Nespresso Machines Explained: How It Works, The Difference Between Them and Which One Is Right For You

We’ve already established the fact that Nespresso is one of the best single-serve espresso machines available right now on the market. But, as you go on to find a Nespresso machines, you’ll find so many models that are seemingly the same, but have different names. So what we’ll do here is break it all down for you; the best models, the difference between them, how they work, and everything in between.

Nespresso CitiZ

Before we get into the details, there this one thing you should keep in mind:

All Nespresso machines basically work the same way. The differences come in few features but not in the overall how of it works.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s explore how a Nespresso machine work (video shows the Nespresso Pixie in action):

A Nesprsso machine, or a single-serve machine for that matter, is the easiest, most convenient way to make a shot of espresso or a nice cup of coffee. How it works is very simple:

  • You’ll insert a coffee capsule into the machine. The capsule has a pre-measured amount of coffee that will make you a perfect shot every time.
  • Once the capsule is in place, you’ll press the button for your desired drink: Espresso or Lungo.
  • The machine will automatically use as much water needed for your desired drink.
  • And within seconds, you’ll have your drink ready!

We told you it’s simple!

Like any other espresso machine, may it be single-serve or more of a traditional one, Nespresso uses pump pressure to force hot water through each capsule. That’s the only way to get a shot of espresso. The beauty of Nespresso though is in its simplicity and convenience. If you want a traditional shot of espresso, but do not want to spend time on grinding, measuring, dosing and the whole process of using a traditional espresso machine, then Nespresso is for you. You will get a decent shot of espresso in less than minute.

Nespresso has two lines of single-serve espresso machines:

Breville-Nespresso USA BEC250BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Expresso Machine, One Size, Piano Black
Nespresso D40-US-BK-NE Inissia Espresso Maker, Black (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso EN167B Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, 2.3, Black
Nespresso Pixie by Breville- Titan
Breville-Nespresso USA BEC250BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Expresso Machine, One Size, Piano Black
Nespresso D40-US-BK-NE Inissia Espresso Maker, Black (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso EN167B Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, 2.3, Black
Nespresso Pixie by Breville- Titan
Breville-Nespresso USA BEC250BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Expresso Machine, One Size, Piano Black
Breville-Nespresso USA BEC250BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Expresso Machine, One Size, Piano Black
Nespresso D40-US-BK-NE Inissia Espresso Maker, Black (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso D40-US-BK-NE Inissia Espresso Maker, Black (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso EN167B Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, 2.3, Black
Nespresso EN167B Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, 2.3, Black
Nespresso Pixie by Breville- Titan
Nespresso Pixie by Breville- Titan

Nespresso OriginalLine, which is the original Nespresso machine that brews espresso capsules. Models in this line include: Nespresso CitiZ, Pixie, Inissia, Essenza Mini.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle by Breville - Ink Black
Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle by Breville - Ink Black
Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle by Breville - Ink Black
Nespresso VertuoPlus Bundle by Breville - Ink Black
Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Nespresso ENV120WAE Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker, Machine + Aeroccino, White
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome
Breville BNV220CRO1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, normal, Chrome

Nespresso Vertuoline, which is the first kind by Nespresso to make espresso as well as coffee, and it uses capsules different than OriginalLine. Models include: Evoluo and Vertuo.

We will discuss the difference between each machine in details in a later post. But to give you an idea, the difference comes in features like:

  • Different water tank sizes.
  • Difference in machine size and design.
  • Milk frother, either built-in or stand-alone.

These differences can affect how you experience your Nespresso machines. They’ll also affect the price of the machine, so if you’re on a budget, it will have say in which one is the right one for you.

Nespresso Coffee Capsule Availability:

Of course, you’ll be interested to know how available are the Nespresso capsules to you before you commit to the machine.

Great news! They’re quite available!

You have many choices at buying the capsules, either directly from Nespresso (where you can even set up automatic shipments!) or many Vendors you’ll find online, including on Amazon and eBay.

If  you are opting for a Nespresso OriginalLine machine, these machines are compatible with Nespresso capsules, refillable capsules and Nespresso-compatible capsules, which are capsules made from brands other than Nespresso. However, if you’re going with a VertuoLine machine, capsules for these machines are available from Nespresso only. They’re available as espresso capsules and coffee capsules (which contain more coffee grounds to brew a larger cup).

Which Nespresso Machine Is Right One For You?

That is actually a question that we can’t answer for you. What we can do, however, is compare the machines for you and let you know the features of each machine, and that will help you make a better decision!

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