We have tested coffee machines and name the Nespresso Pixie as the best coffee machine of 2021. This small coffee machine has well-thought-through functions and is easy to use, all while being quick at brewing a cup of tasty coffee. Nespresso Pixie is effortless to operate, practical and one of the best deals for a coffee pod machine that exceeded our expectations. Our best premium choice was the Nespresso Lattissima Touch. This lavish and well-built coffee machine has a built-in milk foamer and is a clear choice for the true coffee aficionado.
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Capsule machine that easily produces aromatic and creamy coffee
Volume: 1.2 l Capsule type: Nespresso Auto shut-off: Yes Milk steamer: No
Nespresso is more or less the role model for capsule coffee machines, and they do well in test after test And the Nespresso Vertuo Plus is certainly not an exception.
Just like most Nespresso coffee machines, it’s a breeze to understand how to use the Nespresso Vertuo Plus. “Easy to get it right” is a concept that really fits this machine. The fact is that it’s difficult to do anything wrong with it. All the steps, from unpacking and assembling it, to starting brewing your first cup of coffee, are extremely easy. The first time you do have to run a cleaning programme, but if it wasn’t for that, you could easily have the first cup of coffee ready just a few minutes after receiving the package from the postman.
This isn’t a machine for those who want the built-in ability to froth milk, because it lacks a milk steamer. But even if you appreciate a creamy cappuccino you won’t be disappointed. The crema that the Vertuo Plus delivers is exceptionally fine and if you splash in a little milk you get a wonderfully smooth experience.
The only reservation is the same as usual for Nespresso machines, namely the lack of capsules in normal grocery shops. Of course it’s easy to order them on-line, but you lose out on the opportunity to buy a new variety to test when you’re out shopping for food anyway.
Used capsules are automatically caught in a holder on the back, which is easy to remove and empty regularly. The water tank is also well positioned on the side of the machine, making it easy to fill with water when it starts to run out.
There are five different sizes of coffee cup available and the size depends on the capsule you buy. So it can be a good idea to have a selection at home, so you can vary it depending on how much caffeine you need at a given time.
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is a capsule machine that makes great coffee. And the best of all? It’s so easy to use even when you're so tired you can't keep your eyes open.
A neat little coffee machine with some well-thought-out features that makes good coffee and is easy to operate!
Price class: Medium Pressure: 19 Bar Water tank: 0.7 litres Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: 2 options Capsule: Nespresso Automatic power off: Yes Automatic collection of capsules: Yes Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
The Nespresso Pixie was without doubt the simplest capsule machine in our test. It is small in size and the design is industrially scaled down. The machine will probably appeal to most people due to its stainless steel details. But its minimalist size is no bar to the Pixie being a well-designed capsule coffee machine. The Pixie features the same smooth functions as the larger Nespresso machine, plus a number of other intelligent features. For example, the Nespresso Pixie has a white backlight that changes to red to warn you when the water tank is empty. The cup stand is also very good; it can be raised easily when a larger cup needs to be used and also acts as a drip tray. Overall, you rarely need to look in the instruction manual when using the Nespresso as you intuitively know how to use it – and that’s what good design should be about.
When the Nespresso Pixie is lit up you get a glimpse of the contents of the capsule container, with space to hold several capsules. To empty the container, take hold of the cup stand, pull it out and empty the capsules without any mess. The Nespresso capsules are made from aluminium and can be recycled without needing to be washed at your local recycling centre for metal packaging. The brewing process is so scaled down that anybody can use the Nespresso Pixie, even your non-tech-savvy granny will be able to make a cup of coffee. But Nespresso also makes it easy to become a fervent coffee enthusiast, the rich and varied selection of capsules will be appreciated by the connoisseur. Nespresso’s coffees are characterised by their even, well-balanced tastes and their full aromatic fragrances, topped by a luxurious, full froth. In addition to the basic range, Nespresso regularly releases temporary coffee collections that can be wonderful taste sensations. If the availability of the capsules had been better, the Nespresso Pixie would have picked up full marks. All in all, the Nespresso Pixie is a very easy to use, smooth and cheap capsule coffee machine that meets our expectations with flying colours. And this is why we have decided to select the Pixie as the best in our test.
Lavish and well-designed coffee machine with built-in milk frother, the #1 choice of the coffee lover!
