What is the difference between the Nespresso Vertuo machines?

Trying to navigate the minefield that is Vertuo machine models can be a very daunting venture. With so many versions on the market and sparkly new ones constantly being produced, it can be extremely challenging to decipher what the differences are between the various machines available and determine which one will suit you best.

To save you time wading through the endless ocean that is Vertuo machine information on the internet (we see you with your 1000 tabs open!) we've simplified everything and compiled the vital details into one comprehensive guide - you're welcome!

What is the difference between VertuoLine pod machines, & which one makes the best coffee?

HISTORY

In 2014, Nespresso released their first-generation VertuoLine machine model. This first VertuoLine didn’t come highly recommended, supposedly due to a critical design flaw - the coffee brewed wasn't hot enough for the majority of users. Nespresso took all the complaints about the original VertuoLine and fixed them with the release of the Evoluo machine in 2015. The Evoluo fixed the initial issue by brewing coffee at a hotter temperature, and also featured an updated design (larger water tank and used capsule drawer) that provided a better experience. 

In 2017, the VertuoPlus machine was introduced to the Vertuo range. In addition to updated technology (motorised head), the VertuoPlus had a rotating water tank to adjust and fit different spaces as well as an updated look, with a much wider range of colours available. It is said that models from this particular line are notorious for leakage issues.

As of 2020, Nespresso has also released the Vertuo Next - Next is narrower than many other Nespresso machines, at a width of 14cm. However it's tank is still large enough to hold around 1.1L of water so you don't have to refill too often. The Vertuo Next gives you up to six brewing options, including up to a 415mL coffee. 

CENTRIFUSION

The Vertuo design doesn't utilise a pump for extraction like other machines. Instead, the range uses a feature called Centrifusion. After the capsule is inserted, the capsule spins up to 7,000 rotations per minute, blending ground coffee with water to produce a thick, foamy "crema".

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VERTUO MODELS

VertuoPlus - The Plus is made of a high-quality plastic. The water reservoir can change position, swivelling to the right, left, or behind the machine body.

VertuoPlus Deluxe - The Deluxe range is also made of high-quality plastic, with a movable water tank. In addition, this model has a slender machine body, and a larger water reservoir. Some design elements have been upgraded, such as the metal rims on the cup holder.

Vertuo Next - The Next is again made from plastic, including 54% recycled plastic. This model has quite a slim-fit, and a heat up time of 30 seconds. 

Whilst bundles and limited edition (colour variants) are subject to change, below we've compiled some of the key options currently available (pricing in AUD, as of the time of writing).

 PRODUCT
& PRICING

INCLUSIONS

SPECS

IMAGE

Vertuo

Nespresso: $299

• Original machine with manual machine head/lever

Container
capacity:
13
Water tank
capacity:
1.1L

The original Vertuo machine (first released in 2017)

Vertuo Evoluo

Bed Bath & Beyond (USA): $349.14

• Original machine with manual machine head/lever

Container
capacity:
17
Water tank
capacity:
1.6L

Verto Evoluo vs VertuoPlus vs VertuoNext

Breville
VertuoPlus

Breville: $125.96

• Round Top machine
• Movable water tank

Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.7L

Breville VertuoPlus vs Delonghi VertuoPlus (round top / flat top machines)

DeLonghi
VertuoPlus

Big W: $179 (promo)

• Flat Top machine
• Movable water tank

Container
capacity:
14
Water tank
capacity:
1.1L
Is the Delonghi VertuoPlus the best pod machine on the market?

Breville
VertuoPlus
Bundle

Big W: $279 (promo)

• Round Top machine
• Movable water tank
• Aeroccino3 Frother

 Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.2L

Breville VertuoPlus round top bundle - what is included, and where to buy

DeLonghi
VertuoPlus
Bundle

Costco: $199.99

• Flat Top machine
• Movable water tank
• Aeroccino3 Frother

Container
capacity:
14
Water tank
capacity:
1.1L

Best deals on DeLonghi VertuoPlus Deluxe in Australia

Breville
VertuoPlus
Deluxe

Myer: $262.65 (sale)

• Round Top machine
• Movable water tank
• Chrome features

Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.8L

Breville VertuoPlus Deluxe vs Vertuo vs Next

DeLonghi
VertuoPlus
Deluxe

Nespresso: $219 (sale)

• Flat Top machine
• Movable water tank
• Chrome features

Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.1L

DeLonghi VertuoPlus: Is the original Vertuo better than the Plus or the Next?

Breville
VertuoPlus
Deluxe Bundle

Nespresso: $229 (sale)

• Round Top machine
• Movable water tank
• Chrome features
• Aerocinno3 Frother

Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.8L 

Breville VertuoPlus Deluxe Bundle - on sale in Australia

DeLonghi
VertuoPlus
Deluxe Bundle

Nespresso: $439 (sale)

• Flat Top machine

• Movable water tank
• Chrome features
• Barista Frother 

 Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.1L

DeLonghi VertuoPlus Deluxe Bundle comes with the new Barista Frother

Vertuo Next
(DeLonghi & Breville)

Nespresso: $169 (sale)

• Chrome features

• Includes a complimentary
12 capsule
starter pack

Container
capacity:
10
Water tank
capacity:
1.1L

NEW Vertuo Next: Is it better than Vertuo & VertuoPlus?

Additional notes when shopping around online: Solo references a machine sold without a milk frother, as opposed to bundles.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AEROCCINO3 AND BARISTA MILK FROTHER

Aeroccino3 Milk Frother (Nespresso $99.00) is a basic model appliance that comes in either white or black and can create hot or cold frothed milk. Hot froth can be achieved by pressing the button once and waiting 70-80 seconds. Cold frothed milk can be created in 60 seconds by pressing the button for 2 seconds until it lights up blue.

Barista Milk Frother (Nespresso $249.00) is an advanced model that comes in grey and can create frothed milk according to your beverage preference. It contains a touch screen system that can be navigated on the appliance directly or through Bluetooth to a designated app. Multiple recipes are available (preparing milk for everything from iced coffees to hot chocolate and mochas), usually taking between 45 seconds to 4 minutes.

Nespresso Barista frother vs Aeroccino3 - the differences, and which one is best

PODS

Nespresso VertuoLine capsules are dome shaped and as a result, don't fit OriginalLine machines. Vertuo capsules come in five different sizes - 40mL Espresso, 80mL Double Espresso, 150mL Gran Lungo, 230mL Mug and 414mL Alto.

Pricing can vary from around 80c per pod, to $1.10 per pod. Alternatively, more and more budget-saavy users are opting to refill their capsules by using the reusable silicone My-Cap tops that are now available (range details below), which reduce the cost of brewing to about 54c per shot (dependant on the ground coffee used).


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