Nespresso Vertuo Machine Review 2022

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I have been using the K-cafe Keruig coffee maker for a long time as I have been fond of drip coffee or long coffee. When my health started to ruin, I shifted my schedule from long to less coffee and replaced my Keurig coffee maker with the compact Nespresso Essenza Mini. I did not buy a standalone milk frother as I am not fond of milk-based beverages. But after some time, I started missing my slow brew K-cafe Keruig coffee maker, and I started to search for alternatives and wanted to replace my Nespresso coffee maker with it. I also thought about coffee machines like French Press, — AeroPress, — Moka Pot, and Percolators, but their taste and quality are not as good as those delivered by the Keurig coffee maker. One of my friends advised me to use the Breville Barista Express, and another suggested using the Breville Oracle Touch. Both models are heavy and large, and I did not have much counter space. 

Well! I searched the machine on my own. I saw two types of Nespresso machines; OriginalLine and VertuoLine. As I want to brew long coffees and want something similar to Keurig K-cafe, I searched for VertuoLine coffee makers. I chose a single-serve Vertuo Nespresso machine; its features impressed me greatly. The taste and quality were beyond anything when I bought this machine and brewed coffee. As I’m not particularly eager to brew latte, cappuccino, etc., the absence of a milk frother did not bother me. An affordable Vertuo machine is a gadget that I need. 

Here is a complete description of my experience with this machine and details of its features, pros, cons, and settings.

Bottom line

With a 40 oz removable water tank and 15 seconds fast heat-up time, the single-serve Vertuo machine brews beverages up to 17 oz. It is affordable, easy to set up, use, and clean, and allows you to brew double espresso, gran lungo, and great coffee in the comfort of your home.

Key Features And Specification Of Vertuo Machine

Features Detail 
Product LineVertuoLine
Dimensions8.3″W x 11.9″D x 11.0″H‍
Weight10.9 lbs‍
External MaterialABS plastic‍
Large coffee cup SizesEspresso (1.35 oz), double espresso (2.7 oz), a gran lungo (5 oz), coffee (7.8 oz), and alto (14 oz) capsules programmable from 0.3-17 oz
Spent Capsules12 capsules‍
Water Reservoir40 oz‍
Removable water tankYes 
Milk ContainerNone‍
US/CA PartnersBreville, DeLonghi
UK PartnersKrups, Magimix
FrotherSold separately‍
PressureNo pump; extraction via Centrifusion‍
Wireless ConnectivityNo‍
Voltage 120V
Warranty 1-year
Watts1350W‍
Other FeaturesEnergy saving Automatic shutoff after 9 minutes, 15-second heat-up, removable drip tray with 4 position settings (plus removed) for various cup sizes, programmable water hardness

Pros And Cons Of Vertuo Machine

Pros Cons 
Offer different coffee sizes and brew beverages with various flavorsCoffee is not too hot
Sturdy construction prevents it from breakage Cannot work with third-party capsules
It scans the capsules barcode and delivers the best in-cup results without setting foot in a coffee shopVertuo pods are expensive
Fast brew time—-
Deliver high-quality espresso and great coffee drinks with a touch of a button—-
Has a sleek, compact, and modern design—-
The brewed espresso drink, time after time, has the same quality—-
It adjusts the brewing parameters on its own—-
It comes with a complimentary starter set of capsule assortment—-
Has 12 spent capsule capacity—-
Has 15 seconds fast heat-up time—-

Espresso Machine Vs. Coffee Machine

Espresso machines pass hot water through uniform coffee grounds. They use powerful pressure pumps (15-19 bar), standard temperature, and high speed to extract balanced espresso shots within 25-30 seconds. They use dark, light, or medium roasted beans and make 2-ounce shots with a strong taste and color. Espresso machines can be of two types:

Coffee machines pass hot water through coffee grounds (either fine or coarse) and filters. They make acidic and bright coffee beverages in 5 oz cups to 60 oz carafes. The brewing process takes 2-30 minutes. Coffee machines can be of two types;

What Is The Difference Between Espresso And Coffee?

Coffee:  In coffee preparation, coffee grounds (coarse or fine) are evenly spread in the filter and the machine brews them. The machine passes hot water through filters and grounds.

Espresso: In espresso preparation, the brewer passes hot water through fine coffee grounds and delivers concentrated shot.

The other notable differences between coffee and espresso are as follows;

  • Coffee has 80 to 185 mg caffeine content in 8 oz cups while espresso has 40-75 mg caffeine content in 1 oz shot.
  • Coffee types include; drip coffee and filter coffee while espresso can be without milk or milk-based (latte, macchiato, cappuccino, etc.) or water-based (Americano, etc).
  • The coffee serving amount is 5 oz cups to 60 oz carafe while the espresso serving amount is 1-2 oz.
  • Coffee brewing time is 6-12 minutes while espresso takes only 20-30 seconds. 

