Even if you don’t own a Nespresso machine, you’ve definitely tried coffee made by one. And now, you’re thinking about maybe, possibly getting one for yourself.
We know you love espresso – but having a nice cup of espresso can be a bothersome task. Going to the coffee shop? Or, better yet, making one yourself at home!
And when it comes to making your own espresso, there’s no need for you to buy a complicated machine – Nespresso does all the hard work for you. Just enter your capsule of choice, push a button, and get yourself some freshly brewed espresso!
In this list, we’ll show you some of the best Nespresso machines, complete with Pros and Cons and a Buyer’s guide at the end of the article.
Top 5 Nespresso machines
Summary:Best Nespresso Machines 2020
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● Good for first-time Nespresso buyers
● Energy-saving system
● Fits anywhere
|● Greater capacity|
● Different coffee options
● Good price
|● Award-winning design|
● Small, ergonomic
● Heats up water quickly
|● Automatic milk frother|
● Different milk froth levels
● Temperature control
|● One-touch cappuccino|
● Comes with milk container
● Self-pouring milk system
|● Great capacity|
● VertuoLine compatible
● Beautiful design
|● Premium design|
● Short heat-up time
Nespresso Machine Reviews
Now it’s time for the full list. We tried to highlight the best part of each machine, so that you’d be able to get a clear sense of what using this machine would be like once you really have it.
In case you’re worried about whether you have to make a big order along with your Nespresso machine, don’t worry – the purchase of your machine includes a set of capsule coffee which comes with a lot of different coffees for you to try.
1. Nespresso Inissia – A well-rounded machine for first timers
A powerful machine geared toward novices
The Inissia is one of the most well-rounded Nespresso machines. It doesn’t try too hard to excel at one particular feature; instead, it is designed to shine in the aspect that is most important for Nespresso: convenience.
The Inissia is not just conveniently small and light; it can be folded and, with the help of a lever, easily picked up and transported. It will transform into a good-looking rectangle with a handle – there’s even a power cord nook where you can store it while you’re not using it.
The Inissia comes with only two buttons; One for espresso, the other for lungo. Couldn’t be any simpler.
Pressing either one of these buttons will result in a freshly brewed cup of coffee in about 25 seconds – which is how little the Inissia takes to warm up the brewing water to its optimal temperature.
2. Nespresso Essenza mini – Nespresso’s very essence in one machine
The Essenza Mini brings you all the convenience and power condensed into a small design
The Essenza mini is every budget coffee drinker’s best friend: It’s designed without any sharp angles, making it easy to fit in very cramped spaces and it’s super small, weighing about 5.1, which is about the same amount of weight I put on after Thanksgiving’s dinner.
Despite being spectacularly compact, it delivers coffee with the same power than any other Nespresso machine: 10 bars of pressure – which is well above the professional standard for espresso making, ensuring above-average quality for your coffee.
The Nespresso Essenza Mini offers two different coffee sizes: Espresso and Lungo.
Its energy saving mode makes it start saving power after 3 minutes of inactivity and then subsequently shut off altogether after a further 6 minutes of not being used.
3. Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo – Best price/quality relation
A great machine for great coffee
Breville teamed up with the guys at Nespresso to bring us this complete beauty of a coffee machine: A beautiful stainless steel finish with streaks at either side of the machine – a design reminiscent of 19 century steam-powered coffee machines.
This machine lets you choose between five different sizes for your morning cup of coffee; Espresso, Double Espresso, Gran Lungo, Coffee, and Alto. Pretty varied selection to cater to just about any coffee drinker that doesn’t settle for just espresso.
This is definitely the fastest machine we’ve tried so far – water heats up in about 15 seconds. There’s virtually no wait between coffees; you can just keep making one after the other without any dead time in between. It also counts with an energy saving mode that turns the machine off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
4. Nespresso CitiZ – Sophistication & good coffee
Nespresso’s most sophisticated coffee maker
This machine was designed not only to be extremely compact and ergonomic, but to also add a touch of elegance that will not go unnoticed wherever it is. This machine is a recipient of the Red Dot Award for best design – which should tell you just how good it is.
As for brewing, this coffee maker lives up to all our expectations: It heats up brewing water in about 25 seconds, and has two different options for coffee (espresso, lungo).
Next to the Essenza Mini, the CitiZ is the lightest, most compact machine from Nespresso – a feat accomplished hand in hand with a design highly praised for its elegance.
5. Creatista – Nespresso, for baristas
Barista culture and Nespresso, finally together
An LCD screen assists you in preparing many different types of drinks – with just a couple of touches.
Its automatic milk frother does all of the hard work for you, and it’s highly customizable, with 8 different settings for milk texture and 11 just to adjust the temperature of the milk.
Further than just expanding your repertoire, the best thing about the Creatista is high customizable your drinks are: With the help of the high-resolution screen, you can adjust your coffee’s volume, temperature, and more.
And the cherry on top? It heats up in three seconds. No, that’s not a typo: Three seconds is all the Creatista needs to get water to the optimal brewing temperature.
