If you are on the hunt for a pod coffee machine to simplify your morning brew then this Nespresso Lattissima one review might help you out. Pod coffee machines are all the rage these days and while there are valid criticisms of their sustainability and waste, it has not stopped them from being on many people’s kitchen appliance wish-list.
When I first started to do research into a pod coffee machine I was completely overwhelmed by the choices. Not to mention the huge variety of prices and features! Eventually I made a decision on the Nespresso Lattissima One. This review will hopefully give you an unbiased report so you can decide if this is the right machine for you too!
This is NOT a sponsored post. Nespresso has not paid me for a review; I bought this machine with my own money and felt an honest review might help others make a decision.
Just to help you avoid wasting time, here are some quick facts about the Nespresso Lattissima One so you can see if it hits your requirements.
|Price:||$283 (Buy on Amazon)|
|Type Of Pods Used:||Nespresso®* Original Line/Original Compatible Pods|
|Can It Make Milk Drinks||Yes|
|Water Storage Tank||33.8oz / 1 L|
|Coffee Sizes||Espresso, Lungo|
Nespresso Lattissima One Hard Product Review
The Nespresso Lattissima One is sleek, thin, and quite beautifully designed (in my opinion). It measures just 6.1 inches (15.5 cm) wide so it does not take up that much counterspace, perfect for a permanent countertop mainstay.
The water tank at the rear of the machine holds a liter of water and has an easy to remove lid which goes back on flush. The machine body is mostly made of hard plastic however there are a few metal fixtures, namely the drip covers and the milk wand. While the machine is almost entirely plastic, it does not feel cheap which is a positive note.
The milk system could not be simpler. It is single serve, so you just add the amount of milk you want your drink to have. There are even three handy measurements on the jug so you can quickly measure out milk for a latte, cappuccino, or cortado.
The milk system is very easy to clean; just pull it off and disassemble. You can wash the components by hand quickly, or let them soak in hot water. It is even dishwasher safe!
The top of the machine has the capsule insert area and a few buttons (I will go into them more down below). The capsules drop in easily and you can close the top with very little force. If a capsule gets stuck you can just pull it out and try again, provided you didn’t close the lid too hard and ruin the capsule integrity.
The capsule catch holds about 10 used pods and has a separate liquid basin as well so you won’t be dripping water/coffee into your trash can. After making your coffee you simply lift up the clasp and the pod drops into the catch for future disposal.
How To Use The Nespresso Lattissima One Machine
This machine is very easy to use; There are only three buttons! Here is what they do from top to bottom:
Top: Coffee with Milk – Press this button if you want to make a milk drink. The milk system is single serve so it will use up all the milk you pour in. There are four tics on the jug, each for different types of drinks.
|Max Level||Do not add milk higher than here or it can clog the machine.|
|Latte||Press this button for a long milk drink. You can manually pour in syrups like caramel or hazelnut for added flavors at the end.|
|Cappuccino||Press this button to make a cappuccino|
|Cortado||this button only uses a little milk…a shot of espresso and a shot of steamed milk|
Middle: Lungo – Press this button for a long pull of about 120 ml.
Bottom: Espresso – Press this button for your classic espresso. Officially Nespresso says it should pull 40 ml but I find it fills my 50ml espresso cup right to the brim. This is so convenient when you need an espresso for drinking, or as an ingredient in something else like an espresso martini or in some adorable coffee bean cookies.
Video: Making A Latte With The Nespresso Lattissima One
The coffee spout is mostly self cleaning. Just press the lungo button with no pod inserted to flush everything out. This is also how you would get simple hot water for things like tea or instant hot chocolate.
To clean the milk system just pull it out, disassemble it (seriously it takes less than 5 seconds), and put everything in a bath of hot water. Pull out and let drip dry. You can also do this under running hot water to save time. Or, just put everything in a dishwasher with the rest of your stuff and do it all together.
It is important to clean the milk system right after every use because milk can get dry and crusty in the tubes if you do not. Don’t worry, the cleaning process is quick and straightforward. I also clean the catch after every use – but that is just a personal preference since I like my machine looking spotless at all times.
Suggested Coffee Pods
While Nespresso manufacturers their own line of coffee pods – and to be honest they are quite good, they are expensive. Each pod ends up being around 80 cents, which is not great if you are on a budget. Luckily there are other brands that make pods compatible with the Lattissima One machine.
Here are a few of my recommended coffee brands for the Nespresso Lattissima One:
- L’Or – L’Or is one of my favorite pod makers for the Nespresso machine. They have a wide variety of great flavors. Capsules are priced around $0.30 each. I recommend the Papua New Guinea box which is great as a Lungo with fruity and floral notes.
- Illy – The classic Italian brand, Illy makes fantastic capsules that have a rich flavor and crema. They are a bit pricier than L’Or, but still cheaper than Nespresso coming it at around $0.40.
- Boseco – This Belgian pod brand has a limited selection compared to others, but everything is very good. My favorite is ‘Congo‘ which is an origin coffee grown in the mountains of the Republic of the Congo. Prices seem to vary widely by country, but I get mine for about $0.33 per pod.
Final Notes About The Nespresso Lattissima One Review
In the end, the choice to buy a pod coffee machine is easy. Which one to buy is hard. From things like counterspace, to pod compatibility and availability, to ease of cleaning and more, these are all things one must think about before making a decision.
I personally give the Nespresso Lattissima One a BUY rating. It met all my requirements and I love how it just works perfectly for my household. That isn’t to say it will work perfectly for yours – so hopefully the review above has shown you a little about how this machine works.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below, or if you have any other products you want to see me review.