You are probably in the market for a new coffee maker and you're probably thinking: "Is Nespresso Worth it?" - This detailed guide will help answer all your questions!
Are you tired of wasting time and money at coffee shops? Want to enjoy a delicious, high-quality espresso or coffee drink in the comfort of your own home, with little effort on your part?
If that is you, consider a Nespresso machine!
With its ease of use, variety of available coffee flavors, and convenience, Nespresso machines are a must-have for coffee lovers who are always on the go. Say goodbye to long lines and overpriced drinks and hello to effortless espressos and coffees from home.
These machines promise to deliver high-quality coffee with minimal effort, but is the price tag worth it? After all, there are literally thousands of coffee machines on the market.
In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of owning a Nespresso machine, and help you decide whether getting one is the right choice for you.
So grab a coffee and let's get started.
Nespresso machines are single-serve coffee machines that use pre-packaged coffee capsules, or pods, to brew coffee.
There are two types of Nespresso machines, the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine machines.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of whether Nespresso machines are worth getting, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of Nespresso machines.
The OriginalLine machines are the classic Nespresso machines - tried, true, and loved. Compared to the VertuoLine machines, they use smaller pods that are designed for espresso-style coffee drinks. Third-party Nespresso-compatible capsules are also available for the OriginalLine, resulting in a greater variety of coffee types at a lower cost.
The VertuoLine machines, on the other hand, use larger, barcode-enabled pods. These machines use the barcode to fine-tune your coffee maker settings to the pod in question. They are designed to brew a variety of coffee sizes and styles, including espresso, double espresso, lungo, and larger coffee drinks.
Now that you know the differences between the OriginalLine and VertuoLine machines, let’s dive in on whether Nespresso machines are worth getting.
Okay, let's take a hard look at Nespresso machines so you can decide if making coffee with one is really worth the hype and expense.
Let’s get something clear off the bat. Pod coffee will never taste as good as coffee made with fresh coffee beans (they say "never say never", but we stand firm on this one).
Further, Nespresso espresso is not exactly what coffee aficionados would call a true authentic espresso. Espresso is made by forcing hot water at 9 bars through fine coffee grounds in a portafilter. Neither the OriginalLine nor the VertuoLine Nespresso machines do that.
With that being said, Nespresso does deliver something pretty close to espresso. Further, the VertuoLine does an excellent job with higher volume coffees.
Although you should not expect café quality drinks with your Nespresso, the drinks are quite good given the level of effort needed to make them. And you won’t have to measure, grind and tamp your coffee.
In short: Nespresso machines make decent coffee drinks quickly and conveniently. But they won’t impress any coffee aficionados.
This is where Nespresso shines. All Nespresso machines are very convenient and easy to use.
All you have to do is pop a capsule in, press a button, and wait a few seconds for your machine to finish brewing coffee.
Nespresso made sure their machines are extremely intuitive to use. The user interface tends to be self-explanatory; you most likely won’t need to read the manual to learn most of your machine’s functions.
If you are not a morning person and cannot function without coffee then you’ll definitely appreciate the convenience of capsule coffee.
In short: Nespresso machines are the most convenient way to make third-wave coffee drinks, including Instagram-worthy layered latte macchiatos!
In general, most Nespresso machines are extremely easy to clean and maintain. You won’t need to worry about spilled coffee grounds or dirty coffee filters.
Most of the time, all you’ll have to worry about is emptying the drip tray and spent capsule container. Yes, you will eventually need to descale your Nespresso but that should only occur a few times per year.
Obviously, if your machine comes with a milk frother you better clean that too.
It should be noted that the Nespresso Lattissima series are not as easy to clean. They require a thorough cleaning of their built-in milk frother which involves disassembling and soaking the milk frother pieces for 30 minutes.
In short: You’ll spend virtually no time cleaning and maintaining most Nespresso coffee makers.
Nespresso machines do carry a cheaper price tag than non-pod espresso machines, but the savings might only be temporary because the cost of pods quickly adds up.
For example, the De’Longhi Dinamica is an automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine that carries a price tag of around $1,500. If you indulge in one cup of coffee per day then you'll spend about $90 to $100 per year on coffee (based on $0.02 per gram of coffee and assuming a 13-gram single-shot per day for a year).
Keep in mind that there are other espresso machines like the De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3300 that can cost significantly less.
A Nespresso machine with a built-in frother will cost around $500-$700. However, each Nespresso pod costs between $0.80 to $1.20, resulting in a yearly coffee cost between $290 to $440. So the coffee cost of operating single-serve coffee machines should not be underestimated!
