Comparing Nespresso Machines in 2021 [Chart]

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Did you know that there have been over 20 Nespresso models? Most of those are in the OriginalLine, but even the VertuoLine is continuing to grow.

Comparing Nespresso machines has gotten to be so hard. I got lost digging through the differences, so I created these Nespresso comparison charts. Whether you are buying your first Nespresso machine, looking for an Upgrade, or just window shopping, I hope you find this info to be helpful.

Nespresso VertuoLine vs OriginalLine

There are two main lines of Nespresso machines: the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine.

Original Line machines make only espresso and, in some cases, espresso-based beverages like Americanos and Lattes. They don’t make drip-style coffee.

Nespresso released the Vertuo Line to attract American coffee lovers who aren’t used to just drinking shots of espresso. These machines can still make espresso, but they also make a less intense drink that is intended to mimic drip coffee.

That’s not the only difference between these machines, though. You can buy third-party Nespresso-compatible capsules for your Original machine. Nespresso Vertuo machines, on the other hand, use barcode reading technology that prevents non-Nespresso pods from working with the machine. These barcodes also have some advantages, particularly in that they tell your Vertuo machine how to tailor the brewing process for each type of capsule.

Nespresso VertuoLine Machines Chart

Nespresso OriginalLine Machines Chart

Important Nespresso Features

Cup size options

OriginalLine machines can have up to three size settings:

  • Ristretto — 0.85 ounces
  • Espresso — 1.35 ounces
  • Lungo — 3.7 ounces

VertuoLine machines don’t have buttons to change the drink size. Instead, the capsule’s barcode contains instructions for what size the machine should brew. Vertuo capsules come in six sizes:

  • Espresso — 1.35 ounces
  • Double Espresso — 2.7 ounces
  • Gran Lungo — 5 ounces
  • Mug — 7.8 ounces
  • Alto — 14 ounces
  • Carafe — 18 ounces

All Vertuo machines can use the first five sizes, but only the Vertuo Next can take carafe-sized capsules.

Specialty drinks (OriginalLine only)

Many of the OriginalLine machines, especially the higher-end models, can make more than just plain shots of espresso. They offer a series of one-touch recipes or presets for turning your espresso into a more complicated drink.

In some cases, that can be as simple as adding extra water for an Americano. Other machines can add frothed milk to create lattes, cappuccinos, and a variety of other specialty drinks.

Used capsule capacity

Nespresso machines don’t make you dispose of your used capsules every single time you want a new drink. Instead, when you open the machine it sends the old capsule to a container that holds all of your used pods until you are ready to dispose of them. Depending on the machine, the used capsule container can hold anywhere from 5 to more than 15 capsules.

Water tank

Every Nespresso has a removable water tank that holds at least 20 ounces (0.6 liters) of water. The actual size of the water tank varies from model to model, with the largest being the Creatista Pro’s 68-ounce water tank.

The number of cups of coffee that you can make before refilling the tank depends on the cup size and the water tank size. A 20-ounce water tank can make 14 espressos but just one alto. A 60-ounce water tank can make 44 espressos or 4 altos.

Most Nespresso machines have rigid water tanks. However, the Nespresso VertuoPlus and the Essenza Plus have movable water tanks, allowing them to pivot behind or to either side of the machine. If you are dealing with limited counter space, this additional flexibility can come in handy.

Milk frother

Most mid-tier and high-end Nespresso OriginalLine machines have a built-in milk frother or steam wand. That’s great for making specialty espresso drinks, as you’ll need frothed milk for lattes and cappuccinos

You can also buy a separate milk frother if the Nespresso you want doesn’t have one built-in. Most Nespresso models can be purchased as a package with an Aeroccino milk frother, the hot-and-cold frother made by Nespresso.

A couple of Nespresso models can be purchased with optional integrated Aeroccino frothers. The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk and Expert&Milk are exactly like the CitiZ and Expert, except that they have an attached frother.

