Last Updated 27-07-2019

10 Best Nespresso Machines 2019

Nespresso machines are praised as producing some of the best tasting coffee within their category, as well as being handy for time-starved individuals.

The range they offer has grown substantially over the past few years, meaning it can be hard for you to choose the one which will best suit your lifestyle and budget as well as giving you the ability to make your favourite type of coffee.

We have rounded up and reviewed the ten best Nespresso machines available and picked out their pros and cons to make your decision easier.

 

The Best Nespresso Machines

1.
Citiz by Krups – Best Overall

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1710W
  • Material: Plastic

A machine which will please Nespresso fans and coffee aficionados alike, the Citiz model allows the user to make a vast range of coffee drinks thanks to the integrated milk frother, which many pod machines usually lack.

It’s perfect for those who are starting out in the world of coffee machines yet want something with more freedom than the basic models out there. The two water-quantity buttons offer automatic espresso and lungo coffee preparation, but there is also a removable drip tray if you fancy a taller recipe. Prefer to acquire to your particular tastes? Programme the controls to suit, so everything is done at the touch of a button.

As it is fitted with an Aeroccino milk frother, you don’t have to separately prepare and add the milk for your lattes or cappuccinos which means a lot less hassle, a quicker brew and more choice. It can heat and froth or just froth, so your cup can be made just how you like it.

Fitting the pods can be a bit fiddly, but we saw it’s easy to spot that they aren’t inserted properly before you turn the machine on so it isn’t wasted. It isn’t the best at adapting to different milk types though. We found thinner milk didn’t get frothy enough when poured in up to capacity, and full-fat overflowed if at capacity.

Having said that, the user interface is easy to adapt in order to suit everybody’s individual tastes. It switches off automatically after 9 minutes of not being used, which also saves power.

For the price, you get a capsule model which rivals some barista-style machines, plus it is compact to suit whatever countertop space you have. It is available without the milk frother, but it is well worth having the option.

Reasons to Buy

  • Aeroccino option
  • Silver and cherry red colour options
  • Produces great tasting coffee

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can only really be used with Nespresso pods

2.
Nespresso Creatista Uno by Sage

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Warm Up Time: 10 seconds
  • Power: 1600W
  • Material: Plastic

A relatively new addition to the Original Nespresso line, this is a machine which will allow you to bring out your inner barista and craft your coffee just how you like it.

There is a milk frothing wand so you can easily add any finishing touches, whether you like to have a fully frothy cappuccino or just an ordinary coffee with a little more than crema. It is automatic, so even though you can act like a barista, you don’t have to have the skills of one to use it.

You get a stainless steel milk jug as a little extra which helps with the frothing process. This has a little spout which will allow you to do some latter art if needed. On the machine, you also get adjustable settings for coffee volume, milk temperature and milk texture so can make the coffee just how you wish.

The housing is plastic, but very stylish and modern so it will look great in your kitchen. Our only downside is a lack of on/off button, which means you have to wait for it to turn off after around ten minutes. To say this is our only niggle shows it is good stuff. It is a winner in our eyes, which is to be expected from Sage.

Reasons to Buy

  • Style
  • Great quality build
  • Lots of adjustable settings to personalise your cup

Reasons to Avoid

  • No on/off button

3.
Inissia Coffee Machine by Magimix

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.7L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1260W
  • Material: Plastic

For anybody who wants to see what all the fuss about capsule machines is without spending a fortune, the Inissia is affordable and takes things back to basics.

Firstly, it takes up very little space on the kitchen countertop, so is perfect for any kitchen no matter the size. This does mean the water capacity is on the small scale, but as capsule machines are designed only to create one cup at a time, we found that this isn’t a big deal.

You aren’t just limited to using it in your kitchen, either – there is a handle, and it is very lightweight, so feel free to take it on holiday or even just store it away when not in use.

It is easy to insert the capsules, and empty ones are collected in a container which is quick to remove and clean out. In fact, the whole machine is easy to clean, so keeping it in top condition is no hassle.

The coffee produced tastes high-end, and creating your cup couldn’t be easier. Controlling the quantity of water used is simple, so espressos and lungos are at the touch of a button. We will admit that the instructions provided aren’t the easiest to follow, so there was a lot of guesswork involved for the first few goes, but once you get the hang of things, you wonder how you ever even struggled.

After 9 minutes of being left in idle, the machine will turn off to save electricity, but it is easy to get up and running again with a heating time of under 25 seconds. You get 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules with your purchase so that you can get started straight away. Make sure they’re inserted properly, or they can easily get stuck or fall through without being pierced.

