Those looking for a convenient home espresso that rivals your local coffee shop, look no further than the Nespresso Inissia.
This home machine is a budget unit from the Nespresso line, giving users a chance to sample the brand’s offers without emptying their bank account. But is it worth all the hype? We put the Inissia through a thorough review to see how it held up. Here’s what we found
The Nespresso Inissia is an impressive machine for beginners on a budget, who still want a hassle-free café-style beverage. More experienced users may prefer a higher-end machine
In-Depth Nespresso Inissia Review
The Nespresso Inissia is an espresso machine designed for those who are on a budget, but still want the convenient, headache-free experience that a pod system provides. Not only does the Inissia address your convenience concerns, but it also delivers a fairly good espresso experience, due to the 19 bar pressure pump (well-above the standard 15 bar). More discerning users might prefer something different. For everyone else, this machine comes in above expectations in almost every category.
This machine comes with a 16-pack of starter pods from their Grand Crus line, which lets you get started as soon as your coffee maker comes in. You will probably want to sign up as a Nespresso member as soon as possible, though, as this is one of the least expensive ways to buy replacement pods. These pods are a bit more expensive than other manufacturers, but this is, in part, to balance out the low initial cost of the Inissia. After all, this machine delivers well above the expectations in this price range.
Using this machine is just about as easy as using a traditional drip coffee maker. Simply select your pod and hit the right button. One of our favorite features was the ability to select your preferences before the water has heated up – an improvement over previous designs. Those who prefer cappuccinos and lattes over espressos will need to purchase a separate milk frother, since the Inissia doesn’t come with one. Leaving off the milk frother does give this machine a very small footprint, though, while still giving a decent water tank.
Nespresso Inissia Review Continued
When you choose the espresso setting, this machine produces a nice, hot, café-quality espresso with a beautiful crema – no matter which pod you used. This machine also produces thinner drinks called “lungos” at the push of a button. There are pods specifically made for lungos, but using the lungo button with regular pods still gave us a good cup of coffee. The included pack gives you a chance to try almost all of their flavors, but there are a few additional choices available on their website. Currently, third-party offerings are limited, as Nespresso uses thin metal pods instead of plastic ones.
This machine frequently leaks a bit from the spout after it has finished brewing, but a chat with Nespresso customer support let us know that this is a normal part of the brewing process. In fact, it helps to keep the spout clean, by rinsing it automatically. By removing the cup as soon as your shot has finished. We didn’t notice much of a difference in the taste if we forgot to move our cups out of the way, though.
Our biggest complaint about this machine is the instruction manual. It doesn’t really help with troubleshooting any problems, as there are very few words in it. Most of the manual is made up of black-and-white pictures that end up reading like road signs instead of helpful information. We weren’t able to find how to calibrate shot sizes in the instruction manual, either, which resulted in some inconsistent pulls. Thankfully, a quick search on YouTube was able to answer most of our questions – not that there were many. This machine truly is built on ease-of-use and convenience. Customer service was surprisingly helpful, too, so rest assured – the company does care about its customers. Sometimes, this can make all the difference – even though there isn’t much that needs to be improved in the first place.
- Pod Coffee Machine
- $ ($ = cheap $$$$$ = expensive)
- Single Serving
- Coffee Pods
More than just caring about their customers, we loved that Nespresso also cares about the environment. The pods themselves are not biodegradable, but the company offers a free recycling service – just send them the used cups from your discard bin. Your pod purchase will come with a postage-paid envelope to send them back to the company in. If you’d prefer an even smaller impact on the environment, you can purchase Seal Pods and use your own freshly ground locally-grown beans. Of course, this will take away from the convenience, but it will save you a pretty good chunk of money in the long run.
Nespresso Inissia Overall
In the end, if the price or convenience of your espresso is your biggest concern, the Nespresso Inissia offers one of the most user-friendly experience of any espresso machine we’ve tried. It does this without sacrificing the quality of the resulting drink, which is a must. This machine is aimed at beginners, and despite the confusing instruction manual, basic functions are intuitive. There are some areas that could stand to be improved, but they were minor. We recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a simple replacement for their café drinks – without a big down payment.