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Many coffee drinkers desire the ability to create barista quality lattes at home. A Nespresso machine uses a pre-packaged capsule to brew an espresso coffee serving.
Many of the machines available also include components that allow a user to steam hot milk for lattes.
A good Nespresso machine will provide features that allow you to brew each serving quickly as well as provide the control necessary for a multitude of coffee recipes.
|Product||Dimensions (H x W x D)||Capsules Container||Pump Pressure||Water Capacity|
|#1. DeLonghi EN 750 M |
Our Best Pick
|13.0 x 10.8 x 7.6 in.||15 Capsules||275.6 psi||44.0 oz|
|#2. Nespresso Citiz C111|
|22.0 x 8.0 x 15.0 in.||9 Capsules||275.6 psi||33.8 oz|
Each machine incorporates a water reservoir into the housing, with the DeLonghi integrating the milk carafe while the Nespresso brand uses a separate Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother.
This difference will require an extra outlet to power the separate milk frother on the Delonghi machine.
The housing of the Citiz C111 is made from ABS plastics, with other components being made from other plastics and stainless steel.
A benefit to using ABS materials for the housing is the black, chrome, red, and white color options that it comes in.
Delonghi’s Lattissama uses brushed stainless steel for the housing and plastics or steel for other components.
All of the materials used in both products can withstand casual wear during use. The surfaces are easy to maintain and can be cleaned with standard methods.
Heating And Power Features
Both devices use standard household outlets for power, with the Delonghi requiring 1300 Watts of input compared to the 1260 Watts needed by the Nespresso brand.
The extra input allows the Lattissma to heat up in 25-seconds (40-seconds for the milk) compared to the 90-seconds needed on initial startup with the Citiz C111.
Each machine uses a single boiler for heating that incorporates a ThermoBlock design for heat control and measurement.
Both water tanks can be removed for easy cleaning and are filled from the top. The Lattissima can hold up to 44-ounces of water while the tank on the Citiz C111 holds almost 34-ounces.
The larger tank favors serving environments that call for many servings and the smaller tank would serve individual drinkers more efficiently.
Each machine is capable of steaming milk for lattes, but the DeLonghi does integrate the carafe and pour spout into the expresso design. The Nespresso brand uses a separate carafe, the Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, for heating milk.
As mentioned previously, the Aeroccino design requires a separate plug for power which may not be desirable for counter-tops with limited outlets.
Other Design Features
Each machine has a removable drip tray (the Citiz C11 has two trays). Both products can create either “espresso” or “lungo” serving sizes.
The extraction system settings provide proper water flow and each machine generates 19-bars (275.6 psi) of pressure to draw flavor from the coffee at the correct temperature.
Nespresso’s espresso maker uses two buttons to provide machine control based on serving sizes. Delonghi’s espresso machine, on the other hand, provides users with a programmable touch button pad.
The Delonghi machine offers an energy saver feature that will shut it down automatically after nine minutes of inactivity, a much shorter time period than the 30-minute automatic shutoff on its counterpart.
Both machines accept proprietary capsules provided by the manufacturer in a variety of flavors and strengths. Slots are provided to load the capsules into before the contents are emptied into the housing.
There are used canister containers located on both products, with the Delonghi holding up to 15 and the Nespresso holding up to 9 used capsules before they need to be emptied.
This design feature allows you to make multiple cups without cluttering the countertop.
Cleaning And Maintenance Features
The water reservoirs are removable and can be washed in the dishwasher. Both machines have storage for used capsules that provide quick cleanup with little fuss. Delonghi includes a self-cleaning feature that speeds up the cleaning process.
Nespresso brand offers a one-year limited warranty on the Citiz C111. DeLonghi provides a two-year warranty for the Lattissma machine, doubling the length of coverage as well as increasing consumer confidence.
Which Machine Is Better?
While both products provide adequate espresso making features, we feel that the DeLonghi EN 750 M, Nespresso Espresso Machine offers stronger latte making capabilities.
It integrates the milk carafe into the espresso design, taking up a little more countertop while eliminating the need for an extra outlet.
This design increases power input only slightly while providing quicker milk heating than the Citiz C111 generate. This stand-out feature also allows you to add milk easily into layers for various coffee recipes.
Even though the touchpad may seem more difficult at first, once it is programmed and the settings are understood, it will provide one-touch operation. This will allow for a wider range of recipes than the Nespresso brand is capable of.
Finally, a two-year warranty and energy efficiency make it the best Nespresso machine for lattes.