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Last Updated: 25th March 2021

10 Best Nespresso Pod Coffee Machines 2021

By Helen Cartwright
By Helen Cartwright
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    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.

    You also have the option of an Original or a Vertuo machine, which both have their pros and cons.

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

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    The Best Nespresso Machines

    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 proper true coffee. 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.

    There are at least three Vertuo machines available. The Original range offers loads more appliances and also more coffee pod choice, but it all boils down to how personalised or perfect you like your coffee. Read more about it in our guide at the top of the page.

    FAQs

    How much should I spend on a Nespresso machine?

    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.

    Can I use own brand pods with a Nespresso machine?

    There are a few other options available out there, mostly from supermarket own brands or stores such as Amazon. Do bear in mind that as Nespresso has different sized machines and pod holder compartments, it does mean that not every model will be compatible with these alternatives.

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