any kitchen. It also has a high capacity 1.5 litre water tank.

Customers are very happy with the fact that the Creatista allows to set the volume, temperature, and milk froth texture in every cup of coffee. Though it is pricey, the various options it has, are well worth it.

Pros:

  • Various temperature, froth texture, and volume settings
  • Super-fast
  • Steam wand
  • Looks great
  • Reasonably Compact

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Drips at times
  • Uses more electricity relative to other machines

DeLonghi Nespresso Latissima Plus Coffee Machine

Weight: 4.5 kg

Capacity: 0.9 litres

Power: 1300 watts

Material: Plastic

Features: 19 bar pressure, fast heat up – 40 sec., De’Longhi patented single touch froth dispenser, removable 0.35 ml milk jug, programmable controls for automatic coffee types preparation

The Nespresso Latissima Plus Coffee Machine features the De’Longhi patented IFD, i.e., Instant Froth Dispenser. This device, thus, helps to create high-quality coffee drinks, including creamy ones like cappuccino and latte. All this, at the touch of a single button. Illuminated controls make the process seem even easier.

The device offers preprogramed options for espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and latte macchiato. You can also use the De’Longhi milk carafe to froth fresh milk for your cappuccino and latte. You can even personalise your drink by making changes in the settings for the amounts of milk and coffee in your drinks. The texture of milk froth is also adjustable. You can remove the carafe to store remaining milk in the refrigerator.

Not only is it easy to operate the Latissima Plus, cleaning the machine is also a breeze. A used pod container can catch used pods and store them. The milk carafe too can be cleaned using a single button.

The machine comes with a 19-bar high-pressure pump. The Thermoblock heating system heats up the water to the right temperature in a short time of 40 seconds. The adjustable drip tray permits the use of coffee cups and latte glasses.

A water level indicator allows to see the level of water in the tank, so you know easily when to refill it. Also included in the machine is a cup warmer and an energy-saving mode. You get a complementary welcome kit comprising of a coffee guide and Nespresso capsules when you purchase the machine.

Pros:

  • Easy to operate
  • Cleaning sequence easy and short
  • Drinks can be tailored to requirements

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • If you prefer very hot coffees, you may find the coffee a tad less hot.

Nespresso U and Milk Coffee Capsule Machine with Aeroccino

Weight: 3 kg

Capacity: 0.8 litres

Power: 1700 watts

Material: Plastic

Features: compact – 11.5 cm wide, fully automated brewing, removable multi-position water tank, water level indicator, removable drip tray, backlit programmable buttons for 3 different coffee preparations, fast 25 second heat up, 19 bar pump

With a width of 11.5 cm, the Nespresso U and Milk Coffee Machine does not take a lot of kitchen space and looks good in any kind of kitchen interior design. With an integrated Aeroccino, you can design a frothy and milky coffee recipe, the likes of cappuccino, café latte, and latte macchiato, even frapachinos and frothy cold coffees.  You can choose the frothiness required based on two levels. The Aeroccino is also easy to clean.

The U and Milk is a fully automated machine. It requires you to just insert a coffee pod, place your cup at the right position, and close the slider. Its active slider, when closed, activates the machine and results in an automatically brewed coffee according to the cup size chosen. Once the coffee is brewed, the machine automatically ejects the capsule into a used pod container, which you may clear once the machine indicates it is full.

The machine has three backlit buttons that are programmed to create Ristretto, Espresso, or Lungo – three different coffee preparations based on the size. Your preferred cup size can be remembered by the machine. A removable drip tray allows making taller glasses of coffee. You can determine the strength of your coffee on a scale of 1 to 12, 12 being the strongest.

Like most other Nespresso machines, the machine heats up in just 25 seconds and comes with a 19-bar high-pressure pump.

The machine boasts of a modular design, with a multi-position moveable water tank and a magnetic cup stand. The water tank is held in position with magnets. It comes with 16 coffee pods in a welcome kit.

