The Best Nespresso Machines 2020

We have gone on a mission to find the best Nespresso Machines available for you to buy! 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 summarizes why you might buy a Nespresso Machine. Nespresso is about consistent coffee across a wide variety of flavors with minimal effort. Nespresso is not nearly as customizable 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 latte at the push of a button.

If you love coffee, love experimenting with different flavors, 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, including an excellent steam wand.

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 system 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 (there is even a machine you can operate with your smartphone!) . In addition to this there is a wide range of different flavored pods to choose from so you can find the perfect flavor 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 flavors 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 Nespresso original line 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.

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Nespresso vs Keurig

When it comes to single serve machines the two big competitors in the coffee industry are Nespresso vs Keurig. Nespresso holds the market share in Europe and Asia whereas Keurig is more popular in America. Nespresso has partnered with reputed companies such as Breville and De’Longhi to produce their machines. As a result Nespresso machines are high quality machines built to last. The coffee produced from Nespresso machines tends to be of a higher quality too being espresso, however Nespresso capsules are more expensive than K-cups. On the flip side Keurig machines are of a lower quality but are also lower priced. Keurig has partnered with a huge number of brands to produce their K-cups so there is a large variety of flavors available and at a cheaper cost per cup. Keurig machines are only able to produce drip coffee. If a Keurig machine sounds more like you, check out our article here.

Factors To Help You Choose The Best Nespreso 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?
  • Capacity – When it comes to capacity the two things you need to think about are the size of the water tank and the size of the used capsule container. If you are going to be making a lot of coffees per day you don’t want to be constantly topping up the water and emptying the capsule container! Think about how many people in your household are going to be using the machine and get a machine with a capacity to suit.
  • Drink sizes– What are your favorite drinks? The standard Nespresso original line machines offer three different sizes of shot available; Ristretto (.85 ounces), Espresso (1.35 ounces), or Lungo (3.7 ounces). If you are a coffee rather than espresso lover you do have the option of making an Americano with Nespresso machines. The VirtuoLine caters to those who love large drinks with five cup sizes: Alto Coffee (14oz), Coffee (8oz), Gran Lungo (5 oz), Double Espresso (2.7 oz) and Espresso (1.35 oz).
  • Affordability – Even within the Nespresso brand there is a huge spectrum of prices. This ranges from a sizable 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?
  • 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?
  • Milk Frother – If you like milky beverages you need to think about what kind of milk frother you want. Nespresso machines come equipped with three different types: an Aeroccino, a Milk Carafe or a Steam Wand. The Aeroccino is the most common milk frother, which can either be built in or added separately as a bundle. This is a basic milk frother that allows you to produce hot or cold frothy milk. The second type is the milk carafe which is built into the machine but removable so can be stored in the fridge between brewing. The final type is the barista style steam wand found on high end machines. The later 2 are generally more customizable than the Aeroccino, allowing you to control the amount and type of froth produced.
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Best Nespresso Machines


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 frother 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 line Nespresso pods
  • Larger pods require more storage space

Wacaco Minipresso

This portable nespresso 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 machine 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!

FAQs

What type of Nespresso capsules are available?

Nespresso currently have about 30 different capsule options available in both lines of machines, however there is an increasing number of third party capsules coming out with brands like Starbucks and Lavazza teaming up with the brand. Nespresso has the following types of capsules:

  • Espresso Capsules- contain blends of coffee designed for espresso shots. With the Vertuo range there are different flavors depending on whether you are aiming for a single or double shot.
  • Master Origin capsules- espresso capsules that contain single origin coffee rather than a blend
  • Lungo, Gran Lungo, Mug and Alto Capsules- designed for a larger cup of coffee
  • Decaffeinato capsules- capsules containing decaffeinated coffee
  • Barista creations- flavored coffee such as vanilla, caramel, cocoa or hazelnut
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Are Nespresso capsules recyclable?

Yes, Nespresso has taken great care to make sure that their coffee is sourced sustainably and their capsules recyclable. Used Nespresso capsules are able to be taken back to the nearest store or capsule recycling station or they can provide free capsule-recycling bags.

Can you use a Nespresso capsule twice?

Yes, you can use the same capsule twice but we would not recommend it. The coffee will be substantially weaker and taste over-extracted.

Can you use a Keurig K-cup in a Nespresso machine?

No, K-cups are designed differently, so will not fit in your machine. Additionally K-cups use a different system to extract coffee, which involves a paper filter, to produce drip coffee rather than espresso.

How do you clean a Nespresso Machine?

Day to day cleaning of Nespresso machines is very simple, you simply empty your drip tray and used capsule container and clean them with detergent in warm water. It is also recommended to run a bit of water through your machine after each use to remove any coffee remains. In addition Nespresso recommends that you descale your Nespresso machine every 6 months. This is very simple to do, you just buy some descaling solution and run it through your machine as per the instruction booklet.

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