Froth control (OriginalLine only)

A few high-end Nespresso machines allow you to control the density and texture of the milk froth. If you’re looking to exactly tailor your latte the way your barista does it, this option can be pretty cool.

Milk tank (OriginalLine only) 

The DeLonghi Lattissima machines all have detachable milk tanks. These can range in size from 4 ounces up to 17 ounces and are used to create one-touch drinks like flat whites and lattes.  Since they are removable, these tanks can be stored in the fridge between uses to preserve the remaining milk.

Temperature control (OriginalLine only)

Most Nespresso machines don’t give you any control over the coffee brewing temperature. The Nespresso expert is the only exception as it has temperature presets for warm, hot, and extra hot. The Breville Creatista machines don’t have temperature controls for the water, but they do let you control the milk temperature while frothing.

Hot water dispenser (OriginalLine only)

A handful of OriginalLine machines include hot water dispensers that can be beneficial if you like making tea or hot cocoa alongside your coffee.

Technically, you can make hot water with any Nespresso machine just by running the cycle without a capsule. However, having a separate dispenser for the water ensures that your tea isn’t contaminated with leftover flavors from the coffee.

Heat-up time

All Nespresso machines are fast, providing you with a shot of espresso in about a minute. Some, though, are even faster, with water heat-up times as low as 3 seconds for the Creatista machines. If you want to replace a larger carafe coffee maker, that extra speed can be quite useful.

One other note: making specialty drinks requires a longer heat-up time for the milk than for the water, which is why some of the heat-up times are listed as ranges.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

A few Nespresso machines include Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing them to function as smart coffee makers. This allows these machines to connect to an app on your smartphone. Depending on the machine, that app can manage coffee recipes, manage capsule supplies and reorders, start or schedule an espresso brew, and handle troubleshooting and maintenance.

Currently, the Nespresso Expert and the Essenza Plus are the only OriginalLine machines with Bluetooth, and only the Essenza Plus has Wi-Fi. The Vertuo Next is the only connected VertuoLine machine, and it has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Auto-off

All of the Nespresso machines have an energy-saving auto-off function. For some machines, this is set to a specific amount of idle time (usually 9 minutes) and cannot be changed. Some machines like the Nespresso Expert have programmable auto-off functions.

Nespresso Machine Comparison

Vertuo

Line: Vertuo

Cup sizes: Espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, mug, alto

Water tank: 40 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 13 mugs

Heat-up time: 15 seconds 

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 8.32″ W x 11.91″ D x 11.93″ H

The Nespresso Vertuo is a durable, compact machine that has become the baseline for the VertuoLine. It doesn’t have many of the bells and whistles that are available on the VertuoPlus or Vertuo Next, but it is one of the sturdiest and most reliable machines that Nespresso has ever made.

Evoluo

Line: Vertuo

Cup sizes: Espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, mug, alto

Water tank: 54 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 17 mugs

Heat-up time: 15 seconds 

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 9.0″ W x 12.2″ D x 12.3″ H

At first glance, the Nespresso Evoluo looks like a larger version of the Vertuo. Actually, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate description even on deeper comparison. The Evoluo is a durable powerhouse that, unfortunately, is becoming hard to find in stores. If you want a Vertuo-alternative that has a larger water reservoir and is even more reliable, the Evoluo is likely your best answer.

Vertuo Plus

Line: Vertuo

Cup sizes: Espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, mug, alto

Water tank: 40 ounces, removable, adjustable

Capsule capacity: 10 mugs

Heat-up time: 20 seconds 

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions:
9.1″ W x 14.1″ D x 12.8″ H (tank on side)
5.6″ W x 16.7″ D x 12.8″ H (tank on back)

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is the first VertuoLine machine with an adjustable water tank that can slide behind or to either side of the machine.

When comparing the Vertuo vs VertuoPlus, that water tank and the lower price tag are the main advantages of the Vertuo Plus. On the other hand, the Vertuo Plus just doesn’t have the compact, rugged nature of the Vertuo.

