If you’re making the transition from coffee to espresso drinks, the Nespresso Inissia and Nespresso Pixie will probably look familiar to you. Single-serve capsules? These look like Keurig machines!
The truth is, there are some similarities. Both brands focus on convenience and affordability. But in my opinion, the quality of Nespresso is way better than the quality of Keurig.
You can browse the different flavors available on Nespresso’s website. My taste tends toward darker, stronger espresso, so I’m a big fan of the Indriyo, Dharkan, and Ristretto flavors. If you like flavored drinks, give their Espresso Vanilla a try.
The two most popular espresso makers from Nespresso are the Inissia and the Pixie. Both come with the Aeroccino milk frother.
So which is better? And what are the tradeoffs? Let’s take a look.
The Nespresso Inissia is the smaller of the two machines, standing 12.6 inches tall and offering 19 bars of pressure. This is quite a bit more pressure than other machines at this price, which will give you a better tasting espresso than many non-Nespresso machines.
If you’re new to drinking espresso, the Inissia is a great choice. It’s the less expensive of the two machines.
The Inissia offers two settings: lungo and espresso. Lungo uses more water and offers a slightly less strong taste. Personally I prefer the espresso setting, but I suggest trying both types to see which one you like better.
This machine has a 24-ounce water tank, and it heats up in about 25 seconds. For convenience, the Nespresso machines are hard to beat. I’m not a morning person, so I love being able to roll out of bed and be drinking my morning espresso less than a minute later.
I like that this machine is so compact. It’s smaller than the Pixie, so it takes up less space in your kitchen.
One minor problem I found is that the Inissia doesn’t tell you when your water tank is nearly empty. You need to remember to refill it. But that’s just a pet peeve of mine.
Overall, the Inissia is a solid choice for espresso newbies. I think it’s the better choice for college students who don’t have a lot of space for a big machine and don’t want to spend the money for a higher-end model. This is the most affordable Nespresso model.
For everyone else, I recommend the Pixie.
The Nespresso Pixie looks and feels like an upgraded version of the Inissia. Like the Inissia, the Pixie has a 24-ounce water tank, heats up in about 25 seconds, and has 19 bars of pump pressure.
The Pixie is slightly taller than the Inissia, which is helpful if you’re using a tall coffee mug.
You can get a regular espresso or a lungo from the Pixie. Again, my preference is for regular espresso, but try them both to see which you like better.
The Pixie solves one of the more annoying problems from the Inissia: it tells you when it’s time to refill the water tank.
The Nespresso Pixie also offers higher-quality components. Whereas the Inissia is mostly made of plastic, the Pixie is metallic. I love the sleek, silvery appearance of the Pixie. It’s manufactured in Switzerland, whereas the Inissia is made in China.
My suggestion: Unless you are really strapped for cash or you aren’t sure if you’re going to like espresso drinks, get the Nespresso Pixie instead of the Inissia. It’s slightly more expensive, but the difference in quality is well worth the upgrade.
The Aeroccino Milk Frother
The best part about the Nespresso machines?
You can get both the Inissia and the Pixie with the Aeroccino milk frother, which is a must-have if you want to make lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas. I’ve been very happy with the quality of steamed and foamed milk that this little machine makes.
Note that the Aeroccino is a stand-alone machine. It comes with your espresso maker, but it’s separate from the Nespresso Pixie and Inissia.
If you prefer to drink your espresso straight, you can get either Nespresso machine without the Aeroccino, but why would you? In my opinion, this is a great value for the money.
Even if you’re not that interested in fancy coffee drinks, it will be worth it to get the Aeroccino. The time you save on making your espresso drinks will allow you to experiment a bit with the milk frother to see which type of drink you like the best.
If you need some help, check out our beginner’s guide to espresso drinks to learn how to make a great latte, cappuccino, and mocha.
For college students and espresso first-timers, the Inissia is the better choice. For everyone else, the Nespresso Pixie is a better value for your money. If you start off with the Inissia, you’ll probably eventually want to upgrade to the Pixie anyway.
Both machines offer solid features and are more convenient than any other espresso machines at this price point.
Whichever machine you get, make sure you get it with the Aeroccino Milk Frother so that you can take full advantage of the ability to make fancy espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes.