Nespresso Essenza Mini vs Essenza Plus- Review in 2022

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Essenza Plus-A Quick Overview       

Nespresso offers two lines of Capsule-based Espresso machines.

  • Nespresso Original Line: use 19 bar pump to extract shots from capsules
  • Nespresso Vertuo line: Use centrifugation technique (rapid capsule spinning) to extract shot from barcode enabled Capsule but is also able to brew standard coffee up to 17 oz.

Nespresso Original line takes advantage of the Nespresso vertuo line because their pump tends to produce more authentic espresso-based drinks, their coffee tends to be hotter, and no barcode scanning system giving you the advantage to enjoy varieties of drinks by finding 3rd party less expensive Nespresso pods/capsules.

The Difference between Essenza Mini and Essenza plus is, that Essenza mini is a great Entry-level Nespresso machine in terms of brewing Espresso, perfect for those coffee lovers who have limited counter space in the kitchen. Later on, Nespresso launched a new and improved version of Essenza mini with some great additional features.

  • Larger water Reservoir (34 oz instead of 20 oz) 4 pre-programmed cup sizes (addition of 2), including 5.05 oz. Americano and 6.75 oz. Americano XL.
  • One-touch capsule order
  • Hot water button ( hot water on demand)
  • Connectivity

Nespresso Essenza is manufactured and sold under two brand name: DeLonghi and Breville. The practical functionality of both brands is almost the same, with a little bit of variation in design.

Each machine comes with a convenient bundle pack of 14 Nespresso capsules with different aromas to help you choose your favorite drink.

You can buy Essenza Plus with Aeroccino3, which comes with a milk frother if you want to enjoy creamy cappuccinos. Essenza mini doesn’t have any built-in milk frother; you need to buy it separately.

Additionally, Essenza plus let you control coffee volume. However, if you want more control over your coffee cup, we recommend you choose Nespresso Creatista plus (Let you control milk temperature, froth level, and coffee volume).

Nespresso Essenza Mini vs Essenza Plus- A comparison table

Model Nespresso Essenza plus (DeLonghi)  Nespresso Essenza mini (Breville)
 Dimension 15.6 x 4.7 x 10.1 inches 12 x 3.3 x 8.03 inches
Weight 7.17 IB 5.1 IB
Brew cup sizes
1.35 oz. espresso, 3.70 oz. lungo, 5.05 oz. Americano, 6.75 oz. Americano XL

Espresso and  Lungo
Water tank capacity 34 oz 20.3 oz
Auto shut off yes yes
Container capacity 11 6
Pump Pressure 19 bar 19 Bar
Bluetooth& Wi-Fi yes no
Flow stop yes yes
mobile App yes no

Also Read: Nespresso Vertuo Next Vs Plus

Let’s Review each of these machines and decide which machine is better for you.

1) Design

Nespresso Essenza mini is more compact than Essenza plus.

With a smaller profile (Dimension: 12 x 3.3 x 8.03 inches), the Nespresso Essenza mini takes up very little space on the countertop and is ideal for a small kitchen. Essenza mini features a boxy appearance with a small base that allows it to blend pretty nicely with many other kitchen countertop appliances.

On the other hand, Essenza plus (15.6 x 4.7 x 10.1 inches) is a hair larger than Essenza mini. Essenza plus is quite smaller than other Nespresso models. The water reservoir of Essenza plus is 66% larger than Essenza mini, which is very nice if you favor larger capsule sizes.

2)Coffee preparation options

Essenza mini is part of Nespresso Original line models. These machines are capable only of brewing high concentrated shots of coffee used in popular drinks, e.g., lattes and cappuccinos.

There are two buttons available on the Essenza mini 

  • One button brews a 1.35 oz. espresso shot(A highly concentrated form of coffee)
  • another button brew is 3.7 oz. lungo (Italian style coffee – single espresso shot with more water

You won’t be able to brew Americano types of coffee with the help of this machine. To have the option of brewing both espresso and regular drinks, you need to choose the Nespresso Vertuo line machine.

DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Plus offers you four different coffee sizes: Espresso (1.35 oz.), Lungo (3.7 oz.), Americano (0.85 espressos followed with 4.2 oz. of hot water), and Americano XL (1.35 oz. coffee and 5.4 oz. hot water)

With the help of the top button on the machine, you can brew Espresso and Lungo cup sizes. The hot button on Essenza plus allow you for automatic brewing of Americano. The hot button also helps to get a fancy hot cup of tea instead of coffee.

Essenza plus is pre-programmed to get you the best cup of coffee, but you can still customize your coffee volume according to your preference.

3)Using the Aeroccino

Nespresso Essenza mini doesn’t have any built-in frother. To brew lattes and cappuccino-related drinks, you can buy aeroccino 3 or 4 milk frothers separately for your own home barista setup. Numerous value bundles are available that contain both this espresso maker and the Aeroccino 3 frother. For absolutely delicious cappuccinos, the Aeroccino provides the most cloud-like frothed milk.

You can buy Essenza Plus with Aeroccino 3 milk frother to expand your drinking options if you love milk-based coffee. You can make a creamy cup of coffee with options like hot milk and milk froth.

4)Water Reservoir

Essenza mini comes with a water reservoir with a capacity of 20.3 oz. This means that you need to refill the tank again and again if you have a visitor in your home.

Essenza plus comes with a water reservoir having a capacity of 34oz. So, you don’t need to refill the tank after every brew. A larger reservoir provides more convenience, but it requires more storage space. As mentioned, the water reservoir of Essenza plus is 66 % larger than Essenza mini; therefore, it occupies more space.

Additionally, the water reservoir in Essenza plus is Adjustable, which means it can be moved around the machine to accommodate any countertop.

Also, a cylindrical body-shaped water reservoir has a transparent body, which means you can check the level of water and know when to refill it.

5)Capsule compatibility

Both machines are part of the Nespresso Original line which means they are compatible with all original line capsules either from NESPRESSO or other brands. You can also use Refillable capsules, but make sure to check the quality before purchasing, as these capsules are not built well and may cause the needle to break inside the machine and void your warranty.

6)Quality of coffee

Both Essenza mini and Essenza plus produce excellent quality coffee.

You can expect the same quality of coffee from both Essenza mini and Essenza plus. Also, you can try 16 different varieties of Espresso Grands Crus pods and will find no significant difference in their taste.

Also, being part of Nespresso Original Line machines, Original line Capsules are compatible with both machines allowing you to discover your favorite flavors.

Guide about Nespresso intensity level. Capsule compatible with Your Nespresso machine model

So, Essenza mini takes some advantage over Essenza plus, considering its compact size and the same quality of coffee delivered quickly. Both machines take around 30 seconds to heat up before brewing espresso and rich crema into your mug. However, your top priority will always be Essenza plus in terms of Americano-based drinks.

7)Price &Value

Essenza Mini is the most budget-friendly Nespresso original line machine available in the market. The suggested retail price is 146.95$. Bundle with Aeroccino 3 milk frother has a suggested price of 195.95$ (50$ saving if buying separately).

If you find this price tag quite expensive, a better way to look is to look at the daily cost of using Essenza mini at home vs. drinking coffee at the coffee shop.

I have made the table to make it quite easy for you to understand.

  Bundle with Aeroccino milk frother ($195 / 365 days) $0.53
  Espresso Pod $0.75
Milk And Other Add-ins $0.30
Total Per Drink  $1.58

 This makes a total drinking cost of making coffee. This cost is pretty less than spending 10x of it on Starbucks. If you regular spending money on buying a fancy drink, we believe you can save money by buying this machine.

On the other hand, the Essenza plus is almost 60$ expensive than the Essenza mini because of having some additional features.

  • Two additional coffee sizes(5 oz Americano and 6.7 oz Americano XL)
  • Larger water reservoir
  • Larger capsule container ( hold five additional pods)
  • Wireless connectivity

So it is completely your call to invest in a machine b, taking into consideration what kind of drink you want to brew a variety of features in both machine and user experience.

the additional feature in Essenza Plus

Let’s discuss some additional features in Essenza plus, which cost it quite more expensive than Essenza mini.