Vertuo Plus Deluxe

Line: Vertuo

Cup sizes: Espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, mug, alto

Water tank: 60 ounces, removable, adjustable

Capsule capacity: 10 mugs

Heat-up time: 20 seconds 

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions:
9.1″ W x 14.1″ D x 12.8″ H (tank on side)
5.6″ W x 16.7″ D x 12.8″ H (tank on back)

Unlike other deluxe variants, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe adds more than just chrome accents (although it has those too). It introduces a larger water tank that, at 60 ounces, puts all the other VertuoLine machines to shame. Better yet, it does that without really increasing the size of the machine. Pretty cool, huh?

Vertuo Next

Line: Vertuo

Cup sizes: Espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, mug, alto, carafe

Water tank: 37 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 10 mugs

Heat-up time: 25 seconds 

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 5.5″ W x 16.8″ D x 12.4″ H

The Vertuo Next is Nespresso’s latest foray into smart espresso makers. Its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are primarily used for software updates, tracking your stock of pods, and debugging the machine. 

Nespresso introduced a new capsule size for the Next: the 18-ounce carafe. Currently, this is the only model that can use those larger pods. 

The Next is by far the narrowest of the VertuoLine machines, although it is deeper than the Vertuo. Depending on how your kitchen is arranged, the Next is often the easiest to fit into limited counter space.

Those are the big performance and feature differences between the Vertuo Next vs VertuoPlus (and other VertuoLine machines). Oh, and the Next is the first Nespresso machine that is made largely of recycled plastic.

Essenza Mini

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: N/A

Water tank: 20 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 5–6

Heat-up time: 25 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 4.3″ W x 8.0″ D x 12.8″ H

The Nespresso Essenza Mini is one of the smallest espresso machines they make. It doesn’t have a lot of extras, but it makes the same great espresso as any OriginalLine machine.

Essenza Plus

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Americano, Americano XL

Water tank: 34 ounces, removable, adjustable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 9–11

Heat-up time: 30 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 5.3″ W x 16.5″ D x 9.4″ H

In terms of capabilities, the Nespresso Essenza Plus is a big step up from the Essenza Mini.

First of all, it’s the first machine on our list that has a dedicated hot water spout. Not only does that let you make Americanos, but it also lets you brew tea or other hot beverages without contaminating them with coffee residue.

It also has a much larger water tank than the Essenza Mini. Although the tank is still small compared to mid-tier and high-end Nespresso machines, the Essenza Plus is the only OriginalLine machine whose water tank is adjustable, allowing it to be kept beside or behind the machine.

Lastly, it is the only OriginalLine model that is both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. That connectivity allows you to change configuration settings including drink volumes, get recipes, and set up automatic capsule re-orders. 

Pixie

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: N/A

Water tank: 24 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 10

Heat-up time: 30 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 4.4″ W x 12.8″ D x 9.3 H

The Nespresso Pixie is very similar to the Essenza Mini. The Pixie is slightly larger and heavier, but that extra size goes into durable aluminum sides and a carrying handle.

Because of those differences, the Essenza Mini is a better tiny countertop espresso machine model, but the Pixie is a better travel machine. 

CitiZ

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: N/A

Water tank: 34 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 10

Heat-up time: 25 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 5.2″ W x 14.6″ D x 10.9 H

The Nespresso CitiZ is about the same size as the Essenza Plus, but it has the minimal features of the Pixie or Essenza Mini. The style and larger water tank are its major draws compared to those models.

Inissia

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: N/A

Water tank: 24 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 10

Heat-up time: 25 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 4.7″ W x 9.0″ D  x 12.6″ H

The Nespresso Inissia is fairly close in size and design to the Pixie but without the aluminum shell.

As you may have noticed by now, these last few are largely slightly tweaked clones of one another. Unless the features of the Essenza Plus or the portability of the Pixie matter, just pick based on your preferred design and size. 

