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Breville Nespresso Vertuo Review

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Nespresso Vertuo


  • Patented Centrifusion Technology
  • Capsule Recognition Technology
  • 40-ounce removable reservoir
  • Compact size (8.3 x 11.91 inches)
  • Lightweight at just 12 pounds
  • One-Touch interface
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Nespresso Vertuo


  • Patented Centrifusion Technology
  • Capsule Recognition Technology
  • 40-ounce removable reservoir
  • Compact size (8.3 x 11.91 inches)
  • Lightweight at just 12 pounds
  • One-Touch interface
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Breville Nespresso Vertuo Review Summary

Chock full of features that appeal to people after cafe-quality coffee at home, the Breville Nespresso Vertuo regularly ranks among the best affordable coffee makers on the market

Nespresso’s Vertuoline was introduced to cater to the American market, where bean enthusiasts prefer larger cups of coffee and espresso. It’s no surprise then, that the Vertuoline’s generous and tasty coffees continue to be such a hit.

Compared to other Nespresso and collaborative machines, the Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine can be seen as an entry-level choice. There is a noticeable lack of customizable features, but what it lacks in this regard it more than makes up for in quality and convenience.

This machine is powerful thanks to systems not found in Nespresso’s OriginalLine such as the company’s patented Capsule Recognition and Centrifusion technologies. 

The former automatically matches your machine’s settings to the pods you’re using. The latter rotates your coffee pods at ridiculous speeds for a smoother, tastier, higher-quality coffee that you’re hard-pressed to get from other machines.

While its one-touch interface, hardware, and functions aren’t anything to write home about, it shines where it counts: in making excellent coffee. That alone makes it worth investing in and speaks volumes to just how great this little machine is.


  • Centrifusion Technology for a smoother blend
  • Automated for optimized performance and energy efficiency
  • Removable parts for easier maintenance
  • User-friendly One-Touch interface
  • Compact build


    • Not programmable
    • Not a budget-friendly choice
    • Some issues with lukewarm coffees

    Features and Benefits of the Breville Nespresso Vertuo

    At first glance, the Breville Nespresso Vertuo doesn’t look like all that much, so why buy it over larger, fancier looking machines? 

    Take a look at its cool features to understand why this plucky little coffee maker shouldn’t be overlooked.

    Patented Brewing Technologies

    The Vertuo (product code BNV220CRO1BUC1) is an excellent example of why Nespresso’s VertuoLine is so innovative. Though the OriginalLine is a firm favorite, it’s missing the updated systems and technologies found in Vertuo machines. This coffee maker has two features that give it the upper hand over most competitors. 

    As mentioned, the Capsule Recognition Technology is as sophisticated as it is nifty. It works by reading the barcodes of the coffee pods you use and then optimizing your coffee maker’s brewing settings accordingly. You don’t have to exclusively stick to Nespresso coffee and if you’re in the mood for other brands, the machine won’t muck it up.

    More importantly, is the patented Centrifusion Technology. Your coffee pods rotate at lightning speeds — up to 7000 times a minute — to more effectively blend the grounds with the hot water. This gives you smoother, stronger coffee as a result and is a sorely underrated feature of Nespresso’s VertuoLine.

    Convenient Maintenance

    Few models are as easy to take care of as the Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine.

    For one, its removable reservoir and spill stray make for easy rinsing and cleaning, which is always appreciated. It also includes used capsule storage and can hold up to 20 pods at a time.

    Not to mention that handy descaling alert that tells you when it’s time to clean the machine’s chamber out. While it doesn’t have a rinse function and some elbow grease is required, it’s better to be proactive and avoid a harder task later, something the descaling alert ensures.

    Brews Coffee And Espresso

    The Breville Nespresso Vertuo brews espresso — a feature that’s important to those looking for something punchier than filter coffee. Many pod coffee makers lack this function, so this model gets extra points here.

    What makes it really nifty, though, is that it’s not just an espresso machine. It can brew coffee just as easily and just as well — a much-needed touch of variety to an otherwise limited machine.

    In some ways, it compensates for the absence of temperature and brew-strength controls. You can’t adjust the strength of your coffee or espresso, but it’s great that you can choose between the two. As any coffee aficionado knows, sometimes you need a shot and sometimes you want a long sip-worthy coffee.

    Automatic Functions

    An auto-off function is always appreciated in a coffee maker as it saves energy and therefore money. It’s also handy on those busy mornings when you’re in a hurry as you can leave the machine unattended without worrying about whether it’s still on. Even better, the automatic shut down kicks in nine minutes after your last brew.

    The aforementioned descaling alert is a nice addition as well. Sure, it won’t do the work for you, but the machine will tell you when it needs servicing, which is one less thing to think about.

    There’s also an auto-eject function that deposits your spent pods into the storage container without intervention from you. It’s a simple addition that makes a world of difference when it comes to ease of use.

