The 11 Best Coffee Makers for Working from Home (2022)
Here you can find a comprehensive buying guide to ensure you find the best of the best when it comes to coffee makers for your home office.
Updated: January 13, 2022
Nespresso has been a revolution for coffee lovers and new entries into the hobby. The concept was simple: a capsule containing a specific blend of coffee that is fed to a specialized machine that got you a coffee, an espresso, or other blends with a single push of a button.
While some people might be skeptical of switching over to Nespresso after what could be years of using other brewing methods, it might be important to note how many changes the Nespresso capsule has undergone over the years. From other brands releasing their own lines, to new capsules and machines, this list will go over some of the best Nespresso Makers while touching on what features set each unit apart.
Despite starting in the 1980s, Nespresso started really taking off in the mid-2000s to early 2010s. The main Nespresso capsule lines consist of the original Nespresso capsule, which dominated the market until other brands began manufacturing their own capsules in 2012 and 2013. This meant newer machines by different brands as well, all utilizing the same Nespresso-type capsule.
Starting in 2014, Nespresso released their current Vertuo line of capsules with their own specialized machines. While Nespresso Original utilized a sealed capsule brewed with high-pressure hot water, the Vertuo line uses centrifugal force to blend coffee within the capsule while using a code scanning system to properly adjust water temperature, infusion time, volume, and flow of water.
While these are two fundamentally different systems with different brewing techniques, both machines can brew espressos and other types of coffee. To make it easier for you, we’ve listed down several Nespresso machines based on our premium and value picks as well as the factors that make each machine different, from classic Nespresso to their newer Vertuo line of coffee machines.
Best Premium Choice for Vertuo
Starting off this list is one of the best machines developed by Nespresso for the Vertuo Line, the Vertuo Plus Deluxe developed with De’longhi. Smart, sleek, and easy to use, the Vertuo Plus Deluxe combines a lot of the features found in the standard Vertuo Line machines but with added functionality for those exceptionally particular with their coffee.
The Vertuo Plus Deluxe by De’longhi is an exceptionally powerful system that makes use of the exclusive Vertuo Line of capsules that Nespresso uses. Ideally, this machine would be apt for those coffee lovers who enjoy quality brewed beverages but lack the time to craft them manually. The Vertuo Plus Deluxe by De’longhi simplifies this through a single-touch brewing method, which is accompanied with Nespresso’s smart Vertuo capsule line, can craft you the ideal espresso, lungo, or full coffee in no time at all.
Keeping in line with the smart brewing brand that Nespresso has created with the Vertuo Line, the Vertuo Plus Deluxe by De’longhi also has fast smart heating for the perfect brew and “coffee crema” amount, while also featuring an automatic energy-saving shut-off system after 9 minutes of non-usage. The Vertuo Plus Deluxe also features an extra-large 60-ounce water tank you can go longer without the need for consistent refills as well as a motorized capsule compartment for automatic loading.
Despite being an ideal Vertuo capsule brewer, the Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe is not without its drawbacks. This particular machine comes in slightly more expensive than the entry line Vertuo machines due to its accompanying Aeroccino3 milk frother, essentially paying the premium due to this additional accessory.
Moreover, despite being one of the more premium items on the Vertuo Nespresso line of machines, the Vertuo Plus Deluxe isn’t the newest model released. That honor goes to the Vertuo Next machines, which we will discuss next in this article.
Despite some drawbacks regarding its newness, the Vertuo Plus Deluxe is a fantastic choice for those who want an extra sleek and premium coffee machine that’s as simple to use as a click of a button. The varied coffee brewing possibilities with this machine, when used alongside the Vertuo Line capsules, grant it a much-needed place in your kitchen.
Best Value Choice for Vertuo
For those who are looking to explore the Nespresso Vertuo line of capsules but don’t want to necessarily break the bank, the best machine for you would be the Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’longhi. Coming from the same manufacturer as the Vertuo Plus Deluxe, the Vertuo Next combines the Nespresso trademark simplicity with some updated features to bring it further into the digital era.
