There's nothing like the best Nespresso machine when it comes to making delicious fresh espresso from home. With simple single-serve pods, Nespresso machines are easy to use and require next-to-no maintenance, which is why many depend on them as the best coffee makers for day-to-day use.
Nespresso once made espresso capsules only, which continue to be available in its Original line. Recently, the brand also launched a line of coffees that automatically brew to different lengths. The Nespresso Vertuo line will recognize different capsules using barcodes, and will automatically adjust the brewing settings. This is ideal for those who want one of the best single-serve coffee makers that can make longer coffees as well as espresso. We get candid about the differences between the Original and Vertuo machines further down, but for now, we're showing our complete roundup of the best Nespresso machines.
Below we have included a mix of Nespresso machines that come in at a range of prices. Some have that classic coffee maker style with stainless steel finished thanks to collaborations with Breville, whereas others have high-tech in-built milk frothers to turn your espresso into a latte or cappuccino.
The best Nespresso machines of 2023
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The compact and sustainably-minded Vertuo Next is made with over 50% recycled plastics and a space-saving design at just 5-inches wide. We're also quite keen on its curvy, crown-like aesthetic.
Six cup size options. In addition to the sizes of the Vertuo Plus, the Next is also unique in that you can brew an 18 oz. carafe, built for sharing, though there are fewer pod options, and you'll have to purchase the glass carafe separately if you don't have a comparably sized container of your own. It also has a very fast heat up time and an auto-off.
Also sold separately, or available to be bundled.
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. The Next is also unique in that you can brew an 18 oz. carafe, built for sharing, though there are fewer pod options, and you'll have to purchase the glass carafe separately if you don't have a comparably sized container of your own.
On Amazon, the Vertuo Next scores a 4.4 out of five, with buyers, who love how easy it is to quickly make great coffee. They do, however, also note that the lid mechanism can be finicky to lock... it definitely does require using some force to latch and unlatch.
Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars: read our full Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee review
Neat, modern, and very smart, the Nespresso Lattissima One is one of the most versatile Nespresso machines on the market. It has three drink size presets, and a milk frothing attachment that works automatically.
While operation is simple, the Nespresso Lattissima One makes a good selection of drinks. You can choose from espresso, lungo, and a third setting exists for making milky drinks. To use this you add your pod and also add some milk to the frothing attachment before pressing the dedicated preset.
Yes, and it's great. It only makes one serving size of milk though, with no variation in textures, so you'll have trouble if you like your cappuccinos but find a latte too milky.
It's rare to find a pod machine that has 19 bars of pressure, so the Nespresso Lattissima One is more capable than most single-serve coffee makers. It comes in a range of finishes and it one of the most stylish coffee makers we've seen.
Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars: read our full Nespresso Latissima One review
For those who want their quick and convenient fix of espresso, we present to you the pint-sized Pixie for cafe-style coffee in a snap.
Choose from 40ml of espresso or a 110ml lungo at the touch of a button. It takes a rapid 25 seconds to heat up, so there’s no hanging around, and the reservoir can fit up to 11 used pods. The machine is compact in size, helping worktops stay uncluttered, and it has a sophisticated style with its sleek metal casting. The descaling program takes just 15 minutes to clean the machine.
Sold as an add-on, so it's completely up to you!
If you’re after high-quality espresso drinks, but don’t have the space or the skill to fit in a big shiny barista-style machine, this is a brilliant choice.
Amazon buyers agree. The model gets 4.7 out of five and high plaudits like ‘everything I need in my coffee life’ and ‘the best coffee I’ve probably ever had."
After a splurge? Invest in the Lattisima Pro to get your milky lattes at the touch of a button! No skills are required. It doesn't feel more luxe than this!
Choose from cappuccino, latte and latte macchiato functions to make your ideal milky drink – and, of course, espresso’s on the menu, too. It makes nine different recipes at the touch of a button. 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.
This machine is made to suit latte lovers. 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.
Coffee doesn't get much easier than this. It's pretty luxe to watch froth milk simultaneously dispense into our mugs. If your budget allows for it, we think you'll love this splurge, but you could also find happiness with any of the other options on this list.
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? 4.6 out of five stars for this svelte machine. "Best coffee maker I’ve had" and "makes excellent coffee" are among the judgments. The design is also acclaimed as "very intuitive" and buyers also like the fridge friendly milk storage jug, and the fact that it's dishwasher safe.
Vertuo Plus should be the Nespresso machine you consider first, offering up the best of both worlds when it comes to espresso and coffee. The neat Vertuo system can brew both coffee and espresso beverages to please the discerning coffee drinker who wants options.
Five cup sizes from the 14 oz. alto down to the 1.7 oz espresso mean this machine can make the different coffees many of us prefer depending on the time of day. Note, the capsule you choose dictates the cup size, but brewing is the simple touch of a button. 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 wherever it fits most comfortably.
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.
Being able to brew a variety of sizes with this machine makes it a standout buy for fans of espresso and coffee – although we confess that even we coffee lovers find the largest size alto more than we’d want in one go, for one.
On Amazon, the Vertuo Plus scores 4.5 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."
Want your Nespresso and your latte art too? Our hearts are set on the Creatista Plus, with its sleek barista-style steam wand to recreate your favorite coffeehouse beverages at home, stainless steel design, and intuitive user interface to guide you through preparation, settings and maintenance aspects.
Three coffee sizes: ristretto, espresso, or lungo, plus step-by-step instructions to craft Cappuccinos, Cafe Lattes, Flat Whites, Latte Macchiatos or just milk froth. Customizations on milk texture and temperature 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, and it has ultra-fast heat up time, 3 seconds.
