The Best Nespresso Coffee Machines for 2021

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Nespresso coffee machines are trendy because they produce a dense espresso shot with no specialty tools or barista knowledge. And they do it without wasting your time. These machines use capsules to brew your drink, and they’re far less expensive than manual espresso machines.

But as convenient as the machines are, choosing between them is a challenge. So, we’ve created a list of the best Nespresso coffee machines to help you out in the process:

  1. Nespresso Creatista Plus—Our top pick.
  2. Nespresso Creatista Pro—Best automatic model.
  3. Nespresso Lattissima Pro—Most customizable specialty beverage maker
  4. Nespresso Gran Lattissima—Most pre-programmed recipes.
  5. Nespresso Evoluo—Most convenient espresso/coffee Maker.
  6. Nespresso VertuoPlus—Best budget option.
  7. Nespresso CitiZ—Best for small areas.
  8. Nespresso Vertuo —Best budget and space option.

Eight Best Nespresso Machines Reviewed in 2021

1.  Nespresso Creatista Plus—Our Top Pick

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A co-production by Nespresso and Breville, the Creatista Plus is the best espresso maker among portioned machines. Not only that, it comes with a powerful frother, offering you a handful of foam-filled beverages.

The steaming wand is so powerful that you can use its microfoam for latte art. Also, its frothing mechanism outperforms the Lattisiama’s because it froths in four individual textures, differentiating between a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and flat white. So, you’ll ultimately get a coffee shop experience at home. 

It brews your coffee with a 19-bar pressure mechanism to maximize flavor extraction. The device gives you three serving options to verify the coffee density: 0.84, 1.35, and 3.72 ounces, which you can use for Ristrettos, espressos, and Lungos, respectively.

The 50-ounce reservoir means infrequent refilling, and the LCD display makes it easy to adjust the settings. The device and its frother jug are stainless steel, so they’ll live a long span, and at the same time, look pretty stylish on your countertop.

Other components include:

  • A water hardness test kit.
  • Capsule container.
  • Sample pod box.
  • Additional cup-hold for smaller cups.

Although it’s a rather pricey offer, you’ll receive the full value of your money if it matches your expectations.

Pros

  • Various coffee options.
  • Advanced frothing technology.
  • Simple interface with LCD.
  • Sturdy body and frother.
  • Large water tank.
  • Maximum coffee extraction.
  • Potential for latte art.

Cons

  • Only three serving options.
  • Relatively high price.

2. Nespresso Creatista Pro—Best Automatic Model for Foam-Based Drinks

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Nespresso Creatista Pro is an upgraded version of the Creatista Plus with slight functional and dimensional differences. First, it’s a bit wider, taller, and obviously, has a larger water tank with  a 67-ounce capacity—17 ounces more than its Plus precursor.

While you select the brewing options by rotating a knob in the Creatista Plus, the newer Pro lets you do so by touching icons. And it has a bigger screen to facilitate your tour. 

 

The capsule bin can hold six more used pods. The drip tray is more solid, so it won’t slip in its place. And the Thermojet heating system is a new upgrade allowing you to prepare milk and coffee simultaneously, something customers complained about in the Plus version. 

The Creatista Pro comes with a separate water dispenser to give you hot water on demand without forcing you to clean the spout from the coffee residue. It also means you don’t need to remove the pod to top your coffee with water, and it’s easier to have a long black drink.

Other than these improvements, the stainless steel body, drink options, overall design, frothing capabilities, and brewing time, method, and sizes remain the same.

However, if the Creatista Plus is already expensive for you, don’t go for its pricier Pro version.

Pros

  • Simultaneous froth and coffee preparation.
  • Generous reservoir.
  • Diverse coffee drinks.
  • Easy-to-use touch screen.
  • Durable body.
  • Additional water spout.
  • Large capsule container.
  • Perfect foam for latte art.

Cons

  • Its bulky size may be limiting for some people.
  • Not suitable for price-conscious customers.

3. Nespresso Lattissima Pro—Most Customizable Specialty Coffee Maker

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De’Longhi’s top brewing technology combined with quality Nespresso pods, and the result is Lattissima Pro, the most flexible coffee maker for specialty beverages.

This machine has six programmed recipes for Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo, as well as Latte, Macchiato, and Cappuccino.

