You’re looking for the delicious and creamy taste of an espresso-style coffee drink without all the hassle and effort that a full-blown espresso machine can bring. Luckily, Nespresso coffee systems are here to take your morning routine to the next level. But between the Evoluo and the VertuoLine, which one is the better option for brewing espresso?
What is a Nespresso Machine?
Nespresso machines have all the convenience of a one-touch capsule coffee maker (much like a Keurig machine), but it’s capable of making a variety of milk-based coffee recipes.
Simply place your desired coffee capsule into the machine, close the lid, press the single button, and get ready for a beautiful pour in just minutes!
How is it different from an espresso machine?
The biggest difference between a Nespresso and an espresso machine is that Nespresso automatic coffee machines use a capsule brewing system similar to Keurig’s machines, rather than the brewer grinding and tamping the coffee grounds themselves.
Espresso machines are usually more hands-on, but they offer more control of the brewing conditions than the Nespresso machines.
Who are these machines for?
Nespresso machines are some of the best-designed coffee makers built for those who want convenience over control. If you’re particular about the temperature of your hot water or the exact beans you use in your espresso, then these machines may not be for you.
But if you’re willing to give up control over these variables, you will enjoy all the convenience of the one-touch button brewing system.
Evoluo vs. Vertuoline: What’s the Difference?
The Evoluo and Vertuoline are part of Nespresso’s VertuoLine series of machines, which are a step up from their “OriginaLine” models in terms of quality and features. With both of these machines, you’re getting a more premium Nespresso experience if you’re into that sort of thing.
Since both models use Nespresso’s one-touch brewing technology and the VertuoLine espresso capsules, the overall coffee quality will not differ much between models.
Whichever machine you pick, you’re going to get a delicious, rich cup of espresso (or any number of espresso-based drinks).
Speaking of compatible capsules, both machines carry Nespresso’s proprietary capsule-scanning automatic coffee pod recognition technology, which means that the machines are only compatible with Nespresso’s Vertuoline capsules.
This is a big bummer for those who want to use reusable capsules, but environmentally conscious users will appreciate Nespresso’s capsule-recycling system.
A few slight differences may determine which espresso maker is right for you and your household. For starters, Evoluo’s removable water tank capacity is 60 ounces, which is much larger than the Vertuoline.
Water capacity may not be a big deal to you if you’re a single user and you’re just looking for a machine for yourself, but if you’re in a household with multiple coffee drinkers, a larger water reservoir is a must.
The Evoluo is also a more powerful machine, with a 1600-watt heating system compared to the VertuoLine’s 1350-watt system.
The Evoluo’s powerful heating element heats the water and brews in a matter of seconds, so if speed is a big deal to you, the Evoluo may be for you.
However, when it comes to aesthetics and overall design, the Vertuoline is a sleeker design with a smaller footprint. It’s more likely to fit under your cabinet and not take up too much counter space in your kitchen.
Evoluo vs. Vertuoline: A Side-By-Side Comparison
Due to its generous water reservoir and large used capsule container, the Nespresso Evoluo is a fantastic machine for those in larger households or heavy coffee drinkers who will be using it multiple times a day.
Combined with its lightning-fast 15-second brew time, you can serve several people quickly and easily.
Things We Like:
- The capsule-based coffee maker can brew five different coffee cup sizes up to 17-ounce travel mugs, which is a generous cup size for any coffee lover.
- Euvolo’s 60-ounce water reservoir beats out the Vertuoline’s capacity, and it’s a great size for families with several coffee drinkers.
- The brew time is only 15 seconds, which is perfect for busy coffee lovers who need their cup of fantastic-tasting coffee to go. It’s also great for multiple coffee drinkers since long brew times can lead to slow service.
- Nespresso offers a free capsule recycling program, so users can send the capsules back, which is a fantastic eco-friendly feature.
Things We Don’t Like:
- The coffee could be hotter, which is a disappointment when you consider the speed and quality of the brew.
- The overall design is a bit heavy and clunky and not as sleek as the VertuoLine. Some users may have difficulty fitting it on their counters or in their kitchen spaces.
