Best Nespresso machines: Top models tested so you can make great coffee every time

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Need that caffeine fix to get you through the morning? Are you after a quick and easy way to brew coffee but fussy about your flavours? Nespresso is well known for its range of aroma and roast coffee pods that can provide high-quality brews at the touch of a button.

From Americano to Espresso, a Flat White or Cappuccino, Nespresso pods offer an efficient and mess-free way to create your cup of Joe in an instant. With a range of Nespresso machines on the market including brands such as Magimix, Sage and Krups, we’ve done the research on the best models you can add to your kitchen today.

What to consider when buying a Nespresso machine

Whilst the coffee will inevitably taste the same, Nespresso machines vary quite considerably in terms of their efficiency, features and style. Here are some factors you may wish to consider before making your choice.

  • Dimensions - how much physical space does the Nespresso machine take up on your countertop? If your kitchen is small, you may wish to opt for a more compact model or one where the water reservoir can be removed - this will allow you to push it back into a corner and maximise space when not in use.

  • Style - Does it match your kitchen aesthetic? Many modern Nespresso machines are black, white or stainless steel, so you may want if and how it complements the overall style of your kitchen.

  • What kind of coffee do you enjoy? - Some Nespresso machines are better suited to espressos and ‘short’ drinks rather than long or milky brews. Take note of which is your morning ‘go-to’, or opt for a machine that offers greater flexibility if you want to cater for a variety of coffee cravings.

  • Milk Frother - Not all Nespresso machines come with an integrated milk frother, although you can purchase them separately if you need one. Are you happy with milk from the fridge, or will you miss that frothy topping to your morning beverage? It’s worth noting that Vertuo machines come with the benefit of ‘centrifusion technology’, which spins capsules to create a thick foamy crema on top of the coffee.

  • Type of pods - Many machines take the standard Nespresso pods, but newer devices have switched to Nespresso Vertuo pods. Whilst the latter are more expensive, they use a barcode system on the pod to brew your coffee at the right size, temperature and strength. Vertuo pods are ideal for those who like a longer or larger-sized drink.

With this in mind, here’s our verdict on the best Nespresso machines in 2022.

Nespresso by Magimix Vertuo Next

Key Specifications

Type of pods: Vertuo pods

Capacity: 1.1L

Dimensions: ‎5.59 x 16.89 x 12.36 cm

Milk frother: No

As easy as popping a pod inside and pressing one button to operate, the Vertuo Next is described by Nespresso as the “smallest and most versatile Nespresso machine ever”.

Compared to the Nespresso Vertuo Plus, it has a slightly smaller footprint and slimline design which means it can fit even into the smallest of kitchens. As well as its ability to produce five different cup sizes, it also provides the option to brew a 530ml carafe of coffee - ideal for those who like their caffeine fix in larger quantities. It still benefits from the centrefusion technology and barcode reading, meaning you get the perfect specification and thick crema every single time.

A slightly more energy-efficient model than its predecessor, the Vertuo Next has an auto shut-off after just two minutes of inactivity and has a compatible Bluetooth app, allowing you to closely monitor your stock levels of Vertuo pods and reorder when required.

Pros

Small slim design

Energy saving credentials

Cons

Vertuo pods only

Need to buy a separate milk frother if you fancy a latte

Buy now £98.48, Amazon

Nespresso by Magimix Vertuo Plus

Key Specifications

Type of pods: Nespresso Vertuo

Capacity: 1.8L

Dimensions: ‎13.19 x 9.13 x 12.8cm

Milk frother: Available with or without

If you’re looking for a great all-rounder Nespresso machine that can cater for a range of coffee preferences, the Magimix Vertuo Plus offers five different cup sizes to choose from; everything from an espresso to a lungo.

With automatic capsule detection and barcode technology, the Vertuo Plus will automatically adjust the settings and amount of water to ensure the perfect coffee every time, using 7000 revolutions a minute to deliver a rich, thick crema topping.

Quick to use, with low volume operation, you can easily make your morning coffee without waking the entire household, whilst the drip tray is simple and straightforward to clean.

Overall the Vertuo Plus is an affordable and versatile Nespresso option, but it is worth noting that this machine only takes Vertuo Line Nespresso pods which are patented and currently slightly more expensive. It comes with a range of complimentary pods included to start you off, allowing you to experiment with a few different flavours before you commit to your choice.

Pros

Offers versatility in drink choice and size

Automatic capsule detection

Centrofusion technology creates a thick, rich crema

Cons

Only takes Nespresso Vertuo capsules

Buy now £139.00, AO

Sage Creatista Uno Nespresso Coffee Machine

Key Specifications

Type of pods: Standard Nespresso pods

Capacity: 1.5L

Dimensions: ‎39.3 x 30.8 x 17.1cm

Milk frother: Automatic steam wand

If you’re searching for a fuss-free way to create quality coffee with a thick, frothy finish, the Cretista Uno is a great place to start.

