Best Nespresso Machines in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 21, 2019
Nespresso machines are extremely easy-to-use coffee makers. They enable just about anyone to create the perfect cup of espresso just like skilled baristas. And all that with almost no effort and mess! So, if you love the rich bold taste of espresso, keep on reading our reviews of the best Nespresso machines and discover more. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
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OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Brewing Options
Temperature Control
Convenience
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

Both "Espresso" and "Lungo" functions can be programmed to make the exact amount of coffee you need.

CONS

There is no green/red light informing when the water is low.

OUR VERDICT

With a tiny footprint, stylish design, and straightforward operation, the Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine is a win-win choice for those who are looking for a simplistic and compact machine that makes delicious coffee with the push of a button.

detailed parameters
Type

Pump-driven (19 bar)

Power

1260 W

Brewing Options

Espresso and Lungo buttons, Progarammable volume

Temperature Control

Automatic

Convenience

0.7-l removable water reservoir, Capsule container (up to 11 capsules), Foldable drip tray, Auto-power off, 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included

Dimensions

12 x 23 x 31 cm

2.4 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The machine has a folding cup tray that can accommodate quite big glasses for many coffee recipes.

CONS

The water reservoir can be a bit difficult to detach.

OUR VERDICT

Performance wise and smart-looking, the Nespresso Citiz machine is that sort of coffee machine that is able to please both coffee aficionados and design lovers. Also, it can accommodate small and and large glasses, which makes it a great choice for those who like experimenting with coffee recipes.

detailed parameters
Type

Pump-driven (19 bar)

Power

1260 W

Brewing Options

Espresso and Lungo buttons, Progarammable volume

Temperature Control

Automatic

Convenience

1-l removable water reservoir, Capsule container (up to 11 capsules), Detachable drip tray, Height-adjustable stand, Auto-power off, 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included

Dimensions

13 x 27.8 x 37.2 cm

3.1 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This mini coffee machine maker is very portable. It takes up about half the space of a standard toaster and is just 2.3 kg.

CONS

It's not capacious enough for big companies. 

OUR VERDICT

The Nespresso Essenza is very compact and modern. It's a good option for small families and kitchens where free space is an issue. However, the machine retains all the features of the brand’s top-tier models to create dense and unctuous crema.  

detailed parameters
Type

Pump-driven (19 bar)

Power

1310 W

Brewing Options

Espresso and Lungo buttons, Progarammable volume

Temperature Control

Automatic

Convenience

0.6-l removable water reservoir, Capsule container (up to 6 capsules), Detachable drip tray, auto-power off, 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included

Dimensions

11 x 20.5 x 32.5 cm

2.3 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This brewer has a handy empty water tank alert. Once the water reservoir requires refilling, the red LEDs will light up.

CONS

The machine is rather noisy. 

OUR VERDICT

It's a premium coffee making machine that offers a good range of different brews and flavours. It's made to last, so you'll be able to treat yourself and people around you to delicious crema for many years to come.

detailed parameters
Type

Pump-driven (19 bar)

Power

1260 W

Brewing Options

Espresso and Lungo buttons, Progarammable volume

Temperature Control

Automatic

Convenience

0.7-l removable water reservoir, Capsule container (up to 11 capsules), foldable drip tray, Auto-power off, 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included

Dimensions

11.1 x 32.6 x 23.5 cm

3 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The enhanced Centrifusion and barcode technology adjusts the brewing parameters to each coffee blend and capsule size.

CONS

The machine is too bulky and heavy.

