Are Nespresso Machines Worth It? Pros, Cons & Costs To Know Before Buying.
Is a Nespresso machine worth it? If you regularly buy coffee from a shop, then a Nespresso could help you save hundreds of dollars per year on your coffee spending. The average American spends almost $1,100 per year on coffee. That is just over $3 a day.
Sure, you will need to invest upfront in buying the coffee machine and then the pods. However, even after all of that, a Nespresso is a great option for someone trying to spend less by making coffee at home. But the benefits don’t end with the savings! There are many other reasons to consider one.
Nespresso Machines Pros & Cons
There are more than 20 premium coffees from around the world available for each line, developed by Nespresso’s master blenders. Within a range of caffeine levels and intensity levels, you’ll be able to find pods that fit your tastes. While most pods do not have added flavors, there are a few flavored ones like vanilla, caramel and chocolate.
With Nespresso, you’ll get a high quality and great tasting coffee. The majority of Nespresso coffees are harvested by hand at just the right time for the best quality. After that, a multi-step process at different stages of production ensures that only the finest and cleanest coffee is used.
Easy To Use
Nespresso is very easy to use compared to manual coffee makers and espresso machines. It can take many people a long time to learn how to use a manual machine. But with Nespresso, it is as simple as inserting a pod and then just pressing a button.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Nespresso machines do require cleaning. You should empty the used pod container and drip tray daily. You’ll also need to descale your machine every 3 months or after using 300 capsules to remove mineral buildup. You’ll need to buy a cleaning solution (less than $10 per use).
While Nespresso machines are designed to minimize water and energy use, some people may also be concerned about the environmental impact of the discarded pods. However, the pods are made of aluminum so they can be recycled. You’ll need to bring the pods to a Nespresso store to recycle them or mail them for free using a special recycling program bag from Nespresso.
The Cost of Nespresso Machines
You may be surprised to learn that these coffee machines come in a range of prices, starting at around $150. There are models available between $150 and $300, plus a few premium ones too. Sales happen throughout the year.
Before we get into the cost, it’s important to explain the difference between the two Nespresso product lines. The line that is right for you will depend on the type of coffee you like to drink.
The Original line brews only espresso pods. Espresso is a highly concentrated coffee that is typically served in small shots. Espresso pours are also used to make milk-based single serve coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, americanos and flat whites. As you may have assumed from the name, espresso is really what Nespresso is known for. Other pod coffee makers like Keurig can’t make it.
However, a Nespresso Vertuoline machine can make a wider range of beverages beyond just espresso. While there are a few single and double espresso pods to choose from, Vertuo models can also make an 8 ounce cup of regular American coffee.
Original Line Espresso Makers
All Original line machines brew with a 19 bar pump pressure system. This makes a barista-quality espresso each time with just the push of a button. The key differences across the models has to due with milk-frothing features and machine size.
The Creatista Plus can make cappuccinos, lattes, latte macchiatos and flat whites, in addition to a simple espresso, ristretto or lungo. It has a steam pipe and comes with a stainless steel milk jug to easily froth milk. The milk temperatures and froth level settings are all customizable so you can create your own latte art! Check out my in-depth review of the Creatista Plus.
The Latissima Pro has a sleek, stainless steel design. Similar to the Creatista plus, the Latissima Pro makes it really quick and easy to make a milk-based drink with just one touch. You can use it to prepare a ristretto, an espresso, a lungo, a cappuccino, a latte macchiato, warm milk froth or hot water for tea.
It also has a large milk container so you can make a larger drink or multiple beverages more easily.
In addition to an espresso or lungo, the Latissima One can make two milky espresso drinks. Just press the button and you can enjoy a cappuccino or a latte macchiato. It is compact with a modern look. The single-serve milk jug is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
The Citiz is can make an espresso or a lungo. It heats up in 25 seconds. You can buy it with or without the milk frother. If you want to make cappuccinos or lattes, go for the milk frother. If not, stick with the basic CitiZ.
The Essenza Mini is the newest and most compact model available. It can make a 1.35 oz espresso or a 5 oz lungo. Both the water tank and capsule drawer have less capacity than other models, so the Essenza mini will require more frequent clean up. See my related post for an in-depth review of the Essenza Mini.
Vertuo Line Machines for Coffee and Espresso Drinks
All Vertuo machines brew a variety of cup sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 2.7 oz double espresso, 5 oz gran lungo and 8 oz coffee. There will also likely be new 14 oz coffee pods at some point this year; the original Alto XL pods were discontinued at the end of 2021.
Unlike the Original line, the Vertuoline uses barcodes on the pods to customize the brewing process for the perfect cup of coffee. Instead of using a high pressure system to brew, the Vertuoline uses a new centrifusion technology. None of the models have milk-frothing, but you can purchase an accessory.
The VertuoPlus features a water tank that moves so you can optimize your kitchen countertop space. It has a motorized open and close and will auto eject the used pod into the capsule drawer.
This is the original Vertuo model, released in 2014. It has a slightly smaller footprint than the VertuoPlus, but the water tank does not move. Read our full review of how the Vertuo and VertuoPlus compare.
The Vertuo Next is the newest and most compact model. In addition to the five sizes that all Vertuo models can brew, the Next also has the ability to brew an 18 oz of pour over coffee. The Vertuo Next also has Bluetooth. It’s made from 54% recycled plastic. Even though this is the newest Vertuo model, it has a reputation of not being the most reliable. You are likely going to be better off considering the Vertuo, Vertuo Plus or even the Evoluo if you can find it.
The Cost of Nespresso Capsules
Just like there are two types of machines, there are two types of pods. Vertuo coffee pods can only be used with the Vertuo line and Original pods can only be used with the Original line. That’s because they have different shapes. There are a wide range of coffee pod flavors that you can enjoy trying for both lines. Unfortunately, Nespresso raised the pod prices in most countries at the end of 2021 or the start of 2022.
Original line pods are sold in sleeves of 10 capsules. Most Original pods now cost $0.75, a five cent increase. The Master Origins pods which feature unique coffee bean blends from different countries are now $0.85, a 13 cent increase. The Barista Creations flavored pods and lungo pods now cost $0.80.
Vertuo line pods are more expensive than Original Nespresso pods and will vary by size. They are also only sold in sleeves of 10. Prices went up by 10 cents across the board.
- Coffee pods $1.20 each
- Single Espresso pods $0.95 each
- Double espresso pods $1.10 each
- Gran lungo pods $1.10 each
- Carafe pods (Next only): $1.60
Conclusion: Is It Worth Buying A Nespresso Machine?
Compare your coffee spend to the average daily cost of using a Nespresso machine for one year. Assuming you make one cup of coffee a day, the average daily cost including the machine, the pods and any add-ins like milk and sugar will generally be between $1.60-$2.10 over the course of one year. Keep in mind your machine will last you more than a year, so your true cost per day will be less.
Nespresso coffee machines are high quality and backed by a warranty. With proper care, it should last for years which will further increase your savings. That’s why we think Nespresso machines are worth buying. If you agree, then it is it time to dig into how the Nespresso models compare to find the best fit for you
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