Nespresso Lattissima One review: Designed for the modern home

Espresso makers don’t have to be big, bulky, or messy. The Nespresso Lattissima One makes delicious espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and latte macchiato beverages, and this stylish machine looks good on your countertop without taking up much space. Here’s why we love it.

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Real Homes Verdict

With a sleek design and a 19-bar pump system, the Nespresso Lattissima One is the espresso maker you’ll fall in love with. It’s compact in size but big on style and functionality. Just one touch allows you to make espresso, lungo, cappuccino, or latte macchiato. Capsules eliminate messy coffee grounds, and the exact milk measurement function means you don’t have to dispose of unused milk.

Reasons to buy
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    Stylish, compact design

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    One touch function

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    Choice of colors

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    Easy to clean

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    19-bar pump

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    Storage for used capsules

Reasons to avoid
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    Only compatible with Nespresso Orginal Capsules

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    Expensive

Making espresso at home is more convenient and less expensive than standing in line at a coffee house every day. Admittedly, I do have friends who have been avoiding the at-home experience, citing the mess of grinding coffee beans, inserting them into the portafilter, and cleaning the milk frother.

However, the Nespresso Lattissima One eliminates all of those excuses. Since it uses capsules, there’s no grinding, tamping, fidgeting with the bar pump, or spilled grounds. And since the milk measurements are precise, there’s no left-over milk to dispose of. The espresso maker is easy to use, and a breeze to clean. If you're looking to invest in your daily delicious and easy espresso, The Lattissima One is truly among the top Nespresso machines.  

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Nespresso Lattissima One: Specs

  • Dimensions:  6.05” W x 12.75” D x 10.07” H
  • Weight:  9.3 pounds 
  • Pump Pressure: 19-Bar Pump Pressure System
  • Heating Prep Time: 25-40 seconds
  • Warranty: 2 years

 Who will the Nespresso Lattissima One suit? 

The Nespresso Lattissima One is ideal for design-forward people who want an espresso machine that looks good on their countertop. It’s also a good choice for people with limited horizontal space since it’s only 6.05 inches wide. In addition, people who like simplicity will enjoy the ease of inserting a capsule and pressing a button.

Nespresso Lattissima One: First Impressions and Unboxing 

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The Nespresso Lattissima One is securely packed (and the drip tray was taped as well) to keep the machine safe during the shipping process. In addition to the espresso maker, the packing contents also include the user manual, a box of 14 capsules, a Welcome to Nespresso folder, and a water hardness test stick.

The Nespresso Lattissima One is lightweight, weighing just 9.3 pounds; the dimensions are 6.05” W x 12.75” D x 10.07” H.

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There’s a detachable water tank (with a lid) on the backside of the machine. The descaler pipe is hidden in the descaling pipe storage area, which is also on the backside of the machine. The used capsule container and drip tray fit on the front left side. There’s also cup support with a grill for small containers.

The Rapid Cappuccino System, which attaches on the front right side, consists of a milk container, with a lid and milk spout.   

Nespresso Lattissima One: Using the coffee maker 

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A box of 14 Nespresso Capsules is included, with a variety of flavors, such as Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio Decaffeinato, and Ispirazione Venezia. There are also selections from the Master Origins collections (India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Columbia), and specific Lungo flavors  (such as Linizio Lungo and Envivo Lungo), Espresso (such as Capriccio, and Volluto), and Flavored Barista Creations (like Caramel Crème Brulee, and Cocoa Truffle.

The machine only uses Nespresso-compatible capsules. You can purchase a box of 30 Nespresso Capsules at Amazon for $33.00, which is a little more than $1 a serving, or directly through Nespresso. Other types of Nespresso Capsules are currently 50 for $35, which is more economical.  However, it can still add up if you’re using them every day or if there’s more than one coffee drinker in your home.

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The Nespresso Lattissima One is easy to use. There are only 3 buttons: Espresso, Lungo, and milk beverages, so it’s as simple as pressing the button for which drink you want. I love there’s no fumbling around and no learning curve.

Also, the machine doesn’t take long to heat up. It’s ready to brew an epresso in 25 seconds and is ready for milk beverages in just 40 seconds.

To make an espresso, I just filled the water tank with water, inserted a capsule, and closed the lid. Since I was using an espresso glass – well actually that’s a cappuccino glass – I also used the cup support – and pressed the espresso button.

To make a latte macchiato, I filled the milk jug to the indicated line, inserted a capsule and closed the lid, and pressed the milk button. The Nespresso began to froth the milk into the cup, and then it brewed the coffee.

