Nespresso Vertuoline Coffee & Espresso Maker Review – It’s Absolutely Delicious


We tested this machine extensively for this Nespresso Vertuoline coffee maker review. The coffee is delicious. But we have 2 big problems with it. Read it here.
Nespresso VertuoLine Overview
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
  • Brew Speed
  • Warm-Up Time
  • Water Reservoir
  • Ease-of-Use
  • Options (Features)
  • Noise
  • Appearance
  • Size/Weight

Summary

If you want quality coffee no matter the price, this is your machine.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee maker.

The 2 downsides are price and capsule availability.

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4.0

Nespresso Vertuoline Coffee and Espresso MakerAfter testing 7 single serve coffee maker brands, more than 10 machines as research for our single cup coffee maker reviews, I can say without a doubt that the coffee, cappuccino and espresso produced by the machine (using Nespresso capsules) is the best tasting single serve coffee.


The coffee is rich, the foam is frothy; you’ll never know that you’re drinking a cappuccino, coffee or espresso made at home.  In fact, I was really, really surprised at how good it tasted.  Your guests will be blown away!

Nespresso VertuoLine is definitely a coffee maker for the discerning coffee drinker.

Nespresso Review in a Nutshell:

I’m going to cut to the chase.  Nespresso produces the best single serve coffee with its capsules.  BUT, there are 2 big problems with this brewing system.  Those 2 problems are:

1.  Capsule availability:  Capsules are sold in very few stores (not in our grocery store).  Basically, you’ll need to order them online from or Nespresso.

2.  Capsule Cost:  The cost per capsule (that’s one drink) is approximately $.88 to $.95, which is much more than K-Cups and Tassimo T-Discs.

Disclaimer:  I purchased and used this machine extensively for testing and as research for this Nespresso VertuoLine review.  Much of this review is based on personal preference, but it also sets out key features and facts.

Nespresso Capsule Cost vs. K-Cup Cost vs. Tassimo Disc Cost*:

  • Nespresso Vertuoline coffee maker with variety pack of capsulesK-Cup:  80 pack for $33.17 (Java Factory Variety Pack).  That’s $.41 per K-Cup (i.e. per coffee).
  • Tassimo T-Disc:  80 pack (Maxwell House Coffee) for 37.40.  That’s $.47 per T-Disc (i.e. per coffee).
  • Nespresso Capsule:  50 capsules for $43.99 USD.  That’s $.88 per capsule (i.e. per coffee).

* K-Cup and Tassimo T-Discs do vary in cost depending on the brand of coffee you buy.  Nespresso capsules are only available under the Nespresso brand.  This comparison is to give you a general idea of the cost comparison.   Price Sources:  

The cost of the coffee, if cost is a concern to you, is more important than the cost of the machine because in the long run you’ll spend far more on coffee than on the machine.  Keep this in mind when you buy a single serve coffee maker.

I actually don’t mind paying $.95 per coffee (although that could end up costing me $5 per day); my main issue is that I’m stuck ordering capsules online.  I much prefer buying my coffee in the local grocery store as part of our weekly shop.

If you don’t mind paying more and ordering coffee online, then I strongly suggest getting the Nespresso VertuoLine coffee system.  Read on to get all the details after my extensive use and testing of this brewing system.

Ratings Breakdown:

See our numeric ratings chart to the right to get a snapshot of our thoughts on this brewing system.  Below I explain each numeric rating.

1.  Price:  For price I consider the cost of the machine and the cost of the coffee.

The costs approximately $300 USD.  The capsules cost approximately $.88 to $.95.  Both machine and capsules cost more than other systems.

2.  Coffee Quality:  I guess it’s true you do get what you pay for. While this machine and coffee is expensive, the coffee quality and flavor is amazing.

3.  Brew Speed:  I brewed a coffee in 1 minute, 40 seconds. There are definitely faster brewers on the market, but this is decent since it’s under 2 minutes and the coffee quality is excellent.

4.  Warm-Up Time:  Some machines need time to warm up.  Not the Nespresso VertuoLine.

Nespresso Vertuoline detachable water reservoir
Transparent and detachable water reservoir.

5.  Water Reservoir:  The water reservoir is excellent.  It’s large enough for multiple coffees (but not so big so that the machine is huge), it’s transparent (so you can see when water needs to be added) and it’s detachable (so you can fill it directly in the sink).

