Best Nespresso coffee machine: which to buy this Cyber Monday

Find the best Nespresso coffee machine to update your kitchen this Cyber Monday, with Vertuo, Creatista Uno, and more sleek models

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Find the best Nespresso coffee machine to boost your caffeine levels with our guide to the top Nespresso machines for any home. Known for delivering on sleek and modern designs that are built to last, many of the best Nespresso coffee machines are backed by designed from Magimix, Sage, Krups, and other kings of the kitchen.

While these tend to be the best coffee machines for those who want a quick and easy pod coffee, Nespresso coffee machines are brilliant for offering a variety of beverages with one simple pod. Many come with in-built steam wands, which will create delicious frothy milk to make latte, flat whites and cappuccinos from home. 

Even if you don't opt for a Nespresso machine with a steam wand, you can buy the Aeroccino 3 milk frother to have a standby milk steamer while your coffee brews. Again, it's just a case of pressing a button. 

Although many pod coffee machines have delicious pod options, Nespresso is known for its range of aromas and roasts, so even serious coffee lovers will be able to experiment with their coffee and choose a blend that is right for them. 

Nespresso Cyber Monday deals

If you're looking for a Nespresso Cyber Monday deal, we're ready to keep you posted with all of our top picks when they start to drop. Last year we saw some of our favourite Nespresso pod coffee machines on sale with amazing discounts of up to 50%. 

NESPRESSO by Magimix Vertuo Plus M600 Coffee Machine:  was £179, now £59 at Currys (save £120)

NESPRESSO by Magimix Vertuo Plus M600 Coffee Machine: was £179, now £59 at Currys (save £120)
The NESPRESSO by Magimix Vertuo Plus M600 Coffee Machine comes in Piano Red and has an auto shut-off feature for power-saving after use. The 1.2 litre capacity is good for continuous coffees

Nespresso Vertuo Plus:  was £189, now £69 at Amazon (save £120)

Nespresso Vertuo Plus: was £189, now £69 at Amazon (save £120)
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is the amped-up version of the classic Vertuo, and it's got five adjustable brewing parameters that automatically change depending on the pod you use.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle:  was £259, now £149 at Amazon (save £110)

Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle: was £259, now £149 at Amazon (save £110)
This Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle includes an Aeroccino Milk Frother by Krups and can make 5 coffee sizes: Alto, Mug, Gran Lungo, Double Espresso, and Espresso

Nespresso Vertuo Next:  was £199.99, now £129.99 at Amazon (save £70)

Nespresso Vertuo Next: was £199.99, now £129.99 at Amazon (save £70)
Nespresso's latest coffee machine, the Nespresso Vertuo Next, is a sleek option that we loved in testing. The controls are right at the top, so you won't need to worry about slotting it next to large appliances.

The best Nespresso coffee machine buys

Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno

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Best Nespresso coffee machine (overall): it has everything you need to make a decent coffee

Specifications
Which Nespresso capsules?: Original
Water tank capacity: 1.5ltr
Pressure: 19 bar
Reasons to buy
+Built-in milk frother+Three coffee sizes to choose from+Quiet (although high pressured!)
Reasons to avoid
-None!

Our top buy is the Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno capsule coffee machine. It's also made the top of our best pod coffee machines list so you know you're onto a winner.

Milk frother?
This machine has a convenient built-in steam wand. Even better, there are three milk temperatures to choose from. The icing on the (coffee) cake? The wand purges itself so it doesn’t leave you with a dull cleaning job.

Other great features
Three coffee sizes to choose from and options on milk texture will bring out the barista in you. We also like the fact that it’s not noisy despite being a high pressure machine. The auto shut-off to save energy is handy.

The verdicts
This model is our favourite pod coffee machine, delivering great drinks speedily. Our editor says, ‘It really does make delicious coffee. It’s quiet to use but it’s a good looker so it draws attention to itself for the right reasons.’

Amazon buyers praised ‘great results at the touch of a button’, ‘excellent coffee’ and it was even acclaimed as ‘the best Nespresso machine I have ever owned’.

It gets five stars all round at John Lewis with verdicts including ‘Well worth the money’ and ‘great coffee at the touch of a button’.

Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars

Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine

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Best compact Nespresso coffee machine: for streamlined coffee making

Specifications
Which Nespresso capsules?: Vertuo
Water tank capacity: 1.1ltr
Pressure: 19 bar
Reasons to buy
+Made of recycled materials+Can make a carafe+Comes in a range of colours
Reasons to avoid
-The lock mechanism is fiddly

Nespresso's latest machine is the Nespresso Vertuo Next. It's very narrow and has a smart design that's available in a range of colours.

Milk frother?
No, but we tried it with the Aeroccino 3, which is a great companion. 

Other great features
It extracted perfect crema and can do a range of lengths of coffee, which is great for those who enjoy more of a long brew than an espresso. It automatically works with the codes on the Vertuo capsules to customise the brew for the perfect coffee every time. 

The verdicts
Our resident coffee expert Jaclyn said 'Nespresso machines give you the best of both worlds when it comes to access to coffee and tea at the touch of a button. Couple in the multiple preparations that stem from each Vertuo pod, and you have a whole cafe in one compact machine.' 

'With a Nespresso, you're also committing to the Nespresso-branded Vertuo capsules, which perhaps my biggest gripe is that they're only available at select retailers (unlike a very popular 'you know who' competitor). '

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

Krups Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine

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3. Krups Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine

Best Nespresso coffee machine for long drinks: espresso lovers, look elsewhere

Specifications
Which Nespresso capsules?: Vertuo
Water tank capacity: 1.7ltr
Pressure: Uses Centrifusion extraction (see below)
Reasons to buy
+Five cup sizes+Fast heat up time+Flexible positioning of water tank
Reasons to avoid
-If you DON'T like milky coffees (no frother)

We love the Krups Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine, too. Read on to find out if it suits you.

Milk frother?
No, although there is a version that comes with the Aeroccino3 frother (at a higher price point) for latte and cappuccino lovers who don’t already own one. 

Other great features...
Five cup sizes from the 414ml alto down to the 40ml espresso mean this machine can make the different coffees many of us prefer depending on the time of day. The fast heat-up time doesn’t have you hanging around when you need a shot of caffeine before you head out the door. The water tank can be positioned at the back or on the left or right of the machine thanks to a rotating arm, which helps fit it neatly on to the worktop.

The verdicts
Being able to brew a mugful from one capsule makes this machine a standout buy for fans of long drinks – although we confess that even we coffee lovers find the largest size alto more than we’d want in one go.

Nespresso Original machines use a high pressure 19 bar extraction system, whereas with Vertuo models Nespresso’s Centrifusion extraction plus barcodes on the capsule adjust the brew. Our conclusion? The coffee is equally tasty and the crema as good.

On Amazon, the VertuoPlus scores 4.3 out of five. For a buyer who’s previously been using multiple pods to make a mug of coffee, it’s a big hit: ‘This machine is fantastic! Can’t recommend it enough.’ There’s also acclaim for the ‘lovely strong hot coffee’ it makes, and the fact that it’s ‘easy to use and clean’.

It’s proved a winner with buyers at John Lewis as well. One said, ‘It looks good, has a nice mechanism and makes great coffee’, while another remarked ‘Coffee quality is amazing.’ Overall, the machine gets 4.8 stars.  

Magimix Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino

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4. Magimix Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino

Best Nespresso coffee machine for barista-style drinks: get creative with this Pixie option

Specifications
Which Nespresso capsules?: Original
Water tank capacity: 0.7 ltr
Pressure: 19 bar
Reasons to buy
+Milk frother+Rapid heat up+Descaling programme
Reasons to avoid
-None!

The Magimix Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino makes our top three because it's great at barista-style coffee. Read on to find out more.

Milk frother?
Yes, comes with the Aeroccino. Just put the milk in, press the button and it’ll make hot or cold milk froth for your favourite coffee. It can heat milk for a latte as well.

Other great features...
Choose from 40ml of espresso or a 110ml lungo drink. It takes a rapid 25 seconds to heat up, so there’s no hanging about. The machine is compact in size, helping worktops stay uncluttered, and it has sophisticated style. The descaling programme takes just 15 minutes to clean the machine.

The verdicts
If you’re after barista-style drinks but don’t have the space in your kitchen to fit in a big shiny barista-style machine, this is a brilliant choice.

