Your Ultimate Guide to Nespresso’s Vertuo Machines

published May 30, 2024
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Nespresso machine fully reassembled on the counter
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There’s no denying Nespresso’s intense following — those who own its coffee makers love them. But we’d be remiss not to acknowledge the price and that they’re an investment. These machines undoubtedly look good, require minimal effort, and produce dreamy-looking espresso with a rich layer of crema that makes our mouths water, but are they worth it? For only popping in a pod to do all of this magic, it’s quite impressive. Before you commit to buying one and hit “add to cart,” it’s important to be informed on which Nespresso machine is best for you, and if you’re looking for one in the Vertuo department, we’ve got you covered. 

What’s the Difference Between a Nespresso Vertuo Machine and Nespresso’s Original Machine?

The biggest difference between Nespresso’s original machine and its Vertuo machine is the types of brews. Nespresso’s original machine only brews espresso using specific Nespresso capsules, while its Vertuo machine brews both espresso and regular coffee with Vertuo coffee capsules. However, there are some other differences worth mentioning:

  • Vertuo machines offer a wider range of coffee sizes, including espresso (1.35 oz.), double espresso (2.7 oz.), gran lungo (5 oz.), coffee (8 oz.), and alto (14 oz.), while regular Nespresso machines primarily brew espresso shots (1.35 oz.).
  • Vertuo machines use Centrifusion technology to produce a thicker crema than original Nespresso machines do.

Basically, Vertuo machines offer a wider range of coffee sizes and types of coffee and use different technology than regular espresso machines.

How to Use a Nespresso Vertuo Machine

If you’ve ever used a Nespresso machine, the Vertuo works the same way. Simply make sure your machine is turned on and that its water reservoir is filled with water. Then, insert the capsule, close the lever, choose your desired brew size, brew, and enjoy!

Keep reading to uncover the Vertou machines we think are worth it! 

Do you own a Nespresso Vertuo Machine that you love? We want to hear all about it! Let us know in the comments below.

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Ideal for small kitchens that lack counter space, the Vertuo Pop is compact and brews five sizes of coffee (both iced and hot) with the push of a button. Not only that, but it can be programmed using the Nespresso app. Available in nine colors that include the limited edition Pantone mandarin orange color, this small machine is worthy of clearing a spot on your counter.

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The Vertuo Creatista takes up a little more space on your countertop, but it’s well worth it. It gives you control over your milk temperatures and has a milk wand that allows you to froth your milk and create cute latte art if you feel inclined. It’s perfect for the more experienced coffee drinker.

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It’s hard to ignore the VertuoPlus’s sleek design, but we’re going to try to convey its awesome features! This machine brews both espresso and double espresso and has a swiveling adjustable water tank, making it easy to fit onto your kitchen countertops. Pick it up in one of its 12 finishes and enjoy how it blends into your kitchen.

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This machine offers many of the same brewing capabilities and technologies as the other machines in Nespresso’s Vertuo lineup, with the main difference being its design. The “Titan” refers to its sleek and modern look — which is available in six color options.

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If you’re looking for a more affordable option that offers all the same capabilities as the rest of the Vertuo lineup, look no further than the Evoluo Silver. Named after its metallic finish, its sleek design stands out from the others in this lineup. Offering brews in multiple sizes (espresso, double espresso, Gran Lungo, and standard coffee), it’s a great choice if you prefer this design!