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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 Machine by De'Longhi, 5.6 x 16.2 x 12.8 inches, Grey
  • Automatic coffee/espresso maker: Espresso VertuoPlus offers the latest innovation from espresso with an all-new design and colors to complete the perfect single-serve coffee or espresso cup experience. Designed for espresso capsules only.
  • Smart coffee maker: Brew the perfect single-serve coffee or espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's technology using barcodes to deliver the best in-cup results including the perfect cream for large coffee cup sizes. Simply insert the capsule and enjoy freshly brewed coffee or authentic espresso.
  • Complimentary gift: Each machine includes a welcome kit with a range of Vertuo capsules with unique aroma profiles. Cable length- 29.13 inches. Power rating (in watts)- 1300 watt
  • Barista grade: Brew different single-serve coffee cup sizes at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - espresso (1.35 ounce), double espresso (2.7 ounce), gran lungo (5 ounce), coffee (7.7 ounce) and alto (14 ounce). Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
  • Features: The VertuoPlus has a motorized head and moveable 60 ounce water tank. The water tank can swivel out or stay behind the machine based on the configuration of your counter space. The machine also has a fast heat-up time of only 20-25 seconds and has an automatic shutoff after 9 minutes. Input power (watts): 1350

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 oz, 8 oz, and 14oz), Espresso (single and double). New pour-over style caraffe (18 oz) 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.

Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse vs. Cafe Barista: What’s The Difference Between Them?

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista has been a favorite among many people who want an automatic machine that’s budget-friendly, user friendly and allows you to tweak your recipes, too. Mr Coffee has released an improved version of the popular machine, the One-Touch CoffeeHouse espresso and Cappuccino maker. In this post, I will highlight the features of the new coffee maker, how it compared to the older version and if it’s worth a buy.

Features of the Mr Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso and Cappuccino Maker:

  • 19-bar Italian pump.
  • One-touch controls delivers the perfect cup of coffee with a single push of a button.
  • No pods required. Use your favorite coffee ground to craft your delicious coffee drinks.
  • Use pre-set buttons or select manual settings to create your drink to your liking.
  • Brew a single or double shots of espresso at a time.
  • Select from two Cappuccino options, two Latte options, two programmable options, a manual/espresso option and froth.
  • Integrated removable milk reservoir automatically heats, froths and adds the milk to your cup. With adjustable froth settings.
  • Milk tank capacity is 650ml. Left-over milk can be stored in the fridge by removing the tank and placing it directly in the fridge.
  • Adjustable cup tray can accommodate taller cups up to 10″ tall.

Click here to learn more about Mr Coffee One Touch CoffeeHouse, read the customer reviews and buy it.

How Is Mr Coffee CoffeeHouse Different Than Mr Coffee Cafe Barista?

This is the Mr Coffee Cafe Barista. As you can see, at first glance, there’s little to no difference in the way the look. But there’s certainly some upgrades and differences between the two models:

  • The One-Touch CoffeeHouse is designed to be taller, which means: it can accommodate taller cups, up to 10″ tall if you remove the cup tray.
  • The One-Touch CoffeeHouse has more options. You get two pre-sets for each drink (cappuccino, latte or espresso), you also get additional manual options to customize each drink.
  • On both models, the milk frother is integrated, removable and has the option to adjust the froth level. Capacity wise, it is 650ml in the CoffeeHouse model and 450ml in the Cafe Barista model.
  • The CoffeeHouse model can make a single or double shot at a time. It can also hold two cups at the same time. With the Cafe Barista, you can do one or two shots at the same time, but you can’t fit two cups on the tray.

Some technical differences:

  • The CoffeeHouse now has three thermos  couples compared to two in the Cafe Barista. This means better temperature control and more consistent espresso extraction results.
  • The pump on the CoffeeHouse model is 19-bars vs. 15 bars in the Cafe Barista model. But to be fair, this will hardly make a real difference to you as a user.

Should You Upgrade From Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista To The Newer Model?

Although the One-Touch CoffeeHouse model does have some advantages to the Cafe Barista, like a larger milk tank, more pre-sets, better space for cup accommodation, it’s not necessarily a reason to upgrade unless these are features you really need. Either machine will give you a great cup of coffee. But if, for example, you need to make more cups faster, you’ll find that the fact that you can fit two cups in the drip tray instead of just one a very useful feature. The larger milk tank also means less refilling as it’s large enough to make 6 cappuccinos or 3 lattes.

Watch How The Mr Coffee CoffeeHouse Machine Works:

K-Cafe vs. K-Latte, What’s The Difference Between These Keurig Machines?

For the first time ever, Keurig has released two new machines that specialize in Cappuccino, Latte and specialty coffee drinks, that’s in addition to coffee. K-Cafe and K-Latte are as convenient as other Keurig machines, one button operation gets you a nice cup of Cappuccino, Latte or any other coffee creation you want. And for the first time, these Keurig machines have built-in milk frothers, which means, fresh creamy milk froth at a touch of a button!

In this post, I’ll be talking about the features of K-Cafe and K-Latte, what they do and what’s the difference between them.

