We have tested coffee machines and name the Nespresso Pixie as the best coffee machine of 2020. 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.
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.
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.
KRUPS Dolce Gusto | Mini Me - Black / Artic grey
De'Longhi EDG 155.BG NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Automatic Coffee Machine Black & Arctic Grey
NESCAFE Dolce Gusto by KRUPS Gusto Mini Me Automatic Play and Select Coffee Capsule Machine, Grey/Black - KP123B40
Luxurious and easy to use, with app functions to automate your coffee making!
Price class: Premium Pressure: 19 bar Water tank: 1.1 litre Milk frother: Yes Cup size choice: 4 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
With Nespresso’s Expert & Milk, you can set the brewing temperature at three different levels – a function that’s really useful. The machine offers four different cup sizes and can also make hot water for a cup of tea. Moreover, the Espresso & Milk comes with Bluetooth functions that enables you to tell it to make a cup of coffee from a distance. It also has an app where you can check the recommended brewing instructions for each type of coffee capsule. However, it seems that the machine makes an external connection. When Nespresso’s servers were down for several days, the Bluetooth function didn’t work at all. The Expert & Milk comes with milk frother functions encompassing two different specifications, for denser or less dense froth. We’d have liked to see the option to put the container of surplus milk into the fridge. The cold milk frothing function means you can use the Expert & Milk and a few ice cubes to quickly produce a cooling iced coffee that’s perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.
The entire machine exudes elegance. From the lavish packaging with rounded corners to the sophisticated capsule insertion. The plate you move backwards and forwards is most reminiscent of silently loading a shotgun. The machine takes up quite a lot of room, but the rectangular design means you can place it against the wall, leaving space on the workbench in front of it. The Expert & Milk has a warning lamp that lights up if the water has run out or the capsule container is full. The capsule container is in two parts, one for dry waste and one for the liquid. But it’s important to make sure you hold it level when you empty it. Otherwise you end up with coffee gunge all over the kitchen floor. One small negative is that the option for changing the quantity of coffee retrospectively has disappeared. When brewing has finished, the capsule is fed down automatically and you can’t pump through extra water for a bigger cup. The Nespresso Expert & Milk is still exactly the update we’d been hoping for, and the perfect machine for anyone who appreciates the convenience of capsules but wants to adjust settings to their own taste.
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.
Affordable and simple coffee machine with good water tank and range of coffee.
Price class: Budget Pressure: 19 Bar Water tank: 0.7 litres Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: 3 options Capsule: Nespresso Automatic power off: Yes Automatic collection of capsules: Yes Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
The U C50/D50 is similar to the Nespresso Inissia in many respects. It is a slightly less expensive model and its functions are therefore scaled down. The range of coffee is just as good as for all Nespresso machines, even if, as has been said, the availability from the Nespresso webshop or brand stores is limited. The capsules are small and conveniently shaped. The container for collecting the capsules after use is less well-thought-out. Our experience was that the Nespresso capsules belong to the leaking group. This involves additional cleaning and a greater risk of mess. Coffee can be brewed with the U C50/D50 without even having to press a button. When the capsule unit is opened by pulling back its lock, a space opens into which the capsule can be inserted. Brewing is then started by closing the lock and the machine does the rest.
The advantage of the Nespresso U C50/D50 is its simplicity of use. The cylindrical water tank is easy to detach, you only need to lift up the tube. Its drip tray and water tank are intelligently held in place by magnetic attachments and the water tank can also be angled. The three buttons, small, medium and large, make it an easy matter to start brewing your coffee. Our test subject used the Nespresso U C50/D50 more often than the more expensive Nespresso machines. The end result? The coffee itself is the same, and we would only recommend mid-range Nespresso machines in preference to this budget model if there is an extreme lack of space on your worktop.
Easy to clean and intelligent brewing that is controlled by means of a barcode on the capsule.
Price class: Budget Pressure: 3.3 Bar Water tank: 1.4 litre Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: The machine chooses Capsule: Tassimo Automatic power off: Yes, transfers to power saving mode Automatic collection of capsules: No Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
No fuss is what Tassimo’s own slogan “coffee without a filter" is marketing and the Charmy T55 is just as simple as promised. This was one of the coffee machines in our test that demands the least from the user. When the water tank is filled and the capsule inserted into place, all that is needed is the push of a button for the coffee to be ready. The Tassimo Charmy T55 controls itself during the brewing, but it is possible to press a button for more water if you would like a larger drink. The height of the cup stand is controlled by turning a lock. There is no automatic collection of capsules, which instead have to be removed manually and disposed of, with the risk of spillage and burning fingers. Tassimo’s basic range of coffee tastes is not that extravagant, but there is also a wide range of ready-to-drink coffees available. With Tassimo, there is even the option to make tea and chocolate drinks. This is where Tassimo shines.
