Nespresso machines are more popular than ever. The pod-based capsule system lets you quickly and easily make many types of coffee and espresso at home. No matter how large your kitchen is, though, storage space is always at a premium, and no one wants to dedicate tons of valuable cupboard, counter, or drawer space to bulky boxes of coffee pods. Since the capsules will be used daily (or even multiple times per day), it’s best to keep them close at hand—as near to your machine as possible—to minimize time spent searching for the one you want. Fortunately, many storage solutions exist for any kitchen configuration.
Here are the best Nespresso pod holders.
Demi's Home Magnetic Adhesive Nespresso Capsule Holder
Several color options
Holds 50 capsules
Magnets may lose hold eventually
This versatile rack is available in three color options (black, white, or transparent) with either an adhesive or magnetic mounting system. You can choose to install it vertically or horizontally on the front or side of your fridge, on a wall, on the inside of a cabinet door, or even underneath a cabinet. Each of its five slots holds the contents of one 10-capsule Nespresso OriginalLine box for a total of 50 capsules. It doesn’t use up any counter, drawer, or shelf space, but it does keep your capsules within arm’s reach.
Price at time of publish: $20.95
Material: Plastic | Placement: Mountable | Holds: 50 pods
DecoBros Tempered Glass Nespresso OriginalLine Storage Drawer
Holds 42 capsules
Indentations keep capsules from rolling in drawer
Heat-resistant tempered glass
Only holds small Nespresso pods
This slim drawer fits neatly underneath your Nespresso machine and features a clear top in heat-resistant tempered glass, so you can easily see your colorful capsules and monitor how many are left. The plastic drawer slides out smoothly and features a flocked liner tray with molded indentations that hold the capsules in place to keep them from rolling around as you slide the drawer open and shut. It can hold up to 42 Nespresso OriginalLine capsules in six rows of eight capsules.
Price at time of publish: $28.97
Material: Tempered glass | Placement: Under machine | Holds: 42 original Nespresso capsules
Best Drawer Insert
Polar Whale Espresso Capsule Storage Organizer Tray
Available in multiple sizes
Pods are tricky to remove
This approximately 11 x 15 x 2-inch insert is designed to slip into a standard kitchen drawer for those who prefer to store their Nespresso capsules out of sight. Made of lightweight, high-density foam, it features 40 compartments to hold Nespresso OriginalLine capsules securely in place, so they won’t roll around in the drawer and, instead, stay neatly organized and easy to find.
Price at time of publish: $28.98
Material: Foam | Placement: Drawer storage | Holds: 40 original Nespresso capsules
Best Rotating Stand
BluePeak Coffee Capsule Carousel
Pods may fall out
This chrome-plated wire carousel has a small footprint and large capacity. It features five sections, each of which can hold up to 10 Nespresso OriginalLine capsules, with additional storage space in the center for up to 22 more capsules. The stand rotates on its base for quick and simple access to multiple coffee varieties.
Price at time of publish: $24.99
Material: Stainless steel | Placement: Standalone | Holds: 50 original Nespresso capsules
Scanpart U-Cap Nespresso Capsule Holder
Tricky to clean
This cleverly designed capsule organizer is a thin plastic stand that fits closely around the bottom and sides of your Nespresso machine. Each section features three slots, which you can slide OriginalLine capsules into so that they’re stored right on the side of the machine. Available in three different sizes, the smallest fits around a Nespresso Inissia coffee machine and holds 18 capsules (nine on each side), the middle size fits Nespresso Pixie and Pixie Clips machines and holds 24 capsules (12 on each side), and the largest holds 36 capsules (18 on each side) on Nespresso Lattissima and Lattissima Touch models.
Price at time of publish: $33.95
Material: Plastic | Placement: Attached to machine | Holds: 24 Pods
Best for Vertuo
DecoBros Tempered Glass Nespresso VertuoLine Storage Drawer
This under-machine capsule container features a sturdy plastic drawer that slides in and out beneath a heat-resistant tempered glass shelf, where you can store your Nespresso machine. The flocked tray drawer insert holds 40 small or 20 large VertuoLine capsules securely in place via molded compartments, while the clear glass top lets you see which capsule varieties you have and how many are left.
