Best Nespresso Machine for Latte Lovers

If you are a milky coffee lover, you are probably wondering what the best Nespresso machine for latte is.

While all Nespresso machines from both the Original and the Virtuoline of coffee makers are perfectly capable of producing delicious coffee drinks, some of them are simply better suited for milky coffee recipes than others. Some Nespresso coffee makers come with built-in milk frothers while others can be combined with an external milk frother that allows you to prepare the hot milk the milk foam and the milk froth you need for barista quality milky coffee drinks.

At first glance this can all seem rather confusing, but that’s why this article was written – to help clarify and simplify the process of picking the best Nespresso coffee machine for milky coffee drinks.

That’s why, in this article, we’ll go over the very best Nespresso machines for milky coffee recipes, from the classic latte to the latte macchiato. We are also going to take a look at which Nespresso pods are best for lattes. And of course, we’ll explain what makes a Nespresso machine more suitable for milky coffee recipes than just about any traditional espresso machine on the market.

In other words, everything you need to know about brewing lattes on any of the available Nespresso models is all here in this article. Keep on reading to discover it all.

Nespresso machines built for milky coffee recipes

All Nespresso machines are not created equal – while all of them are capable of brewing straight-forward espresso drinks, not all of them are equally well equipped for brewing lattes and other milky coffee recipes.

When looking for an espresso machine that is also going to be great for milky coffee drinks, there are a few things you need to consider: It needs to be able to heat up milk and create milk froth (Otherwise, how are you going to create latte art?), preferably it should have a sliding drip tray that makes it easy to clean, and a milk container for the milk. But most importantly at all, it needs to have a steam wand, so that you can prepare steamed milk. Preferably, the steam wand should have various setting options that allow you to customize everything from milk temperature to milk texture.

Most Nespresso machines don’t come with a built-in steam wand, as this is a feature typically reserved for the higher-end models. This is not necessarily a limitation, as Nespresso sells the brilliant Aeroccino milk frother as an additional accessory.

If you are a milky coffee lover and want to be able to prepare lattes, cappuccinos and other milky coffee drinks, you don’t necessarily need to invest in one of the high-end espresso machines in order to be able to prepare all of your coffee favourites. Buying a lower-end Nespresso machine and combining it with the Aeroccino milk frother is a very viable option.

We’ll delve deeper into why in just a moment, but first, here is the complete list of the best Nespresso machines for latte and other milky coffee drinks.

The Nespresso Aerrocino milk frother

But first things first. While some Nespresso machines come with built-in steam wands that make them able to heat p and produce milk foam and froth, most of them do not. Luckily, Nespresso has thought of a solution to this issue in the form of the Aeroccino milk frother, which can be purchased as an accessory along with any Nespresso machine.

The newest reiteration of the Nespresso Aerrocino is the Aeroccino4, which is even more convenient and versatile than any of the earlier models. The Aeroccino4 offers an effortless and intuitive way of creating milk foam and froth at home, at the precise temperature that your favourite milky coffee recipes require.

The Aeroccino4 is capable of producing two different types of hot foam, cold foam and hot milk. Operating it is as simple as filling it with milk and pressing the button that corresponds to the milky coffee recipe you are preparing – the Aeroccino4 takes care of the rest, in no time at all.

What’s more, the Aeroccino4 is fully dishwasher safe.

From the Nespresso Original line

Nespresso’s Original line of coffee machines were what launched the Nespresso coffee machines and cemented their popularity – and with very good reason. While the Vertuoline of Nespresso machines has been added since, it doesn’t replace the Original line Nespresso machines.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro

The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is one of the higher-end Nespresso machines and is a slightly bigger investment than most of the others we are going to be looking at here. However, when it comes to preparing freshly brewed coffee at record speed and in a way that’s as automated as it is customizable, the Nespresso Lattissima Pro is hard to beat.

The Lautissima Pro is operated using its highly intuitive LED touchscreen, which allows you to choose between all of your different coffee favourites, including espresso, cappuccino and latte. Preparing your favourite coffee drinks has never been easier than it is with the Lattissima Pro, either, as the machine takes care of every aspect of the coffee brewing process for you. Not only does it produce espresso at the perfect temperature, it even measures and serves the correct corresponding amounts of milk and froth.

Thanks to its high-pressure pump, the Lattissima Pro is the closest thing Nespresso has to a true espresso machine – if you are a coffee aficionado and want to be able to brew your own barista style coffee in the comfort of your home, then the Nespresso Lattissima Pro would be a great choice for you.