6. Latissima – Best choice for Cappuccino lovers
An incredibly efficient machine for making specialty coffee
Milk is stored in a separate container, which both heats up and froths the milk. You do this by pushing the buttons on the machine and also by adjusting a manual dial on top of the milk container – which lets you adjust just how much foam you want it to create.
But it doesn’t end there: You don’t even have to lift a finger to make your Cappuccino (or other milk-coffee drinks), because the milk container pours it automatically into your coffee cup.
But our favorite feature is it’s water filtering system. It comes with a testing kit, for you to figure out just how much filtering your tap water needs. Once you’ve set the machine to the appropriate water hardness level, it will filter water to achieve a perfectly balanced taste in your water.
7. VertuoPlus – Premium quality coffee
Experience Vertuo coffee
Made to be a vessel for their VertuoLine coffee, the VertuoPlus comes with just as much power as any other top-notch Nespresso coffee maker.
It features the latest technology for capsule coffee – which makes use of rotational speed to ensure a perfectly extracted coffee. This coffee is characterized by a super-thick intense crema on top of each and every coffee you make.
With just one button, you’re able to make 5 different types of coffee, depending on the size of the capsule you’re using.
8. VertuoLine Evoluo – De’Longhi and Vertuo, together
A new and improved machine for the new and improved Vertuo coffee
The Evoluo is much like Breville’s previous collaboration with Nespresso, and it is intended to be a VertuoLine compatible version of this machine.
Design-wise, this machine is elegant, with a black finish combined with a stainless steel dial that lets you both remove it for capsule insertion and then rotate it in order to set your drink preference.
To pick a Nespresso machine is not an easy task. They all seem so similar, and with very similar power and designs. This, however, is deliberate: After all, the raison d’etre of Nespresso is to deliver a consistently good coffee – and what better way than to make all their machines equally good?
Even so, there are better and worse choices – all depending on what, exactly, you are expecting from your coffee machine.
1. The size
All machines made by Nespresso are, to a greater or lesser extent, designed to be smaller than classic espresso makers. Ergonomy is consistent with Nespresso’s message of a convenient coffee: Not only you want a one-touch, hassle-free espresso, but also a compact machine.
Here’s what you need to ask yourself: Do I have enough space? Or, oppositely, Do I really need such a small machine?
If you already own one or another type of coffee maker, chances are you are gonna be more than a little attentive to the Nespresso maker’s size and weight. But Nespresso machines are designed with this particular situation in mind, so you’ll be pleased to know that their machines are very easy to incorporate in cramped spaces.
But if you are going to be making coffee exclusively with a Nespresso machine, then you need to consider a bigger, sturdier choice. In this case, you’re gonna want a bigger machine with more capacity – or a versatile machine so you don’t drink only espresso, like the Creatista.
2. The coffee
You are going to have two choices when it comes to Nespresso: You either commit to OriginalLine coffee, or you commit to the newer, more premium VertuoLine. What are the main difference between these two, though?
OriginalLine: This is the first capsule coffee that ever existed. It comes in only one size, and its quality doesn’t match that of VertuoLine – so what’s the good part?
The good part -besides being a little cheaper- is that there are a lot of compatible options. Many, many brands of capsule coffee are already available on the market, offering wider choices that in some cases are way better than those offered by Nespresso – from premium, italy-roasted coffee to super ecologically-conscious capsules, the diversity of choice is the best thing about this option.
VertuoLine: Vertuo capsules aren’t made like other capsules – in fact, there’s still a bit of mystery surrounding these capsules. What we do know, though, is that you need an exclusive machine to extract these beauties – the Vertuo machines.
Because extraction doesn’t work the same with these capsules – it’s called Centrifusion, and it is a smart combination of two separate extraction methods; Centrifugal force, and infusion. Capsules are subject both to infusion and rotational speeds so that the water reaches every part of the capsule.
Plus, each capsule contains a different coffee and, unlike OriginalLine, this is properly addressed: Each coffee calls for different brewing time and temperature, and that’s what these machines do.
The capsules have a barcode embedded in them, which the machine will read and get from it the information regarding the exact brewing settings that are ideal for that specific type of coffee.
3. The price
Luckily for all of us, Nespresso machines are not particularly expensive, but you are still gonna need to do some math before buying one of these.
This is because, unlike with other machines, you can only use capsule coffee with Nespresso coffee makers… And it isn’t cheap.
Capsule coffee can vary greatly in price -and quality- and you need to be able to estimate just how much capsules a day you’re going to consume. Even if you only want to drink one coffee a day, it’s still a different process than with regular coffee, usually involving online ordering and the recycling of used capsules.
When it comes with VertuoLine capsules, this becomes more exaggerated, since their availability is very restricted (basically only available online) and the price is, well, much higher than regular capsules. And there’s different sizes, too.
It’s not easy, is it? To pick a coffee maker is a decision similar to picking the bed you’re gonna be sleeping in for years to come; It will significantly alter your quality of life, even though it seems like such a small thing.
The good news is that Nespresso machines are very much consistent with the quality of their coffee; if you are more of an Espresso drinkers, your choices are clear. But if you like making other types of drinks, Nespresso also has all of that covered – there are few choices, but they are all very good.