Firstly, let just say Nespresso machines are great. We love ’em. Obviously, they make great coffee and are super convenient. But when the time comes to buy one, whether it’s your first or simply to upgrade, figuring out just which one is the best for you can be complicated.
In this article, Nespresso Machines Ratings, we’ve done all the work for you. We’ve taken four different aspects that are crucial before knowing whether a coffee maker is right for you and reviewed them carefully and in great detail for each of these eight Nespresso coffee makers. As a result, we’ll be rating four different aspects of each of these on a scale of 5.
Nespresso Machines Ratings: A Quick Overview
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However, we do suggest reading the following in-depth reviews so you can get a full picture of what each machine is like. Also, visualization is the best tool you have to make a good decision, and the more details you have, the more accurate that picture in your mind will be. Enjoy our “Nespresso Machines Ratings” article!
This machine was created for first-time users in mind, as it is one of the most easy-to-use coffee makers. Another key point is that the design is very straightforward. This might surprise you – this is actually a collab between the world-famous company DeLonghi and Nespresso.
In the first place, you will notice that the design is very unusual for a De’Longhi. Firstly, you will notice that most of the body of the machine is a matte red/vermillion color. And the rest of it is black. A colorful machine has the potential to stand out, which can be good or bad.
So much color in a Nespresso machine is a risky bet. Traditionally, coffee machines are neutral in color (white, black, gray, and silver – or a combination of all these) because so are most other kitchen appliances. However, having one of them pop out from the rest wouldn’t be aesthetic.
In this case, we think it’s a great choice. The combination of black and red gives the feeling of high-end materials, classiness, etc.
Ease of Use
We can go ahead and assume that all Nespresso coffee makers are easy to use. At least much easier than semi-automatic espresso machines, that’s for sure.
The Inissia is the perfect example: it only has two buttons. As a result, the small coffee is a big coffee. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
The water tank is attached directly to the back of the machine instead of to the side, which is the most common location for water tanks is coffee machines. This is also a feature we’ll see in other Nespresso coffee makers.
Because of this, the Inissia is very narrow and can fit in tightly packed spaces – although it makes it very long, which can be a little bothersome.
The Inissia hasn’t got any features to speak of. As we mentioned earlier, it’s more a first-time coffee maker than a machine made for more experienced or demanding customers. You get what you get.
Nespresso Lattissima One Original
The Lattissima is Nespresso’s ultimate move against those who say that Nespresso is only for people who drink their coffee black. This machine makes espresso based-drinks while still behaving like a regular Nespresso – with just the push of a button, that is.
There are other Lattissima models. But, this one, the “original”, is arguably the better looking of them all. Also, with changing shades of gray and changing texture on the surface materials, it’s all-gray that gives this machine a very dynamic aspect. It’s anything but boring to look at.
In our opinion, this has gotta be one of Nespresso’s best achievements in terms of design. The main spout sports the Nespresso logo seamlessly. Right next to it is the milk spout – bright metallic spout, the cherry on top, and the milk compartment, which is semi-transparent, therefore still adding to the gray color scheme.
Overall a lesson in tasteful design and our favorite one so far.
Ease of Use
In advance, a Nespresso machine has a big advantage over regular espresso machines. Because you don’t have to worry about using too much or too little coffee: that’s already sorted out for you by encapsulating coffee. And also you don’t need to learn how to handle a portafilter or learn the time it takes to extract the shot: all this is done with a simple button.
It worried us, at first, the inclusion of a whole milk system here. That seemed like it would complicate the process and undo all the convenience that Nespresso machines are so popular for.
But they blew our minds. Not only does the milk container have indicators that tell you how much milk to pour depending on what drink you’re making, but it froths the milk and pours it with just one button. Amazing.
It’s to be expected that the Lattissima isn’t as ergonomic as others on this list. Because, the inclusion of a milk frothing system inevitably makes this machine bigger, chunkier. But it’s still better compared to other brands in the market- and almost half as wide as other machines with the same functionality as this one.
The milk system is amazing, although we miss that we can’t play around with the milk’s texture. Furthermore, the frothing settings are already programmed into the machine and can’t be adjusted.
The Vertuo is Nespresso’s first machine to work with their new Vertuo coffee capsules. These capsules are exclusive in the sense that they are brewed using a different system – a system exclusive to Nespresso. They also come in different sizes, unlike regular capsules.
All machines from this line have a barcode reader. They will scan the capsule and adjust brewing settings to that ideal for that specific capsule.
Here, the idea is to present a new type of single-serve coffee: one that is of higher-quality, the specialty coffee of coffee capsules. And they’ve certainly achieved it: with a silver/black color scheme and an imposing look, this coffee maker definitely makes you think it’s of the highest quality.
Ease of Use
For what is actually a bigger machine compared to most Nespresso coffee makers, this is actually quite simple to use. The top part of the machine, which is where the buttons are, is somewhat separate from the rest of it. It’s all very straightforward and simple.