If there are any downsides to the Nespresso Lattissima Pro, they are these: The Lattissima Pro is more costly than most other Nespresso machines, while also having a slower heat-up time. It is also important to note that the Lattissima Pro, despite being equipped with a built-in milk frother that allows you to heat up and froth milk, is only capable of brewing espresso.

Nespresso Essenza Mini + Aeroccino milk frother

Next up for your consideration is the Nespresso Essenza Mini, a compact machine also belonging to the Original line of Nespresso machines. Despite its very small footprint, the Nwespresso Essenza Mini packs a powerful punch and doesn’t compromise the quality or taste of the Nespresso espresso shots it is capable of producing.

While some of the larger Nespresso machines allow you to program them for a greater variety of different drink sizes, the Essenza Mini only offers two. However, you can easily top up either with some hot water or milk for the perfect Americanoor latte.

The Nespresso Essenza Mini is a wonderful choice if you live in crammed quarters and have to be conscious of how much space your coffee maker can take up on the kitchen counter. The Essenza Mini is more than just a compact Nespresso machine – at 5.1 pounds, it is also incredibly lightweight, and it is compatible with all of the same coffee capsules as the larger Nespresso models.

Also similarly to the larger models in both the Original and the Vertuo line of coffee makers, the Nespresso Essenza Mini is equipped with a 19 bar pressure pump that imitates the pressure of a traditional espresso machine.

As for limitations, the Essenza Mini only fits two different cup sizes, which might make it seem too restrictive for some. The Essenza Mini also takes a little longer to heat up than most of the larger models – though we are only talking a matter of seconds here, rather than minutes.

And of course, since the Essenza Mini doesn’t have a built-in milk frother, you will need to purchase an Aeroccino milk frother along with it.

Creatista Pro

Like the Nespresso Lattissima Pro, the Nespresso Creatista pro is one of the higher-end Nespresso machines that come equipped with a built-in steam pipe that makes it ideally suited for preparing lattes and other milk-based coffee recipes.

Appearance-wise, the Creatista Pro is a joy to look at, thanks to its timeless brushed stainless steel exterior. And the internal technology lives up to the coffee maker’s sleek appearance: Here is an espresso machine capable of producing two cappuccinos in under a minute. The heat-up time for the Creatista Pro is shockingly fast, as well – a mere three seconds is all it takes.

Thanks to the 19 bar pressure that most Nespresso machines can boast of having, the Creatista pro mimics a traditional espresso machines in many ways. With the Creatista Pro, Nespresso has accomplished bringing a Nespresso coffee maker to the market that is equal parts approachable and intuitive, as well as creative and highly customizable.

To give you a better idea of what I mean, the intuitive LED display offers easy-to-follow step by step instructions for how to prepare different coffee recipes, as well as machine settings and maintenance.

Following the easy instructions on the display, you are able to brew a variety of coffee favourites at the press of a button. Really, the hardest part of the coffee preparation process is deciding which of the nine different coffee recipe presets to try out firs. Should you go with one of the black coffee recipes – the ristretto, espresso, Americano or Lungo, or delve straight into the realm of milky coffees with a classic latte or perhaps a latte macchiato?

The Nespresso Creatista Pro machine is both quick and self-cleaning, as it automatically flushes out the steam wand used for creating milk froth and foam after every single use – which means you don’t even have to think about it.

And speaking of the steam wand, it is programmable with a whopping eight different milk texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings. In other words, there are no limits to the coffee recipes you are able to try out with your Nespresso Creatista Pro.

Sure, the Creatista Pro is the most expensive Nespresso machine in this lineup, but the additional couple of hundred dollars or pounds it is going to cost you is going to be more than worth it, if you are a coffee lover and want a top-of-the-line Nespresso machine that makes great coffee both easy and fun.

From the Nespresso Vertuoline

Now that we have gone over the very best Nespresso espresso machines for milky coffee recipes in the Original line of Nespresso coffee makers, it is time for us to delve into what the newer Vertuoline of Nespresso machines has to offer.

Before we begin, it is important to note that none of the Nespresso machines in the Vertuo lineup come equipped with built-in steam wands, which means that in order to make any of them suitable for latte preparation, you have to purchase an Aeroccino milk frother to go with your chosen machine.

Having said that, is there a difference between the Nespresso machines in the Vertuo lineup? Is any of them better for latte and other milky coffee recipes than any of the others? Well, let’s take a look.