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee And Espresso Maker Overview

Nespresso offers two lines of machines; OriginalLine and VertuoLine.

OriginalLine Machines: These machines extract perfect flavor and premium aroma from coffee capsules via a powerful 19-bar pressure pump.

VertuoLine machines: use the Centrifusion technique, scan the capsule’s barcode, and vigorously run the capsule at 7000 RPM to extract the authentic flavor. It also brews coffee up to 17 oz. 

OriginalLine machines are better than VertuoLine machines because;

Besides these, VertuoLine coffee makers are worthy dual brewers; they brew espresso, Double espresso, gran lungo, coffee, or other beverages in different sizes. 

Design And Construction — Elegant & Durable

The Nespresso Vertuo machine is available in red, titanium, black, and black matte. I ordered the black matte machine as this color is compatible with my kitchen cabinets. However, its all colors can decorate your kitchen very well. When I unboxed this espresso maker, its sleek and elegant design was quite an eye soothing. With an 8.3 “W x 11.9 “D x 11.0 “H‍ dimension, it easily fits on my kitchen countertop and does not take much counter space. It weighs 10.9 lbs, so I did not have trouble moving it around.

Set up Process — Simple & Easy

I set up the machine according to the instructions mentioned in the user manual. The setup process was relatively easy and took only 10 minutes. According to the manual, I cleaned the water tank, filled it with fresh water, and turned on the middle button. The whole cleaning process is completed within 10 minutes. If you order the machine with Aeroccino3 frother, then clean the frother’s lid, whisk, seal, and interior manually.

Nespresso Vertuo How To Use — Hassle-Free Brewing Process

After cleaning, my coffee machine is ready to brew. I turned on the machine; it started to heat up. It was quite surprising that it took only 15 seconds for pre-heating. After this, I inserted the Vertuo coffee pod (for making coffee), closed the lever, pressed the start button, and the machine did the rest. The delivered coffee is superb and stronger than any other coffee machine. The coffee was not too hot, so who drinks coffee that hot? Pre-warm the coffee cup with hot water. Each capsule has its preferred brew sizes, such as;

  • Espresso— 1.35 oz
  • Double Espresso — 2.7 oz
  • Gran Lungo — 5 oz
  • Coffee— 8 oz
  • Alto— 14 oz
  • Carafe — 17 oz

The Vertuo Nespresso machine scans the capsule barcode and independently adjusts the water volume, flow rate, rotational speed (7000 RPM), temperature, and water contact time. The spinning feature ensures perfect extraction and delivers full-bodied espresso and coffee, thanks to Nespresso’s Centrifusion technology. When I made espresso (the process is the same as used for coffee preparation), the machine delivered me a high-quality shot topped with a perfect crema than any other espresso machine. The brewed espresso drink time after time has the same quality and taste. Add ice to your drink to create your favorite iced coffee and enhance its flavor. Moreover, the movable cup support offers 4 positions, prevents spillage, and allows you to accommodate small espresso cups, travel mugs, and coffee cups.

If you want to enjoy a latte, cappuccino, or other milk beverages, pair your Vertuo smart coffee maker with Nespresso one-touch Aeroccino frother

Nespresso Vertuo Pods — VertuoLine Nespresso Pods

If you have a grinder and want to grind your whole coffee beans on your own, then you can also use reusable stainless steel Nespresso pods.

How To Make Coffee And Espresso With A VertuoLine Coffee Machine?

The Vertuo machine delivers perfect single-serve coffee and espresso.

For single-serve coffee:

  • Turn on the machine and allow it to heat for 15 seconds.
  • Adjust the drip tray according to your cup size and place the desired coffee cup under the coffee outlet.
  • Insert the pod (specific for coffee, i.e. 8 oz) and close the lever.
  • The machine will deliver the perfect cup of coffee with hazelnut color into your coffee cup within 90-105 seconds.
  • Once the process is completed, the machine will automatically eject the capsule.
  • Turn on the machine and allow it to heat for 15 seconds.
  • Adjust the drip tray according to your cup size and place the desired coffee cup under the coffee outlet.
  • Insert the pod (specific for coffee, i.e. 8 oz) and close the lever.
  • The machine will deliver the perfect cup of coffee with hazelnut color into your coffee cup within 90-105 seconds.
  • Once the process is completed, the machine will automatically eject the capsule.

For Espresso:

The entire process is the same as followed for coffee preparation except, instead of coffee pods, place the espresso pod (1.35 oz) in your Vertuo machine. The machine will deliver a well-balanced espresso shot with a strong aroma and airy crema into your cup. The whole process will complete in 35-52 seconds. For more detail, watch the below video;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFX-OeM

Can You Make Double Espresso With a Vertuoline Coffee Machine?

