3 tips to make Nespresso machine quieter when it’s too loud

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Johny Morrisson

Nespresso machines offer unmatchable convenience and deliver a great cup of coffee. But it’s also the fact that Nespresso makes a very loud noise compared to other coffee makers. As well, Nespresso machines become louder with time.  

This article will discuss why Nespresso machines are loud, how to make Nespresso machines quieter, and the factors while purchasing a quieter coffee machine.

why is your Nespresso so loud?

Nespresso machines don’t start off being too loud. But all Nespresso machine users know that noise level starts to rise over time.

Naturally, the coffee machine makes some noise during coffee preparation because of the motion of internal parts

  • Water pump pumping motion
  • Vibrations of internal parts which are connected with pumping water
  • Movement of bearing
  • Circulation of water through the thermo block

Usually, the main reason behind the Nespresso machine or any other coffee machine being louder is limescale buildup.

If you don’t clean your machine regularly, dirt and calcium deposits build up inside the machine which eventually results in loud noises while brewing coffee.

Another reason why Nespresso is too loud is that the bearing inside the machine wears out over time.  

If you are a technical person you can change this bearing by yourself or you can seek help from some technician to get it done for you.

3 ways to make Nespresso machine quieter

You can make the Nespresso machine quieter by

  • Proper cleaning and descaling
  • Changing the bearing of the machine if it’s malfunctioning
  • Placing the machine on some woolen cloth to minimize the vibrations.

Let’s go through each factor in detail.

I) Cleaning and Descaling

Descaling your machine is the ultimate solution to this problem. 

Water flow gets obstructed when there is a mineral buildup inside the machine, which makes the machine louder. 

It is recommended to descale your machine once every three months. And if the water quality is bad in your vicinity you have to do it more often.

You can find the descaling instructions in the manual guide which is a little different for every model.

Descaling the machine will significantly lower the noise of your Nespresso machine if you haven’t done it for a while.

Read a guide on how to properly clean the Nespresso machines

II) Change the bearing

If your Nespresso is still loud after the descaling then you have to change the bearing of the machine.

Bearing inside the machine gets worn out with time and can start making too loud noise.

The good news is you can change this bearing by yourself to make your Nespresso machine quieter. But it’s a little complicated task.

I don’t recommend this fix if your machine is still in the Warranty period. Because opening the machine will void the warranty. And you can’t claim the warranty if something bad happens to your machine in the future.

Moreover, the period of Warranty from Nespresso is one year. And I don’t think that bearing degrades that quickly.  

Proceed with this fix only when your Nespresso starts making unbearable noise and it’s more than a year old so you have nothing to lose.

Don’t buy cheap metal bearings because they degrade very quickly and start making even more noise. You can get a good stainless steel bearing in the range of 3 to 5 bucks.

Watch this video tutorial. It will help you disassemble the machine and replace the bearings.

iII) Place the machine on some woolen cloth

This is more like a traditional trick to minimize the loud noise of any machine. And the best part is it actually works quite well.

The vibrations of the machine increase when the machine is placed on a ceramic or wooden floor. As a result, the machine makes more noise.

On the other hand, if you place the machine on a woolen cloth or towel, the vibrations are dampened, thus reducing the noise it makes.   

You can also use rubber feet or pads to minimize the noise and vibrations of the Nespresso machine.

What Makes Nespresso Machine Loud?

1. Extraction Process

There is a difference in the extraction process of the Original line and Vertuoline Nespresso machines.

Original line Nespresso machines brew like traditional espresso machines by pressurizing the water. While Vertoline line Nespresso machines work on centrifugation technology.

In general Original Line Nespresso machines are quieter than Vertuoline Nespresso machines.

Read a guide on Nespresso Vertuo line vs Original line

2. Milk Frother

Some Nespresso models come with a built-in milk frother, and some models come without it.

The Milk frother makes a very loud noise, and sometimes it is unbearable.

If you don’t stand the sound, then it is recommended to go with a manual milk frother and a Nespresso Essenza machine.

However, if you want to buy a Nespresso machine with a milk frother, Gran Lattisima will be a good choice as it makes less noise compared to other models. Check out the review of Nespresso Gran Lattissima

Which Nespresso Machine Makes Less Noise

The Nespresso Essenza Mini is the quietest Nespresso machine. It makes less than 55 decibels of noise which is about the same level as a normal conversation.

This compact machine comes without a milk frother and can quickly make espresso and lungo shots. It delivers on taste while keeping things quiet!

I have compiled a list of 4 best quietest Nespresso machines. Make sure to check it out if you want one!

Final Thoughts

It is quite common for Nespresso machines to start making loud noises after some time of use. This is mainly because of limescale buildup.

Fortunately, to resolve it, all you just need to do is regularly clean and descale your Nespresso machine.

And if your machine is old and you have already tried the descaling and it’s not working for you. Then it’s time to replace the bearings.


Why does your Nespresso machine vibrate so much?

Some vibrations in your Nespresso machine are normal, but excessive vibration can be a sign of a problem.
Nespresso machines use a pump to force hot water through the coffee grounds. This pumping action generates vibrations!
It is important to ensure that the machine is placed on a flat, stable surface and is properly cleaned to avoid excessive wear and tear that can cause vibration.

How loud are most Nespresso coffee machines?

The Entry level Nespresso Models without milk frothers make 55-65 dB of noise while the models with milk frothers make 70-75 dB of noise.
Note: dB is a logarithmic scale and things get really louder when the levels go above 70 dB

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Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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