The Best Nespresso Machines 2020

Whether you are a new explorer to the world of coffee or a well-established coffee enthusiast, the Nespresso range is a great way to enjoy delicious coffee with minimal effort.

Personally, our first exposure to Nespresso was as an unexpected wedding gift from a workmate. At that point we were just beginning to enter the coffee scene and so our little Nespresso felt like the coolest thing ever. And looking back it was a great doorway into the world of coffee that was easy to use and produced an enjoyable brew.

And that really summarises why you might buy a Nespresso. Nespresso is about consistent coffee across a wide variety of flavours with minimal effort. Nespresso is not nearly as customisable as manual or semi-automatic espresso machines but that is the point. As a fully automated coffee maker it is less about developing barista skills and more about a great flat white at the push of a button.

If you love coffee, love experimenting with different flavours, and love the ease of caffeine at the push of a button, then the Nespresso range might be a great option for you.

Our Pick: Nespresso Creatista Plus

If you are pushed for time and are wondering which Nespresso machine to buy then basically we are going to recommend that the best Nespresso machine is the Nespresso Creatista Plus. It is elegant, customisable, and comes with a stack of great features.

An overview of Nespresso machines


Nespresso machines offer a convenient and effective approach to getting your morning fix. You simply get your capsule, drop it in the machine and push a button to produce a perfect espresso. They are easy to clean, affordable, and completely accessible. Most Nespresso machines feature the same core technology to produce a consistent quality of coffee. Nespresso has a variety of espresso makers which range from the minimalist approach to more expensive machines with all the bells and whistles. In addition to this there are a wide range of different flavoured pods to choose from so you can find the perfect flavour and intensity of coffee to suit you. If you are just starting out we recommend trying their variety packs which allow you to try a wide variety of flavours so you can decide which ones you like.While these machines are quick and easy to use the downside is that they require little skill from the operator and so have little scope for development.


It is also worth noting that Nespresso has recently released a new line of machines called Vertuo machines. These machines differ from the original machines in a few ways:

  • They use a centrifuge system (basically spinning the pod at a high speed) instead of using a pump to extract coffee. This results in a frothier crema.
  • They use barcode scanning technology to control how different types of pods are made
  • Nespresso Vertuo pods come in 3 sizes: smaller espresso, larger lungo and the largest alto

Basically, the Vertuo line allows you to produce different sizes of coffee (which is great for those who love their mugs of coffee) but the disadvantage is more expensive pods, and at times an under-extracted and lukewarm brew.

Cup of nespresso coffee on table

Factors to help you choose the Best machine


Choosing a coffee machine is basically like choosing a T-Shirt. Just as there is no single perfect T-Shirt for everyone (or we would all be wearing it!), so there is no single coffee maker that will best suit every individual buyer. Instead it will come down to personal preference, cost and style. Figuring out which is the perfect Nespresso for you is much the same and here are a few things we recommend thinking through:

  • Physical Size – In the machines we review in this article there is a huge variety in dimensions and sheer bench space they will take up. So are you looking for something sleek and compact that can easily be put away? Or are you looking for a more substantial Coffee Maker that has more features?
  • Affordability – Even within the Nespresso brand there is a huge spectrum of prices. This ranges from a sizeable investment to effectively cheap as chips. So how much are you willing to pay? Is this a long term investment or a short-term fix?
  • Extra Features – One of the main differences between the machines reviewed in this article is how customisable a given machine is and what features it has. So it is important for you as a potential buyer to know what you are looking for. Do you want a milk frother connected to the machine or are you happy to separately buy a self-standing one? Do you want an automatic milk frother or a more barista style steaming wand? Do you want to be able to control the amount of froth, the size of coffee produced?
  • Style – The great thing about Nespresso is that the taste of the coffee is relatively stable and consistent. This means that a significant fact to consider is simply do you like the look of a given machine? Are you excited about having it on your bench top, or will it be an eyesore that gets moved whenever guests come?

The Top 5 Nespresso Machine Reviews


Nespresso Creatista Plus

This is without a doubt the highest quality Nespresso machine on the market. It is stylish, customisable, and makes a great cup of coffee. What really sets this machine apart is its fully automated steam wand that allows you to create perfectly textured milk. It has 3 programmable cup sizes; ristretto (25ml), espresso (40ml) and lungo (110ml) and comes in three colours (black, black sesame and stainless steel).