    When it comes to convenience, three features kick the Breville Nespresso Vertuo up a notch. Take into account its size and it’s arguably one of the most efficient compact coffee makers on the market.

    User-Friendly Design

    It’s not much to look at, but there’s a charm to its simplicity. Yes, functionality matters but ultimately the Vertuo isn’t hindered by its limitations.

    In fact, its simplicity may be its greatest feature — gift it to your granddad, for example, and he won’t struggle to operate the machine. And for people who don’t want the hassle of too many bells and whistles getting in the way of good coffee, the Vertuo is a boon.

    Its One-Touch interface means there’s nothing to program, set, or even think about, except your cup size and coffee choice. For those who are not technology inclined, this is a godsend.

    The Vertuo is Fast

    At only 15 seconds, the Vertuo’s heating time is mere nanoseconds when compared to similar machines. While it’s unclear how quickly the Breville Nespresso Vertuo brews coffee (or espresso), it still deserves some praise for how little time it takes to prepare.

    What Do Users Say About the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine?

    How can we be certain the Breville Vertuo delivers on its promises

    I investigated buyer reviews to see what the good people of the internet have to say about this coffee maker.

    As expected, the vast majority of buyers are impressed. Positive comments note its speed, operation, and the automatic functions (particularly the pod disposal). Users are pleased with the resulting coffee and espresso and mention that the machine is efficient and consistent

    Many say they wish they had bought a Breville Nespresso Vertuo sooner.

    On the other hand, there is one common criticism: the machine sometimes lacks heat and so the coffee can come out lukewarm. Some say it affects the flavor, as the machine doesn’t extract the coffee enough, this is subjective though.

    Overall, I couldn’t find any earth-shattering complaints about this model. The overall verdict is that this machine is a winner.

    Alternatives To The Breville Nespresso Vertuo

    The Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine is clearly a favorite, but that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. You could be looking for something a little more sophisticated, or easier on the wallet. If so, here are my recommendations.

    This machine is an excellent choice if you’re looking for value for money. It has a few more options than the Breville Nespresso Vertuo, and you’ll save a bit as well. It’s got a handy LED screen controlled by a simple toggle stick that you can use to set your brew size and temperature.

    The Dolce Gusto uses a 15-bar pressure system to brew coffee. Using select pods, choose between Americano, espresso, cappuccino, latte, and more. You can even set it to brew cold coffee if you want. It’s a fantastic machine at a reasonable price.

    Excellent value for money

    Brew size and temperature control functions

    LED screen

    Here’s a budget option for you, but don’t let its price fool you into thinking it’s an inferior machine. Features include five cup size settings, a removable 30-ounce reservoir, and a two-in-one brewer that accepts both pods and grounds.

    The highlight is the milk frother that you can use to make warm and cold froth set to your desired density. It’s a great machine for rich coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate — and it works fast too. Sure, you won’t get espressos, but it’s still a worthy contender.

    Four-in-one milk frother

    Five cup sizes

    Brews pods and grounds

    For a similar price, you can get a truly luxurious and sophisticated coffee maker. The Cuisinart Premium goes all out in its features, so if you’re looking for choice over everything else, it’s highly recommended.

    An LED screen includes size and temperature control, timer, and auto-off settings. This coffee maker has a removable 72-ounce reservoir, with a charcoal water filter included. There’s also an option for plain hot water, and a rinse function, which could be its greatest feature as it cuts down on cleaning time.

    Programmable LED Screen

    Rinse function

    Water filters included


    The Breville Nespresso Vertuo is without a doubt a machine worth investing in. It’s easy to use, offers variety where it matters most, and utilizes sophisticated technology to brew great coffee.

    It’s perfect for coffee fans who want convenience without compromising on quality — because this machine’s brews are excellent.

    Still, compared to other machines in its league it is limited in its functionality. I don’t know about you, but I am nitpicky when it comes to my coffee, so less choice in return for better coffee isn’t an important grievance.

    This little machine may be the closest to pure coffee perfection we have because the good ultimately far, far outweighs the bad — and that’s rare.

    Breville Nespresso Vertuo FAQs

    What’s the Difference Between the Breville Nespresso Vertuo and Vertuo Plus?

    All VertuoLine machines use the same technology and therefore have the same features. The Vertuo Plus, however, has a sleeker design and is quieter than its predecessor.

    Does the Breville Nespresso Vertuo Come With a Milk Frother?

    No, but you can purchase a Vertuo milk frother as an add-on.

    Can You Use Regular Nespresso Pods in the Breville Nespresso Vertuo?

    Unfortunately not. All VertuoLine machines accept Vertuo pods only.

    What Is the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine’s Product Number?

    The Breville Vertuo’s model number is BNV220CRO1BUC1.