1) One-touch reordering system

In Essenza plus, you can reorder pre-defined Capsule by pressing the one-touch reorder button on the machine. Pre-defined capsule order delivered to your doorstep.

All you need is to connect your coffee machine to a Wi-Fi network after downloading the Nespresso app and pairing the machine with your smartphone through Bluetooth

2) Used Capsule container capacity.

Essenza plus provides a large used capsule container to provide you with great convenience. It can hold 11 capsules means you don’t need to empty it after every use. This feature is extremely helpful when you are brewing larger no of cups, especially when you have visitors at your home.

3)Heat up button

The heat-up button allows you to reach the ideal temperature of brewing in 30 seconds. However, many users are not satisfied with it and complain that their coffee is not hot enough.

4)Bluetooth & Wi-Fi connectivity

Install the Nespresso app on your smartphone and connect Essenza plus to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; it will send you a maintenance notification. You can also change pre-programmed recipes according to your preference.

However, some customers have complained about the machine’s Bluetooth connection being poor and failure to connect to a Wi-Fi connection.

5)Descaling Alarm

The Nespresso Essenza Plus also has a descaling alert, which serves as a reminder of the device’s quality and maintenance. The amount of time it takes to descale your machine depends on the hardness of your water and how often you use it. The Essenza Plus includes a built-in LED that blinks to indicate when descaling is required.

Our verdict

Should you upgrade your current Essenza mini to Essenza plus (or other Nespresso machines)? This question totally relates to your interest

  • Whether you need Hot water on demand or not?
  • You want Americano that is smoother and less bitter than a shot of espresso and lungo
  • Do you need one-touch reorder and connectivity options?

Essenza Mini is a better option than Essenza plus.

Despite the additional features of Essenza plus, we’ll recommend you choose Breville Nespresso Essenza mini for those who want to use the Nespresso pod coffee system. Essenza mini not only has a compact design and is lighter, but it also costs almost half the price of Essenza plus.

As far as talking about additional features in Essenza plus, you can still make Americanos using any Nespresso machine. Just add hot water to the kettle. However, if you’re in a scenario where you can’t keep a kettle and want an all-in-one solution, the Essenza Plus could be the best option.

As far as new innovations in Essenza plus, like connectivity and a one-touch reorder system, we don’t think it is necessary at all. You can still use the app to order your capsules and get your recipes without the need to have it directly connected to your machine.

Essenza Mini vs Inissia

Other than design, the practical functionality of both machines is almost the same. Nespresso Inissia features with 20% larger water reservoir, can hold 11 capsules instead of 6, and heats up 5 sec faster than Essenza mini.

We recommend you go with a machine that is budget-friendly.

Essenza Mini vs. Pixie

Other than design, there is some minor difference in the functionality of both machines. Essenza mini and pixie both can only prepare espresso and lungs. Pixie heats up 5-second faster, has a 20% larger water reservoir, and holds 11 capsules instead of 6 (means not to refill it again after every brew).

If you really don’t care about design, we recommend you go with a machine that has a low price.

Most Frequently asked Questions

Is Essenza Mini noisy?

The Essenza Mini is one of the quietest Nespresso machines available. It’s louder than a whisper, but it’s nothing like the rumbling, spitting noises made by many other Nespresso machines.

Which Nespresso Essenza is best?

The Essenza Mini is the finest option if you only want espressos from your Nespresso machine and don’t want to heat the water separately to prepare an Americano.

 What Does 19bar Mean?

The number represents the pressure used in espresso machines to drive water through coffee grinds. It extracts the coffee taste, oils, and fragrance when this happens throughout the brewing process. The result is a high-quality coffee with a delicious flavor and aroma discharged into your cup.

can I use other coffee pods for the Nespresso machine?

Yes, other coffee pods or capsules are made by companies other than Nespresso. They’ll function fine with a Nespresso coffee machine as long as they’re Nespresso compatible. Compatible pods from Starbucks, Hotel Chocolate, Real Coffee, Gourmesso, and more brands are available.