Best Nespresso Machines For Latte's and Pods In The UK
When it comes to a new coffee machine, you can't go far wrong with a capsule coffee machine. They are designed to be functional, not overly complicated. The maintenance of these machines also tends to be relatively low.
When it comes to capsule coffee machines, one name usually springs to mind: Nespresso.
Nespresso have a way about them that makes it easy to fall in love with their products. They're unquestionably stylish and very easy to use.
They also have an extensive range. So how do you know which one will suit you best?
We have taken what we consider to be the top 5 Nespresso machines. Looked at their features, and given them a review.
Taking into account different wants and needs people may have, let's take a look at the top five Nespresso machines on the market today!
Nespresso Creastista Sage (Editors' Choice)
Let's kick off by saying this Nespresso machine is a hit when it comes to style.
No part of this design makes you want to hide this machine away from your guests' eyes. The Creastistal is a high-end machine and the design shows it to be just that.
When it comes to functionality, Sage have thought about the end-user, you. The cup shelf is spring-loaded and will pop out with the press of a finger. The drip tray also comes out with ease, just a simple sliding motion will release and you will be able to rinse and put away within minutes.
Again, the useability is on point when it comes to actually making a coffee. The capsule can be dropped in, lever goes down and you’re ready to get making coffee.
When the coffee is made, simply lift the lever back up and the pod is ejected in a drawer below. This means you do not have to keep nipping to the bin every time you make a cup of coffee.
To stop countless trips to the sink, there is a 2 litre water tank fitted to the back.
What makes this Nespresso machine stand out from the rest is that it has a coloured touch screen display. On the display, you can see the different types of coffee that the machine can make. This makes everything much easier to use.
Cleaning. Cleaning can be a big issue when it comes to coffee machines. Helpfully Nespresso machines are pretty well kitted out in that regard. This Creastista model takes it to another level. The frothing wand is self-cleaning, which is a real plus.
While we’re on the subject of the steam wand, it is controlled by sensors. This will produce eight different texture levels as well as 11 milk temperature setting. All of this is ready to go within 3 seconds. Pretty flash, right?
Overall this is an extremely practical Nespresso machine that will deliver on consistently good coffee time and time again.
- Very stylish and will look at home in most kitchens
- Extremely easy to use
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Sells out quickly
Krups Nespresso Vertuo Next Capsule Machine
What sets this Nespresso apart from the original machines is that the Vertuo pods are designed to give you larger cups of coffee. As opposed the espresso or lungo shots commonly delivered.
The water tank is a good size at 1.7 litres so even though the drinks are larger, you shouldn’t find yourself refilling the tank too often.
The drip has three moveable positions so there is the option of using different mugs depending on the drink you’re making. It will hold an espresso cup just as well as it will hold a 165mm tall mug under the spout.
One of the stand out features of the Vertuo is how incredibly easy it is to use. It is truly a one-touch operation.
There is a barcode on ervy capsule. Once they are in the machine, it will know how to prepare the coffee and how much water is required.
Some people may not like this, people do like their coffee differently. If the defaults aren’t to your liking then there are options for you. The coffee can be stopped manually when you have enough. If you don’t have enough, it can be topped up.
A feature that is becoming more common is Bluetooh and wifi. This means that when you are running low on capsules, you can get an alert through the app, letting you know that you are running out of coffee.
The app does more than that, should the machine need an update, this can be done via the app.
Nespresso have launched a great selection of coffee types to go with this style of machine.
The development of these flavours has been exceptional. Using this system allows you to get a rich and smooth coffee with a deep crema.
Do you know when you get a coffee that is too hot and the taste is ruined as a result of this? That won’t happen here. The temperature range is around 67C and that’s the sweet spot.
Pod coffee machines are known for being easy to clean and maintain, this model is no exception.
The brewing system means that once it is completed almost most all of the traces of coffee are removed from the machine. This means that the pods come out relatively dry.
