Deciding on the best capsule or coffee pod machine can be a little overwhelming to say the least…

There are loads to choose from!

In this post, we will review the best pod coffee machines on the market right now in 2020.

Enough chit chat, lets dive right in with the reviews! We are listing these from most expensive first to budget at the end:

1. Nespresso EN550.B Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine

Nespresso Lattissima

The De’Longhi Nespresso EN550.B Lattissima Touch Automatic (will be called the Lattissima moving forward!) is a beautiful piece of coffee machinery.

Comparable in design to the most luxurious of kitchenalia – the Lattissima will fit in with any kitchen scheme, it has its own choice of 3 colours for that true matching kitchen accessory.

The Lattissima has a number of “touch” buttons for you to choose your coffee selection: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato or Warm Milk Froth.

Nespresso EN550.B Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine review

The 0.9 litre water tank sits discreetly at the back of the machine and is barely noticeable from the front. There is a 0.35 litre milk container on the front with an incredibly accurate milk froth knob – simply turn this to regulate how frothy the milk is in your drink. This enables you to experiment and produce a truly customised and unique drink each and every time you use it (or find your absolute perfect favourite option!)

It takes up to 25 seconds for the machine to reach the optimum temperature to produce the coffee – a temperature that is immediately drinkable (no waiting to cool down!) which is exactly how coffee should be. Not so hot that you have to wait for it to cool down.

The Lattissima is incredibly energy efficient with an auto shut down feature after use and it self-descales intelligently.

Nespresso EN550.B Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine

Which capsules does it use?

The Lattissima machine uses the original Nespresso capsules which work out to be around 35p per coffee.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 17.3cm x 25.8cm x 32cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1400W
Weight: 4.5kg
Capacity: 0.9L Water, 0.35L Milk and 9-11 discarded capsule storage
Cable Length: 0.8m

Pros:

  • Amazing functionality to produce so many variations of coffee
  • It looks absolutely stunning
  • The overall look and feel of the product is such high quality
  • Comes supplied with 16 free capsules to find your favourite flavour
  • The cost per cup of coffee is amazing – considering you can make 10 coffees with this machine for the same price of one Starbucks!

Cons:

  • The price may put people off, but for what you are getting it is worth it!

Our Rating: 9/10

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2. Nespresso XN300540 Pixie Coffee Machine by Krups

Nespresso XN300540 Pixie Coffee Machine

The Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine by Krups is one of the smallest coffee machines available – ideal for those with smaller kitchens or those who don’t want a coffee machine taking up too much counter space!

The Pixie can make Espresso and Lungo sized coffee utilising two touch buttons on the machine.

Despite its compact size, the Pixie manages to pack a 19 Bar pressure making it comparable to some of the largest machines. This means it will unlock the same amazing flavour from every Nespresso capsule, even if it is only 11cm wide.

The style and design of the machine are gorgeous – you can proudly display this one and show it off to any guests!

The Pixie comes with a low water warning, red lights will flash on the reverse of the machine to alert you when the water tank is nearly empty – a really handy feature as you may not be able to see how much water is left from the front of the machine.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 11.1cm x 23.5cm x 32.6cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1260W
Weight: 2.8kg
Capacity: 0.7L Water and 9-11 discarded capsule storage
Cable Length: 0.8m

Pros:

  • Ideal for small kitchens or those wanting a coffee machine that takes up minimal space
  • Looks amazing
  • Produces two types of Nespresso coffee – Espresso and Lungo

Cons:

  • If you want a large cup of coffee, you can have one – but requires you to use two pods

Our Rating: 9.5/10

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3. Dualit 84440 3-in-1 Coffee Machine

Dualit 84440 3-in-1 Coffee Machine

The Dualit 84440 Coffee Machine gives you the option of enjoying coffee in a number of ways, it also makes tea which is a great feature for those who enjoy a lovely cup of tea as well as coffee.

The style and design of the machine is wonderful – it looks like a miniaturised version of a machine you would find in a coffee shop!

With the Dualit 84440 you aren’t just limited to one type of coffee capsule, you can choose from: Ground Coffee, NX Coffee Capsules, ESE Coffee Pods and Fine Tea Capsules.

Dualit 84440 3-in-1 Coffee Machine

This functionality gives you the chance to enjoy a number of different hot drinks.

