Review: Nespresso by KitchenAid
4.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $799
Manufacturer: Kitchenaid / Nespresso

The instant espresso market we refer to as “inspresso” is hot at the moment, but most of the machines tend to offer a plastic look that might be premium, but generally isn’t. What if you want something that is truly premium?

Features and performance

If you’re in the market for a truly premium experience, generally you have to look at products made from what people consider a premium material.

Plastic can be premium, but unless it’s built like a hockey puck, you’ll probably want to look past the polycarbonates of the world and instead gaze upon harder materials, such as glass, metal, alloys, or the super lightweight carbon fibre.

Nespresso’s coffee makers have never really gazed upon this type of material before, and while we’ve seen a few elements here and there, you really only have to browse one of the Nespresso stores or another electric retailer to find that the majority of encapsulated coffee machines are made with plastic.

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To change this, Nespresso has teamed up with the Whirlpool-owned KitchenAid, a company that still designed products in its home of the USA, and at practically invented and then revolutionised the stand mixer.

KitchenAid machines tend to have a retro look about them, appearing as if they just rocked up from the 50s and 60s, and you can find this soft and circular bulb-like look across most of its products, ranging from that legendary K stand mixer — the KSM series — to kettles, toasters, food processors, and even a SodaStream variant.

And now the next machine to get the KitchenAid look is a coffee machine, with Nespresso and KitchenAid collaborating for a new machine.

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Nespresso’s formula isn’t taking a huge change for this machine, and this still relies on the same pods we’ve found to work on the other Nespresso machines, meaning if you have a CitiZ, Pixie, Inissia, Maestria, UMilk, Lattissima, or anything else featuring the “Nespresso” name on it, this is more of the same, albeit in a different body.

That means the technology is technically the same, with another 19 bar pressure pump, a thermoblock to heat the water, and the capsule system up top with an auto-eject mechanism.

There just so happens to be slightly larger water tank than most machines offer, supporting as much as 1.4 litres of water.

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The other major difference is in the construction, and while plastic may well be what most Nespresso machines are made from, this is die-cast metal, something you can hear when you knock on the body.

A fold-up tray can also be found, bringing smaller cups closer to the coffee spout, with the area behind this sporting the spent pod box, which can hold up to 14 used capsules.