Espresso Machines Under $300

Best Nespresso Vertuo Machine – Which One To Buy?

Since you are looking for the best Nespresso Vertuo machine, then you’ve probably settled on buying a Vertuo instead of an OriginalLine machine. Great decision! Now, on to the next…. which Vertuo machine should you buy?

Before getting to Vertuo’s models and which one to go for, let’s remind you of a few things just to make sure you’ve made the right decision.

Nespresso Vertuo vs. OriginalLine, What’s The Difference?

Nespresso has two range of machines:

OriginalLine – Their original machines which brew espresso and can be used to make any espresso based drink.

Vertuo line – which can make 5 to 6 different cup sizes from espresso, coffee mug to a large travel mug size. It’s an espresso and coffee machine.

These two ranges of machines also use different brewing technologies:

OriginalLine work like most espresso machines, using a pressure pump to force water through the capsule to produce a shot of espresso.

Vertuo machines use a whole new technology, exclusive to Nespresso, called Centrifusion. This technology rapidly spins the coffee capsule, at 7000 rotations per minute, while forcing the water through the capsule to produce a cup of coffee or espresso. This allows for better distribution of water and full saturation of the coffee ground in the capsule.

The third big difference between OriginalLine and Vertuo machines is the capsules. They are completely different in size and design and cannot be used on interchangeably.

Since OriginalLine only produces espresso, the machines use smaller capsules. The capsules are available from Nespresso as well as other brands.

Vertuoline’s capsules vary in size, depending on the coffee size you’re brewing. They also have a unique design. The rims of each capsule feature a barcode that is read by a laser inside the machine to recognize the type of capsule and adjust brewing parameters (water volume, brew time, temperature) to match it.

Vertuoline capsules are only available from Nespresso. There are no capsules available from other brands

Should You Buy a Vertuo or an OriginalLine Machine?

Here are the two questions you need to ask yourself:

What coffee drinks do you enjoy the most? If you’re mostly making espresso based drinks such as cappuccino, lattes and so on… an OriginalLine would be more than enough. Bundle it with a milk frother and you’re all set for an at-home coffee house experience!

When do you pick Vertuo over the OriginalLine? If you want to brew larger cups of coffee (5 oz, 7.7 oz and 14 oz).Vertuo will give you every possible coffee drink, from espresso and up to a large coffee.

What Does Vertuo Coffee Taste Like?

If you’re switching from drip coffee machine or a Keurig machine, it’s important to note that Vertuo’s coffee (as in serving sizes 5 oz, 7 oz and 14 oz) will not taste like those. Drip coffee and Keurig coffee are brewed using a different process so it produces different taste. Vertuo’s coffee tastes closer to an Americano if you’ve ever tried one. And with Nespresso’s different varieties of coffee blends, you’ll experience coffee of different intensities and flavors.

Best Nespresso Vertuo Machine to Buy:

Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s have a look at the best rated Vertuo machines…

Nespresso VertuoPlus:

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Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
  • VERSATILE AUTOMATIC COFFEE MAKER: Brew different single serve coffee cup sizes; espresso (1.35 oz), double espresso (2.7 oz), gran lungo (5 oz), coffee (7.7 oz) and alto (14 oz). Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks
  • VERSATILE AND AUTOMATIC: Based on the barcode on the rim of the capsule, the brewing parameters are adjusted by the machine, with no need to change settings
  • SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: create barista grade brewed single serve coffee or espresso cups at the touch of a single button; Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
  • FEATURES: The VertuoPlus has a motorized head and moveable 54 ounce water tank, which can swivel out or stay behind the machine depending on your counter space. Also has a fast heat-up time of 20 to 25 seconds and has an automatic shutoff after 9 minutes
  • COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)

The VertuoPlus is the best overall machine in Nespresso’s Vertuoline. It has a beautiful retro modern design, a somewhat compact and adaptable size and it’s available in different colors.

The VertuoPlus has a motorized lid, lightly press the notch for it to open up, place in your pod and press again for it to close.

The 40 oz water reservoir is removable for easy refilling and cleaning, and it’s also rotating. So to adapt to your space, you can have it on the back of the machine or next to it.

Serving sizes: Espresso 1.35 oz, Double Espresso 2.7 oz, Gran Lungo 5 oz, Mug 7.7 oz and Alto 14 oz (travel mug/tall cup).

