De’Longhi Nespresso Vertuo Plus Review

8.5

Our score for the Nespresso Vertuo Plus.

Summary:

This machine is ideal for people who use pod machines and are looking to upgrade. The Vertuo Plus is quick, convenient, and very quiet. It automatically adjusts to deliver the best results for the capsule you are using and the coffee is consistently smooth, rich, and has a layer of crema on top too.


Price:

RRP: $229.00 (without milk system)

RRP: $389.00 (Aeroccino3 Milk Frother Bundle )

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Key Specifications:

Input Power1260W
Pump Pressuren/a
Water Tank Size1.1L
Coffee FunctionsCappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Espresso, Lungo
Milk FrotherYes
CapsulesNespresso Vertuo
Warranty2 Years

Product Overview

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is a new type of pod machine that brings some extra tech to the table. It uses a spinning extraction to blend the coffee and water to produce excellent coffee with smooth crema on top. The machine recognises each capsule by its barcode and automatically brews to suit that blend making it easier to enjoy a variety of coffee with minimum effort. 

This Nespresso machine is incredibly easy to use and requires next to no maintenance. The capsule holder opens and closes electronically with a simple tap and you can set the machine to clean itself.

The heat up time is a fast 25 seconds and the capsule machine doesn’t make much noise when in use either. The Vertuo Plus has a moveable 1.1L water tank which lets you position it to suit your kitchen counter space. 

There are 3 cup sizes as standard and you can program the coffee quantity to suit your preferences. The machine automatically powers down after 9 minutes and it goes into eco mode after 3 minutes to save on energy in between uses. 

In the bundle pack, you also get an Aeroccino 3 which is a separate milk frother that will heat and froth your milk for you.


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Summary Analysis

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is a sleek, easy to use and innovative pod machine that makes delicious coffees that are topped with a generous amount of crema. You can customise the coffee volume but otherwise, there is limited flexibility and control over the coffee brewing process.

The machine automatically adjusts the brewing parameters for each capsule so you don’t need to do anything. The cup holder has 4 different levels so you can move it to suit the size cup you are using. 

Although the holder for the water can be moved to suit your kitchen space it cannot be tucked away completely when the machine is not in use. The machine is made of plastic so is not the most durable.

This is an affordable option and if you go for the bundle option it includes the Aeroccino milk system which adds the ability to warm and froth milk for your milk-based drinks.

Pros:

  • Sleek design 
  • Easy to use 
  • Fast heat up time 
  • Self cleaning program

Cons:

  • Plastic body 
  • Only one control button which can be frustrating when trying to set up or adjust the machine
  • Works with the Vertuo espresso capsules only (not the regular espresso capsules)

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Review Analysis

Design and Construction (7/10)

The Delonghi Nespresso Vertuo Plus looks sleek and doesn’t need much counter space. It has metal detailing which gives the machine a more refined, high-quality appearance. The water container clips into place easily and can be positioned on either side of the machine to suit your kitchen layout. The cup holder can be moved to 4 different positions and although it is plastic it feels secure. 

Taste & Temperature (8/10)

One of the great features of the Vertuo Plus is that it automatically reads the capsule barcodes and brews specifically for the blend. The machine uses Vertuo espresso capsules which contain more coffee than the standard espresso capsules. These capsules produce rich and aromatic coffees that have a smooth, thick crema. Coffees are served at a good temperature for drinking. 

Ease of Use (7/10)

This is an ideal machine for newbies as it does all of the settings for you, all you need to do is fill the water container, place a capsule in the machine and press the power button. You can customise the coffee volume if required but otherwise, there are no other control or customisation settings. 

Milk Frothing (6/10)

Note: Aeroccino milk system included if purchased in Bundle.

The Aeroccino is a useful addition to the Vertuo Plus. It is a separate container that looks like a thermos flask. It is incredibly easy to use (and clean), warms and froths milk quickly and has an auto shut off feature. The Aeroccino is whisper-quiet so won’t disturb the rest of the house when in use. There is also a cold foam setting too, perfect for making cold drinks on summer days.

Cleaning & Maintenance (6/10)

The Vertuo Plus has a self-cleaning process and a descaling cycle. As there is no dedicated control for the cleaning cycle, it can be started by pressing the on/off button 3 times in a couple of seconds.

When cleaning, the light will blink orange to indicate cleaning is in process. The machine automatically ejects the used capsules into a container at the back of the machine after use. All you need to do is rinse out the drip tray and empty the used capsule tray when needed.


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 Vertuo Plus Review

This machine is ideal for people who use pod machines and are looking to upgrade. The Vertuo Plus is quick, convenient, and very quiet.

Product SKU: env150

Product Brand: De’Longhi

Product Currency: AUD

Product Price: 389.00

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:
8.5