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Best Insulated Tumbler for Hot and Cold Drinks

Insulated tumblers are a heaven sent for anyone who likes to enjoy their drink at the same temperature they made it until last drop. And it doesn’t matter if you’re having your drink hot or cold, an insulated tumbler will keep its temperature for you for several hours. Duration though will vary depending on the temperature (hot or cold) and the type of insulation. So let’s have a look at the top rated insulated tumblers to help you with your decision.

Simple Modern Insulated Tumbler Cup with Flip Lid and Straw Lid | Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle Iced Coffee Travel Mug | Classic Collection | 24oz (710ml) -Winter White
Simple Modern tumblers make the best pick in terms of variety of cup capacities and time it retains temperature, whether hot or cold. It is also the only pick that comes with two lids, a flip lid for hot drinks and straw lid for cold drinks

This vacuum insulated tumbler is available in different capacities and colors. It will keep your drinks cold for up to 20 hours, and hot for up to 5 hours, depending on the cup’s capacity. But on average, you’ll get to retain the hot temperature of your drink for 4 hours and cold temperature for 16-18 hours.

Simple Modern includes two type of lids with their cups, a flip lid and a straw lid. The flip lid, which is perfect for hot drinks, is leak proof and well insulated. The straw lid is splash proof with a straw that slides through its center. Both lids are dishwasher safe.

While the cups are double-walled, the inner wall of the stainless steel cup is dipped in copper to give it even more insulation and reduce temperature transfer, making it also safe to hold without getting burned.

The Simple Modern tumbler is available in 37 color/pattern options, and in four capacities: 16, 20, 24 and 28 oz. All cups are designed to fit cup holders.

Hydro Flask Tumbler - Stainless Steel, Reusable, Vacuum Insulated with Press-in Lid
Hydro Flask performs better with cold drinks, which it keeps cold for up to 24 hours (with the lid on). Also, if you need something as large as 32 oz, Hydro Flask is one of few brands that offers this size.

This is a brand that needs no introduction. Hydro Flask is an insanely popular brand, and that happened for a reason.

Hydro Flask’s tumblers are double wall insulated and can keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours with the lid on. The lid features a special ‘honeycomb’ insulation design inside the press-in lid for better temperature control. On the downside, the lid is not leak proof.

The tumbler is available in three capacities: 16, 22 and 32 oz. It’s also available in several colors.

Corkcicle Unicorn Magic 16 Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid, Cotton Candy
While the Corkcicle tumbler has the least temperature retention for hot drinks (3-hours), it performs better with cold drinks. It has the coolest colors and a variety of designs.

I personally enjoy this tumbler as my daily cup whether I’m on the go or at home. It has triple insulation lining that keeps your drink hot for up to 3 hours or cool for up to 9 hours.

The secure silicone lid stays put, but is not considered to be spill-proof. The slide sip design has also accommodate a straw, which is not included.

The tumbler is available in two capacities: 16 or 24 oz. It’s also available in several fun colors as well as designs (mug, bottle, stemless cup, canteen).

Commonly Asked Questions

Are Stainless Steel Tumblers for hot or cold drinks?

stainless steel is a material that is known for retaining temperature, any temperature. But how long it retains the temperature will vary for each. Normally, it is easier to keep a temperature cool for a longer time than to keep it hot. So, stainless steel tumblers are good for hot as well as cold drinks.

What Should I Look For in an Insulated Tumbler?

First, determine whether you’ll be using the tumbler for hot drinks or cold drinks more and check if it keeps your desired temperature long enough for your liking.

Also, hot drinks are better consumed using a flip lid or a 360-degree sip lid (which allows you to drink from any side of the lid, mess-free). Cold drinks are best with a straw. So make sure you pick a tumbler with the best lid for your use.

Instant Pod Review and Comparisons

Coffee is not the first thing that will come to mind when reading the name ‘Instant Pot’, a brand name that has always been synonymous with slow cookers. But as the company expands, they’ve come up with a versatile single-serve coffee and espresso maker that will brew a cup to everyone’s taste. The coffee maker, is appropriately named, Instant Pod.