The temperature of the provided water will vary depending on whether you have tea or coffee – helping deliver that drink at optimum temperature.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 20.7cm x 28.4cm x 33cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1350W
Weight: 5.6kg
Capacity: 1.5L Water
Cable Length: Unknown

Pros:

  • Lots of drink variations to choose from
  • Large capacity water tank so you don’t have to refill it too often
  • Can produce two cups of coffee at the same time
  • Available in Silver and White/Cream colour to help match kitchen decor

Cons:

  • 40 second warm up time – there are faster machines available
  • The capsules the machine uses are not that readily available compared with other brands

Our Rating: 8/10

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4. Nespresso XN760B40 Nespresso Citiz and Milk Coffee Machine

Nespresso XN760B40 Nespresso Citiz and Milk Coffee Machine

The Nespresso Citiz Coffee & Milk machine is an amazing piece of kit! It is available to buy as a standalone machine, but can also be purcahsed with the integrated aeroccino to add milk. This review is for the Citiz that includes the aeroccino.

The integrated Aeroccino and functionality of the Citiz makes it amazing at not only creating smaller Espresso-sized drinks, but taller ones too!

This makes it an ideal purchase for those who want to enjoy a larger cup of coffee. The amount of coffee produced from the capsule remains the same, but the added milk from the aeroccino makes it a larger, taller coffee. Especially nice if you love a Late.

Nespresso XN760B40 Nespresso Citiz and Milk Coffee Machine

What capsules does it use?

The Nespresso Citiz uses original Nespresso capsules

Specifications:

Dimensions: 29cm x 36cm x 29cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1710W
Weight: 4kg
Capacity: 1L Water, 240ml in the Aeroccino
Cable Length: 0.8m

Pros:

  • The most versatile Original Nespresso machine available – the choice of drinks combined with the aeroccino is endless
  • Very stylish look and feel to the machine
  • Large capacity 1 litre tank
  • Attachable aeroccino adds to the experience and is great for taller coffees
  • Energy saving auto turn off feature after 9 minutes (can be extended to 30 minutes)

Cons:

  • Quite large – but to be expected given what it does

Our Rating: 10/10

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5. Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine by Krups

NESPRESSO Vertuo Plus, Black finish by Krups

I am proud to say this is one of the coffee machines I personally own, use regularly and love to bits!

The Nespresso Vertuo machine by Krups was actually my first coffee machine purchase for Nespresso capsules. I had always been put off in the past a little by the fact Nespresso was designed primarily for Espresso coffee. I love a large cup of coffee and an Espresso-tailored machine wasn’t going to satisfy every craving I had, despite the high quality and amazing taste!

I have tried coffee from countless coffee shops, machines, instant coffee and ground coffee and have to say that the coffee produced by the Nespresso Vertuo Machine is amongst the best and nicest I have ever tasted.

The machine looks beautiful and sits in with almost any kitchen decor. The machine feels incredibly high quality with each and every component having a true “luxury” feel.

The large 1.7L capacity tank is stored behind the machine – you have the option of positioning this wherever you like by rotating it, this way it can better fit in with the rest of your kitchen contents.

The Nespresso Vurtuo has a simple button system – one button does everything as the machine recognises exactly what capsule is inside.

It produces amazing taste coffee with a crema to die for! Once done, the capsules automatically dispense themselves into the waste container which will hold approximately 10 capsules (dependant on size) which can be then emptied into recycling bags (which Nespresso provide for free)
Once brewing, the capsules spin at a phenomenal 7000 rotations per minute when water is pressed through the coffee – helping give it the distinct taste.

What does it come with?

NESPRESSO Vertuo Plus, Black finish by Krups

Unpacking the Nespresso Vertuo machine is like Christmas coming early! You are presented with fantastic quality packaging, literature and a complimentary selection of 12 sample pods to find your favourite flavour.

The set up of the machine is incredibly easy – just attach the water tank, pop in the waste bin and plug it in – then you are good to go!

What capsules does it use?

The Vertuo range is different from the regular Nespresso range (the Nespresso regular style capsules are all one size), the Vertuo range capsules differ in size dependant on the size of coffee you want.
There are Espresso (40ml), Gran Lungo (150ml), Mug (230ml) and Alto (414ml). This means you can specifically invest and choose a size that is just right for you.

Prices of capsules range from 39p to 62p dependant on size. There are also packs you can buy with a selection of different sizes and flavours that work out cheaper.

What about milk?

The Vertuo machine doesn’t have an in-built milk provider, you can purchase a separate milk “Aeroccino” to go with the machine, but to be honest it is not 100% necessary.

I enjoy coffee black, but if I want some milk in the coffee produced by the Vertuo – I tend to add a drop of milk to the empty mug and as the machine dispenses the coffee, it mixes nicely with the milk so there is no need to stir and ruin that beautiful crema effect!