VertuoPlus vs. VertuoPlus Deluxe:

  • VertuoPlus has a 40 oz water reservoir, and all plastic housing/accents.
  • VertuoPlus Deluxe comes with a larger 60 oz water reservoir. And it has some chrome accents.

Nespresso Vertuo Next:

Nespresso ENV120W Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, White
  • IMPOSSIBLY GOOD QUALITY: The only Nespresso Vertuo machine that brews 6 sizes: Coffee (5 ounce, 8 ounce, and 14 ounce), Espresso (single and double). New pour-over style caraffe (18 ounce) coffee exclusively for Vertuo Next
  • QUALITY ENABLED BY TECHNOLOGY: This Nespresso Vertuo machine delivers the optimal in-cup results for each blend using capsule-specific brewing with barcode reading resulting in a silky crema atop the coffee; A signature of a truly great cup of coffee
  • QUALITY MADE SIMPLE: This Nespresso machine delivers a consistent and delicious cup of coffee at a touch of a button. After brewing, the capsule is automatically ejected and stored – ready to be recycled– and the machine will turn off to save energy
  • QUALITY DESIGN: Nespresso's newest innovation, Vertuo Next is the most compact, sustainable and smart Vertuo single-serve coffee maker yet. It’s made of 54% recycled materials, is only 5.5 inches wide. It also comes with a removable water tank
  • QUALITY ROOTED IN SUSTAINABILITY: The aluminium sealed capsule protect the freshness of our coffee, but its also recyclable. Nespresso's recycling program makes returning and recycling your capsules easy with at-home and in-store options nationwide

VertuoNext is Nespresso’s 2020 machine release, and it’s made from 54% recycled materials.

In addition to the 5 brewing sizes that all Vertuo machines can brew, the NEXT model has one serving size that is exclusive to it, an 18 oz serving size that Nespresso calls ‘Pour-over style’.

Vertuo Next is also a connected machine. It can pair to your smartphone or tablet to allow for several things: firmware updates from Nespresso, water reservoir alerts, descale alerts, factory reset.

Unlike the VertuoPlus, Vertuo Next’s lid is manually opened/closed. So you have to hard close the lid in order for it to pierce the capsule, rotate the lock then hit the brew button.

Vertuo Next is available in several models:

Vertuo Next which is fully plastic housing, Vertuo Next Premium with some chrome or rose gold accent or the deluxe model which has some dark chrome or chrome finishes.

The difference between models is just aesthetic, all other features are the same.

Other Nespresso Vertuo Machines:

Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)

There are two other machines that go by the name Vertuo or Evoluo. These are earlier releases of Vertuo machines. While they still work okay, many customers mentioned that they has unstable temperature or lower than desired brew temperature. All has been fixed in the newer Vertuo machines (VertuoPlus and Vertuo Next). Which is why I don’t recommend you buy an older model.

Pros and Cons of Nespresso Vertuo Machines:

Pros:

Serving Sizes:

It’s great that you can finally get a full cup of coffee out of your Nespresso machine. The variety of serving sizes is great for most people’s daily coffee needs.

Convenience:

Nespresso is very convenient. It’s a quick, one-button operation that gives you a high quality cup of coffee in no time. And the best part it, it does not require regular clean up after each use.

Cons:

Pod compatibility is still limited to Nespresso. To me personally, it’s not a problem as I really like the variety of blends that Nespresso offers. But I know some people would prefer to buy from other brands, too.

Somewhat pricey: The pods vary is price depending on the size, and sometimes on whether it’s a seasonal blend or a regular one. Price range for Vertuo pods are $0.85 to $2 per pod.

Nespresso Vertuo Breville vs DeLonghi

When shopping for a Vertuo or OriginalLine machine from Nespresso, some machines will be labeled under the brand name Breville, others will be under DeLonghi. Is there a difference between them?

No, they are all the same internally. Operation and performance wise, they are the same. The differences could be aesthetic, as some brands might have colors that the other brand doesn’t have or slight changes in exterior design.

It doesn’t matter which name you go for, they are all the same Nespresso machines.

Nespresso Vertuo Compatible Pods:

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce, Flavored Assortment
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce, Flavored Assortment
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce, Flavored Assortment
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce, Flavored Assortment
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 Ounce

Vertuo machines are compatible with capsules by Nespresso only. There are no 3rd party pods available. So if you’re buying a Vertuo machine, you’re committing to capsules by Nespresso only.

