Nespresso Vertuo Review

Nespresso Vertuo Review
  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Noise
  • Maintenance
  • Ease of Use


The Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine deserves all the praise it’s been getting. It’s efficient, eco-friendly, fast, convenient, and so damn user friendly that you could probably use it with your sleep mask and jammies still on.

If there was one significant oversight with Nespresso’s original Pod system, it’s got to be the fact that it’s geared towards brewing smaller shots of lungo, espresso, and pretty much any drink type. But with the brand new Vertuo system, Nespresso pod machines now deliver larger, longer and much richer drinks. It’s one of the best capsule or pod machines on the UK market at the moment.

Today, I take a look at their eco-friendly, versatile and user friendly model – Nespresso Vertuo. Read on to learn more in my comprehensive review of this new Nespresso coffee machine.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine review

What I like

  • Fast heat time
  • Larger sized cups
  • One-touch brewing
  • Design

What I don’t like

  • More expensive capsules
  • Not compatible with the old system

What are you buying?

In the coffee realm, I think aluminium pods often get a bad rep – like the less gifted younger sibling of the caffeine family. But Nespresso has found a way to make their coffee so good that even exclusive bean lovers might just get fooled.

The Nespresso Vertuo is a sleek, convenient, and haughty self-contained coffee maker that marks the revolution of the pod system. Making use of patented centrifusion extraction technology, the pods are spun up to 7000 rotations a minute to blend the coffee with the water and produce richer crema.

But it’s the ability to produce different (and larger) coffee cup sizes that really impressed me. You’ve got the usual 40 ml espresso and 150 ml grand lungo before moving on to a hearty 250 ml mug and the big boy’s 414 ml full brew alto.

All achieved with three different capsule sizes. But bad news for anyone with the original system – turns out these new pods are not compatible with the original Nespresso machines.

How easy is it to use?

It’s a brand new system with a ton of new technology guys; of course it’s going to be much easier to use. Plus, it’s already a coffee pod machine which means it’s 10 times easier to use than those bean to cup models.

For one, Nespresso used an intelligent extraction system which allows for automatic blend recognition. It identifies each Nespresso pod by the barcode on the capsule and adjusts brewing parameters accordingly. This translates to best in cup results every time at the touch of a button – no need to fiddle with the settings every morning.

Once brewing is done, the capsule is ejected automatically and can be recycled to help conserve our environment. There’s a reason why the machine is self-contained. The capsule container holds up to 13 large capsules while the water tank has a capacity of 1.2 litres.

This means that once everything is loaded in, all I have to do is press one button and me and my guests can enjoy a few rounds of cupped lighting before having to fill her up again.

What accessories are included?

I see you’re well into making your decision to buy the Nespresso Vertuo coffee maker. Here’s a list of everything that comes with the purchase:

  • Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine
  • Instruction manual
  • Complimentary set of 12 capsules

While not really an included accessory, it’s worth noting that most people who bought the Vertuo machine also bought some Legato coffee capsules and a HiveNets Nespresso capsule drawer.

Key features of Nespresso Vertuo


  • Fast and almost immediate heat time (20 seconds)
  • Produces larger sized cups
  • Simple one-touch brewing
  • Great, sleek design


  • Slightly expensive to run
  • Not compatible with the old nespresso system

Anything else you should know?

There’s no question about it; Nespresso’s new Vertuo system is worth all the hype and then some. But it’s not called a system for nothing. Trust me when I say, it can become very tough to get away from Nespresso’s monopolistic way of doing things.

For instance, this particular machine will only work with the new Nespresso pods. That’s right, no more third party loopholes. And keeping in mind just how costly those Nespresso capsules are, your morning espresso habit could really add up. Combine that with their preference for branded mugs and you see what I’m talking about?


The Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine deserves all the praise it’s been getting. It’s efficient, eco-friendly, fast, convenient, and so damn user friendly that you could probably use it with your sleep mask and jammies still on. The coffee itself tastes good enough to ignore the fact that there are no milky drinks.

So if you can overlook the overly high cost of the capsules and Nespresso’s selfish pod system, then you’re in for some rich, gorgeous coffee with minimal effort and environmental impact. Just make sure you’re ready to sign up to Nespresso’s modus operandi.

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