This Definitive Guide for the best Nespresso machine will help you choose your next Nespresso coffee Machine!
You probably landed here because you have been thinking about purchasing a Nespresso Coffee & Espresso Machine for a while now and you're finally ready to pull the plug.
Maybe your current coffee machine is broken or unreliable and you're looking to up your game.
Either way, things are about to get a lot clearer and your search is going to be finally over!
This article is going to cover our top 5 picks for the best Nespresso machines for different categories and compare all current models. It will list each one, review it and highlight each machine’s pros and cons.
We are doing this because our favorite machine might not be your favorite and you have the right to know everything you need to know about the machine you are about to purchase!
There are many capsule-based coffee machine brands out there, but Nespresso and its partners, such as De’Longhi and Breville, are leading brands in the industry. And by choosing to buy a Nespresso machine, you have made the first and most difficult decision of all. Congrats!
So, without further ado... Let's get started!
Click on any of the Nespresso machines' names to jump down to the detailed review:
If the machine you're eyeing was not in our Top 5 Picks and you're interested in other Nespresso machines, then keep reading to discover our ratings and rankings for ALL the current Nespresso Machines.
There are many Nespresso coffee machines and some have been discontinued. So at the time of writing, we have gone over the ones that are still being offered by Nespresso!
We have made it simpler by splitting the rankings into two sections - the best Nespresso coffee makers from the OriginalLine and the best Nespresso VertuoLine machines.
Below we will rank and rate all the Nespresso models from the OriginalLine and show you a detailed Nespresso machine comparison to help you decide on the right machine for you!
Click on any of the machine names below to jump down to our description and rating:
The Creatista Plus is your very own personal barista, making cafe-style coffee with the perfect level of creaminess and texture. The fully automatic steam wand (milk frother) lets you create the perfect milk pour for your coffee, while 8 different levels of milk textures let you craft the perfect latte, cappuccino, or latte macchiato.
With its sleek design, the Nespresso Creatista Plus is sure to make a statement in your kitchen.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Creatista Plus.
Nespresso have outdone themselves with the Essenza Mini espresso machine - it's their most compact machine yet, without any compromise on taste. Plus, it's one of the most affordable Nespresso machines. The 19-bar high-pressure pump creates a rich, full-flavored coffee every time, and the 2 programmable buttons make it easy to customize your perfect Espresso or Lungo.
Choose from 6 cool colors and 2 different aesthetics (by Breville and De'Longhi) and enjoy the convenience of a 3.3 to 4.3 wide compact machine that heats up in 25 seconds. The Essenza Mini is great for those who appreciate great coffee in a small package.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Essenza Mini.
The Creatista Pro is the most advanced Nespresso machine and is the perfect machine for coffee and hot milk enthusiasts alike, who enjoy having their latte macchiato every day! With its simultaneous coffee and milk preparation, this machine delivers barista-quality drinks in the comfort of your own home - your espresso won't have to wait for the milk to froth giving this machine an edge in drink quality.
The beautiful interactive color 4.2" touchscreen makes it easy to scroll through beverage options and create your own custom coffee preferences. Plus, the integrated milk frother (with 8 texture and 11 temperature levels) and stainless steel milk jug are perfect for pouring latte art and achieving that perfect cafe-quality micro-foam.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Creatista Pro.
The Nespresso Pixie features two slightly different industrial looks by De'Longhi and Breville. Both designs are sleek and compact with premium aluminum finishes, and feature one-touch buttons with two-cup capacities (Espresso and Lungo) to easily make coffee even when you're half asleep. This mini coffee machine is perfect for those who want no-fuss barista-style coffee without having to leave home (and break the bank).
The 19-bar high-pressure pump ensures that your coffee is rich and delicious, while the fast 25-second heat-up system means you can enjoy a delicious cup of joe in no time. Plus, with the automatic power-off function, you can rest assured that your machine will turn off automatically after 9 minutes of inactivity.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Pixie.
Looking for a lightweight and easy-to-use espresso machine? Then check out the Nespresso Inissia! This great little machine can brew both regular and long shots of espresso and can reach up to 19 bars of pressure. Plus, it has two brew-size buttons and an adjustable drip tray. And the best part is that it’s so small that it can fit in most kitchens!