Price at time of publish: $42.99
Material: Glass, stainless steel and plastic | Placement: Storage drawer | Holds: 40 capsules (small pods) or 20 coffee capsules (large pods)
Best Copper Holder
Barista & Co Pod Cage Coffee Capsule Holder, 80 Nespresso Capsule Holder, Copper
Attractive enough to keep on countertop
Multiple finishes available
Durable stainless steel
Hard to organize capsules
With the ability to hold up to 80 coffee capsules, you'll never run out of storage space with this Barista & Co Pod Cage Coffee Capsule Holder. Its timeless copper finish will look good on any kitchen counter, and its stainless steel design makes it one of the most durable on this list. It does take up a good deal of space, so keep that in mind if you don't have a ton of counter or cabinet space.
Price at time of publish: $18.33
Material: Stainless steel and copper | Design: Countertop | Holds: 80 pods
EZ-Shelf Coffee Pod Holder Under Cabinet Drawer Storage Organizer
Time-consuming to install
Tuck your coffee pods under a cabinet or cupboard with this EZ-Shelf Coffee Pod Holder, which holds up to 20 original Nespresso pods. It can be a bit tricky to install using the included 3M double-sided self-adhesive tape, but once it is installed, the magnetic catch makes it simple to grab the pod you want while keeping the rest stored neatly. This is one of the best options for capsule storage in small spaces.
Price at time of publish: $19.99
Material: Plastic | Design: Under cabinet drawer | Holds: 20 pods
For a versatile, space-saving dispenser that adheres to your fridge, wall, or cabinet, we recommend Demi's Home Magnetic Adhesive Nespresso Capsule Holder. The Polar Whale Espresso Capsule Storage Organizer Tray, however, is a fantastic option for the out-of-sight organization.
What to Look for in a Nespresso Pod Holder
Picking a pod holder can be based on the space you have on your kitchen countertop or whether you want the pod holder out in the open or hidden. A pod holder that is mounted, attached to the Nespresso machine itself, or attached to the fridge by magnets takes up less space than a free-standing model. Other space-saving pod holders are placed underneath the Nespresso machine. To store the pod holder out of view, measure your kitchen drawers to see if there is enough room for a drawer insert.
For a single household, a holder with a small capacity might be enough, but for a household with several daily Nespresso drinkers, a model that fits 40 to 50 capsules make the most sense.
A pod holder can be mainly functional, just a plain storage rack, or it can be a design statement in your kitchen, which generally comes with a heftier price tag. If the aesthetic is important to you, select a model that comes in different colors so you can match it to your kitchen.
A holder where the pods are neatly arranged by rows is especially important if you store different Nespresso varieties. It shows you at a glance which ones are low, and you don’t have to rummage through the supply to find the flavor you want.
Can Nespresso capsules be recycled?
Yes, except they cannot be thrown into your regular recycling bin. You can return the spent capsules to a Nespresso store or drop them off at one of the other collection points. Check on the company’s website to find out if there is a recycling point next to you. You also have the option to return the capsules to the manufacturer in a special Nespresso recycling bag.
"Coffee brands that utilize reduced packaging or refillable models would be the most eco-friendly option. However, glass and aluminum are both 100 percent recyclable without any resulting loss in quality and should be the first options considered by a coffee brand looking to reduce its environmental footprint." — Alexander Payne, Manager of North American Public Relations at TerraCycle
How much caffeine is in a Nespresso capsule?
A single Nespresso capsule contains anywhere from 55 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. Original capsules often have less caffeine than Vertuo because they are designed for smaller portions. Nespresso notes the amount of caffeine that each capsule variety contains either on the packaging or the brand website.
Do Nespresso capsules expire?
Yes, Nespresso capsules do expire, but it takes a very long time. The brand guarantees its capsules are usable at least one year after being made, and like with actual coffee beans you can use them longer than that and still have some good flavor, although expect the coffee to be weaker. Remember to store your capsules in a dry and mild-temperature place to extend shelf life.
How many times can I use Nespresso capsule?
The capsules are designed for single use and should be only used once for optimal flavor.
What are the different sizes of Nespresso pods?
The pods come in four different sizes: Alto for a 14-ounce coffee, Mug for a 7.8-ounce coffee, Gran Lungo for a 5-ounce coffee, and Espresso for a 1.35-ounce cup.
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This article was written by Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats and a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine (part of America’s Test Kitchen). An avid kitchen appliance and utensil lover, she spends hours combing the internet, comparing options, reading reviews, and testing to find the best tool for every job.
Bridget Shirvell, who updated this roundup, is a New York-based freelance writer covering food, travel and sustainability. When she isn’t busy working, Bridget and her husband are often trying to tire out their golden retriever with long walks in the Bronx and along the Connecticut shoreline.
Alexander Payne, Manager of North American Public Relations at Terracycle, was also interviewed for this piece. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is a U.S. organization that focuses on recycling hard-to-recycle waste.