6.  Easy-to-Use:  It’s very simple to use. There are not many buttons on this machine.  Plug it in, turn it on, insert a capsule and press the brew button.

7.  Options:  This machine has limited options with respect to built-in features and coffee options.  The machine is dead-simple to use, but all brewing controls are dictated by the capsule.

With respect to coffee options, you must use Nespresso coffee or the third-party reusable filter.  While Nespresso does make many types of capsules, there aren’t as many options as you have with K-Cups and Tassimo T-Discs.

Placing a capsule in the Nespresso Vertuoline
The capsule is placed in the machine with flat surface facing upward.

8.  Noise:  The noise is low.  It’s a centrifugal system and you can definitely hear it spin while it brews.  It’s actually a cool sound.

9.  Appearance:  It’s a beautiful looking coffee maker.  Nespresso definitely invests in both form and function with their coffee brewing systems.

10.  Size/Weight:  It’s a hefty machine, but very compact.  Moreover, you don’t need any overhead space to pour water into the reservoir because the water reservoir is detachable.  The dimensions are:

  • Overall height:  12″
  • Width:  8.25″
  • Depth:  12″

Overall Score:  4.0 out of 5

Pros

Here I set out what I REALLY like about this machine.

Nespresso Vertuoline accommodates shorter cups
The tray on which the cup sits can be raised as indicated in this image. It can also be lowered for larger cups (up to 6 inches tall).

1.  Coffee quality:  The quality of the coffee and other drinks is second-to-none.  It’s the best I’ve tried (I’ve tested and use K-Cups and Tassimo T-Discs).

2.  One capsule does it all:  Nespresso creates incredible specialty drinks such as cappuccinos with one capsule.  Some machines, such as Tassimo, requires 2 capsules (and 2 separate brews) to create a frothy cappuccino.

3.  Fits tall and large cups:  This machine accommodates cups up to 6 inches in height.

4.  Water reservoir:  It’s transparent and detachable.  It holds plenty of water for multiple coffees (the exact number of drinks depends on whether you brew coffee, espresso, etc.

5.  Capsule disposal container:  This is a great feature.  When you’re done brewing and lift the lid, the used capsule drops into a detachable capsule disposal container on the side.  This may not sound like all that great of a feature, but it is very convenient.  Machines without a disposal container requires you to head to the garbage after each brew or set up a small disposal container next to the machine.

Nespresso Vertuoline capsule disposal container
The right side container is a disposal container in which used capsules are deposited after the coffee is brewed (triggered when you open the capsule section).


6.  Size:
 This is not a large machine so it fits pretty much anywhere.  Also, because the water reservoir is detachable, you don’t need much overhead room to get water into the reservoir.  The dimensions are:

  • Overall height:  12″
  • Width:  8.25″
  • Depth:  12″

Cons

Here I set out what I don’t like about this coffee system.

Coffee created by Nespress Vertuoline brewing system1.  Capsule availability:  Nespresso capsules are not sold in our local grocery store.  I’m relegated to buying them online or specialty stores (which isn’t nearby).

2.  Capsule price:  Capsules cost approximately $.88 to $.95 each.  This makes it quite a bit more expensive than K-Cups and Tassimo T-Discs.

3.  Machine cost:  This is not a cheap coffee brewing system.  It costs approximately $300 USD.

4.  Coffee brands:  Nespresso makes its own coffee.  I’ve not found the capsules by other coffee brands.

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FAQ

1.  Does the Nespresso VertuoLine brew K-Cups?  No.  You must use Nespresso capsules.

2.  Does the Nespresso VertuoLine make espresso and cappuccino?  Yes, and it makes superb espresso and cappuccino.  Nespresso also has a broad array of flavored coffee.

3.  What are the dimensions of the machine?

  • Overall height:  12″
  • Width:  8.25″
  • Depth:  12″
  • Cord length:  33″
  • Cup Height:  6″

4.  Is a reusable filter available?  One does not come with the machine, but you can .

Conclusion

Definitely buy the Nespresso if:

1.  You like quality coffee

2.  Price isn’t a concern for you

3.  You don’t mind buying online (or you have a store nearby that sells the capsules).

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