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
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. 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 creama.
- They use barcode scanning technology to control how different types of pods are made
- Nespresso Veruo 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.
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?
- 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
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 four colours (white, black, champagne, and silver). There is also significant control over the milk settings. There are 5 milk temperature settings and 4 milk texture settings ensuring you get the perfect cup. This machine is a high end machine perfect for the Nespresso lover who wants to produce cafe quality coffee.
In fact for the real Nespresso enthusiast there is even a Plus edition of the Creatista which takes the quality of this machine to the next level. The Creatista Plus is like the Creatista on steroids. It has four different milk texture settings as well as 11 different milk temperature settings. It also has eight different coffee selections and a sleek look that comes from being made of stainless steel.
This elegantly designed appliance is the most compact machine on the Nespresso market. In fact it is so stylish that in 2017 it was awarded the red dot design prize. It is produced by both Breville and Delonghi meaning that you have the choice between two separate designs and 4 different colours (black white, lime and red). And best of all it is by far the most affordable machine on this list. There is not much not to love about the Nespresso Essenza Mini! In terms of features it has the usual 2 programmable cup sizes, 19 bar pressure and comes with 16 free Nespresso capsules. This is an ideal option for those looking for an affordable entry level machine.
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. The Nespresso Vertuo is ideal for someone who likes drinking larger mugs of coffee and is looking for an entry level machine.
We still have a real soft spot for the Nepresso Citiz as this was the make of our first coffee maker and was a wonderful fit for us. This is a great machine for those wanting to make both espresso and milk based drinks as it comes fitted with a Nespresso frother. It is produced by Delonghi, has a modern feel and comes in 3 colours (chrome, black and white). It has the usual 2 programmable cup sizes and 19 bar pressure. It also features a large 34 oz water reservoir. This machine is relatively pricey for the features included but is still a great purchase as a middle of the range machine to make good coffee and good memories.
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 4 colours: black, white, red and silver. This machine is ideal for the latte or cappuccino lover.
Having reviewed a range of different machines our recommendations are that the Nespresso Creatista simply is the best Nespresso on the Market, while the Essenza Mini 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!