Specifications:

Dimensions: 39.4cm x 38.1cm x 27.9cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1260W
Weight: 5.34kg
Capacity: 1.7L Water
Cable Length: 0.8m

Pros:

  • Large variety of coffee sizes from one machine
  • Countless flavour choice (the sample pack really helps to find your favourite flavours)
  • Large capacity water tank
  • Machine looks great and fits in well with your kitchen decor
  • Ordering capsules and after purchase services from Nespresso are top notch
  • The cup stand is adjustable or completely removable to fit any size or shape cup underneath the nozzle

Cons:

  • The price may put people off – but if its something you can afford, it is absolutely worth every penny and more. Think about the cost of coffee out and about, having that experience and better in your own home to enjoy whenever you want at a fraction of the price!

Our Rating: 10/10

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6. Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine by Magimix

espresso Inissia Coffee Machine Magimix

This incredibly compact Nespresso Inissia coffee machine by Magimix is one of the most popular Nespresso machines on the market – and rightly so!

It produces two types of Nespresso coffee – Lungo and Espresso and can produce up to 9 coffees from one fill of the water tank.

Like many Nespresso machines, the design of this one is super! It is very stylish and luxurious looking and available in a variety of colours to help suit your decor.

The size of this machine makes it ideal not only for the kitchen, but to use in an office environment within the home, at work or even in your bedroom for that early morning wake up coffee!

espresso Inissia Coffee Machine, Black by Magimix

What capsules does it take?

The Nespresso Inissia takes normal Nespresso capsules

Specifications:

Dimensions: 12cm x 23cm x 32cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1260W
Weight: 2.4kg
Capacity: 0.7L Water
Cable Length: 0.8m

Pros:

  • Compact and ideal for fitting in small kitchens, alternative rooms in the house or taking to work
  • Choice of two different sized coffees, not just limited to Espresso size
  • Plenty of colours to choose from to personalise the feel of the machine
  • Affordable Nespresso machine

Cons:

  • Not ideal if you only like larger cups of coffee

Our Rating: 9/10

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7. Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine

Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine

This absolutely tiny Nespresso machine developed by Krups – the Essenza – is one of the smallest, yet still effective, coffee machines on the market.

It is manufactured from stainless steel as well as some plastic components, making the machine even higher quality.

The Essenza is ideal for small kitchens or to use on a bedside table, it can easily be taken to and from holiday destinations and the workplace too!

It produces two coffee sizes – Espresso and Lungo and heats up to the ideal temperature within 30 seconds of turning the machine on.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine

What capsules does it take?

The Nespresso Essenza takes normal Nespresso capsules.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 8.4cm x 20.4cm x 33cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1200W
Weight: 2.34kg
Capacity: 0.6L Water
Cable Length: 0.8m

Pros:

  • A tiny 8.4cm in width means it will tuck away and barely be noticed in most kitchens
  • Looks stunning and made from stainless steel rather than being all plastic
  • Two different sized brews to choose from
  • Goes into low energy consumption mode after 3 minutes and turns itself off after 9 minutes

Cons:

  • Water tank capacity just 0.6L, but this is understandable and far outweighed by how compact the machine is.

Our Rating: 9/10

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8. NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krups

NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krups

The first thing that grabs your attention about this machine is the wonderful unique design – incredibly futuristic looking and also practical by not having to use a cup holder that sticks out of the machine.

The Oblo has simple functionality – you pop your pod in and move the lever to select your temperature (hot or cold!) and then press the button to create your drink. The hot/cold feature enables you to make iced coffees from the machine too.

The design makes the machine ideal for narrow kitchen worktops where you dont want to lose too much counter space.

NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine

What capsules does it take?

The Oblo machine takes Dolce Gusto capsules – readily available.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 24.5cm x 18cm x 31.5cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1000W
Weight: 2.5kg
Capacity: 0.8L Water
Cable Length: Unknown

Pros:

  • Unique design – looks great and has functional purpose
  • Inexpensive coffee refills – Dolce Gusto one of the cheapest to buy
  • Hot and Cold water feature

Cons:

  • Orange cable may be a turn off for some

Our Rating: 8/10

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9. Morphy Richards 179001 Nespresso Compatible Accents Coffee Capsule Machine

Morphy Richards 179001 Nespresso Compatible Accents Coffee Capsule Machine

The Morphy Richards 179001 Nespresso Coffee Machine is an affordable, stylish and feature-rich option when it comes to pod coffee machines.

