21st July 2021
If you want to branch out and try new coffee flavours, or are looking for cheaper alternatives to Nespresso pods, then you might consider buying compatible coffee pods from an online retailer.
With the rise in popularity of Nespresso-compatible capsules, specialist online retailers have sprung up to rival Nespresso. But which ones offer the best range, or the best value for money?
In this guide, we compare the major Nespresso pod retailers on things such as price, range, extra costs and coffee types to help you find the best coffee pods for you.
Range of pods
From 30p per capsule, with a minimum order of 60 pods.
Subscription options from £11.95/month for 40 pods.
Free on orders over £45, otherwise £4.95.
Unlimited delivery from £10 per year.
55p-85p per pod. Minimum order of 40 capsules.
Subscription options from £20/month for 40 pods.
Standard delivery is free.
Fine Coffee Club
17p-23p per pod. Minimum order of 50 capsules.
Promises to beat any other retailer on price or it will refund you the difference.
Order 101 capsules and delivery is free.
Standard delivery is £2.95.
21p-28p per pod.
Delivery is free with orders £40 and up.
Standard delivery is £4.90.
Gourmesso has a range of over 25 pods including: 13 espresso, six lungo, five tea pods, and 11 flavoured coffees including cookie, coconut and almond. Includes decaf, Fairtrade, Bio options.
There's a recommended alternative for every Nespresso variety, to help you find an equivalent to your branded favourite.
Taster packs are available, and a reward point system earns you one point for every penny spent, which can then be redeemed against future purchases. Pods aren't recyclable.
33p-£1 per pod.
Orders must be in multiples of 50.
Subscription options available from £18/month (which converts into Nespresso credits) and include a £1 Nespresso machine as part of the deal.
Delivery costs start at £3.95 for Pick Up Point delivery.
Delivery is free on orders over 200 pods.
Nespresso offers over 24 varieties in its Original Line range, including: Intenso (stronger than your average espresso), espresso, lungo, flavoured, single origin and decaf. It also has additional limited-edition options, which change throughout the year.
Pods are recyclable through Nespresso's own recycling scheme. Taster and variety packs are available.
You can buy a one-off box of 40 for £17.50 or opt for a subscription.
Plans start at £14.99/month (37p per capsule).
You’ll get 40 pods, but you can choose how often you want a delivery – from one to 60 days.
Delivery is free.
20p-30p per capsule. Minimum order of 60 and must be in multiples of six boxes.
Subscriptions available from £13/month for 60 pods.
Delivery costs £2.50. Free on orders over £20.
Real Coffee pods range in price from 20p-32p, depending on the type and number you order.
Delivery costs £4.95. Free on orders over £20.
Real Coffee offers a selection of eight espressos, one lungo and two single origin pods, as well as flavoured, Fairtrade and Organic, and hot chocolate pods. You can buy these by the box or in a selection pack.
Capsules are recyclable if you clean them out and separate the lid.
38p-45p per pod, depending on how many you buy in one go.
Delivery costs £3.30.
All information is taken from retailer websites and is correct as of 18 June 2018.
The best way to save money, whichever retailer you choose, is to buy in larger quantities. Most online pod retailers offer their lowest price per capsule - and free delivery - on larger orders, or subscription plans.
Cafepod, Fine Coffee Club, Gourmesso and Real Coffee have the widest range of pods and the best prices, with options starting from around 17-20p (excluding delivery).
It's worth trying a taster pack before you commit to a large order to see if you like the varieties they offer. You can also see how different online-only Nespresso coffee pods compare to high street offerings in our .
Gourmesso gives Nespresso a run for its money in terms of variety. It has a large selection of coffee varieties available as Nespresso-compatible pods, including a range of strengths, roasts and flavoured coffee capsules.
It has also matched its compatible pod varieties against the Nespresso range, so you can easily find a coffee similar in style to your favourite Nespresso pod.
Roastworks, Colonna and Pact offer a small range of Nespresso-compatible pods alongside ground and whole bean coffee.
They tend to be more expensive, but in our 2018 tests, our experts thought that the artisan capsules they tried had more interesting and varied flavours than high street options. See our full to see which coffees were most highly-rated by our experts.
Colonna sells a small range of compostable pods, which can be recycled via your local food waste recycling scheme (they need the higher temperatures of industrial recycling facilities to break down).
Nespresso has a recycling pick-up scheme that you can coordinate with your new pods arriving.
Some of the other brand's pods are recyclable, but only if you go through the faff of cleaning and separating all the component parts.
It's also worth considering high street Nespresso-compatible pods. These can be cheaper if you don't want to buy in bulk, as they don't have any additional delivery costs. To see how pods from online retailers and high street Nespresso-compatible brands compare - including supermarket offerings from Aldi, Lidl and M&S - head to our .
Compatible capsules should work fine with your Nespresso machine. Over the years, we've tried hundreds of compatible pods in a variety of Nespresso models in our capsule taste tests and haven't had problems with pods not working or damaging the machine.
However, you do need to take a little more care with inserting the pods for the best results. Not all pods are compatible with all machines either, so make sure you check the packaging or the manufacturer's website for guidance. Most compatible pods won't work with commercial or built-in Nespresso machines, and some have additional exceptions.