OUR VERDICT

If you’re looking for a capacious coffee machine that can make different coffee drinks, the Vertuo Plus is a good option. It's very versatile and good to share with your housemates or use in an office environment. It can prepare four different cup sizes.

detailed parameters
Type

Drip (CENTRIFUSION™ technology)

Power

1260 W

Brewing Options

One-touch operation, Capsule recognition technology (Five cup sizes: Alto, Mug, Gran Lungo, Double Espresso, Espresso), Progarammable volume

Temperature Control

Automatic

Convenience

1.7-l removable water reservoir, Removable used-Capsule Container (up to 10 capsules), Height-adjustable stand (removable), Auto-power off, 12 VertuoLine™ Capsules included

Dimensions

14.2 x 32.5 x 42.3 cm

4.6 kg

Warranty

1 year

Nespresso Inissia Black by Magimix

Golden Mean

The Inissia Coffee Machine is a golden mean in the Nespresso lineup that boasts a great price and value. It's by far not the fanciest model by Nespresso, still, it's quite possibly the best-selling machine. It attracts users with its simplicity and small footprint. It's quite compact and doesn't take up much space on a counter. Actually, it has a very slim profile and is slightly wider than an espresso cup. And that really matters to those individuals who have a small kitchen.

The Inissia's interface is all about simplicity. With just two buttons, the machine is extremely straightforward to use. You simply need to lift up the handle to open the chamber, drop the espresso capsules there, lower the handle, and press the button. One button is for a regular shot of espresso, while the other is for lungo, a longer shot with more water.

The machine works really fast. It needs just 25 seconds to warm up and even less than that to make your coffee. It reaches the ideal water temperature to make up to 9 cups of espresso without a need to refill the 0.7-litre tank. You should take note, though, that there is no green/red light informing when the water is low.

Both "Espresso" and "Lungo" functions already have preset levels of the amount of water that will run through the machine. But the best part is that they can be programmed to make the exact amount of coffee desired. Simply keep one of the buttons pressed while the Inissia is making your coffee. Once it makes the amount that you like, let it go. The machine will remember the exact proportions to deliver you the desired volume of coffee the next time you use it.

Review of Nespresso Inissia Black by Magimix Coffee Machine

Easy Maintenance

There is a small chamber inside the Inissia machine that holds used capsules. Just when you lift up the handle to add a new capsule, the used one is automatically dropped into the chamber. The container can hold up to 8 used capsules before it should be emptied.

As for the overall cleanup, the machine requires just occasional wiping with a wet cloth. It's totally plastic and easy to clean, which is an obvious advantage in busy office environments. By the way, it has a modern design and is available in vibrant colours to satisfy any taste and fit ideally into any interior.

With a tiny footprint, stylish design, and straightforward operation, the Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine is a win-win choice for those who are looking for a simplistic and compact machine that makes delicious coffee with the push of a button.

Nespresso Inissia Black by Magimix Coffee Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso Citiz

Award-winning Design

With this new, updated design, the Nespresso Citiz Coffee Machine is a real standout on the market. The machine has rightfully won a Red Dot Design Award with its shiny chrome exterior and retro-modern curvature. It looks very attractive and we liked nearly everything about its aesthetics.

Although the machine is mainly made from durable plastic, it has chrome accents that make it look very high-end and much more expensive than it actually is. Hence, if you want to emphasise your chic style and add a touch of elegance to your coffee rituals, this is a good pick. However, bear in mind that keeping the chrome clean might be a hassle.

This elegant coffee machine not only looks amazing but makes great coffee too. It delivers a rich, near-authentic crema that is reasonably foamy and extra delicious. The machine has two automatic, backlit buttons for espresso and lungo which can be programmed for custom volumes if needed. And that's quite handy especially taking into account the fact that the machine has a folding cup tray that can accommodate quite big glasses for many recipes. For example, you can warm up the milk separately and then add the coffee from the Citiz into the same cup. Unfortunately, the machine itself doesn't have any device for warming and frothing milk. But you can get a milk frother additionally and enjoy not only espresso but latte or cappuccino as well.

Review of Nespresso Citiz Coffee Machine

Smart and Cost Effective

The Citiz coffee maker is a fairly energy-saving appliance that is claimed to consume 40% less energy than models rated as “A” devices (according to FEA / CECED labelling). Basically, the machine turns itself off after 9 minutes of inactivity. However, this period may be easily extended from 9 to 30 minutes, just in case your family members prefer to have their coffee at a different time in the morning.

