Category: Nespresso

Nespresso VertuoPlus vs. VertuoPlus Deluxe, Which Do You Buy?

The VertuoPlus and VertuoPlus Deluxe are two of Nespresso’s Vertuo line. These are Nespresso’s line of machines that can brew both espresso and coffee drinks. In fact, unlike the Original Line machines, Vertuo can brew up to 5 sizes. The Vertuo machines use completely redesigned capsules and work in an entirely new way than OriginalLine machines like Pixie, CtiiZ or Essenza Mini. Vertuo is a whole new world from Nespresso that offers you a great coffee and espresso experience at home.

Features of Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker:

  • Simple, one touch brewing. There’s only a single button on the machine, and that is the brew button.
  • Ability to brew 5 cup sizes: espresso (1.35oz), Double espresso (2.7oz), Lungo (5 oz), Coffee (8 oz) and Alto coffee (14 oz).
  • Centrifusion brewing technology. Instead of using a pump, Vertuo machines using Centrifusion technology to rapidly spin capsules while fully saturating them with water. This results in in better water distribution and full flavor extraction.
  • Automatic capsule recognition. The machine’s intelligent extraction system can read the barcode on each capsules to recognize the type of capsule, blend and size and adjust automatically.
  • Motorized head with soft open and close mechanism does not require you to push hard to puncture capsules like other Nespresso machines.
  • Adjustable water reservoir can be placed on the side or back of the machine to make it more suitable to your space.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 37.1 oz.
  • Used capsule capacity: 10 capsules (large).

Click here to learn more about Nespresso VertuoPlus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between VertuoPlus and VertuoPlus Delxue?

The “Deluxe” in the VertuoPlus Deluxe refers to two things, and it’s how it differs from the VertuoPlus model:

  • It has a larger water reservoir capacity: 57.5 oz
  • It has some slight design upgrades like the metal rims on the cup holder and head’s open/close rim.

Other than that, they’re pretty much the same.

Vertuo by DeLonghi or by Breville, Is There a Difference?

Like other Nespresso machines, you’ll find the VertuoPlus and VertuoPlus Deluxe under two brand names: DeLonghi or Breville.

Whichever brand you choose, you’ll be getting the same machine and same functions. However, there are small aesthetic difference between them and different color availability.

As you can see in the photo above, the VertuoPlus by Breville has a more of a rounded and curved top design. While the one by DeLonghi has a flat and narrow top.

Vertuo Vs. OriginalLine, What’s The Difference and Which Is Better?

Whether you are new to Nespresso or thinking of upgrading from an OriginalLine to a Vertuo machine. If you’re wondering which system to go for or whether or not you should upgrade, here are some thoughts on the matter:

The Capsules are entirely different:

Vertuo’s capsules are not even closely similar to OriginalLine’s capsules. Since Vertuo machines can brew 5 cup sizes, then the capsules are available in different sizes that hold the appropriate amount of coffee ground for each brew size. OriginalLine machines only have two cup sizes and a single size for a capsule.

Speaking of capsules, it’s important to note that Vertuo only uses capsules by Nespresso. There are no refillable pods and no 3rd party capsules. So this limits your choices, somewhat. On the other hand, OriginalLine machines can use Nespesso capsules, refillable capsules or 3rd party capsules from other brands.

Cup Sizes:

Like already mentioned, the fact that Vertuo offers you 5 sizes to choose from is great. Now you can do a lot more than just the classic cup of Espresso or Lungo that OriginalLine offers.


Using an OriginalLine machine, you can make Espresso, lungo or any espresso and milk based drinks like cappuccino or latte. With a Vertuo machine, you can still do all those as well as your classic cup of coffee.

So, picking between those Nespresso systems totally relies on what you like to drink on a regular basis:

If you’re someone who is looking to make the classic coffee house drinks like espresso, cappuccino or latte then stick to an OriginalLine system like the Pixie, CitiZ or Essenza Mini for example (which you can read all about here). It’s exactly what those machines were made to do, and you get to enjoy a bigger variety of capsules.

If you want more than just those, the Vertuo offers you three extra cup sizes for coffee and not just espresso drinks. It will limit your options of capsules you can use, but you’ll definitely enjoy the experience. Nespresso does offer a nice number of capsules to try and are always adding to their selection.

Nespresso Pixie vs. CitiZ vs Essenza Mini, Which Should You Buy?

Pixie is one of the earlier models by Nespresso. Back when there was still no VertuoLine, the Pixie was one of Nespresso’s few machines. And although there are now so many machines and two type of brewers (OriginalLine and VertuoLine), the Pixie is still one of Nespresso’s top selling espresso machines. In this post, you’ll find what makes the Pixie special and how it compares to other models and if you should buy it.