If you find the machine blinking orange at you, it’s telling you that it is time to descale. To keep your coffee tasting as fabulous as it should, it is always recommended to descale when the machine alerts you to.
Overall this machine brings making coffee to a new level of convenience. Whilst maintaining the ability to customise if you want to. When it comes to different choices of coffee type, this machine has plenty to choose from.
Making a coffee has never been easier with a one-touch operation. It removes the need for you to make any complicated decisions. Great for a morning coffee!
- Delivers consistently good tasting coffee every cup
- Truly a one-button operation machine
- Kitted out with Bluetooth and Wifi
- Quite large
Krups Nepresso Vertuo Next XN911B
It could easily be argued that the Vertuo Next is the answer to our coffee needs, whatever time of day.
A machine that offers six different cup sizes so if you’re after a pick-me-up espresso in the morning or a late afternoon cappuccino, you can rest assured that your cup will be full of rich coffee goodness.
Each capsule for the Vertuo has its own barcode, that the machine reads. What this means is that every coffee variety (and there are many to choose from in the range!) will be made in its own unique way. Ensuring that every coffee experience is a quality one.
One thing that really stands out for this machine - apart from its great looks and fantastic performance - is that the machine itself is made from 54% recycled plastics. For anybody environmentally conscious, this could be the machine for them.
The Krups coffee machine comes with a 1.7 litre water tank. A size which is considered to be a decent size. Not too big to use up all the space available in the kitchen. Although not too small that trips to the sink will seem overly frequent.
With this model of Nespresso machine, you get an external milk frother. It really does produce a quality froth. The milk is firm but not overly so, delightfully creamy.
In terms of capacity, you will most likely find the milk frother to be adequate for two cups of coffee so it works perfectly with the machine.
The size of the machine is nice and compact, which is something worth thinking about when buying a pod coffee machine. In terms of maintenance, it is very straight forward as you would expect.
Steam wand is self-cleaning, and due to the nature of how the machine extracts the coffee, there is little residue left. Obviously the drip tray will need cleaning from time to time. However, we did find this to be less frequent than other coffee machines.
Overall this Nespresso machine by Krups offers great performance, quality coffee. If you’re a fan of milky coffee, the addition of the milk frother will be a lovely extra bonus!
- The milk frother is included and is of superb quality
- Beautiful design
- Easy to maintain
- Great range of coffees available
- Some may not like the app
Nespresso Creatista Plus
A model which is considered to be in the premium range. For those who like coffee shop coffee and the quality of that, this may be the coffee machine for you. The build quality on this machine is very high and the design is really quite remarkable.
It is made from stainless steel and has a lovely high glass finish. With this Nespresso machine you get a barista milk jug, which is perfect for frothing that milk for your milky coffees. The milk jug does have a pouring spout so the creative side of you is free to come out and demonstrate your latte art skills!
The menu on this machine is digital and pretty intuitive, there are also several buttons. All of which is simple to use.
The steam wand will self cleaning once it has finished. This helps it to stay bacteria free and also helps keep the coffee machine in better condition, thus extending the life of it.
For those who want quality coffee, this could be the machine for you. No barista skills are needed to operate this Nespresso machine, even when it comes to frothing milk. Once you have chosen your drink, the coffee machine will automatically select the correct temperate and quantity of the milk, including the froth. This adds to the overall convenience of the coffee-making experience, which will appeal to a lot of people, I’m sure!
Should you find that these automatic settings are perfect for you, then there is always the option to alter them to get your perfect coffee, even down to the texture of the foam.
A real selling point of this machine is just how quickly it is to heat up - in under 3 seconds!
Overall this Creatista is a Nespresso model worth considering. It offers so many different options in terms of customising your drink. Whilst also being able to generate you one without any thought from yourself. That’s a nice feature!
- Impressive start uptime
- The digital display is easy to use
- Frothing milk is easy
- Compact design
- Style may not be to everyone's taste
Krups Nespresso Pixie Clips Coffee Capsule Machine
The Pixie model from Nespresso was first launched in 2011. To this day, it is still one of the best selling models.
