Nespresso U vs. Pixie vs. Citiz Comparison: Which Nespresso Machine to Buy?
UPDATE 1 MARCH 2014:
We’ve just updated our website with information on the newest machine by Nespresso. It’s called the Nespresso VertuoLine, and it’s a heavenly machine for anyone who enjoys espresso as well as coffee! Click here to learn more about it.
Not interested in the new Nespresso machine? please continue reading this article about Nespresso’s best espresso machines…
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!
There’s a number of Nespresso machines on the market, top three being: Pixie, Citiz and U. If you’ve been doing research for a while, you might be confused and not sure which of these you should be getting. Well, we’re here to help! So here’s our comparison of the three machines, and we’ll highlight major differences in bold red so you can quickly spot the differences that matter.
|Feature||Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30 seconds|
Backlight indicators, water level detection, auto power-off, used capsule container, convenient power cord storage
12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height
24-Ounce water tank
|Fully automatic piercing, brewing and ejection of used capsules with a retracting coffee outlet to stop dripping after coffee is brewed|
27-ounce water tank Fast pre-heat time: 25 seconds for use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
Automatic memorization of one of three cup sizes: Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo Removable magnetic cup/drip tray for larger milk recipes
19 bar pump pressure Automatic power off after 9-minute of inactivity
Light indicator for empty water tank and full capsule dispenser: Holds 12 used capsules
|Easy insertion and ejection of capsules; Holds 10 used capsules; Removable 34-ounce water tank; For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only|
Integrated aeroccino milk frother; Rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and Iced Cappuccino
Compact brewing unit technology; Fast preheating time: 25 seconds; 19 Bar high pressure pump; Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
Automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo)
Pivoting cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
|Title||Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, Electric Titan||Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker, Pure Black||Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother, Black|
|Height||9.25 inch||9.8 inch||10.9 inch|
|Weight||9 pound||6.6 pound||10 pound|
|Width||4.33 inch||4.5 inch||9.3 inch|
|Length||12.83 inch||14.5 inch||14.6 inch|
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Which Nespresso Machine Is Best To Buy?
– 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 tank, and an option to have an integrated Aeroccino milk frother, the CitiZ is your machine!
Read on for more details…
Nespresso U is the most customizable of the three machines, It’s a machine that is truly made for YOU!
- 27 ounce water tank
- 19 bar pressure pump.
- Automatic memorization of three cup sizes: ristretto, espresso and lungo.
- Repositionable water tank, you can move it to the right, left or keep it at the back. Whichever is more suitable to your available counter space.
- Removable magnetic drip tray which can be removed to fit larger cups.
- Light indicator for empty water tank.
- Capsules dispenser holds up to 12 used capsules.
- Available in Black, Cream or Orange.
- Measurement: 14 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ x 9 3/4″ high
Is There a Difference Between Nespresso U D50 vs. C50?
No, not in the performance of the machines. The difference is only aesthetic (different colors and different spout shapes).
- 24 ounce water tank.
- 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.
- Backlights for buttons, Water level indicator.
- 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), Lime/Yellow, Red and Blue.
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!.
- 33 3/4 ounce water tank. This machine has the biggest tank of all Nespresso machines.
- 2 reprogrammable cup sizes: espresso and lungo.
- Folding drip tray.
- Used capsules container.
- Available in Red, Aluminum and Titanium.
- measurement: 8-Inches by 13-1/2 inches by 10 inches
If you’re planning to use your Nespresso to create delicious coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato or any milk based coffee drink, you’ll have to consider the Nesprsso Aerroccino automatic milk frother which provides you with creamy milk froth in less than a minute, whether you want it hot or cold.
You can also consider any of the following Nespresso Bundles (click on the photo or the name to see the purchase page):
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.