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Nespresso VertuoLine vs. Nespresso Inissia

Jan. 5, 2017
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Nespresso is a trusted name in coffee and espresso, but the company offers so many makers that you might be torn between models.

To make your choice easier, we took a look at two popular but very different options: the Nespresso VertuoLine and the Nespresso Inissia.

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The basics

 Nespresso VertuoLineNespresso Inissia
Retail price$199$149
ColorsBlack, matte black, chrome Black, gray, red, silver, white, cream
Weight10.85 pounds5.29 pounds
Height11.93 inches9.1 inches
Used capsule container capacity1311
Power rating1,350 watts1,200 watts
Automatic shut-offYesYes
Cup sizes1.35-ounce espresso, 8-ounce coffee1.35-ounce espresso, 3.72-ounce lungo

Nespresso VertuoLinevertuoline

Nespresso regularly sells the VertuoLine for $199, but you can sometimes find it discounted by the brand and on Amazon.

The sleek, 10.85-pound maker comes in black, matte black and chrome. It uses coffee capsules. Capsules vary in price, but many, including the Caramelizio variety, cost around $1.10 apiece.

The VertuoLine heats up in 15 to 20 seconds and produces two cup sizes with the push of a button: a 1.35-ounce espresso and an 8-ounce coffee. It holds 13 used capsules.

Other notable features are a 40-ounce removable water tank, an automatic shut-off function after nine minutes and a 1,350-watt power rating.

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Nespresso Inissiainissia

The less expensive Nespresso Inissia also uses capsules. It retails for $149 from Nespresso but sometimes goes on sale there and on Amazon.

The Inissia is almost 3 inches shorter than the VertuoLine and about half the weight, at just 5.29 pounds. It comes in a variety of colors, including black, gray, red, silver, white and cream.

The Inissia delivers two cup sizes: a 1.35-ounce espresso and a 3.72-ounce “lungo.” It holds 11 used capsules, to the VertuoLine’s 13.

The Inissia also has a smaller water tank and a lower power rating than the VertuoLine, but both shut off automatically after nine minutes.

Capsules vary in price, but Nespresso’s lungo capsules — including the Envivo Lungo — generally cost between 70 and 75 cents.

Pour a cup

What’s it all mean? We’ll break it down for you.

The Nespresso VertuoLine is bigger and more versatile than the Inissia. With its larger water tank and cup size capacity, many coffee and espresso drinkers will find it’s worth the price.

But the Inissia might be exactly what you need at the price you want. It costs $50 less and uses up less counter space. Picking a more affordable model from the outset could save you in the long run, especially since you’ll need to buy capsules.

Regardless of model, think about putting your purchase on a rewards credit card. Depending on your bonus categories, you might receive a considerable amount of cash back from your coffee maker.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @courtneynerd.