Nespresso offers a wide range of capsules and are continuously adding more blends, single-origins and limited edition blends and flavors.

Vertuo capsules vary in size as their contain different measurement of coffee ground, depending on the cup size you’re brewing. They also vary in prices depending on the size.

You can buy your Vertuo capsules directly from Nespresso or Amazon.

Can You Use Nespresso Original Pods in a Vertuo Machine?

No, they are completely different designs and non will fit in the other system.

To tell them apart, you can see from the photo that the OriginalLine pods are small. Vertuo pods are circular and have a barcode all around the rim which helps your Vertuo machine identify the type and size of pod you are brewing.

Can You Use Your Own Coffee in Nespresso Vertuo? Using Refillable Vertuo Pods:

Using a refillable capsule for your Nespresso could bring down your coffee expenses and allows you to use your favorite coffee ground.

Refillable pods have been available for OriginalLine machines for a long time now. For Vertuo, there’s been some recent and very few refillable pods.

Before we look into available refillable pods for Vertuo machines, there are a few things I’d to say on why I truly DON’T like refillable pods:

To start, they take away from your Nespresso experience. The whole idea is for you to get the coffee you like with a push of a button. Using a refillable pod, you have to fill up a pod, measure coffee grounds and clean the pod after each use.

The coffee does not always come out right. According to customer reviews, some cups come out quite weak, others are okay.

Reusable capsules could affect the performance of your machine. And if your machine breaks because of a reusable pod, it will no longer be covered under warranty.

That said, if you’re still curious about refillable pods for Vertuo, here are some of the available pods:

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Can You Use a Nespresso Vertuo Pod Twice?

Technically, the machine will not know if you’re running the same pod twice, so, it can be done. But the only thing you’ll be getting out of it the second time is watered down coffee.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Review and Comparison with Inissia and Pixie

Essenza is one of the first models Nespresso ever released and it has been discontinued for years. But to our surprise, Nespresso has released an entirely new and redesigned Essenza Mini, the smallest machine by Nespresso yet (as of mid-2017).

Features of Nespresso Essenza Mini:

  • Compact and light design. Weighs at 5 pounds, Dimensions: (WxDxH) 4.3×8.0x12.8
  • Available in  two designs and 3 different colors.
  • Removable water reservoir with 20.3 oz capacity.
  • 19-bar pressure.
  • 2 programmable cup sizes: Espresso and Lungo.
  • OriginalLine capsules.
  • Used capsule drawer capacity: 6 capsules.

Click here to learn more about Essenza Mini, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Essenza Mini DeLonghi or Breville? What’s The Difference?

When buying an Essenza Mini, you’ll find it available under two brand names: DeLonghi or Breville. As you can see from the picture, the difference between the two brand names is the design as well as a available colors. Essenza Mini by DeLonghi is available in black, red and lime green, while the Breville design is available in black or white. Other than that, both machines perform in an identical way.

Essenza Mini vs. Inissia, What’s The Difference?

Before the Essenza Mini, Inissia was the most compact Nespresso machine available. So, what has changed for Essenza Mini to earn this title?

Dimensions:

  • Inissia: (WxHxD) 7.5 x 12.9 x 13.5 in
  • Essenza Mini: (WxHXD) 4.3×12.8 x 8.0 inch

Clearly, The Essenza Mini is smaller in width and depth, but is almost the same hight as the Inissia.

Water Reservoir Capacity:

  • Inissia has 24 oz capacity.
  • Essenza Mini: 20.3 oz capacity.

Used Capsule Drawer:

  • Inissia can hold up to 11 used capsules
  • Essenza Mini can hold up to 6 used capsules.

So, for Essenza Mini:

  • The water reservoir is smaller than Inissia by about 4 oz.
  • The uses capsule container holds less capsules.
  • But, it is 3.2 Inches less in width than Inissia. Which saves you a lot of counter space.

Essenza Mini vs. Pixie, What’s The Difference?

Pixie is one of the higher end machines from Nespresso. Although they all produce the same delicious coffee, Pixie has a more premium feel to it thanks to its stainless steel finish, LED indicators and overall retro modern design.

