Nespresso vs DeLonghi | Which One Is Better?

Last Updated on 28/03/2023 by Miki

If you’re looking for a high-quality coffee machine, you’ve probably come across the popular brands Nespresso and DeLonghi. Both of these brands offer a wide range of coffee makers to choose from, with different features and price points. But which one is better? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the Nespresso and DeLonghi coffee machines to help you decide which one is the right choice for you. So, whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or just looking for a convenient way to make your morning cup of joe, keep reading to find out which brand comes out on top.

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Nespresso vs DeLonghi – Brewing Method

What makes Nespresso unique is the Nespresso system that uses its proprietary capsules with barcodes for optimal extraction every time. In addition, VertuoLine machines use Centrifusion technology for even more precise extraction. If you drink your coffee black, I would recommend Nespresso Vertuo Next which could fulfil what you all need. On the other hand, DeLonghi offers three main types of coffee machines: fully automatic, manual and Nespresso. It might sound a bit confusing, but in fact, DeLonghi makes some Nespresso models. If you enjoy milk-based coffee, my pick would be DeLonghi Nespresso Vertuo Next with the Aeroccino3 milk frother, It comes with the welcome set, so you can start making a delicious cup of coffee immediately. Having said that, what would stand out in DeLonghi is manual coffee machines with which you can be in full control of the brewing process.

For the brewing method, I would say there’s no clear winner between Nespresso and DeLonghi.

Nespresso vs DeLonghi – Size

Nespresso vs DeLonghi

In general, Nespresso coffee machines are smaller than DeLonghi since the capsules are used for brewing. Furthermore, the Nespresso machines typically use a separate milk frother, which makes the machine itself compact. One good example is Nespresso Essenza Mini. It’s perfectly compact without compromising functionality. On the contrary, although some models are quite compact, the DeLonghi machines are usually bigger especially if you choose a manual one. With that said, a milk frother is generally integrated into the machine, so no wonder why the machine takes up more room in the kitchen benchtops. Look at DeLonghi La Specialista Arte. The machine even has a coffee grinder integrated! So it’s definitely bigger than the typical Nespresso machine but it’s not too bulky and still can fit well in the kitchen.

Regarding the machine size, Nespresso is a winner to fit in the small kitchen.

Nespresso vs DeLonghi – Type of Coffee

One obvious difference between Nespresso and DeLonghi is the Nespresso machines use capsules whereas the DeLonghi can use both pods and beans. There are various types of Nespresso capsules available on the market, so you’ll find one you like for sure. However, I would recommend DeLonghi if you want to use your favourite coffee beans from your local cafe or roastery. This way, you will also have more options including the origin of beans, roast level, etc. Remember, you can still choose a Nespresso machine by DeLonghi if you prefer a brand like DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini.

As for the type of coffee, the DeLonghi is preferred among most coffee lovers.

Nespresso vs DeLonghi – Convenience

Since Nespresso machines use capsules, it would be a clear winner for convenience. If you are always in a hurry in the morning but cannot leave home without a caffeine kick, then Nespresso will be your best friend! Similarly, DeLonghi fully automatic machines can do all the hard work for you by only pressing buttons… Well almost. For instance, with DeLonghi Magnifica Evo, this bean-to-cup coffee machine can grind, press and brew coffee easily, so you can relax and enjoy your spare time in the morning. Even a manual coffee machine like DeLonghi La Specialista would help you make barista-level coffee in no time.

It’s quite close between Nespresso and DeLonghi in regards to convenience, but the Nespresso could be better in that less work would be required.

Nespresso vs DeLonghi – Price

Nespresso vs DeLonghi

In general, Nespresso machines are more budget-friendly than DeLonghi except for those branded as DeLonghi Nespresso since they are similar in price. You could get a minimal Nespresso machine for around AU$200 like Nespresso Essenza Mini. On the other hand, DeLonghi machines would be quite expensive such as DeLonghi Eletta Explore which might be more than AU$2,000. Is it worth it? Well, the Eletta Explore can even make cold drinks including cold brew, can easily customise your coffee as well as automatic cleaning through the app, and comes with a travel mug! It’s the ultimate all-in-one machine, isn’t it?

Surely, it’s up to your preference and point of view but it’s safe to say the Nespresso is a winner for affordability.

Nespresso vs DeLonghi – Maintenance

Needless to say, it’s very important for both Nespresso and DeLonghi coffee machines to be cleaned properly to optimise the coffee flavour and maximise the machine life span. It’s particularly true for machine models which have milk frothing systems. You’ll need to wipe and purge the steam wand whenever you use it. Every single time! Otherwise, milk residue would build up and affect the coffee flavour as well as the system. In addition, descaling periodically is highly recommended to maintain the overall machine performance. Does it sound like too much work? Well, some machines like DeLonghi Eletta Explore mentioned before can be cleaned automatically, so it’s hassle-free.

So, for maintenance, I would give another point to the DeLonghi.

Final Thoughts

Overall, it appears that the Nespresso vs DeLonghi battle is a close one. It depends on your individual needs and preferences. Nespresso is a convenient and easy-to-use coffee machine that produces great-tasting coffee with a focus on simplicity. On the other hand, DeLonghi is more suitable for those hoping to experiment with more advanced brewing and temperature settings to create a truly customised coffee experience. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the best decision for you and your coffee-drinking habits.

Lastly, you might want to read this article “The 6 Best Nespresso Machines for Lattes” if you love your latte.

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