Bosch Tassimo Charmy T55 says that the ability to dismantle the machine into parts simplifies cleaning. Only the capsule container is difficult to access. The water tank is completely detached when filling. You need to be careful to insert the capsule correctly. If it is askew in any way, a double hole might be made, resulting in a lot of mess to clear up – just ask on of our reviewers. If you want milk in your coffee, there are capsules containing preserved milk with a very sweet taste. You can of course froth the milk separately if that’ what you prefer. The Bosch Tassimo Charmy T55 is simple to use, whilst the brewing process uses a fairly complex system. There is a barcode on the capsule that decides for you what your coffee will be like. This reduces the opportunity to make your own choices and to experiment with the coffee. If you are happy with the range that is available, the Bosch Tassimo Charmy T55 offers you a good cup of coffee with minimal effort. Consequently, it could be ideal for office use as well as a lovely addition to your personal kitchen.
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.
Solid design with flexible water tank and so easy to make good coffee.
Price class: Budget Pressure: 3.3 Bar Water tank: 1.4 litre Milk frother: No Choice of cup size: No Capsule: Tassimo T-DISC Automatic power off: Yes, transfers to power saving mode Automatic collection of capsules: No Temperature of produced drink at least 65 º C: Yes
The Tassimo model Joy T43 is - just as the Charmy T55 was - in a wallet-friendly price class without compromising on quality. The Joy T43 feels solid and the functions are carefully considered. The spacious water tank is easy to access, and no magic trick is required to detach it for filling. The height level of the cup stand can be adjusted, but it needs to be pulled free from its position with a risk of the drip tray splashing if you are not careful. The coffee machine has a barcode reader that reads the instructions on capsules and then makes the drink accordingly, which makes making coffee seamless. Sometimes, human intervention is needed when the Tassimo Joy T43 needs a nudge in the right direction. For example, we occasionally had to rub the bar code reader clean for the machine to locate the capsule and start making the coffee.
The Tassimo Joy T43 is quite large, perhaps a little too large taking into consideration the many scaled-down functions. There is no button to select the size of drink because this is already programmed into the barcode of each capsule. If you want to increase the volume of liquid, there is the option to keep the button pressed when it begins to flash yellow at the end of the brewing process, but this means standing by the machine, watching it and pressing the button at exactly the right moment. The options for the individual are not that great, this is why the Tassimo Joy T43 is most suitable for somebody who already likes the range of coffee and other drinks that are currently available from this brand. However, for those who are used to being able to adjust their drinks according to their own tastes, the Joy T43 may be seen as being a little tedious.
A Unique futuristic design that will decorate the worktop of every kitchen - and makes great tasting coffee!
Price class: Premium 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 smart Nescafé Dolce Gusto Stelia is a capsule coffee machine with a higher price tag, but with a very unique profile in its design that could even be used for business offices. The Stelia looks like it has been taken directly from the kitchen of the Jetson family. Half of the Stelia is a coffee maker, the other half is an interactive art installation for your kitchen. In contrast to Nescafe’s other machines, the Stelia only has one physical button. The other functions are controlled via a touch display. The display is of very good quality, very sensitive to finger movements when you wish to adjust the volume of water or whether a hot or a cold drink is to be made. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Stelia requires no manual contribution in perforating the capsule, such as for a lock to be pressed in etc., which is the case with the other coffee machines offered by Nescafé. Even perforation is automatic when the brewing process begins.
Getting hold of both the capsule holder and the water tank of the Stelia is somewhat undefined. The water tank has to be lifted up with the fingertips and easily becomes incorrectly balanced when it is filled. However, the water tank can be opened from the rear and filled using a water bottle. The Stelia’s combined cup stand and drip tray are also tricky to get hold of. Clearly defined handles would have been a positive design moves. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Stelia has a fairly small standing base and does not therefore take up much space despite that it is based on length rather than height. The Stelia is one of the coffee machines in our test that produced coffee of a lower temperature after brewing, which means that if you add cold milk to your coffee the drink could be perceived as being on the border of lukewarm. However, the capsules from Nescafé retain good quality with a nice natural and full-bodied taste.
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.
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