Reasons to Buy

  • Simple and clear user interface
  • Great price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fitting pods can be fiddly to get perfect

4.
Nespresso Citiz and Milk by Magimix

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1870W
  • Material: Plastic

Similar to the Citiz model by Krups, but this Magimix version has a couple of different specs which may make it a bit more appealing.

First of all it is available in both black and white, which will suit any decor and kitchen layout. The heat up time is only 25 seconds, so you will get your coffee in just over a minute, and there is an integrated Aeroccino3 arm which can give you frothy hot or cold milk when required.

The one-touch buttons can be programmed for custom volumes in case you like to make your favourite a certain way, and the machine will shut off automatically after nine minutes of no use to help save some energy (and also help you out if you tend to forget). But this can be extended to 30 minutes, in case you like to go back for a second cup or want to leave it on for your partner who has a cup before work when you’ve left the house.

A sliding cup support can allow you to accommodate any sized mug, so a tall latte is just as as easy as a small espresso, and there will be no splashbacks. Ideal for both your kitchen counter top state and your safety.

Reasons to Buy

  • Looks stylish on the countertop
  • Makes great coffee for a pod model
  • Simple to use and keep clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cup holder is a little small

5.
Nespresso Creatista Plus by Sage – Best High End (30% OFF)

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Warm Up Time: 3 seconds
  • Power: 1600W
  • Material: Stainless Steel

Pod machines are convenient, but often don’t give you the full barista experience or much adaptability. This is where the Creatista Plus steps up to the task while providing a style statement.

Firstly, there are three coffee volumes available from 25 to 150ml, so espressos are just as easy to make as standard coffee or lungo, without any need to change settings. Then, there is a milk frother built-in – but it isn’t just any milk frother. Choose the ideal temperature from 56 to 76°C, as well as one of the eight milk frother settings (from 2 to 30 mm). So whether you like your coffee tepid and strong, or hot and milky, everything is adaptable.

The milk is frothed in a dedicated stainless steel jug, so if a bit of latte art is your thing, the pour spout allows it. We loved the fact that there are eight beverage selection options too, with three black coffee options, four milk-based and the milk froth.

The display also guides you through the steps for the selected coffee type, so even if you are crafting your very own Latte Macchiato for the first time, the instructions are there for you to read clearly.

The screen can also guide you through the cleaning and maintenance process, which is great as it looks like a complicated piece of kit on the outside but breaks it all down.

This is all without mentioning one of the most significant selling points; the super-fast 3 second heat time. In fact, it is so fast that it took us all by surprise for the first few start-ups. Waiting the average 25 seconds it takes other machines to heat up isn’t a massive strain, but until you have such a quick machine, you don’t know just how great it is.

Reasons to Buy

  • Barista-style coffee with ease
  • Super-fast heat up time
  • Screen to take you through step-by-step recipes and cleaning

Reasons to Avoid

  • Milk can overflow if filled up too much for selected settings

6.
Nespresso by De’Longhi Lattissima One

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1400W
  • Material: Plastic

A clever little machine which can not only make great coffee, but also save you money and from wasting any goods.

The patented De’Longhi Automatic Cappuccino optical sensor detects how much milk is left in the frothing container, using every last drop so none is wasted. It is only large enough for one cup of coffee anyway, so you aren’t going to be too drastic unintentionally.

3 beverage backlit buttons will allow you to pick your drink of choice with just one touch. Espresso, lungo and a milk recipe are the three choices, so you can get the basic drink and then customise as you wish. There is 19 bars of pressure which is great for delivering an impactful caffeine hit, and it only takes 25 seconds to fully heat.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice style
  • Compact size

Reasons to Avoid

  • Temperature isn’t the hottest delivery

7.
Lattissima Touch Automatic By De’Longhi – Best with Milk Frother

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1300W
  • Material: Stainless Steel/Plastic

Love the idea of a pod machine but worried your favourite lattes and cappuccinos would take too much effort to craft? The Lattissima Touch, with DeLonghi’s patented automatic cappuccino system, is your answer.

Nespresso machines with Aeroccino’s aren’t necessarily rare, but this one seems to have a bit of an edge as it does it all with no input from you. The inbuilt milk container gives you the option to vary your froth texture, and there are six recipes ready to be made at the touch of a button.

If you use alternative milk, such as soya or almond, you’ll be pleased to hear it handles them with no difficulty, unlike with a lot of other milk machines.

The container is removable and can be popped in the fridge if you want to prepare some milk ahead, make a hot chocolate with powder or use it cold, and the machine reminds you to clean it after every use, so it is all very hygienic.