Like all Vertuo coffee machines, the Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’longhi uses centrifusion brewing to better brew coffee towards the exact specifications you want for your cup. Moreover, the coffee machine also features a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled system in order to ensure that the system within the Nespresso Vertuo Next is updated in real-time.
Another interesting aspect of the Nespresso Vertuo Next is that it is partially made of recycled materials, where roughly 54% of the machine uses materials that would have gone to waste if unused. Coupled with Nespresso’s currently pod recycling program, you can take comfort in the fact that your coffee is working towards a more sustainable future.
Lastly, despite all these features, the Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’longhi remains one of the cheaper machines available within the Vertuo line of machines. Coming in just around $150, this machine remains one of the best entryways into the Nespresso Vertuo pod ecosystem.
When you have a lower-priced item, it’s best to see what the item lacks first to find out why the price is low in the first place. One of the clearest omissions in this package compared to our premium pick is the lack of an included milk frother. While an Aeroccino would be useful to have in the kitchen, having to buy an extra accessory would turn off some of the more budget-conscious coffee drinkers out there.
Even without an Aeroccino, the Nespresso Vertuo Next line of machines is your best bet to experiencing the Vertuo coffee pod difference. Coupled with the fact that the machine is both sustainable and Wi-Fi enabled, you’re for sure to have a quality and well-designed coffee machine with the Nespresso Vertuo Next in your kitchen.
Best Premium Choice for Classic Nespresso
Now that we’ve covered the Vertuo line of coffee machines that Nespresso has developed, we can dive into the deep world of original Nespresso capsules and their corresponding machines. The system is simple, elegant, and produces good coffee in a pinch. What better way to start than with our pick for the most premium Nespresso original machine out there: the Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville.
The Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso Machine by Breville is truly a sight to behold when you see one in person. Finished with a sleek stainless-steel design, the Nespresso Creatista Plus ensures a good coffee brew with any of its three one-button push coffee settings: ristretto, espresso, or lungo. Even these cup sizes can be reprogramed to suit the needs of the brewer.
Able to contain about 1.5L of water between uses, the Nespresso Creatista also includes a built-in milk frother that can froth or steam your milk in just under 20 seconds. These several key features can enable even a modest home barista to start crafting cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos with ease.
The Nespresso Creatista Plus saves on cleaning for the conscious homeowner by having easily cleanable drip trays, which also function as a stand for a variety of mug sizes. The machine also has an energy-saving function, which saves on electricity usage by turning off after 9 minutes of non-use.
One of the trickiest parts about investing in a higher-end machine like the Nespresso Creatista Pro is easily the price. Brand new units can set back coffee drinkers at almost $900, with some of the rarer colorways going for more.
Another aspect of the machine that may turn some prospective buyers off is the size of the brewer. Departing from the sleek black plastic polymer molding that the other Nespresso machines use, the Nespresso Creatista Plus leans towards the classic espresso machine aesthetic that many traditional espresso brewers have. While this may be appealing to some, those looking for that classic monochromatic compact look might be a little disappointed.
The Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso Machine by Breville is really a work of art when it comes to its design and functionality. Though it does lean towards the more expensive side, those with money to spare or willing to invest in something both functional and aesthetically pleasing, the Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville is a fantastic choice.
Best Value Choice for Classic Nespresso
Sometimes you don’t need all the bells and whistles when it comes to drinking coffee. In fact, one of the largest draws Nespresso has been the fact that it essentially boils down the brewing process to one simple click of the button. With that in mind, some people might just need the absolute bare minimum to start using the Nespresso original pod. For these people, we recommend the Nespresso Inissia by De’longhi.
While not exactly the first Nespresso machine in the market, the Nespresso Inissia comes close to being the most recognizable. The simple pod insertion and brewing time through the Nespresso original’s high-pressure hot water makes it one of the fastest and least intricate ways to brew a single-serve coffee or espresso at any given time.
Even though the Nespresso Inissia boasts simplicity and minimalism, there remains a lot of functionality within its system. For starters, the machine has an automatic shut-off function in the event the brewer goes 9 minutes without use, useful for those trying to keep energy bills low. Secondly, the two main buttons for espresso or lungo are fully programmable, allowing you to personalize your coffee cup volume the way you like it.
