Nespresso machines are a great addition to any kitchen.
They make it easy to create delicious, professional-quality coffee drinks with the touch of a button.
However, before you buy a Nespresso machine, there are a lot of things you should consider.
This can make it hard when trying to find the right Nespresso machine for you and your home. There’s a lot of options out there and often figuring out the differences between them can be overwhelming.
That’s where we come in. We’ve tested numerous Nespresso machines and we’ve created a list of what we think are the 5 BEST Nespresso Machines NZ!
We’ve also included a Nespresso Machine buyer’s guide so you know what questions you need to ask and what you should consider before making your Nespresso Machine buying decision.
The 5 BEST Nespresso Machines NZ
Key specs: OriginalLine | Café-style milk frother | Water tank: 2L
- Premium features
- Dedicated Hot Water Spout for Long Black
- Extract Espresso & Texture milk simultaneously
- Massive capacity for loads of guests
Quite simply the Creatista Pro is the best Nespresso machine on the market. Yes, we know its more expensive than the others, significantly so, however the results are worth the extra investment. This is easily our favourite Nespresso machine available in NZ.
It has an intuitive TFT touch screen display, the dual Thermo JetTM Heating system is fast, we found it heated itself in about 5 seconds and it has 8 pre-programmed and save custom coffee settings.
Everything is adjustable with this machine, whether it be the coffee colume, the milk texture and even the milk temperature. It makes it incredibly easy to get your perfect cup of coffee every time.
You can simultaneously perform milk texturing and extract espresso so making that perfect cup is quick and easy.
And for those who like their coffee black, there’s a dedicated Hot Water Spout for Long Blacks.
We also love how it looks. Its flash and the stainless steel design looks great in any kitchen. This is our favourite Nespresso machine. If you can afford the extra investment, do it.
Key specs: OriginalLine | One-touch button milk frother | 1.3L water tank
- 9 Pure One Touch Recipes
- Programmable water hardness
- Easy to use
- Best looking machine on this list
- Not as good as Creatista Pro
De’Longhi’s Gran Lattissima is a coffee lover’s dream!
This automatic machine comes with a milk system that creates the perfect milk foam for Flat Whites and Cappuccinos. Plus, there are 9 recipes to choose from, making it easy to create cafe-style coffee with just one touch.
The machine alerts you when it needs descaling or cleaning, and automatically switches off after 9 minutes of inactivity to save energy.
With a 1.3L water tank, programmable water hardness, and 19 bar pressure system, the Gran Lattissima makes high quality coffee that is perfectly textured every time.
If it wasn’t for the superb Creatista Pro we would’ve placed the Gran Lattissima at the top of this list. While we though the Creatista looked great we actually think the Gran Lattissima has a sleek design that looks better.
Key specs: VertuoLine | Aerrocino Milk Frother included | 1.1L water tank
- VertuoLine supports 5 cup sizes
- Make coffee as well as espresso
- Barcode reading for perfect blend
- Not compatible with third-party capsules
The De’Longhi Vertuo Next is the only Nespresso machine from the VertuoLine on this list. It’s a great Nespresso machine however we feel that the VertuoLine’s incompatibility with third-party capsules prevents it from being the best Nespresso machine on the market.
What we liked most about this is the price. Not only do you get eh Nespresso machine it also comes with an Aerrocino Milk Frother adding to that great value.
With the Aeroccino frother its easy to create delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
The Vertuo machine, while only compatible with Nespresso capsules, has a barcode reader that ensures perfect extraction every time.
The Flow Stop feature allows you to customize your coffee quantity, while five cup sizes provide the perfect drink for any occasion. Espresso (40ml), Double Espresso (80ml), Gran Lungo (150ml), Mug (230ml) and Carafe 535ml are all supported.
The adjustable cup support fits cups of all sizes, and the automatic capsule ejection means quick and easy cleanup.
If you’re looking for a VertuoLine machine, this is the best available in New Zealand.
Key specs: OriginalLine | Integrated Aeroccino system | 1L water tank
- Rapid heat-up
- An ideal starting place for espresso enthusiasts
- Lacks premium features
The Nespresso Citiz with Milk Espresso Machine bundle is great value at $300.
If you’re just getting into the world of Nespresso machines, this is a great place to start.
It’s fitted with an Aeroccino milk frother, which allows you to experiment with a variety of milk recipes.
The 19 bar extraction system ensures rich, authentic flavor every time, while the automatic standby mode helps reduce energy consumption. Plus, the folding cup holder makes it easy to accommodate taller glasses.