The next ones, though, are completely different.

Expert

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Americano

Water tank: 41 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 10–12

Heat-up time: 25 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Optional

Dimensions: 15″ W x 8.8″ D  x 11.3″ H

The Nespresso Expert is the most appropriately named of all the Nespresso machines. It includes a wider range of customization features, allowing you to practice your Barista skills with the ease of a capsule coffee maker.

It’s the first of our machines that includes the smaller ristretto size that is commonly used for drinks like magic coffee. It also includes water temperature control settings that you can use to tweak your perfect cup of coffee.

The Expert also has the hot water dispenser that we saw earlier on the Essenza Plus as well as the Wi-Fi connection (but not Bluetooth) to the Nespresso app. The app can be used to, for instance, set drink recipes, schedule start times, and re-order capsules. Also, like the Essenza Plus, the Expert can make Americanos.

Lattissima One

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Latte macchiato, cappuccino

Water tank: 34 ounces, removable

Milk tank: 4 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 8

Heat-up time: 25–40 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 6.1″ W x 12.8″ D  x 10.1″ H

Now, we’re getting into the high-end models that show the real distinctions between DeLonghi vs Breville Nespresso machines. Both of those manufacturers make the same basic low-end Nespresso models, with some minor tweaks in appearance. With these more expensive machines, though, DeLonghi and Breville have their own models with some substantial differences.

We’ll start with the DeLonghi Lattissima line. These machines are made to incorporate the functionalities of the best super-automatic espresso machines. They have their own milk tanks and can make several drinks at the press of a button. There’s not a lot of customizability, but the level of convenience they provide is hard to beat.

The Nespresso Lattissima One is the baseline Lattissima model. Unlike its bigger siblings, its milk reservoir holds only enough for a single specialty drink.  The built-in milk frother allows the One to make latte macchiatos and cappuccinos. 

Lattissima Plus

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Latte macchiato, cappuccino

Water tank: 30 ounces, removable

Milk tank: 12 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 10

Heat-up time: 40–55 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother: Yes

Dimensions: 6.6″ W x 12.5″ D  x 10.2″ H

The Nespresso Lattissima Plus is the cheapest Lattissima model that has adjustable froth density and a milk tank that is large enough to make multiple drinks. It’s also the slowest of the Lattissima machines, but only by about 15 seconds. 

And if you leave some milk in the container, don’t worry, the milk tanks on any of the Lattissima machines can be removed and refrigerated between uses.

Lattissima Touch

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Creamy latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, frothed milk

Water tank: 30 ounces, removable

Milk tank: 12 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 10

Heat-up time: 25–40 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 6.8″ W x 12.6″ D  x 10.2″ H

The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is similar in size and design. The biggest advantage of the Touch is that it adds additional drink options for ristretto, creamy lattes, and frothed milk. In terms of coffee-based drinks, that’s as many options as you’ll find on all but the most expensive machines from Nespresso.

Lattissima Pro

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Creamy latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, frothed milk

Water tank: 44 ounces, removable

Milk tank: 16 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 16

Heat-up time: 25–40 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 7.6″ W x 13.1″ D  x 10.8″ H

The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is the biggest, most feature-rich Nespresso machine that DeLonghi makes. It has all of the drink options of the Touch along with a hot water dispenser. Although there’s not a one-touch button for it, the hot water dispenser allows you to make Americanos with the Pro.

The extra size of the Pro is put to excellent use. Its 44-ounce water tank is the largest of any Lattissima and the 16-ounce milk tank is a big step up from the Plus or Touch. It also holds more used capsules, so the machine can make more drinks without the same frequent need for refills and cleaning.

Gran Lattissima

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Cafe latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, frothed milk, hot milk

Water tank: 34 ounces, removable

Milk tank: 17 ounces, removable

Capsule capacity: 14

Heat-up time: 25–40 seconds

Temperature control:

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 8.0″ W x 14.4″ D  x 10.9″ H

The Nespresso Gran Lattissima breaks the naming convention of the other Lattissima machines, and it’s also atypical in its features. 

