Best Nespresso Machines iMore 2020

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. One simple way of doing this without spending a fortune on take-out java is to get yourself a Nespresso machine. These small countertop devices, like our overall pick the Nespresso Inissia Original Espresso Machine, use Nespresso coffee capsules to give you home-made caffeine hit within a matter of seconds.

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 3 milk frother.

Once you've filled up the 24oz 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.

Pros:

  • 19 bars of pressure
  • 25-second warm-up time
  • Espresso and Lungo size options
  • Small footprint
  • Bundled Aeroccino 3 milk frother

Cons:

  • Only 24oz tank

Best Overall

Nespresso EN80BAE Inissia Original Espresso Machine

Baby barista

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 towards 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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • High cost
  • Large footprint

Best High-End Choice

Nespresso BNE800BSSUSC Creatista Plus Coffee Espresso Machine by Breville

Grande

The Creatista Plus brings some swanky stainless steel-chic with some serious functionality backing up the good looks.

Best for Frothy Coffees: Nespresso EN520SL Lattissima Plus Espresso and Cappuccino Machine by De'Longhi

Available in silver or "Titan," this boxy 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 a button. 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.

Pros:

  • 30oz water tank
  • Espresso, lungo, cappuccino and latte macchiato options
  • Milk/coffee quantity variation
  • Descaling alert set to different water hardness

Cons:

  • 40-second warm-up time

Best for Frothy Coffees

Nespresso EN520SL Lattissima Plus Espresso and Cappuccino Machine by De'Longhi

Foam party

If you're fussy about your froth/coffee ratio, the Lattissima Plus' variable options should appeal.

Best for Larger Households: Nespresso Evoluo 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 7.7oz coffee or a larger alto.

Features of note include a good-sized 54oz 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.

Pros:

  • VertuoPlus system
  • Centrifusion extraction technology
  • 54oz water tank
  • Large used pod storage
  • 15-second warm-up time

Cons:

  • Can't use cheaper Nespresso alternative pods

Best for Larger Households

Nespresso ENV135B Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi

Brew master

With large water and waste tanks and fast heat-up time, this Vertuo Nespresso machine is great for regular use.

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 BNE800BSSUSC Creatista or the more affordable Nespresso EN520SL Lattissima Plus 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. Or, if you're short on space, then consider the capable, yet desk-friendly Nespresso BEC220BLK1AUC1 Essenza Mini.

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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