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A close-up photo of the Breville Nespresso Creatista brewing an espresso shot and frothing milk. Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Best Nespresso Machines of 2022

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A close-up photo of the Breville Nespresso Creatista brewing an espresso shot and frothing milk. Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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Editor's Choice Product image of Nespresso VertuoPlus
Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Nespresso VertuoPlus

Unlike most of the other pod brewers we tested, its compact design makes it easy to keep on your countertop or store if space is limited. Read More

Pros

  • Compact
  • Fast brewing
  • Options such for double espresso drinks

Cons

  • Water tank is relatively small
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Editor's Choice Product image of Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus
Best Single-Serve Espresso Machine

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus

This Creatista Plus model has every aspect of a user-friendly espresso maker that my old-fashioned machine lacks: sleek design, intuitive touch buttons and a countertop-friendly size. Read More

Pros

  • Has a smart display screen
  • Multiple brewing options
  • Self-cleaning steam pump

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Editor's Choice Product image of DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus
Best Value Single-Serve Espresso Machine

DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus

Unlike other machines we tested, the Lattissima makes lattes that requires only one push. In our tests, the coffee drinks turned out to be consistently decent, with foamy toppings. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • One touch use

Cons

  • Poorly designed water tank
  • Confusing user manual
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Product image of Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo

Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo

Capable of creating both espresso and regular coffee, it's an excellent choice if you want the convenience of a pod brewer, but aren’t willing to compromise on flavor. Read More

Pros

  • Auto-ejects used pods
  • Brews both espresso and coffee
  • Pods are recyclable

Cons

  • Control panel is slightly confusing to use
  • Considerably higher cost
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Editor's Choice Product image of Nespresso Citiz

Nespresso Citiz

Just plain gorgeous. Not compact, but with a narrow footprint. The tank easily detaches, and holds enough water for about 17 cups. Uses OriginalLine capsules, which only brew espresso. Read More

Pros

  • Reliable machine
  • Auto dispense the used cups
  • Large water tank

Cons

  • Uses Nespresso pods only

If convenience and speed are your coffee priorities, you may be considering a Nespresso machine that can dispense hot coffee drinks within a minute at the touch of a button.

Though some may view the taste as subpar compared to a drip coffee maker, the user-friendliness, intuitive design, and high-quality coffee capsules make Nespresso machines—like our favorite Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville (available at Amazon for $150.91)—a popular choice for people who aren’t thrilled about fiddling with a French press in the morning.

In our past coffee and espresso maker tests, we tried a handful of Nespresso machines, many of which performed better than their Keurig equivalents. They’re also more easily recyclable, making them a more eco-friendly pod-operated coffee maker.

Here are the best Nespresso machines we’ve tested at Reviewed.

  1. Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville
  2. Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville
  3. Nespresso Lattissima Plus by De’Longhi
  4. Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo by De’Longhi
  5. Nespresso CitiZ
  6. Nespresso Essenza Mini
Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville on a wooden countertop.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The best single-serve coffee maker is the Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville.

Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Nespresso VertuoPlus
  • Pod Type: Vertuo
  • Dimensions: 16.88 x 5.59 x 12.79 inches
  • Water tank capacity: 40 ounces
  • Milk frother included: No

Our clear winner, the Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville, is exactly what we look for in a single-serve pod coffee machine. The VertuoLine centrifusion brewing method made luxurious coffee with foamy crema on top.

The technology behind this dense, rich, aromatic coffee is simple—a machine head penetrates the capsules in the center and around the edges, allowing hot water to enter the center opening and push through the 20 edge holes, maximizing ground coffee interaction and pressure. It also brews espresso capsules, so you can make espresso, double espresso, or a regular cup of coffee.

Unlike most of the other Nespresso coffee machines we tested, this Breville compact design makes it easy to keep on your countertop or store where space is limited. It boasts a 40-ounce water reservoir that can also swivel out easily. The motorized head opens with a light lift, different from Keurig machines that often require a forced push and increase the chance of wear and tear.

The machine can also automatically eject the used coffee pods into a hidden container, saving you from burning your fingertips removing spent pods.

If you need milk frothing for espresso drinks like lattes, the included frother took first place in our best milk frother roundup.

Pros

  • Compact

  • Fast brewing

  • Options such for double espresso drinks

Cons

  • Water tank is relatively small

Nespresso Creatista Plus on a countertop with milk and coffee bean containers.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Nespresso Creatista Plus is our pick for best single-serve espresso machine.

Best Single-Serve Espresso Machine
Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville
  • Pod Type: Original
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 7 x 12 inches
  • Water tank capacity: 50 ounces
  • Milk frother included: Yes

The winner of our pod espresso roundup, the Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville impressed us with its intuitive design, sleek appearance, and delicious espresso.

This Nespresso is so straightforward, we didn’t even need to read the manual to get started. Once plugged in, the smart display screen quickly got my attention and led me through getting the machine ready. This model has every aspect of a user-friendly espresso maker that my old-fashioned machine lacks: sleek design, intuitive touch buttons, and a countertop-friendly size.

