Nespresso Prodigio (Discontinued) Review 2022

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I am a sophisticated lover of espresso machines and drip coffee makers as they grind fresh coffee beans and deliver a fantastic espresso shot. I have been using the Breville Barista Express for a long time and grind my whole beans on my own with its integrated grinder. After some time, I replaced it with its premium model, i.e., Breville barista touch. I had an amazing experience with this machine. Its one-touch operation and advanced settings and features enhanced my experience. I also visited coffee shops now and then to enjoy iced recipes/coffee, mocha, and other cold beverages. 

When my job started, I also needed a coffee maker for my office to fulfill my caffeine needs. One of my friends advised French Press, — AeroPress, — Moka Pot, and Percolators, but they lack a grinder and a frother. I did not have enough time to grind the beans and wait for the coffee to brew. Another advised instant coffee packets and single-serve coffee bags like tea bags, but I did not like these things. I wanted the small espresso machine that brews perfect coffee effortlessly and in less time. I also thought about drip coffee makers and Keurig coffee makers, but they can’t brew high-quality  espresso, and I also did not drink long coffee.

My close friend or mentor suggested the Lattissima series. I also liked them, but all of these are slightly expensive models. I just bought a Barista touch for home use, and my job is new, so I did not have enough budget. I thought I would buy a coffee machine for temporary use, and when I get stable, I will buy a premium model. So, I found myself favoring the Nespresso Prodigio. It was a discontinued model, so I bought it for temporary use. 

When I used it and brewed drinks with it, its advanced features and coffee settings delivered great drinks and gave me a spectacular experience. The wireless connectivity feature allows me to brew drinks remotely or effortlessly. Here is my personalized content, which depicts my experience with this spectacular espresso machine.

The Bottom Line

With an adjustable water tank (27 oz) and cup support, Nespresso Prodigio offers three programmable brew sizes and allows you to brew ristretto, espresso, and lungo in the comfort of your home. It is a compact (4.7″ width) and lightweight (7.0 lbs) model. The Nespresso app connectivity, maintenance alerts, indicators, one-touch capsule ordering system, and brew time scheduling make it best for tech-lovers. Unfortunately, it is a discontinued model. If you want a more compact and small machine, check out Nespresso Essenza Mini

Nespresso Prodigio Review; Key Features And Specifications

Features Details 
Product LineOriginalLine
Dimensions4.7″W x 14.7″D x 10.1″H
Brew Sizes0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
Colors Silver and Titan
Weight7.0 lbs
External MaterialABS plastic
Water Reservoir27 oz
Rotating water TankYes 
Milk ContainerNone
FrotherSold separately
Used Capsule container capacity18 capsules
Wireless ConnectivityYes
Pressure19 bars
US/CA PartnersBreville, DeLonghi
UK PartnersKrups, Magimix
Watts1160W
Other FeaturesEnergy saving feature/ Auto-Off after 9 minutes of inactivity

Pros And Cons Of The Nespresso Prodigio

Pros Cons 
Powerful 19-bar pressure pumps perfectly extract the flavor and aromaABS plastic is prone to scuffing
Wireless connectivity featureSmall water reservoir (27 oz)
Three Adjustable cup sizes—–
Can work with inexpensive third-party capsules—–

Nespresso Machines Overview

Nespresso offers two lines; OriginalLine and VertuoLine

OriginalLine machines: These machines use powerful 19 bars pressure and extract the perfect flavor and premium aromas from OriginalLine Nespresso Pods. They deliver fantastic espresso shots with dense crema. These machines are compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine pods and third-party Nespresso pods and are best for those who drink coffee regularly. 

VertuoLine machines use the Centrifusion technique, scan the pod barcode, spin the pods at 7000 RPM, and pull the desired shot. These machines work well with VertuoLine pods only, but after the Nespresso and Starbucks partnership, they are also compatible with Starbucks by Nespresso Vertuoline pods. — VertuoLine machines are best for those who drink coffee now and then. 

Nespresso Prodio Coffee Machine Overview

The wireless or app connectivity feature makes it one of the best Nespresso models. The app connectivity/Bluetooth connection allows you to;

  • Brew your drink remotely
  • Schedule your brew time
  • Monitor the machine status, such as water level
  • Monitor the time of descaling

Prodigio offers 0.85 to 3.70 oz brew sizes. You can customize the brew size according to your desired water volume for this;

  • Insert the capsule into the capsule container
  • Press and hold the brew button until your desired volume is obtained.
  • Release the brew button.
  • The machine will remember the new settings for the future brew.

Prodigio does not have a preset Americano feature (as present in Essenza Mini), but you can set up your Americano drink (espresso + hot water) with a programmable brew button. Unfortunately, Prodigio does not come with milk frother. If you want to brew milk-based beverages (lattes, cappuccinos, etc.), buy a standalone Aeroccino milk frother.