A handy light comes on when everything needs cleaning and descaling, and all the steps must be followed meticulously for the light to turn off. While this is technically great for keeping everything in top condition, it can make it a bit of a long process, and it had a habit of starting from the beginning if we didn’t move it to the next step quickly enough.

We found it was a bit louder than most of the other Nespresso machines we reviewed, especially when frothing milk, but it is something you soon get used to. Also, you may have to preheat the cup with boiling water if you don’t want to have to gulp it all down as the temperature of the coffee produced isn’t the hottest.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great milk frother ability
  • Good selection of preset options

Reasons to Avoid

  • Rather loud brewing process

8.
Essenza Mini Coffee Machine by Krups – Best Affordable (23% OFF)

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1200W
  • Material: Stainless Steel

If you’re after a capsule machine that is both space- and money-saving, then the Essenza Mini is pretty perfect.

This budget offering is easy to use, with two programmable flow-stop buttons, as well as being ultra-compact so great to move around and transport. Take it on holiday, on work trips or simply just store it away thanks to the handle.

Available in three colours, there is a style to suit every kitchen. We particularly like the white, as it looks fresh and modern while brightening up any space. It will turn itself off if not used for about 10 minutes, which is great to save energy or if you’re simply forgetful.

The coffee produced tastes similar to that from much more expensive models, so it is nice to be able to say that just because it is a lower price doesn’t mean it is lower quality. The crema on the top of the coffee is smooth, just like with a proper coffee shop brew.

You aren’t just limited to Nespresso pods either, as a lot of the cheaper non-branded or supermarket own alternatives on the market will fit – you just need to experiment to find the one for you. Nespresso does usually taste better, but alternatives can be great for those in-between times when you’re waiting for an order to arrive.

As it is mini, the capacity is the smallest out of those we reviewed, but as pod machines are only made to create one cup at a time, this isn’t a huge issue. It will only really take cups and mugs which are on the small side, though. The drip tray can be removed to accommodate larger sizes, but the machine does drip quite a lot, so this will get a bit messy!

Reasons to Buy

  • Great compact size
  • Size does not affect high-end taste

Reasons to Avoid

  • Water tank can be a bit fiddly to reattach

9.
Vertuo Plus by Magimix – Best for Iced Coffee (25% OFF)

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.7L
  • Warm Up Time: 40 seconds
  • Power: 1600W
  • Material: Plastic

The Vertuo range of coffee machines from Nespresso gives you the perfect mix of good coffee and technology, to craft an even better brew with even less effort.

There are four pre-programmed cup sizes available at the touch of a button, so you do not need to spend ages trying to get your coffee just right. Thanks to an intelligent extraction system, it also does a lot of the work for you.

Nespresso Vertuo’s automatic blend recognition barcode technology will read the pod to adjust the brewing parameters to each blend and capsule size, depending on the particular one you are using. This makes it the best option for anyone who prefers their coffee to not rely on espressos, such as different flavour blends or iced coffees.

Simply pop the pod into the holder and pull down the lever. Centrifusion power means it will spin at a rate of 7,000 rotations per minute, so you get the full flavour and a great crema with no hassle.

As the water tank is a generous 1.7L, you won’t have to refill it as much as with smaller models, which we think is great for anyone who is often in a rush in the mornings, or even if you like to make coffee for the whole family or one cup in the morning isn’t enough. We also think it is the best option for the office, as the variety of coffee will please everyone.

It will only take the Vertuo capsules – the Vertuo and Original pods aren’t interchangeable, and you can’t use cheaper non-brand pods either because of the automatic blend recognition technology. As long as the cost of only being able to buy Vertuo pods is okay with you, then this isn’t an issue.

Reasons to Buy

  • One of the easiest pod machines to use
  • Modern slimline design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Restrictive choice of pods

10.
Expert Coffee and Milk Machine by Krups – Best for Americano (28% OFF)

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.2L
  • Warm Up Time: 25 seconds
  • Power: 1260W
  • Material: Stainless Steel

Nespresso’s latest connected machine, to add to the innovativeness of the Prodigio.

This coffee machine is perfect for anybody who is frustrated with the fact that coffee machines are never designed to be pushed flat against a wall and leave bench room in front of them. If you are one of those who prefers everything tucked away in corners, then the cutting edge flat-to-the-wall design will fare well.

Compatible with the Nespresso app, which is made for iPhones, iPads, and Android, you can create your own personalised coffee varieties and schedule brews, as well as start them remotely. It is also the one-stop shop for ordering new capsules and checking your existing stock.