The Vertuo machine can make double espresso with its Double Espresso Scuro Vertuo Pod. Each Vertuo pod offers specific brew size such as; 

  • Espresso — 1.35 oz
  • Double Espresso — 2.7 oz
  • Gran lungo — 5 oz
  • Coffee — 7.8 oz
  • Alto  — 14 oz 
  • Carafe — 17 oz

Simply, insert the Double Espresso Chiaro pod into the machine, and press the start button, and the machine will read the capsule’s barcode and deliver your desired drink within two minutes.

Cleaning— Require Low Maintenance

I did not like cleaning the machine regularly as it was tiresome work. Vertuo smart coffee maker is helpful as the user decides when to clean the machine. It does not require frequent cleaning and has low maintenance requirements. According to the manual, 

  • I emptied the capsule container once it became full.
  • I removed the water tank, cleaned it, filled it with fresh water, and pressed the button three times. 
  • The cleaning mode is activated, and the cleaning process is completed within 10 minutes. 
  • However, if you use a separate frother, clean it after every use. 

Nespresso Vertuo Descaling — Fast and Easy Process

Vertuo coffee and espresso machine requires descaling every 6 months and will take only 20 minutes. When I descaled my machine, I learned it is a relatively fast and easy process. The button started to blink, and at first, I got worried, but when I consulted the user manual, I realized that it was a descaling alert. So, I descaled my machine according to the manual’s instructions. The descaling process includes;

  • Empty the capsule container.
  • Fill the water tank with a descaling solution.
  • Press and hold the button seven times to activate the descaling mode.
  • Turn the lever into the lock position, place the container under the coffee outlet, and the machine will run the descaling process automatically. For step by step process, watch the below video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaaR volcano

Price

Before buying, I searched for the Vertuo coffee and espresso machine in many online stores. It costs different in different stores. Its price is $159 on Amazon, $209 on Nespresso.com, and $259 on Bed Bath Beyond. I bought this machine from Amazon as it is a reliable and trustworthy store. The Vertuo coffee and espresso machine are great because they offer easy brewing, cleaning, and descaling. It scans the capsule’s barcode and delivers the best in-cup results without setting foot in a coffee shop. 

Extra features

  • The Vertuo single-serve coffee machine saves energy as it automatically turns off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
  • Some VertuoLine models come with a one-touch Aeroccino milk frother and deliver high-quality hot and cold milk froth.
  • It has a large capsule container and can accommodate 12 used capsules, so you don’t need to clean it regularly.
  • It offers different coffee sizes such as 5 oz, 8 oz, 3.7 oz, etc.
  • It comes with a complimentary starter set of capsule assortment, including a wide range of Nespresso Vertuo pods with unique aromatic characteristics.

Comparison Among Vertuoline Nespresso Machines

We compared the 5 vertuo machines and the results are as follows;

Product

Get it 

Large coffee cup sizes

0.3-17 oz

0.3-17 oz

0.3-17 oz

0.3-17 oz

0.3-17 oz

Water tank capacity

40 oz

40 oz

37 oz

60 oz

54 oz

Spent capsule capacity

12 used capsules

10 used capsules

10 used capsules

10 used capsules

17 used capsules

Heat-up time

15 seconds

20 seconds

25 seconds

20 seconds

15 seconds

Dimension

9W x 12.3D x

9W x 12.3D x

5.5W x 16.9D

16.88W x

9W x 12.3D x

in inches

12.2H

x 12.7H

x 12.4H

5.59D x 12.79H

12.2H

Weight

10.9 pounds

10.1 pounds

8.8 pounds

10.1 pounds

11 pounds

Power consumption

1350 W

1300 W

1350 W

1300 W

1350 W

Auto-off feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Extra feature

One-touch operation

One-touch operation

Wireless connectivity, made of recycled material

Adjustable drip tray, an extra large water reservoir

Movable cup support

Price

Nespresso Vertuo Espresso Machine Vs Nespresso Vertuo Next

Both machines are quite similar in many aspects, but they also have some differences, as mentioned in the above table;

  • Vertuo has a 40 oz water reservoir, while Vertuo Next has a 37 oz water reservoir.
  • Vertuo has a large capsule container that can accommodate 12 used capsules, while Vertuo Next has 10 used capsule capacity.
  • Vertuo has a fast 15 seconds heat-up time, while Vertuo Plus takes 20 seconds for heat-up.

Nespresso Vertuo Espresso Machine Vs Nespresso Vertuo Plus

Both machines are quite similar in many aspects, but they also have some differences, as mentioned in the above table;

  • Vertuo has a 40 oz water reservoir, while Vertuo Plus has a 37 oz water reservoir.
  • Vertuo has a large capsule container that can accommodate 12 used capsules, while Vertuo Plus has 10 used capsule capacity.
  • Vertuo has a fast 15 seconds heat-up time, while Vertuo Next takes 25 seconds for heat-up.