Design — Simple And Sleek

My Prodigio came with a user manual, two water hardness test sticks, and 16 free coffee or Nespresso pods. It was a small machine with a 4.7 “W x 14.7” D x 10.1 “H dimension. I easily fit it on my office bench and move it here and there due to its 7 lbs weight and rotatory water tank (27 oz). Its interface is simple; it has only three brew buttons that brew 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, and 3.70 oz lungo. The capsule compartment is removable and large (it can accommodate 18 used capsules). No doubt, Nespresso Prodigio is a well-built capsule-based machine. 

Nespresso Prodigio Milk With Aeroccino Milk Frother

Nespresso Prodigio comes with or without Aeroccino milk frother. If you love to brew only espresso-based beverages, buy a Prodigio without a frother. If you love to enjoy latte, cappuccino, macchiato, etc., buy a Prodigio bundle (Prodigio + Aeroccino milk frother). The one-touch aeroccino frother will give you hot and cold foam and allows you to brew a wide variety of beverages in the comfort of your home.

Settings — Via Nespresso App

The Nespresso Prodigio espresso machine can easily connect with the Nespresso app, thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity feature. You can do everything with the app that you normally do on the espresso machine. The Nespresso app allows you to personalize your brew sizes and will alert you when the capsule container is full, descaling is needed, or the empty water tank. I also find it easier to run the machine from the app. The app helps you in your machine maintenance and allows you to set a timer for the next shot and customize the water volume and temperature of the drink. 

Coffee quality

I paired the Prodigio with the Nespresso app and then brewed with it. I turned the espresso machine on; the machine took 25 seconds to heat up. I inserted the capsule, closed the slider, placed the cup under the coffee outlet, chose the espresso, and pressed the start brewing button on the app. The machine delivered me a smooth drink with velvety crema in 60 seconds. After the brewing process is completed, the machine automatically ejects the capsule. I also brewed lungo, and the shot was strong and complex. The foldable drip tray allows me to brew in larger cups. With Prodigio, you can never get a bad coffee cup. One more thing, you cannot pause the coffee flow by pressing the same button again. If you want to stop the coffee flow, open the slider; no coffee will come out, and the water directly goes into the drip tray.

Capsules Compatibility

I brewed my drink with OriginalLine Nespresso pods, and the drink’s quality, texture, body, and taste were beyond anything. I also tried 3rd-party Nespresso capsules, and the machine delivered the same perfect cup of coffee as delivered with Nespresso OriginalLine pods. Unfortunately, Nespresso Prodigio does not work with VertuoLine pods and Starbucks by Nespresso Vertuo Pods. If you want to brew long coffees with VertuoLine pods, search out one of the VertuoLine machines

Can you use your own Ground coffee in Nespresso Prodigio?

Nespresso Prodigio espresso machine allows you to use reusable/refillable pods filled with your desired pre-ground coffee. You can use reusable stainless steel Nespresso pods if you have a grinder and want to grind your preferred whole beans

Nespresso Prodigio Descaling And Maintenance 

Prodigio espresso machine offers quick and easy cleaning. I washed the water reservoir and drip tray with hot soapy water and washed the machine’s exterior and capsule container with a damp cloth. It is also equipped with a descaling alert. The descaling is done with a descaling solution and depends on the water hardness level. For step-by-step instructions, visit the link below.

Nespresso Prodigio Replacement Parts Nespresso Club

You can order Prodigio replacement parts via Nespresso club online. If you want to repair your machine or face any issues regarding brewing or something else, get simplified machine assistance through the Nespresso club.

Nespresso Prodigio Price

Before buying, I searched many online stores for the Nespresso Prodigio prices. Its price is $349 on Amazon and $339 on eBay. I bought this espresso machine from Amazon, a trustworthy and reliable site. I found the Nespresso Prodigio espresso maker quite affordable as it has many features, a versatile level of settings, and offers a wide range of drinks.

Nespresso Prodigio Problems

  • The coffee will come out slowly if you don’t descale the machine.
  • If your coffee is not hot enough, preheat the cup. Still, the problem persists; descale it.

Extra Features

  • Bluetooth connectivity feature.
  • The adjustable cup support allows you to brew in small and large espresso cups.
  • The energy-saving feature automatically turns off the machine after nine minutes of inactivity; you can program it for up to 30 minutes.

Comparison of Nespresso Prodigio Espresso Maker With Its Competitor Machines

Product

Could you get it?

Brew Sizes

0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo

0.3-17 oz

0.3-17 oz

0.3-17 oz

Ristretto (0.5 oz.) Espresso (1.35 oz.), Lungo (5 oz.)

