If you’re going to buy a Nespresso machine, do you research.
While Nespresso produces incredible coffee (I LOVE Nespresso coffee), there are a couple of things to keep in mind. They are:
1. Different Nespresso machines require different capsules
For instance, the Nespresso Vertuoline uses different capsules than the Nespresso Pixie. The Pixie capsules are smaller.
2. Capsules are NOT widely available
You can’t buy Nespresso capsules in many grocery stores. They’re only available in select stores and online. I find this peculiar because it’s inconvenient. Maybe you don’t care.
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Moving on to the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
I include the Nespresso Pixie machine with our single cup coffee reviews because that’s what it does… it produces single coffees. If you get the Aeroccino machine (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), it produces a wide variety of coffee drinks.
What does the Pixie Do?
It’s a compact espresso maker that does one thing: Makes very good espresso coffee without having to deal with espresso grounds. In other words it’s a convenient espresso maker using capsules.
It offers 2 sizes of coffee so have some control over the strength of the coffee produced. I prefer the larger serving topped with frothed milk produced by the Aeroccino machine.
The Aeroccino machine is a stand-alone milk frothing machine. Read our stand-alone Aeroccino review here.
Nespresso Pixie Review
I’m going to restrict my comments to the Pixie machine only. You can read our in-depth Aeroccino machine review here.
1. Price: The machine is not terribly expensive; however, the capsules are coming in at just under $1.00 per capsule (prices will vary depending on where you buy the capsules, but that’s the general cost). You’ll notice quickly that Nespresso capsules cost quite a bit more than K-cups and Tassimo discs (both of which are widely available in grocery stores).
2. Quality: I love the sound and quality of Nespresso machines. They’re solid. They use centrifugal technology. When you hear it hum, you’re confident that it’s a quality piece of equipment.
As for the coffee quality, it’s excellent. Second-to-none for capsule coffee.
3. Brew Speed: The Pixie is fast. I timed brews at 33 seconds for the larger coffee size (you can brew 2 sizes of espressos).
4. Water Reservoir: It’s large enough for several coffees. Also it’s transparent and detachable… two features I prefer.
5. Ease-of-Use: It’s very easy to use. However, one tip is after you plug it in, there’s a hard-to-find power button located on the top of the machine at the rear. Don’t forget to turn it on or you’ll be banging your head against the wall wondering if you bought a lemon.
6. Options/Features: This is a dead-simple machine with 2 settings. The settings offer 2 coffee sizes. That’s it.
However, another nice feature it offers is a capsule disposal container. This way you don’t have to touch hot capsules when you’re done brewing. Once the capsule disposal container is full (it holds about 6 capsules), you simply remove the container and dump all used capsules into the garbage. It’s very neat and clean.
7. Noise: The Nespresso Pixie makes a humming noise. It’s not too loud, but you wouldn’t want to use it next to someone sleeping.
8. Appearance: Nespresso clearly invests time into design. The Pixie is compact, sleek and dark. It’s a cool looking coffee machine. The thing is it doesn’t really look like a coffee machine.
9. Size/Dimensions: Height: 9.5″ / Width: 4.5″ / Depth: 13″.
Overall: Excellent espresso. Even better with the stand-alone Aeroccino. The only issues I have are capsule availability and price.
I’m not the only person who likes this machine. This espresso maker garnered an average 4.5 out of 5 average rating from nearly 200 reviewers here.
Top Reasons to Buy the Nespresso Pixie
1. Quality and Convenience
For capsule espresso, it’s very good. At least I enjoy it.
2. Convenience features
The detachable and transparent water reservoir is convenient. You can immediately see if more water is needed and you can easily detach it and fill it in the sink.
There isn’t a digital menu and loads of options. You choose from 2 settings. That’s it. It doesn’t get easier than that.
Top Reasons NOT to Buy the Nespresso Pixie
1. Capsule availability
Capsules are not widely available. This is the primary reason my wife and I prefer the Tassimo T55. Yes, you can order capsules online, but if you run out, you’re out of luck. You can’t just run to the grocery store for more.
2. Capsule cost
My view is the cost of a coffee machine is much less important than the cost of coffee. Nespresso capsules are far more expensive than K-Cups and Tasssimo Discs. While still under $1.00 per capsule, the cost adds up.
1. Do you have to get the Aeroccino Machine?
No. You can buy the Pixie on its own. However, the Aeroccino machine is amazing and I strongly recommend you get it if you ever like frothed milk with your coffee. If you don’t use frothed milk, guests might so it’s good to have on-hand.
On the flip side, if you opt for a different coffee machine, you can still buy the Aeroccino Machine. In fact, you can use the Aeroccino Machine for any coffee maker brand because all it does is froth milk.
2. Does it make regular coffee?
No. The Pixie is an espresso maker. If you prefer a Nespresso machine that also makes coffee, get the Nespresso Vertuoline.
3. Does it use the same capsules as the Nespresso Vertuoline?
No. Each machine, while requiring Nespresso capsules, uses different capsules. Therefore, be careful when buying capsules for either machine to ensure you get the right one.
4. How big is the Pixie?
It’s definitely compact. Height: 9.5″ / Width: 4.5″ / Depth: 13″.
5. How big of a cup does it accommodate?
With the cup base (spillage container), maximum cup height is 3.5″. If you remove the spillage container, maximum cup height is 5.75″.
6. How fast does it brew an espresso?
It’s fast. I timed it at 33 seconds.