Nespresso Espresso Machines from different brands
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Out of today’s line-up of coffee and espresso machines, the Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine - number 3 on our list - comes out on top as the customer’s choice.
This is not a model which will deliver piping hot coffee - plus it does still use a pricey pod system. Nonetheless, as well as possessing all of the fancy features of the other two - such as an automatic pod dispenser, recyclable pods, centrifusion technology, and easy button operation - the Breville machine has some key extras which pip them to the post.
Unlike the De’Longhi models in our line-up, the Breville Verto Coffee and Espresso Machine is clearly a well-made maker. Leaks are a rarity and early breakdowns are virtually unheard of - making this a machine suited to those of us who enjoy several steaming cups of coffee a day, as well as seldom sippers. Moreover, as both the water tank and pod tank are easily removable, clean up is extra easy with this machine - and to top it off, both the coffee and crema this machine makes are top-class.
Considering all three of today’s coffee makers are in the same price bracket, the extra value offered by the sturdy and stylish Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine in terms of quality and convenience make this model a worthy winner.
1. Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee & Espresso Maker by De'Longhi
- VERSATILE AUTOMATIC COFFEE MAKER: Brew different single serve coffee cup sizes; espresso (1.35 oz), double espresso (2.7 oz), gran lungo (5 oz), coffee (7.7 oz) and alto (14 oz). Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks
- VERSATILE AND AUTOMATIC: Based on the barcode on the rim of the capsule, the brewing parameters are adjusted by the machine, with no need to change settings
- SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: create barista grade brewed single serve coffee or espresso cups at the touch of a single button; Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
Buyers of this machine are in agreement that it makes a great cup of coffee which easily rivals coffee shop equivalents – one with a rich, strong flavour and a well-functioning frother which makes a good crema. They are also fans of the machine’s fancy features, with the automated used pod dispensing gadget a huge hit.
With its multitude of motorised functions, customers also attest to this model being easy to use, with a straightforward frother mechanism and a brimming bean beverage ready in just a few touches. Many coffee crafters also gave the machine a big thumbs-up for the versatility this machine offers in terms of coffee variety, volume, and a choice between hot or cold froth.
Leakage from the water tank has been a common issue buyers have had with this machine – including duplicate machines which have been sent to customers to replace the original. In addition, the pods required for this model are not only reported to be expensive (costing anywhere between $0.80-1.80 per pod), but also difficult for machine owners to source.
Another major issue from customers is that this model appears quite prone to breaking down after just a few months of less-than-regular usage – and although it is possible to get it repaired, a ‘loaner’ machine is not always available in the meantime.
Design & Features
The Nespresso VertuoPlus by De’Longhi boasts a button-operated control system and an understated, contemporary design. It has a precision brewing system with a single or double espresso option and a rotating water tank for ease of use – and weighing in at just under 10lbs, is the lightest model in our line-up. Its matching pods offer a variety of coffee options, and are fully recyclable.
While this machine is working well, there is little dispute that it is easy to make good, hot coffee with this machine – and it makes it fairly fast. It can also make a variety of different coffees within the pod range to a similar quality, with a decent crema on lattes and cappuccinos.
Ease of Use and Maintenance
There are next to no complaints regarding the operation of this maker, nor the cleaning process; the general consensus among customers is that it is a simple machine to use and maintain.The automatic used pod dispenser also makes the coffee making process even simpler and faster.
Worth a Buy?
This model is a viable option for those of us who occasionally enjoy a luxury, customised coffee as a special treat. However – for the more avid coffee consumers, the pricey pods and lack of resilience this model offers is unlikely to make the cut.
2. Nespresso ENV135B Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
- VERSATILE COFFEE MAKER: Brew different single serve coffee cup sizes depending on your coffee needs: Espresso (1.35 oz), Double Espresso (2.7 oz), Gran Lungo (5 oz), Coffee (7.7 oz), and Alto (14 oz). Pour over ice to create iced Coffee drinks
- SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single-serve Coffee or Espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in-cup results including the perfect crema for large Coffee cup sizes
- SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: Create barista grade brewed single serve coffee or espresso cups at the touch of a button; the one touch button mechanism delivers the best in cup result for whatever style coffee or espresso drink you choose
Those who have crafted coffee with this machine rave about its sleek and speedy features. Easy cleaning, a one-button operation, a fab frother, and 45-second brewing time all got a big thumbs up, as did the model’s automated water measuring mechanism and ability to accommodate varying cup sizes.