Features of Instant Pod Coffee Maker

FDM Instant Pod Coffee and Espresso Maker
  • Compatible with all single-serve K-Cups, generic universal reusable K-Cups, and original Nespresso-style capsules
  • 19 bar high-pressure pump delivers optimal espresso flavor extraction
  • One-touch programs for 2 oz, 4 oz and 6 oz Nespresso capsules and 8 oz, 10 oz and 12 oz K-cups.
  • Fits espresso cups and smaller coffee mugs, 7 inch tall travel mugs (most 16 oz mugs), also perfect for single and long shot espresso
  • Large 68 oz removable water reservoir is easy to handl

If you, or someone in your family, or even your colleagues at the office, enjoy different type of coffee pods, the Instant Pod is a great choice as it’s compatible with both K-Cup pods and Nespresso Original Line capsules, so you can enjoy both coffee and Espresso drinks.

You’re not only getting a variety of capsule usage, but a nice variety of serving sizes, too. Using a K-Cup pod, you can brew sizes 8, 10 and 12 oz. And with a Nespresso pod, which are espresso pods, normally, you’d be able to brew 2 to 4 oz, but the Instant Pod allows you to brew up to 6 oz using a Nespresso capsule. However, I do expect the coffee to taste watered down using that serving size as the OriginalLine capsules do not contain enough coffee ground to brew 6 oz of coffee.

The Instant Pod has a larger 68 oz water reservoir, so you won’t have to refill frequently. But that would depend on your usage, too.

Now, usually with multi-capsule coffee makers, you’d need to use adapters to hold the different type of capsules/pods. With the Instant Pod, you don’t need adapters. You’ll find that the machine already has two slots for each type of pod. You’ll also find dedicated buttons for each serving size. You can brew into any cup size you prefer, from an espresso cup (with the help of a cup tray) or a travel mug up to 7” tall.

What Pods Are Compatible with Instant Pod Coffee and Espresso Maker?

As mentioned above, using Instant Pod allows you to brew two types of pods, Nespresso OriginalLine capsules for espresso and K-Cup pods for coffee. Of course, you can also use K-Cup pods for other beverages. The machine is compatible with official and non-branded, 3rd party pods of both K-Cups and Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.

Can You Use Reusable (Refillable) Pods in the Instant Pod Coffee Maker?

The ongoing cost of pods can add up pretty quickly. So if you plan to use refillable pods, either to save on cost or limit your plastic/aluminum usage, you’ll be happy to know that the Instant Pod coffee maker is compatible with refillable pods, too. Either Nespresso’s or K-Cup pods. However, results can vary as those reusable cups come from different 3rd party brands and not all of them of the same quality.

Instant Pod vs. Nespresso – Which Is Better?

FDM Instant Pod Coffee and Espresso Maker
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee and Espresso Machine by DeLonghi, Black
FDM Instant Pod Coffee and Espresso Maker
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee and Espresso Machine by DeLonghi, Black
Pod Type
Nespresso OriginalLine - K-Cup pods
Nespresso OriginalLine only
Serving Sizes
2, 4, 6 oz for Espresso
About 2 oz for Espresso and 4 oz for Lungo
Reprogram Serving Sizes
FDM Instant Pod Coffee and Espresso Maker
FDM Instant Pod Coffee and Espresso Maker
Pod Type
Nespresso OriginalLine - K-Cup pods
Serving Sizes
2, 4, 6 oz for Espresso
Reprogram Serving Sizes
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee and Espresso Machine by DeLonghi, Black
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee and Espresso Machine by DeLonghi, Black
Pod Type
Nespresso OriginalLine only
Serving Sizes
About 2 oz for Espresso and 4 oz for Lungo
Reprogram Serving Sizes

If you want to brew Nespresso espresso shots, then your first option is to go for a Nespresso OriginalLine machine like the Essenza, Pixie or CitiZ. However, if you want to expand your coffee brewing option, you’d go for something like the Instant Pod.

Most OriginalLine brewers by Nespresso will give you two serving sizes: an espresso shot of about 2 oz and a lungo shot of about 4 oz. Instant Pod offers an additional serving size of 6 oz, but it will most likely taste watered down because Nespresso pods were not measured to brew that much coffee.

