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Espresso is an iconic Italian hot drink that unlike the stereotypical cup of coffee is made using a different process where boiling hot water is forced through a filter that is full of coffee beans that gives the espresso such as rich flavor, smell as well as such strong shot of energy when you drink it.
This is why you need a special espresso machine that needs to create this drink with coffee making machines just not cutting it. Nespresso is by far the world’s leading manufacturer of espresso machines and pods, they have released hundreds of models since the company was founded in 1986 and in this article we are going to be reviewing and comparing three of the best espresso machines by the company to be released to date Inissia vs Pixie vs Citiz.
The Nespresso Inissia is a range of espresso machines that are for of course creating espresso drinks but also for the ‘lungo’ coffee drink which is a type of espresso that incorporates a lot more water to make the drink larger and also provide a more mild taste.
This coffee machine is built on purpose to have a small footprint allowing it to integrate seamlessly in the kitchen of your home or in the kitchen located in your office. The slimly designed Nespresso Inissia can be placed pretty much anywhere, with dimensions of (W x D x H): 4.7 x 12.6 x 9 inches although they do differ from model to model in the Nespresso Inissia product line.
Furthermore, the water tank holds 0.7 liters or 23.7 ounces which saves you a lot of time as you no longer have to refill the espresso machine with more water every time that you make a new drink. This tank is very big for an espresso machine considering that the average drink of espresso is estimated to be around 60 ml.
Another great feature is the folding drip that is built into the machine which makes the whole cleaning up process very quick and easy. So now you have no excuse of leaving the drip tray dirty for weeks as cleaning it up only takes a few seconds. Furthermore, the drip tray has been purposely designed to be very simple without lots of separate parts to reduce the chances of it getting broken by the user.
Related to the drip tray, the used capsule container that makes up almost half of the entire body of this machine is able to hold 11 used capsules giving you the necessary time to be able to empty it once every couple of days or once a week even if you are a frequent user of the machine. Again the used capsule container is very easy to remove and easy to clean up.
The pressure of the espresso machine is estimated to be 19 bars which help to create a high-quality espresso coffee that has that rich flavor and smell that makes it so love around the world.
It is also important to note that the Nespresso Inissia won the Red Dot Product Design Award in 2014, this award ceremony celebrates the best designs and innovation in consumer products around the world.
Nespresso Pixie is marketed as a ‘smart’ espresso machine that features a lot of advanced features from other product lines from the Nespresso company. What makes the Pixie different from the rest is that it tries to be the product for the modern Millenials, and it achieves this thanks to its small design that does not compromise on power as well as being officially classified as an eco-friendly appliance that uses electricity very efficiently.
This coffee appliance comes with two buttons that allow you to select between brewing an espresso drink or a lungo drink, giving you that choice to select what you prefer on a very simple and easy to figure out the interface.
One of the praised advanced features of this coffee machine is that it has a built-in sensor that is able to measure when your water tanks need to be refilled. When the water tank’s level drops down over a certain level a red light will start to flash whenever your Nespresso machine is turned on until you refill that water tank.
As its name suggests, the Pixie is built to be small and lightweight which is great as it helps you be efficient with space in your kitchen. But despite being small in size, the Nespresso Pixie is noted for its power with the machine boasting a 19 bar pressure pump that allows you to create a classical espresso without any compromise. Regardless of the power that this coffee machine possesses, it still manages to remain very quite allowing you to make your drink without disturbing anyone in your vicinity.
Furthermore, this espresso machine is extremely with the ability to pre-heat your drinks in just 25 seconds which is an extremely short amount of time. Speed is something that the designers of this appliance took in mind, another great piece of innovation is the coffee pod insertion hole that is designed to make the process effortless as long as you are using the official Nespresso coffee pods.
Another great design feature of the Pixie is that it is purposely built in a way that the hole where the coffee pours into the cup is higher up to accommodate the tall ‘recipe glasses’ that are the classic way of drinking coffee drinks like the espresso.
Slightly bigger in size than the two other models on this review and comparison list, the Citiz is presented as a high-performance luxury espresso maker that is versatile thanks to the ability to make both espresso and lungo drinks.
This coffee machine boasts the typically powerful pressure pump of 19 bars that is able to create some of the highest quality espresso drinks that you will ever in less than a minute.
Another great feature of this espresso machine is that it is able to be programmed so you can customize the experience that you get when using this espresso machine. The Nespresso Citiz comes pre-programmed with features such as a 9-minute timer that automatically turns off the machine if it has been left inactive for that long which saves you potentially a lot of money as your machine uses up less electricity and also it limits the chance of a fire starting due to an electrical fault. If you want you can extend this auto turn off timer to a length of time between 9 and 30 minutes.
Compared to the Nespresso Pixie and Inissia, the Citiz has a much larger water tank that is able to hold over 260 ml more water which equates to about four extra expressos or two extra lungos, this useful feature compensates for the larger size of this machine by saving you time and effort. The water tank can be very easily be detached from the main body of the espresso machine and then cleaned up with ease. Furthermore, the water tank is protected with a tightly sealed design that prevents dust and other foreign particles from getting into the water that you are going to eventually drink. Additionally, the transparent plastic that is used to create the water tank is created to be extra durable so that it does not crack or break even if dropped from high heights.
Furthermore, the Citiz is straightforward to take apart and clean even though it is bigger than the other coffee machines on this list, features such as these that make this appliance very convenient as well as how powerful this machine makes one of Nespresso’s all-time most popular coffee machines released.
You just cannot go wrong with getting a Nespresso espresso machine, they are by far the market leader in this business sector. Even though they are a lot more expensive than the average espresso machine out there, they provide unmatched quality and attention detail that will ensure that this espresso machine will last you for many years even during heavy use. Below we are going to compare all the models against each other to help you decide which one of the three best fits in your specifications.
First of all, we are going to go with the Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie comparison, these two are the most similar models out of the three due to their small size and lightweight nature. Other similarities also include their 19 bar pressure pump, that they are both mostly made up of plastic and also that they are both programmable with an auto turn off the feature.
However, there are also few major differences when comparing the Nespresso Pixie vs Inissia, such as in appearance with the Inissia model having a bulkier design compared to the Pixie. Additionally, Pixie uses up 100 watts less of electricity while it is running making it slightly more energy efficient. This can save you a bit of money and help the environment a limited amount however it will not make a big difference unless you are using the coffee machine for hours every day but regardless of this is still a useful feature as every little help. The Pixie further differs from the Inissia as it has a red blinking light that activates whenever the sensors detect that the water levels in the tank at the back have become very low.
Another comparison that we need to make is the Nespresso Citiz vs Pixie, the first thing you will see when comparing these two models is the massive difference in size with the Nespresso Citiz being around 1/3 bigger in size than the Pixie. Furthermore, the Citiz has a water tank that is 260 ml larger than the one that is part of the Nespresso Pixie. Some similarities do exist, however, such as the 19 bar pressure pump and the plastic that they are both made of. Overall there is no difference in performance when creating the actual espresso coffee, instead the Citiz is able to hold a lot more water and used coffee pods than the Nespresso Pixie.
We hope that we managed to broaden your knowledge of these outstanding kitchen appliances, all of them are very similar to each other but offer advantageous based on the preferences of different users. For example, if you value space and efficient then the Pixie or the Inissia may be the choices for you, but if you are looking for a more efficient coffee machine then the Citiz is the best choice out of the three.