Buyers also rate the quality of the coffee pod selection available for this maker (a sample pack of which is supplied with the purchase of the machine), which they say is on a par with professional outlets. Users are also fans of the automatic disposal of the used pods – which can then be easily recycled in the free recycling bags supplied with coffee orders.
Similarly to the first model a common complaint of this machine is the presence of cracked parts, especially the water tank – worse still the warranty for this model only extends to a month, making the issue more difficult to resolve. Unfortunately, a sizable proportion of purchasers have confirmed that this machine also does not last the distance, with breakdowns after just a few months of moderate usage not unusual.
Buyers are also of the view that the coffee made by this maker is just not hot enough, with many attesting to the end result being no more than lukewarm if milk and/or froth are added. Crema volume is also an issue, with the customer consensus being that there is too much crema and not enough coffee per cup – with many referring to it as ‘foam’ due to the unusual consistency.
Design & Features
The Nespresso Coffee & Espresso Machine by De’Longhi is a sleek, retro-modern design crafted from plastic and metal. Operating at 1350 watts, it also offers precision brewing, a generous selection of coffee easily-recyclable pod varieties and a single-button operating system.
When in good working order this machine is not the quietest of its kind, but it performs well – it makes excellent espressos and frothy coffees in a couple of clicks, and the brewing process from filter to cup is fast and precise.
Ease of Use and Maintenance
Customer consensus is that this is a very straightforward maker to use, with a full water tank holding sufficient water to make between 5-6 average-sized drinks. Cleaning is also reported to be a breeze, with the added conveniences of easy pod disposal and recycling.
Worth a Buy?
Again, this maker is a great starting point for those who wish to indulge in a caffeinated cup of luxury once in a while (and for a more reasonable price than the first maker), but this is not a machine with the staying power required for the more committed coffee connoisseurs – nor those of use who like it hot.
3. Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine
- SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: The Nespresso Creatista Plus offers freshly brewed coffee as well as authentic espresso. The attached milk frother allows you to create top quality latte art at home. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks
- BARISTA GRADE: Brew different sized coffee beverages at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Ristretto (0.5 oz), Espresso (1.35 oz), Lungo (5 oz). Settings allow you to adjust coffee volume, milk temperature and mixture
- SMART COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER: Brew a perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup every time with a high resolution easy TFT LCD display that assists you with all settings and maintenance aspects
This machine has received a huge thumbs up across the board from buyers for design, coffee quality, features, and ease of use. Its sleek, chrome-clad design seems to coordinate well with most kitchen styles, with a build which is reported to be robust and sturdy. By most accounts, the Breville Virtuo produces a rich, flavourful coffee with a frothy crema that hits the spot in terms of both intensity and taste, which is rated to easily be in the same class as corporate chain classics.
Users of this machine were also fans of the maker’s efficient aeroccino frother (which comes at a discount if bought with the machine) capable of either heating or cooling milk – making it useful for anything from lattes to frappes. Customers also love the low level of maintenance this machine comes with, and as with the other models in our line-up it comes with an automatic used pod disposal and easy pod recycling.
Negative points for this machine are comparatively few and far between, with the biggest issue relating to temperature. Buyers commonly quote the coffee as too cool, even when taken black – the use of a microwave or cup heating is often needed to get the coffee to a thermal tier, especially in the early days after buying the machine.
Customers are also not keen on the maker’s pod system. Averaging out at over $1 per coffee, the pods are rated as pretty pricey – plus, they can be difficult for purchasers to find. There is also limited information regarding the strengths of the different pod varieties, which can make selection of the most suitable shot a tricky exercise.
Design & Features
The Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine uses automatic blend recognition with centrifusion extraction technology and an easy, one-touch brewing system to craft its coffee. It is adaptable to 3 cup sizes, and a range of coffee types and flavours are available in its coffee capsule line.
Virtually all who have purchased and used this model vouch for it performing well. The auto functions are easy to grasp and it makes quick, great-tasting coffee with quality crema. The aeroccino add-on also gets a thumbs up for its contribution to whipping up fast, fluffy froths.
Ease of Use and Maintenance
This machine is almost unanimously rated as user friendly by buyers, with just a few simple steps towards coffee utopia. With water and pod tanks both easy to remove, empty, and fill as required, plus automatic pod disposal, it generates minimal mess and is also easy to clean.
Worth a Buy?
Yes – from infrequent indulgers to daily drinkers, this model has what it takes to cater to customers across the spectrum of coffee consumption – and it even looks good on the counter-top.