This machine has a convenient built-in steam wand, so you can have your pod-style coffee and practice your latte skills too. Even better, there are 11 milk temperatures to choose from and 8 milk textures. The icing on the (coffee) cake? The wand purges itself so it doesn’t leave you with a dull cleaning job.
The Creatista delivers great drinks speedily. Its stainless steel exterior looks incredibly high-end. It's a bit pricey but gives the closest experience to a true espresso machine, without the fuss of having to tamp, measure, or grind. It doesn't get better than this.
Amazon buyers average it an outstanding 4.7 out of 5 stars, and praised "great results at the touch of a button," "beautiful and convenient" and it was even acclaimed as "the best single cup of coffee or espresso I've ever had."
Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars: read our full Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno review
The Nespresso Essenza Mini coffee machine takes up minimal counter space in addition to some rich-tasting espresso while delivering a punch of color. And if you're wondering, yes, it's available in black too!
This machine really is mini at 3.3" H x 12" D x 8.03" H. Some have even noted how they're feeling bold enough to take it with them in their carry-on when they travel, as it only weighs 5 pounds. It makes espresso and the longer lungo at the press of a button and you can customize your brew. It heats up in 30 seconds, has a low energy mode after three minutes, and auto power off after nine minutes.
No – this one is for espresso purists. It's also reflected in the price too. Though, you can still invest in a separate frothing machine if that’s how you like your coffee on occasion.
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.
It comes with a very positive 4.7 out of five for Amazon buyers, with comments praising its performance like" It's very easy to use and it makes, I think, some the best tasting espresso and coffee that I've ever had. It was very surprising to me," to others expressing delight over its compact size.
What is the best Nespresso coffee machine?
To recap... if you want the most versatility, we're keen on the Vertuo system, specifically the Nespresso Vertuo Plus as our machine of choice for its ability to make both coffee and espresso drinks, and we really like its design.
If money was no object, then we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Nespresso Lattissima Pro, which offers sharp looks and elevated drink offerings thanks to its automatic milk frother. But if you're just after quick and easy espresso at the touch of a button, you'll find happiness with the Nespresso Pixie. Nespresso makes it just as simple to add on with its automatic milk frothers, which in all honesty, are the best complement to the machines.
Difference between Original line and Vertuo Line machines and pods
For instance, Nespresso differentiates the two Original and Vertuo lines by suggesting that espresso purists stick with the Original machines, while those seeking the options for both coffee and espresso, should seek out its Vertuo machines.
The Original line machines utilized a traditional high-pressure 19 bar extraction system to brew a café-style espresso, whereas Vertuo models enable you to brew coffee and espresso drinks using its proprietary Centrifusion extraction method that rapidly spins the capsule inside of the machine and injected with water to "infuse" the ground coffee inside. To add a further level of technology, the system reads a barcode on each Vertuo capsule to adjust the brew to optimize brew speed, temperature, and extraction rate, and pressure.
Original capsules are typically cheaper per serving than Vertuo capsules, but the larger Vertuo capsules do offer the option for more versatility as they come in a larger variety of sizes.
Nespresso's commitment to sustainability
As single-serve coffee machines deal with the stigma of being a poor environmental choice, Nespresso is wholeheartedly transparent in its actions toward sustainable practices including recyclable aluminum pods, fair trade coffee production, and eco-friendly and energy-saving features on its machines.
With each coffee capsule purchase, Nespresso provides a mailer bag to send back the used aluminum capsules to be recycled, for free. The machines are also incredibly energy-saving, with fast heat-ups and auto-shut-off ranging from two to nine minutes of idle to conserve energy. They're also designed to use only the exact amount of water necessary, minimizing waste. Some machines, like Vertuo Next, are even made with recycled plastics.
Coffee is also responsibly and ethically sourced, as it all comes through Nespresso.
Nespresso is also working to be carbon neutral by 2022, buy reducing the carbon footprint of each cup, and expanding tree planting in and around coffee farms to compensate for the remaining emissions of a cup of Nespresso with its NGO partners Rainforest Alliance and PUR Project.
Nespresso vs other single-serve coffee makers
Ok, we'll get straight to the point. We know you want to know the differences when it comes to Keurig vs Nespresso, the two dominating options in the world of single-serve coffee. Both are great and incredibly convenient, but where do they differ.
Nespresso caters to the espresso lovers crowd, while Keurig capitalizes on convenience, in terms of coffee and availability. The same k-cup also makes a range of cup sizes, with a smaller 6 oz. cup tasting bolder than a 12 oz. brew, while the Vertuo or Espresso pod has a predetermined size for optimal and consistent flavor results.
We think Nespresso offers a more premium coffee drinking experience, however, you are limited to Nespresso-branded pods. Meanwhile, Keurig has licenses with hundreds of coffee brands for variety. They're also available to shop almost anywhere coffee is sold, while Nespresso capsules are typically only shoppable directly from Nespresso and their boutiques, as well as Amazon.
Keurig machines and their k-cup counterparts, in general, are less expensive than Nespresso, and most closely resemble drip coffee makers. Keurig also offers the option to use reusable k-cups that you fill with your own coffee grounds if you're looking to minimize the use of single-use plastics.
For those seeking pod-less single-serve coffee options, brands like OXO have made it possible to brew single-servings as seen in their OXO Brew 8-cup coffee maker, while we've noticed an increase in the interest around instant coffee and pre-portioned coffee packets that really only require hot water to make a cup.
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