Top five best Nespresso coffee machines for 2021
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 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 or 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.
Last updated: March 2021.
What about the Nespresso VertuoPlus?
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 to get our verdict on the new capsule system and see if it's right for you.
Two Nespresso machines to avoid
Despite most Nespresso machines using the same basic capsule system, they aren't all made equal. Here are two machines that underperformed in our tests. You can get more for your money with other models, so we think these ones are best avoided.
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 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 to find out if they are a good bet.