Features of Keurig K-Cafe Coffee, Cappuccino and Latte Maker:

  • Use any K-Cup pod to make delicious coffee drinks: coffee, cappuccino, latte and more.
  • Coffee serving sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Shot size: 2 oz for specialty coffee drinks.
  • Strong Brew option: for making a stronger coffee, using this option which steeps your coffee longer before brewing.
  • Built-in milk frother heats and froths milk. Choose from Cappuccino froth, Latte froth or Cold froth for iced drinks.
  • Frother is dishwasher safe.
  • Simple button controls makes machine operation very easy.
  • Compatible with My K-Cup reusable K-Cup filter.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Cafe, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of Keurig K-Latte Coffee, Cappuccino and Latte Maker:

  • Brew a cup of coffee or create any specialty coffee drink like cappuccino or latte.
  • Coffee serving sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz.
  • Shot serving size: 2 oz.
  • Built-in milk frother – makes hot froth only.
  • Frother is NOT dishwasher safe in this model.
  • Base under the frother flips up to save space when not in use.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods including My K-Cup refillable filter.
  • Button controls.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 36 oz.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Cafe, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What K-Cup Pods Are Compatible with K-Cafe and K-Latte?

Whether you’re brewing a cup of coffee or preparing a shot for a specialty coffee drink, you can use any type of K-Cup pod you want. That includes branded or non-branded K-Cups and refillable filters. When making a shot for specialty coffee, you’re free to use any type of coffee pod you want and not necessarily an espresso K-Cup. This gives you a lot of options to choose from, which is one of the great things about these Keurig machines.

Do K-Cafe and K-Latte Make Espresso Shots?

No, they’re not designed to make authentic espresso shots as that would requires a much powerful pump in the machine. So, how do they make ‘shots’ for your cappuccino and latte? What K-Cafe and K-Latte do is brew a really strong concentrate of coffee that resembles a shot of espresso. Instead of brewing an 8 or 10 oz of coffee out of the K-Cup pod, it will brew a 2 oz coffee concentrate that you use as the base of the cappuccino or latte. Then, you’ll add the froth to it to complete your drink.

Can I Use Any Type of Milk With the Keurig Frother?

Yes, you can use any type of milk you like. That includes soy, almond, rice or coconut milk. But do keep in mind that different milks give different froth results.

What Is The Difference Between K-Cafe and K-Latte?

Now you’ve looked at the features of each model, it’s time to differentiate between them so you can decide which one is the best choice for you. Ultimately, both do the same things, same drinks, using the same pods. Yet, there are some differences that you want to consider for your final decision.

The Frother:

  • The frother on the K-Cafe is made of stainless steel. It’s dishwasher safe and has multiple options: cappuccino froth, latte froth and cold froth.
  • On the K-Latte, the frother is built from different material. It has a plastic exterior and non-stick interior. This makes it not dishwasher safe. Also, there’s no options for froth density. It only heats and froths milk, so you can’t choose between capp, latte or cold froth. K-Latte frother is made for making latte froth.

Coffee Serving Sizes:

  • K-Cafe has four sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • K-Latte has only three: 6, 8 and 10 oz.

Strong Brew Option:

  • This option is available in the K-Cafe model only.

Water Reservoir capacity:

  • K-Cafe: 60 oz.
  • K-Latte: 36 oz.

Overall, the K-Cafe model is larger machine. Since it can brew larger serving size, it is equipped with a larger reservoir. The milk frother has more options and if you want to get a bolder flavor, the Strong Brew option is a great features of the K-Cafe. K-Latte, as it’s name indicates, is best for latte lovers. The frother is programmed to make a less dense froth and it only makes hot froth.

Keurig Rivo vs. K-Cafe vs. K-Latte, What’s The Difference?

Before there was Keurig K-Cafe or K-Latte to make specialty drinks, there was Keurig Rivo. Like K-Cafe and K-Latte, it has a built-in frother and it makes cappuccinos, lattes and other coffee drinks. So how come I said it’s Keurig’s first time making machines for specialty coffee drinks? Well, because there’s a huge difference in how Rivo, K-Cafe and K-Latte work, and they’re entirely different systems.

Keurig Rivo, while it has the Keurig name, it does NOT brew K-Cup pods and it does NOT make coffee. It only makes Espresso using pods made from Lavazza, the Italian coffee brand. In this model, espresso made the authentic way, with high pressure pump. That’s why the machine is not able to make regular coffee.

On the other hand, K-Cafe and K-Latte using K-Cup pods, which are widely available, available from more brands and they give you the option to make regular coffee as well as cappuccino and latte.

You can read more about Keurig’s Rivo coffee maker here.

Common Questions About Keurig K-Cafe, K-Latte:

Can I make Hot Chocolate or Tea with K-Cafe or K-Latte?

Yes indeed! You can still brew any kind of K-Cup pod using these machines. Hot Chocolate will be even better with frothy milk!

Can I add other ingredients to the milk frother?

No, it’s not recommended that you add any ingredients (syrup, chocolate powder, chocolate shavings) to the frother. You can only heat/froth milk in it.

Do I have to use an Espresso roast K-Cup pod when making Cappuccino or Latte?