Pixie is more comparable to Inissia (our previous comparison can be found here), it has the same water reservoir capacity and the same used capsule drawer capacity. However, Pixie’s dimension is smaller than Inissia (WxHxD): 4.4 x 9.3 x 12.8 in

So when it comes to sizes, here’s the machines ranking from smallest to small (since they’re all compact really):

  • Essenza Mini
  • Pixie
  • Inissia

But if we’re going to compare designs, Essenza Mini has a plastic body much like Inissia. So while they still look great and colorful, they have a less premium finish that Pixie’s metal plates and LED indicators which pump up its look and feel.

Buying Capsules for Nespresso Essenza Mini:

Essenza Mini is part of Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines. So to brew coffee, you can choose:

Should You Upgrade to Essenza Mini?

Essenza Mini is mostly targeted to newcomers to the world of Nespresso. If this will be your first time buying a Nespresso machine, and you’re looking for a compact and cool design, the Essenza Mini would make a great choice.

On the other hand, if you already have an OriginalLine Nespresso machine at home and looking to upgrade, Essenza Mini will give you the same experience, so it won’t be much of an upgrade. Maybe you should consider trying VertuoPlus by Nespresso which brews espresso and coffee, uses different capsules than OriginalLine machines and should give you an new experience. Another great upgrade would be the Creatista, which includes a built-in steamer that creates professionally textured milk automatically.

Cappuccino: Everything You Need To Know About Your Favorite Drink

What Is a Cappuccino?

Cappuccino

A Cappuccino is a popular coffee drink that is made up of espresso, milk and foam. A traditional Cappuccino is made of 1/3 Espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.

To make a Cappuccino as authentic as an Italian one, the milk has to be steamed. But using an electric foamer makes good foam and makes a great alternative to make a Cappuccino at home.

Does a Cappuccino Have Caffeine In It?

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Yes, it does. Cappuccino has a shot of espresso in it, and a shot of 2 oz espresso has about 80 ml of caffeine in it.

What Is The Difference Between a Cappuccino and a Latte?

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When it comes to coffee drinks, the main difference is the amount of milk and how it compares to the amount of milk and foam in it.

  • In a Cappuccino, you have 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.
  • In a Latte, has a shot of espresso, milk and only a little bit of foam on top. The amount of milk here is more than the espresso and foam.

Wet vs. Dry vs. Bone-Dry Cappuccino, What’s The Difference?

As general rule, when it a coffee drink is referred to as ‘wet’ then it probably has a more of a creamier texture than a ‘dry’ drink, which will most likely have less milk.

  • In a traditional Cappuccino, you have equal parts of espresso, milk and foam.
  • A wet Cappuccino has less foam and more steamed milk.
  • A dry Cappuccino is the opposite, it has less steamed milk and more foam.
  • a bone-dry Cappuccino is espresso with foam only, no steamed milk.

Is a Bone Dry Cappuccino The Same as an Espresso Macchiato?

No it’s not. While a Dry Cappuccino has espresso and foam only, an Espresso Macchiato has espresso and a dollop of lightly foamed milk, similar of the foam of a latte.

 

Now we’ve explained all kinds of possible Cappuccino drinks, the question is, how can you make all these delicious coffee drinks at home?

How To Make a Cappuccino at Home:

Can I Make a Cappuccino Without a Machine?

This is the most common question we get. Is it possible to make a Cappuccino without a machine? Because the base of every Cappuccino is espresso, and it’s impossible to have espresso without a machine, then you need an espresso machine for making Cappuccino and other coffee drinks.

What’s The Best Way To Make a Cappuccino at Home?

We’ve already established the fact that to make an authentic cup of Cappuccino you’d need an espresso machine. Luckily, espresso machines are available for every budget, so you shouldn’t be worried about breaking the bank for a cup of Cappuccino at home.

When it comes to espresso machines, you have two choice:

  • An automatic single-serve espresso machine
  • A traditional style, manual or semi-automatic espresso machine.

A single-serve espresso machine is the easiest option to use. It uses pre-measured coffee pods and makes your desired drink with a touch of a button, so there’s no work on your part.

A manual or semi-automatic espresso machine is what you’d see at a coffee shop, but on a smaller scale for the home user. It uses ground coffee and you have to manually brew your shot and froth your milk.

Here are our favorite machines to make a Cappuccino at home:

Nespresso Inissia:

Nespresso Inissia Red Bundle

The most affordable and compact Nespresso machine. The Inissia is a very popular choice right now. The machine uses Nespresso capsules to brew a single serve of an Espresso or Lungo automatically. The bundled Aeroccino milk frother heats and froths milk automatically, either for a Cappuccino (with more froth) or Latte (less froth and creamier texture). It can also make cold froth for iced drinks, all with a touch of a button.

