What’s the Difference Between All the Nespresso Coffee Machines?

Here’s a breakdown of the brand’s different machines.

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November 10, 2021
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This article has been updated since its original publish date to reflect changes to Nespresso's product line.

How To Choose the Right Nespresso Coffee Machine

Picking the right coffeemaker can be a challenge — especially when it comes to a brand with so many options. As with any piece of equipment that takes up precious real estate on your kitchen counter, deciding on which Nespresso model to purchase can feel like a major commitment. With so many options on the market, learning the basics is key to making the right choice. Here's a breakdown, so you can choose which Nespresso is right for you.

First, Nespresso coffee machines are divided into two categories: Original and Vertuo. The Original line only makes espresso-based drinks, but their variety expands with the complexity and price of the machine. The Vertuo line can make a wider range of drink sizes, including espressos, double espressos (2.7 ounces) and lungos (espresso with more water), in addition to regular cups of coffee in both eight-ounce and 12-ounce sizes.

Before you dive into the differences between all the machines, here's a handy way to narrow down which models you should consider.

If you want an 8-ounce cup of coffee...

  • go for the Vertuo Series. (The Original line makes exclusively espresso drinks.)

If you want only basic espresso...

  • the Original Series has the following options: Essenza(s), Pixie, Citiz, Expert

If you want a variety of espresso drinks (think: cappucinos and lattes)...

  • these Original Series are for you: Lattissima line, Creatista line, Citiz & Milk

Where you'd like to buy capsules also makes a difference. The Original line is compatible with Nespresso-brand and Williams Sonoma-brand capsules (Nespresso has a deal with Williams Sonoma). The Vertuo series machines are only compatible with Nespresso-brand capsules. All capsules are recyclable through Nespresso.


The most basic machine in this line, the Vertuo Plus has a 40-ounce water reservoir that can stay behind the machine or swivel next to it, depending on the available counter space. The capsule tray holds up to 10 used capsules.

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Though the name seems confusing, the Vertup is more advanced than the Vertuo Plus. This machine has a more powerful heating unit than the Plus and a container with 12 to 13 used capsule capacity. The water reservoir is still 40 ounces.

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The Vertuo Next machine is designed for versatility and allows you to make one cup or a whole carafe of coffee. The machine can pour up to 18 ounces with the right pod.

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This machine has the most powerful heating unit of the Vertuo machines at 1600 watts. It has a 54-ounce water reservoir and can hold 17 used capsules.

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This line of Nespressos not only brews espressos, but American coffee as well. All machines make 1.35-ounce espresso, 2.7-ounce double espresso, a 5-ounce gran lungo, a 7.7-ounce coffee and a 14-ounce alto. These machines can be bought with or without a free-standing milk frother.

The Vertuo machines use capsules embossed with a barcode that tells the machine what to make, and then spins the capsule at very high speed to extract the coffee. This process creates a thick, bubbly crema topping for the espresso or coffee.


The most basic and least expensive machine uses the same technology as the higher-caliber models and produces the same quality of espresso. This compact machine has a small tank that holds around 20 ounces of water and can make four to six espressos per tank. The capsule tray can hold six used capsules. If you are looking for a machine that doesn’t take up a lot of space, but still makes a good espresso this is the model for you. The exterior is made of plastic, but that’s why it only weighs 5 pounds. With only two buttons, this model is also simple to operate.

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Slightly heavier than the Essenza Mini at 6.6 pounds, the Pixie is housed in an aluminum casing which gives it a more elegant look. Even though it’s compact, this machine heats the water in 30 seconds. The 24-ounce water tank can produce five to seven espressos or lungos. The used capsule container holds up to 10 capsules.

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Stylish and with a larger capacity, the Citiz is better for bigger groups. The buttons for the espresso and lungo can be programmed to adjust to the size of drink you would prefer. This machine has a 33-ounce water tank, which can make seven to nine espressos and has a capsule tray that holds nine used capsules.

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Bluetooth connectivity sets this machine apart from others; it enables you to operate the machine and customize your drinks via the Nespresso app. It has four cup sizes: espresso, lungo, ristretto and Americano, with a separate spout for hot water on-demand and Americano preparation. There are also three temperature settings: warm, hot and extra hot. The removable water tank holds 37 1/2-ounces so it can produce eight to 10 espressos, and the used capsule container can hold 10 empties. This machine weighs in at 10 pounds.

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The following Original machines make 1.35 oz espressos and 3.70 oz lungos. All machines in the Original series work by piercing the Nespresso capsule, and then pumping hot water under high pressure through it to create a variety of espressos and sizes topped with a cap of foam.


If you are looking for a machine to make only one milk-based espresso drink a day consider this one. Unlike other Lattissima machines the One does not have a cleaning system, so you have to wash the milk frother each time you make a milk-based drink. The 33.8-ounce water tank can make seven to nine espressos and can hold up to eight used capsules.

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You can prepare any one of six drinks — latte, latte, macchiato, cappuccino, espresso, lungo or warm milk — with the touch of a button. The 30.4-ounce water tank can produce six to eight espressos. There is also a milk froth knob to vary froth texture. The used capsule container holds 10 capsules.

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This model has a touch screen which can be programmed for ristretto, espresso, lungo, hot water, cappuccino, latte, machiatto and warm milk. It’s slightly larger than the Lattissima+ and has a 44-ounce water tank and eight-ounce milk tank that can produce nine to 11 espressos. Added features include a water hardness setting and an automatic rinsing feature. Up to 16 used capsules fit in the tray.

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A sub-category of the Original line is the Lattissima series, all of which have some type of milk frothing capacity.

This is the only remaining Creatista model that Nespresso currrently has in production. Made from 100% stainless steel with no plastic components, this machine makes the same beverage types as the Creatista, but has a range of 11 milk temperatures and eight milk texture settings to select from.

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The second sub-category of Original Nespresso machines, the Creatista, have integrated manual frothers. With full control over your cappuccino and latte foam, you can create your own latte art, hence, the name which derives from the word “creative” in Italian. All three models heat up the water in three seconds and the tanks hold 50.72-ounces of water.

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