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In a previous post about Nespresso, we mentioned the Inissia as one of the most affordable Nespresso machines out here. It might make you wonder, why is it less expensive? Will you be giving up many features in return of the lower price? In this post, we’ll talk about the difference between the Inissia and other Nespresso machines to find out.
Inissia or Pixie: if the quality built of the machine matters to you, the Pixie should certainly be your choice. But any difference beyond that is almost unnoticeable.
Inissia or U: The U has great memorization feature that other Nespresso machines don’t have. It memorizes the settings you’ve used the past few times and then automatically brews your next shot the same way (but of course, you can always change it). It also has a very adaptable design, with a 180-degree swivel water tank that can solve some counter-space issues. The Inissia is bit smaller in size, but lacks other features of the U.
Inissia or CitiZ: If water tank capacity is something high on your list, the CitiZ has the largest water tank on a Nespresso machine (34 oz). The Inissia has a 24 oz water tank. The CitiZ is also available with a built-in Aerroccino milk frother, unlike the other Nespresso machines.
You might have noticed the the Nespresso Essenza is priced around the same price as the Inissia, but is there a difference between them? Yes, there is…
We highly recommend the Inissia over the Essenza since it’s newer.
In this post, we’ve chosen to compare two Nespresso machines with largely similar features and at the same price range: The Nespresso Lattissima Pro vs. Gran Maestria. Before we do that, we’ll talk about each machine separately…
DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Pro Espresso Machine:
Nespresso Gran Maestria Espresso Machine:
Both machines use Nespresso capsules exclusively, so you should expect the same delicious coffee from both machines.
The Lattissima Pro is more advanced when it comes to features. The touch screen display makes it easy to program, and its 6 pre-sets make it ready to use right out of the box. The integrated milk frother is excellent as it pours right into the cup, giving you a fully automated experience. The Gran Maestria on the other hand requires some fine tuning for the coffee volume and strength. There are no pre-sets on it, so you’ll have to choose your cup size and pour in the milk manually (frothing is automatic though).
The Lattissima Pro features a slim, sleek and polished Italian design. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a sleek modern design. The Gran Maestria is for someone who appreciates a good retro chic design. Thankfully, it operates on a new and modern level though.
If you’d prefer to simply press a button and have everything done for you, then the Lattissma Pro is your machine, you’ll enjoy its intuitive and quick operation. The Gran Maestria works wonderfully, too, but with some work on your side, if we can call it that.
Apart from the wide range of Nespresso machines available, sometimes other espresso maker brands team up to use the Nespresso’s capsule system in their machines. One of the most notable brand to do that is DeLonghi. In this post, we’ll share a few machines (Other than Nespresso’s) that are compatible with the Nespresso coffee pods.
De’Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine:
What Is Difference Between The Lattissima Plus and Lattissima Pro?
There’s a large difference between the two machines. The Lattissima PRO is an upgraded version of the PLUS, design and function wise. It features a touch screen display that makes controlling the machine very easy. It also features 6 pre-set drinks which are all customizable to your liking. It has a larger water tank (44 oz vs. 30 oz for the PLUS) and a larger milk frother (17 oz vs. 8 oz). The Lattissima PRO’s brushed stainless steel design with blue LED backlight makes the modern and sleek machine more appealing to have.
SpressoLuxe CAF-SP5 Single Serve Espresso Capsule Brewer:
A newcomer to the world of Nespresso compatible machines, the SpressoLuxe is a great alternative for someone who is looking for a basic single-serve espresso maker:
Got a question about Nespresso Machines, how they work and what coffee you can enjoy from it? In this post, we’ve compiled the most asked questions about Nespresso and its machines. It covers the machines, capsules and accessories. And if you still got a question that we haven’t answered, feel free to contact us here.
What Is a Nespresso Machine and How Does It Work?
Nespresso machine is a single-serve espresso machine that makes one cup of espresso or lungo coffee at a time. Instead of having you prepare the coffee ground, measure and brew, the machine uses exclusive Nespresso capsules that are already pre-measured with the perfect amount of coffee. You’ll simply put in the capsule, press a button and enjoy your coffee!
Nespresso is a truly luxurious experience at home, giving you high cafe quality coffee drinks prepared automatically with a simple press of a button.
What Kind of Coffee Does Nespresso Make?
It prepares Espresso (1.35 oz), Lungo (3.7 oz), Ristretto (0.85 oz) as well as espresso based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato.
How Many Nespresso Machines Are Available? What Are My Choices?
There two main types of Nespresso machines:
What Is the Difference Between the Nespresso Pixie, U and CitiZ?
Please refer to our post here for more details on the difference between these machines: https://coffeegearathome.com/a-comparison-between-nespresso-u-pixie-and-citiz-which-one-is-best-to-buy/
What Is The Difference Between Nespresso and Dulce Gusto?
