how long do Nespresso machines last?

According to a recent study, a typical coffee machine usually lasts between 6 to 10 years, depending on your type and model and whether it has commercial usage or is used for domestic purposes.

According to recent research, here is a quick overview of the life expectancy of some popular coffee machines.

Machine  Life Expectancy Estimation in year
Nespresso machine Between 6-10 year  
drip filter coffee machine Between 5-10 year
  A fully automatic espresso machine  approximately ten years
Drip-Brew Machines Between 5-10 year

Now, you must be wondering that ten years is too ridiculously long time to keep the machine.

Although for a coffee machine, most of the brands won’t guarantee a warranty not higher for more than 1-2 years; this implies that if you don’t take care of the machine properly, then you will end up spending a fortune on the brand new machine over time.

This is serious; you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a machine that breaks down a couple of days after its warranty. With proper maintenance and care, you will get some miles out of your purchase.

how long does a Nespresso machine last?

With proper care and maintenance, your Nespresso machine could last for up to 10 years. Nespresso machines are pretty hard and hardly have some serious issue that causes them to break. However, how you take care of your machine will determine how long your machine will last.

Nespresso coffee makers are generally made of quality parts it will provide you with quality coffee for a longer period.

However, if you want to get the most out of your machine then you have to maintain and take care of your machine properly.

So let’s discuss how you can extend the lifespan of the Nespresso machine by avoiding some common coffee machine mistakes.

5 Tips for Extending Lifespan of Nespresso coffee machine

There are several ways by which you can increase the life span of the Nespresso coffee machine, and many of them are simple as basic maintenance tips and guidelines.

Tip #1) Cleaning and descaling your Nespresso machine

Why cleaning a coffee machine is necessary?

The reason is that dust and nasty bacterial can build up in a coffee machine that causes problems like overheating, and calcium deposit buildup; these deposits prevent the heating element from boiling your water, in turn, giving you colder and underextracted coffee. Unfortunately, if you won’t clean your machine deeply every week, your machine won’t last for a longer period.

Descale your Machine

Descaling process is important as it removes the calcium and limescale buildup from your machine and makes your machine to function properly for a longer period.

Coffee Expert recommends that descaling be performed once in 3 months or 300 coffees, whichever comes first!

Check out this article on how to descale Nespresso vertuoline machines.

Tip#2) Keep your Nespresso machine in a cool, dry place.

The impact of the surrounding environment highly affects the Nespresso machine as it affects the productivity of your machine in the long run.

Keep the following things in mind while choosing where you place your Nespresso machine.

  Environment Impact
  Keep machine dry Water can cause components of machines to rust internally and cause electronic failure.
So, it’s very important to keep your machine in a dry environment.
 Sea breeze environment If you have a home near the sea, salty air is super corrosive and can cause great damage.
In that case keep your machine in cupboard or drawer or cover it with some cloth or plastic sheet.
  Avoid direct sunlight contact Avoid placing your machine in front of a window. Because in the presence of direct sunlight machine will absorb a lot of heat which causes the component to expand which leads to mechanical fatigue and parts of machines may crack.

Tip#3) Avoid using 3rd party capsule

If you use 3rd party capsules or reusable capsule make sure there quality is good and they are from some well reputed brand.

If you use low quality 3rd party capsules from unkonown brand, there is a chance that they can damage your machine or cause leakages because the 3rd party capsule may not be exactly the right size for a specific Nespresso machine capsule mechanism.

Tip#4) never let the machine water tank run dry

Unfortunately, most Nespresso machines are not capable of detecting whether the water tank is empty or about to run dry. As a result, the machine will continue to pump water from the tank even if it’s completely dry. In this case, the pump is sucking air into your coffee maker, which can damage it.  

What are there consequences?

  • Air bubbles are created in the piping of machine which can cause damage to the pump.
  • If the air makes it way through the heating element it will cause damage to it. Because there will be no enough water to cool the heating element

Make sure that your Nespresso water tank is almost half full of water.

Tip#5) Switch off the machine after use

If you leave your machine switch on regularly after every usage then for the sake of your machine stop doing it.

Becuase it not only cause the wastage of energy, but a continuous flow of electricity can damage internal machine mechanics and wear the components apart quickly.

Everyone is guilty of doing this, especially when last-minute coffee is the last thing you do before leaving the house.

Now many Nespresso machines come with auto shut-off features to resolve this issue. But if you have an older model that lacks an auto shut-off feature, you must keep your eye on the switch button.

As discussed earlier, the lifespan of Nespresso can only be increased if you maintain and take care of it properly. Here is a general maintenance guide that is highly recommended for you to follow if you want to enhance the lifespan of your Nespresso machine.

  • Clean all the removable parts of the machine with fresh water to remove any remaining coffee residues.
  • Remove the used capsules from the machine as soon as you finished brewing.  
  • Check the level of the water tank and make sure it is full every day 
  • Thoroughly clean the water tank every week 
  • Clean the exterior surfaces of the machine with a damp cloth.

Read more: Nespresso Vertuo Next Vs Plus

When to upgrade your Nespresso coffee machine?

A famous saying is you get what you pay for. It applies equally to coffee machines. If you had made a great investment in purchasing a coffee machine and you have been keeping it in good condition through proper care and maintenance, then you will probably keep it running for a good five years or more.

However, it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved coffee machine if it starts disturbing you and makes you spent money on repairing every now and then.

If you have any of the following issues, it might be time to finally say goodbye.

  • It’s broken
  • It’s outdated (Say more then 8 years old)
  • Coffee pod problem
  • Start brewing cold coffee even after descaling

If you are facing problems with Nespresso try resetting it to the factory settings. Read a detailed guide on how to reset Nespresso machines


As discussed, the estimated lifespan of the Nespresso machine is 6-10 years. But it depends upon you how you use your machine.

By following a simple maintenance routine, you will be able not only to increase the lifespan of your machine but secure your investment for the longer term.

In addition, with proper care, it will serve you with great-tasting coffee for a longer period, as good as it was when you first invested in your Nespresso machine.

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