Features of Nespresso Pixie:

  • Powerful 19-bar pressure pump
  • Quick 25 seconds startup time
  • Two programmable cup sizes: Espresso and Lungo.
  • Available either as a standalone machine or bundled with an Aeroccino so you can make milk based drinks at ease.
  • Backlight indicators: red backlight indicates water reservoir needs to be refiled. Otherwise, it will be blue.
  • Folding drip tray allows you to fit taller cups.
  • 24 oz water reservoir capacity.
  • Compact and sleek design.
  • Metal side panels gives it a more upscale look and makes it more sturdy.
  • Available in three color variations.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Pixie, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Pixie by Nespresso, DeLonghi or Breville, Is There a Difference?

When buying your Pixie (or other Nespresso models), you’ll most likely find them available under three different brand names: Nespresso, Breville or DeLonghi. Is there any actual difference between them? Should you pick one brand over the other?

Actually, no, there is no difference in how the machines operate. They’re all the same Nespresso machine. Nespresso has partnered with these two companies to help them with the manufacturing and distribution of their popular machines. If there’s one difference between those, it will be in the aesthetic of the machines (very slight change in design) and in available colors. But overall, whichever brand name you choose, you’ll get the same Nespresso machine and the same after sale support from Nespresso.

What Kind Of Capsules Is Pixie Compatible With?

Pixie is an OriginalLine espresso machine, so it’s compatible with OriginalLine capsules either from Nespresso or from third party companies (and there’s so many to choose from!). This is one of the pros of going for an OriginalLine machine, you will not be restricted to Nespresso’s capsules only, but you’ll have the option to try capsules from so many different brands.

Nespresso Pixie Comparisons:

Here’s a look at how the Pixie compares to Nespresso machines that are similar:

FeaturePOWERFUL: Nespresso Pixie espresso maker has a 19 bar high-pressure pump that allows for a barista-style result, unlocking the delicate flavor of each coffee capsule.
EFFICIENT AND ENERGY SAVING ESPRESSO MAKER: System heats-up to ideal temperature in just 25 seconds and automatically turns off after 9 minutes, consuming less energy.
EASE OF USE: The Pixie is a programmable espresso maker with two one-touch buttons to create your favorite coffee and espresso recipes into the desired size; Espresso (2.7 oz), or Lungo (5 oz). Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
SMART ESPRESSO MAKER: The red blacklights light up to let you know when the 24 oz. water tank needs to be refilled. The folding drip tray accommodates larger single serve cups and recipes such as lattes or cappuccinos. The Pixie is also easy to clean, the spent capsules are neatly ejected into an internal receptacle.
COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a Nespresso Original welcome kit with a range of 14 capsules with unique aroma profiles.
Compact and easy to use
High-tech: 19-bar high-pressure pump and fast heat-up system (in only a few seconds). easy insertion, automatic piercing and brewing of Coffee capsules
Handy interface: 2 programmable Coffee selections with automatic flow-stop for Espresso and Lunge preparations
Energy-saving: eco mode for low Energy consumption after 3 minutes and an automatic energy-saving function switches machine off after 9 minutes of inactivity, consuming less Energy
Easy cleaning: removable water tank for quick and simple cleaning
HIGH PERFORMANCE: The 19 bar pump system offers barista-style single-serve Coffee or Espresso every time, perfectly extracting the delicate flavor of each Nespresso Original Coffee capsule
SPEED AND ENERGY SAVING: The fast heat-up system reaches the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds. The automatic energy saving function switches the machine off after 9 minutes of inactivity and can be extended from 9 to 30 minutes. Cable storage
VERSATILITY: Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso (1.35 oz.) and Lungo (5 oz.) buttons making CitiZ a great Coffee maker for all your single-serve Coffee needs. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced Coffee drinks. Removable Nespresso capsule container, drip tray and water tank (34 oz.) for quick and simple cleaning
DESIGN: CitiZ's look continues to please both Nespresso Coffee and Espresso drinkers and design lovers, adding a touch of elegance to Coffee rituals.
COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a Nespresso Original capsule welcome kit with a range of capsules with unique aroma profiles
BUNDLE: The Aeroccino 3 milk frother is included to create the perfect finish to your single-serve Coffee beverages such as Cappuccino or Latte. Folding drip tray for a taller glass
TitleNespresso Pixie Original Espresso Machine by Breville, TitanNespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by Breville, Piano BlackNespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, Black
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Nespresso Pixie vs. CitiZ, What’s The Difference?

CitiZ is another great machine from Nespresso’s earlier models. It’s a great machine and it is similar to Pixie in these features:

  • Both have 19 bar pressure pumps.
  • Both are OriginalLine machines
  • Both offer two cup sizes (that can be reprogrammed)

The differences are:

Design wise, the Pixie is smaller and lighter in weight. Dimensions of the Pixie are 4.4″ x 9.3″ x 12.8″ and dimensions of the CitiZ are 5.1″ x 10.9″ x 14.6”. This should make a difference to someone who is tight on countertop space or needs to fit their machine in a personal office or a dorm.