Nespresso’s machines allow you to reprogram the serving sizes and it will automatically save them. Instant Pod does not have this option.

Then there’s the size and design, of course. Nespresso’s machines are known for their compact designs that barely take up any space. The Instant Pod, being a 2-in-1 machine, has a heavy foot print and requires some counter space.

When it comes to the actual coffee quality, you can expect the same quality from both machines (provided you use the same serving sizes).

So which machine to go for would totally depend on what you need out of your machine. Do you want to brew K-Cup pods as well as Nespresso? Then an Instant Pod is your choice. If you don’t need to brew K-Cup pods, then you’ll be able to save countertop space and get a more compact machine by going for a machine like the Essenza Mini by Nespresso.

Instant Pod vs. Keurig – Which Is Better?

Right off the bat, and just like how the Instant Pod compares to Nespresso, with the Instant Pod is a 2-in-1 machine that gives you more coffee variety than buying a Keurig or a Nespresso machine.

With Keurig, there’s a whole world of coffee makers that give you different options. All of them brew K-Cup pods only, but you still get variety of options based on the model you choose. Some of them will have more brew sizes than others, some are dual coffee makers that can brew both single-serve and coffee pot (using ground coffee). Some will have strength selection as well as temperature control.

Generally speaking, if you want to brew both Nespresso espresso capsules as well as a K-Pods for coffee using a single machine, then go for the Instant Pod.

However, if you want more customization out of your Keurig brewing, you’ll want something from Keurig where you’ll be able to:

Have a Strong coffee option – temperature selection – serving sizes from 4 oz to 12 oz – an option to brew ground coffee.

Here are some detailed posts on Keurig’s machines if you want to learn about them in details:

  • Keurig K-Supreme – Brew sizes up to 12 oz – Strength and temperature settings
  • Keurig K-Cafe – Has built-in milk frother for specialty coffee drinks

Conclusion

The Instant Pod does a great job as a 2-in-1 espresso and coffee maker using both K-Cup pods and Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.

While it does gives you a variety of serving sizes for both espresso and coffee options, what it lacks is programmability. It also lacks strength control or temperature control, which can be offered by Keurig machines, but not Nespresso machines.

When it comes to pricing, and please do keep in mind that prices of machines do fluctuate regularly, but generally, the Instant Pod is sold for nearly the same price as a Nespresso or Keurig machine, so it will be like getting two machines for the price of one.

UPDATE –

Instant Pot have released a newer version of their coffee and espresso maker that just goes by the name “Instant”. The updated features in the machine address most issues from the previous model:

Instant Pot Dual Pod Plus 3-in-1, Espresso, K-Cup Pod and Ground Coffee Maker, Nespresso Capsules and K-Cup Pods with Reusable Coffee Pod for Ground Coffee, 2 to 12oz. Brew Sizes, 68oz Reservoir
  • 3-IN-1 FUNCTIONALITY: Compatible with K-Cup pods, Nespresso capsules and your own ground coffee with the included reusable pod
  • TAILOR EVERY POUR: Adjustable brew strength so you can make a bolder cup of coffee.
  • CAFÉ-QUALITY BEVERAGES: Perfect for coffee and espresso, brewing at the optimum temperature (195F) and pressure (19-bar pump for espresso)
  • SUSTAINABLE COFFEE-MAKING: Brew coffee from your own grounds with included reusable pod.
  • MULTIPLE BREWING SIZES: 8, 10, and 12 oz K-cup; 2, 4, and 6 oz Nespresso
  • It now has an option for bolder brew.
  • It includes a refillable K-Cup refillable pod, so now you don’t have to go through different brands to find one that fits.
  • It has a removable 68 oz water reservoir, just like the previous model, but this time it has a water level alert which will blink to remind you to refill the reservoir.

Cuisinart SS-15 vs. SS-20 – What’s The Difference?

Cuisinart’s variety of coffee makers has made it one of the best leading brands in the industry. If you’re ever looking for a reliable and an affordable choice of a coffee maker or a kitchen appliance, Cuisinart would make your best bet.

The Cuisinart SS-15 is a versatile coffee maker that’s been around for a while, and it has proven to be a great machine with a near-perfect review score. So in this post, I will talk about this model and how it compares to its sister model, the SS-20.

