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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:

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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 oz, Flavored Assortment (SYNCHKG105830)
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz, Flavored Assortment (SYNCHKG105830)
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz, Flavored Assortment (SYNCHKG105830)
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz, Flavored Assortment (SYNCHKG105830)
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 and 1.35oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz

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 Vertuo Next Review and Comparisons

If you’re familiar with Nespresso’s Vertuo machines, such as VertuoPlus and Evoluo, you’ll find the Vertuo Next machine to look similar yet more modern. But an update to the design isn’t all there is to it. Keep reading to learn more about the Vertuo Next and how it’s different from other Vertuo machines.

What Is Nespresso Vertuo?

Nespresso, makers of single-serve espresso makers have two main line of products: OriginalLine and Vertuo line.

OriginalLine machines, such as Lattissima machines, CitiZ, Pixie, Creatista and Essenza, are designed to make espresso and espresso based drinks only (cappuccino, latte, macchiato and more).

Vertuo machines (VertuoPlus, Evoluo) are designed with a special technology patented to Nespresso that allows them to brew espresso as well as coffee. Unlike other machines, Vertuo machines don’t use a pump or drip mechanism to brew espresso/coffee, instead, it uses Cetrifusion technology, which spins the coffee capsule rapidly while saturating them with water to produce a flavorful cup.

You can learn more about the difference between Vertuo and OriginalLine machines here.

Features of Nespresso Vertuo Next:

  • New compact design.
  • Brews 5 cup sizes: espresso (1.35 oz), double espresso (2.7 oz), gran lungo (5 oz), coffee, (7.7 oz) and Alto XL (14 oz).
  • Automatically adjusts machine settings to match type of capsule you’re brewing by scanning the barcode on the rim of the capsule.
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity allows you to connect your machine to your smartphone or tablet to receive any software update to your machine and for capsule reordering.
  • Compatible with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz.
  • Made from 54% recycled materials and 100% sustainable packaging.

What’s New in Nespresso Vertuo Next?

  • New design. Vertuo Next is the most compact Vertuo machine, followed by the VertuoPlus.
  • Connectivity: Vertuo Next is the only Vertuo machine (as of the time of writing) to have WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Another Nespresso machine with this connectivity is Essenza Mini Plus, which is an OriginalLine machine.
  • Material: One great thing about the VertuoNext is the fact that it is 54% made from recycled materials.

Click here to learn more about Vertuo Next, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Vertuo Next vs. VertuoPlus and Evoluo – What Is The Difference?

Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Capacity
60 oz
40 oz
54 oz
Brews Espresso and Coffee
Bluetooth/WiFi Connectivity
Cup Sizes
5
5
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Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Capacity
60 oz
Brews Espresso and Coffee
Bluetooth/WiFi Connectivity
Cup Sizes
5
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Capacity
40 oz
Brews Espresso and Coffee
Bluetooth/WiFi Connectivity
Cup Sizes
5
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)
Capacity
54 oz
Brews Espresso and Coffee
Bluetooth/WiFi Connectivity
Cup Sizes
-

For the most part, using the Vertuo Next is the same as other Vertuo machines. They are all compatible with the same capsules and programmed with the same cup sizes.

The biggest difference is its Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity which allows for future updates. This might give you machine extra time of use as Nespresso unveils new features.

Other than that, if you currently own a Vertuo machine that works just fine then keep it. There’s no need for the upgrade. However, if you’re new to Vertuo machines, Vertuo Next is the perfect machine to start with.

Review of Nespresso Gran Lattissima + Comparison with Lattissima Pro and Lattissima One

After the release of Lattissima One machine, the single-serve machine with single serve frother, too, Nespresso has now released a larger version of the machine called Gran Lattissima.

Gran Lattissima, a Nespresso by DeLonghi machine, is an OriginalLine machine with built-in milk frother. Unlike the Lattissima One, the milk frother is rather large, but that’s not the only thing that’s different… Read on to learn more about the Gran Lattissima features and how it compares to other Nespresso machines.