It is the Nepresso model considered to be more accessible to people. It has a compact design and is simple to use.
There are two buttons at the top, these will determine whether the coffee will be long or short.
One thing which makes this model stand out from other Nespresso machines is that it is available in different colours and this is undoubtedly part of the success of the Pixie.
On the side of this coffee maker you will see that it has striped side panels. This is where the colour comes from. Nespresso keep us coming back for more as these colours change from time to time and with the model, the panels are interchangeable so you can keep things fresh!
As with all Nespresso machines, the Pixie is easy to use. Pop the capsule in, press a button and prepare to drink your coffee. There is a grid that can be adjusted depending on the size of your coffee cup.
Due to its compact design, the water tank is smaller than the others we have looked at. It is 0.7 litres, this should be enough for three to four cups of coffee. A great feature is that when the water is running low, there is a light to alert you of this fact.
Overall this compact Nespresso machine packs a mighty punch. It has character and will bring life into your kitchen. Everything about this coffee maker is simple and smart. What is there not to like?!
- Superb value for money
- Works well in smaller kitchens due to its compact size
- 19 bars of pressure to help deliver the best cup of coffee every time
- There are machines out there with a larger water tank
What are Nespresso machines?
Nespresso machines will use coffee pods or capsules to brew espressos or coffee. This is instead of using loose ground coffee.
The attraction of Nespresso pods is that they offer a wide variety of different coffee. They are incredibly easy to use and take such little time to make a coffee.
Nespresso coffee machines are an affordable way to get the barista-style coffee to your kitchen.
Do Nespresso Machines Make Regular Coffee?
A regular coffee may vary depending on which country you live in. But let’s look at it generally. As a rule of thumb, regular coffee is an espresso shot with milk or cream added. So can this be replicated by a Nespresso machine?
Yes, it can!
If you use a lungo coffee pod to make your coffee, you will end up will a large espresso. We’re halfway there to a regular coffee. The next and final step is to froth your milk, using a milk frother and then adding it to your lungo.
Using this method you should end up with a fantastic coffee. Not only that, you should find it to be easier than grinding your own beans and filtering.
A real positive to using a Nespresso machine for regular coffee is that it will be more capable of producing consistent cups than most people are - which is nothing short of a positive!
Can I use Nespresso Pods twice?
It is a thought which goes through many peoples mind. This answer is yes. You can make two cups of coffee using one single pod.
However, it probably won’t taste great.
The pods are designed to be used once and this means that as much taste and the flavour is extracted in the first use. That is why they taste so good!
When it comes to using the pod for a second time, it has lost all that tasty goodness and the richness of the coffee won’t be there. Nor will the quality.
There is nothing stopping you giving it a go though!
Is Nespresso stronger than Coffee?
When comparing an espresso shot from a traditional machine to a Nespresso machine, there are some differences.
The shot from the Nespresso machine will not be as strong or as intense. Though it will be rich and brimming with flavour.
The joy of Nespresso machines is that each pod is designed to give you the ideal flavour. Perfectly balanced, not too strong, not too weak. Exactly how it’s described on the box.
However, there are so many different pod choices that you can vary the strength of the coffee that way. So if you are a fan of strong coffee, that can be done using a pod machine.
The Final Verdict
After looking at all of the Nespresso machines on the list, it has to be said that the Creastista Sage coffee machine takes the title as best Nespresso machine on the market.
It oozes style and it looks high end because it is high end. Its performance is also high end!
The water tank is a great capacity. It isn't too large that the countertop will be dominated by the machine. Nor is it too small that it will require constant topping up. Sage has struck a good balance.
Cleaning is easy, the steam wand largely takes care of itself and the stainless steel finish can be looking immaculate with a mere wipe down.
Overall this Nespresso machine ought to meet the majority of peoples requirements when it comes to coffee making and that is why it gets our top spot!