This is not an officially Nespresso machine but has been produced so that it will take the Nespresso capsules as well as U:Pod capsules which are a slightly cheaper option.

It can produce the regular 40ml espresso coffee or a larger option of 110ml. It has a generous 1.4L water tank, which means it can make 13 of the larger coffees without having to be refilled.

It is very simple to use – you place the capsule in the machine, position your cup and then have only 3 buttons to choose from – the power button, 40ml coffee button and 110ml coffee button. It makes it so easy to use that you won’t even need to read any instructions.

Morphy Richards 179001 Nespresso Compatible Accents Coffee Capsule Machine

The Morphy Richards 179001 comes with an inbuilt capsule holder which the used capsules automatically go into – this can be then emptied when filled.

What capsules does it take?

It takes the original Nespresso sized capsules and U:Pod capsules.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 14cm x 24cm x 35cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1250W
Weight: 3.4kg
Capacity: 1.4L Water
Cable Length: Unknown

Pros:

  • Affordable and stylish design
  • Produces two different sizes of coffee
  • Large water tank
  • Simple to use

Cons:

  • The two coffee options are fairly small, won’t produce a regular sized coffee unless you use two pods and use the machine twice for 2 x 110ml

Our Rating: 8/10

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10. Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine

This Bosch Tassimo Vivy coffee machine is both affordable and stylish.

It uses Tassimo branded capsules which contain individual barcodes. When the capsule is placed in the machine, it know exactly how much water to use and how hot to make your drink.

Tassimo produce slightly different pods to Nespresso and Dolce Gusto – their unique design make the machines that take them quite simple to use – there are no special options on the machine, just the ability for the machine to know exactly how to prepare the drink based on the capsule that is inserted.

The machine is very easy to clean and features auto-descaling and cleaning functions, most removable parts are also dishwasher proof.

Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine

What capsules does it take?

The Bosch Vivy takes Tassimo capsules

Specifications:

Dimensions: 16.9cm x 29.8cm x 24.9cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1300W
Weight: 2.4kg
Capacity: 0.7L Water
Cable Length: Unknown

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Can make more than just coffee – hot chocolate and tea options available too!

Cons:

  • A somewhat limited choice of available drinks
  • Small water tank

Our Rating: 8/10

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11. Nescafé Dolce Gusto – De’Longhi Jovia EDG250B Coffee Machine

Nescafé Dolce Gusto by De'Longhi Jovia EDG250B Coffee Machine

This simlple, super straightforward machine from De’Longhi is perfect for those not wanting to spend a fortune investing in a coffee machine.

It is compact so won’t take up a tonne of space in your kitchen and its design and colouring should fit in with almost any decor.

There is a manual hot/water switch on the top of the machine which is turned to control the flow of water – enabling you to choose exactly how big you want your drink to be.

Nescafé Dolce Gusto by De'Longhi Jovia EDG250B Coffee Machine

What capsules does it take?

This machine takes Dolce Gusto capsules

Specifications:

Dimensions: 17cm x 33cm x 23cm (W/H/D)
Power: 1500W
Weight: 2.5kg
Capacity: 0.8L Water
Cable Length: Unknown

Pros:

  • Affordable machine as well as the refill pods
  • Plenty of different coffees to choose from
  • Can have more than just coffee – tea and hot chocolate available too

Cons:

  • Machine is manual control – no pressing a button and letting it do its thing here!
  • The price is reflected on the overall feel and quality of the product – although it does what is should do, it doesn’t compare in quality or appearance to more premium options.

Our Rating: 7/10

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Nespresso Vs Tassimo Vs Dolce Gusto

To help you make your coffee pod machine decision, here is some information about the “big 3” brands – Tassimo, Nespresso and Dolce Gusto.

Each have their own positives and negatives:

Nespresso (Original Capsules)

nespresso original capsule

Cost: 33p to 41p per Coffee

Compatible Pods available? Yes

Milk Option? Yes – some machines include milk, some do not. You can also purchase a separate milk frother.

What range of coffee is available? Currently 27 different flavours available to buy. Frequent limited editions too.

Nespresso (Vertuo)

nespresso vertuo capsule

Cost: 39p to 62p per pod.

Compatible Pods available? No

Milk Option? Yes – some machines include milk, some do not. You can also purchase a separate milk frother.

What range of coffee is available? Currently 25 different flavours available to buy including frequent limited editions.

Tassimo:

tassimo capsules

Cost: 25p to 70p per pod

Compatible Pods available? No

Milk Option? Yes – Some drinks include a separate pod of milk so the drink utilises two pods.