Price class: Premium Pressure: 19 Bar Water tank: 0.9 litre Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: Yes, 3 options Capsule: Nespresso Automatic power off: Yes Automatic collection of capsules: Yes Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
Purely in terms of price, the Latissima Touch is one of Nespresso’s premium coffee machines and this is reflected in its design and features. The combination of good coffee and a built-in milk frother can make any coffee lover a very satisfying coffee. Nespresso’s range of coffee is in a class of its own where the whole scale consists of well-balanced tones. With a range going from intense, roasted aromas to flora and wild tastes, you are offered a luxurious coffee experience with a consistently uniform character. With a detachable water tank and the same (not completely perfect) principle for the collection of used coffee capsules, all of the Latissimia Touch’s basic features work well. But it is in those little extras where the coffee machine shines. In terms of size, the Latissimia Touch is not much larger than the Nespresso machines without milk frothers, so still relatively company. We think this is worth noting as an advantage, considering the number of household appliances that are to be found on most kitchen worktops today.
If you always drink your coffee black, the Nespresso Latissimia Touch is an unnecessary purchase as one of Nespresso’s simpler models without a milk frother will suffice. The range of capsules is just as large as for all Nespresso coffee machines and we are calling for the option to buy the capsules in ordinary grocery shops. This would surely aid availability and help the coffee machine consumer. If you mainly like your coffee in the form of a latte, you will appreciate how easily you can make your own with Latissimia Touch - and with real milk. The milk container can be detached in order to be stored in the fridge, which is practical and means that you avoid pouring away any leftover milk. If coffee is a priority expenditure in your household budget and coffee with warm frothy whipped milk a favourite, it is without doubt a Nespresso Latissima Touch that should have pride of place in your kitchen. We therefore selected the Latissima Touch as the best premium choice out of all the reviews we conducted.
Nespresso Lattissima Touch EN560.S by De'Longhi , Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine, Automatic frothed milk, Cappuccino and Latte,0.9 liters, Silver
Nespresso Lattissima Touch EN560 Coffee Machine by De'Longhi
Nespresso Lattissima Touch Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi - Silver
Small, neat and easy to use.
Price class: Budget Pressure: 19 bar Water tank: 0.7 litre Milk frother: No Cup size choice: 2 options Capsule: Nespresso Average price per espresso capsule: 30p Automatic shut off: Yes Automatic capsule collection: Yes Temperature of brewed drink at least 65 degrees: Yes
The Nespresso Essenza Mini is Nespresso’s core concept compressed down to minimal format, making it ideal for dorm rooms and small spaces. All of the most important functions are included, and the Mini also comes in two different designs. One is rectangular, with straight lines, and the other has angled sides and a rounded top. Even if you’re new to using coffee machines, you can go from opening the carton to sipping a cup of coffee in less than five minutes with the Mini. In other words, you don’t have to read the instructions thoroughly to understand how to connect the electricity or fill the water container. It’s clear where the coffee capsule goes, and a push of a button later, the coffee is brewed. The biggest advantage of the Nespresso Essenza Mini is, of course, how small it is. For a kitchen without much worktop space, it’s useful that the Mini doesn’t take up a centimetre more than it needs. A small coffee machine is also much easier to pack up and take to your holiday home if you want your usual comforts.
And we’re impressed by how many functions Nespresso have succeeded in squeezing into such a small volume. You can fit either a large latte glass or a small espresso cup under the coffee outlet. You can choose between two different cup sizes, which affects the quantity of water used to brew the coffee. Mini has the same intelligent collector for used capsules as a larger coffee machine models have. And everything's tailored in terms of size. The water tank only holds 0.7 litres – but that’s enough for you not to have to top it up after every cup you brew. The Nespresso Essenza Mini includes only the simplest of settings, so it’s not suitable if you want to make more advanced coffee drinks. But if you’re not too interested in fine adjustments, the functions it does have are perfectly sufficient. The Nespresso Essenza Mini is a lot of coffee machine in a small format - and with a small price tag. Thus, making it one of the best value for money alternatives on the market right now.
Space-saving coffee machine for home kitchens that prepared cold and warm drinks with the press of a button
Price class: Medium Pressure: 15 Bar Water tank: 1 litre Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: 7 sizes Capsule: Nescafé Dolce Gusto Automatic power off: Yes Automatic collection of capsules: No Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Mini Me is the coffee machine out of all the coffee machines in our test that has a vertical design. It therefore doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen, something that will be appreciated in most households. The design of the Mini Me stands out. Kaffemaskinen ser lite grann ut som en Fia med knuff-pjäs.xxx The Dolce Gusto Mini Me has a large range of capsules and can make both hot and cold drinks. With the Mini Me you can choose between seven different water volumes, and it shows on the capsule the volume of liquid that is recommended. A filter coffee is size 6 with 180 ml of liquid while an espresso barista is size one with 35 ml of liquid. A joystick that sits on top of the Mini Me is used to choose between hot and cold water and how much liquid is desired.
