Best Nespresso Machines iMore 2020
The best Nespresso machines are worth investing in because coffee is life. If you agree with that statement, we're guessing you need a good few cups of the strong stuff to get you going in the morning, and more to keep you going throughout the day. Owning a Nespresso is a simple way of doing this without spending a fortune on take-out java. These small countertop devices, like our overall pick the Nespresso Inissia Original Espresso Machine, use Nespresso coffee capsules to give you a homemade caffeine hit within a matter of seconds.
- Best Overall: Nespresso EN80BAE Inissia Original Espresso Machine
- Best High-End Choice: Nespresso BNE800BSSUSC Creatista Plus Coffee Espresso Machine by Breville
- Best Budget Choice: Mueller Espresso Machine for Nespresso
- Best for Frothy Coffees: Nespresso EN750MB Lattissima Pro Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
- Best for Larger Households: Nespresso ENV135B Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
- Best Compact Machine: Breville-Nespresso USA BEC220BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine
Best Overall: Nespresso EN80BAE Inissia Original Espresso Machine
Small but powerful with 19 bars of pressure behind that diminutive facade, the Nespresso Inissia gives you barista-grade espresso or a longer "lungo" coffee serving. You can fancy up with some hot milk thanks to the bundled Aeroccino three-milk frother.
Once you've filled up the 24-ounce water tank, you simply press a button to wait the 25 seconds it takes to reach operational temperature, then make your go-go juice. The smart energy-saving mode automatically turns the machine off after nine minutes.
- 19 bars of pressure
- 25-second warm-up time
- Espresso and Lungo size options
- Small footprint
- Bundled Aeroccino three milk frother
- Only 24 oz tank
Small, but capable for basic coffee options, plus the bonus of a standalone milk frother.
Best High-End Choice: Nespresso BNE800BSSUSC Creatista Plus Coffee Espresso Machine by Breville
Ideal for anyone who tends toward a milky coffee option, as well as your smaller black coffee basics, this can rustle up cappuccinos, cafe lattes, latte macchiatos, and flat whites using its smooth dial control and attractive LCD display. The built-in milk frother offers no less than eight texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings.
If you need a quick caffeine hit in the morning, this heats up in an impressive three seconds. The generous 1.5-liter removable water tank will have you covered for a fair few brews, and when you're done, the auto-purge steam wand and fast, automatic cleaning process will have this ready to use again in a jiffy.
- Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo size options
- Can make cappuccinos, cafe lattes, latte macchiatos, and flat whites
- Built-in milk frother with texture and temperature settings
- Easy-to-read TFT LCD display
- 1.5L removable water tank
- 3-second warm-up time
- Auto-clean functionality
- High cost
- Large footprint
Best High-End Choice
The Creatista Plus brings some swanky stainless steel-chic with some serious functionality backing up the good looks.
Best Budget Choice: Mueller Espresso Machine for Nespresso
Compared to other products in this collection, this is a very affordable option from the Austrian brand Mueller. It delivers 20 bars of pressure and can heat up in around 25 seconds. After 10 minutes the energy-saving mode will turn it off. The one-touch operation buttons are backlit. There are two buttons: one for espresso and one for lungo. This machine also offers the fantastic functionality of allowing you to reprogram what these default volumes are.
This machine's water tank offers a 27-ounce capacity. The tank is detachable for easy filling and cleaning and can go through the dishwasher.
- 20 bars of pressure
- 25-second warm-up time
- Reprogrammable volumes
- Loud operation
Best Budget Choice
An affordable option that's ideal for smaller budgets or if you need a second machine.
Best for Frothy Coffees: Nespresso EN750MB Lattissima Pro Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
Available in an aluminum finish, this little number will give you a tidy menu of four options that should cover most tastes—espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and latte macchiato—all generated at the press of the elegant touch controls. If you want to tinker under the hood, all drinks can be personalized and programmed by changing the quantity of milk, froth, and coffee.
On the practical side of things, the milk container can be removed and stored in the fridge when you've finished making your beverage. Plus, the adjustable sliding drip tray is designed especially for larger coffee drinks.
- 16 oz milk carafe
- Espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and latte macchiato options
- 19 bar pressure
- Descaling alert set to different water hardness
- 40-second warm-up time
Best for Frothy Coffees
If you're fussy about your froth/coffee ratio, the Lattissima Pro's variable options should appeal.
Best for Larger Households: Nespresso ENV135B Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
The Nespresso ENV135B also uses the new Vertuo system, so it has the clever capsules with the barcode on the rim that the machine recognizes and deals with appropriately. As such, this will whip you up espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, a standard 7.7 ounces of coffee, or a larger alto.
Features of note include a good-sized 54-ounce water tank which will need less refilling, space in the used capsule container for up to 17 empty pods, and a warm-up time of just 15 seconds. It's effortless for us. Just insert your required pod, lock the brewing head down, press a button, and the machine will do all the rest. That includes automatically ejecting the used capsule and shutting itself down after nine minutes.
- VertuoPlus system
- Centrifusion extraction technology
- 54 oz water tank
- Large used pod storage
- 15-second warm-up time
- Can't use cheaper Nespresso alternative pods
Best for Larger Households
With large water and waste tanks and fast heat-up time, this Vertuo Nespresso machine is great for regular use.
Best Compact Machine: Breville-Nespresso USA BEC220BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine
The smallest ever single-serve espresso maker from Nespresso by Breville is lightweight at just over five pounds. It has a sleek design making it portable and saving valuable desk or kitchen counter space. This machine has two size options; a 1.35-ounce espresso serving, and a 5oz lungo option.
Despite its diminutive dimensions, this boasts 19 bars of pressure, has a one-touch operation, and reaches the ideal serving temperature in just 25 seconds. This machine's energy-saving functionality automatically turns it off after nine minutes.
- 19 bars of pressure
- 25-second warm-up time
- Two size options
- Compact design
- Only 20 oz tank
Best Compact Machine
The Essenza Mini is a great choice for smaller homes or offices thanks to its compact design.
What'll it be, hon?
All these machines used the original Nespresso or newer Nespresso Vertuo systems, but there are big variations between the current crop of models out there. How you prefer your coffee will make a huge difference to which Nespresso model will suit you and your household.
If you're fans of coffee-based beverages that involves a copious amount of frothy milk, then obviously a machine with a built-in foam-a-rater. The all-singing, high-end Nespresso Creatista or the more affordable Nespresso Lattissima Pro are going to appeal to you.
Anyone who just needs regular shots of the good old-fashioned black stuff should consider our overall pick, the classic Nespresso Inissia Original Espresso Machine. It's an affordably-priced option that delivers on what it promises to do.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Amy-Mae Turner As the recent recipient of a "Don't talk to me until this mug is empty" coffee cup, caffeine-fiend Amy-Mae was buzzing to be asked to write this feature.
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