Water Reservoir: as the Pixie is smaller in size, then it makes sense that it has a smaller water reservoir than the Citiz. Pixie’s reservoir is 24 oz and CitiZ has a 34 oz capacity.

Materials: this is where the Pixie shines, it has the best exterior of all Nespresso machines. Although it is not fully metal, the sides make a big part of the machine and they’re fully metal. On the other hand, the CitiZ has plastic housing.

Backlight Indicator: while this isn’t a major deal breaker, it is still a nice part of the machine’s design. Only Pixie has backlight indication for water reservoir and capsule drawer. The CitiZ does not have this feature.

Color Variation: If you like your machine’s design with nice color, the CitiZ is available in few colors like white, silver black or red. Pixie’s aluminum side panels can be updated to other colors as Nespresso does sell those panels individually as an accessory (called Pixie Clips), so if you ever get bored of the machine’s design, you have the option of updating it.

Which One Should You Buy?

I guess when picking between the Pixie and CitiZ, especially as standalone machines, it’s really hard to pick between the two. If you care about design, Pixie has the upper hand. But there’s also a price difference between the two, so budget is another thing to keep in mind.

If you’re planning to buy an Aeroccino with your machine, then I would absolutely recommend going for the CitiZ with built-in Aeroccino. Although it takes up some space, it makes a better choice as the Aeroccino is built into the base of the machine, which means you’ll only need one electric outlet instead of two to power the separate devices (when bought as a bundle).

Click here to learn more about Nespresso CitiZ, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Pixie vs. Essenza Mini, What’s The Difference?

As of the time I write this, the Essenza Mini is the most compact Nespresso machine available. It’s only 3.3” wide, making it easy to fit almost anywhere you want to use it. It’s my machine of choice for the office and I simply love how small it is.

Like the Pixie and CitiZ, Essenza Mini is an OriginalLine machine too. So they’re all compatible with the same line of capsules, either from Nespresso or from Nespresso-compatible brands.

Other similar features:

  • Two programmable cup sizes: Espresso and Lungo.
  • Removable drip tray.
  • Removable water reservoir.


  • Of course, there’s a huge difference in design between the Pixie and Essenza Mini. The Pixie has a more upscale and more durable design while the Essenza Mini has fully plastic housing and is probably not as durable as the Pixie.
  • And with the Essenza Mini being that small, we can’t expect it to have a large reservoir. It has the smallest reservoir with only 20 oz capacity. Yet, it’s not that different from Pixie’s 24 oz capacity.
  • When it comes to the fancy light indication features of the Pixie, the Essenza Mini is yet another model that doesn’t have that.
  • The Used capsule drawer on the Essenza Mini is rather small and can hold up to 5 capsules only, so it will require more clean up than the Pixie which can hold up to 11 capsules before needing to discard them.

Which One To Buy?

The Nespresso Essenza Mini was introduced to the market as the smallest and most affordable choice out of all OriginalLine models. It’s perfect for someone who has limited space or want the Nespresso experience but doesn’t care much about the design. The Essenza Mini still looks good, and it’s available in two different aesthetics, one by Breville and another by DeLonghi. But in comparison to the Pixie, it’s a bit flimsy.

If design in a priority to you, the Pixie is the way to go. It’s still compact in comparison to other Nespresso OriginalLine machines, yet it has the best build of them all.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Essenza Mini, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Has Nespresso Pixie Been Discontinued?

As mentioned before, the Pixie is one of Nespresso’s earliest models. This makes people wonder if Nespresso has discontinued the model. The answer is no, the Pixie has not been discontinued (As of May 2019). It’s still pretty much on demand and Nespresso is still selling them.

Where Is Nespresso Pixie Made?

Pixie is the only Nespresso machine to be made in Switzerland, home of the Nespresso brand.

Nespresso Creatista or Lattissima Pro, Which of These Is Best for Latte/Cappuccino?

If milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte are your favorite coffee drinks, then it’s highly recommended that your coffee machine has a built-in milk frother that will automatically heat and froth the milk. These kind of coffee makers will save you a lot of time when making your favorite drinks.

You can choose an espresso machine with a built-in milk from many brands, but in this post, we’re focusing on two of Nespresso’s most popular choices, Nespresso Lattissima Pro and Nespresso Creatista by Breville.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro:

The Lattissima Pro was created in partnership between Nespresso and DeLonghi. The machine is compatible with Nespresso’s OriginalLine coffee capsules and has a patented Cappuccino milk frother system by DeLonghi.