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Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
  • SINGLE-SERVE: Enjoy three serving sizes: 6 ounces, 8 ounces, or 12 ounces. Compatible with any brand of single cup pod including Keurig K-Cup pods with an optional reusable filter cup so you can use your own coffee through our HomeBarista elite features
  • SUPERIOR FUNCTIONALITY: Our single-serve brewer has a 40oz removable water reservoir that complements its charcoal water filter and removable drip tray for travel mugs – enjoy energy save mode when you’ve finished your brewing cycle
  • CARAFE BREWER: Serve up to 12 cups of coffee at once with our glass carafe coffee maker featuring a black stainless-steel handle and body with fully automatic features – 24-hour brew start, self-clean, adjustable auto-off, and ready alert system
  • MUST-HAVE FEATURES: Our 12-cup coffee brewer allows you to control your brew strength so you can boast light to strong coffee flavor as well as adjust your carafe water temperature that runs through its charcoal water filter
  • SIMPLIFY YOUR MORNING: Fill your tank with ease featuring our easy-view water window and pour a cup before your brew cycle ends with our Brew Pause feature

The SS-15 is a two-way coffee maker that can make both single-serve cups – using K-Cups, or a full coffee pot using ground coffee. It’s a popular pick among people who are looking for a machine that does both full pots and single-servings of coffee.

The single-serve side has three serving options: 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz. It is compatible with K-Cup pods from any brand and of any kind. This means you can use it to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any beverage that is available in the form of a K-Cup pod.

On the coffee pot side, you have a 12-cup carafe (glass) to brew a classic pot. You have a selector to Bold brew to make your coffee stronger, and you have the option to select from three carafe temperatures (Lo – Medium – High), that would mean the temperature of the warming plate. Only the pot side has automatic auto on with a 24hrs digital clock.

The machine has two separate water reservoirs for each sides.

Included with your machine a reusable K-Cup filter pot that allows you to use your own coffee grounds for single cup brewing. It also includes a charcoal water filter.

Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Stainless Steel
  • SINGLE-SERVE: Enjoy three serving sizes–6 ounces, 8 ounces, or 10 ounces–compatible with any brand of single cup pod including Keurig K-Cup pods with an optional reusable filter cup so you can use your own coffee through our HomeBarista features
  • SUPERIOR FUNCTIONALITY: Our single-serve brewer has a 40oz removable water reservoir that complements its charcoal water filter and removable drip tray for travel mugs–enjoy energy save mode when you've finished your brewing cycle
  • CARAFE BREWER: Serve up to 10 cups of coffee at once with our thermal carafe coffee maker featuring a stainless-steel handle and body with fully automatic features–24-hour brew start, self-clean, adjustable auto-off, and ready alert system
  • MUST-HAVE FEATURES: Our 10-cup coffee brewer allows you to control your brew strength so you can boast light to strong coffee flavor as well as adjust your carafe water temperature that runs through its charcoal water filter
  • SIMPLIFY YOUR MORNING: Fill your tank with ease featuring our easy-view water window and pour a cup before your brew cycle ends with our Brew Pause feature

The SS-20 doesn’t look much different than the SS-15 model. It has both brewing sides, the single-serve side with three brew sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz. The carafe serving size is 10 cups, and it’s thermal on this model. Like the SS-15, it has two separate reservoirs for each side.

Since it comes with a thermal carafe, the SS-20 does not have a warming plate. It has the BOLD option and it has a digital clock with auto on/off option.

What Is The Difference Between Cuisinart SS-15 vs. SS-20?

Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Stainless Steel
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
10 cups
Carafe Type
Glass
Thermal
K-Cup Compatible
Single Serve Brew Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
6, 8, 10 oz
Brew Strength
Includes K-Cup Filter Pod
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
Carafe Type
Glass
K-Cup Compatible
Single Serve Brew Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Brew Strength
Includes K-Cup Filter Pod
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Stainless Steel
Carafe Capacity
10 cups
Carafe Type
Thermal
K-Cup Compatible
Single Serve Brew Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Brew Strength
Includes K-Cup Filter Pod

The difference between the these two models is not huge. Two things you’ll want to keep in mind:

Do you want a glass carafe or a thermal carafe? And the capacity of each carafe.

