Having Nespresso coffee machines at home is like a dream come true! They are quick, and functional, and give you a barista-style coffee right from the comfort of your home. Today, I will be reviewing and comparing two of the most versatile and best-selling Nespresso machines; the Nespresso Vertuo Next and the Nespresso Vertuo Plus.
Since I am obsessed with coffee and everything related to it, I decided to find out the answer to the most-asked question: Which is better, Vertuo Next or Vertuo Plus? I spent days and nights with these two Nespresso machines and compared them on the basis of functionality, performance, coffee quality, price, and much more.
So, which machine is worth your money? Nespresso Vertuo Next or Plus? Keep reading to know!
Nespresso Vertuo Next Vs Plus (The Final Showdown)
Both Nespresso Vertuo Next and Plus are excellent at their own places. However, we will vouch for Vertuo Plus because of its 40 oz water tank, super functionality, affordability, and excellent coffee quality!
Nespresso Vertuo Next
Nespresso Vertuo Plus
5.5W x 16.9D x 12.4H
9.8W x 13.3D x 12.7H
Water Tank Capacity
Removable Drip Tray
Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity
Nespresso Vertuo Next (At A Glance)
Nespresso Vertuo Next is a slim and sleek model from the Nespresso VertuoLine coffee makers. The whole unit can fit into the tightest of shelves. It has a 37 oz water tank and an effortless interface to ensure a comfortable brewing session.
Honestly, all I had to do was throw a pod in the container, press the start button, and my coffee was ready in seconds. Moreover, the warm-up time was super quick and the coffee machine comes with 6 preset brew sizes. Not to forget, the taste of the coffee was heavenly. From crema to texture, everything was perfect!
Both the water tank and drip tray of this Nespresso Vertuo machine are removable, so cleaning it won’t be a hassle. However, keep in mind that the coffee maker does not come with any milk accessories. So, you will have to purchase a separate Aeroccino milk frother if you want to enjoy milky beverages like cappuccinos and lattes.
The main catch of this Vertuo machine is that it offers Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity too. This means that you will be able to control the coffee machine from your phone with the help of the Nespresso application.
Convenient to use
Slightly expensive, but with every penny
Great coffee quality
Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity
Nespresso Vertuo Plus (At A Glance)
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is one of the high-end models from Vertuo machines. It comes with a 40 oz water tank and plenty of exciting features to make your brewing process more convenient. Moreover, it has a pretty sleek and luxurious design that will make your kitchen look aesthetically pleasing.
Like Vertuo Next, the Vertuo Plus espresso machine is also effortless to use. Just put a coffee pod inside and press start! Also, it offers five preset brew sizes to choose from; espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, coffee, and alto. The machine heats up quickly and the brew time is equally fast.
Most importantly, we fell in love with the taste of the coffee; it was delicious and heavenly with luxurious crema on top. The water tank and drip tray of this coffee maker are removable, and it comes with an auto shut-off feature to cut down your power bills. Yes, Vertuo Plus automatically turns off after 9 minutes of no use.
Like other mid-range coffee makers, this Nespresso machine doesn’t include any milk accessories. So, you will have to purchase a milk frother separately to enjoy milky coffee drinks. However, you will get an automatic capsule ejection system and plenty of other functional features for the utmost comfort.
Brews perfectly blended coffee
Not compatible with third-party coffee pods
Easy and quick operation
The lid can raise automatically with the help of a button
Nespresso Vertuo Next Vs Plus (Side By Side Comparison)
What you read above was just a brief overview of Nespresso Vertuo Next and Vertuo Plus. Now, we will do a side-by-side comparison of these two Nespresso machines to see the key similarities and differences between them.
Now without making you wait any further, let’s get started!
Design is a very important factor when it comes to espresso machines. It determines how comfortable your brewing experience will be, and how beautiful the machine will look while sitting on your counter space.
Having that said, the Nespresso Vertuo Next machine will help you enjoy both of these things. Being a single-serve coffee machine, it has a very compact design and takes minimal space. Moreover, it has a slim, stylish, and minimalistic design that will complement the decorum of your kitchen. Its removable water tank is at the back of the machine, the capsule container is on the side of the machine head, and the drip tray is at the front. For color options, you will get light grey, dark grey, cherry red, and white.
On the other hand, the Nespresso Vertuo Plus is slightly larger and bulkier than the Vertuo Next. However, its design and build are still top-class. The machine is classy with the water tank at the side and drip tray at the front. You can also move the water tank anywhere since it is rotatable.
Honestly, we fell in love with its bold and classy design. Moreover, the machine comes in two designs; Breville and DeLonghi. Both types just have different machine heads, nothing else. You will get three color options in Nespresso Vertuo Plus; cherry red, grey, and white.
According to us, both machines are excellent in terms of design. But if you still want us to pick sides, our vote goes to Vertuo Plus. Despite being bulkier, it has an ergonomic design.
As it is evident, Nespresso Vertuo Next is tinier than the Vertuo Plus. Still, here is a complete comparison table to determine the size difference between the two machines:
9.8W x 13.3D x 12.7H
5.5W x 16.9D x 12.4H
Water Tank Capacity
The Vertuo Next espresso machine is equipped with a 37 oz water reservoir, while Vertuo Plus has a 40 oz one. Though there isn’t a huge difference between the water reservoir capacities, Vertuo Plus still gives you more cups of coffee than Vertuo Next.