Features of Nespresso Lattissima Pro:

  • Choose from 6 pre-set drinks: ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk and hot water (for tea or instant meals).
  • Patented DeLonghi Automatic Cappuccino system that heats and creates froth with a push of a button.
  • Brews Nespresso OriginalLine capsules and Nespresso-compatible capsules.
  • Touch controls.
  • LCD display for quick and easy drink setting and personalization.
  • Customize coffee volume and milk density.
  • Milk frother is detachable and allows you to store left over milk in the fridge.
  • Premium stainless steel design and finish.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Lattissima Pro, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville:

Another collaboration by two great leaders in the coffee machine world. The Creatista Plus is a Nespresso system that uses OriginalLine capsules, but it also combines powerful features that are usually available in more powerful or manual espresso machines.

Features of Creatista Plus by Breville:

  • Create delicious coffee drinks using Nespresso’s capsules and professionally textured milk.
  • Choose from pre-programmed drinks: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Latte, Cappuccino, Flat white and Latte Macchiato.
  • Customize your drink by choosing your coffee volume, milk texture and milk temperature.
  • Auto micro-foaming milk frothing system with built-in thermometer sensor that allows the machine to heat the milk to your desired temperature.
  • Choose from 11 milk temperature settings that varies between 55-76°C / 133-169°F
    Frothing wand automatically purges after every use for self-cleaning.
  • Choose from 8 milk texture settings.
  • Colored LCD display allows you to easily program your machines’s settings, customize your drinks and more.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 1.5L
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso compatible capsules.
  • Stainless steel frothing jug is included.

Creatista by Breville is available in two models, Creatista and Creatista Plus.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between Creatista vs. Creatista Plus?

There’s a difference in the amount of options you have:

  • Creatista Plus has 11 milk temperature settings, while the Creatista has only 3.

Then, there’s a difference in material:

  • Creatista Plus has full stainless steel housing. Creatista has some stainless steel parts (front panel for the most part), with colored side panels.

Heat up time is another difference. Creatista Plus has a quick 3-second heat up time, Creatista is slightly slower with 10 second heat up time.

What Is The Difference Between Lattissima Pro vs. Creatista by Breville?

TitleBreville BNE800BSS Nespresso Creatista Plus, Stainless SteelDe'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine
FeatureNespresso Creatista Plus enables you to easily create authentic top-quality Latte Art coffees at home, thanks to Nespresso's convenience and coffee expertise, combined with Breville's micro foam milk frothing technology
Multiple beverage selections (ristretto, espresso, lungo, latte, cappuccino, flat white, latte macchiato) with adjustable settings (coffee volume, milk temperature and milk texture) with 3 second heat up time
TFT LCD display: an easy and guided assistance on all preparation, setting and maintenance (cleaning, descaling etc) aspects, thanks to a high resolution display
Auto-frothing with 8 texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings. An enhanced coffee and milk experience and the possibility to easily create an authentic top-quality latte art coffee thanks to an innovative, automatic and expert steam pipe capable of: adjustable milk temperature (11 settings, 55-76°C / 133-169°F), adjustable froth quality (8 texture levels), temperature sensing, and fast/self-cleaning. Steam wand automatically purges after each use.
Water Tank Capacity: 1.5L Removable tank.For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
2 year warranty & includes Stainless Steel Milk Jug
19 bars of pressure
Patented De'Longhi automatic cappuccino Latte Crema System
Patented Nespresso capsule system
Sensor touch display
Premium finishes and Italian design
Choose among 6 pre-programmed drinks (ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk and hot water function for tea
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One of the biggest difference between the Lattissima Pro and Creatista is customization. Creatista is designed to allow you to make more professional and barista-style drinks at home thanks to two features:

  • Automatic micro-foaming
  • Milk temperature settings.

Micro-foaming is what commercial-style espresso makers use to heat and froth milk using steam wand. The steamed milk is created with micro bubbles that give you a more creamy and smoother texture. It will also allow you to create beautiful and professional latte art (but that will take some practice on your part).

  • On the other hand, the Lattissima Pro can create delicious coffee drinks, but there’s no way for you to customize the temperature of the milk. The frothed milk’s density can be customized, however, it is not micro-foamed. The quality of the frothed milk here is similar to that created using an electric milk frother.


  • The LCD display on the Creatista is colored, and it features nice icons and it fully guides you through the process. Customization is done by turning a dial next to the display. On the Lattissima Pro, the LCD display only displays texts. There are multiple touch buttons on the control panel for choosing your settings.

Which One Do You Choose?

  • If you want more authentic coffee drinks, true customization and the chance to practice real latte art, then you’ll have to choose the Creatista by Breville.
  • If you want your coffee drinks, quick and easy but still delicious and fresh, the Lattissima Pro is great for just that. Although your customization is limited to coffee volume and froth density, if the quality or texture of the milk or temperature is not important to you, then go for the Lattissima Pro.

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