But the instant hot water and warm milk functions extend your drink options beyond that. The former allows you to make hot cocoa and tea, while the latter is great for hot milk beverages such as Chai Masala, milk tea, and cinnamon milk. 

This unit comes with an integrated steam wand and a removable frother jug with 17 ounces capacity. You can keep the remaining milk and won’t need to fill the frother every time. 

 

The LCD touchscreen allows you to navigate your options, choose the settings’ language and follow the step-by-step instructions. You’ll also appreciate the control you have over your drink volume.

An in-built container for wasted pods and an automatic rinse mechanism for the steam wand facilitate your cleaning process.

Yet, the most appealing part is its quick operation. The thermoblock heating system warms your coffee in less than 25 seconds and your milk in only 40 seconds. However, some customers complain about not getting piping-hot milk. Besides, you might not like the plastic material, although it has an aluminum finish.

Pros

  • Wide beverage options.
  • Hot water on demand.
  • Hot milk on demand.
  • Detachable frother jug.
  • Short heating time.
  • Capsule recycle bin.
  • Advanced touchscreen.
  • Auto-rinse cycle. 

Cons

  • Milk doesn’t get hot enough for some tastes.
  • Doesn’t come in a metallic design.

4. Nespresso Gran Lattissima—Most Pre-Programmed Recipes

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Another espresso machine with a steam wand, this brewer gives you nine preset recipes to make Espresso, Ristretto, Lungo, and specialty beverages such as Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Flat White, and Latte Macchiato. 

It even prepares hot milk and hot foam to further diversify your options.

With a 19-bar high-pressure pump, it pulls every bit of your coffee juice out of your pod to deliver a full-flavored, true-taste outcome.

You’ll also like how fast it brews your coffee. The machine takes 15 seconds to warm up and only 25 seconds to pass the hot water through your K-Cup. So, you’ll get a hot drink in less than a minute.

There’s an auto shut-off feature to save energy and an auto-rinse button to reduce your maintenance efforts. The plastic frother cup is detachable, allowing you to put it in the refrigerator. Also, a built-in recycle bin means you don’t have to manually remove the used pods until you use 14 of them. 

Overall, this machine is the little brother of Lattissima Pro with an aesthetic advantage. But you have to give up some functions to get this appearance improvement.

For one thing, the Gran Lattissima lacks the LCD option and only provides you with a touchpad, which may or may not be a shortcoming due to your preferences. Besides, it doesn’t let you adjust foam density as you do with the Lattissima Pro. 

The reservoir is also ten ounces smaller. And the exteriors lack the metal finish.

 

Pros

  • Various programmed drinks.
  • Fast brew and froth preparation.
  • Full coffee extraction.
  • A container for used pods.
  • Touchpad.
  • Stylish design.

Cons

  • Relatively small reservoir.
  • No LCD display.

5. Nespresso Evoluo—Most Convenient Espresso and Coffee Maker

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Nespresso Evoluo is a dual-purpose, pod-based machine that prepares both espresso and regular coffee.

It offers two servings for espressos—1.35 and 2.7 ounces—and three portions for traditional coffee: 5, 8, and 14 ounces. However, you don’t need to choose the settings manually. The machine automatically sets your brewing parameters with your chosen capsule.

The barcode scanner is smart enough to determine what coffee type you’re going to brew, and it adjusts everything, including the water amount. As convenient as it is, this feature also limits you to use Vertuoline capsules only because other pods don’t include a barcode to work with this technology.

This coffee maker brews with a centrifusion brewing that rotates your pod while pushing water through it. So, you’ll get the full flavor of your capsule content. There’s also a standalone frother to make specialty beverages.

With auto-pod-ejection, you won’t need to clear the pod holder after each use. An auto-rinse system helps you with cleaning the internal parts. And the 54-ounce reservoir means you’ll get plenty of coffee before refilling.

The plastic body may seem a bit disappointing for high-end customers, but if you need a medium-level brewer, it’ll do the job. Also, it comes at a reasonable price given that it’s a two-in-one bundle.

Pros

  • Two-in-one coffee maker.
  • Centrifusion brewing to a dense coffee.
  • Separate frother.
  • Used pod recycle-bin.
  • Automatic blending system.
  • Auto-cleaning function.
  • Five serving sizes.

Cons

  • Plastic shell.
  • Only compatible with Vertuoline capsules.

