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.
What Is The Difference Between Inissia and Pixie, U and CitiZ?
- When it comes to how the machines work, they all pretty much work the same way (with slight differences in between). You insert a Nespresso capsule, hit a button and your coffee starts brewing immediately. They all use the same capsules, too, so you’re getting the same quality of drink.
- The Inissia is the most basic Nespresso machine. It has two programmable buttons for Espresso and Lungo and that’s it. It doesn’t have an on/off button, so you have to manually “wake it up”, if you will. Other machines have an on/off buttons and could have an extra button for Ristretto, like the U for example.
- The Inissia does not have any memorization features like the U, which memorizes your favorite settings and brews your coffee automatically.
- The Inissia has a colored plastic exterior (available in 3 colors). Other Nespresso machines use a mixture of metal and plastic.
- The Inissia and Pixie are most similar in design, but the Pixie is equipped with sleek metal panels on the side, blue LED backlights which is an indicator of a full drawer capsule. Pixie is also the only Nespresso machine that is made in Switzerland. (Some newer Pixie machines may not be made in Switzerland, please check before buying)
Should I Buy a Nespresso Inissia, Pixie, CitiZ or U?
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.
What Is The Difference Between The Inissia and Essenza 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…
- Both are a starter affordable Nespresso machine.
- The Essenza is an older model than the Inissia which is newer in design.
- The Essenza does NOT have automatic volume control so you manually brew the coffee and stop it when you like. It does have an on/off button
- The Inissia has automatic volume control, it automatically adjusts and brews the coffee. It lacks the on/off button.
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:
- Created by DeLonghi, Powered by Nespresso’s patented capsule technology.
- Integrated milk frother system by DeLonghi created creamy milk froth and adds it to the cup automatically.
- Detachable milk jug allows you to store left over milk in the fridge.
- Touch screen control panel with programmable drink options.
- 6 pre-programmed drinks (espresso, ristretto, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk) as well as hot water option.
- Italian design with brushed stainless steel finish and LED backlight.
Nespresso Gran Maestria Espresso Machine:
- Classic retro design
- Automatic coffee preparation.
- Adjustable coffee strength and volume.
- Built-in stainless steel Aeroccino milk frother.
- Adjustable drip tray to accommodate different cup sizes.
What Is The Difference Between The Lattissima Pro and Gran Maestria?
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.
Which Should I Buy? The Lattissima Pro or the Gran Maestria?
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.
- Fully compatible with Nespresso capsules.
- Integrated milk frother with DeLonghi’s patented Cappuccino System.
- Control panel with dedicated buttons for each preferred drink (Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte)
- Available in 5 colors.
De’Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine:
- An upgraded version of the Lattissima Plus featured above.
- Full Nespresso compatibility.
- Touch screen control panel.
- Backlit with LED lights.
- Stainless steel housing.
- Integrated milk frother.
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:
- It’s fully compatible with Nespresso capsules.
- 19-bar pressure pump, much like the average Nespresso machine.
- Espresso and Lungo buttons, fully reprogrammable to your taste.
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.
Questions About Nespresso Machines:
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:
- Nespresso OriginalLine – the original Nespresso Machines which include: Pixie, U, CitiZ, Inissia and Lattissima. These use the same technology and are compatible with the original Nespresso capsules.
- Nespresso VertuoLine – the Nespresso an only Nespresso machine that makes both Espresso and Coffee. It uses a new technology (different than the OriginalLine) and new redesigned capsules.
More about VertuoLine here: https://coffeegearathome.com/nespresso-vertuoline-the-first-espresso-and-coffee-maker-by-nespresso/
- Newer model of the Vertuoline is called VertuoPlus, which you can learn more about here.
What Is the Difference Between the Nespresso Pixie, U and CitiZ?
- All Nespresso machines work the exact same way and provide the exact delicious cup of coffee. The difference between these machines comes in a few features or design. For example:
- The Nespresso Pixie is small in size, has LED backlight which works as notifier as well. It’s the only Nespresso machine made in Switzerland.
- The Nespresso U has automatic memorization for your preferred customization for different capsules. It also has a rotating water reservoir that makes it adjustable to your space.
- The CitiZ has the largest water reservoir. It’s also available as a stand-alone machine or with a built-in milk frother.
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:
- Nespresso capsules are made of pure coffee. The machine only brews Espresso drinks (or coffee in VertuoLine’s case). You can create coffee drinks using fresh milk which can be heated and frothed by Nespresso’s frother or your own. Either way, what you get is a fresh cup of coffee made from fresh ingredients.
- As for Dolce Gusto, you’ll find it has a variety of coffee and coffee flavored drinks. The Dolce Gusto capsules include the coffee, artificial flavors as well as powder milk, which all can be prepared by the Dolce Gusto system. It’s possible that it tastes good – I’m not judging the taste here, I’ve never actually tried it – but it’s a far cry from the quality you’d be getting from Nespresso.
Which Nespresso Machine Is Smallest In Size?
The Essenza Mini is the smallest Nespresso machine as of the time of writing (March 2019). It measures (WxHxD): 3.3 x 12.9 x 8 Inches and weighs 5 lbs. It has a water tank capacity of 20 oz and a used capsule drawer capacity of 5 to 6 capsules. It is available in different colors, and can be purchased as a stand alone machine or bundled with an Aeroccino milk frother.
