We have been committed recently to running some tests on single serve coffee machines. Our aim is to bring you impartial advice on some of the options out there which will help you to make an informed decision about which machine is the best fit for you.
Of course, we couldn’t review coffee machines without trying a Nespresso machine! We tested their latest offering, the Nespresso Pixie to see how it faired against other market leaders.
The Features of the Nespresso Pixie
“The Nespresso Pixie coffee machine offers avant garde design with elegance and functionality. Equipped with a wide range of advanced features, the Pixie machine is energy efficient with a surprisingly compact design.”
The Nespresso Pixie includes all of the standard Nespresso features. If you’ve used a Nespresso before, you will already be familiar with the Pixie’s technology. If not, feast your eyes on these fab features:
- Thermoblock heating technology: The heating system in the Nespresso Pixie means your water is heated within twenty five to thirty seconds of switching the machine on.
- The folding drip tray allows you to choose the best position to suit the cup you are using.
- Two sizes: Espresso and lungo.
- Programmable settings: You can enhance your experience by tweaking the settings to perfectly match your personal taste.
- Large water tank: The water tank holds 240z of water and is removable for easy cleaning and refilling.
- Comes with an inbuilt used capsule container which holds up to ten capsules meaning you aren’t constantly trailing between your machine and your bin.
- LED indicators: The indicators show when the water tank is empty. The buttons are also backlit, meaning the it is easier than ever to see the buttons clearly and this reduces the risk of hitting the wrong button.
- 19 bar pump: This high pressure pump means the brewing process is just right for the perfect extraction. This leads to an intense flavour and also produces the right consistency of crema.
- Automatic power of function: The machine will automatically switch off nine minutes after use. This is a great power saving tool if you regularly forget to turn your machine off!
The Nespresso Pixie package comes with:
- The Pixie machine
- The user manual
- Information folder
- A standard twelve month warranty
- A welcome pack with sixteen Grands Crus Nespresso capsules to allow you to try the flavours and find your favourite one
It also has options for extended warranties:
- An extended warranty of three or four years for a small additional fee.
How well Does the Machine Work?
This compact little machine is pretty easy to use. The capsules are easy enough to insert and remove.
Reprogramming the buttons is an easy process and it’s very convenient being able to save your own personal preferences.
To make your coffee, simply insert your capsule and choose whether you would like an espresso (an intense shot of coffee) or a lungo (a slightly longer drink). You can then add your milk and sugar to taste.
The water tank heats up quickly and provides a hot enough, but not too hot, steady stream. The pump really does make a difference too to the body of the coffee.
The Advantages of the Nespresso Pixie
Here are some of the advantages of choosing this machine over some of the other machines available:
- Fast brewing
- Good tasting coffee
- Programmable to your own taste settings
- Well made – not cheap plastic
- Access to the Nespresso Club: By purchasing your capsules directly from Nespresso, you haves access to the Nespresso Club, meaning you receive personalised advice and tech support for your machine, and can utilise the capsule recycling service too
The Disadvantages of the Nespresso Pixie
Here are some of the disadvantages of choosing this machine over some of the other machines available:
- Although Nespresso have always recommended using their branded capsules, with the Pixie, they have ensured that only their own brand capsules will work. Not great if you don’t like their blends, and the capsules are pretty expensive, working out at 70c per cup.
- This machine is quite expensive compared to similar models. However, it is well made and sturdy.
- It’s ugly! (Sorry Nespresso!)
Top Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Machine
Here are some ways to ensure your machine lasts well and always makes great tasting drink:
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Ensure the machine is cleaned regularly and thoroughly
- Descale the machine regularly
- Use the correct capsules (there’s no choice about this now, although I’m sure some clever users will have found a work around!)
- A little bonus tip: If you are more of an Americano drinker, select the espresso setting and brew the coffee. Without changing the capsule, continue to brew espressos, which will pull plain water through the now empty capsule. Repeat this process until you have the volume you require.
Who is the Pixie Best Suited to?
The Nespresso Pixie is ideal for anyone who wants a pod or capsule machine with a wide choice of flavours available. The Nespresso capsule range is impressive with something to suit every taste.
The fast brewing process makes this machine ideal for families as there’s no waiting around between cups.
Who is the Pixie Not Best Suited to?
If you don’t like the taste of Nespresso coffee, steer clear of this machine as you are now beholden to use them.
This machine isn’t the best choice for anyone on a tight budget either, as although it does have some great features, it doesn’t really warrant the price tag.
The Nespresso Pixie, the latest addition to the Nespresso coffee maker family, is a great little compact machine that’s perfect for smaller spaces. It works well, and offers a good range of different brews and flavors. Not a bad choice!
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