6. Nespresso VertuoPlus—Best Budget Option

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If you’re looking for a coffee and espresso maker on a budget, Nespresso VertuoPlus is probably your best bet.

Just like the Evolu, it brews using a barcode scanner to match the water amount and pressure, crema texture, and coffee temperature to your beverage type. So, you’ll get a barista-grade coffee even if you’re an amateur. It also means less preparation on your side.

Depending on the capsule, the device brews your espresso in two portions: single or double shot. You’ll also get three cup sizes for regular coffee: 5, 8, and 14 ounces.

The water tank holds 40 ounces of water, which is more limited compared to other models. But it’s designed to be adjustable, making it suitable for space-limited kitchens. You can position the reservoir in the back or on either side of the device.

With this machine, you’ll get a motorized brew head that automatically closes and opens without you intervening in the process.

The physical buttons are easy-to-use and, unlike touchscreens, don’t use much electricity. Also, the auto-off feature lowers your energy consumption by killing the power flow after nine minutes of inactivity.

Pros

  • Affordable device.
  • Coffee and espresso machine combo.
  • Dense and flavorful coffee.
  • Auto blending technology.
  • Adjustable water tank.
  • Low running costs.
  • Various serving options.

Cons

  • No control over serving options.
  • Only compatible with Vertuoline capsules.

7. Nespresso CitiZ—Best for Small Areas

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At 5.2 inches wide,14.6 inches deep, and 10.9 inches high, Nespresso CitiZ has the most compact design in this roundup. The machine fits the narrowest countertops and even a crowded office desk. And it does so without compromising performance.

With 19 bars of pressure, it passes water forcefully through your pod, drawing out a full aroma from it. It features a 33-ounce reservoir, which is outstanding compared to its minor size, plus a recycle bin that automatically collects your used pods.

You won’t need to empty the container until you brew your tenth capsule. And with all these additions, there’s still enough space to accommodate your travel mugs.

One limitation is that the device has two coffee volumes: A 1.3-ounce button that makes espressos and a 3.7-ounce option to produce (110ml) Lungos. But it doesn’t mean you can’t alter the coffee size manually. All you need is to press and hold either of the buttons, so it brews at your desired amount.

If you’re fond of dairy-based coffee drinks, but you don’t have a frother, you can also order the CitiZ and Aeroccino bundle to expand your choices.

Pros

  • Space-conscious design.
  • Capsule container.
  • Enough room for large travel mugs.
  • Generous reservoir compared to the size.
  • Full coffee-extraction.
  • Manual volume regulation.

Cons

  • Only two volume settings.

8. Nespresso Vertuo Next—Best Budget and Space Option

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The Vertuo Next is a simpler and more compact alternative to Nespresso VertuoPlus.

It has a smaller reservoir of 37 ounces, with a width of 5.5, depth of 16.8, and a height of 12.4 inches. Also, it comes at an affordable price, just like its predecessor VertuoPlus. So, you won’t need to pay more to get a space-friendly alternative.

The device boasts six serving options: 5-ounce, 8-ounce, and 14-ounce cups for regular coffee, plus a single and double-shot for espresso. You’ll also get a carafe addition that delivers 18 ounces of coffee for the entire household.

The barcode reading technology determines your coffee style and matches the settingssuch as the brew duration, water amount, and water pressureaccordingly.

The Vertuo Next brews your coffee using a powerful centrifusion system, which rotates your pod at 4000 rpm speed. Combined with a high-pressure pump, this ability translates into a well-extracted, rich cup of coffee.

Another wonderful feature is that you can pair your phone with this appliance to control the water level, update its programmed system, and check how many capsules are left.

According to customer feedback, the coffee maker can get very loud while operating. So, don’t go for it if you’re accustomed to extreme quiet environments. Also, the machine’s not designed for making specialty beverages. So, you’ll need a separate frother, or you have to replace it with other models.

Pros

  • Wide range of cup sizes.
  • Strong brewing mechanism.
  • Space-conscious. 
  • Affordable. 
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

Cons

  • Noisy.
  • No integrated steam wand. 

Things To Consider When Buying a Coffee Machine

Drink Variety

The last thing you want is to spend pretty pennies on a coffee machine, only to realize it can’t make your favorite coffee style. So, check their drink options before you invest in one.

