If you're wondering which Nespresso machine to purchase to help make cracking coffee, this guide is for you. Nespresso coffee machines are convenient and easy to use – and one of them claimed the number two position in our guide to the best coffee machines, where it had to compete with filter and bean to cup machines, too.
But if you’ve decided that the fuss-free capsule system of a Nespresso machine is what you’re after, which machine should you buy? Read on and we’ll reveal the cream (crema?) of the Nespresso machines on offer, where you can get a great deal, plus what those who’ve already bought one think.
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WHICH IS THE BEST NESPRESSO MACHINE? OUR TOP 5 MODELS
1. Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno capsule coffee machine
The best Nespresso coffee machine
Our top buy is the Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno capsule coffee machine. Here's what we like about it.
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.
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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.
This model is our favourite pod coffee machine, delivering great drinks speedily. Editor-in-Chief of Realhomes.com Lucy Searle 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’.
2. Krups Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine
Best Nespresso coffee machine for long drinks
We love the Krups Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine, too. Read on to find out if it suits you.
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.
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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.
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.
3. Magimix Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino
Best Nespresso coffee machine for barista-style drinks
The Magimix Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino makes our top three because it's great at barista-style coffee. Read on to find out more.
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.
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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.
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.
4. De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine
Best Nespresso coffee machine for milky coffees
The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine is a must-have for lovers of milky coffees. Read on to find out the details.
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.
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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.
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.
5. Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini coffee machine
Best small Nespresso machine
The Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini coffee machine is for lovers of black coffee. That you? Read on...
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.
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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.
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’.