Best Nespresso machines 2024 – barista-tested single-serve coffee makers

I've tested a range of single-serve coffee makers to find the best Nespresso machines on the market.

A line up of the best Nespresso machines. From left to right: Nespresso Vertuo Pop, Nespresso Vertuo, Nespresso VertuoPlus, Nespresso Vertuo Lattissima, and Nespresso Vertup Creatista
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A blue Nespresso Vertuo Pop in a blue kitchen

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Nespresso Vertuo Next
3. Best for lattes: Nespresso Vertuo Lattissima
4. Best luxury: Nespresso Vertuo Creatista
5. Best for large homes: Nespresso Vertuo Plus
6. Best for small spaces: Nespresso Vertuo Pop
7. Best basic: Nespresso Essenza Mini
8. How to choose
9. FAQs
10. How we test

A selection of the best Nespresso machines will make up the majority of any trustworthy guide to quality single-serve coffee makers. These sleek machines don't demand any barista skills to deliver quick, delicious coffee.

Nespresso makes well over a dozen different models, from compact and basic to lavishly luxurious, so finding the right one for you requires research. As a former barista, I've used all my experience behind a coffee bar to test a range of the best single-serve coffee makers around, so I've naturally tested most of what Nespresso has to offer.

Alongside our team of experts, I've reviewed the ever-expanding selection of luxurious coffee makers on offer from Nespresso. I've found the models for espresso specialists as well as ones which can reach the more complex cold brew and iced latte coffee orders. After consuming gallons of coffee, here's my verdict on the best Nespresso machines you can buy.

The quick list

If you want to find a Nespresso machine fast, here are the headlines. I go into all the  detail further down.

The best Nespresso machines in 2024

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The best Nespresso machine overall

1. Nespresso Vertuo Next

Good all round, but not a specialist in milk frothing

Specifications

Tank size: 38.7oz./ 1.1ltr
Pressure: 19bar
Dimensions: H31.7 x W14.28 x D42.9 cm / 12.4 x 5.5 x 16.88in

Reasons to buy

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Compact design
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Made with recycled plastic
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Over 30 different pod flavors

Reasons to avoid

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Need to buy Aeroccino separately
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Only compatible with Vertuo pods
Buy it if

✅ You drink mostly milk-free coffee: this makes great espressos and Americanos
✅ You're short on space:
this doesn't demand much countertop room
✅ You're on a budget:
this is excellent value

Don't buy it if:

❌ You drink milky coffees: you'll need to buy a milk frother
❌ You want to use your own pods:
this is only compatible with Vertuos
You like to experiment: there's no way to freestyle

The bottom line

🔎 Nespresso Vertuo Next: this makes reliably speedy and tasty coffees. It's compact and great value, but doesn't come with a specialist milk frother.

In my mind, this is the classic Nespresso machine. You can't go wrong with it. The simple, single-serve functions work at the touch of a button. That's not a cliché - you control it with a single button at the top of the machine. All you do is insert your pod, hit the button, and wait half a minute for a coffee. It's the archetype of all single-serve machines.

As for the coffee the Vertuo Next brews, our expert tester said 'much better than an instant or filter alternative'. It's not as good as an espresso machine, but it's the gold standard of single-serve coffee makers. While you can only use Nespresso's Vertuo pods in the Next, but that's not limiting. They make over thirty different types and flavors. That doesn't include limited edition brand collaborations, seasonal coffees like festive gingerbread spice or summer's watermelon coffee. You can buy these coffees in several different sizes to suit your needs, too. In fact, the pod options are so vast our experts wondered whether there's almost too much choice. 

On the countertop, this looks sleek and subtle, easy to incorporate into any coffee nook or countertop station. It comes in a good breadth of colors that suit a range of different kitchen styles. 

The only thing I would change about the Vertuo Next is its ability to steam milk. You need to buy this in a bundle with Nespresso's Aeroccino, available at Walmart (or invest in one of the models in our buying guide for the best milk frothers on the market) if you want to add textured milk to your coffees. 

You can find out more in our Nespresso Vertuo Next review.

The best Nespresso machine for lattes

For latte lovers, this is a dream come true

Specifications

Dimensions: ‎16 x 7.5 x 12.4 inches
Weight: 14 lbs
Material: Plastic
Water capacity: 3.8 lbs
Pod compatability: Vertuo
App connectivity: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Perfect milk texturing
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Sleek and stylish design
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Reasonable capacity
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Adjustable drink stand

Reasons to avoid

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Can't froth milk (without making coffee)
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Only compatible with Vertuo pods
Buy it if

✅ You like lattes and cappuccinos: this is excellent at texturing milk
✅ You'll keep this on display:
it's stunning
✅ You have a large home:
this has reasonable capacity

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want an independent milk frother: this has to make coffee to texture milk
❌ You want to use your own pods:
this is only compatible with Vertuos
You don't drink milky coffees: you'll pay a premium for features you don't need

The bottom line

🔎 Nespresso Vertuo Lattissima: this has one of the best milk-texturing systems I've tested. It makes great coffee all-round, but is bigger and more expensive than most other models.

Slim, sleek, and neatly designed, this is another one of Nespresso's best machines. If you like to switch-up your coffee order according to time of the day, I think you've just found your greatest kitchen companion. Whilst the Vertuo Latissima can make espressos and Americanos in a matter of seconds, where it really shines is on more complex, milky coffees. 