The machine stands roughly 32 centimeters tall, 12 centimeters high, and 23 cm deep, making it very compact and packable whenever you need it on or off the kitchen counter. Moreover, the price of the machine itself is so much lower than some of the higher versions. This reduces the barrier for entry for a Nespresso-type coffee machine by such a great amount by comparison.
Sometimes a product’s main feature can also be its main detraction. Because of the Nespresso Inissia’s simplicity, it’s hard to get any more creative with the way the pod is brewed. Compared to other machine lines like the Creatista Plus, the Nespresso Inissia has no built-in milk frother nor additional serving sizes beyond the two programmable buttons.
Also, compared to other Nespresso Original machine lines, the Nespresso Inissia takes a bit longer to brew a drink from the capsule. Though you still definitely cut time on a coffee brew compared to traditional brewing methods, the time saved is much reduced compared to other Nespresso Original machines.
For the minimalist out there who enjoys a no-frills approach to life (but still enjoys a good cup of morning coffee), the Nespresso Inissia is definitely the machine for you. The machine is just as capable of brewing the same quality Nespresso pod espresso, with some limitations on variability, with some handy space-saving and efficient functionality.
But even if you’re not a minimalist, the Nespresso Inissia remains one of the most popular versions out there due in large part to its simplicity, ease of use, and relative affordability by comparison.
Best Choice for Brand Flexibility (Keurig + Nespresso)
Moving away from some of the direct branded machines that Nespresso has developed, we have the Instant Pod Espresso Machine. As we’ve mentioned previously, Nespresso’s patent had expired by the year 2012/2013, giving a new rise of third-party Nespresso-like capsule manufacturers looking to tap into the Nespresso machine owning crowd.
Going beyond that trend and looking forward, the folks at Instant saw that the market would soon be looking for non-Nespresso branded machines to start brewing their pods as well as rival coffee pods, Keurig K Pods. As such, the Instant Pod Espresso Machine was born.
As we’ve touched on briefly above, the Instant Pod Espresso machine varies greatly from other Nespresso machines as it can brew both the classic Nespresso original pods as well as the equally classic Keurig K Pods. While both pods essentially operated and brew the same way (ie. hot water at high pressures), neither one can be used with each other’s rival machines. This meant you can’t use a Nespresso pod with a Keurig machine and vice versa.
The Instant Pod Espresso machine solves this problem by essentially having two ports on the top of the machine: one for Keurig pods and one for Nespresso pods. While this is essentially a pretty simple workaround, the execution by Instant Pod Espresso machines is particularly adept in producing a quality coffee.
Versatility is definitely a large aspect of what makes the Instant Pod Espresso so attractive for coffee pod enjoyers. As such, the machine also includes several brewing amounts, ranging from 2 to 6 ounces for Nespresso capsules and 8 to 12 ounces for Keurig pods.
Even if you don’t have either, the Instant Pod Espresso machine comes with an empty reusable pod so you can brew your own espresso using coffee grounds you might have at home.
Simply put, a key drawback something like this would have would be its lack of support from either Nespresso or Keurig themselves. The machines of these companies are specially built with their capsules in mind. If something goes wrong with your machine, neither company can support you as the machine essentially didn’t come from there (though Instant, the company behind this coffee brewer, has a decent customer line regarding all their products).
For those interested in exploring the coffee pod world but not sure about which route to take in terms of brands, the Instant Pod Espresso Maker removes the trouble from the situation so you can worry less and enjoy coffee more. While you don’t have the same guarantees as to the Nespresso and Keurig brands, the Instant Pod Espresso machines have the benefit of using systems and designs that have been in place for a long time now and will likely stay that way.
There are many options for machines out there for the budding Nespresso shopper or the seasoned Nespresso brewer. Moreover, each development step we take towards innovation means better coffee innovations as well, so expect to see more lists down the line as coffee makers continue to strive for that perfect cup of coffee.