When you’re regularly running late, you’ll be pleased to know it heats up and is ready to go in just three seconds flat, with an easy and simple-to-use control panel. There’s a choice of volume settings including lungo, espresso and ristretto, and you can also select from a choice of three different temperatures for your milk. You can even specify your preferred amount of froth.

For a latte, flat white or cappuccino lover, the incorporated steam wand and the included stainless steel barista milk jug with a pour spout will allow you to create some fun and creative barista-style latte art at home.

We love the energy-saving mode where the machine pops into standby after 10 minutes of inactivity.

Pros

Steam wand included

Choice of volume settings

Cons

Can be noisier than other models

Can’t clean the majority of parts in the dishwasher

Buy now £349.00, Currys

Krups Nespresso Essenza

Key Specifications

Type of pods: Standard Nespresso pods

Capacity: 0.6L

Dimensions: 33cm x 8.4cm x 20.4cm

Milk frother: No

If some of the Nespresso price tags leave you wincing at the prospect, the Krups Nespresso Essenza is a no-frills machine that comes at a more budget-friendly RRP.

The small and compact design of the Essenza also makes it a popular choice with those who want to add a Nespresso maker to their kitchen without taking up valuable countertop space. It’s even small enough to take with you on road trips if you can’t bear the thought of surviving on instant during your weekends away.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the lower price tag means lower quality, however - this Nespresso machine has a 19-bar high-performance pump and still heats up quickly in around 25 seconds. Whilst perhaps best suited to making espressos, its removable drip tray allows it to accommodate taller latte glasses too.

It’s worth remembering that the smaller size of this Nespresso machine means the capsule container fills up quickly and the water capacity is only 0.6L. However that’s a minor sacrifice in exchange for its small size and affordability.

Pros

Small footprint

Affordable price tag

Cons

Smaller capacity

May want to buy a separate milk frother

Buy now £94.99, Amazon

De’Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro

Key Specifications:

Type of pods: Original Nespresso pods

Capacity: 1.3L

Dimensions: ‎37.4 x 19.4 x 33.2cm

Milk frother: Yes

If the design of your Nespresso machine is important and you’re after something that looks a little more impressive on your countertop, you will love the sleek brushed aluminium of the De’Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro.

Boasting an LED illuminated screen that highlights menu options even during the early morning haze, it also offers a metal drip tray and espresso cup support for both practicality and style.

The Lattissima Pro includes a single-touch milk carafe and automatic frothing system for creating the perfect cappuccinos or lattes. You need just 25 seconds heat up time to get it going and you can choose from six preset beverages. Drinks can also be personalised and added to memory so you can recreate your perfect choice at the touch of a button.

We love the large empty capsule capacity and the auto-clean system - but if you’re only after an espresso, you may be paying a premium for features you just don’t need.

Pros

Impressive brushed aluminium design

Large empty pods holder

Automatic frothing system

Cons

Drip tray isn’t the easiest to clean

Buy now £449.99, John Lewis

Grind One Nespresso Machine

Key Specifications

Type of pods: Nespresso pods and Grind Nespresso compatible pods

Capacity: 1.2L

Dimensions: ‎‎44.9 x 41.5 x 27.6cm

Milk frother: No (available to buy separately)

If you love your coffee, then chances are you may already have heard of Grind, who own several stylish espresso bars across London as well as its own range of whole bean and ground coffee blends.

Compatible with both original Nespresso pods and Grind Nespresso compatible pods, the Grind One is a retro-style Nespresso machine that unlikely many other designs, is made entirely from polished stainless steel. With aeroplane-style switches and a simple handle operation, it will look elegant and classic in any kitchen.

The machine has a 1.2L water reservoir with a handle for easy filling and a large empty pod container which can house up to 15 empty pods before it needs emptying - Grind has considered both practicality and style when creating this design. There’s even an adjustable drip tray to accommodate a range of glass (or mug) sizes.

If you’re a fan of fancy displays and LED, however, it’s fair to say this isn’t the Nespresso machine for you - the Grind Nespresso machine works via a simple handle whilst the 19-bar pressure pump helps gather every drop.

Pros

Retro stainless steel design

Large empty pod holder

Adjustable drip tray

Cons

No LED display

Buy now £275.00, Amazon

Verdict

For its affordability, versatility and eco-friendly credentials, the Nespresso Vertuo Next is our recommendation for a simple and effective pod coffee solution at home.

It has a tiny footprint that’ll fit every kitchen set-up and a versatile choice of beverage types. We love the option for a larger carafe of coffee - ideal for those of us who are working from home and need to keep those energy levels up through into the afternoon.

Whilst it doesn’t have a milk frother, they are available to purchase separately, whilst the thick crema produced via Vertuo’s Centrofusion technology should certainly satisfy the majority.