I loved the latte and cappuccinos I made in this, and best of all, that's not just true of dairy milk. I also tested alternative milks like almond and oat milk and they both worked equally well. Not only that, but the If you've admired Nespresso's professional coffee makers before, you might recognise the different milk frothing method (normally Nespresso sells a bundle with their proprietary Aeroccino). The innovative, sleek milk carafe will sit neatly in any refrigerator door and then, when needed, slots into place and delivers silky smooth milk straight into your cup.  That's a lot less for you to do, both in terms of prep work and cleaning-up. 

Most other Nespressos use their Aeroccino milk frother, which is a completely separate appliance. This is great if you often make other milky drinks, such as matcha, chai, and hot chocolate. This an advantage  over the Latissima, because this machine only froths milk when a coffee pod is inserted. If, for example, you just wanted to froth some milk for a hot chocolate, you'd still have to use a pod, which seems very wasteful.

You can read more in our Nespresso Vertuo Lattissima review.

The best luxury Nespresso machine

3. Nespresso Vertuo Creatista

An expert in glitz, glamor, and frothy milk

Specifications

Dimensions: 8.98 x 16.41 x 12.64 inches
Capacity: 2 liters
Materials: Brushed stainless steel
Compatible pods: Vertuo

Reasons to buy

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Looks impressive
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Froths both plant-based and dairy milks
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Makes delicious coffee
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Sometimes overheats milk
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Expensive
Buy it if

✅ You are creating a coffee station: this looks impressive
✅ You like lattes (and cappuccinos):
you can easily steam milk
✅ You have different sized cups:
the stand is adjustable (to avoid splashing)

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're new to steaming milk: this can overheat
❌ You're on a budget: this is expensive
You're precious with pods: the set-up process is a little wasteful

The bottom line

🔎 Nespresso Vertuo Creatista: this is a single-served shape taste of a luxury lifestyle. The Creatista is beautiful and it makes incredible coffee too, especially if you like steamed milk. However, it's expensive.

Coffee makers will live on your countertop year round, so you need a coffee maker that looks as good as the coffee it makes. Thankfully, the Verto Creatista more than delivers on style and substance.

On the countertop, this is surprisingly compact. It has all the signature, stainless steel aesthetics of a professional barista's machine, but when you would normally need to get technical with dials and pressure gauges, you just push a button. It really is that easy.

Straight out the box, this felt like it was overheating the milk, but after a few cups of coffee, the Creatista seemed to settle down. Once I was used to its foibles, I found that the sensitive steam wand can make silky milk in seconds that's perfect for both lattes and cappuccinos. Not only is that true for the usually dairy milk, but I also tested it on almond and oat milk and it was consistently delicious. 

Yet for all that I adore the Creatista, there's no escaping the fact that it's expensive. I'm not sure the price tag is proportional to the single-serve experience: you still have to use Nespresso's own Vertuo pods and nobody else's and you can't adjust the settings beyond adding a different pod. There are proper espresso machines like the KitchenAid Espresso machine that are much less expensive. However, it has plenty of celebrity approval (you've likely seen the David Beckham ads) and it has my barista approval too. 

You can find more detail in our Nespresso Vertuo Creatista review.

The best Nespresso machine for large homes

4. Nespresso Vertuo Plus

This comes with enough capacity to caffeinate the whole family

Specifications

Dimensions: 8.7 x 12.7 x 12.8 inches
Weight: 10.1 lbs
Water tank capacity: 40 oz

Reasons to buy

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Compact design
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Makes great coffee
+
Slim silhouette
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Adjustable (5 cup) water reservoir

Reasons to avoid

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Only compatible with Vertuo pods
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Milk frother sold separately
Buy it if

✅ You have a colorful kitchen: this comes in a range of hues
✅ You have a large household:
the reservoir can serve five cups of coffee before it's empty
✅ You're a sale shopper:
this is often discounted

Don't buy it if:

❌ You don't have a milk frother: neither does this (you'll have to buy one)
❌ You want to use your own pods:
this is only compatible with Vertuos
You're short on space: whilst the 40 oz reservoir is compact, it's not small enough for a tiny kitchen

The bottom line

🔎 Nespresso Vertuo Plus: one of the best parts of the Plus is the completely adjustable water tank. It can serve five, delicious and full cups of coffee, sat behind or on either side of the machine. It just doesn't have a milk frother.

I love the Vertuo Plus because it has got so many things right about the single-serve experience. It's efficient, consistent, and good value (for a Nespresso). The sleek design comes in a range of colors (from cherry red through to navy blue), all of which are at home in almost any kitchen. 

I could write about the subtle, yet stylish, aesthetics for a whole article, but that would neglect the very useful, highly practical features that Nespresso has included too. For example, the 40 oz water tank makes this capable of quickly caffeinating a whole family first thing in the morning. Unlike most machines, this tank isn't fixed: you can move it around the machine, sitting it at the back, right, or left of your Vertuo Plus, depending on your countertop space. I suspect a lot of other single-serve coffee maker brands will be following suit very soon.

As expected, this makes consistently delicious coffee shots. There's very little to do except insert your Vertuo (and only Vertuo) pods into the machine and push a button. The coffees have Nespresso's signature (artificial) crema and photo-worthy gradient colors, so there's a lot to love. 

The biggest limitation of the Vertuo Plus comes from the lack of integrated milk frother. If you want your single-serve to combine coffee and milk as it brews, you'll find the Vertuo Plus a little lacking. The Vertuo Plus, of course, comes in a bundle with Nespresso's signature Aeroccino milk frother (like this, which is available at Walmart). However, you'll still need to use your Vertuo Plus and Aeroccino separately, which is one more appliance to manage in the morning and it's more space that you'll need to clear on your countertop.

Our experts are in the process of testing the Vertuo Plus. We'll have a formal review coming soon, but here are our initial thoughts.

The best Nespresso machine for small spaces