Overall Score 9/10
With the exception of the very entry-level machines Nespresso goes out of their way to produce coffee machines which look good as well as produce good coffee.
The Vertuo Plus is one of their mid-range machines and they have decided to try something a little different from a design perspective by almost separating the water container from the machine itself.
The water container still needs to be linked at the base to the coffee machine in order to pump the water through the capsule and into the glass but they have created the illusion that they are separated which we think looks smart and creates a bit of a point of difference from most other Nespresso machines.
This model combines matt silver and black plastic which works well and creates a classy but understated coffee machine that will sit and look good on any work surface.
A very important point to remember is that this machine does not take Nespresso’s original POD’s, it uses the Vertuo capsules which come in 4 different sizes and have been around since October 2016. These are all covered in the quality of coffee section below.
Nespresso has cleverly built on its mantra of providing high-quality coffee as conveniently as possible. This is a fundamental reason that you will select Nespresso in the first place.
No mess and super easy. With the original capsules, you need to select the coffee that you require, for example, espresso or lungo. It’s a two-touch process which is hardly an issue.
But Nespresso has now taken this one step further removing one of those steps!
No longer do you need to tell the machine what you want, it already knows.
When you insert the capsule into the machine it will read the barcode on the capsule and know exactly how much water to deliver to give you a great cup of coffee regardless of whether it is an espresso or a 400ml mug of coffee.
Pretty amazing really. This truly is a one-touch device.
With the smaller original pod’s you kind of had to “click” them in once inserted into the machine and this is where Nespresso have improved again.
The top glides open ready for the capsule to be inserted and once in you barely need to touch the lever and it will move down on top of the capsule with zero effort required
Two great improvements there in our opinion with the Vertuo capsules vs the original pods.
Once the lid is down, press the button on top and your coffee is delivered.
There are 4 different cup sizes depending on the capsule that you choose to use ranging from 40ml of water for an espresso all the way up to 414ml for a large mug of coffee.
If you prefer more or less water for your Nespresso then all you do is hold down the button when the water is delivered and when you are happy, release and that will be stored forevermore. It’s super easy to personalise exactly how you like it
This particular machine does not come with a milk frother so if your drink of choice is a cappuccino or a latte we would recommend a Nespresso aeroccino which will heat your milk up as quickly as it takes for the coffee machine to deliver your coffee. You won’t be surprised to hear that is also one touch.
This is a 12 out of 10. The capsule goes in and you press one button. The machine knows what type of capsule you have put in so it knows how much water to deliver
This is the ultimate in easy to use
Nespresso has taken it to another level with the Virtuo capsules. The original pods are great but the technology that goes into these is pretty amazing.
When you press the button, the capsule starts to spin at up to 7000 rotations per minute whilst the water pushes through the coffee into your cup
You get the best coffee flavour when the water is evenly distributed through the coffee and it won’t get much better when the coffee spins at that rate.
There are 25 different capsules to choose from across all 4 different sizes of drink.
Something that even the bean to cup manufacturers overlook is how the flavour of your coffee is impaired by over extracting the coffee. Over extraction means pushing too much water through the coffee for the drink type selected.
For example, an espresso generally requires 40ml of water so if you push 60ml of water through then the flavour will not be as good.
Nespresso have that covered by pushing just the right amount of water through the coffee to give the optimum flavour
It’s not so much the cost of the machine that you need to consider but the cost of the coffee capsules.
You have to weigh up the benefit of ultra-convenience against paying twice as much per cup as other methods
This a personal thing and depends on your lifestyle.