The Nespresso Vertuo Next is fuss-free pod coffee maker that’s sleek, stylish and perfectly practical in every single-serve way. With high-tech performance you won't have to worry about getting right, we're impressed by this one-button-does-all machine.
Sleek & stylish design
Easy to use
Brews a wide range of coffee types
Only compatible with Nespresso Vertuo pods
No temperature control on milk frother
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Nespresso is a household name when it comes to coffee, meaning it’s more likely than not you’ve tasted their coffee before. Be it made by a barista or using Nespresso instant ground coffee in your best drip coffee maker, you’ll know what to expect when it comes to taste. But investing in one of the best coffee makers is so much more. It needs to be easy-to-use for when you’re after your morning coffee fix and has to look good on your kitchen counter.
Well the Nespresso Vertuo Next ticks all the boxes. It makes smooth coffee, with plenty of compatible pods to choose from in different tastes and blends. Whether you’re wanting an espresso in the morning, a mug in the middle of the day or a carafe-full for you and your guests, it’s the only Nespresso machine that makes 5 cup sizes. How? It uses automatic blend recognition to adjust the brewing settings according to each capsule. And despite all of this technical performance, it works with just the touch of a button. It's one of the most stylish we’ve come across too. Slim and sleek, with multiple colors and finishes to choose from (we tried the matte black) it’s sure to go with any contemporary or classic kitchen aesthetic.
There’s no surprise this 5 star rated machine has earnt the top spot as our best single serve coffee maker then. But if espressos are your-go, and you have no need for everything else this maker has to offer, you might want to see our best espresso machine guide instead.
Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee machine specs
- Dimensions: W5.5 x D16.8 x H12.4 inches
- Coffee type: Espresso, double espresso, mug, Gran Lungo and Carafe
- Materials: ABS, Plastic (PBT-PET) made with 40% recycled plastic
- RRP: $299 (without milk frother)
- Water tank capacity: 37oz
- Weight: 8.8lbs
Unboxing Nespresso Vertuo Next
Nespresso works with a range of manufacturers to create its machines, including Breville and De'Longhi. I was sent my machine by Magimix (opens in new tab) and it features the brand's logo front and center.
Opening the box, I also presumed there would be more than a few parts to play with. But protected by recyclable cardboard inserts that cleverly held each piece in place, was the machine itself, the drip tray and the manual, with the milk frother kept separately in its own box. I lifted them all out and laid them on the table before beginning to put them together. Although, even before assembly, I could see how stylish the Nespresso machine was going to look. Its matte black finish with rose gold touches gives it a modern edge I just LOVE.
Set-up was also straightforward. A family member currently has another pod coffee machine, which has multiple parts and processes to get going. Think pushing reset buttons, switches and codes for certain set-up instructions. Instead, once I’d attached the drip tray, plugged it in and filled the water tank, the instructions told me to push the (only) button three times in two seconds to rinse the machine. Given the five types of coffee this machine makes, the high-tech brewing performance and great coffee taste it claims to have, I was more than impressed with the one-button-does-all functionality. The rinse took around ten minutes, which in the moment felt longer due to my excitement. While this is only required at the beginning, to run through a brewing cycle and clean the components from any dust build-up before use, it could also be useful to do if you’re switching between coffee flavours and blends in between cleaning. After that, it was ready to go.
As for the milk frother, which is an add-on you can choose to come with, or without the maker, the set-up is equally as simple. Plug in and push the go button. That’s it.
An extra step in the set-up process is the Bluetooth connectivity. Initially, I didn’t know whether this was a required part of using the machine or not – if it was, I’d find it a little unnecessary, but thought I’d download the app anyway. To connect your smartphone to the machine, I had to create an account and link my maker. This involved putting my phone on top of the button on the machine until it pinged. Connected. But what does this do? The app allows remote functions for the machine that otherwise would be managed by a series of button pressing and self-inspection. For example, the mug symbol on the button may illuminate red or flash when it needs descaling. The manual or a quick google will tell you what this means, but conveniently, the app will alert you of what you need to do next. Pretty clever, I think! As well as machine care instructions, the app also has expert advice on how to use the machine to its full potential, and smart coffee tips on how to, essentially, become a barista.
What's the Nespresso Vertuo Next like to use?
As you can predict, by the way this review is going, the Nespresso Vertuo Next is really easy to use. The fast heat-up, single-use-button and automatic brewing adaption, means there’s little to no effort needed to get a great cup of coffee. No panicked rush figuring out which temperature you’d like or accidentally pushing the wrong symbol when you’re in a rush for work. Rather, all you need to do is grab a mug, choose your pod and you’re good to go. Oh, and make sure the water tank isnt empty.
In fact, the complication comes with figuring out which coffee to choose. If you’re up for trying different brews and blends and haven't discovered your go-to, like me, then this can be a little overwhelming. The Nespresso Vertuo comes with a vast range of pods since it’s compatible with single espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, mug and carafe sized options. The machine comes with a selection box of 3 of each. I thought this was a great add-on as I could try and decide which I like best. On the other hand, if you’re a coffee addict and know exactly what type you like, then you can go ahead and buy the pods in packs in 8. Or, if you really like your coffee, and can’t go a day without one (or two) then there are Nespresso coffee pod subscriptions (opens in new tab) available too.
I did make more than one coffee and tried out all variations possible. But I’ll walk you through how to make a classic double espresso with milk foam. I chose the double espresso chiaro, which is an 80ml double shot, with a level 8 strength. I popped it in the machine, locked it and pressed the button as my favorite mug sat underneath. Meanwhile, I filled the milk frother up to the max line and touched go. I poured in my milk and my coffee was ready to enjoy. Thanks to an automatic adjustment setting that adapts the brewing parameters to each capsule, including cup size, pressure, temperature and brewing time, the process is the same as follows for whichever coffee you’d like to make.
For me, the frother is almost a little too simple. It does froth cold and hot milk, controlled by either pressing the button once, or holding it down for two seconds, but there’s no way to control the temperature and amount of froth together. You can either get very hot, very frothy milk, or cooler milk with less froth. If you too, would prefer a frother with more technical settings, then you might want to see our verdict on some of the best milk frothers you can buy.