You might have heard of another single-serve system called Dulce Gusto. This is another machine by Nestle, makers of Nespresso. However, there’s a HUGE difference between them, mainly in the quality of coffee and capsules:
Which Nespresso Machine Is Smallest In Size?
If you’re worried about counter space, the Nespresso Inissia ( 4.7 x 12.6 x 9 inches ) and Pixie ( 4.4 x 12.8 x 9.3 in) are the smallest in size.
Which Nespresso Machine is The Most Affordable?
Right now, the Inissia is the most affordable Nespresso machines, but it also lacks a lot of the advanced features other Nespresso machines have. Yet, it’s a great choice for anyone on a budget.
Where Can I Buy a Nespresso Machine?
You can buy it directly from Nespresso or you can buy it from Amazon.
What Coffee Pods/Capsules Can I use in a Nespresso Machine?
Nespresso have their own exclusive line of espresso pods. You can’t use any pods from any coffee brand. However, there are a few alternatives available, which we’ll talk about below.
What Kind of Coffee Does Nespresso Have?
They have a great range of coffee blends, available in different intensities and flavors. You can choose from 22 different capsules to try.
Where Can I Buy Nespresso Capsules?
There are many Nespresso Boutiques available worldwide (check for locations on their website). You can also buy it from them directly online. Another option is to buy it from Amazon (although slightly more expensive). Why do people choose to buy from Amazon over Nespresso? For many reason:
Click here to see available Nespresso capsules at Amazon.
How Many Capsules Do I Get Per Sleeve/Package?
Each sleeve has 10 capsules.
Do All Nespresso Machines Use The Same Type of Capsules?
There are two types of Nespresso Machines:
Nespresso OriginalLine (Includes Pixie, CitiZ, U, Inissia, Lattissima…) these all use the same type of Espresso capsules you see pictured above.
Nespresso VertuoLine uses its own type of capsules (not compatible with OriginalLine) and they’re available in Coffee or Espresso.
Can I Use Dolce Gusto Pods in a Nespresso Machine?
No, you cannot as they’re not compatible.
What Is The Nespresso Welcome Pack?
When you get your Nespresso machine, it has a Welcome Pack, which is a pack that includes one capsule of each coffee they have for you to try and choose your favorite.
We’re not fans of this deal for two reasons:
Can I Use My Own Coffee With a Nespresso Machine?
There’s not an official way to do so, but there are a few refillable Nespresso capsules out there. These are not officially available from Nespresso, and you have to be careful which you choose as some may be harmful to your machine. Instead of using your own coffee, I’d suggest you buy Nespresso compatible pods…
Are All Nespresso Capsules The Same Size?
If they’re in the same category then they’re the same size. All OriginalLine Nespresso capsules are the same size, same goes for VertuoLine capsules.
How Many Times Can I Use a Nespresso Capsule?
Each capsule can be used just once.
Which Nespresso Compatible Pods are The Best?
These are pods that are quite similar to Nespresso’s, so they’re not harmful to your machine. By buying from a few different brands, you’ll expand the available variation to you. One of the best brands available is Gourmesso, a european brand that specializes in Nespresso pods. Their coffee has been highly rated by customers, and it is the cheapest Nespresso alternative pod available.
Can I Make My Own Nespresso Capsules?
Maybe there’s a DIY way to do it, but why would you want to do that? It takes the whole Nespresso experience out of it. The idea here is to have a high quality cup of coffee with a push of a button. Making your own capsules is a whole lot of hassle.
What Accessories Can I Buy For My Nespresso Machine?
So you’ve finally decided on buying a Nespresso U machine. Then you realize and get confused by the many names of Nespresso U: C50, D50, D55 and you go to decision mode all over again!
In this post, we’ll help you crack the code of those names to tell the difference between these models. Don’t worry, they’re not confusing at all. But before we do that, let’s go over the features of Nespresso U…
Ok, let’s start with the C50 and D50:
– Features wise: there’s absolutely NO difference whatsoever. They’re all identical. – Design wise: The name difference simply refers to small design differences. Looking at the pictures above, there’s to differences:
These are the only difference between the Nespresso U C50 and D50, making your choice as simple choosing your favorite color.
See all available machines and bundles:
Now let’s get to the Nespresso U D55, also known as Nespresso UMilk:
With the Nespresso UMilk (D55), you get everything in a normal Nespresso U PLUS an integrated milk frother. With the C50 and D50, you have the option to buy the Nespresso milk frother separately or with a bundle (you can also choose other electric milk frothers – here are some choices). But with an integrated milk frother, you’re saving on outlet use (it powers with the machine) and it simply looks better!
What to learn more about Nespresso Machines: read our comparison between the Nespresso U, Pixie and CitiZ
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.