Nespresso Vertuo vs Original | (Which Line is Better?)

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Johny Morrisson

Nespresso is a favorite among coffee enthusiasts for its convenient single-serve pod-based coffee makers. It offers two product lines the Vertuo and the Original.

The main difference between the Nespresso Original line and the Vertuo line is that the Original line represents a classic approach, using pressurized pumps to brew espresso shots. While the Vertuo line uses centrifugal brewing technology to prepare Coffee drinks with an aerated layer of crema.

Deciding between Nespresso Original vs Vertuo can be overwhelming. This article will break down the advantages and disadvantages of each line to help you make the best choice for your coffee needs.

Overview of Nespresso Original Line

The original Nespresso line was established over two decades ago and is the most widely recognized among coffee enthusiasts. These straightforward machines use the same pods to brew two sizes: single espresso and lungo.

The machines feature an automatic pump similar to traditional Espresso machines, generating a pressure of 15-19 bars.

Nespresso Original line Machines

The Original line Nespresso machines are compatible with both Nespresso and 3rd party capsules so you have a variety of flavors to choose from.

There are more than 20 models in the Nespresso Original line series from entry-level machines like Essenza mini to high-end cappuccino and Latte makers like Creatista and Lattissima series.

You can get entry-level machines for under 200 dollars while high-end machines cost between 400 to 600 dollars.

Benefits of Nespresso Original over Vertuo

  1. The coffee capsules for original line machines are generally cheaper than Vertuo Capsules
  2. Original line is Compatible with 3rd party capsules so you have more variety and flavors.
  3. Original line machines are relatively cheaper and a wide range of models are available from basic to advanced.
  4. Built-in milk frother available in Original line Lattissima and Creatista series.
  5. Original Line Nespresso machines can be used for making just hot water.  

Cons of Nespresso original line

  1. It can only brew Espresso and Lungo shots or milk-based Espresso drinks (in advanced models).
  2. No options for regular 8 oz coffee!
  3. Relatively more difficult to clean than Vertuo line machines.

Overview of Nespresso Vertuo Line

Nespresso launched its Vertuo line in 2014 to expand into the coffee industry after becoming a monopoly in pod espresso machines.

The Vertuo line machines prepare coffee in five different sizes from single Espresso shot to large Alto XL. Nespresso launched this series mostly to satisfy North American consumers as they prefer full 8-ounce servings of coffee.

Nespresso Vertuo line Series

Nespresso Vertuo uses centrifugation brewing technology in which the capsule revolves at 7000 RPM as the water passes through it. It produces coffee with a rich crema similar to Espresso.

The unique feature of the Vertuo line is that the machine has only one ON/OFF button and everything brewing parameters like the size of the drink, temperature, and time is automated by a barcode imprinted on the capsule.

Currently, the Nespresso Vertuo line offers three models – Vertuo Plus, Vertuo Next, and Vertuo – all priced at approximately $200.

Nespresso has recently launched Lattisima Vertuo which can also brew milk-based drinks. This machine is available for around 500 dollars.

Benefits of Nespresso Vertuo over Original

  1. Although both Nespresso lines are very convenient and user-friendly, the Vertuo line machines go even further in terms of convenience with barcode technology.
  2. With Vertuo line machines, you can brew both regular coffee and Espresso (You just have to select a different capsule).
  3. The centrifugal extraction system creates a thick layer of crema.

Cons of Nespresso Vertuo

  1. No 3rd party can manufacture capsules compatible with Vertuo line machines as the technology is patented by Nespresso. So, the variety of coffee capsules is limited!
  2. The cost of the machine as well as the cost of capsules is relatively higher than the original line machines.
  3. Vertuoline offers very few customizable options.

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What are the differences between Nespresso Original and Vertuo Line?

Now that you know about the Nespresso Original line machine and the Nespresso Vertuo line, let’s make a comprehensive comparison to uncover what’s better!

1. The Brewing Principle

The main difference between the Nespresso Vertuo and Original lines lies in their brewing mechanisms. While both machines produce drinks that appear similar, their working is entirely different.

Nespresso Vertuo and Original Brewing Principle Explained

The Original line features a 19-bar pressurized pump system that is similar to traditional espresso machines.

A needle in the head of a Nespresso machine creates an opening in the coffee capsule, allowing high-pressure water to flow through it, extracting flavor from the coffee grounds and resulting in a rich, decadent shot of espresso.

A similar principle is used in almost all other pod-based Espresso machines.

On the Other hand, Vertuo line machines work on patented centrifugation technology, in which the capsule revolves at 7000 rpm in order to create a pseudo pressure. This centrifugation system prepares a coffee with a thick crema layer.

Similar to the brewing technique, Vertuo coffee pods feature a unique barcode. This barcode allows the machine to automatically determine the optimal amount of water and brewing time for each capsule, ensuring a consistent drink every time.