- Nespresso’s VertuoLine capsules are more expensive than OriginaLine capsules, but this machine is only compatible with the Vertuoline capsules due to Nespresso’s pod-scanning technology. The cost of the single-use capsules can add up quickly.
The Bottom Line
While not the most streamlined design, the Evoluo is a solid choice for anyone who needs a workhorse of a coffee machine.
The convenience of the one-touch brewing system can’t be beaten and compared to the Vertuoline, it’s a larger, more powerful machine capable of handling a heavy workload.
The most significant disappointment with this model is that its reliance on Nespresso’s exclusive line of capsules can be a burden long-term. Still, if you’re ok with using Nespresso’s capsules from the start, you’ll love the Evoluo.
Compared to the Evoluo, the Nespresso Vertuoline is streamlined and slim, with a smaller footprint and an overall simpler design. It’s a great basic machine if you’re not concerned with added features like power, brewing speed, or water capacity.
While the Evoluo beats out the Vertuoline in these aspects, it’s still an excellent machine for those who only need the basics.
Things We Like:
- The stylish, modern design fits on most countertops easily and won’t take up too much room in your kitchen.
- You have a variety of drink styles to choose from, meaning you’ll never get bored with your morning coffee.
- The brewing system is easy and fast, with a one-touch operation that works like a charm. With regular cleaning, the machine is easy to maintain, and troubleshooting is usually pretty simple.
- The espresso it produces is rich and delicious, with a beautiful, rich crema on top.
- The water heats up in 20 seconds, meaning you never have to worry about your morning cup of great-tasting coffee slowing you down.
Things We Don’t Like:
- This machine is only compatible with Nespresso’s Vertuo capsules, which are expensive and can add up.
- The aluminum capsules are not as eco-friendly as reusable capsules; however, Nespresso offers a recycling program to help with this.
- Compared to other coffee and espresso machines, the water isn’t as hot as it could be.
The Bottom Line
The VertuoLine is a sleek and sophisticated machine that will serve most coffee drinkers well, without any extra frill or fuss. If you’re a single user who’s only drinking one or two cups per day, the 40-ounce water reservoir will be more than enough to keep you going.
Do You Need Speed?
If you constantly find yourself in a rush during the early morning hours, a Nespresso machine with its one-button brewing system is exactly what you need to simplify the coffee-brewing process and get on with your day quickly.
But while both of these models are fast and convenient, the Evoluo beats out the VertuoLine in terms of sheer brewing time.
The Evoluo can brew a delicious cup of coffee in just 15 seconds, which is about equal to the Vertuoline’s water heating time.
If time is of the essence and you need your gourmet coffee yesterday, then you may want to choose the Evoluo. If you can afford to sit back and relax, the VertuoLine may be for you.
Does Size Matter?
One of the most significant and noticeable differences between the two machines is that the Evoluo has a much more ample water tank size.
Its 60-ounce capacity is perfect for three or four coffee drinkers, whether that’s in an office setting or a bustling family home with sizeable daily coffee consumption.
By comparison, the Vertuoline’s 40-ounce capacity seems tiny, but it’s still the perfect size for a single coffee fanatic who drinks a couple of excellent quality coffee drinks a day.
If you plan on using your machine multiple times a day, or if you’re buying it for multiple users, the Evoluo will be the better option. If it’s just you, consider the Vertuoline, since you’ll get much of the same value as the Evoluo, but for a more affordable price.
The Nespresso Evoluo and the VertuoLine both have a lot in common, and both machines are excellent choices in their own right. Our recommendation?
Analyze your coffee drinking habits and go with the Evoluo if power and speed are more important to you, or if you’re buying the machine for a larger family or office environment, and stick with the VertuoLine if price, simplicity, and overall size are a priority.
Either way, you’re sure to get a rich and creamy cup of espresso out of the deal.
Whichever model you choose, be sure to keep your owner’s manual nearby for troubleshooting and repairs. Knowing your machine inside and out is crucial to keeping it going for years to come!