Do you want an espresso maker, or do you also need a steam wand to whip your milk and get froth for specialty beverages? If the former is true, are you going to have different forms of espresso such as Ristretto, lungo, double espresso, and long black, or will standard espresso suffice?

If the latter is the case, again, do you need a regular frother to steam your milk in a single texture, or do you need a machine that differentiates between a flat white silky cream, a latte’s thin foam, and cappuccino’s bubbly foam?

The number of programmed recipes is another factor to check. Look for machines with a wide range of preset options so you won’t need to manually control the amount of foam density, especially if you’re new to the world of milk-based beverages. 

Nespresso Creatista Pro, Creatista Plus, and Lattissima Pro offer you almost all the above.

Reservoir

Water tank capacity determines how many coffee cups you can have before refilling the machine, and it’s an important factor if you care about convenience. 

Nespresso water tanks range from 20 ounces up to 70 ounces, which may be enough or limiting based on the number of users, drink frequencies, and your overall kitchen space. Make sure the machine you choose matches your needs.

In our list, Nespresso Creatista Pro comes with the biggest reservoir, and the Nespresso CitiZ has the smallest one. 

Taste

Your coffee taste results from two factors: the machine’s brewing technology and the capsule quality.

Since all Nespresso machines work with OriginalLine capsules, the latter won’t be a concern. So, you only need to think about the brewing technology before making a purchase.

Some Nespresso machines such as Nespresso Evoluo, VertuoPlus, and Vertuo Next feature a barcode scanner that automatically detects your drink style and brews your coffee accordingly.

Coffee Volumes

Another factor that affects your choice is the number of serving sizes you can get from a coffee maker. This is important because every coffee type needs a specific amount of coffee with different densities.

Brewers that fail to give you a wide coffee volume can’t make it to offer different drink types either. With five serving portions, Nespresso Evoluo has the widest variability when it comes to this factor.

Heat Up Time

No one enjoys waiting for a cup of coffee, and that’s why you pay for a coffee maker: to receive instant hot coffee whenever you yearn for it.

But a slow brewer with an extended warm-up period doesn’t let that dream come true. So, if you care much about a fast result, go for models such as Nespresso Lattissima Pro and Creatista Pro.

Accessories

A fast brew, toothsome coffee, and broad selection are important factors when it comes to buying a machine. But nothing provides full value of your money than one or two attractive gadgets, assisting tools, and built-in extras.

For example, Vertuo Next comes with Bluetooth connectivity, and Creatista Plus has a water impurity test kit. The capsule bin that automatically ejects the pods in Lattissima Pro, Creatista Pro, and Nespresso Evoluo is also a valuable addition.

Things to Know about Nespresso Coffee Machines

  1. Which Is the Best Nespresso Coffee Machine to Buy?

The best Nespresso coffee machine to buy in our review is the Nespresso Creatista Plus. It’s got a sturdy, stainless steel body with a powerful steam wand that froths your milk into different textures. Besides, it gives you flexibility over drink volumes and brews your coffee into three Ristretto, espresso, and Lungo forms.

But if you’re looking for a portable option, Nespresso Inissia would be a better choice. And Nespresso Essenza Mini does a great job for customers with limited space.

  1. Which Is Better Nespresso DeLonghi or Breville?

Neither the DeLonghi nor Breville machines are better than the other. Both brands produce the same device when it comes to key functions—coffee quality, brewing method, tech specs, and overall durability. But they may vary slightly in terms of design, color options, and perks.

  1. Is It Worth Buying a Nespresso Machine?

It’s worth buying a Nespresso machine because once you get one, you won’t need to pay hundreds of dollars monthly to get one or two cups of coffee a day.

Besides, no matter if you choose among Lattissima, Creatista, VertuoLine series, all Nespresso machines give you a full-flavored coffee that’s close to what you get at a coffee shop.

Final Thoughts on Our Nespresso Coffee Machines Review

Nespresso machines give you a first-class espresso at home while letting you skip the learning curve, or the time-consuming process of grinding, spooning, and working with a portafilter. 

On our list, the Nespresso Creatista Plus offers the best flexibility and widest options while costing you a fraction of the similar models. After that comes the Nespresso Lattissima Pro with six preset recipes, a fast brew, and a 43-ounce reservoir.