Features of Nespresso Gran Lattissima Espresso Machine:

  • One-touch system: prepare your favorite espresso drink with a push of a button.
  • Enjoy 9 preset options: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Caffe Latte, Flat White, Hot Milk and Hot Foam.
  • Sliding drip tray allows you to accommodate cups of all sizes, tall or short.
  • Milk frother features a self-rinsing feature to keep the frother clean after each use.
  • Detachable milk frother allows you to store leftover milk in the fridge.
  • Milk container is top rack dishwasher safe.
  • Start up time: 25 seconds, extra 15 seconds for milk beverages.
  • Milk jug capacity: 16.9 oz
  • Water container capacity: 33.8 oz
  • Capsule Compatibility: Compatible with all OriginalLine capsules for Nespresso.

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

Nespresso Gran Lattissima vs. Lattissima One, What’s The Difference?

Nespresso Lattissima One Original Espresso Machine with Milk Frotherby De'Longhi, 33.8 ounce, Silky White
  • Simple single serve system: The Lattissima one is a simple and easy to operate single-serve system. Simply fill the milk jug with the desired amount of milk, then use the machine to froth directly into your coffee drink for the perfect coffee & milk drink.
  • Powerful coffee maker: Nespresso Lattissima One Espresso maker has a 19 bar high-pressure pump that allows for a barista-style result, unlocking the delicate flavor of each coffee capsule. Automatic power off after 9 mins
  • Features: The Lattissima one has a 33.8 ounce water tank, a great size so refilling is not as frequent as other single-serve machines. This machine also has a fast heat-up time of only 25 seconds for espressos and 40 seconds for milk beverages.
  • Versatile automatic coffee maker: Brew different single-serve coffee cup sizes at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Espresso (1.35 ounce), lungo (5 ounce), and froth the perfect milk to create the perfect cappuccino or latte in the comfort of your own home. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
  • Complimentary gift: Each espresso machine includes a Nespresso original capsule welcome kit with a range of capsules with unique aroma profiles. Folding drip tray

Gran Lattissima and Lattissima One share the same premium design. Apart from their different sizes, they look quite identical. But looks aside, how are they different features wise?

The main difference here is:

  • Lattissima One is a small machine with a small milk frother (4.2 oz capacity). Its frother is designed to hold enough milk for a single use only, so you’ll fill the exact amount you need and refill at each use.
  • On the other hand, Gran Lattissima has a full size milk frother (16.9 oz) that holds milk for multiple uses.

The other difference is the preset milk recipes:

  • Lattissima One has 4 presets only: Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato.
  • Gran Lattissima has 9 presets: ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, caffe latte, flat white, hot milk and hot foam.

Nespresso Gran Lattissima vs. Nespresso Lattissima Pro, What’s The Difference?

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Nespresso Lattissima Pro Original Espresso Machine with Milk Frother by De'Longhi, 10.8" L x 7.6" W x 13" H, Silver
  • It's all about the foam: The De’Longhi Automatic Cappuccino System creates perfectly layered espresso beverages, with dense, rich, long-lasting foam in every cup from start to finish.
  • Nespresso capsule system: The ultimate convenience. The recyclable aluminum capsules contain the finest espressos for authentic taste without measuring or cleanup. Milk carafe capacity (l)- 16 ounce (.5 liter)
  • Brings out more flavor: De’Longhi’s patented espresso extraction system creates the ideal flow of water with 19 bars of pressure – the ultimate amount for drawing the most flavor and desired temperature in each cup.
  • The perfect amount of milk: During the extraction process, the integrated carafe dispenses milk in adjustable levels for taste. Simply remove from the unit to keep freshly refrigerated. The unit is also designed so no milk comes in contact with the machine – and is dishwasher safe.
  • Rapid heat-up time: No need to wait for a delicious espresso. The Thermoblock heating system speeds cold-start heating time to seconds. Used capsule container: 15 capsules

The Lattissima Pro is another Nespresso by DeLonghi machine with features that are quite similar to Gran Lattissima. But similar as they may seem, there’s always a difference that we can spot:

Presets:

  • Lattissima Pro has 7 presets: Ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, warm milk and hot water.
  • So it’s missing the caffe latte, flat white and hot foam options that Gran Lattissima has, but on the plus side, it has hot water on demand which is perfect for Americanos (espresso + hot water) or for preparing tea or instant meals.

Capacity:

  • Milk jugs of both machine have the same capacity: 16.9oz
  • Water reservoir capacity of the Lattissima Pro is about 44 oz and Gran Lattissima is 33.8 oz.

Foam Density:

  • The milk frother on the Lattissima Pro allows you to adjust the density of the foam. Gran Lattissima’s frother doesn’t have this option.

