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Nespresso Vertuo Plus vs Vertuo [The Plus Version Wins!]

Nespresso Vertuo Plus vs Vertuo [The Plus Version Wins!]

Nespresso Guides May 24, 2023

When it WhenWhen it comes to choosing between Nespresso Vertuo Plus and Vertuo, the choice is actually easier than you think.

I have written this guide to break down the features of each of these models to help you understand which one is a better choice for you.

Key Notes

Both Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus produce the same coffee and use the same pods. So fundamentally, they are the same machine.

The difference comes in the design of each model. Vertuo is the first model to come in the series, Vertuo Plus followed.

Keep reading below to understand why I picked the Vertuo Plus as the winner.

    The Differences

    Nespresso Vertuo and Vertuo Plus have the ‘same’ feel when it comes to design. They share some retro-modern aesthetics and the dome-shaped brew head. But they’re not entirely the same:


    • Nespresso VertuoPlus: 9.8W x 13.3D x 12.7H
    • Nespresso Vertuo: 8.3W x 11.9D x 11.9H

    Although the difference isn’t huge, Vertuo is somewhat smaller than VertuoPlus. However, the Plus version has a repositionable water reservoir that makes it more flexible or adaptable to your space.

    Lid Movement

    The lid movement isn’t something you’ll often think about. But it is something to consider:

    • Vertuo Plus has an automated open/close action. You’ll simply touch the lid tab and it will automatically rise, touch it again and it will close and puncture the pod. Opening it again will eject the pod into the used capsule bin.
    • The Vertuo model has a manual lid. You will rotate the lock on the lid to open or close it. You’ll have to push down the head slightly then rotate/lock the knob to make sure it’s locked in place.

    Does this make much of a difference? For me personally, and after a long time of using Nespresso Vertuo Plus, I have come to this conclusion:

    • Having an automated open/closure action means less manual force on the lid, which means it is less likely to break.
    • Also for some people, when using a manual lid on Vertuo, they find trouble locking in the head correctly or getting the pod clogged. But this does not happen often.

    Water Tank Capacity

    Both models share the same reservoir capacity of 40 oz. The difference is in the location of the water tank and its movability.

    A bonus feature of the Vertuo Plus is its re-positionable water reservoir, which can come in handy if you have limited counter space in your kitchen. It can be located on the back of the machine or on either side.

    The Vertuo model, however, has the water reservoir sitting to the left.

    Both of the machines have removable water reservoirs, so they’re easy to clean and refill.

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    Why You Should Pick Vertuo Plus Over Vertuo

    Nespresso Vertuo Plus vs Vertuo [The Plus Version Wins!]
    My personal VertuoPlus

    Now that you understand that the functionality of both Nespresso models are the same, and you’re practically picking between design features only. Here is why I recommend Vertuo Plus over Vertuo:


    – The least problematic version of Vertuo machines
    – Great design and material build
    – Affordable price


    – It’s not Bluetooth connected (so no software updates)
    – Not compatible with newer Vertuo pods like Alto and Cold Brew pods or Carafe pods.
    (same goes for the Vertuo model)


    Please always confirm prices before buying

    Looking at the prices over a long period of time, I have found that a Vertuo Plus bundled with an Aeroccino milk frother remains less expensive or equal to buying a Veruto as a standalone machine.

    Of course, it only makes sense that you buy the less expensive bundle.

    Better Design Features

    If you’re not impressed by Vertuo Plus’s automated lid, you’ll be impressed by the swiveling water reservoir that is adaptable to your space. This is especially great for someone limited on countertop space.

    Design Variations of Nespresso Vertuo Plus

    There are two variations to pick from:

    • the Deluxe or regular version of VertuoPlus
    • The Breville or DeLonghi branded design

    When comparing the Nespresso Vertuo Plus and Vertuo Plus Deluxe, there are some subtle differences to keep in mind.

    The Deluxe version has:

    • A larger water tank capacity of 60 oz compared to the VertuoPlus 40 oz
    • A capsule container with a higher capacity
    • Chrome accents in the cup tray and brew head.

    DeLonghi Or Breville?

    The differences between Breville and DeLonghi Vertuo machines are purely aesthetic.

    • VertuoPlus by Breville has a dome-shaped top and is available in colors: Black, grey, or white.
    • VertuoPlus by DeLonghi has a flat head design and is available in the colors: Red, Grey, and Silver

    All you have to do is pick the shape and color you prefer!

    The Similarities in Vertuo Models

    Nespresso Vertuo and Vertuo Plus have more similarities than differences, to be honest. This is good news because it makes your decision even easier.

    Brewing Technology

    All Nespresso Vertuo machines utilize the innovative Centrifusion technology to extract coffee. With this technique, you can brew delicious coffee with a rich crema.

    The machine spins the capsule at high speed, mixing the ground coffee with water to create a perfect blend. This ensures that you get a consistent, high-quality cup of coffee each time you use either machine.

    Pod Compatibility

    Nespresso Vertuo Plus vs Vertuo [The Plus Version Wins!]

    When it comes to coffee pods, both the Vertuo and VertuoPlus systems are compatible with Nespresso Vertuo pods only.

    These capsules come in different sizes, allowing you to brew various coffee styles.

    Pod SizeBrew Size
    Espresso1.35 oz / 40 ml
    Double Espresso2.7 oz / 80 ml
    Gran Lungo5.07 oz / 150 ml
    Mug7.77 oz / 230 ml

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    Where to Buy Nespresso Vertuo Pods

    Nespresso Vertuo Pods are exclusive to Nespersso. You can buy your pods from Nespresso’s own website or through their Amazon store. Nespresso pods are not available in general stores.

    There are no third-party pods, too. Except for Starbucks Vertuo pods which you can find at major supermarkets or online.

    Coffee Brew Sizes

    Vertuo cup sizes

    Vertuo Plus and Vertuo can brew 4 serving sizes:

    Espresso: 1.35 oz

    Double Espresso: 2.75 oz

    Gran Lungo: 5 oz

    Coffee: 7.7 oz

    Thanks to Vertuo’s automatic pod recognition system, the machine will automatically recognize which pod size you inserted and will brew accordingly.

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