Editor’s Picks: Best Nespresso Machines

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

On the hunt for a snazzy new Nespresso, but not sure which machine is best for you? We’ve reviewed three consumer favorites to help you: Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso Essenza, and a DeLonghi machine that uses Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker ($249). Somewhat reminiscent of a 1950s diner jukebox, the CitiZ is as much a great espresso machine as it is a cool accent piece on your kitchen counter. This sleek little machine comes in red, silver, and black, and whips up a perfect cup of espresso every time. It’s super user-friendly, too – just pop in a Nespresso capsule and hit the button. If you’re looking for a milk frother, upgrade to the CitiZ with Aeroccino Milk Frother for just a few bucks more.

Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker ($90.83). Much like the CitiZ, the Essenza will give you a consistently good espresso, using pre-measured Nespresso capsules. Its simple design makes it foolproof to use, making it a great pick for those early mornings when you can’t be bothered to do more than toss in a capsule and press one button. Capsules come in lots of flavors and intensities, and half the fun is experimenting with different flavors in your new machine to find your favorite.

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System ($383.70). If you love the Nespresso capsules, but want to make more than a simple shot of espresso, try the DeLonghi Lattissima. It makes tasty lattes and cappuccinos using your favorite capsule flavors at just the touch of a button. The combination of Nespresso’s capsule technology with DeLonghi’s milk frothing technology makes for a perfect match. Note: some users say the Lattissima doesn’t make a hot enough espresso without running a round of water through it first to heat it up.

Overall, we’ve found that these Nespresso machines are user-friendly and visually pleasing. The brand’s capsules come in many flavors so you’re likely to find at least one that hits the spot, and the handy intensity and flavor wheels (available in stores and online) can help you decide which ones to try. Just make sure you factor in the cost of the capsules while making your decision on which machine to purchase.

Of course, no matter which Nespresso machine you choose, you’re guaranteed its best perk: the serious convenience of a one-touch shot.

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