Design:

  • Lattissima Pro has a really sleek design with brushed aluminum finish, LCD display, touch buttons and backlight indicators.
  • Gran Lattissima has an elegant design that combines gloss and matte finishes along with some stainless steel accents and a glass touch panel. It’s available in black or white.

Gran Lattissima vs. Lattissima Touch:

Nespresso Lattissima Touch Original Espresso Machine with Milk Frother by De'Longhi, 1, Washed Black
  • The perfect creamy latte: One button and one capsule - that's all it takes to enjoy a barista-style latte in seconds. Only by De'longhi
  • 6 one-touch recipes: Simple one-touch button for Coffee and milk lovers to prepare creamy latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, warm milk, perfect Espresso or Coffee
  • Made in Italy: The lattissima touch's sleek Italian craftsmanship looks fantastic in any kitchen
  • Advanced milk frother by De'longhi: An automatic frother creates rich, long-lasting, creamy foam
  • Practical design: Sliding drip tray for different cup or glass sizes, removable milk container with rinsing function, illuminated buttons. Input power (W): 1400

Lattissima Touch is another popular option for a Nespresso machine with a built-in milk frother. Much like other Lattissima models, it includes several presets for preparing your favorite coffee drinks with a push of a button:

  • Lattissima Touch has 6 presets: espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, caffe latte and hot foam. So no flat white, ristretto or hot milk presets that are in the Gran Lattissima.
  • Milk jug capacity in Lattissima Touch is about 11 oz (vs. 16.9oz of Gran Lattissima)
  • Water reservoir capacity in Lattissima Touch is 50oz compares to Gran Lattissima’s 33.8 oz.
  • Lattissima Touch has a milk frother similar to Lattissima Pro’s which features a knob to adjust milk foam density.

Nespresso Pixie vs. Citiz Comparison: Which Machine to Buy?

A Nespresso machine is the ultimate convenient automatic espresso machine that uses Capsules to create the perfect cup of espresso every time. Not only is it compact in size, very quick and convenient, it only requires you to insert a capsule and push a button and you’ve got yourself an espresso cup within seconds.

Which Nespresso Machine Is Best To Buy?

Here’s the gist of it…

– If you want the best manufactured machine (but smallest water tank, on the down side), the Pixie is the only machine made in Switzerland. (some newer models may not be though, kindly check before buying).

– If you want the largest water reservoir, and an option to have an integrated Aeroccino milk frother, the CitiZ is your machine!

Read on for more details…

Features of Nespresso Pixie:

Nespresso C60 Pixie Espresso Maker

Features:

  • 24 ounce water reservoir.
  • 2 reprogrammable cup sizes for espresso or lungo.
  • Drip tray folds up to hold different cup sizes.
  • Capsules container holds up to 12 used capsules.
  • Backlight indicators for empty water tank or full used capsule drawer.
  • Power cord storage.
  • The Nespresso Pixie is the only Nespresso machine made in Switzerland.
  • Measurement: 12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height
  • Available in Electric Titan (pictured above), Aluminum or Titan.

Pixie C60 vs. D60, Is There a Difference?

You might notice that some Pixie machines are labeled C60 and other D60, is there a difference between them? No, not at all. These numbers only reference slight model differences and colors, and does not affect the quality or performance of the machine at all. Simply choose the one that looks best to you.

Pixie by DeLonghi or Pixie by Breville? What’s The Difference?

Another variation you might find is that some Pixie (or even other Nespresso models) are sold under the Breville brand and others under the DeLonghi brand. There are no actual difference between them. Nespresso partnered with these brands to help them with distribution of their machines, and these labels are only to let you know which brand made your machine. But you’re still getting the same Nespresso no matter what.

Click here to read more about the Nespresso Pixie and read customer reviews.

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Features of Nespresso CitiZ:

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

Features:

  • 33 3/4 ounce water reservoir. The largest on a Nespresso OriginalLine machine.
  • 2 reprogrammable cup sizes: espresso and lungo.
  • Folding drip tray.
  • Used capsules container.
  • Available in Red, black, silver, white.
  • measurement: 8-Inches by 13-1/2 inches by 10 inches

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Citiz and read customer reviews.

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What Is The Difference Between Pixie and Citiz?