Is The Vertuo Nespresso Machine For You?

The Vertuo Nespresso machine is best for you if you want to brew your long coffees effortlessly. The barcode scanning, 40 oz water reservoir, 15 seconds fast heat-up time, auto-off feature, and ability to brew both espresso and coffee make it one of the best single-serve espresso machines.

  • If you want a more compact and slim machine, then one of the new VertuoLine machines, Vertuo Next, will suit you. It is a feature-rich model, has a 5.5″ width, and delivers drinks with a touch of a button. 
  • If you want a machine with a large water reservoir, check out VertuoPlus Deluxe, which has a 60 oz water reservoir, or Evoluo, which has a 57 oz water tank capacity. 
  • If you want to brew espresso and long coffees in a better way or with better quality and taste, search out the Keurig K-classic coffee maker. It allows you to brew high-quality drip coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and long coffee without setting foot in a coffee shop. 
  • On the other hand, if you are not fond of long coffee and consume less coffee, then the Nespresso CitiZ espresso machine will suit you. It brews ristretto, espresso, and lungo and is also compatible with inexpensive third-party Nespresso capsules. However, it lacks a milk frother, so if you want to make lattes, cappuccinos, macchiato, etc., you must buy a standalone milk frother
  • If you want to grind your whole fresh beans on your own and brew great-tasting coffee and Espresso, 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 search for Instant Pod that allows you to brew coffee with Nespresso pods and Keurig K-cup pods.
  • If you want to manually control your drink or frothing process, then one of the Creatista machines is the best option. 

If you want a machine with an integrated frother and a wide variety of preset beverages, check out one of the Lattissima series.

Alternatives for the Vertuo Machine

Essenza Mini is one of the compact Nespresso machines with a 23 oz water reservoir and 25 seconds heat-up time. It allows you to brew short espresso shots (1.35 oz) and long Lungo shots (3.7 oz). It is easy to use and clean and is compatible with Nespresso Original-Line pods and third-party capsules. Unfortunately, it lacks a milk frother, so if you want to brew latte, macchiato, or cappuccino, you must buy a separate one.

With a sleek design and 33.8 oz water reservoir, the CitiZ & Milk coffee machine delivers perfect ristretto, lungo, and espresso shots. It is paired with an Aeroccino milk frother and delivers splendid froth for your drinks. It also has 25 seconds fast heat-up time, 9-minutes auto-shutoff time, 8.9 lbs weight, and 8.6" width.

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

FAQs

Is Nespresso Vertuo Being Discontinued?

No, the Vertuo Nespresso machine is not discontinued and is available on Amazon, Nespresso and other online stores. Although some websites have mentioned it is discontinued, it is widely available on online stores. 

Is The Vertuo Nespresso Machine Worth It?

If brewing speed and drink quality is your main concern, the Vertuo machine is a great option. The barcode scanning, 40 oz water reservoir, barcode scanning, 15 seconds fast heat-up time, and auto-off feature make it the perfect single-serve coffee machine. It brews a slightly hotter cup and delivers the perfect cup of coffee or alto, single and double espresso shots, or other beverages in the comfort of your home, thanks to Nespresso’s Centrifusion technology.

What Is The Difference Between Nespresso And Nespresso Vertuo?

Both OriginalLine and VertuoLine models brew high-quality drinks. They are similar in many aspects but there are also many factors that differentiate them such as; 

  • OriginalLine Nespresso Machines extract perfect flavor and premium aroma from coffee capsules via a powerful 19-bar pressure pump. Nespresso Vertuo-Line machines scan the capsule’s barcode and vigorously run the capsule at 7000 RPM to extract the authentic flavor. It also brews coffee up to 17 oz. 
  • Original machines use original line and third-party capsules, while VertuoLine machines are only compatible with Vertuo capsules.
  • OriginalLine machines deliver hotter coffee than VertuoLine machines.

Which Nespresso Vertuo Is The Best?

The Vertuo machine is best if you want to brew your long coffees effortlessly. The barcode scanning, 40 oz water reservoir, 15 seconds fast heat-up time, auto-off feature, and ability to brew both Espresso and coffee make it the perfect single-serve coffee machine. If you want a more compact and slim machine, then the feature-rich Vertuo Next with a 5.5″ width will suit you. If you want a machine with a large water reservoir, VertuoPlus Deluxe with a 60 oz water reservoir or Evoluo with a 57 oz water tank capacity is a great option. If you want to brew Espresso and drip-style coffee, look for Vertuo Plus.

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