Nespresso Vertuo Plus Review
It’s compact and cool looking, but don’t be fooled, it really does make some epic espresso drinks! This baby has something unique going for it…in fact a lot of things, not to mention the fact that it comes in two different sizes to suit your anticipated frequency of use…plus the water tank has its own resting place. Take all the guesswork out of water and pressure amounts with the technology built into the coffee capsules and this machine itself.
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The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is a compact single-serve espresso maker with two sizes to choose from, regular and Deluxe. As with its relatives, it operates on a 19 bar pressure system, and in addition, employs a special type of rotation technology to produce great results.
Worth mentioning are:
- A swivel arm for the water reservoir
- Brew chamber that opens automatically
- Used capsule internal holding bin
- Adjustable cup rest
- Automatic shutoff after 9 minutes of inactivity
For starters Amazon’s sales page lists the dimensions as 5.6″ (w) by 16.2″ (h) by 12.8″ (d) and 9.72 pounds. Sounded pretty accurate; I presumed that this was not counting the water tank. A stop by the manufacturer (DeLonghi) website and the dimensions are given as 8.7″ (w), 12.7″ (d), and 12.8″ (h) and a weight of 10.1 pounds..a little more spot-on.
The power cord measures 29″ in length…it can be “corraled” easily under the machine via a groove design layout.
Your unit comes with the water tank, a bonus gift of 12 Vertuoline capsules of varying flavors (all different colors -these people are definetely hospitable) a Smart Start folder, user manual, and 1 year warranty. I have to say those capsules are so beautifully packaged it’s the second thing people get excited about 🙂
Brewing Process Explained
To operate the Vertuo Plus regularly you will need to employ the use of Vertuoline capsule pods exclusively. They have the same pretty colors but in appearance a little bigger and (sorry couldn’t resist) resemble flying saucers in appearance 🙂 Humor aside they are the bread and butter of the Vertuo Plus. They also come in two sizes, one for espressos drinks (1.35 oz) and the other.types, 8 oz.
And since a lot of people think technology is so cool, here is something for you: “Centrefusion technology” rapid rotation to produce superb extraction. (Apologies if I misspelled that one, I think my explaining will be better)
Each of the capsules, if you look under them you will see what resembles a barcode, and that it is…the various codes “tell” the machine exactly how much water, pressure and time spent.are needed to produce the resulting drink depending on what kind you’ve selected.
Controls and Use
There is only one button included and that is the universal power button which sits atop the machine, and illuminates in corresponding colors depending on what type of task is being carried out.
There is quite a series of them and the manual goes into more detail further. From what I can see, green indicates simple functions being carried out like preheating water, brewing, etc., orange lights appear with semi-regular tasks like descaling, adn red lights appear only when an error is run into.
Whether you are using the small capsules for espresso or the larger size one for specialty drinks, you can be assured of a guesswork-free experience due to the bar-code technology of the respective capsules. Look at the rim of the capsule to see what i mean about bar-code technology…very reminiscent of the Tassimo T20.
There is a holding bin receptacle built in for spent capsules to drop into after use…the max is about 10 large capsules before it should be emptied.
The tray for cups has a “hinged” appearance, in which you have to squeeze the sides a little to release if you need to move it up or remove altogether.
There are 3 other grooved areas inside the machine with which to move the tray platform so you have some leeway with which to get the best height for the cup you are using and accommodate various cup heights.
The water tank that comes with the Vertuo Plus is not like any other brewer…it is cylinder-shaped and detached from the unit and rests on a swivel arm extending from the machine. You are able to move the water tank to the back, left side or right side with just a turn…this is great if your cabinet space is limited or you just want to can clutter. At first glance I thought there was a grooved area on the side that the water tank might segue into, but that is not the case. You pretty much just remove the whole lid to refill and fill. There is a “min” line to indicate the prerequisite amount for brewing.
The reservoir capacity is 40 oz. If you are looking at the Vertuo Plus Deluxe model, the reservoir holds 60 oz.
As the consumer you may need to be extra careful when removing the water tank as it requires an “up and out” movement to dislodge it….when replacing it, take care that you hear the “click” in place.
Another distinctive feature about the Vertuo Plus is the fact that the brew head and chamber area is motorized. To open, simply press the chrome lever in front once and the brew head automatically raises all the way to allow you to insert your coffee capsule and close it. After a cycle has finished, touch the lever again, and this time the spent capsule will automatically drop into the holding bin in the back. You’re spared from having to handle that hot pod yourself – check, check.
You always want to insert the capsule into the chamber dome-shape down. When the machine is in operation doing its really cool spinning thing, you will notice some operational sound…it is reminiscent of a very hushed roar like a shop vac in the distance or a 90s era computer starting to reboot…nothing to be alarmed of.
Unlike the iCoffee, you aren’t able to see the rotational action taking place, sorry:)
How Many Colors Are Available?
Red, black and gray are your color choices.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Consumer Ratings and Reviews
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus receives very good reviews over a period of time. The most common positive rave from people? The way their coffee tastes – I guess that unique technology knows a thing or two.
I do want to stress that you’ll be in good heands if you deal with a customer rep. There’s always that odd negative comment about the coffee not being as hot as expecting or tasting as great, but they have little to weigh in when the majority was pleased.
This may be a recurring theme in the next paragrph or two but I’ll say it anyway…People love the capsules but dislike the increased effort in locating them but either way it wasn’t enough to drive down the ratings.
- Great tasting coffee and better than competitors
- Water tank can be angled to different sides
- Less guesswork thanks to the bar code capsule technology
- Auto-shutoff that goes into effect in 9 minutes
- Convenient drop-in bin for capsules
- Respective capsules can be recycled
- Brew head automatically opens and closes with teh push of a button
- Only works exclusively with the Vertuo line pods
- Said pods are a little more pricey and can be difficult to locate unless shopping online
I think the price is fair when compared to similar machines with the same output…I do see one case that may not be so budget-friendly and that may be with the capsules which do cost a little buit more than the standard coffee pods you may be familiar with. However, when I consider that these capsules are not only well packaged and appealing to look at, they are also made to be recycled and to me that makes the price a little more justified. (did I mention that people rave about how good the coffee is from them?)
So pretty much a trade off….capsules are pricier and harder to locate except online, positive being quality and recyclable.
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’Longhi, GreyNespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker Aeroccino BundleNespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’Longhi, Black
So whether you choose the 40 oz or the Deluxe Vertuo Plus with a larger water tank, they were both under $200 at the time of writing which makes for a pretty good deal. I also considered that there is a bundle being offered in which the Aeroccino bonus (not the exact same one from the Pixie) is included. If you were to buy this particular model at a later date for the range I saw it listed for, you would probably do better with the bundle. However, I did see milk frothers going for less than this one and considering that this is more of an “extra” item to be the feather in your cap, you may find yourself opting for the first option.
Definetely consider the Vertuo Plus if you are big on espresso in general. It has all the professional grade equipment but much less on price and a space-saving design that will complement your decor. If your coffee is just coffee, this may not be the big thing for you.