Reservoir Size:

Pixie has a 24 oz water reservoir, CitiZ has a 33 oz reservoir.

Design:

There’s difference in design of both machines that won’t affect the actual performance of it, but might make a difference to you or your kitchen decor. The difference is in the colors, side panels and the bar in which the machine opens/closes the lid.

The Pixie has metal side panels which gives it a more premium feel. It’s also the only machine with backlight indicators for empty water reservoir and full capsule drawer. It will turn from blue to red to let you know it’s time to check up on these two things.

On the other hand, the CitiZ has a nice design, but it lacks the premium materials of the Pixie as it’s mostly made of plastic. But it does have a larger water reservoir which is quite a useful thing.

Country of Origin:

CitiZ is made in China, Pixie is made in Switzerland.

Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother:

Aeroccino is Nespresso’s electric milk frother that heats and froths milk for making Cappuccino or Latte. It includes two whisks for creating different density of milk froth and it can make hot or cold froth. When buying a Nespresso machine, you have the option to buy it as a stand alone or bundled with this milk frother. If you’re planning on making milk based drinks, then we highly recommend that you include it with your purchase.

Learn more about Nespresso’s Milk Frother here.

Common Questions About Nespresso Machines:

Can I Use Any Other type of Coffee Capsules with Nespresso Machines? (K-Cups, Starbucks Verismo… etc.)

No, you can’t. Nespresso machines are compatible with their own capsules/pods only.

Can I use the Same Capsules For More Than Once?

Each Nespresso capsules is pre-measured with the exact amount of coffee ground you need for a perfect cup of Espresso or Lungo. Technically, You can hit the brew button twice on the same pod before you’ve ejected it, but that won’t be a good idea. The coffee will not taste good as you’ve already spent the coffee ground inside the capsule on the first shot. So we really don’t recommend doing this.

Can I use My Own Coffee Ground with Nespresso Machines?

There are non-official refillable Nespresso capsules that you can use to brew your own coffee ground, however, they’re not recommended. These capsules, manufactured by companies other than Nespresso, can actually harm your machine. Also, chances are, you won’t get the measurements or coffee ground right or as good as Nespresso makes them, which can negatively affect your experience.

Can I Make Tea with Nespresso?

Surprisingly, you can! Not officially though. There’s a company that makes tea pods that are available for Nespresso machines, which you can learn more about here.

Where Will I Buy Nespresso Pods From?

There’s available online at Nespresso or Amazon. They’re slightly more expensive on Amazon, but you’re not restricted to buying in quantities of 10 like at Nespresso’s website. They’re also available at Nespresso Boutiques available worldwide. Learn more about buying the capsules here.

Is There a Difference Between the Pixie C60 and D60? Or the U D50 and C50?

Not in the way the machines function. The names refer to slight aesthetic differences in the coffee spout or available color only. For example, the C60 is available in Titanium and Chrome, and the side panels look differently than the D60 which has a smooth side panel and is available in colors like red, green and blue.

Nespresso OriginalLine vs. VertuoLine – Your Complete Guide

We still get a lot of questions about the difference between Nespresso’s machines and the difference between them. So we decided to write a detailed guide about their main lines of machines: OriginalLine and VertuoLine. We’ll talk about the machines, the difference between them and more.

What Is Nespresso VertuoLine?

VertuoLine is a line of machines from Nespresso that can make single serve espresso and coffee. Wit the release of VertuoLine machines, it was the first time that Nespresso offered a machine that can make a long coffee and not just espresso. VertuoLine machines use special capsules that have been entirely redesigned. They are available in different sizes for each coffee drink: Espresso, Double Espresso, Gran Lungo (Americano), Coffee, and Alto XL which is the largest capsule that can make 14 oz coffee.

VertuoLine machines have several features to set it apart from the OriginalLine machines:

  • As mentioned, it makes coffee as well as espresso.
  • It adjusts automatically with the optimal settings for each capsule. Upon inserting a capsule, a laser reader will scan the barcode on the rim of the capsule and will automatically recognize the drink you’re trying to brew.
  • Instead of using a pump all most espresso and coffee makers, VertuoLine machines use Centrifusion technology. This tech spins the capsule rapidly while saturating it with water to extract the coffee. It ensures that the entire capsule has been fully saturated and extracted for maximum flavor.

Type of Drinks VertuoLine Can Make:

Espresso, Coffee, Americano (espresso + water), a Large 14 oz coffee.