It is perfect for someone who is looking for something compact and reliable.
Note that this espresso maker was recently discontinued. However, this means you could find it heavily discounted. This machine is still widely available. So, check often the links below to see if it's discounted.
The Nespresso Creatista Uno machine is the entry-level Creatista, and just what you need to make gorgeous Latte Art coffees at home at a reasonable cost. With three types of coffee recipes, three milk texture levels, and three hot milk temperature settings, it’s easy to get creative with your coffee making. Plus, the three-second heat-up time means you can enjoy your coffee sooner rather than later.
Nespresso cut costs by omitting premium finishes, a screen, and some customization features. However, these cost cuts translate to good value to you - with the Creatista Uno, it is more affordable than ever to make café-style coffee at home.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Creatista Uno.
The Nespresso Essenza Plus is the perfect single-serve espresso machine for anyone who loves choices. With four size options (Espresso, Lungo, Americano and Americano XL) and two design choices (by Breville and De'Longhi), this machine has something for everyone. The integrated button makes reordering Nespresso pods a breeze, and the descaling alert system keeps your machine running like new.
It is perfect for someone who enjoys having an Espresso, a Lungo, an Americano, or just hot water for their tea!
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Essenza Plus.
The Nespresso CitiZ is an award-winning compact machine that is perfect for small spaces and comes with two programmable buttons for Espresso and Lungo coffees. It also has a removable drip tray, so you can use taller glasses if you want. It also comes with a relatively large water tank, reducing your workload. Plus, the high-performance pump guarantees a perfect cup of coffee every time.
It heats up quickly too – just 25 seconds! And if you forget to turn it off, no worries. It'll automatically switch off after 9 minutes of inactivity, to save energy.
However, it's pricier than the Essenza Mini or Pixie with no apparent advantages (except the large water tank).
The new Gran Lattissima from Nespresso is the perfect machine for coffee lovers who want to enjoy a variety of delicious drinks with the touch of a button. This machine features 9 beverages, including a true one-touch flat white, and offers the choice between frothing or steaming milk.
If you're a cappuccino or a flat white lover, then the Gran Lattissima might be your next best friend.
Check out our Full Review of the Gran Lattissima.
With the new Lattissima Pro, you'll enjoy great cappuccinos or lattes at the touch of a button. Its sleek, pure, and robust design with an aluminum finish is inspired by the quality of professional espresso machines. The Lattissima Pro boasts a beautiful screen that you can use to make 6 one-touch milk recipes.
It is ideal for those who want a completely hands-free coffee-making experience. However, this pricy machine can be difficult to clean.
Nespresso Lattissima Touch - the easy way to create creamy, barista-style lattes in seconds. This sleek Italian machine has a simple one-touch design with six recipes for coffee and milk lovers. It's the mid-range machine within the Lattissima lineup. The advanced Rapid Cappuccino System creates a rich, creamy foam, while the high-pressure pump ensures fast heat-up times and a consistently good brew.
The highlight of this machine is a completely hands-free coffee-making experience! However, this comes with a tradeoff: cleaning the Rapid Cappuccino System can be difficult.
The Nespresso Lattissima Plus by De'Longhi is the perfect way to enjoy specialty coffee at home with little effort from you. It's 4 one-touch buttons allow you to make cappuccino, latte macchiato, espresso and lungo drinks by simply pressing one of these buttons. With the patented coffee capsule technology that Nespresso has plus De'Longhi's Rapid Cappuccino System, it's never been easier to make authentic Italian drinks.
The milk container detaches easily for refrigerator storage, and the used pods are automatically ejected into a container for quick removal. The Rapid Cappuccino System though will need some of your time for cleaning and maintaining.
The Lattissima One is the entry-level Lattissima model, yet it will still make all of your creamy coffee dreams come true. Just fill, froth, and enjoy five delicious milk and coffee recipes (espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato and espresso macchiato) with the touch of a single button. Plus, it has a compact design and sleek chrome lever that will look great on any countertop. However, compared to other higher-end Lattissima models, this one designed for smaller households given it's 4.6 oz milk container. It is also a bit more manual - how much milk you put in the milk container dictates whether you will get a cappuccino, an espresso macchiato or a latte macchiato.
The Lattissima One is also made with 30% recycled plastic and 100% recyclable packaging, so you can feel good about buying this all-in-one Nespresso machine.
