Nespresso Pixie vs. Nespresso U: Which Is Best for You?

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If you live for a great cup of espresso, you’ll want a home brewing machine. But which is best for you? To help you get your espresso fix faster, we lay out below the main differences between the Nespresso Pixie and the Nespresso U.

How Much (Hot) Water?

If you plan to drink a lot of espresso and don’t want to have to refill the water tank as often, consider opting for the Nespresso U. The Nespresso U comes with a 27-ounce water tank, which has a fast preheat time of 25 seconds. The Nespresso Pixie has a water tank that holds only 24 ounces, but it can heat your water up just as fast as the Nespresso U.

Tight on Counter Space?

The Nespresso Pixie stands 9.25 inches high, while the Nespresso U is slightly taller, at 9.8 inches. So if you have low cabinets, you may want to buy the Nespresso Pixie.

You will also want to consider width and depth: The Nespresso Pixie is 4.33 inches wide and 12.83 inches deep, while the Nespresso U is 4.5 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep. If you have a lot of space on your counter, the Nespresso U could work for you.

Weight is another thing to consider. If you don’t plan on keeping your machine on the counter and will be moving it in and out of a cabinet, keep in mind that the Nespresso U weighs 6.6 pounds – less than the Pixie – which weighs 9 pounds. You should also know that the Nespresso U features a swiveling water tank so you can position it left or right, or place it in the back, depending on your counter space.

How Many Cup Sizes?

The Nespresso U has automatic memorization of three cup sizes – espresso, lungo and ristretto – and it also features a magnetic drip tray to make it easier to adjust for any cup size. The Pixie, on the other hand, allows you to select two cup sizes, espresso and lungo; it features a foldable drip tray.

Will It Match the Décor?

If you want your new Nespresso machine to match perfectly with your kitchen, you will want to select the Pixie. It comes in a variety of colors, including red, titanium, indigo, brown, lime, aluminum, carmine, titan and steel blue. The U, meanwhile, comes only in black, cream and orange.

How Much Does It Cost?

The difference in price for these machines by Nespresso, which is noted as a high-end brand by Fortune.com, isn’t a big sticking point: On average the Nespresso Pixie will cost you about $179, while the Nespresso U is just slightly less, at about $175.