Nespresso machines are usually the first choice for someone who wants a convenient single serve espresso machine that wouldn’t take a lot of space, either in a kitchen, a dorm room or an office. These machines are mess-free and can be used anywhere!
Although most of Nespresso’s machines are compact in size, they still vary in size and dimensions. So in this post, I will highlight the smallest machine in size, from the Original line or Vertuo Line.
Nespresso Original vs. Vertuo, What’s the Difference?
Nespresso Original is, as the name suggests, the original line of Nespresso machines and capsules. Machines in this line use the original Nespresso capsules and it can only make Espresso and espresso based drinks like Lungo, cappuccino or latte (when combined with a milk frother). Using an Original line machine, you can also use third-party refillable pods that you can fill with your own coffee ground. Machines in this line include: Pixie, CitiZ, Nespresso Creatista and Lattissima Pro.
Vertuo line is the newer line from Nespresso. What’s different here is that a Vertuo machine has completely redesigned capsules and it can make coffee as well as espresso. You’ll find a variety of capsules for from Nespresso for making espresso and coffee, but unlike the Original line, there are no refillable pods available for Vertuo machines.
Which Nespresso Original Line Machine is the Smallest?
The Essenza Mini is the smallest single serve espresso machine by Nespresso. It has been designed to be compact to fit anywhere, without compromising on taste.
Dimensions of the machine are (WxHxD): 3.3 x 12.9 x 8 Inches and it only weighs 5 lbs. This makes it the perfect size to use in any room. Other features:
- 19-bar high pressure pump for a great espresso extraction.
- Two programmable cup sizes: espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (5oz)
- 20 oz removable water reservoir.
- Used capsule drawer holds up to 6 capsules.
- Heat up time: 25 seconds.
The Essenza Mini is available in two designs, one is manufactured by DeLonghi and another by Breville. There’s no difference in the actual machine and how it works, the difference is only aesthetic.
Which Nespresso Vertuo line Machine is The Smallest?
The Nespresso VertuoPlus is the smallest in the Vertuo line. Although it doesn’t compare to the compactness of a machine like the Essenza Mini, but if you want a Nespresso machine that makes both coffee and espresso drinks, then this would be your choice.
What makes the VertuoPlus unique is its repositionable water reservoir which makes it adaptable to any space. The reservoir can be positioned at the back of the machine or to either side. Dimensions are (WxHxD): 16.2 x 12.8 x 5.6 and it weighs 24 lbs.
Other features of the VertuoPlus:
- One-touch brewing with automatic capsule recognition. The machine will read the barcode of the inserted capsule and automatically recognize if it’s an espresso or coffee capsule, and will adjust accordingly.
- Water reservoir capacity: 40 oz.
- Use capsule capacity: 10 capsules.
- Brew sizes: espresso (1.35 oz), double espresso (2.7 oz), lungo (5 oz), coffee (7.7 oz) or Alto – large coffee (14 oz).
- Heat up time: 25 seconds.
Like the Essenza Mini, the VertuoPlus is also available from either DeLonghi or Breville as its manufacturer. The machines by either manufacturer will only differ in colors and slight design differences.