Next, we will rank and rate all the Nespresso Vertuo machines.
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Amongst all the Vertuo machines, the Vertuo Next coffee, and espresso machine is our Top Pick. It is supremely easy to use, clean, and maintain. It's extremely versatile allowing you to prepare brews from 0.7 oz all the way to 18 oz. At the time of writing it's the only Nespresso that is compatible with the coffee carafe capsule.
It is made of 54% recycled plastics and has the smallest footprint on the environment amongst all the Nespresso Machines. It holds 10 used espresso capsules, or 6 coffee used capsules, it has a 37 oz removable water tank, an adjustable drip tray, a 15 to 20-second heat-up time, and an auto shut off after 2 minutes of inactivity. It also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but frankly, this is more of a gimmick than anything.
This machine is perfect for anyone who is for an easy-to-use pod machine that is quick, and offers good value for your money, all while being as environmentally friendly (as one can be with single-serve pod machines).
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Vertuo Next.
The Nespresso Evoluo is the perfect coffee machine for busy people on the go as it's the quickest VertuoLine Nespresso machine with one of the largest water tank capacities. This machine offers five fresh brewing options: 1.35 oz espresso, 2.7 oz double espresso, 5 oz Gran Lungo, 8 oz coffee and 14 oz Alto. The Centrifusion™ technology ensures your coffee is authentically brewed each time, while the barcode reading technology makes it quick and easy to get started.
It is energy-efficient with an automatic shut-off after 9 minutes of inactivity and a quick heat-up time of only 15 seconds. The removable water tank also makes it convenient to use and a descaling alarm ensures your machine stays in optimal operation.
One of the downsides of this machine is that it has recently been discontinued. Thankfully it's still widely available. Plus, you may be able to find it at a discounted price!
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Evoluo.
The Nespresso Vertuo machine uses dual-size Nespresso capsules for brewing either espresso or coffee. You can choose from four cup sizes: 1.35 oz Espresso, 2.7 oz Double Espresso, 5.0 oz Gran Lungo, 7.8 oz coffee and 14 oz Alto. This machine also features an adjustable drip tray, 40 oz water reservoir, and automatic ejection of used capsules.
Plus, it has a heat-up time of only 15-20 seconds and an automatic shutoff after 9 minutes of inactivity for energy-saving. Make your mornings more exciting with the Nespresso Vertuo!
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso Vertuo.
Similar to the VertuoPlus, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe coffee and espresso machine is able to brew 4 single-serve cup sizes, uses large capsules for coffee and small ones for espresso, has an adjustable drip tray, ejects capsules after brewing automatically, heats up in 15-20 seconds and shuts off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
One key difference between the two machines is the water reservoir. The Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe boasts a versatile 57.5 oz water reservoir that can be placed on either side of the machine, while the VertuoPlus has a static 40 oz reservoir. Another key difference is the price, with the VertuoPlus Deluxe coming in at a slightly lower price.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe.
The Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee and espresso machine by De'Longhi or Breville is the perfect addition to any kitchen. With the touch of a button, you can brew 5 single-serve cup sizes of either espresso or coffee. The VertuoPlus also features Centrifusion technology, which allows you to enjoy the following drinks: Espresso (1.35 oz), Double Espresso (2.7 oz), Gran Lungo (5.07 oz), Mug (7.8 oz), and Alto (14 oz).
Other great features include a 37 oz water tank that can be placed on the sides or rear of the machine, automatic capsule ejection, and a fast heat-up time of 20-25 seconds. The Nespresso VertuoPlus is a great choice for any coffee or espresso lover.
Check out our Full Review of the Nespresso VertuoPlus.
If you're not sure which of these machines is the best fit for you, then this next section should help!
Before deciding on which Nespresso machine is best for you, you need to figure out the type of capsules you want to use. Nespresso has two lines: The Original and The Vertuo - and each line offers its own benefits.
This line of machines and coffee capsules came first. Unfortunately, the roasts and drink sizes with this line are limited, because the machines and capsules are designed to simply brew strong espresso.
However, the OriginalLine machines are hands down the higher-end Nespresso models. OriginalLine machines also offer the greatest variety to choose from - from simple and affordable machines like the Essenza Mini to high end machines with an integrated milk system like the Lattissima or Creatista models.