While the machine is off, you need to press and hold the "Espresso" button for 3 seconds to select 9 minutes and press it once more for 30 minutes. Once you’re done, you should press and hold the "Lungo" button so as to lock in your setting. However, if you want to turn off the machine on command, you won’t need to wait the full 9 or 30 minutes. Simply press both "Espresso" and "Lungo" buttons at the same time.

Performance-wise and with a smart-looking design, the Nespresso Citiz machine can please both coffee aficionado and design lovers. It's ideal for small or large mugs as well as latte glasses.
Nespresso Citiz Coffee Machine in the use

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Nespresso Essenza Mini

For the Smallest Kitchens

Looking for an espresso machine that could easily fit even in the smallest urban kitchens? Meet the Essenza Mini Coffee maker, the most compact machine in Nespresso lineup. It features a new curvy design with rounded-edges to have even a smaller footprint than before. To understand how compact it is, just consider the fact that it takes up about half the space of a standard toaster. And being just 2.3 kg, it’s effortlessly portable.

This mini coffee maker neatly hides the water reservoir in the back, but the drip tray and capsule chamber are in the front as usual. And although this machine is the smallest in the Nespresso range, it retains all the great features of bigger machines and, more importantly, the taste. Espresso and lungo produced by this machine are always delicately creamy and evenly pulled. The 19 bar high-pressure pump ensures barista-style results, extracting all the rich flavours and premium aromas of the coffee capsules to deliver you dense and unctuous crema.

Naturally, since this portable coffee machine is smaller than other models, you may have a real hassle if you’ve got many guests coming. With only a 0.6-litre water reservoir, the Essenza can make just two or three lungos before it needs a refill. But considering the fast heating time, you won't need to wait that long to serve all your guests.

Review of Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine

Simple Operation

The design is not only compact but very intuitive and easy to use. There are only two buttons for the drink options. Hence, all you have to do is choose the programmed espresso or lungo. The machine will take care of the rest. There will be no need to tamper coffee grounds and then knock out coffee pucks. Simply load a capsule in the slot and press a button.

With a pod-based Nespresso small machine, you won't need to clean up any coffee powder afterwards. The used capsules will go into the capsule container which, by the way, can store up to 6 of them.

All the parts including a water tank, drip tray, and drip grid are removable for washing. And the surface can be cleaned with a damp cloth. The casing is made of high-quality plastic and is offered in bright designs.

Being exceptionally compact and modern, it's the number one option for small families and small kitchens. The reduction in size doesn't have any effect on coffee quality or taste. This mini coffee machine really retains all the features of the brand’s top-tier models.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso Pixie Aluminium by Magimix

Premium Brewer

At very first glance, it becomes obvious that the Pixie Coffee Machine is a high-end model that falls into the "premium" category. Made with sleek aluminium side panels, it has a timeless Avant-garde design that gives it a nice retro feel. The panels are perfectly aligned and stoutly-built. And thanks to these metal sides, the machine not only looks ultimately stylish but also feels very durable and expensive.

Like most other Nespresso machines, this brewer is very user-friendly and has no complex functions - just espresso and lungo. And with the programmable custom-size feature, you can have your espresso in whatever size and concentration you desire.

This is a high-performance machine that brews delicious coffee with rich crema on top. It uses a 19-bar pressure pump to brew coffee to the perfect extraction. Therefore, you'll get the intense flavour and the good consistency of crema. However, the biggest complaint about the pump is how noisy it is. The machine is not as loud as a coffee grinder but still can disturb people around you.

A standout feature of this machine is the empty water tank alert. Once the water reservoir requires refilling, the red LEDs along the sides of the machine will light up to notify you.

Review of Nespresso Pixie Aluminium by Magimix Coffee Machine

Variety of Flavours

The machine is automatic and works flawlessly with any Nespresso coffee capsule. Positively, it already comes with a welcome set of 16 capsules. This set of different blends will accustom you to all the tastes and help you find your favourites. Each capsule contains the ideal amount of ground and freshly roasted coffee. The capsules are hermetically-sealed to preserve the authentic taste. And the Pixie capsule system has everything to reveal that exceptional taste and unique aroma. It makes rich and smooth coffee without any bitterness.