This model offers several brewing options. Espresso options include regular-sized or lungo (Italian for “long”). Coffee offerings include flat white, cappuccino, and latte.

Then the machine asks you to select the temperature of the milk, to make sure it froths a perfect cup every time. Every shot we pumped came out with light brown, foamy crema on top, and the milk frother also did wonders.

Because you make the shot first and then start the milk separately, using the Creatista Plus resembles the process of operating a regular espresso maker, which is great for regular espresso machine users like me.

The steam pump also self-cleans after each use, and the wastewater automatically goes into the built-in drain. It features the largest water tank of this roundup at 50 ounces. Every espresso shot contains about 1.6 ounces, so there’s definitely no need to refill the tank too often.

See more of the best single-serve espresso machines we tested and reviewed.

Pros

  • Has a smart display screen

  • Multiple brewing options

  • Self-cleaning steam pump

Cons

  • None that we could find

The Nespresso Lattissima Plus by De'Longhi on a countertop with milk, coffee beans, and cinnamon.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Nespresso Lattissima Plus by De'Longhi is our best value pick.

Best Value Single-Serve Espresso Machine
Nespresso Lattisima Plus by De’Longhi
  • Pod Type: Original
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 6.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Water tank capacity: 30 ounces
  • Milk frother included: Yes

The De’Longhi Lattissima is an all-in-one artisanal coffee maker that makes espresso shots, lattes, or cappuccino, all with one touch of a button.

A slight push opens the head, where you insert a Nespresso capsule. Then on the control panel, choose one of the four options. Use a large mug and adjust the tip of the steam wand so the foam doesn’t spill everywhere.

The single-button simplicity is unique, and the coffee drinks turned out to be consistently decent, with foamy toppings. It’s easy to clean, as well; just remove the parts below the brewing head and throw them in a dishwasher.

The main reason the Lattisima didn’t earn our top spot was its water tank. The very narrow reservoir design makes it exceptionally difficult to pour water in without making a mess. On top of that inconvenience, the user manual was confusing. The first latte we made left us with a mess, with milk spilling everywhere.

Pros

  • Easy to clean

  • One touch use

Cons

  • Poorly designed water tank

  • Confusing user manual


Other Nespresso Machines We Tested

Product image of Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo
Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo
  • Pod Type: Vertuo
  • Dimensions: 19.45 x 11.5 x 15.67 inches
  • Water tank capacity: 54 ounces
  • Milk frother included: No

The elegant Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo is an excellent choice for those who want the convenience of a pod brewer but aren’t willing to compromise when it comes to overall flavor.

The Evoluo made better-tasting coffee than any K-Cup brewer we’ve tried, though coffee experts may find it still doesn’t quite match French press or pour-over coffee. And though VertuoLine puts a killer crema in your cup, it can't make cocoa or iced tea.

Constructed from high-quality materials and sporting a minimalist control interface, the Evoluo wouldn’t look out of place next to a KitchenAid stand mixer or a Viking range. High-end design comes at a cost, however, and the Evoluo is considerably more expensive than many single-serve coffee makers.

Pros

  • Auto-ejects used pods

  • Brews both espresso and coffee

  • Pods are recyclable

Cons

  • Control panel is slightly confusing to use

  • Considerably higher cost

Product image of Nespresso Citiz
Nespresso CitiZ
  • Pod Type: Original
  • Dimensions: 15.25 x 7.5 x 14.5 inches
  • Water tank capacity: 34 ounces
  • Milk frother included: No

Our original winner, the Nespresso CitiZ, drew our attention for its compact, sleek design. It features a versatile foldable cup tray that accommodates taller single-serve coffee or espresso glasses.

Every cup of espresso brewed in less than 25 seconds, measured two ounces or less, and was hot enough even if you add a dash of cold milk.

If you like your cup shorter (fewer ounces and more intense) or taller (more ounces but less strength), you can set the volume you prefer by holding down the button as it brews and releasing it when your desired amount is dispensed. The CitiZ will remember the setting. This Nespresso consistently delivered the combination of bitter and sweet notes that always make espresso so satisfying.

Pros

  • Reliable machine

  • Auto dispense the used cups

  • Large water tank

Cons

  • Uses Nespresso pods only

Product image of Nespresso Essenza Mini
Nespresso Essenza Mini
  • Pod Type: Original
  • Dimensions: 15.55 x 5.71 x 12.6 inches
  • Water tank capacity: 20 ounces
  • Milk frother included: No

The Essenza Mini dispenses the same great cup of crema-topped espresso you’d expect from even the largest, most expensive Nespresso machine, without giving up as much of your kitchen's precious counter space.

Wondering what you give up? Although it’s attractively designed, the Essenza doesn’t quite have the heft of the pricier models.