Nespresso Vertuo + Aeroccino milk frother

The Nespresso Vertuo is the retro-modern espresso machine that launched the Vertuo line of Nespresso coffee makers in addition to the Original line.

The Nespresso Vertuo is characterised by its revolutionary coffee brewing system, which lets you brew your favourite coffee recipes at the touch of a button. The Vertuo fits four different cup sizes – mug, gran Lungo, double espresso and espresso and centrifusion technology results in a consistently perfect cup of coffee every time you use the Nespresso Vertuo. All at less than half the cost of a high-end Nespresso machine from the Original line, such as the Lattissima Pro or the Nepresso Creatista Pro.

The only downside to the Nespresso Vertuo is the fact that it doesn’t have a built-in steam wand and requires that you buy the Aeroccino milk frother if you want to be able to prepare the perfect latte.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe + Aeroccino milk frother

The already fantastic Nespresso Vertuo sets the standard for the Vertuo line of Nespresso machines – but the VertuoPlus Deluxe is truly a beast.

In short, the VertuoPlus Deluxe is the upgraded version of the VertuoPlus, which is already an impressive Nespresso machine. The design of the VertuoPlus Deluxe is slightly more compact than that of the VertuoPlus, and its removable water tank fits up to 60 ounces of water ready for brewing. The VertuoPlus Deluxe heats up within fifteen seconds, so there is never any real waiting around for your coffee machine to be ready for action.

Another cool feature of the VertuoPlus Deluxe is its automatic brew recognition capabilities, enabled by smart barcode technology. What this means in practice is that the VertuoPlus Deluxe is able to scan and instantly recognise the coffee pod you have inserted. The espresso maker responds by brewing the coffee according to the size of the coffee capsule.

The VertuoPlus Deluxe brews five different cup sizes – single and double espresso, as well as three different milk-based coffee recipes.

If you are on the lookout for an effective, reliable and compact Nespresso machine, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe is for you. Keep in mind that this espresso machine is only compatible with Nespresso coffee pods, and that the capsule container only has a capacity of 10 at a time.

As with any other Nespresso Vertuo coffee maker, you would also have to purchase an Aeroccino milk frother to make it ideal for milk-based coffee recipes and latte art.

Nespresso Vertuo Next + Aeroccino milk frother

Next up in the Vertuo line of Nespresso machines is the Vertuo Next, another compact yet powerful Nespresso coffee maker. The Nespresso Vertuo Next has a tiny footprint, but is still versatile enough to be able to brew five different coffee cup sizes, just like the VertuoPlus Deluxe.

What really makes the Vertuo Next shine is the fact that it completely simplifies and automates the process of preparing both milky coffee and espresso. The Vertuo Next’s Bluetooth connectivity ensures that the espressos maker’s software is always kept up to date, so that you never have to think about it or do it manually.

On the downside, the Nespresso Vertuo Next doesn’t brew espresso as piping hot as some of the larger machines do, and its capsule container only has restricted capacity. However, this is to be expected from such a small and compact Nespresso espresso maker.

Like the other Nespresso Vertuo machines we have looked at here, the Nespresso Vertuo Next requires the addition of an external Aeroccino if you want to use it for lattes and other milk-based coffees.

Key Nespresso machine parts and considerations

No matter which Nespresso coffee and espresso maker you end up choosing, you should consider all of its different parts and how they interact.

The main question, of course, is whether you should pick an espresso maker with a built-in milk frother, or whether you are satisfied with a smaller, more compact machine and the Aeroccino.

Other questions you should consider is whether you require a smaller or larger capacity coffee maker. If you are living on your own and only entertain coffee drinking guests sporadically, opting for one of the sampler coffee makers might make more sense. If, on the other hand, you live in a household with multiple coffee-drinking adults, you should probably consider a larger espresso maker.

There are other factors to consider too, such as budget and the overall design of the coffee maker.

Controls/display

Each of the espresso machines we have been looking at in this article is equipped with either a LED display or control buttons that make the coffee brewing process both easy and intuitive. Whether you prefer a LED display with Bluetooth connectivity, clear step-by-step coffee brewing instructions and automatic software updates or the simplicity of a display with only a few buttons is entirely up to you and may or may not play into which Nespresso coffee maker you ultimately choose.

Water tank

The water tank is, of course, an important aspect of any espresso machine. Preferably, it should be detachable so that you can easily remove to refill and clean it when needed.

