About Nespresso VertuoLine

If you’re looking to create coffee and espresso with the same machine, the Nespresso VertuoLine claims to deliver. In addition, the Nespresso VertuoLine claims to provide a “rich, generous” crema with each cup that enhances the overall drinking experience.

But is Nespresso VertuoLine’s crema really worth the price? Let’s apply some heat and see where the facts lead us.

Nespresso VertuoLine Details

With just a touch of a button, the Nespresso VertuoLine’s intelligent Centrifusion Technology uses “code reading parametric extraction” (e.g. it reads a barcode) to perfectly brew single serving coffee and espresso. In addition, the VertuoLine also features:

  • Programmable cup sizes
  • Automatic volume control
  • Energy saving mode
  • Automatic used capsule ejection
  • Two different serving sizes: 8oz and 1.4oz.

According to the Nespresso website, the VertuoLine works over two steps:

  1. Insert your coffee capsule and close the lever, which activates and heats the unit in 15-20 seconds.
  2. The Nespresso VertuoLine will scan the barcode on your capsule to know exactly how it should be brewed. The capsule then spins at 7,000 RPM, which blends the coffee with hot water to produce crema.

Nespresso VertuoLine Pricing

The Nespresso VertuoLine is available in red, black, and chrome colors, and is priced at $299. However, you can also purchase bundles for $349, which include the Aeroccino technology that allows you to prepare frothed milk recipes.

In addition to directly from the manufacturer, the Nespresso VertuoLine is also available through Amazon.com, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Sur La Table, and more.

What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About the Nespresso VertuoLine?

The VertuoLine is manufactured by Nespresso, which is a division of the Nestlé company based out of New York, NY. The company holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with just over 20 closed complaints over the past three years. Most of these appear to reference difficulty replacing/repairing defective machines within the one-year warranty period.

Online reviews regarding the Nespresso VertuoLine appear to be primarily positive, although there were several very important downfalls we learned about during our research. These include low value level (e.g. comes with a high price and doesn’t necessarily provide better coffee than the competition), not very versatile (e.g. only works with Nespresso capsules—which are priced much higher than the competition, and that it can’t use coffee grounds or make tea), that it doesn’t make very hot coffee, and that it doesn’t produce a “true” crema (in other words, it’s more of a foam).

What’s the Bottom Line About the Nespresso VertuoLine?

Nespresso has a long history of making high quality coffee-based machines, but is the new VertuoLine worth your hard-earned money? If you’re typically an early adopter of new technology and are and avid coffee drinker, you’ll likely find the VertuoLine to be a welcome addition to your collection. With this said through, there are some important factors to keep in mind.

First, despite the Nespresso VertuoLine’s primarily positive online reputation, there were some common complaints that we encountered during our research. These include:

  • Low value level (e.g. comes with a high price and doesn’t necessarily provide better coffee than the competition)
  • Not very versatile (e.g. only works with Nespresso capsules—which are priced much higher than the competition, and that you can’t use coffee grounds or make tea)
  • The coffee that it produces isn’t very hot
  • The VertuoLine doesn’t produce a “true” crema (in other words, it’s more of a foam)

On top of this, despite Nespresso’s reputation for manufacturing high quality products, we read several customer reviews that complained the VertuoLine has a cheap, plastic feeling to it.

Finally, one professional review stated that you’ll probably have to read the User Manual every time you want to clean the VertuoLine, and that it also has a much longer brewing time than the competition.

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