While it doesn’t have all the fancy features we came across with the more expensive models like the Creatista Pro and the Gran Latissima, this is a stylish Nespresso machine that does the job. Perfect for beginners.
Key specs: OriginalLine | 0.6L water tank
- Compact design
- Great price
- Ideal for someone who doesn’t crave espresso
- Small capacity
- No milk based capacbilites
The Essenza Mini is the smallest Nespresso machine on this list. If you don’t have space for a larger machine or you only want a couple coffees a day, then not only is this a great affordable option, it will tuck nicely into a small space.
It doesn’t have a milk frother, so you can’t make milk-based drinks however it’s compact and easy to use.
The Essenza Mini from Breville is the perfect coffee machine for espresso lovers who don’t want to compromise on quality but who don’t want to spend seeral hundred dollars on a machine.
The Essenza Mini’s two programmable cup sizes ensure that if you live with one other person, they’ll get their perfect coffee just the way they like it.
With its minimalist design and compact size, the Essenza Mini is also perfect for kitchens with limited counter space.
Nespresso Machine Buyer’s Guide
Are you in the market for a new Nespresso machine? If so, you’re in luck! This buyer’s guide will teach you everything you need to know before making your purchase.
With so many options out there it can be hard to determine which one is the best, or which one is right for you.
To assist, we’ve compiled a list of questions that you should ask and we’ll explain what you should consider before making your Nespresso machine purchase.
What type of Nespresso Machine are you looking for?
The first thing you need to decide is which Nespresso product line you want your machine to be. There are two different lines, the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine.
Below we talk about the differences between the two.
The difference between OriginalLine and VertuoLine Nespresso machines
The OriginalLine machines are, as the name implies, the original Nespresso machines.
These machines use the original Nespresso capsule design.
They’re designed by Nespresso as well as other brands like DeLonghi, Breville or Kitchenaid, so there’s a lot more options on the market.
OriginalLine machines use pressure pump technology to brew espresso. This means they can make Espresso, Lungo and Ristretto. If the machine has a milk frother they can also make milk based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato.
The main benefit of the OriginalLine Nespresso machines is that they take third-party coffee capsules. Nespresso lost the patent of the original capsule design, meaning third-party brands can make capsules that are compatible. This can save you some money.
There’s more options for machines, seeing as more than one brand makes OriginalLine compatible Nespresso machines.
You cannot make coffee as well as espresso with these machines.
The VertuoLine are newer Nespresso machines. The main difference between these machines and OriginalLine machines is that you can make coffee as well as espresso with a VertuoLine machine. With a VertuoLine machine you can make a long coffee, not possible with an OriginalLine machine.
The capsules for the VertuoLine have been redesigned. This isn’t good for third-party options in that, third-parties don’t make capsules compatible with these machines. However these newer capsules bring with them more advanced technology.
When you put a capsule into a VertuoLine machine, the barcode on the capsule will be scanned and the machine and will recognize the drink you’re trying to brew. It will then change to the optimal settings for that particular drink.
The way the espresso is made is also different in a VertuoLine machine. Instead of using pressure pump technology, VertuoLine machines use Centrifusion in which the capsule is quickly spun and covered with water to extract the coffee. This helps get all of the flavour out for maximum taste.
You can make coffee and espresso with these machines.
No alternative capsules. And Nespresso capsules can get quite expensive.
Nespresso OriginalLine VertuoLine comparison
|Extraction Method||Pressure Pump||Centrifusion|
|Max/min brew sizes||9mL – 200mL||9mL – 500mL|
|Capsule Types||1 type||5 types (different sizes)|
|Pod Scanning system||No||Yes|
|3rd Party Capsules||Yes||No|
|3rd Party Machines||Yes||No|
What brew sizes does the Nespresso machine support?
Nespresso machines typically make coffee in 25mL, 40mL or 110mL.
Some machines don’t support the smaller size, or the larger size, coffees.
If you generally only want a 25mL espresso, make sure the machine you choose supports that size. Similarly if you tend to drink larger 110mL espressos, make sure the Nespresso machines supports that.
Does the Nespresso machine come with a milk frother?
A milk frother is a device that attaches to the machine and helps create foamed milk.
Some machines come with a built-in frother, however most don’t.
A lot of Nespresso machines come with a milk frother addon however if a frother is important to you, you’ll probably want a Nespresso machine that has an integrated frother that works with a simple push of a button.
You can even get some machines with a frothing wand like in a cafe.
What other features does the Nespresso Machine have?
Nespresso machines come with different features. Some of these include an automatic shut off, water level indicators or illuminated buttons.