What range of coffee is available? 40 different drinks available including coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Dolce Gusto:

dolce gusto capsules

Cost: 23p to 60p per pod

Compatible Pods available? Yes

Milk Option? Yes – many pods include milk powder.

What range of coffee is available? Over 50 different drinks available – coffee, tea, hot chocolate including some obscure variations.

So which one is best?

Such a difficult question to answer, because there are so many factors to take into consideration.

Personally, I would choose Nespresso first, Tassimo second and Dolce Gusto third. I am not saying that Dolce Gusto is terrible, far from it, the machines and pods produce a very nice cup of coffee, much better than instant coffee.

However, that same order applies when you consider quality of both coffee and machine – Nespresso is best, followed by Tassimo followed by Dolce Gusto. The same order for taste too.

To summarise, I am going to name each of the three big brands and then give the main reasons people would or should buy into that brand:

Dolce Gusto – If you want good tasting pod coffee, an inexpensive machine, easily available refill pods and a plethora of compatible cartridges available on the market.

Tassimo – if you want very good tasting coffee, predominantly focused on Costa flavour (get the Costa Coffee experience in the comfort of your own home!) and simple to use machines.

Nespresso – if you want excellent tasting coffee, a true feel of luxury, quality and opulence. After experiencing all brands, Nespresso are my number 1 choice to go for.

Are compatible coffee pods / cartridges any good?

I have a somewhat opinionated view of this… as you are about to find out! But I would stay clear of compatible and refillable cartridges COMPLETELY!

After researching and reading about so many machines, a lot of people encounter problems where pods have split or got stuck in the machine or have in turn broken the machine and invalidated the warranty. That is because the pod that was used was not an official pod, but a compatible pod.

Also, the whole point of investing in a pod/capsule coffee machine is to experience great tasting luxurious coffee… not to buy a “compatible” version of a Nespresso capsule that tastes weak and in turn puts people off the Nespresso brand. It isn’t Nespresso’s fault that the 100 pods for £10 imported from China don’t taste nice… just stay away from them!

However, that being said… there are some proper branded pods out there from brands like Taylors of Harrogate. But for these you will be paying similar money to the official branded pods, so unless you fancy a flavour change, there is no point in switching.

Are Pod/Capsule coffee machines bad for the environment?

One of the first things I thought of when looking into buying a pod/capsule machine is out un-environmentally and wasteful in must be!

All that packaging from the capsules going into the bin, or the pain of scooping out coffee from a foil lined plastic capsule to then separate the components into the various parts of the recycling… no thanks!

When I first bought my Tassimo machine many many years ago, there was no way of easily recycling old capsules – thankfully now that has changed:

Nespresso:

You can order free recycling bags from Nespresso to place your old capsules in.

These can be then either dropped off at one of 6000 nationwide drop off points, collected from your home or taken to your nearest Nespresso Boutique.

Do reduce the carbon footprint and prevent too much uncessary collection waste, Nespresso Recycling bags can take roughly 200 pods before being filled!

You can find out more information about recycling Nespresso pods on their website.

Tassimo:

Similar to Nespresso, Tassimo offer a recycling programme where you can take used Tassimo or L’or discs to one of the participating locations.

They then get shipped to a central location where the individual components are separated out and melted down for re-use!

You can find out more information about this on the “Terracycle” website.

Dolce Gusto

You can drop off used Dolce Gusto pods at one of their nearest participating locations.

So there you have it! All of the big 3 pod/capsule names in coffee machines offer ways to recycle the old capsules so you don’t need to worry about ruining the environment or binning an unnecessary amount of capsule waste after use.

What do the different Nespresso pod sizes mean?

The different sizes of Nespresso coffee may be confusing to many (including myself!) now that Nespresso have introcuced the Vertuo range.

Here is what each of the individual named sizes for Nespresso mean:

Nespresso Vertuo Range:

Espresso – 40ml
Double Espresso – 80ml
Gran Lungo – 150ml
Mug – 230ml
Alto – 414ml

Nespresso Original Range:

Ristretto – 25ml
Espresso – 40ml
Lungo – 110ml

What do the numbers on nespresso capsules mean?

Each coffee capsule from Nespresso has numbers on it, as well as on the side of the box.

This refers to the intensity of the coffee, or bitterness when determining by taste.

The higher the number, the more bitter the flavour of coffee will be.

If you cracked open a capsule, the more intense numbered ones would contain darker coloured coffee.

This doesnt necessarily correspond to the level of caffeine you will get from drinking the coffee!

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