Capsule Compatibility:

As of the time of writing this post, Vertuo machines are only compatible with officially branded capsules by Nespresso. There are no alternative from other brands or refillable capsules. However, Nespresso does offer a good variety of capsules in different roasts, intensities, and even flavored coffee.

Available VertuoLine Models:


All VertuoLine machines will brew the same capsules. The difference is going to be mainly in the design and capacity which can offer you different experience based on your need.

Vertuo:

This is the first machine to be introduced in the VertuoLine line. It has a water reservoir of 40 oz, fast 15-sec heat up time and a one button operation. One of the main issues one this machine is that it didn’t brew coffee hot enough. So Nespresso has fixed this problem in later models.

Read our full review on Nespresso Vertuo here.

Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe:

The second edition to come after the Vertuo machine. The design has been updated to have a better cup holder that can sit in 5 different positions instead of 2. It comes in different colors. Evoluo comes in two sizes: the Evoluo with 40 oz water reservoir and 13-capsule capacity for used capsule drawer. Evoluo Deluxe is larger with 50 oz water reservoir and 17-capsule capacity for the used capsule drawer. Also, the Evoluo Deluxe includes an Aeroccino milk frother.

Read our full review about Evoluo here.

Evoluo Comparisons:

VertuoPlus:

This model features a completely redesigned head and water reservoir. The VertuoPlus has a motorized head (where the capsule goes) where you just press it down and it automatically lowers and punctures the capsule. The water reservoir is repositionable, so it can sit on the back or either sides of the machine. It is available as VertuoPlus with 40 oz water reservoir, and VertuoPlus Deluxe with 60 oz capacity.

Read our full review about VertuoPlus here.

Common Questions About Nespresso VertuoLine:

Where Can I Buy Nespresso VertuoLine Capsules?

Capsules are available to buy directly from nespresso.com , you can also buy them from Amazon. If you prefer to buy them in-store, find the nearest Nespresso boutique to you using their Store Locator.

Are There Any Vertuoline Alternative Pods?

No, there isn’t any (yet). This is one of the down sides Vertuoline, you’re limited by the capsules in comparison to OriginalLine.

Are VertuoLine Pods Recyclable?

Yes. They’re made of aluminum and are completely recyclable.

Can I reprogram the serving sizes on my Vertuoline machine?

Yes, that’s possible, but it might results in a not so ideal taste. Watch this video to see how:

Can I Make a Cappuccino or Latte Using Vertuoline?

Absolutely. Those drink are made of espresso and frothy milk. So all you have to do is brew a shot of espresso and add the frothy milk to it. If you plan on making milk based drinks frequently, then it’s best to bundle your machine with an Aeroccino milk frother.

Which Vertuoline Machine Should I Buy?

We would suggest that you skip the first one, Vertuo, as it’s outdated by now. Between Evoluo and VertuoPlus, find the best design and price for your budget. Otherwise, you’d be getting the same coffee results.

Are There Vertuoline Hot Chocolate pods?

No. Vertuoline only makes espresso and coffee capsules.

Pros and Cons of VertuoLine:

  • Pro: can make espresso and coffee in different brew sizes.
  • Cons: Lack of capsule alternatives or refillable option. Capsules can get quite expensive over time.

What Is Nespresso OriginalLine?

OriginalLine is what Nespresso started with. It’s their original line of machines that make espresso and espresso based coffee drinks. These machines also use the original Nespresso capsule design. OriginalLine espresso machines are designed by Nespresso as well as other brands like DeLonghi. Breville or Kitchenaid, so you’ll find a larger variety of machines to choose from.

As we mentioned, Vertuo machines use entirely new technology – Centrifusion – to brew coffee and espresso. On the other hand, OriginalLine machines keep it classic, they use pressure pump for a classic espresso experience.

Drinks You Can Make with an OriginalLine Machine:

  • Espresso, Lungo and Ristretto on some models.
  • Milk based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato can be prepared with one button setup on some models that have built-in milk frother or with the use of an external milk frother.

Capsule Compatibility:

This is where the OriginalLine excels over the Vertuo line. When it first came out, it used to be that OriginalLine machines only used capsules from Nespresso exclusively. But ever since Nespresso lost the patent of the capsule design, you can now find these capsules from a lot of brands. Even Starbucks makes Nespresso OriginalLine capsules now. Other brands even expanded their capsule collections to include tea and hot chocolate. And one of the best parts is, there are refillable capsules available from third party brands that you can fill with your favorite coffee ground.