Nespresso DeLonghi vs. Breville, Is There a Difference?
When shopping for a new Nespresso machine, you’ll notice that some of the machines are sold under the brand name Breville and others are under DeLonghi, while some only carry the name Nespresso. Is there a difference between these machines?
No, in function and performance, the are all the exact same machines. However, there are slight aesthetic differences between each brand. For example, a Nespresso DeLonghi might be available in colors that you won’t find as a Nespresso Breville, and vice versa. You’ll notice some design differences, too.
But why is there different names for the same machines? Well, Nespresso has partnered with these brands to help them with machine manufacturing and distribution. Otherwise, they’re all the same Nespresso machines.
Which Nespresso Machine is The Most Affordable?
Right now, the Inissia and Essenza Mini are the most affordable Nespresso machines ( as of time of writing – prices are subject to change by vendors), but it also lacks a lot of the advanced features other Nespresso machines have. Yet, they’re a great choice for anyone on a budget.
Which Is The Quietest Nespresso Machine?
Espresso machines in general, and not just Nespresso, are expected to be somewhat noisy when brewing. The sound you hear is the pump doing its magic to make you that delicious coffee. Espresso requires high pressure to be extracted, so that noise is totally expected.
All Nespresso machines are expected to make the same noise, since they all have the same 19 bar pump pressure. However, Vertuo machines are less noisy than Original line machines. Why? Because Vertuo machines do not use pump pressure to produce coffee, but CentriFusion spinning technology, which spins the capsule rapidly while saturating it with water. So the sound you’ll hear on these machines resembles the sound of a fan rather than a pump.
Is Nespresso Better Than Keurig?
This is a very tricky question to answer, as it depends on what you like and what you need. Keurig and Nespresso are not the same thing, not even close. Both are known to be single serve coffee makers, but they have different approach to it:
Keurig uses K-Cup pods which are available from a wide range of brands like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Folgers, Green Mountain and many more. It also has capsules for drinks other than coffee, like: tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, ice tea and so on.
Keurig has capsules for specialty coffee drinks like cappuccino or latte, but those are pre packed with all ingredients (powdered milk, sugar, flavors…), so it’s not as fresh as Nespresso when you prepare your froth using fresh milk and brew an actual shot of espresso. Keurig doesn’t make Espresso either.
We have a guide on the difference between keurig and nespresso in this post, but here’s what you need to know:
Keurig and Nespresso are not the same. Keurig is more suitable for someone who wants a classic cup of coffee as well as other drinks. Nespresso, even Vertuo which makes coffee, gives you an authentic espresso and a unique coffee experience.
If you mostly enjoy drinks like lattes or cappuccinos, you’re better off buying a Nespresso machine.
Where Can I Buy a Nespresso Machine?
You can buy it directly from Nespresso or you can buy it from Amazon.
Questions About Nespresso Capsules:
What Coffee Pods/Capsules Can I use in a Nespresso Machine?
Nespresso have their own exclusive line of espresso capsules. 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:
- Nespresso has a set of rules when it comes to purchasing capsules – you have to buy in multiples of 5. But you do get free 2 day shipping.
- With Amazon – you have to freedom to buy whatever amount you like. There are also many variety packs as well as limited editions capsules available which might not be available at Nespresso.
Click here to see available Nespresso capsules at Amazon.
How Many Capsules Do I Get Per Sleeve/Package?
Each sleeve has 10 capsules.
How Many Shots Are In a Nespresso Capsule?
Each Nespresso espresso capsule brews a single shot of espresso. The espresso capsule has a 5 to 7 grams of coffee, depending on its kind.
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:
- The type of blends are pre-selected for you, so you might get something that you don’t like.
- The Nespresso gifts that you’re getting might seem like good value, but they’re basically overpriced accessories.
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.
Other/ Nespresso Accessories:
What Accessories Can I Buy For My Nespresso Machine?
- The Aeroccino Milk Frother: this is a fantastic option for someone who likes milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccinos and Lattes. It creates frothy milk, hot or cold, with push of a button. You can get this bundled with a Nespresso machine or get it on your own. You can also get milk frothers from other brands.
- Nespresso Capsule Organizer: This is a must-have for organizing your capsules. See our favorite picks here: https://coffeegearathome.com/best-holders-and-storage-units-to-organize-your-nespresso-capsules/
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…
Features of the Nespresso U Espresso Machine:
- A fully automatic single serve espresso machine – compatible with Nespresso capsules only.
- Automatic piercing, brewing and ejection of coffee capsules.
- Automatic memorization of your favorite coffee adjustment.
- Choose from 3 cup sizes: Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo. All reprogrammable to your choice of volume.
- 19 bar pressure pump.
- 27 ounce water tank capacity. Rotates 180-degrees.
- Removable magnetic drip tray, accommodates different cup sizes.
- Light indicators for empty water tank and full capsule dispenser.
- Auto power off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
So, What Is The Difference Between The Nespresso U C50, D50 and D55:
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:
- The Nespresso C50 has a different coffee spout shape than the D50. This does NOT affect the coffee at all.
- The available colors for C50 is Cream and Grey, the available color for D50 is Black and Orange.
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
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