The glass carafe of the SS-15 has a 12-cup capacity while the thermal carafe has 10-cup capacity.

The K-Cup side is identical on both models, so there’s no difference there.

Cuisinart SS-15 and SS-20 Problems

Overall, these coffee makers perform as they should without any problems. But you’ll want to look out when using the single serve side when using smaller cups. Unfortunately, the drip tray is not high enough to raise shorter cups, when can cause a lot of splashing when the coffee pours down. When using a travel mug, the drip tray can be removed to accommodate it and the splashing isn’t a problem when using such a cup, or a larger mug.

More Cuisinart SS-15 Comparisons

Cuisinart SS-15 vs Keurig K-Duo

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Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
  • What’s in the box: 12-cup glass carafe included with your brewer along with a heating plate to keep coffee hot.
  • Brew a cup and a carafe: Use both ground coffee and k-cup pods. Height with handle open-17.63 H inch. Height with drip cover open-18 H inch
  • Multiple brew sizes: Brew a 6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and a 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounce cup.
  • Compatible with keurig gold tone mesh filter accessory: A reusable coffee filter you can use to brew your perfect carafe (sold separately).
  • Large 60 ounce water reservoir: The 60 ounce water reservoir is shared between the single serve and carafe brewing, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.

K-Duo is Keurig’s two-way coffee maker that makes both single-serve coffee as well as a full pot of coffee. It was made a competitor to the Cuisinart SS-15, although Cuisinart’s machine came years before Keurig’s.

Which makes a better choice, though? Keurig’s K-Duo or Cuisinart’s SS-15?

Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
12 cups
Carafe Material
Glass
Glass
Single Serve Sizes
6, 8, 10, 12 oz
6, 8, 10 oz
Water Reservoir
single reservoir for both sides
double - one for each side
Warming Plate
Pause and Pour
Auto on (for carafe side)
Strong Brew
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
Carafe Material
Glass
Single Serve Sizes
6, 8, 10, 12 oz
Water Reservoir
single reservoir for both sides
Warming Plate
Pause and Pour
Auto on (for carafe side)
Strong Brew
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Cuisinart SS-15BKSP1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer, Black Stainless Steel
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
Carafe Material
Glass
Single Serve Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Water Reservoir
double - one for each side
Warming Plate
Pause and Pour
Auto on (for carafe side)
Strong Brew

Although on the carafe side, both Cuisinart and Keurig offer the same 12-cup capacity, Keurig’s K-Duo has an additional serving size on its single-serve brewing side, it brews up to 12 oz of coffee.

Unlike the Cuisinart that uses separate reservoirs for each side of the machine, the K-Duo has one large 60 oz reservoir shared between the two sides. This is great if you do not want to fill the water tank at every use of the machine, especially the single-serve side.

While both the Cuisinart and Keurig machines compatible with refillable K-Cup pods, K-Duo does not include one like the Cuisinart SS-15.

Cuisinart EM-25 Defined – Review of Cusinart’s Cappuccino and Latte Espresso Machine

Cuisinart is not a newcomer to kitchen appliances. In fact, they make some of the best and most popular appliances around. They’re also not new to the world of coffee makers, they have a few espresso machines as well as K-Cup coffee makers in their line of products. However, the new Cuisinart EM-25 Defined comes as a great competitor in the world of single-serve coffee makers, especially that it’s actually a Nespresso-compatible espresso machine.

Features of Cuisinart EM-25 Defined

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Cuisinart EM-25 Espresso Defined Espresso, Cappuccino & Latte Machine
Cuisinart's Nespresso compatible espresso machine which allows you to make espresso, cappuccino or lattes.
  • 19-bar espresso machine with built-in milk frother
  • Button selection for espresso (single/double), Cappuccino and Latte, as well as steamed milk.
  • Fully programmable: you can reprogram coffee volume, brew temperature, milk volume and standby time.
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
  • Capsule is auto ejected after use.
  • Use capsule bin holds up to 12 capsules.
  • Built-in milk frother automatically heats and froths milk for cappuccino and latte recipes.
  • Milk container is detachable and can be stored in the fridge after each use to keep milk fresh.
  • LCD display for easy programmability.

