Nespresso has launched a subscription service that allows you to pay a monthly fee for a steady supply of coffee capsules - and get yourNespresso machinepractically free upfront.
There are three 12 month plans to choose from - £18, £25 or £45. The fee you pay is converted into Nespresso credits which you can then use to purchase coffee capsules, snacks or accessories from the Nespresso website.
The plan you choose affects the type of machine you get. The most basic plan comes with a cheap and simple Nespresso maker - the Nespresso Essenza, while the pricier plan gets youa premium Nespresso Latissima model with automated milk frothing.
For all three subscriptionsdelivery is free if you order more than 50 capsules, and delivery of your Nespresso machine is free too. You don't have to use your credits up every month, so you can save them up and use them for up to two years after your subscription ends.
While the appeal of getting a coffee machine for £1 is obvious, will you be saving money by subscribing to Nespresso?
On the face of it, this is a pretty good offer. The monthly cost is just a little above the cost of buying that number of capsules, and as you can save up your credits and use them after your plan has ended, you can get all your money back in capsules - in other words, you aren't paying for the machine by stealth.
You are limited in your choice of Nespresso machine though, with essentially only two options to choose from out of a range of around 10 models.
We run each coffee machine we review through a taste test to rate the quality of the espresso and cappuccino they produce. We have discovered that the coffee machine you use affects the quality of the coffee you get from your machine, regardless of the quality of the coffee capsules you put in it. You want to make sure that the money you spend on first rate coffee capsules is being used in a coffee machine that does justice to your beans. We've tested and reviewed dozens of Nespresso coffee machines - you can see how they compare with our .
The new subscription model appears to be a fightback from Nespresso against the rise of Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules. These have gained popularity in recent years, and there is now a wide range of rival capsules available.
Some compatible capsules are available in supermarkets, which can mean they areeasier to get hold of than Nespresso pods. Much like razor bladesand printer ink cartridges, coffee capsule brands such as Nespresso thrive on the ongoing income an exclusive capsule system brings in, so it makes sense to try and keep coffee lovers weddedto Nespresso capsules instead of rivaloptions.
If you don't fancy adding another monthly fee to your bills, you might be better off shopping around for the best value Nespresso machine, and opting for compatible capsules. We tested a range of widely available options earlier in 2017 and found some tasty and cheap alternatives to Nespresso pods.
We calculated what you would save per year by buyingour best cheap Nespresso-compatible capsule versus a Nespresso coffee capsule (based on two espressos per day).The £95 you save is enough to buy the Nespresso Essenza offered on the cheapest plan and still have some change left over.
This year we put 22 Nespresso and compatible capsules to the test with a panel of four coffee experts to find out if rival brands could turn out a tasty coffee. Check out the results of our to find out which cheap compatible capsulewas rated the best by our experts.
We used the same Nespresso machine to make hundreds of espressos and had no problems getting our Nespresso machine to work with other brands' Nespresso-compatible pods. For advice and tips on using compatible capsules, see our .