When it comes to quick lattes, our on-the-go options are unfortunately between the budget breaking Starbuck’s drinks and the subpar but affordable Dunkin’ Donuts beverages. In the last few years, companies have become aware to the demand for luxury coffee beverages that we can make at home. As a response to this demand, Nespresso has a few products on the market. In particular, the Nespresso Inissia Espresso maker is one of their more popular models. Nespresso has invested a lot of resources to make this the best espresso machine on the market, but did they succeed?
We reviewed the Nespresso Inissia and made our determinations. Read on to see the Nespresso Inissia review and how it compares to another Nespresso model. We’ve also have an in-depth review on the best espresso machines under $200.
The Nespresso Inissia – What’s in the Box?
- Nespresso Inissia machine
- Welcome Pack – includes 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules
- Instruction booklet
- Information folder
The package comes with some capsules to get you brewing right away, but doesn’t come with a container to hold or store them. Consider using a dish or even shopping around for a container that matches your kitchen decor. Amazon has a few reasonably priced options for sale. There are also capsule containers made by Nespresso.
Features & Benefits
Nespresso Inissia has great programmable options, a compact design, and a good energy rating (A). Making your morning brew is quick and easy with the Inissia: a quick 25-second heat up time and its auto power-off (after 9 minutes of inactivity) features allow you to make your way out the door in the morning without worrying about whether or not you remembered to shut off your espresso maker.
Customizable and compact are two great features that make Nespresso Inissia one of the most marketable machines available. The Nespresso Inissia model comes in a variety of color options, allowing you to blend this machine seamlessly into your kitchen, and is one of the lightest machines on the market. It is small and can fit on the counter of any size kitchen without taking up too much valuable counter space. The cup/drip tray is adjustable and foldable, so it won’t stick out when not in use and you can fill your to-go cup by making a quick adjustment.
The A-rating for energy efficiency is another great feature of the Inissia. If being sustainable and eco-friendly is important to you, this model has high marks for energy efficiency. The A-rating isn’t the top of the class, as you’ll see when we review the Pixie in the paragraphs following, but considering the all-around benefits of choosing the Inissia, an A for energy is icing on the cake.
If you want to see the Nespresso Inissia in action, you can check out the video below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Inissia make both espresso and coffee?
There is an option after brewing the espresso to add more hot water to your cup, which won’t compromise flavor, but will weaken the strength of the beverage, making it more comparable to brewed coffee.
Is the housing of the machine metal or plastic?
The Nespresso Inissia has a plastic outer casing.
Does it have a thermoblock heater?
Yes. This is what makes the lead up time to hot water so quick. The water is ready to go in about 25 seconds.
Nespresso Inissia Review At One Glance
- Customizable by color
- Small, compact design will fit right into any kitchen
- Programmable buttons
- Auto power off
- 24-ounce water tank
- Fast 15 second heat up
- Great customer service
- Pricey replacement capsules ($0.70 per capsule, but consider first how much a Starbuck’s latte will cost you)
- This modern design is not for everyone.
- Some buyers do not like the flavor of the Nespresso espresso capsules. Consider off-brand options.
- Machine can be a bit noisy.
If you’re not entirely sold on the Inissia, consider it’s close relative, the Nespresso Pixie. While the two are similar, there are some differences that might sway you when it comes down to the final sale.
The Nespresso Pixie
With an impressive energy efficiency rating and lots of programmable options, the Pixie is a great option for home-made espresso for the contemporary caffeine addict with a rustic, industrial sense of style. The compact aluminum-sided machine would look great in a modern, stainless steel kitchen, but wouldn’t take up too much room. Pixie also has an auto power off option for the absent-minded morning person. Similar to the Inissia, the Pixie as a 24-ounce water tank, and programmable 1-touch buttons, as well as a 19-bar pressure pump, giving you a consistent pour for the best-tasting espresso.
The Pixie, however, has a shiny design, and doesn’t give you as many color options as the Nespresso Inissia, but still has a great look and feel. If energy efficiency is important to you, Pixie scored an A -40%, one of the higher energy efficiency scores available. Ironically, the Pixie is slightly larger than the Inissia, but not noticeably so (compare Inissia’s 4.7 x 9 x 12.6 to Pixie’s 4.4 x 9.3x 12.8 and you can hardly tell). Still, Inissia boasts that it is the lightest option.
The biggest factor that might sway your decision is the price difference. We found the Pixie to be a little more expensive than Inissia by about $40 dollars or so on Amazon. Another difference is the empty water tank detection option available on the Pixie. Nespresso Inissia does not have this option, which may be important to you if you’re someone who like their electronics to work for you instead of the other way around. Pixie’s metallic industrial look may be appealing to some, but it depends on your preferences. Inissia is all plastic, but has more vibrant color options to choose from. Ultimately though, you may be making your decision on the price alone.
Our Final Opinion
Although both Nespresso models are relatively similar, the Inissia does offer more color options, making it the most commercially beneficial option for a consumer looking for a mid-range priced espresso machine. We find that the only major downside it has is its lack of the empty water tank detection technology. Beyond that, however, these two models are functionally similar on all specifications. Both boast a 19-bar pressure pump for dispensing espresso, both heat up in an impressive 25 seconds, both are compact and will fit easily on your countertop, and both are programmable. Our best advice is for you to make a determination based on aesthetics and your choice should be clear.
Your Questions, Concerns…
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