The one bad thing about the centrifugation system is that it makes a very loud noise compared to the original line machine like Essenza.

For those who appreciate the nuanced flavors of genuine espresso, the original Nespresso line is the preferred option as its brewing method is similar to traditional espresso machines. Conversely, the centrifugation system in the Vertuo line generates an overly thick crema layer, which I don’t like personally.

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2. User Friendliness

While both Nespresso lines are extremely user-friendly but the Vertuo Line takes convenience to the next level.

The Nespresso original line requires you to insert the capsule and select the drink size, while the Nespresso Vertuo line simply requires you to insert the capsule, and the machine will do the rest by reading the barcode.

However, Vertuo line’s limited control options might get you into trouble sometimes as the machine starts blinking sometimes and you have no idea what to do or which button to press.

Overall, the winner is Vertuo Line. But that’s not a huge plus for sure as the original line is also fairly User Friendly.

3. Drink Options

Nespresso Original line machines offer three drinks.

  • Ristretto (0.84 oz)
  • Espresso (1.35 oz)
  • Lungo (3.7 oz)

However, you can easily prepare an Americano with Nespresso original line that resembles a regular 8 oz serving of coffee.

Nespresso Vertuo line offers a broader range of drink options including both full coffee and Espresso shots.

  • Espresso (1.35 oz)
  • Double Espresso (2.7 oz)
  • Lungo (4.7 oz)
  • Coffee (8oz)
  • Alto XL (18 oz)

There is no button to select the brew size on Vertuo machines; instead, each serving size requires a different coffee capsule.

Nespresso Vertuo vs Original - Drink options

Milk Based Drinks

The Nespresso Vertuo line and entry-level Nespresso originals like Essenza do not come with built-in milk frothers, however, you can purchase one in a bundle deal with Aeroccino Milk frother at a discounted price.

Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother

The Creatista and Lattissima models in the Nespresso Original line have an automatic milk frother for preparing lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos at the touch of a button.

Although these machines are a very convenient option for Latte lovers but they are significantly expensive.

The Nespresso Vertuo Line comes out on top here, especially if you want both regular coffee and espresso with the same machine.

4. The temperature of the Coffee Drink

The Original line prepares coffee slightly hotter compared to the Vertuo line. The brewing temperature inside a Nespresso machine is around 83-86° for Original and 78° ± 5° for Vertuo.

The National Coffee Association suggests the optimal brewing temperature for coffee is between 90-95°.

I don’t know why the temperature of the Nespresso machine is lower than that maybe that temperature is perfect for their brewing system.

According to Nespresso: “Nespresso coffee is meant to be enjoyed immediately after brewing, which is why it keeps a lower temperature than for example, filter coffee.”

If you’re like me and like your coffee hot, the Nespresso Original line has an advantage here.

5. Taste of the drink and Crema Layer

Taste is a completely subjective matter and there’s always a debate on coffee forums that whether Vertuo or the original Nespresso machine delivers the best-tasting shot of Espresso.

First, let’s talk about Crema.

Nespresso Vertuo vs Original Crema Layer

Crema is an essence of Espresso – both the original line and vertuo line give you a beautiful crema on the top of Coffee or Espresso which is appreciated by coffee lovers.

No doubt Vertuo line machines deliver a thicker layer of Crema than original line machines. But does thickness really matter?

Well! In my opinion, it doesn’t. The Crema layer of Nespresso Vertuo line coffee also dissipates very quickly as this foam is mainly the product of the rapid spinning process.

On the other hand, the Crema layer on Nespresso Original line coffee is thin and creamy and its texture is similar to real Espresso.

Overall, both machines deliver a fair shot of Espresso but it can’t be compared with Espresso brewed with traditional Espresso machines. In my opinion, the taste of the Nespresso Original line is a little better as I don’t like the foamy layer on Vertuo that gets weird with time.

6. Original vs Vertuo Line Capsules

The difference between Original and Vertuo capsules is that the Vertuo Capsules have a special barcode imprinted on them so they aren’t interchangeable with Original line capsules.

You can’t use Original Nespresso pods in the Vertuo Line! And there is no Nespresso machine that can use both Original and Vertuo Pods.

Both Nespresso Vertuo and original Capsules are made of aluminum and are recyclable.

Nespresso Vertuo vs Original Coffee pods

Vertuo Pods are dome-shaped and come in five different sizes according to the serving size of the coffee. Nespresso has a strict patent on these capsules. That means no 3rd party brands can’t manufacture them.

Nespresso maintains the quality and taste of coffee and manufactures the best capsules because of strict patents, but it has two drawbacks.

  • Vertuo Pods are expensive
  • Since third-party capsules are not allowed, the variety is limited

Original Line capsules are smaller and cup-shaped. Since original line capsules do not have strict patents, third parties can manufacture them, so a wide variety and blends of capsules are available.