Also available from Target and Walmart

Capsule Compatibility

One of the best features about the Cuisinart EM-25 is that it’s Nespresso OriginalLine compatible. This opens up your options when it comes to using capsules. You can get your capsules from Nespresso or from Nespresso-compatible brands, including everyone’s favorite: Starbucks.

There’s also the option to use refillable pods, as those are available to Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines. However, it is important to choose a capsule that’s of good quality, as some are poorly made and can break your machine – leaving it out of warranty. Also, some won’t even fit. At this point, it’s safe to say that I am definitely not a fan reusable pods, so use them at your own risk.

Comparisons

Cuisinart EM-25 vs. EM-15 Defined

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Cuisinart EM-15 Defined Espresso Machine, 13.5"(L) x 5.75"(W) x 9.5"(H), Black
  • Makes single and double espresso
  • Fully programmable - espresso volume brew temperature standby time
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules
  • Capsule auto-eject
  • Capsule waste bin - holds up to 12 capsules

The EM-15 model has the same features as the EM-25 except for one thing: the built-in milk frother.

If you simply enjoy espresso or Americanos (Espresso + hot water), this machine would be more than enough. Or if you already have some sort of milk frothing solution, like an electric milk frother, and do not need a machine with built-in frother, then the EM-15 would be a great choice.

Also, you can do the math and work out if it’s going to be cheaper for you to buy a separate electric milk frother, which are available from many different brands, or go for the built-in option.

Cuisinart vs. Nespresso – Which Is Best To Buy?

Since the Cuisinart EM-25 is a Nespresso OriginalLine compatible machine, it means it is a direct competitor to Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines. And you must be wondering, should you go for Nespresso or Cuisinart?

Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines include Essenza Mini, Pixie, Citiz which usually come as standalone machines or bundled with Nespresso’s Aeroccino electric milk frother.

If we want something more comparable to the Cuisinart EM-25, we need to look at machines with built-in milk frothers like the Lattissima line: Lattissima Pro, Lattissima Touch, or Lattissima One/Gran Lattissima.

Let’s start with programmability: all of these machines can basically make the same coffee drinks from espresso or milk based drinks. Also, all of these have the ability to reprogram coffee or milk volumes to customize your drinks to your liking. However, only Cuisinart’s EM-25 offers the option for brew temperature control. Also, only one Nespresso Lattissima model has an LCD display, which is the Lattissima Pro. This isn’t exactly a big deal breaker because reprogrammability is quite easy that you don’t need a display.

Design wise, Nespresso machines do have a more modern and upscale design. Although Cuisinart’s EM-25 isn’t have bad, either. It is somewhat compact and has some chrome accents to add a nice touch to the overall design.

Capsule compatibility is the same for both brands, you can basically use any capsule that’s labeled as Nespresso OriginalLine compatible. Those are available from Nespresso, Starbucks (also produced by Nespresso), or from famous coffee brands like Lavazza, illy, Peete’s and many more. I would highly suggest that you go for brands that make Aluminum capsules, from personal experience, aluminum capsules produce best quality espresso at better temperature.

What if you decide to go for the Cuisinart EM-15, which compares to Nespresso’s Essenza, Pixie or CitiZ… which do you go for?

I would say, if you’re judging by functionality only, they’re all the same. They will produce a single or double espresso all the same. All have the ability to reprogram the volume, too.

If you’re looking for design and quality built, too. then I’d say it depends. A machine like the Essenza Mini, for example, has plastic housing like the EM-15. But the Essenza Mini is very slim, at 3.3” width only, while the EM-15 has 5.4” width. The CitiZ is about the same width as the EM-15 and both have the same chrome accents, so they’re the most comparable design-wise. The Pixie, however, has the most upscale design with its metal side panels, metal bar and backlit used capsule bin (that also works as an indicator for empty water tank.

Overall, I would also recommend that you compare the prices of each of these models at the time of purchase. Going for whichever machines has the best price at the time would be a good idea, since you would be getting the same espresso drinks from either machine.