Available OriginalLine Machines:

There are many many machines that can brew the OriginalLine capsules, and they’re not all by Nespresso. We’ll start with Nespresso’s own OriginalLine machines:

Essenza Mini:

A compact espresso machine that can make it all. It has two sizes Espresso and Lungo, both can be reprogrammed to your desired volumes. It has a small 20 oz water reservoir but even though it’s small in size, it does not compromise in coffee quality. This machine is replacing the Inissia model as the smallest Nespresso machine. It’s available in two designs, one by DeLonghi and another by Breville. Apart from design differences, both models are the same.

Read our detailed post about Essenza Mini here.

Pixie:

Still a small machine, but larger than the Essenza Mini. Pixie has always been a favorite by customers for it’s striking design. It offers two cup sizes, Espresso and Lungo. It has aluminum side panels that gives its body more durability in addition to the beautiful design. The used capsule drawer is illuminated with LED light that blink with the drawer is full or when the machine is low on water.

Read our full review of Pixie here.

CitiZ:

This is Pixie’s biggest competitor. It’s another beauty that’s available in a chrome finish or colored finish (red, white or red). It’s slightly larger than the Pixie, with a larger 33 oz water reservoir. It’s pre-set with Espresso and Lungo sizes. CitiZ is also available as CitiZ and Milk model, with has an Aeroccino frother built into its base for quick and easy milk based drink preparation.

Read more about CitiZ here.

Lattissima:

The Lattissima line includes several models: Lattissima Touch, Lattisima Pro, Lattissima Plus and Lattisima One. The biggest between Lattissima machines and other OriginalLine models is the built-in milk frother. These machines are pre-set with several coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato in addition to espresso and lungo. So you can get your favorite coffee drink with a push of button, the machine will automatically heat, froth the milk, add it to the glass then pour coffee over it. You can read about each model and the difference between them in the following posts:

Creatista, Creatista Plus and Creatista Uno:

This line of OriginalLine machines are designed and made by Breville. Like Lattissima machines, these also have a built-in milk frother but it’s quite different. The Creatista line has a steam wand that is more like a commercial espresso machine’s. It gives you the power to make a truly professional micro-foam milk that you can use to create latte art with. You can program your favorite coffee drink customizations and save them, and depending on the models, all setup and customization is done by a colored touchscreen.

You can learn more about Creatista machines by reading the following posts:

THE RECAP – OriginalLine vs. Vertuo:

so, to recap, here’s the summary of our comparison:

Brewing Drinks:

OriginalLine: Espresso (1.35 oz), Lungo (3.70 oz) and on some models Ristretto (0.70 oz). All drinks can be reprogrammed.

Vertuo: Espresso (1.35 oz) Double espresso (2.7 oz), Gran Lungo Americano (5 oz), Coffee (7.77 oz), Alto XL (14 oz). Volumes can be reprogrammed and each drink requires the capsule made for it.

Brewing Technology:

OriginalLine: High Pressure Pump – like any classic espresso machine.

Vertuo: Patented Centrifuision technology – Rapid spinning (7,000 per minute) while saturating the capsule with hot water. Uses a barcode system to automatically read the capsule type and adjusts automatically.

Capsule Compatibility:

OriginalLine: Nespresso Capsules, Third party capsules, refillable capsules. Available in coffee, tea or hot chocolate varieties. (hot chocolate and tea are from 3rd party only).

Vertuo: Compatible with official Nespresso capsules only.

Cost Per Capsules:

OriginalLine: can go anywhere from $0.70 up to $0.90 – 3rd party companies sometimes sell capsules for less.

Vertuo: $0.85 to $1.20 for the largest capsule size.

Which Should I Choose? OriginalLine or Vertuo?

  • Do you want to brew espresso as well as coffee using the same machine? If so, then Vertuo line is your choice.
  • If you mostly drink specialty coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and so on, OriginalLine will make a better option for you. The option for capsules is quite better, the variety in blends, roasts and even in prices is better. You’re not limited to Nespresso’s capsules if you choose to go with OriginalLine. The only downside is that you won’t be able to brew a cup of coffee using the same machine.
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