Nespresso machines are famously narrow, apt for small spaces and such. The Vertuo goes in a different direction, being quite wide – it looks much like a drip coffee machine. While this is definitely a breath of fresh air, we find it takes away from some of these machines’ charm.
There are no real features to talk about here, apart from the fact that, since it’s Vertuo, you can make different coffee sizes depending on the capsule size.
Nespresso Vertuo Next
The Vertuo Next is Nespresso’s latest and seems like the best machine to date. It has improved on all aspects of the original Vertuo coffee maker to such a degree that we can’t help but be very impressed. Usually, you don’t expect much from a sequel – but this one knocked it out of the park.
Oh, and the best thing about it? It’s made out of 54% recycled materials! Take that, Climate Change!
White brewing unit, matte black casing, and a stylish round-edge water tank at the back, this coffee maker was designed for ultimate aesthetics. It can easily be the most good-looking appliance in your kitchen.
Ease of Use
It’s been made even easier to make coffee now. Also, aside from the usual five coffee sizes, we can make in a Vertuo machine, the Vertuo Next comes with a “carafe” option, which brews up to 18 ounces of coffee.
The first thing they did is to cut off the sides, taking that extra wideness we saw in the Vertuo and trimming it to make a machine that is as narrow as it can get! In addition, the water tank is placed in the back to enhance this. It can literally fit anywhere.
It makes a whole carafe (well, 18 ounces, which can barely be called a carafe. Still.), and the bundle comes with an Aeroccino for making lattes. Not technically a feature yet; we’ll count it as one.
Nespresso Essenza Mini
The Essenza Mini was one of the first Nespresso machines. It is very neutral in its design and simple, which is the whole point.
It’s an all-black machine with two buttons that light up red. This coffee maker is very compatible with office settings because of the sophisticated design to have in your private office or as a communal coffee maker in the office dining room.
Ease of Use
Two buttons: small coffee, and Lungo.
The Essenza Mini is quite small and narrow. And also, it’s not a round-edge design like most other Nespresso machines, which can be a little harder to fit into cramped spaces. However, given the fact that it’s still very small, we’re willing to overlook that one detail.
Unfortunately, no features to be mentioned here.
On the first glance it might not look like it, but the Pixie does have a couple of surprises in store for you. Let’s take a look.
It’s got stainless steel casing on the side, making it more resistant to wear and tear – and accidents – than others of this sort. At the same time, this steel gives it a more casual look, making this one of the most suitable machines for home use.
Ease of Use
Like other machines of the Original Line, it has two buttons which are for making small coffee and Lungo.
Just a little wider than machines like the Essenza Mini, the Pixie manages to take less space depth-wise, so it’s in a nice middle zone between wide and long. It’s still ergonomic, just in a different way.
Have you noticed yet? It’s the lever! You use to open the capsule slot, but it can also be used as a handle. The Pixie has an “under the radar” power cord slot. Pick the machine up and, because of the reinforced stainless steel casing, this coffee machine is already its own case.
The most portable, as well as durable, Nespresso machine yet.
A completely different concept, this Nespresso machine not only looks like a semi-automatic espresso machine, but it can also do everything you would expect one to – but easier!
Truly breathtaking, the silver casing is just like a traditional espresso machine. Not a surprise how beautiful it looks since this is a collaboration between Breville and Nespresso.
Ease of Use
It gets tricky here because, unlike other Nespresso machines, this one is supposed to prepare other drinks – not just espresso! So one-button brewing is not an option here. As a result, you have a digital display aided by buttons and a dial. Moreover, the display takes you by the hand and guides you through the kind of drink you want to drink – and it practically makes it for you.
It’s very practical and very easy to use, though we wished the display were a little larger.
We’re impressed that even though this machine is traditional-like and has more components than the usual Nespresso coffee maker, it’s still quite small and compact.
It has a very powerful steam wand which can froth milk. So, you can make lattes, cappuccinos – anything you would order at a coffee shop, you can make with the Creatista!
Award-winning design and one of the machine’s key in popularizing the use of single-serve coffee makers.
A stunning color scheme, combining matte black with shiny black material. In fact, even the spout is all black, adorned by a stainless steel ring. And also, the buttons shine a green that combines perfectly with the color scheme. As a result, it says modern, stylish, yet accessible.
Ease of Use
As much as any other Original Line machine, it is very easy to use.
In terms of how many spaces it takes up, on the positive side, it’s probably the smallest machine of all. Even then, the drip tray has a lot of space at the front, so it doesn’t feel like a small machine, quite the contrary.
Also, no real features here. It usually comes as a bundle along with the Aeroccino.
Nespresso Machine Ratings: Summery
In short, now you have enough info to make the right choice. And also, we hope this article, Nespresso Machine Ratings, helped you to see which machines are available on the market with all aspects mentioned reviewed in a manner to help you.