In some ways, the Gran Lattissima is superior to the Lattissima Pro, including its added options for a flat white and heated milk. It also has a slightly larger milk tank, but the water tank is closer to the size of the Plus and Touch’s tanks. 

The Gran Lattissima is also missing the froth density options and the hot water dispenser of the Pro. 

Creatista One

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Cafe latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, frothed milk

Water tank: 50 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 10

Heat-up time: 3 seconds

Temperature control: Milk only

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 6.6″ W x 12.2″ D x 16.3″ H

Now, we move to the unique Breville Creatista machines. These models don’t have milk tanks, so the creation of specialty drinks isn’t quite as convenient as with the DeLonghi Lattissima models. Instead, the Creatista models offer extra flexibility and control over how your drink is created.

The baseline Creatista model, the Nespresso Creatista One, starts off strong. It has the entire range of drink sizes, including the smallest, ristretto, standard espresso shots, and the largest, lungo. It also has 5 specialty drink options including the common lattes and cappuccinos as well as flat whites, macchiatos, and frothed milk.

The water tank on the Creatista Uno is larger than any of the Lattissima’s by a full 6 ounces. That’s enough to make four extra shots of espresso between refills.

The coolest part of the Creatista Uno is its control settings. You can adjust both the froth texture level and the milk temperature to create your perfect, quality coffee beverage.

Creatista Plus

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Cafe latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, frothed milk

Water tank: 51 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 12

Heat-up time: 3 seconds

Temperature control: Milk only

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 6.7″ W x 12.2″ D x 16.1″ H

Everyone’s biggest complaint about the Creatista Uno was the cheap-looking plastic case. The Nespresso Creatista Plus replaced that design with a sleek stainless-steel casing that is absolutely stunning. 

The Plus also adds a lot more customizability for you home baristas to enjoy. There are 11 milk temperature settings and 8 milk texture settings, which is impressive for any espresso machine, let alone a capsule machine.

Creatista Pro

Line: Original

Cup sizes: Ristretto, espresso, lungo

Specialty drinks: Americano, cafe latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, frothed milk

Water tank: 68 ounces, removable

Milk tank: N/A

Capsule capacity: 16

Heat-up time: 3 seconds

Temperature control: Milk only

Froth control:

Hot water:

Bluetooth:

Wi-Fi:

Auto-off:

Milk frother:

Dimensions: 7.8″ W x 12.9″ D x 16.9″ H

Last, but definitely not least, the Nespresso Creatista Pro is the most expensive machine the company makes. It’s also fairly new, so you might have a hard time finding it in most stores. 

The Pro’s 68-ounce water tank is the largest in the entire Nespresso lineup. It’s big enough to make 50 shots of espresso between refills. The Pro also has a hot water dispenser, unlike the cheaper Creatista models.

Although some of the other Nespresso machines have visual displays, the Creatista goes a step further.  It almost completely replaces the need for buttons and knobs, incorporating all of the controls into its giant LCD screen. The only button left is the power button.

The Pro doesn’t add any extra customizability options in terms of temperatures or textures. However, the water jet is great for making Americanos, which wasn’t as simple with the earlier Creatistas.

Capsules, Now More Convenient

That’s a lot of options to choose from, so hopefully these tables will help in comparing Nespresso machines and finding your best Nespresso model. Don’t forget to also check out the best Nespresso pods and reusable Nespresso capsules to get the full idea of what you can do with these machines.

Not sure whether Nespresso is worth it yet? Consider looking at some of the Keurig models as a comparison, especially if you are thinking about the Nespresso VertuoLine.

Or, if you aren’t sure about a pod coffee maker, consider a budget espresso machine or an automatic pour-over coffee maker. Personally, I love the automatic pour-over coffee makers for their quality, but those are all great options for leveling up your coffee game.

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