The days of needing to drive to a barista for a perfect latte or coffee are over. Nespresso machines have raised the bar for home coffee makers.
Multiple brands offer compatibility with Nespresso, and Nespresso also produces its own models. De’Longhi’s use of architectural design elements and sleek, modern lines, like on the Nespresso Citiz, sets its machines apart from the crowd, while Breville offers a host of customization options with the Creatista. Check out all of our picks for the best Nespresso machines, and find a machine with the right look and functions for you.
Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De’Longhi
The Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De’Longhi is one of the smallest machines in the line-up, making it the perfect choice for anyone who is tight on kitchen counter space for gadgets. It’s also one of the more budget-friendly Nespresso coffee makers, meaning your morning cup of Joe won’t force you to break the bank. But don’t think that this small machine doesn’t pack a punch. It can reach the ideal water temperature in just 25 seconds, and you can make nine single-serve cups before you have to refill the water tank, which holds 24 ounces.
Conveniently, this machine features adjustable cup size, thanks to the programmable Espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (5 oz) buttons, so you can make anything from a huge mug of coffee to a small afternoon pick-me-up. For safety and energy efficiency, the machine will automatically switch off after nine minutes.
While all Nespresso makers are pleasant to look at, the Citiz espresso maker really places an emphasis on design. Billed as “urban smart,” the design of this espresso maker was inspired by New York City architecture in the 1940s.
The Citiz is part of Nespresso’s original line of espresso makers, and can pour both Espresso and Lungo size cups. The Citiz heats up in just 25 seconds and will automatically shut off after nine minutes of inactivity. Nespresso also makes a Citiz+Milk machine, which includes an attached frother. However, this machine is simply a Citiz with anattached to its side. If the price is right, you might get more versatility and save some counter space by simply buying these devices separately.
DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus
Just because you’re making coffee at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have options. The Nespresso Lattissima Plus from Delonghi has a built-in milk frother so you can make espresso, cappuccino, or a latte macchiato with a push of a button. The Lattissima brews your espresso, froths your milk, and then combines the two in the correct portions.
The Lattissima Plus has a 0.9-liter water reservoir and a 0.35-liter milk container. If there’s anything inconvenient about this machine, it’s the fact that Delonghi has not figured out a way to keep milk fresh when it’s left out on the counter. Yes, you’ll have to refrigerate the milk container when it’s not in use.
Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville
Nespresso makers are known for making great espresso from the comfort of your own kitchen, but sometimes you might want more than a single shot of caffeine in the morning. With the touch of a button, Nespresso’s Creatista machine can make coffee or espresso, and even complex creations such as latte macchiatos, flat whites, and cappuccinos. You can even adjust some settings to indicate the coffee volume and milk temperature you prefer. Conveniently, the machine has a built-in milk frother with eight texture levels.
This machine includes tons of helpful features, from an automatic self-cleaning function, a stainless milk jug, 19 bars of pressure, and a two-year warranty. It can also heat up in less than 3 seconds and will automatically power off after nine minutes, for the purposes of both safety and energy efficiency.
Vertuo Next is Nespresso’s latest generation offering for its Vertuo lineup of the machine. These machines can handle both the original Nespresso capsule and newer Vertuo capsules, allowing for a broader range of coffee styles. Brew everything from single shot espresso cups to full 14-ounce coffee mugs with the push of a button, featuring a 25-second heat-up time. The Vertuo Next auto-aim adapts to each capsule you insert, selecting the correct cup size, pressure, temperature, and brewing time. When finished, the Next will even automatically eject the Nespresso capsule, and the 37-ounce water tank is ready for your next cup. Best of all, you can feel good because the Next is the first Nespresso machine to be made from 54% recycled plastics.
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