Another advantage of the OriginalLine is that the capsules are significantly cheaper than the VertuoLine ones. OriginalLine machines are also compatible with 3rd party capsules or re-usable coffee pods. This widens your choice of coffee types and helps your coffee consumption be less wasteful and more sustainable. Potentially, your coffee quality could even improve if you buy whole beans, grind them, and use the freshly ground coffee with re-usable capsules. Nothing beats fresh coffee beans.
This line is perfect for someone who is looking for:
On the other hand, this line is more popular because of its versatility and ability to make several different sizes of coffee beverages. And this is possible because the coffee capsules have barcodes that the machines are able to read and therefore adjust the brewing cycle according to each capsule.
However, if you want to make milk beverages, these machines don't come with integrated milk frothers and you would need to purchase a separate milk frother.
This line is perfect for someone who is looking for:
|Coffee Sizes (ounces)||0.85, 1.35, 3.7, & 5||1.35, 2.7, 5, 8, & 18|
|Coffee Capsules||1 size for all||5 sizes|
|Coffee Selections||30 espressos |
(plus third-party capsules)
|30 espressos & coffees|
|3rd Party Capsules||Yes||No|
|Perfect For||Espresso & Latte Lovers||Coffee & Espresso Lovers|
The main difference between the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine is the flexibility and the variety of drinks. The VertuoLine has 5 different types of capsules that allow you to brew anything from a single ristretto shot to a full cup of black coffee.
Some other notable differences are:
Choosing the best Nespresso coffee maker for your needs depends on what drinks you prefer to have. Most machines offer single espresso, ristretto, and lungo shots, while the VertuoLine offers larger drinks that are up to 17oz.
Some Nespresso machines come with a built-in milk frother, while others come in a bundle with the Aeroccino frother, which can also be bought separately.
So if you are looking to make milk-based beverages, such as lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, and cortados, then you have to keep that in mind when choosing your next Nespresso machine. If milk is important for you, look for OriginalLine machines such as the Creatista or Lattissima models.
Depending on your budget and your aesthetic preferences, you might want to buy a Nespresso machine with a stainless steel case, that is scratch-resistant, and look sleek and stylish.
Or you can opt for one that is more budget-friendly and is made of an ABS plastic polymer. Don't worry, these models are cheaper but still more durable and much thicker than most single-serve coffee makers on the market today!
If you are anything like me in the morning and you're impatient, then you would want a Nespresso model that heats up quickly. So make sure you choose one that has a higher wattage.
Not only does higher power mean that your machine will heat up quicker, but it also means that your machine will produce better milk foam on machines with a built-in frother!
Did you know that Nespresso is Swiss-based and part of the Nestlé Group?
Nespresso was one of the first to launch pod-based espresso beverages in 1986 and today it is known for being one of the best coffee capsules with the best Nespresso machine reviews on the market. They partner with other brands, such as De’Longhi and Breville to create top-notch espresso and coffee machines for every coffee lover!
The most prominent elements in our Nespresso machine reviews are:
Nespresso machines are the best and closest experience you can have to a full espresso bar, without having to buy a huge espresso machine that will take up all your kitchen counter space and empty your wallet!
Nespresso uses its own coffee capsules, which gives them a leg up over other brands based on 3 main reasons:
If you want to be more environmentally cautious, then you can purchase reusable Nespresso pods instead!
The top 5 Nespresso machines in our list are as follows:
The difference between the Vertuo and VertuoPlus is that the VertuoPlus (and the VertuoPlus Deluxe) comes with an adjustable water reservoir placement as well as an automatic opening and closing system of the machine head.
Yes, the Nespresso CitiZ is discontinued, but it's still widely available. Check out our ranking and review of the Nespresso CitiZ in this article.
Your Nespresso Machine should last anywhere from 7 to 10 years, as these machines are made of quality parts. Plus Nespresso offers anywhere from 1 to 2 years warranty!
Now that we've shared the ratings and rankings for all the available Nespresso machines, plus our top 5 of the best Nespresso Machine reviews, you should be able to easily make your decision as to which machine is best for you.
If you're still not sure, shoot us a message and we will be more than happy to help you select the best Nespresso coffee maker for your needs!