Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine at Amazon
"Drinks will be at your fingertips with the touch-panel controls, while the machine does all the thinking for you."
Best VertuoLine: Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo at Amazon
"Our favorite is the Evoluo, clocking in at a similar price point as the other Vertuo options but offering more bang for your buck."
Best Combination: Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine at Amazon
"The machine uses barcodes on the capsules to change the settings to create the perfect cup every time."
Best for Small Spaces: Mini Original Espresso Machine at Amazon
"The water reservoir is behind the machine rather than taking up space on the side, so it will fit into a slim space with ease."
Best for Portability: Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine at Amazon
"Easy to tuck away in a cabinet or in the pantry when not in use, yet it makes full-flavored espresso every time."
Best High End: Creatista Plus Espresso and Coffee Maker at Amazon
"Not only does it make an excellent brew, but it also incorporates micro foam frothing technology."
Best for Travel and Office: Wacaco Company Minipresso NS at Amazon
"This little device doesn’t need electricity to work...A protective case is also available if you will be traveling and bumping it around a lot."
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Best Overall: De'Longhi America Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine
A professional grade machine for the home user, this still offers the simplicity of Nespresso capsules and push-button selection while looking quite impressive on the counter. Ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk, or hot water for all your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or other drinks will be at your fingertips with the touch-panel controls, while the machine does all the thinking for you. If any of these terms are unfamiliar, our glossary of coffee drinks can help.
The body is made from durable brushed die-cast stainless steel that will look good for years, while the proprietary heating system transforms cold water to hot in just seconds, while it produces the perfect temperature for each type of coffee. While this might not be for the occasional espresso drinker, it will make a statement and produce excellent results without the need to learn the differences between brews.
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Best VertuoLine: Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo
In 2014, after nearly three decades of business, Nespresso added a new series of machines to its coffee-making arsenal: VertuoLine. These machines offer more coffee per serving than the OriginalLine, which is primarily meant for espresso shots.
Our favorite in the Vertuo series is the Evoluo. It clocks in at a similar price point to the other Vertuo options but offers more bang for your buck. The item heats up the fastest, at just 15-20 seconds, and it holds up to 17 used Nespresso capsules before it’s time to clean it out. Its 54-ounce water reservoir is slightly smaller than the VertuoPlus Deluxe (57.5 ounces) but much larger than the other two options in the series, the Vertuo and the VeruoPlus.
The Evoluo can brew five different cup sizes, starting at an espresso shot and ranging to an Alto-sized cup of joe. An automatic shut-off after 9 minutes saves energy (and wandering thoughts on your commute of if you turned the machine off). For an additional fee, you can also pair the Evoluo with Aeroccino3 milk frother to craft tasty lattes and cappuccinos at home.
03 of 07
Best Combination: Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine by Brevill
You’ll be all ready to brew when this machine arrives, since it includes 30 Nespresso capsules in three different flavors: Stormio, Odacio, and Melozio. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Nespresso's Evoluo or DeluxePlus, the Vertuo is still highly reviewed and offers an affordable package that includes the machine, an Aeroccino3 milk frother, and those delicious Nespresso capsules.
This single-cup brewer makes either coffee or espresso, and is designed for use with Vertuo capsules only. The machine uses barcodes on the capsules to change the settings to create the perfect cup every time, and it even makes crema on the larger cup sizes. Besides choosing between coffee and espresso, you can also choose the cup size from a tiny 1.35 espresso shot to a large 14-ounce cup for your travel mug or to share. When it’s time to clean the machine, you’ll get a descaling alert, so you won’t forget that important step.
Another reason we chose this item as the best combination is because you can choose the perfect bundle for your coffee needs: you can simply buy the Vertuo machine by itself, or you can select a two-part bundle of machine and milk frother or machine and Nespresso capsules.
04 of 07
Best for Small Spaces: Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine
Small but mighty, this compact espresso maker won’t be hard to find room for, even in a small kitchen. Not much wider than a coffee mug, the water reservoir is behind the machine rather than taking up space on the side, so it will fit into a slim space with ease. Despite the small footprint, this still produces 19 bars of pressure for perfect espresso. This doesn’t have the multiple adjustments that larger machines offer, but that also makes it very simple to operate. Choose between Espresso and Lungo sizes, then just press the button. The water comes to temperature in less than 30 seconds. To save energy, the machine turns off 9 minutes after you stop brewing coffee.
While this machine doesn’t have a lot of frills, it does come with 14 capsules of different types of coffee, so you can discover which you like best before committing to one or two favorites.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Best for Portability: Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
You know it’s meant to be portable when it comes with a fold-down handle to move it. This compact machine has a small footprint so it’s easy to tuck away in a cabinet or in the pantry when not in use, yet it makes full-flavored espresso every time, with 19 bars of pressure to extract the full-bodied flavor you crave.
This offers two coffee sizes with buttons for Espresso and Lungo, and it heats the water in 25 seconds so you’ll be sipping quickly. The tank holds enough water for 9 cups of coffee, so you won’t have to refill when you’re serving guests, then it turns itself off after 9 minutes if you’re not making more coffee.
This includes the Aeroccino 3 that will make hot or cold milk froth for your coffee, or use it to make froth for the kids’ hot chocolate for a special treat. You’ll also get 16 Nespresso capsules, so you can try a variety of flavors to help you choose which you like the best.
06 of 07
Best High End: Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso and Coffee Maker by Breville
When espresso is a passion and not just a beverage, this is the machine you need. Not only does it make an excellent brew, but it also incorporates micro foam frothing technology so you can perfect your latte art hearts and flowers, and work your way up to professional designs while doing the morning crossword puzzle in the convenience of your own kitchen. The milk frother is integrated into the machine, so you won’t need a separate device, and you don’t need to pay attention to details since it offers eight different foam textures and 11 different milk temperatures.
Along with the technology comes a high-end look, reminiscent of manual espresso machines, but this is so much easier since you simply choose from ristretto, espresso, lungo, latte, cappuccino, flat white, or latte macchiato, adjust the size of the serving, then choose your milk temperature and texture from a menu. The water heats in just three seconds, so you’ll be sipping in no time. Not only is this smart enough to turn you into a kitchen barista, it also lets you know when it’s time to clean and descale the machine to keep it running at peak performance with its self-cleaning function. If that’s not enough extras, this also includes a variety pack of 16 capsules so you can sample different flavors.
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Best for Travel and Office: Wacaco Company Minipresso NS
Great for travelers who want their morning coffee before they leave the hotel room, or for folks who like the idea of a bit of espresso at work without leaving the office, this little device doesn’t need electricity to work. All you need is hot water, your Nespresso capsules, and just a little bit of effort. There’s a semi-automatic piston inside that injects small amounts of water into the grounds with each press, until it reaches the correct extraction pressure. For more versatility at home, there are water tanks of different capacities available to make different types of coffee in different sizes. A protective case is also available if you will be traveling and bumping it around a lot.
While this doesn’t have the convenience of pushing a button and letting the machine do all the work, it takes very little storage space, whether you keep it in a kitchen cabinet, a desk drawer, or whether it travels with you in your luggage.