1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo, 5.05 oz Americano, 6.75 oz Americano XL

Water tank capacity

27 oz

40 oz

60 oz

37 oz

60 oz

34 oz

Spent capsule capacity

18 used capsules

Ten used capsules

Ten used capsules

Ten used capsules

12 used capsules

11 used capsules

Heat-up time

25 seconds

20 seconds

20 seconds

25 seconds

3 second

25-30 seconds

Dimension in inches

4.7"W x 14.7"D x 10.1"H

9.8W x 13.3D x 12.7H

16.88W x 5.59D x 12.79H

5.5W x 16.9D x 12.4H

6.7L x 16.1 Wx 12.2 H inches

7.7 L x 16.8 W x 12.9 H inches

Weight

7.0 pounds

10.1 pounds

10.1 pounds

8.8 pounds

10.9 Pounds

9.58 pounds

Auto-off feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Extra feature

Rotatory water tank

Adjustable water tank

Adjustable drip tray, an extra large water reservoir

Wireless connectivity, made of recycled material

LCD display, removable drip tray

Has wireless connectivity

Price

Should You Buy Nespresso Prodigio?

The first connected Nespresso machine, Nespresso Prodigio, is best for you if you want to brew your drink effortlessly. It allows you to control or brew espresso, lungo, and ristretto with your phone. The compact size makes it suitable to fit on any kitchen countertop. The Bluetooth connectivity, one-touch capsule ordering system (capsule stock management), automatic capsule ejection feature, and scheduling of brew time make it one of the best Nespresso models for coffee lovers. If you want to enjoy a latte, cappuccino, or other milk beverages, upgrade it with the bundle or buy a standalone milk frother.

  • If you want all these features (27 oz water reservoir, three programmable brew sizes) except the wireless connectivity feature, check out Nespresso U.
  • If you want a machine with an integrated frother and a wide variety of preset beverages, search for one of the Lattissima series.
  • If you want the feature that allows you to manually control the frothing or brewing process, search for one of the series of Creatista machines
  • If you are addicted to long coffees and want to brew your coffee with Vertuo Pods, choose the Breville VertuoPlus Deluxe machine, as it offers long coffee in 5 different sizes. 
  • If you want to brew high-quality espresso, long coffees, tea, hot chocolate, and drip coffee in the comfort of your home, purchase the Keurig K-classic coffee maker.
  • If you are not fond of long coffees and only drink espresso-based beverages such as espresso, lungo, and ristretto, the Nespresso CitiZ espresso machine is best for you.
  • If you want to grind your whole fresh beans on your own and brew a wide variety of drinks, then Breville Barista Express with an integrated grinder and frother is meant for you. 
  • If you like to brew coffee with Nespresso pods and Keurig K-cup pods, then purchase Instant Pod, as it is compatible with both Nespresso pods and Keurig K-cup pods. 

Alternatives For Nespresso Prodigio

With a 48 oz water reservoir and 15 seconds fast heat-up system, Keurig K-Cafe delivers fantastic 4-12 oz hot or cold drinks. It works well with ground coffee and K-cup pods (regular or reusable). It allows you to decorate your kitchen with one of its two bold colors.

With a removable 68 oz water tank and drip tray, the Instant Pod espresso maker allows you to brew 8 to 12 oz K-cup beverages and 4 to 6 oz Nespresso drinks. It is compatible with K-cup pods, Nespresso pods, and reusable pods (filled with your desired pre-ground coffee).

With a compact design and 23 oz water reservoir, Essenza Mini allows you to brew 1.35 oz espresso and 3.7 oz Lungo shots. It works well with Nespresso OriginalLine and third-party Nespresso capsules and has a fast 25-second heat-up. 

FAQs

Does Nespresso Prodigio Have Bluetooth Connectivity Feature?

The Prodigio is the first connected machine that offers Bluetooth connectivity. This feature allows you to brew remotely, schedule your brew time, order your Nespresso brand capsules (capsule stock management), and gives you maintenance or descaling alerts. 

How Do I Reset My Nespresso Prodigio?

Press and hold the espresso and lungo buttons for 5 seconds. All the LEDs will blink one time, indicating that your machine has been reset to the factory settings, which offers;

  • 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, and 3.70 oz lungo
  • Auto-shut off after 9 minutes of inactivity
  • Un-pairing with your mobile device
  • Hard water hardness setting.

Can You Turn On Nespresso Prodigio From Your Phone?

The Nespresso Prodigio has wireless connectivity, and it easily connects with the Nespresso app on your phone. With this splendid feature, you can turn on the machine, schedule your brewing, and control your brewing process.

Is Prodigio Discontinued?

Nespresso Prodigio has been discontinued and is not available on Nespresso, but it is widely available on Amazon, William Sonoma, and many online stores.

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