No, that’s not necessary. You can use any type of K-Cup coffee pod. However, an espresso pod would give you better results since it’s usually dark roasted and gives stronger tasting coffee.

Can K-Latte make Cappuccinos too?

To make a Cappuccino, you’ll want more and higher density froth, which the frother on the K-Latte can’t make.

Review of Francis Francis Illy X9 and Comparison with Y3

If there’s one thing Francis Francis for Illy are good at, it’s their ability to create really stylish and compact espresso machines without compromising features. The Illy X9 is an example of this. It’s a truly beautiful piece of design, small and can be placed anywhere without worrying about it taking up much space.

Features of Illy X9:

  • Compact design.
  • Dimensions: 4.80 W x 10.60 D x 10.50 H
  • For use with iperEspresso capsules only.
  • 2 reprogrammable coffee settings.
  • 23 oz water reservoir.
  • Water reservoir can only be partially removed (pulled out like a drawer).
  • Used capsule drawer for up to 10 used capsules.
  • Chromed aluminum finish.
  • Top warming tray holds 2 espresso ups.
  • Available in Chrome, Red or Silver/black.

Click here to learn more about Illy X9, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

What Is The Difference Between Illy X9 vs. Y3?

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There’s not much difference between the Illy X9 and Y3 in features, in fact, they are exactly the same. The difference however is in the design:

  • Even though both models are compact in size, the shape of the machines dictates how they sit on your countertop. The X9 has a curved design that makes it narrow from the front and back, with its water reservoir sitting at the bottom.
  • On the other hand, the Y3 has a larger 30 oz water reservoir that is fully removable. The X9 has a 23 oz water reservoir that is partially removable.
  • The finish of the X9 is what makes it special. It is housed in Chrome finished Aluminum. The Y3 has some nice chrome accent and tempered glass, but it’s mainly housed in a plastic body.

So choosing between these two models will be purely on design features and what material you prefer your  machine to be.

Video Reviews: 

Illy Y3 vs. Y5, What’s The Difference Between Them?

Illy is undoubtedly one of Italy’s best coffee brands. And lucky for us, Illy manufactures their own single-serve espresso makers for us to enjoy their highly quality coffee at home.

In a previous post, we reviewed and compared Illy’s Y5 espresso machine and its two models, Duo and Milk. In this post, we’ll look at the differences between Illy Y3 vs. Y5.

Let’s start with the features of Illy Y3 Espresso Machine:

  • Compact, ultra slim single-serve espresso machine from Illy, for use with IperEspresso capsules by Illy.
  • 19-bar pump.
  • Two programmable coffee programs, can be re-adjusted to any volume of espresso your want.
  • Removable 1 Liter (33 oz) water reservoir.
  • Automatic used capsule ejection.
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 8 used capsules.
  • Adjustable cup tray.
  • Available in different colors.

Click here to learn more about illy Y3, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

Features of Illy Y5 Duo Espresso and Coffee Machine:

  • Single-serve Espresso and Coffee maker, uses Illy’s IperEspresso capsules.
  • Can make espresso and traditional cup of coffee.
  • 19-bar pump.
  • Two coffee programs that can be readjusted.
  • 30 oz (0.9 liters) water reservoir capacity.
  • Slim and compact design.
  • Automatic capsule ejection.
  • Used capsule capsule drawer holds up to 10 capsules.

Click here to learn more about the Illy Y5 Duo, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

Illy Y3 vs. Illy Y5, What’s The Difference?

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The main difference here is:

  • Illy Y3 is an espresso machine and can only brew espresso at different volumes.
  • Illy 5 Duo can brew both Espresso and Coffee.

So, if you love espresso but still enjoy a traditional cup of coffee, you’ll love that the Y5 Duo can do both. And you could be wondering, since both machine have reprogrammable settings, couldn’t you just reprogram a button to do a large cup of coffee? No, it’s not advised that you do that, and heres’ why:

  • When making a cup of coffee with the Y5, you will be using iperCoffee capsules, which contains a coffee blend and different measurement than the iperEspresso capsules.
  • To make a cup of coffee, the Y5 will most likely use less pressure power than when making espresso, since coffee can’t be prepared using high pressure like espresso. The Y3 does not have this feature.

Where To Buy Illy iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules?

If you want to learn more about iperEspresso capsules and how they work, you can read our full post about it here. iperEspresso and iperCoffee can be purchased directly from Illy’s website. You can also buy them from Amazon. (for coffee, make sure the capsule is labeled iperCoffee).

Common questions about Illy’s iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules:

Can Illy’s IperEspresso and IperCoffee Capsules Be Used with Nespresso or Keurig Machines?

No, Illy’s capsules can be used with their systems only. If you want illy coffee for Keurig, you can buy their K-Cups here.

Are There Refillable Pods for Illy? Can I Use My Own Coffee Ground?

No, there are no refillable pods. You can only use official IperEspresso and IperCoffee capsules from illy.

Can I Make Hot Chocolate With an Illy Espresso or Coffee Maker?

No, Illy makes coffee and espresso drinks only.

Video Reviews:

How To Use Illy Y5 Duo:

Review of Illy Y3:

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