DeLonghi Nespresso Citiz Review

8.6

Our score for the De’Longhi Nespresso Citiz.

Summary:

A popular mid-range option, the Citiz is a slightly larger Delonghi machine that delivers consistently good Nespresso. The optional milk frother is a big bonus, meaning you can choose the type of machine that best suits your preferences.


Price:

RRP: $319.00 (Citiz)
RRP: $419.00 (Citiz & Milk)

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Key Specifications:

Input Power1710W
Pump Pressure19 Bar
Water Tank Size1.0L
Shot FunctionsEspresso, Lungo
Milk FrotherYes (Citiz & Milk only)
CapsulesNespresso
Warranty2 Years

Product Overview

The DeLonghi Citiz is an extremely popular mid-range Nespresso machine that is available with or without a milk frother.

It comes with the usual features you’d expect from a Nespresso machine of this price including 25 second heat up, 19-bar pressure pump, and auto stand-by.

It’s 1 litre water tank is about middle of the road in terms of capacity, and should be perfectly adequate for a medium sized household.

The Citiz & Milk model comes with the Aeroccino milk frother integrated into the machine. The Aeroccino is a popular product in its own right so having it included is a big bonus if you like milk-based coffees. The included whisk can be used for both hot and cold frothed milk, or it can simply be used to heat milk (without foam).


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Summary Analysis

The Delonghi Citiz is exceptionally easy to use. There’s only two buttons – Espresso and Lungo, providing you with options for two different volumes of coffee.

It has a nice, sleek appearance and while it is a lot larger than machines like the Essenza Mini, with a width of only 12cm it could still slot in neatly next to the kettle or toaster in most kitchens.

Coffee from the Citiz tastes great (in line with most other Nespresso Original machines) and comes out at a good temperature. 

The option to have the integrated Aeroccino milk frother is excellent, however be aware that milk must be frothed separately then added manually, rather than being delivered straight into your cup as is done by some higher-end machines.

Pros:

  • Sleek appearance
  • Great espresso crema
  • Very easy to use
  • Can accommodate large or small cups
  • Optional integrated Aeroccino milk frother

Cons:

  • Espresso and milk must be prepared separately then combined
  • Only Espresso and Lungo shot options
  • Milk frother must be washed by hand

Nespresso Citiz Review Analysis

Design and Construction (7/10)

This is a good looking machine that would fit well in any modern kitchen. It does, however, have a plastic finish that looks less premium than the brushed stainless steel found on more expensive options.

It features a platform for smaller cups which folds away to make space for larger cups and mugs. Being slightly larger than some entry-level machines, there is space to stand a tall mug under the spout.

An advantage this machine has over some other similarly priced machines, such as the Inissia, is that it has a 1 litre water tank. Refilling the water on Nespresso machines can be a too frequent occurrence in busy households so having a tank this size will keep you going just a little bit longer.

Taste & Temperature (8/10)

Coffee from the Citiz is rich with a good crema. The temperature is perfectly acceptable but remember to use pre-warmed mugs if you want your coffee to stay hot for longer.

Note that the Citiz takes Nespresso Original capsules, and is incompatible with their VertuoLine range.

Ease of Use (7/10)

Overall, the Citiz is a straightforward and easy to use machine. Like with most Nespresso machines, coffee pods are inserted in the chamber located on the top. Once this is closed you simply push either of the shot buttons to start the brewing process.

The water tank is fairly easy to access and can be refilled while in position, or it can easily be removed.

Some reviewers criticize the Citiz for only having two settings (Espresso and Lungo). This means you can’t easily make Americanos, nor can you make cappuccinos at the touch of a button, like on some higher-end machines. It does, however, have programmable coffee quantity, so if you combine your preferred volume with the integrated milk frother, you really can make any coffee you desire.

For peace of mind, the Citiz features auto-shut off, in case you forget to turn it off before rushing out the door.

Milk Frothing (7/10)

One of the stand out features of the Citiz is the option to have the integrated Aeroccino3 frother. This is a popular milk frother in it’s own right and a great addition to a mid range coffee maker.

The down side of this setup is that milk must be frothed separately and then added to your espresso, in contrast to machines such as the Latissima series where espresso and milk are both delivered straight into your cup.

Cleaning & Maintenance (7/10)

The drip tray and capsule container on the Citiz are both easy to remove and clean.

If you opt for the Citiz & Milk, cleaning the Aeroccino milk frother will be the most time consuming task. The milk frother needs to be separated into three separate parts and then rinsed and wiped down. Unfortunately, it is not dishwasher safe so this must be done manually.


Other Products to Consider

Breville Creatista Uno

The Creatista Uno is a premium Nespresso machine that allows you to make flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos with perfectly frothed milk. It is ready to use in just 3 seconds and is a versatile choice that makes great coffee exactly how you like it without the fuss of a manual machine.

Delonghi Lattissima Touch

The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is ideal for coffee-lovers who are in a rush but don’t want to compromise on quality. It is an automatic cappuccino system that makes a range of coffees including espresso and milky lattes at the touch of a button. The Lattissima Touch makes great-tasting drinks but does come with a slightly higher price tag than other options.


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Review Summary

Nespresso Citiz Review

A popular mid-range option, the Citiz is a slightly larger Delonghi machine that delivers consistently good Nespresso. The optional milk frother is a big bonus, meaning you can choose the type of machine that best suits your preferences.

Product SKU: en167, en267

Product Brand: De'Longhi

Product Currency: AUD

Product Price: 419.00

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:
8.6