Click here to learn everything about the Inissia Espresso Maker.

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DeLonghi Dedica:

DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi Dedica is a very slim semi-automatic espresso maker. You can create your shot manually (manual start and stop of the shot) or automatically as the machine is pre-set to the perfect dose. The steam wand allows you to manually heat and froth your milk. The Dedica makes an excellent choice for a beginner user.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica.

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Mr Coffee Cafe Barista:

Mr. Coffee Café Barista Premium Espresso:Cappuccino System, ECMP1000

This espresso maker by Mr. Coffee combines the best of both worlds. It has the classic protafilter and uses coffee ground, but it also has automatic brewing and milk frothing. It has a dedicated button for each coffee drink, a detachable milk reservoir and it includes all accessories for you to get started right away: portafilter with both single and double shot filters, coffee measuring scoop and a tamper.

Click here to learn more about the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista

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What Is The Best Espresso/Latte Bar Setup Under $500 For Home?

Having your own espresso bar at home, you’ll be making your own delicious espresso and coffee drinks how you want and when you want. It’s not only fun, but it will save you a whole lot of money (no more trips to expensive coffee shops).

To be honest, if you’re looking for the best gear out there, then $500 is not considered to be a high budget. However, we can absolutely work with it. Your budget will go on an espresso machine and a conical burr grinder. The grind and consistency of your coffee will make all the difference in the quality of your espresso, so it’s important not to skip the grinder.

Below, we’ll list a number of espresso makers and conical burr grinders with a sum price of $500 or less. Please note that these prices can change by their sellers which we have no hand in, but we do our best to find you products at these prices.

Best Espresso Makers For $300 Budget : *Cost a little less or more than $300*

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine:

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

This is a favorite among many people, because for its price, this is a top-notch espresso maker. Gaggia is an Italian brand well-known for its high quality. The Classic is a manual machine that will allow you to practice barista skills with ease.

Features:

  • 17 1/2 bar pump pressure.
  • 72-ounce water reservoir.
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • Brass portafilter and grouphead for temperature stability.
  • Frothing wand and hot water dispenser.

Our Gaggia Classic Reviews and Comparisons:

Click here to learn more about the Gaggia Classic, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Breville 800ESXL Triple-Priming Espresso Machine:

Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine

A beautiful machine from Australian brand Breville. This die-cast espresso maker doesn’t only look good, but has enough features to make it such a steal for its price:

  • 15-bar pump pressure.
  • 75 oz water reservoir with a front window that shows the level of water.
  • Auto-purge function adjust water temperature after steam for the best espresso extraction temperature.
  • Triple Prime function releases 3 bursts of hot water to wet the coffee ground for an even extraction and full flavor.
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • Dial knob allows you to select from espresso, steam or hot water.

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Click here to learn more about the Breville Triple Priming Espresso Machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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DeLonghi Dedica Espresso Machine:

DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

This espresso maker by DeLonghi is exceptionally slim in width, but don’t be fooled by its size, you can use it to make fantastic coffee drinks.

Features:

  • Only 6-inch wide, doesn’t take a lot of counterspace.
  • Quick 40-seconds heat up time.
  • Stainless steel exterior.
  • Auto flow stop.
  • Cappuccino frothing system for a delicious and creamy froth.
  • Pre-set and reprogrammable settings.
  • Can be used manually, too.

Click here to learn more about DeLonghi Dedica, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Conical Burr Grinders Under $200:

Bodum Bistro Conical Burr Grinder:

 

The Bodum Bistro is a mid-range conical burr grinder that gives you many decent features for its price range.

Features:

  • Choose from 14 grind settings from fine to coarse.
  • Borosilicate glass ground bean container that reduces static ‘jumping beans’
  • Timed grind setting allows you to set a timer for your grind.
  • 220g bean hopper capacity.
  • 11 oz coffee ground container.

Click here to learn more about the Bodum Bistro Electric grinder, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder:

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder

The Capresso Infinity is somewhat similar to Bodum’s Bistro with some slight differences. For example it has 16 settings instead of 14, which isn’t huge, but can make some difference in the result of your preferred coffee method.

Features:

  • 16 grind settings from coarse to fine.
  • 8 1/2 ounces bean hopper capacity.
  • 4 oz coffee ground container.
  • Built-in timer.
  • Available in plastic housing or die-cast housing.

Click here to learn more about the Capresso Infinity, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Breville Dose Control Pro Grinder:

Breville BCG600SIL The Dose Control Pro Coffee Bean Grinder

  • Choose from 60 precise grind settings.
  • Built-in timer allows you to choose from increments as little as 1 second.
  • 12 oz bean hopper capacity.
  • Holder allows you to grind directly into a portafilter, gold-tone filter or coffee container.
  • Stainless steel housing.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Dose Control Pro Grinder, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Watch Video Reviews:

Here are some videos of the gear featured above for action:

How To Use Gaggia Classic:

Pulling an Espresso shot using the Breville Triple-priming Espresso Machine:

Full Review of the DeLonghi Dedica:

Review of the Breville Dose Control Pro Grinder:

Pixie Is Nespresso’s Best Seller, Here’s Why…

Nespresso Pixie continues to be a Best Seller on Amazon. Is it better than other Nespresso machines? What makes the most popular choice? That’s what we’ll try to answer in this post.

Why Nespresso Pixie Is The Best:

Pixie isn’t necessarily better than CitiZ, Inissia or U. They all produce a quality cup of coffee using the same Nespresso capsules, so there’s no doubt you’ll get a delicious cup no matter which Nespresso machine you use. But here are a few reasons that might make it the preferred choice of many:

Where It’s Made:

Unlike other machines, Nespresso Pixie remains to be made in Switzerland. This gives it an edge when it comes to construction quality and definitely a lot more prestige.

UPDATE Jan 2018: We noticed that some Pixie machines are now manufactured by  other brands that Nespresso partners with. We’re not sure if these machines are also made in Switzerland or not, so kindly check before buying.

Design and Aesthetics:

Pixie was designed to be ultra-compact at 4.33-Inch width, making it a perfect choice for anyone with small space. The design draws inspiration from architecture and industrial design. It’s sleek but rugged enough for everyday use.

Nespresso Pixie Colors

The Pixie features metal side panels that are available in a number of classic or vibrant colors. The panels are also interchangeable, so if you feel like updating the color of your machine, you can simply buy a set of panels in any color you want.

The front panel of the Pixie features LED lights that act as an indicator, it will notify you of an empty water reservoir or a full capsule drawer. These lights look especially great in your dark or dim lit kitchen.

Function and Operation: 

One of the greatest features of the Nespresso Pixie is its fast start up time, it takes only 25 secs to heat up. This only means you’ll get your coffee faster.

Making a shot of espresso is as straight forward as other Nespresso machines. Pop in your Nespresso capsule and hit the brew button. You can choose from Espresso or Lungo and you can reprogram the coffee volume of both sizes.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Pixie, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Watch the Unboxing of a Nespresso Pixie:

Is the Nespresso Pixie Better Than Inissia?

Nespresso Inissia Machine

Inissia, which is the entry-level machine from Nespresso, is the nearest one in design to the Pixie with a big price in difference between them. This usually makes new buyers confused, should they go with the Inissia or its higher-end Pixie?

Truth is, although they look very similar, they are quite different:

  • The Nespresso Pixie has a much better build, made of mostly metal body that is more durable and easier to clean and maintain.
  • The Inissia on the other hand is fully plastic. It is available in many bright colors, but the plastic can be less durable in the long run.
  • The Inissia also lacks the LED light indicators for water level and the clear capsule drawer.
  • The Pixie has an on/off button, which gives you more control over its power. The Inissia on the other hand, powers up soon as you plug it in, as it doesn’t have a on/off switch.

Watch How Nespresso Pixie Works:

Watch The Difference Between Inissia and Pixie:

Common Questions About the Nespresso Pixie:

What Is The Difference Between Nespresso Pixie and CitiZ?

We’ve done a full comparison between all Nespresso machines which you can read here.

Can I Make a Cappuccino or Latte with the Nespresso Pixie?

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus

Of course you can. Espresso is the base of a Cappuccino or Latte, that’s what your Pixie will make for you. To do a Cappuccino, you’ll have to bundle it with a milk frother called Aeroccino (or any other frother you like). The frother will heat the milk and froth it for you to create your Cappuccino or Latte.

Watch this video on how to make a Cappuccino with a Pixie:

Where Can I Buy Nespresso Capsules?

The Capsules are available widely at local Nespresso boutiques or online. Read all about Nespresso capsules here.

 

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