The machine allows significant control so you can create more complex drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes. There are 11 milk temperature settings and 8 milk texture settings ensuring you can create a drink to suit you. This machine is a high end machine perfect for the Nespresso lover who wants to produce cafe quality coffee.

Pros:

  • Excellent milk foaming wand
  • Makes a superb cup of Coffee
  • Attractive LCD display
  • Can adjust coffee volume, milk temperature and texture
  • Heats up in 3 seconds
  • Automatic self-cleaning function

Cons:

  • The quality is reflected in a higher price than many of the other models
  • Large footprint

Nespresso Inissia

This compact, lightweight machine is a great entry level option. While small, this smart little coffee machine packs a punch allowing you to produce high quality espresso. In terms of features it has the usual 2 programmable cup sizes, 19 bar pressure and comes with 16 free Nespresso capsules. It also comes bundled with a stand alone aeroccino 3 milk frother for those who love milky drinks. It is available in 3 different colours: Black, White or Silver. This is an ideal option for those looking for an affordable entry level machine.

Pros:

  • Affordable machine
  • Compact
  • Simple to use and clean
  • Coffee tastes very similar to other more expensive machines
  • Can produce both espresso and lungo
  • Heats up in 25 seconds

cons:

  • Relatively small water tank at only 24oz

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee

This machine is part of the new Vertuo line to be released by Nespresso. It has the ability to produce 5 different cup sizes: espresso, double espresso, lungo, mug, and alto. These different mug sizes are then reflected in three different pod sizes respectively. The machine uses centrifusion (rapid pod spinning) to extract coffee rather than a pump. It comes bundled with the Aeroccino 3 milk to create that Cappuccino or Latte you love. The Nespresso Vertuo is ideal for someone who likes drinking larger mugs of coffee and is looking for an entry level machine.

pros:

  • Rich frothier crema
  • Customisable brew size
  • Heats up in 15 seconds
  • Excellent build quality
  • 54 oz water tank

cons:

  • The Vertuo line can only take Nespresso pods
  • Vertuo pods more expensive than original Nespresso pods
  • Larger pods require more storage space

Wacaco Minipresso

This portable espresso machine is ideal for travelling. It features a semi-automatic piston that you pump to inject water through the coffee pod. After a few pushes, the optimal extraction pressure is achieved and a rich and bold espresso is extracted. This small hand held espresso machine is capable of producing 8 bars of pressure. This unique espresso machine is perfect for the traveller wanting to enjoy delicious espresso wherever you are.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Durable
  • 8 bars of pressure
  • Easy to use
  • Produces good quality espresso

Cons:

  • Some report difficult to clean
  • Only comes with 70ml water tank so can’t vary shot size unless upgrade to 120ml tank

Nespresso Lattissima Plus

This machine is perfect for those who love their lattes (as proof I have a mother who fits the bill and loves this machine!). The machine features a built in milk frother that automatically froths your milk and adds it to your espresso. It has 4 programable drinks: espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and latte. In addition to this there is a dial on the milk compartment that allows you to customise the amount of foam. It comes in 2 colours: silver or titan. This machine is ideal for the latte or cappuccino lover.

pros:

  • Removable 12 oz milk carafe that can be stored in refrigerator
  • Used capsule capacity 9 capsules
  • Water tank capacity is 30 oz
  • Has steam self-cleaning option and dishwasher safe

cons:

  • Milk frother produces more airy foam than silky microfoam
  • Heat up time is 25 seconds for espresso and 40 seconds for milk beverages
  • Milk often comes out luke warm

The Takeaway

Having reviewed a range of different machines our recommendations are that the Nespresso Creatista simply is the best Nespresso on the Market, while the Nespresso Inissia is unquestionably the best value for money.

So we reckon that if you go with either of these options you won’t be disappointed. They obviously have very different strengths and price tags but both produce a thoroughly enjoyable cup of coffee and have the added bonus of being a great stylistic addition to your bench top!

Happy buying!

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