Nespresso Vertuo Next vs Nespresso Vertuo Plus: Which single-serve coffee machine delivers your perfect cup?

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Nespresso is one of the biggest names in single serve coffee makers. Also known as pod coffee machines, these use capsules containing ground coffee, which are pierced before pressurized hot water is passed through to brew the coffee, ensuring that it creates far less damage than traditional style espresso machines.

The brand offers two different types of machines; those who take the iconic domed pods, called Nespresso Original, and the Vertuo line. These latest machines take the larger Vertuo capsules, which were first introduced in the US in 2014, and launched in the UK and Australia in 2014. There is more emphasis on the Nespresso Vertuo range as the capsules feature barcodes, which contain information about the volume and temperature of water during brewing, as well as other parameters. This guarantees the perfect cup of java every time.

As there are a number of Vertuo-compatible machines on sale (including the brand’s newest and most affordable option, the Nespresso Vertuo Next and its high end Nespresso VertuoPlus), you may have a hard time deciding which one is right for you. There is not much difference between the two models, it is mainly the design, but there are a few aspects that we must explain to you. So, in true TechRadar style, we’ve tested them head-to-head (and taken unpredicted levels of high-quality caffeine) to help you decide.

The Nespresso Vertuo Next on a counter surrounded by coffee and Vertuo capsules

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Best Nespresso Vertuo Next and Nespresso Vertuo Plus offers

Read on to find out how these two air fryers compare – or, if you’ve already decided which of the two you want to buy, check out the best prices for each right now:

Price

Okay, let’s start with the cost: Nespresso’s single serve coffee makers are more affordable than traditional style espresso machines, like a barista would in a cafe, because they don’t have a portafilter and are therefore much less messy and easier to clean. keep clean. The Vertuo Next will set you back $169 / £149 / AU$269.

Now there are two models of Nespresso Vertuo Plus, which is slightly larger than the Vertuo Next. In the US and Australia, both models are made by Breville and De’Longhi, while in the UK they are made by Krups and Magimix. Whichever design you choose, the Nespresso Vertuo Plus is priced at $159 / £179 / AU$299.

Nespresso claims there are no differences between the two models other than a slightly different footprint.

If you don’t know why there are two models, you’re where we are right now. We’ve approached Nespresso and asked them to explain why there are design differences between versions of the Vertuo Plus, and why they’re made by different brands around the world, but they haven’t responded yet.

But in terms of what matters to you – functionality and price are identical, so you can buy a Vertuo Plus regardless of which model you get.

(Just to confuse things, there’s also a Vertuo Plus Deluxe/Vertuo Plus Limited Edition, which brings a metal cup holder, metal accents, and larger water reservoir and is priced at $189/$199 £ / AU$329 – but we’re focusing on the standard version for this comparison).

What about the competition? Well, Nespresso coffee machines are the only single-serve coffee makers available in the world, so it’s hard to make a real comparison.

Keurig has a range of machines in the US that are similarly priced – for example, the Keurig K-Supreme coffee maker can brew four different sizes of hot drink from K-Cup pods and costs $159.99 (about £120 / AU$220) but they are not available in the UK or Australia.

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus surrounded by coffee and Vertuo capsules

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Design

These two Nespresso coffee machines certainly look different. The Nespresso Vertuo Next is the smaller of the two machines, measuring 5.5 x 16.8 x 12.4 inches / 14.2 x 42.9 x 31.4 cm.

Its slim design, which is only slightly wider than a coffee mug, makes it ideal even if you’re cramped on the countertop. It comes with a 37 oz / 1 liter water reservoir, which can be removed for easy refilling.

As we already mentioned, the Nespresso Vertuo Plus comes in two versions, although both are larger than the Vertuo Next, at 3 inches wider and they have a 40 oz / 1.1 water tank. liter. To continue? Good, because we’re about to throw the Vertuo Plus Deluxe, known as the Vertuo Plus Limited Edition in the UK, into the mix. Again, there are two models and although they look the same as their standard counterparts, they have larger 60oz / 1.8 liter water tanks, so you won’t need to refilling the coffee machine as frequently, with the sleek metallic accents we’ve already mentioned.

All Vertuo machines, unsurprisingly, take Nespresso’s Vertuo capsules. They are wider and flatter than the iconic ‘original’ pods, but most importantly have a barcode printed on the side, which contains instructions on how to adjust brew settings, such as flow rate and brew volume. water, temperature, brewing time and capsule rotation, printed on the side. The machine reads this barcode and then tracks the settings to ensure consistent coffee every time, unlike the original range of Nespresso machines.

The Nespresso Vertuo Next on a counter surrounded by coffee and Vertuo capsules

(Image credit: Nespresso)

Features tested

When it comes to making coffee, the two different models are perfectly suited. In the test, the pair created a rich, intense espresso that had a thick crema, which reformed after a dollop of sugar was sprinkled on top.

The Vertuo Next can brew espresso, double espresso, two larger coffee sizes (5oz/150ml and 8oz/235ml) as well as an 18oz/530ml carafe for those who need a much longer dose of caffeine.

However, the Vertuo Plus can only brew single coffees, which means it can brew espressos and larger coffees, but there is no way to brew a carafe from the largest machine. Dear.

However, the Vertuo Next is slightly slower to heat up, taking 30 seconds to heat up compared to 20 seconds for the Plus, but that’s actually no big deal.

The Vertuo Plus also trumps the Vertuo Next with its movable water tank, which can be positioned at the rear of the machine or on the left or right. This means it can easily fit into any kitchen setup, even if you have narrow counters or are short on space. Unfortunately, the Vertuo Next’s water tank placement is static. The Verto Plus also has a slightly larger water reservoir, which doesn’t need to be refilled as frequently, although at just 30z/100ml more it will only make three more espressos before to have to be replenished with water.

However, the Next has slightly better eco credentials. Auto-shutdown kicks in after two minutes instead of nine minutes, which is the time the Vertuo Plus takes to turn off automatically, which is a handy way to save energy.

The machine is also made from 54% recycled materials. Although the Vertuo Plus is also made from recycled materials, Nespresso declined to reveal exactly what percentage, so we assume it’s less than half.

Finally, the Nespresso Vertuo Next also has Bluetooth and can connect to an app on your phone, which will alert you when your stock of Vertuo capsules is running out, as well as updating the software if necessary.

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus surrounded by coffee and Vertuo capsules

(Image credit: Nespresso)

Verdict

When it comes to choosing the right Nespresso Vertuo machine for you, if you are looking for a compact coffee maker that can brew a range of different coffee sizes, the Vertuo Next is the best option. It’s also a good choice if you want a design that can save energy and is the most affordable Vertuo-compatible machine on the market.

However, for those who want the flexibility of being able to reposition the tank to fit even the most valuable kitchens, the Vertuo Plus is a better option. It’s also the best model for those who want a coffee maker that heats up as quickly as possible, and thanks to the large water tank, a machine that doesn’t need to be refilled as often.

While we don’t like to tell you which is best for your needs, the Vertuo Next has plenty of extra features for the price, making it our pick.

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