Ultimately, in a few years, the overall cost of owning a Nespresso machine will catch up with higher-end espresso machines. The following table illustrates this:
|Coffee Maker Cost
|Cost per Drink
|Monthly Drink Cost*
|Total Cost - Year 1
|Total Cost - Year 3
|Nespresso Machine (low-range)
|Nespresso Machine (high-range)
|Super-automatic espresso machine
As can be seen from the above table, the cost of owning a Nespresso machine widely ranges, depending on the machine and your favorite type of capsules.
However, regardless of which machine or capsules you get, purchasing a Nespresso machine makes much more financial sense than buying daily coffee from a coffee shop.
But after a few years, purchasing and owning a Nespresso machine may be more expensive than buying and owning a higher-end super-automatic espresso machine.
In short: The initial cost of Nespresso machines is low and in the long run, is much cheaper than buying a cup of joe. However, the capsule cost will exceed the initial and operating costs of a full-blown home espresso machine after a few years.
Nespresso machines pose environmental impacts due to the production, use, and disposal of coffee pods.
It should be noted that the OriginalLine Nespresso machines can potentially be less polluting because they are compatible with 3rd party re-usable capsules. The reusable pods obviously mean less waste but also give you the option to use environmentally friendly coffee beans.
However, the VertuoLine machines are not compatible with third-party pods.
Nespresso has been working to reduce its environmental impact through initiatives such as sourcing sustainable coffee and promoting recycling programs.
You may have heard about a study claiming that single-serve pod machines are the most environmentally friendly way to make coffee.
However, we are highly skeptical of the initial assumptions of the study. We’ll write an article with further details soon.
In short: Nespresso machines generate a lot of waste, despite the capsules being recyclable. The waste impacts can be mitigated if you use reusable capsules with the OriginalLine machines.
Okay, it's time to weigh the pros and cons. This is a crucial step if you are trying to decide if a Nespresso machine is worth the investment or not.
Here are some pros and cons to consider:
You're ready for a change, but it's a hard decision to say 'goodbye' to your tried and true drip coffee maker. Nespresso coffee machines are spendy so you want to make sure you are investing in a coffee machine that is truly a must-have and not just a trendy fashion statement.
Let's compare Nespresso machines to drip coffee machines to decide if Nespresso is worth it.
Here are some key differences:
Nespresso machines are a good choice for anyone who enjoys drinking espresso or other types of coffee drinks at home with little to no tinkering. They are also ideal for busy people who are on the go but need a quick and easy way to make different types of coffee.
Indeed, the at-home machines give you coffee almost instantaneously and are particularly convenient for people who don't want to spend time grinding coffee beans, measuring out the right amount of coffee, and cleaning up the mess afterward. You get all of the perks without the mess.
Another factor to consider is that a Nespresso machine can help you save money if you regularly go to coffee houses for your caffeine-laden beverages. You can avoid the high monthly coffee cost that you incur at a coffee shop.
While Nespresso machines are great for many people, there are some who may not benefit from owning one.
Here are a few examples of people who should NOT get a Nespresso machine:
Yes, Nespresso machines are definitely worth it if you do not have the time or the propensity to learn how to make a perfect espresso shot, yet still need a great-tasting coffee to get your day started.
If this sounds like you (i.e., not a coffee nerd), we recommend buying a Nespresso machine.
When it comes to comparing Nespresso and Keurig machines, it ultimately depends on individual preferences. Nespresso machines tend to produce a higher quality espresso with a thicker crema. In contrast, Keurig machines focus on regular coffee drinks while offering a wide variety of Keurig pods for coffee, hot cocoa, and tea.
Nespresso machines produce espresso-like coffees that are similar in taste and texture to traditional espresso. However, there are some differences between a Nespresso drink and real espresso that connoisseurs may notice.
Real espresso is made using a traditional espresso machine, where water is forced through the finely ground coffee at high pressure, resulting in a bolder and stronger flavor.
Nespresso pods, on the other hand, are pre-packaged with coffee grounds and require less skill to operate. While Nespresso machines are a convenient and accessible option for making espresso at home, they will not fully replicate the experience and flavor of traditional espresso made by a skilled barista.
Yes, they are quite good compared to other pod machines. Nespresso pods are made with high-quality Arabica coffee beans, while the capsules themselves are fully sealed to ensure the coffee does not lose its freshness as quickly. There are also Nespresso capsules with varying caffeine levels.
There you have it! We have assessed various factors to help you decide whether getting a Nespresso machine is worth your money.
Nespresso machines are a great choice if you want to enjoy high-quality coffee drinks at home without the hassle of grinding beans, measuring coffee, and cleaning up the mess.
They are particularly convenient if you enjoy a variety of coffee choices and don't want to invest in expensive coffee-making equipment.