Amazon buyers agree. The model gets 4.3 out of five and high plaudits like ‘everything I need in my coffee life’ and ‘the best coffee I’ve probably ever had’. The Aeroccino is also a hit as it ‘even works well with skimmed milk’.

At John Lewis a near perfect 4.8 out of five is the overall finding. ‘If you are a coffee lover, this machine… is an absolute must!’ commented one happy buyer. ‘Perfect hot milk’, ‘easy to operate’ and ‘makes great coffee’ were among the other opinions.

nespresso coffee machine: De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine

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5. De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine

Best Nespresso coffee machine for milky coffees: automatic milk dispenser for easy lattes

Specifications
Which Nespresso capsules?: Original
Water tank capacity: 0.9 ltr
Pressure: 19 bar
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable milk frother+Descaling and cleaning alerts+Powers off automatically+Available in black, white and silver
Reasons to avoid
-None!

The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine is a must-have for lovers of milky coffees. Read on to find out the details.

Milk frother?
This machine is made to suit milky coffee devotees. Fill the milk container with the amount needed, and put it in place on the machine – it takes 15 seconds to heat. With a cup under the coffee outlet, the milk spout can be lifted to the required level for the cup. The texture of the froth can be adjusted, too.

Other great features...
Choose from cappuccino, latte and latte macchiato functions to make your ideal milky drink – and, of course, espresso’s on the menu, too. Descaling and cleaning alerts help keep the machine ready to brew and froth as desired. It powers off automatically after nine minutes to save energy. 

The verdicts
Many of us never choose black coffees, preferring a range of milky versions instead, and this machine meets this need perfectly. The prompt to rinse the system after making a milky coffee is a clever way to avoid hitches, too.

Amazon’s conclusion? 4.5 out of five stars for this nifty machine. ‘Best coffee maker I’ve had’ and ‘makes excellent coffee’ are among the judgements. The design is also acclaimed as ‘very intuitive’ and buyers also like the ‘fridge friendly milk storing cube’.

At Currys, happy purchasers like the ‘fab coffee with a lovely froth’ and the fact that ‘The machine looks good and is easy to use’, and it scored 8.8 out of 10 all round.

Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini coffee machine

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6. Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini coffee machine

Best Nespresso machine for simple controls: no frother, but a compact design

Specifications
Which Nespresso capsules?: Original
Water tank capacity: 0.6 litres
Pressure: 19 bar
Reasons to buy
+Great for compact spaces+Quick to heat up+Automatic power off
Reasons to avoid
-If you DON'T like milky coffees (no frother)

The Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini coffee machine is for lovers of black coffee. That you? Read on...

Milk frother?
No – this one’s for black coffee fans, although you could invest in a separate frothing machine if that’s how you like your coffee on occasion.

Other features include...
This machine really is mini at H204 x L330 x W84mm. It makes espresso and the longer lungo at the press of a button and you can customise your brew. It heats up in 25 seconds, has a low energy mode after three minutes, and an auto power off after nine minutes.

The verdicts
Small kitchen owners will love this petite machine – and the taste of the coffee. Like our other picks, it’s a fast worker, and it looks great on a worktop as well.

At John Lewis, where it gets 4.5 out of five stars, happy shoppers like the ‘compact, sleek design’, and mention the ‘lovely crema on the coffee’ and ‘coffee quality as good as a barista’.

It’s 4.4 out of five for Amazon buyers, and comments include ‘I’m very pleased with the lovely tasty liquid this tiny machine makes’, and ‘This machine is brilliant in every respect’. Shoppers also praise it for being ‘easy to operate’ and say it ‘feels well put together’.


What is the best Nespresso coffee machine?

To recap... if you want the best Nespresso coffee machine, then we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno capsule coffee machine. We feel that it makes a delicious coffee. It’s quiet to use, too, but it’s a good looker so it draws attention to itself for the right reasons.

Heard of Dolce Gusto coffee machines? Some may say they are similar to the Nespresso coffee machine if not the same, so it would be a could choice to see if Nespresso vs Dolce Gusto for your own comparisons. 

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Sarah Warwick
Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For Realhomes.com, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.

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