Its tank only holds enough water for about 10 shots, but since it’s recommended that you refill the tank with fresh water every day, this won’t be a drawback unless you keep yourself super caffeinated. After every six brews, you’ll need to empty the used capsule holder.

If you buy the Nespresso Essenza Mini Bundle—you get the same Aeroccino 3 frother that comes with the CitiZ—but it will sit on your countertop instead of on the machine.

The Essenza comes in two styles, both of which are 8 inches deep. The Mini by Breville is 13 inches tall and just 3.5 inches wide, and it comes in black, white, and gray. The Mini by De’Longhi is 12.75 inches tall, 4.5 inches wide at its base, and shaped like a trapezoid. It comes in your choice of black, white, green, or red.

Pros

  • Small machine

  • good quality coffee

  • Less pricey

Cons

  • Small water tank

How We Tested Nespresso Machines

We tested Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville in testing.

The Tester

I’m Valerie Li, Reviewed’s former cooking and kitchen staff writer—and I’m an avid coffee and tea drinker. For me, a day officially starts when I take my shot of espresso, brewed by my beloved De’Longhi machine. From moseying to 7-Eleven for a quick caffeine fix to traveling to Blue Mountain plantation in Jamaica, I’ve sampled coffee of many different origins and varieties.

Sharon Franke, who has been testing equipment for more than 30 years, also tested and reviewed products that appear in this guide.

The Tests

Nespresso Citiz in testing
Credit: Reviewed.com / Sharon Franke

A sampling of our original espresso maker testing, including measuring cups and thermometers.

We tested 19 coffee and espresso machines that use capsules rather than ground coffee. We evaluated design, ease of use, and most importantly, the quality of the espresso and/or latte it delivered.

Since this is an appliance that is going to live on your countertop, how it looks and the size of its footprint are important to consider. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what appeals to your sense of style and how much space you’re willing to dedicate, but we gave high marks to “heavy builds.” The manual’s clarity was also factored in.

We also considered how easy it was to get the coffee maker up and running, fill the tank with water, use the controls, and clean the machine, as well as how many shots you can expect to brew without refilling the tank.

How To Choose the Best Nespresso Machine for You

When it comes to choosing the right espresso machine, there are a few factors to consider, like size, coffee variety, and milk frothers (or lack thereof).

Nespresso machines come in a variety of sizes. Whether you prefer to skimp on counter space (hello, CitiZ mini), or you hate refilling your water tank (go with the roomy Creatista Plus), there's something for everyone. Just be mindful that smaller, space-saving options might have fewer features included.

You should also consider what kind of coffee you typically drink. If you're an espresso drinker, you might opt for one of the machines from Nespresso's Original Line, but if you prefer drip coffee, a Vertuo option might be better suited to your needs (more on that difference later).

Finally, if you're a cappuccino or latte lover, you'll probably want a milk frother as part of the deal—and not all Nespresso machines come with one. The Creatista or De’Longhi Lattissima are great options with built-in milk frothers. Otherwise, you can always get an Aeroccino separately to more appropriately suit your coffee and milk needs.

Nespresso vs. Keurig

Nespresso, while more expensive, is one of the top coffee pod machines you can find. The pods withstand greater pressure and temperature, delivering espresso with crema in a way that K-Cups simply can’t.

In addition to the higher quality, you can recycle the capsules at various collection sites and boutique retail stores, or leave them with your delivery driver if you order your pods directly from Nespresso.

For more information on the differences between these two coffee machines, you can check out our full article on Nespresso vs. Keurig.

Nespresso Vertuo vs. Original Machines—What's the Difference?

There are two main kinds of Nespresso, Original and Vertuo. Original Nespresso machines only offer espresso-style coffee, while Vertuo machines can deliver larger drinks that are closer in strength to standard drip coffee. Vertuo machines are more versatile, but they tend to take up more space and often require a separate milk frother.

Original machines include the Creatista, Essenza, CitiZ, and Latissma series, which use 19 bars of pressure to produce espresso-style coffee with the crema you’re used to. VertuoLine machines use “centrifusion.” Water flows in from the top, mixes using centrifugal force, and flows out through 20 holes in the perimeter, producing heavier crema.

Do Nespresso machines brew real espresso?

Technically speaking, Nespresso does not reach the temperature, pressure, or brew time that marks genuine espresso. That said, it’s remarkably similar, especially considering the price and convenience Nespresso offers, and you can still use it in lattes, cappuccinos, and more.

How to take clean a Nespresso machine

Aside from routine wiping and rinsing, you should descale your machine once every six months. Why is descaling important? While we brew coffee, the water we use is not pure and contains minerals, commonly calcium and magnesium.

Over the long term, those minerals can build up, gradually accumulating as limescale. This can affect the brewing temperature and the taste of your coffee, eventually leading to machine malfunction.


Meet the testers

Sharon Franke

Sharon Franke

Contributor

Sharon has been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. Before becoming a cooking tools maven, she worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.

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Valerie Li Stack

Valerie Li Stack

Senior Staff Writer

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Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.

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