Capsule Container Capacity and Placement
The capsule container of Vertuo Next is placed at the side of the machine. To empty it, you will have to slide it from the side. While on the other hand, the capsule container of Vertuo Plus is at the back of the machine.
We found emptying the capsule container of Vertuo Plus easier than Vertuo Next.
Both Nespresso Vertuo Next and Vertuo Plus can hold 10 used Nespresso Vertuo capsules in their capsule containers. The pods automatically go to the used capsule compartment after they brew the perfect cup of coffee for you!
Since both Nespresso Vertuo Next and Plus are VertuoLine machines, they feature unique centrifusion technology to brew espresso. This technology spins the capsules 7000 times per minute to extract coffee from them. The Centrifusion technology is something you don’t find in other coffee makers, not even in any Nespresso OriginalLine machine.
Coffee Pods Compatibility
Well, here is something you might find weird. Since Vertuo Plus and Vertuo Next are VertuoLine models, they are only compatible with Nespresso Vertuo capsules. Having that said, you can’t use any OriginalLine pods with these machines.
Similarly, these two Vertuo machines are not compatible with third-party compatible pods. This might be an inconvenience for some people because Vertuo capsules are more expensive than OriginalLine and third-party ones. Also, you will have very limited options for coffee flavors.
Machine Heat-Up Time
During our test, we found that the Nespresso Vertuo Next took approximately 25 seconds to heat up – which is sufficient and ideal.
However, Nespresso Vertuo Plus heats up in 15 to 20 seconds. So, I guess we have a clear winner here.
Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity
Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity is something you can only find in some Nespresso coffee machines, not in all.
With that being said, Nespresso Vertuo Next is equipped with this smart feature. It offers Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity to connect the machine to your cell phone. After that, you can control the machine with the help of the Nespresso app. You can brew your coffee and customize your brew sizes while sitting on your bed. However, you will have to be very close to the machine to enjoy this comfort. Moreover, you can also order new capsules through the Nespresso application.
Despite being equipped with plenty of features, Nespresso Vertuo Plus lacks Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. So, Nespresso Vertuo Next takes more points in this department!
Brew Sizes and Brewing
The Nespresso Vertuo Next offers 6 preset brew sizes; 1.35 oz espresso, 2.7 oz double espresso, 5 oz gran lungo, 8 oz coffee, and 18 oz carafe.
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus offers 5 preset cup sizes; 1.35 oz espresso, 2.7 oz double espresso, 5 oz gran lungo, and 8 oz coffee.
Both machines take approximately 50 seconds to brew all types of coffee. Moreover, the brewing process is very convenient. All you have to do is put a pod in the capsule container, select your brew size, and press start! See, easy peasy.
Taste and Crema Texture
Now coming to the most important part; how are the coffee quality, taste, and crema texture of these two Vertuoline coffee makers? Don’t worry; we will end that curiosity for you!
Well, Nespresso Vertuo Next brewed delicious and perfectly blended coffee with thick crema on top. We fell in love with it after the first sip!
The coffee brewed with Vertuo Plus wasn’t less either. It was heavenly, textured, and balanced with the signature Nespresso crema on top!
However, we found the Nespresso Vertuo Plus coffee a bit hotter than Vertuo Next. Vertuo Plus also brewed sweeter coffee.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Like other coffee makers, Nespresso Vertuo Next and Plus also require regular cleaning and maintenance from your side. Luckily, both machines come with built-in descaling cycles; all you have to do is purchase the Nespresso descaling solution and descale the machines every 2 to 3 months. You can read the user manuals to understand the convenient descaling process.
Apart from that, you will need to frequently clean and rinse the parts like the water tanks, drip trays, and capsule containers. We found both machines pretty easy to clean though.
You will find Nespresso Vertuo Next for around $169. In comparison, Vertuo Plus is available in the market for $150. The Vertuo Next is slightly expensive, but only because of the Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. The rest of the features are pretty much the same.
If you ask us, we think the prices of both models are very reasonable, considering their features and functionality.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Vs Plus: Which One Should You Buy?
Now that we have gone through every detail, it’s time to end the Nespresso Vertuo Next vs Plus debate. So, which one is better than both options? Well, the answer to this question depends on your needs, preferences, and requirements.
If you are looking for a tiny coffee maker with smart features like Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, Vertuo Next is the best pick for you!
But if you want a slightly larger water reservoir, less price, and can compromise on the smart features, Vertuo Plus will be your dream come true!
If you still want our vote, it goes to Vertuo Plus. This Nespresso machine is classy, mighty, and super functional!
What is the difference between Nespresso Breville and DeLonghi?
There are two manufacturers who manufacture Nespresso machines; Breville and Delonghi. The only slight difference between the machines of these two manufacturers is the design. The functionality, specifications, and features are always the same!
What is the difference between Nespresso OriginalLine and VertuoLine?
Nespresso launches its machines in two signature lines; OriginalLine and VertuoLine. Both machine types have different brewing mechanisms. OriginalLine machine uses the traditional 19-bar pressure mechanism to brew coffee. VertuoLine machines use centrifusion technology and extract coffee by rapidly spinning the capsules.
What is the difference between Nespresso Vertuo Plus vs Deluxe?
The only difference between the Vertuo Plus and VertuoPlus Deluxe is the water tank capacity. Vertuo Plus has a 40 oz water tank, while Deluxe has a 60 oz water reservoir.