Capsule insertion and compatibility

Capsule insertion works slightly differently between the different Nespresso machines we have been looking at in this article. With most of them, you insert the capsule into a designated slot located under a lid that opens and closes when you press down on it.

Some Nespresso machines only work with Nespresso capsules, while some are compatible with capsules purchased from other coffee companies, too. This is worth considering when selecting your Nespresso machine.

Coffee spout

The coffee spout is where the coffee comes out as it is brewed. This spout is always located at the front of the coffee machine, no matter which one you select. All Nespresso coffee makers produce coffee with a delicious layer of cream on top.

Cup sizes

Depending on which Nespresso maker you pick, your machine is going to be compatible with fewer or more different cup sizes. Before making your selection, you should consider whether you need your machine to be compatible with more than two cup sizes (In which case you should definitely steer clear of the Nespresso Essenza Mini.

Drip tray

Just about every coffee and espresso machine on the market today comes with a drip tray where coffee is collected. This is to avoid it spilling onto your kitchen top. Fortunately, the Nespresso machines are all equipped with excellent drip trays – the larger coffee makers even have foldable drip trays that make cleaning up afterwards significantly easier.

Frother

If you are a latte lover, the frother is going to be a decisive factor in which Nespresso machine you should pick.

Higher-end Nespresso coffee makers have built-in steam wands while the lower-end models tend not to have them. Fortunately, this obstacle is bypassed by the Aeroccino frother, which can be purchased as an optional accessory along with any of the coffee makers sold by Nespresso.

If you are a true enthusiast and have the budget, you cannot go wrong with either the Lattissima Pro or the Creatista Pro.

And if you are on a tighter budget but still want to be able to brew and enjoy lattes and other milk-based coffee recipes at home, your best option is a Vertuo combined with an Aeroccino.

Best Nespresso capsules for lattes

Not all Nespresso capsules are created equal – some are simply better for creamy lattes than others. Let’s take a look at the two best Nespresso capsules for latte and other milky coffee recipes.

Bianco Leggero

The blend inside Nespresso’s Bianco Leggero coffee capsule has been roasted specifically for milky coffee recipes. Its flavour is smooth and velvety, with a hint of sweetness that goes as well with cow’s milk as well as it does with vegan milk alternatives, particularly oat milk. The Bianco Leggero has a very mild flavor, and is perfect if you prefer your lattes mild and smooth.

Diavolitto

The Diavolitto is almost the exact opposite of the Bianco Leggero, existing as it does at the opposite end of the taste spectrum. Where the Bianco Leggero is mild and sweet, the Diavolitto is intense, dark and even a bit spicy. Its aroma is so potent that you can easily taste it, even when it is combined with several ounces of milk and froth.

Best Nespresso machine for latte FAQ

Which Nespresso machine is best for making lattes?

There isn’t a one size fits all answer to the question of which Nespresso machine is best for latte preparation.

Having said that, the answer is not that complicated either. If you want an all-in-one Nespresso coffee maker with a built-in steam wand that is perfect for milk froth, foam and latte art, you cannot go wrong with either the Nespresso Lattissima Pro or the Nespresso Creatista Pro.

If, on the other hand, you are on a tighter budget, purchasing a Nespresso Vertuo along with a Aeroccino milk frother is your best option.

Nespresso good for lattes?

Yes, Nespresso coffee lends itself well for lattes and other milk-based coffee recipes, whether you are a skilled barista or merely an at-home coffee lover.

If you are a huge latte fan, there are a few things you should consider when choosing your Nespresso coffee maker: Do you need a built-in milk frother? What is your budget? How many people in your household or office will be using the Nespresso coffee maker on a daily basis?

Best Nespresso machine for latte – wrapping it all up

Nespresso machines are built for great-tasting coffee, and it goes almost without saying that they are also capable of producing the espresso shots that form the basis of great tasting lattes.

When it comes to brewing a great espresso, any Nespresso machine is more than capable of handling the request, as all Nespresso machines are known to produce espresso that is smooth and with a fine cream on top.

However, when it comes to preparing milk-based coffee recipes, Nespresso machines differ dramatically. Some Nespresos coffee machines, such as the Lattissima Pro and the Creatista Pro, have built-in milk frothers, while most of the lower-end models do not. This doesn’t mean that you cannot use a Vertuo Next to produce a fantastic latte.

In fact, if the higher-end Nespresso machines are a bit beyond your budget, purchasing an Aeroccino milk frother alongside your more compact Nespresso machine is the perfect solution.

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