To sum it all up, it's a sleek machine that offers a good range of different brews and flavours. It's made to last, so you'll be able to treat yourself and people around you to delicious crema for many years to come.

Nespresso Pixie Aluminium by Magimix Coffee Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Nespresso Vertuo Plus

For True Coffee Lovers

Need a large coffee machine for your home or workplace? The Nespresso Vertuo Plus can be a great fit. It's a heavy-duty machine that can brew a large amount of coffee. Equipped with a 1.7-litre water tank and capacious capsule container, it can make much more coffee than other Nespresso machines. Still, the tradeoff for that generous water tank is quite a hefty size and weight. It’s pretty self-contained and takes some extra counter space but actually, there are few kitchens you couldn’t sneak the machine into. On the positive side, the water tank is movable, which is a very handy improvement.

The ability to make four cup sizes is another thing that makes us believe that the machine is worth every millimetre of extra space required. The Vertuo Plus machine has been designed to offer: 414-ml full brew Alto, 230-ml Mug, Americano style 150-ml Gran Lungo, and 40-ml Espresso. The machine makes decent long blacks without a need to "add two pods to get a bigger coffee". So, if you want a Nespresso brewer that can make more than just small cups of coffee, this one would be perfect.

Review of Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine

Centrifugal Action

This innovative coffee machine uses a completely different mechanism and, accordingly, capsules. It's compatible with VertuoLine capsules which are offered in three sizes.

The coffee maker boasts a unique Centrifusion extraction technology. It uses centrifugal forces to extract flavour from the capsules. It spins up to 7,000 rotations per minute to blend ground coffee with water and produce the perfect coffee. What is also notable is that each VertuoLine capsule has its own barcode and the machine reads that data and automatically adjusts the flow, the volume of water, temperature, infusion time and capsule rotation speed to deliver you rich crema. Simply put, every brewing parameter is adjusted individually for each style -there's no need to change the settings. Just insert a capsule and close the lever.

Summing up, we can say that the Centrifusion technology is certainly worth the hype. It creates delicious coffee day after day. If you’re looking for a capacious coffee machine that can make different coffee drinks, it's a good option. It's very versatile and good to share with your housemates or use in an office environment, or just any other scenario where you’re getting through a lot of coffee. It's very powerful and functional yet quiet.

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine in the use

Additional Info

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What Is a Nespresso Machine?

With over 30 years of experience, Nespresso strives to provide coffee lovers with perfect cups of espresso, just like those created by skilled baristas. The company offers superior-quality coffee capsules, easy-to-use machines, and personalised services for you.

Nespresso coffee machines always deliver tasty and evenly-pulled crema. The strongest suit of the Nespresso coffee makers is that they are consistent like a clock and extract an espresso or lungo shot the same way each time. Hence, you can be sure that you'll get perfectly brewed coffee day after day. Nespresso brewers are very intuitive, powerful, and, more importantly, leaves zero mess. They enable you to create the ideal espresso and lungo to give yourself that jumpstart in the morning. Even a small espresso cup can deliver you a moment of pleasure and revive your resources. And if you want to occasionally pamper yourself with a tender cappuccino or milky latte, you can also get a milk frother in addition to one of the best Nespresso machines.

What Features to Compare

Type

Before getting a Nespresso coffee machine, you need first to decide on the type of the appliance. Basically, the company offers machines from the Original lineup and Vertuo range. The main difference between those two types lies in the principle of operation and compatible capsules.

  • Original Nespresso machines, as the name implies, use original technology and classic espresso experience. They use a 19 bar high-pressure extraction system to release the fresh aromas and rich coffee flavours from the capsules. That said, the manufacturer offers a quite wide range of Original capsules for this type of coffee maker. Original Nespresso machines are compatible with 24 coffee blends to help you make your perfect ristretto, espresso, lungo, americano, and various milk recipes.
  • Vertuo Nespresso machines are more advanced brewers that use a more intelligent extraction system. They are designed with the Centrifusion technology that individually reads every Vertuo coffee capsule. Vertuo machines analyse the unique barcode on each capsule and automatically regulate the flow and volume of water, temperature, infusion time, and the speed of capsule rotation. Hence, you get ideal in-cup results. This type of machine rotates the capsules rather than pressing them. There are 25 unique coffee blends available.

