Nespresso machines are similar to the popular Keurig coffee machines, except they all use the same Nespresso capsules. However, that doesn’t mean all Nespresso machines are created equal. We aren’t just talking about coffee quality you need to consider, but even more, these aren’t your mama’s coffee machines anymore.
Each and every Nespresso machine is different, some machines come with a built in milk frother for that perfect early morning latte, while others are tailored to making a great cup of espresso in record time, and even others have a built in milk chamber to create a tasty cappuccino with a single push of the button. Before you invest your hard earned money in a Nespresso machine, dig into our guide to learn how to navigate between all the different Nespresso machine models and ultimately grab the best one for you.
How much is this gonna cost me?
Nespresso machine prices are all over the map. That is why we highly recommend you read through this guide carefully and even check out some of our independent Nespresso machine reviews before taking the plunge and buying your very own Nespresso machine.
That being said prices vary from $100 up to over $600. The most expensive models come with all the bells and whistles you would expect to see in a high dollar espresso machine, larger water reservoir, more drink size options, and milk frothing hardware. Of course they come in those amazing looking high tech finishes too, such as aluminum or even stainless steel.
If you are looking for a simple Nespresso machine that can just make you a good tasting espresso then you won’t have to spend over $100 for one. Now just remember, because Nespresso is a capsule system, you will have the continuing cost of new capsules which can be more expensive than just using ground espresso in the long run.
Do I need to splurge for an expensive Nespresso machine or is a cheap one okay?
Considering all Nespresso single server coffee makers use the same basic capsule system, you would think the taste difference from unit to unit would be minimal at best. But that isn’t exactly the case; we’ve found that some machines do a better job of extracting the true flavor of the coffee better than others. Check out this list of out top three Nespresso Machines that were the best at extracting the true flavor of the coffee capsules.
The more expensive “Premium Nespresso machines” are bigger, more complex, and include a myriad of accessories and the much needed milk-frothing tools. More affordable models such as the Nespresso Inissia have a small water tank and use a capsule container, so you will need to fill up this machine before every cup of coffee or espresso you make.
Another important question you need to ask yourself is how much counter space / real estate do I have for this machine. If you have a small space in your kitchen, the smaller, more affordable nespresso machines will be your ticket. The middle of the road Nespresso Pixie is a fan favorite and also has a pretty small footprint. The best Nespresso machines tend to be pricier and have all the bells and whistles to make cappuccinos and lattes, as the cheaper models are targeted to make only espressos.
If you are like me and like a nice latte in the morning, then you will want to definitely consider forking over some more dough for a machine that has a milk frother. Unlike their competition Nespresso machines use real milk to make lattes and cappuccinos, cheaper single serve coffee makers like Tassimo and Dolce Gusto use milk capsules, not real milk. Nespresso machines can be bought as a stand-alone machine for espresso or coffee only or a few come with the Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother, this typically adds $40-50 to the price of the machine. The Nespresso Aeorccino can also be bought separate for around $60.
Nespesso’s top of the line Latissima models come with a built-in milk frother, are you ready for one-touch cappuccinos? A couple other notable milk-frothing models are the Nespresso Maestria and Gran Maestria models; they have a steam wand instead of a built-in frother.
Picking the best Nespresso Machine for you
What kind of coffee do you want to make at home? A nice milky cup of cappuccino or would you rather have a quick shot of espresso in the morning? If you want a fast cup of Espresso in the morning then save your money and grab a simple Nespresso machine without a milk frother.
If you like a big cup of Colombian coffee in the morning, make sure you find a machine that has the option to choose drink sizes, this will allow you to determine how much coffee to make.
And if you love a good cup of cappuccino in the morning, then you will need to opt for the higher priced models with a built-in milk frother for those one touch cappuccinos.
If you have made it this far and are still undecided, make sure you check out the Best Nespresso machine reviews 2016, where we take a few models and break down the pros and cons of each model in further detail.
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