Original line capsules are also cheaper than the Nespresso Vertuo Capsules.

TypeOriginal line costVertuo line Cost
Espresso0.75 – 0.95 $0.95 – 1.10 $
Lungo0.80 – 1 $1.10 – 1.20 $
CoffeeN/A1.20 – 1.40 $
Approximate cost for 365 days (1 year) 2 cups a day365 * 0.8 * 2 = 584 $365 * 1.1 * 2 = 803 $
Long-term cost of Nespresso Original vs Vertuo Capsules

So that’s a saving of more than 200 dollars a year if you use Original line capsules.

Yeah! Both capsules are significantly more expensive than ground coffee. You can use your own coffee in Nespresso by using reusable capsules but it’s much hassle.

This is a clear win for the Nespresso Original line capsules because of their large variety and low price.

7. Design of the Machines

Both Original and Vertuo line machines feature decent and minimalistic designs with compact sizes that can easily fit anywhere.

I think Vertuo machines have a better design, but that’s just my opinion.

Vertuo next vs plus Design

Nespresso Vertuo has a more contemporary and stylish design. Nonetheless, it doesn’t really matter a lot as the Original line also has a very decent design.

8. Price and the variety of Machines

The Vertuo line includes three models: Vertuo, Vertuo Plus, and Vertuo Next. They all cost around 200 dollars.

Nespresso Original line includes more than 15 models from the basic Essenza, Citiz, and Pixie to advanced bean-to-cup models like Creatista and Lattissima.

Basic models like Essenza and Pixie are relatively cheaper than Vertuo line machines and cost under 180 dollars. While Lattissima and Creatista models cost in the range of 400 to 600 dollars but their advanced features are surely worth the price.


What is the best Nespresso Vertuo Line Machine

Nespresso Vertuo Plus

Nespresso Vertuo Plus is more user-friendly as it has a motorized open and close system and it has a larger adjustable water reservoir and large storage for used capsules.

Also, it is relatively cheaper compared to Vertuo Next.

Vertuo Plus is available in a bundle deal with Aeroccino Milk frother at a discounted price to cover all your frothing needs.

Nespresso Plus Vertuo Line

Also Read: Nespresso Vertuo Plus vs Next

the best Nespresso Original line Machine

Nespresso Essenza mini

Nespresso Essenza Mini is an entry-level, budget-friendly machine for brewing espresso; ideal for coffee lovers with limited counter space.

It has a sleek and compact design that fits easily on your kitchen counter or office desk.

The Essenza mini brews a shot of espresso in under 30 seconds with the ease of pushing a button. The machine has an auto shut-off feature that automatically turns it off after 9 minutes of inactivity.

This machine is the cheapest of all Nespresso models and the best thing it’s also the quietest Nespresso machine.

Nespresso Essenza Original Line

Nespresso Gran Lattissima

Nespresso Gran Lattissima is the best high-end model of the Nespresso brand and undoubtedly the best pod-based Espresso machine.

It is not possible to make Latte or Cappuccino drinks more conveniently than with Gran Lattissima.

This automatic coffee maker combines Nespresso capsule technology with one-touch fresh milk frothing technology to prepare barista-quality coffee in minutes.

This machine features nine different types of coffee drinks: Three Black coffee drinks ristrettoespresso, and lungo. Four milk-based coffee beverages latte macchiatocafe lattecappuccino, and flat white. The other two are “hot foam,” and “hot milk,”

Also Read: Nespresso Lattissima Gran review

Which is better Nespresso original or Vertuo | Our Final Verdict

I hope you have already decided after reading the full article, but if you are looking for my subjective opinion, the Original line it is!

The original line is simply better compared to the Vertuo line for Espresso lovers. It offers 30x more pod varieties, the pod price is 20% less, and whenever you want a full cup of coffee you can prepare Americano.

Vertuo line isn’t bad too it’s fun to brew coffee with new and advanced technology. If budget isn’t an issue and you love full cups of coffee then definitely Vertuo is a better choice for you.

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Is Nespresso Discontinuing OriginalLine?

After the launch of the Vertuo line series in 2014, many think that it’s the end of the Nespresso Original line.
But it’s not the case, Nespresso isn’t discontinuing the Nespresso original line series in the near future.
Nespresso also keeps on launching new models and new coffee pods even after it featured the Vertuo line series and will continue to do so.

Do Any Other Pods Work With Nespresso Vertuo?

No, 3rd party pods are not compatible with Nespresso Vertuo line machines.
Nespresso maintains exclusive control over the production of Vertuo capsules to uphold the brand’s reputation for quality and consistency.
Although, Starbucks is an official partner of Nespresso and manufactures pods that you can use in the Nespresso Vertuo line.



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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