To conclude, Original Nespresso machines come in different styles and designs but basically, they are more compact and cheaper than Vertuo models. However, their functionality is a bit limited. Vertuo brewers usually allow users to make not only espresso and lungo but larger coffees like americano.

Size

If you're looking for a mini machine for your kitchen, consider models with small water tanks. Although they can hold less amount of water, they are very compact and light. By the way, even the tiniest machine in the Nespresso range is designed with a 0.6-litre water tank and can store 6 used capsules. It'll be enough for small families. But if you need a machine to install at your workplace, consider more capacious models.

Also, don't overlook the design peculiarities of a coffee brewer. Nespresso machines are offered in vibrant plastic and classy metal casings. Both of these materials are durable and easy to maintain. So, it's just a matter of taste and budget.

Extras

By extras, we mean different features that make Nespresso machines easier to use. For example, empty water tank alerts or signal notifications would be a welcome addition to the appliance. The automatic opening and closing mechanisms of the machine head also make the maintenance easier.

Did you know?

Interesting Facts About Nespresso

  • The company was founded in 1986.

  • The brand is an autonomous globally-managed business of the Nestlé Group.

  • Their headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Nespresso is present in 76 countries.

  • It counts more than 13,500 employees worldwide.

  • Over 700 boutiques worldwide.

  • George Clooney has been the brand ambassador since 2005.

  • Only 1-2% of the world's coffee meets the Nespresso specific taste and quality standards.

  • The company offers more than 60 smart and stylish coffee machines.

How Nespresso Machines Work

All Original Nespresso machines work almost the same way:

  1. You insert a Nespresso coffee capsule into the coffee maker.
  2. Press the button for your desired drink.
  3. The machine automatically uses as much water as needed for your desired drink. The pump sucks the water from the water tank and pumps it through the machine.
  4. When the water runs through the heating element, the water heats up to the perfect temperature.
  5. The pre-heated, high-pressure water goes through the ground coffee in the capsule, releasing the flavour.

Although that might sound too complicated, all that happens within seconds. Only half a minute separates you from pushing the button and enjoying your freshly-brewed coffee.

The Benefits of Using Coffee Capsules

A single-serve coffee capsule can drastically reduce the time needed to make coffee and simplify the overall process. You won’t need to admeasure coffee proportions and add flavourings from bulk containers. Simply load the pad and press the button.

Capsules can also help to keep the coffee fresher since they are individually sealed without exposing the contents to air and light. Plus, they provide a mess-free way of coffee brewing.

However, there is also a drawback. Most coffee capsules are made from plastic and aluminium, which makes them difficult to recycle. However, Nespresso does their best to create eco-friendly capsules and minimise the harmful impact on the environment. The Nespresso pods are produced from special aluminium which is infinitely recyclable. It has already reached an 80% recycling capacity, and Nespresso representatives claim that the recycling capacity will be increased up to 100% by 2020. So, by choosing Nespresso over other capsule machines, you help save the environment.

Do Nespresso Capsules Incorporate Foam Additives or Flavour Enhancers?

Definitely, no. The subtle flavour of the thick, textured crema is only a result of the advanced Nespresso system, which has everything needed to prepare exceptional coffee. Each capsule contains the highest-quality green coffee in the exact portion for a 19-bar pressure pump. As a result, the high-pressure water pumps through the ground coffee in the capsule, releasing its authentic flavour.

How Long Do the Nespresso Capsules Maintain Their Freshness?

As mentioned, freshly roasted and ground coffee is hermetically-sealed into a capsule to prevent air and light from affecting the contents. Hence, the coffee can preserve its freshness and fantastic aroma for up to one year. So, you can safely order in bulk.

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Publish Date: 2019-03-01 16:13:46