With a built-in Aeroccino3, you can create frothy fresh milk from scratch, opening up the varieties of coffee you can prepare. The magnetic drip tray allows you to use different sizes of cups and glasses, to create four coffee sizes; Ristretto (25ml), Espresso (40ml), Lungo (110ml) and the special Nespresso Americano (25ml coffee and 125ml hot water). There’s also a hot water function if you want something a bit more mellow, or to make a good old cup of tea.

Coffee isn’t meant to be drunk at boiling point as it damages the taste, but if you do prefer your brews hotter than most other coffee machines are capable of, there are three temperature settings. You can choose whether to make your cup at medium, hot or extra hot.

It was, unfortunately, the most hit-and-miss model we tested, with the occasional failure to pierce the pod and just leak hot water onto the drip tray. This was mostly when we used the buttons on the machine rather than the app, which was annoying but didn’t take away from the fact once it did work, the coffee produced tastes great.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compatible with app
  • Good space saving design

Reasons to Avoid

  • The most unreliable and inconsistent Nespresso machine we tested

Nespresso Machine Buying Guide

Which is the best Nespresso machine for me?

Think about some important factors:

  • How many cups will you want to make at any one time?

  • Will it be used frequently throughout the day?

  • How many coffee varieties do you want to be able to make?

  • Do you prefer milk-based coffee?

All pod machines will only make one cup at a time, but some have larger water tank capacities than others so will need less filling up throughout the day, meaning a bit less hassle and more flow without interruption.

Some machines only give you the option for two coffee sizes (espresso and lungo), whereas others give you up to six so could be more suited to coffee connoisseurs or households/workspaces where there is a lot of variety in tastes.

Similarly, should you prefer lattes and cappuccinos, you’re going to need a milk frother. While you can purchase an Aeroccino separately and add the milk yourself, it could save a lot of time, effort and money if you get one built-in. A lot of the varieties of machine we have featured on this page are available both with and without the Aeroccino.

Nespresso Original vs Vertuo

Nespresso makes two different varieties of machine – the Original and Vertuo.

The big difference is the variety of coffee both make. Original machines are better at making pure espresso-based beverages, with coffee varieties from all around the world. Vertuo is for those who like something a bit different, from iced coffees to vanilla and floral based blends. The Vertuo pods have a barcode on, and the machine reads this to cater the water length and power needed to blend the perfect cup. They’re also available in five different sizes: Alto (414ml), Mug (230ml), Gran Lungo (150ml), Double Espresso (80ml), Espresso (40ml), so technically give the user more options.

Only the Original pods can be used in the Original machines, and Vertuo can be used in the Vertuo machines, so do bear this in mind. Vertuo machines also won’t accept third-party pods.

There are three Vertuo machines available, and the Plus we have featured is the one we think is the best. The Original range offers more appliances and also more coffee pod choice, but it all boils down to how personalised you like your coffee.

Price

This ranges from the entry-level Essenza and Inissia models, up to the Creatista Plus. Unlike with a lot of other appliances, however, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better.

You need to look at bar pressure when buying a coffee machine to see just how well it will create the perfect cup. All Nespresso machines sit at 19 bar pressure, and as they all use the same pods, the taste of the end product doesn’t necessarily get any better the higher up the price scale you go.

The cheap Nespresso machines at £100 or less usually just offer a more limited range of choices when it comes to coffee sizes and personalisation. Most don’t have built-in milk frothers and have smaller water tanks, which isn’t a problem if you will only be making coffee for one or two people.

Mid- and high-range pod machines, around £200 or so, are usually a lot more stylish and there may be more milk frothing and temperature options. There may also be a screen or Bluetooth compatibility. It depends whether you see these as essentials, or are happy with a standard cup of coffee.

FAQs

What are the best beans to use?

The end resulting coffee isn’t just about the appliance itself. In fact, a lot of it depends on the quality of the beans.

Most machines recommend you don’t use oily beans, as this can damage the texture of the grinder over time.

And, as a personal recommendation – don’t skimp on quality. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you’re going to be wanting the best taste. Same applies if you’re looking at bean to cup machines in the first place.

There are good quality brands available from supermarkets or local shops, so don’t worry if you have no coffee stores around. A case of trial and error may be the best option, to see which suits both your taste buds and the method of the machine the best.

How does a smart coffee machine work?

Pretty much the same way as most other smart appliances. They are usually connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and you operate them through the official manufacturer app.

Each will vary, but you can usually control the appliance and get it to make a cup of coffee remotely if you are in range, such as being in bed. High-end options may let you choose from a wide range of different coffee types, personalise them, and save the particular drink for easier access the next time you use it.

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