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28 Jul 2020

Nespresso Vertuo Next: big coffees in a small package

The latest Nespresso Vertuo model is ultra compact, but does it make a tasty brew?
Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee machine with capsules

Need a big mug of morning coffee but short on space? Nespresso might have the answer with its new compact coffee machine - the Vertuo Next.

The Next is a pint-sized follow up to the original Vertuo-line Nespresso machines, which use a different type of coffee pod to produce larger mugfuls than Original-line Nespresso models.

With a width of just 14cm and a 1.1-litre water tank that sits at the back of the machine, its sleek design could be perfect if you struggle for kitchen space.

But does its unusual centrifugal brewing system produce a tasty drink?

Get our first impressions of this mini coffee maker in the Nespresso Vertuo Next first look review.

Nespresso Vertuo range: what you need to know before you buy

Like all Nespresso coffee machines, Vertuo models use disposable coffee pods.

However, the Vertuo range, which includes the Next, and the Vertuo / Vertuo Plus models, uses a different type of coffee pod to the Nespresso Original machines.

This is because Vertuo machines use a different extraction technique (high speed spinning infusion) to make coffee with a thick foamy top. Nespresso Original machines use 19 bar pressure to extract coffee for a traditional espresso.

Vertuo capsules come in three pod sizes. These make five different drink sizes, from an espresso shot (40ml) to a giant Alto (414ml - big mug sized).

Each pod has a barcode around the edge which tells the coffee machine exactly how to make your coffee, including the size.

Bear in mind that you can't use coffee pods from other brands in these machines, so you're limited to Nespresso's selection.

If you're just after a traditional espresso, love your lattes or crave a decent cappuccino, then it could be worth sticking with the original Nespresso machines. There are a wide range of compatible coffee pods from other brands available for Original-line models.

Nespresso Original vs Vertuo - find out more about how the two compare and how to choose in our full guide

3 compact coffee machines for home working

Here are some other small coffee machines to consider to keep you topped up with caffeine at home:

Krups Dolce Gusto Genio II pod machine, £70

krups dolce gusto genio ii kp160840

This dinky coffee machine uses Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee pods. It's 17cm wide so should squeeze easily onto your worktop and it's pretty affordable too. Milky drinks are made using milk pods, rather than fresh milk.

Like the Nespresso versions, the pod system makes it quick and simple to make a coffee, but it's worth bearing in mind coffee pods tend to be more expensive per drink than ground coffee or beans, and they can be difficult to recycle.

Which are the most eco-friendly coffee pod brands? - read our guide to how recyclable different pod systems are

Logik L15EXC19 coffee machine, £60

Logik L15EXC19

This cheap traditional coffee machine uses ground coffee and is a Curry's Logik own-brand offering.

It lacks some of the fancier features found on more expensive models, but its simple design and small size (19cm wide) make it an appealing choice if you're in the market for a coffee machine.

It has a steam pipe to froth milk for cappuccinos or lattes and you can make two espressos in one go.

Ground coffee machines allow you to play barista, but they can take a bit of time to get used to, and a bit more clean up.

Read our full Logik L15EXC19 coffee machine review to find out if it makes cafe-quality cappuccinos on a budget.

Beko CEG5301X coffee machine, £249

This bean-to-cup coffee machine grinds beans for each cup you make, and it's one of the cheapest bean-to-cup models we've tested. At just 18cm wide, it's also one of the most compact.

It has a sleek design with touch controls, and a brushed steel front. If you prefer frothy coffees, such as lattes, you'll need to invest in a separate milk frother, as there's not one on this model.

Grinding beans generally works out cheaper than buying coffee pods, and it's fresher than buying pre-ground coffee, but these machines take a little more maintenance to keep in tip top condition.

Read our full Beko CEG5301X coffee machine review to find out if we rate this model.

Not sure what type of coffee machine is right for you? Check our full coffee machine buying guide for a breakdown of the pros and cons of different types

Prices correct as on 27 July 2020