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7 July 2021

Top five best Nespresso coffee machines for 2021

We round up the best options if you're looking to buy a Nespresso machine. From the cheapest to the most compact, find out which one is right for you.
Jade Harding
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Nespresso machines are a popular option for time-poor and caffeine-starved coffee fans. There are more than 20 different models to choose from, though, with prices ranging from £50 to nearly £500. 

Each machine uses the same basic capsule system (apart from the Nespresso Vertuo), but they all offer something different in terms of features, style and capacity, so you'll need to consider your budget, the type of coffee you like to drink, and what features you can't live without to help narrow down your options.

To make life easier, we've rounded up the top five Nespresso machines to suit different coffee drinkers, whether you're after cheap, compact, stylish or feature-packed. To see if these models make great coffee, you'll need to log in or join Which? to access our full verdicts and test scores.

We've also highlighted the models that aren't worth buying, so you know which Nespresso machines to avoid.

Jump straight to our Nespresso reviews to find out which models top our recommendation list.

Best Nespresso machine for smaller kitchens

  • Lakeland 2-in-1 Coffee Pod Machine 62120


    2-in-1 Coffee Pod Machine 62120

    £99.99View retailers

    Most capsule coffee machines make you choose between Dolce Gusto or Nespresso pods, but as the name suggests the Lakeland 2-in-1 Coffee Pod Machine can use either, giving you an even wider choice of drinks. We tested it using both types of capsule, so read our full review to find out whether this coffee machine is twice as nice – or double the trouble.

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Best Nespresso machine for hands-free coffee making

  • DeLonghi EN 560W Nespresso Lattissima Touch


    EN 560W Nespresso Lattissima Touch

    £229.00View retailers

    The DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch EN560S is a Nespresso coffee machine with an integrated automatic milk frother. No need to froth your milk separately and add it to your drink as you do with some other Nespresso machines, as this one will do it all for you, so you can get a cappuccino or latte at the press of a button. But are the results going to please your palate? Read the full review to find out.

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Best value Nespresso machine

  • Krups Nespresso Vertuo Next


    Nespresso Vertuo Next

    £95.00View retailers

    A bigger brew is what’s on offer from Nespresso’s Vertuo Next coffee machine, but without taking up too much space in your kitchen, it has a compact, sleek design and a 1.1-litre water tank. Nespresso says it’s made from 54% recycled plastic, too. But can this mini machine produce a coffee that’s big on flavour? Read our full test review to find out.

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Best Nespresso machine for personalising your drink

  • Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno SNE500BKS


    Nespresso Creatista Uno SNE500BKS

    £329.00View retailers

    The Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno allows you to make coffee just the way you like it, putting it a cut above other capsule coffee machines.  The size, milk temperature and froth level can all be adjusted to suit individual taste, and the automatic steam frothing wand allows you to re-create that coffee-shop barista experience at home, without being an expert. If you want the convenience of capsules while still having more control over your coffee, it could be a good option.

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Best Nespresso machine for latte art

  • Sage Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800BS


    Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800BS

    £377.95View retailers

    If you want to create lattes that look as good as the ones from your local coffee shop, this coffee machines which comes with an automatic steam frothing wand, could be one to consider. The milk frothing customisation options have eight texture levels and 11 temperatures, to help you create the perfect froth for your latte art.

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Last updated: July 2021.

What about the Nespresso VertuoPlus?

Nespresso VertuoPlus

If you prefer a longer coffee to a short espresso shot, but you're keen on capsules, then it's worth considering the Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine.

Launched in October 2017, it uses different capsules to the original Nespresso machines and a centrifugal extraction process to brew long coffees. This saves you having to use several capsules to make one long coffee. You'll be limited to the Nespresso capsule range though, as there are no compatible pods for this machine yet. See the full Nespresso VertuoPlus review to get our verdict on the new capsule system and see if it's right for you.

We compare the two systems in Nespresso Original vs Vertuo - which one should you buy? 

Nespresso machines to avoid

Despite most Nespresso machines using the same basic capsule system, they aren't all made equal. Here are some machines that underperformed in our tests. You can get more for your money with other models, so we think these ones are best avoided.

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    This capsule machine has a built-in automatic milk frother that allows you to make a one-touch brew, but the coffee it makes is merely good rather than great. It's not among the quietest models we've tested, either, and we’ve found cheaper models that will make you better coffee.

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Four features to consider when choosing a Nespresso machine

  • Capacity If you want to make longer coffees, or brew several in a row, it's worth looking for a larger water tank and capsule bin. This cuts down on how many trips you'll need to make to the tap or bin during the day. More compact models may be easier to fit on your worktop, but you'll probably get less space for water and used capsules.
  • Personalisation Some models will allow you to set preset drink lengths, such as the amount of water needed to fill your favourite mug, or to have multiple temperature or milk frothing options. You'll usually pay more for personalisation features but they make it easier to get the perfect coffee for you.
  • Milk frothing If you like a cappuccino, you'll need to opt for a machine with built-in milk frothing, or buy a bundle with the Nespresso Aeroccino frother. See our coffee machine reviews to filter by machines with milk frothing and check how our experts rated the cappuccinos.
  • What coffee you like If you prefer a mugful, you'll need to ensure the machine has an adjustable or removable drip-tray to accommodate larger mugs. Likewise, the adjustable height means you can get your espresso mug nearer the spout so it doesn't splash everywhere.

Is Nespresso a reliable coffee system?

We have surveyed more than 1,500 coffee machine owners about their machines and put the most popular Nespresso machines through rigorous testing in our labs to find out everything you need to know before making your purchase.

In 2019, we asked Nespresso owners to tell us about their experiences with their machines, including any problems they'd had. We used this information to assess how reliable Nespresso machines are compared with other coffee machine brands. Head to our Nespresso machine reliability guide to find out if they are a good bet.

Not found anything on this page that tempts you? You can browse all our coffee machine reviews – we've tested more than 100 – from brands including DeLonghi, Krups, Sage and Smeg.