Looking to strike that perfect balance between flavor, convenience, and versatility in your coffee setup? Nespresso machines might be the perfect solution for you!
With a single-touch brewing method and a single-serve capsule system, Nespresso has the answer with several different espresso machine models. Read on as we compare two models from Nespresso’s VertuoLine: the Next and the Plus.
The Nespresso Vertuo Next and Vertuo Plus both come with several pros and cons, and it’s worth doing your research to figure out which one will fit your lifestyle the best. Whether you’re new to the world of Nespresso machines or you’re a veteran looking to upgrade your setup, learn everything you need to know to help you decide which machine is right for you.
Nespresso machines are fully automatic coffee machines that brew espresso and coffee using small aluminum capsules filled with coffee grounds. They’re a popular option because of their convenience and ease of use, dominating the single-serve coffee machine market for years.
Swiss inventor Eric Favre founded the Nespresso company in 1976 after a trip to Rome inspired him to create a quick and simple coffee brewing system so people could make espresso drinks at home, without the fuss of a standard espresso machine.
What to Look for in a Nespresso Machine
- Size: Every Nespresso machine is different and will take up a varying amount of space in your home. It’s important to consider how much counter space you have and how much you’re willing to give up.
- Style: While some Nespresso machines feature a chic retro design, others have a slick and modern feel. If how the machine looks is important, be sure to check out multiple models to find the one you like best.
- Brewing Method: While Nespresso’s Original Line machines use bars of pressure just like traditional espresso machines, the VertuoLine machines use a process called Centrifusion, which uses centrifugal force to create pressure in the pods. The result is more of an “espresso-like” beverage than authentic espresso.
- Ease of Use: While Nespresso machines always value convenience above all else, some machines require a little more work than others, so be sure to choose a machine that matches your comfort level.
- Versatility: While some Nespresso machines simply brew espresso, other models can brew several different drink sizes and beverage types. Make sure you choose a machine that will be able to brew all the beverages you want.
Who Is Best Suited For A Nespresso Machine?
There’s a lot to love about Nespresso’s lineup of capsule coffee machines, but you may be wondering if Nespresso machines are best suited for your lifestyle. The key features and functions of Nespresso machines are great for any coffee drinker longing for a convenient cup, but the machines will be especially suited to the following specific needs.
- If you’re a coffee lover who wants a simple, convenient, one-touch brewing system that’s hands-off and quick, a Nespresso machine is perfect for you. Those with busy mornings or little interest in learning how to work a complicated system will love Nespresso’s simplicity.
- Coffee drinkers who don’t want to have to constantly clean and maintain their machines will love the low-maintenance Nespresso machines.
- Those looking to create a variety of espresso drinks like Lattes, Cappuccinos, Americanos, and more will love the versatility of Nespresso’s VertuoLine.
Do Nespresso Machines Have Any Drawbacks?
The biggest drawback to any Nespresso machine is that you trade in control over the espresso-making process for convenience.
There’s very little you can do to customize your drink, and there’s little to no control over water temperature, brew strength, and other factors. If you’re looking for a machine that allows you to experiment and create your preferred cup of espresso, this one isn’t it.
Nespresso machines are also quite expensive, both in the short and long term. Many of the machines have a higher price point up front, and then cost more long-term to brew, because of the use of the Nespresso capsules.
The VertuoLine machines in particular are not compatible with third-party capsules, so costs add up over time. You also can’t use your own chosen coffee beans.
The Nespresso Vertuo Next vs Vertuo Plus
Nespresso Vertuo Next
The Nespresso Vertuo Next is small, stylish, and simply making it the perfect solution for those who are short on both space and time.
With a variety of brew sizes and a single-touch brewing process, this is the machine to have on hand during a busy morning rush out the door. Espresso, Americano, and a cup of coffee are a breeze to make. However, since there’s no included milk frother, you’ll have to purchase that separately if you’d like to create Cappuccinos or Lattes at home.
Things We Like
- This machine makes both coffee and espresso beverages in a variety of sizes, all the way up to 17 ounces.
- With its hands-off brewing system, it’s nearly mess-free and super easy to clean.
- The small and sleek design fits on most countertops without taking up too much space.
- This machine has solid internal construction that’s meant to last.
Things We Don’t Like
- The pod-scanning system means that you can’t use third-party capsules, and the Vertuo capsules are more expensive over time than with other home brewing methods.
- You have to buy a separate milk frother, which limits your ability to make milk-based espresso drinks (unless you’re willing to pay more).
- VertuoLine brewers use Centrifusion (rapid pod spinning) to generate extraction pressure, creating a thick and foamy crema that doesn’t feel quite authentic.
- The coffee doesn’t brew as hot as in the Original Line machines, which can be a disappointment.
The Bottom Line
The Vertuo Next is a great option if you want a compact machine that gets the job done quickly and conveniently.
It’s an excellent option for office spaces and small kitchens. However, the lack of an included milk frother and pricey capsules makes this machine not quite as versatile as we’d like.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus
When it comes to the Nespresso Vertuo Plus, versatility is the name of the game. While the machine isn’t compatible with third-party capsules, it does include a variety of settings, like brew size and strength, to give your cup a bit more versatility.
Even better, the Vertuo Plus includes a built-in milk frother that allows you to easily create milk-based espresso drinks with the touch of a button.
Things We Like
- With a single-button interface, this machine is easy to use for anyone, regardless of their coffee brewing experience.
- The Centrifusion technology creates a delicious espresso-like coffee with a rich and foamy crema on top.
- Since this model comes equipped with more customization settings and an included Aeroccino milk frother, you can make just about any espresso drink you want.
- The Vertuo Plus has a swiveling water reservoir, making it easy to refill and able to fit on most countertops, even those short on space.
Things We Don’t Like
- Since the Vertuo Plus uses barcode-scanning technology to brew its capsules, it’s not compatible with third-party capsules or reusable pods. This makes the long-term cost much more expensive than other coffee machines.
- While Nespresso does have a recycling program for its aluminum pods, it’s not the most convenient or straightforward method.
- Nespresso’s Centrifusion brewing process does not create authentic espresso, which could be a turnoff for some.
The Bottom Line
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is the perfect option for those who want great-tasting espresso at home without the fuss of learning how to work an espresso machine.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much experience brewing espresso, since the intuitive design makes it easy to learn. However, all that convenience comes at a premium and the Nespresso Vertuo Plus is unlikely to save you money in the long run.
The Nespresso Vertuo Next and Nespresso Vertuo Plus are both great options for coffee lovers looking for a quick and convenient solution to their morning coffee routine. However, they both have their drawbacks. Ultimately, the decision will come down to your personal preference and which features fit best into your lifestyle.
The Nespresso Vertuo Next is almost completely hands-free with little to no maintenance, but its lack of versatility may leave hardcore espresso lovers wanting more. The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is a more versatile option that includes a milk frother for added convenience but with no option to brew 3rd party capsules, the expense of owning one can add up over time.
Ultimately, we recommend going with the Plus if you want versatility and build quality. If convenience, size, and ease of use are more important, then we would recommend sticking with the Vertuo Next.
Still unsure which is the best Nespresso machine? If you want a Nespresso machine that uses bars of pressure to create authentic espresso, consider going with the Original Line machines. Or, consider whether the Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe might be a better fit. Happy brewing!