Below are photos from the process of making an Espresso (on the left), and a Latte Macchiato (on the right)

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Cleaning the Nespresso Lattissima One

Cleaning the Nespresso Lattissima One is easy. Recall that after I insert a capsule to make coffee, I close the lid. Now, I can merely lift and close the lid again to eject the capsule into the used capsule container.  After emptying the container, both it and the drip tray — as well as the water tank — can be removed and rinsed. I can also place a container under the coffee outlet and press the lungo button to rinse it out.  The surface of the machine can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

The Rapid Cappuccino System (milk jug and components) can be disassembled and cleaned in the dishwasher — although I prefer to wash by hand.

Descaling the appliance takes a few more steps than most coffee/espresso makers. There’s a descaling alert on the control panel, and the descaling alert will turn orange when the machine needs to be descaled.  Fill the water tank with water and add Nespresso Descaling Solution (the company does not recommend using vinegar). Then, the descaling pipe (which is located at the rear of the machine), is plugged into the steam connector on the front. (The steam connector is where the Rapid Cappuccino System connects to the machine). This will start the descaling process, which takes around 20 minutes. The descaling button will blink orange during the process and then turn white when descaling is over.

After placing a container (wide enough to fit under both the coffee outlet and descaling pipe nozzle) on the drain tray, just press the espresso button to let the descaling product flow through the coffee outlet and descaling pipe. When the cycle finishes, fill the tank with water and press the espresso button again to rinse all of the descaling solution out.

How does the Nespresso Lattissima One compare to similar products

The Nespresso Lattissima One is on our list of the best Nespresso machines, and it holds its own against the best espresso machines, especially with its 19-bar high-pressure pump (compared to the 15-bar pump on most espresso makers). If you don’t like manual bar pumps, this is a great option, compared to the De’Longhi All-in-One Combination Coffee Maker, the Calphalon Temp IQ Espresso Machine, or the De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine.

However, if you have both coffee and espresso drinkers in your home, you may prefer the De’Longhi All-in-One Combination Coffee Maker since it can brew a carafe of coffee on one side and also make espresso beverages on the other side. Also, the Nespresso doesn’t have a coffee grinder like the Breville Oracle Touch, or the Philips 3200 Espresso Machine.

On the other hand, the Nespresso Lattissima One, while expensive, is several hundred dollars less expensive than many of the competitors mentioned above (although it’s more expensive than both of De’Longhi’s Stilosa and All-In One Combination appliances – which are manual, by the way).

Some people like espresso machines that look like they belong in a coffee house. This is not one of those massive, industrial appliances. The Nespresso Lattissima One is not only compact and stylish in design, but it also comes in several different colors, including Black (with gray accents), Shadow Black (all black), Porcelain White, and Silky White (with beige accents). If you’re not a fan or stainless steel or black, this espresso machine allows you to choose a light color instead.

How does the Nespresso Lattissima One rate online?

On Amazon, the Nespresso Lattissima One has 4.3 out of 5 stars, based on 900 ratings. Many of the few negative comments are about the milk frother. Nespresso recommends cleaning the milk frother after each use, so it’s possible the negative reviewers aren’t doing this. On Best Buy, it also has 4.3 stars. 

Nespresso Lattissima One: Our verdict

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If you prefer the ease and convenience of using capsules, the Nespresso Lattissima One is a great choice. It’s also beautiful to look at and doesn’t take up much horizontal space on your countertop. But keep in mind that it only uses Nespresso-compatible capsules, and this can get pretty expensive over time. Otherwise, we highly recommend it.

Where to buy: Nespresso Lattissima One

About this review and our reviewer

Terri drinks (decaf) coffee every day – and can drink it with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. She has tested over a dozen coffee makers – with plans to test at least a dozen more. 

All our reviews, as in the case of the Nespresso Lattissima One, are based on the real-life experience of using these products at home. The products are given to us free of charge and we test them for as long as possible before sending them back to the brand unless we are able to keep them as we are with this coffee maker. This means that we can continue to use the product, which gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can keep up-to-date with how it's fared over a period of time

Terri Williams is a journalist with real estate, home improvement, and product review bylines at Architectural Digest, Real Simple, Realtor.com, Bob Vila, Yahoo, MSN, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, and Apartment Therapy. She also covers business topics, with bylines at USA Today, The Economist, US New & World Report, Verizon, and several other brands that you’ve probably heard of. Follow her adventures on Twitter