The Dolce Gusto performs very well for filter coffee. These capsules are perhaps the ones in our test that best approximate to a normal cup of filter coffee. There are tea capsules for those who prefer tea as well as iced tea or for iced coffee. A wide range of coffee capsules are available offering everything from solid, rounded tastes to nutty, rustic tastes, with some of the best fragrances in the test. Adjusting the cup height on the Dolce Gusto Mini Me is simple. There are two positions and a tall teacup also fits, which is not very common for such machines. The water reservoir is easy to detach and replace, however, it is made from smoke-coloured plastic, which makes it more difficult to see how much water remains. And if there is water remaining there any warning indicator showing that the water level in the reservoir is too low. The capsules are emptied manually after the coffee has been prepared. The whole unit can be detached so there is no need to insert the capsules manually and risk getting your fingers dirty or burning them. In summary, the Dolce Gusto Mini Me has many options, is easy to understand and does not take up much space on the worktop. These are exactly the types the qualities that we are looking for in a good coffee machine. Combined with great tasting coffee and the attractive price of both the machine itself and the capsules, we have selected the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Mini Me as the best budget choice.
Appealing coffee machine with easily-adjusted cup holder and a wide range of coffee capsules available
Price class: Medium Pressure: 19 Bar Water tank: 0.7 litres Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: 2 sizes Capsule: Nespresso Automatic power off: Yes Automatic collection of capsules: Yes Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
Nespresso is characterised by its wide product range of coffee machines and capsules. Inissia C40 is a mid-price-range coffee machine that looks significantly more expensive. Purely in terms of design, the Nespresso is spot on in its expression and you need never be ashamed of having one of their coffee machines on your kitchen worktop. Inissia C40 does not take up much space and the cup stand can be adjusted with the minimum of fuss for a small or larger cup by opening and closing a lid. The water tank is detachable but can be a bit difficult to remove. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, this is just trivial. But it also tends to be a little messy in the container where used capsules end up, so it’s a good idea to ensure that this space is regularly cleaned.
As regards the taste, it is of course a matter of personal preference. The advantage of Nespresso machines is that there are many different types of coffee capsules to choose from and it’s hard not to find something that suits your own taste. The disadvantage is the limited availability. The capsules cannot be purchased from ordinary food shops and only from Nespresso’s own brand stores or alternatively online. If you remember to stock up in time, this is no problem. But if you run out of coffee on Friday afternoon it could be a long wait for a refill. So, provided that you are a coffee drinker who is able to plan ahead, you will not be disappointed with the Nespresso Inissia C40.
Never before has the range of espresso machines been as big as it is today. It's no longer simply professional baristas who can make a perfect espresso. With today's models, every consumer can enjoy delicious coffee just like a trip to your favourite café.
The prices have also fallen a lot with many deals to be had, and even simpler machines now perform really well. Many people just want a coffee machine that serves up good coffee in the easiest possible way. At the same time, they don't want to be forced to wash lots of accessories, have to empty coffee grounds every day or top up the water in the machine. And this is often what separates the professional machines from the simpler varieties. When espresso machines get smaller, the containers for water, beans and grounds reduce in size. There's a delicate balance between what's best for the consumer. Is it a machine that takes up a bit more space but at the same time has larger containers? Or is it a smaller coffee machine that requires more maintenance
There are primarily three types of espresso machine – fully automatic, semi-automatic and manual. Fully automatic machines are often more expensive but can brew an espresso, cappuccino or other beverage with the single press of a button. If you choose a cappuccino or another coffee with milk, you insert a milk container which is stored in the fridge when it's not in use. This is a simple system that requires minimal work to brew coffee, but which needs a little more cleaning than the semi-automatic and manual coffee machines. Fully automatic machines have built-in containers for beans and grind the beans in a coffee grinder when you want to brew your coffee. This way, you get as much of the aroma from your coffee beans as possible.
Semi-automatic machines often have pretty much the same functions as the fully automatic ones, with just a few differences. One difference is how the milk is frothed, and these machines instead use a steam wand. You fill a small jug with milk and insert the steam wand. The machine then steams the milk for a few seconds. It's often quicker, quiet and gives arguably better results than the fully automatic coffee machines. At the same time, there are fewer parts for you to clean, but it does require you to get involved during the milk frothing stage.
Manual machines (handpowered) can make it possible to use either espresso coffee or pods. They don't have a built-in coffee grinder. Instead, they use ready ground coffee for espresso. The coffee is placed in a filter on a handle and is like the classic espresso machines you see in cafés. This requires a little more preparatory work but also gives you the most authentic Italian espresso taste by inserting a special filter. E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) pods can also be used, which makes these machines very handy indeed. Just like the semi-automatic machines, manual ones have a steam wand on the side for manual milk frothing.
Choosing the right machine largely depends on how much work you want to do in the brewing and cleaning processes, as well as how much space you have - and your budget.