Pros:

  • Modular and compact design
  • Easy to clean
  • Fully automated – easy to use
  • Settings can be personalised

Cons:

  • Could have a hotter setting for those who prefer very hot coffee

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

Weight: 4.9 kg

Capacity: 1.2 litres

Power: 1260 watts

Features: one-touch operation, four cup sizes, improved Centrifusion and Barcode technology, 1.2 litres water tank, capsule container capacity – 13 capsules, adjustable and removable cup support

The Nespresso Virtuo is a new addition to the world of Nespresso coffee machines. This new machine uses Centrifusion technology, a patented revolutionary extraction system by Nespresso, in which extraction parameters are individually tailored and optimized for each Grand Cru coffee. The system reads the barcode at the rim of each coffee capsule and adjusts brewing parameters based on the capsule selected.

When the chosen capsule is inserted and the lever is closed, the capsule spins at the rate of up to 7000 rpm to blend ground coffee from the capsule with water. This technology results in the perfect cup of coffee, with spectacular crema, without the need for you to change any of the settings.

With this new technology, the machine can brew a cup of coffee at just a single touch. The machine ejects the capsule automatically after the brew. You can have a coffee brewed in either of the four supported cup sizes – 414 ml Alto, 230 ml Mug, 150ml Gran Lungo, and 40 ml Espresso. The machine uses a large capsule for the two larger sizes, a medium capsule for Gran Lungo, and a small capsule for the 40ml cup. The cup support can be adjusted or removed to accommodate these different cup sizes.

The water tank can be placed at either side of the machine or at the rear; so, the machine can fit well anywhere on the counter. The machine uses Nespresso Virtuo capsules and you get 12 of these as a complementary gift.

Pros:

  • Great flavour, premium gourmet coffee with great crema
  • Longer cups of coffee
  • No need to change any settings
  • Compact design

Cons:

  • Pods not easily available
  • Foamy crema may not suit the taste for few people
  • Coffee could be hotter

De’Longhi Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino

Weight: 6 kg

Capacity: 1.5 litres

Material: Plastic

Features: Centrifusion and barcode technology, two cup sizes, used capsule container capacity – 17, extra-large water tank, Aeroccino3

The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is a newer version of the Vertuo. This comes with the basic features of the Vertuo with a few more modifications.

The Evoluo uses the Centrifusion technology by reading barcodes on pods, just like the Vertuo. It houses a larger water tank and a larger used capsule container than the previous machine; thus, it can produce more cups of coffee before the need to refill the water tank.

Compared to the Virtuo, the Evoluo can brew hotter cups of coffee, a plus for those who enjoy their coffee very hot. The Aeroccino 3 helps to make hot or cold milk froth for your coffee.

Pros:

  • One-touch operation
  • Centrifusion technology for frothy premium coffee
  • Hotter coffee than previous Vertuo machines
  • Larger capacity

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Less flexibility for personalization

Buyer FAQ

How to clean Nespresso machines?

To clean and descale your Nespresso machine – remove capsules and capsule container; pour a litre of fresh warm water in the water tank; add a sachet of descaling solution; place a 1 litre container below the coffee outlet; switch the machine on.

How often should you clean the machine?

According to Nespresso’s recommendation, descale your machine every three months. To ensure a good flavour, descale after every 300 capsules

Are Nespresso machines noisy?

You may find them a bit noisy. You may try placing your machine on a foam pad to dampen the noise.

How to clean the Aeroccino?

After every use, clean the Aeroccino with a soft, damp cloth to prevent burning on of milk residues on it.

Where can you get spare parts for your Nespresso?

You can order spare parts from the Nespresso Club.

What is Nespresso Club?

It is a club for Nespresso customers where they can receive special services like delivery of capsules and accessories, maintenance services, etc.

How long do capsules last?

Coffee is not perishable; however, for the freshest taste, Nespresso recommends using capsules within 12 months from the date of manufacture.

Summary

Now that we have discussed about the features of the different kinds of Nespresso machines available, it is time to choose the ideal Nespresso machine for you.

The Inissia is a great choice if you are looking for an affordable machine that is compact and makes a nice strong cup of espresso or lungo.

If you are a fan of cappuccinos or lattes, try a machine with an integrated Aeroccino like the Citz and Milk or the Latissima Plus. For a modern machine with the newest technology, go for the Vertuo.

Hope you will find a machine perfectly suited to your coffee needs. Do you have any favourite? Do share with us.

About the author

Will Shelby

I'm a simple guy who loves a good coffee, plenty of cycling and exercise. Caffeine Junkie is my blog dedicated to these two passions with a bit of travel thrown in for good measure!

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