Different types of preparation and different sizes. These are the main promises of Nespresso Vertuo Next, the brand’s new technological machine, which brings a solution that makes it possible to explore espresso coffee in four sizes, ranging from 40 ml to 230 ml. The product is available in 127V and 220V versions, has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a dedicated application, but it does not allow programming to make coffee. Does it pay off?
The machine recently arrived in Brazil costing R$ 899 and offers new capsules with prices starting at R$ 2.80. Is it worth betting on this new generation? I’ve tried Nespresso Vertuo Next over the past few weeks and share all the usability, connectivity details and of course I’ll tell you in this review if the coffee is really good.
Video review of Nespresso Vertuo Next
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Nespresso has in its portfolio other machines with Vertuo technology that are more difficult to find in Brazil. The model brings a very different proposal in relation to the “original” line that has Essenza Plus, Essenza Mini, Inissia, Pixie and others. The first point to note is the design: Vertuo Next has a more imposing design with larger dimensions when compared to the options mentioned above. So much so that my Inissia disappeared when I installed the new version to start this test.
The Vertuo Next weighs 4 kg (yes, it’s quite heavy!), is 14.2 cm wide, 42.9 cm deep and 31.4 cm high. Fortunately, it has not taken up considerable space on my kitchen counter, which is 48 cm deep, but it is quite impressive how much bulkier it is than Inissia and Dolce Gusto.
The machine has an elegant finish with glossy plastic on top and the entire edge is blackened with a matte material. There are two colors available on the market: red and black. The company still manufactures a chrome version, but unfortunately this option is sold exclusively through a retailer, leaving the consumer limited to one store. The drip tray is very simple and the mark could well improve the finish of the piece — a chrome detail would be enough.
There are also two removable compartments. The first is the water tank with a capacity of 1 liter: handling is relatively simple and I had no difficulty removing and fitting the component to the bottom. The second is the capsule container, which is very well designed and allows for easy disposal; the coolest thing is that the capsule automatically drops as soon as you lift the top cover, after extracting the coffee. According to Nespresso, the container can hold up to 10 capsules.
Usability and Connectivity
In usability, Nespresso Vertuo Next works with a system different from other machines. To make the drink, I need to push the top lever, insert the capsule, close the lid and push the lever again. I honestly didn’t like the lid mechanism because it requires a little pressure to close and some people may be afraid of breaking a part during this process.
Unlike Nespresso Inissia, which requires selecting the size of the drink beforehand, on Vertuo Next I only need to press a button and the machine already recognizes the type of coffee and the size. The magic behind this is precisely in the new capsules, which have a barcode. With the information recorded there, Vertuo Next identifies the recipe, adjusts the infusion time, rotation speed, temperature and water level. After the reading, a second technology called “Centrifusion” or centrifugation comes into play. The system makes the capsule rotate up to 4,000 rotations per minute to deliver a concentrated coffee with more cream.
She makes coffees in four sizes: 40ml Espresso, 80ml Double Espresso, 150ml Gran Lungo and 230ml Mug. Altogether, there are 18 flavors available on the market, some simpler like Diavolitto, others more sophisticated, such as Caramel Cookie, which is sweeter and brings aromatic notes of caramel. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not. In the United States, for example, there are more than 40 options for the Vertuo line, including one for extraction in 440 ml. I believe the company will bring other variations to Brazil, especially because the Vertuo Next connectivity system favors the launch of other products, as I will comment further on.
The prices of the new capsules range from R$2.80 to R$4 per unit, that is, they are more expensive than the coffees of the original line, which are between R$2.50 and R$3.10. They also sell the box with ten units and the values change according to the recipe, ranging from R$28 for regular espresso to R$40 for Caramel Cookie.
Inissia became so popular that other brands started to sell cheaper capsules for this type of machine. It is an alternative for those who are not so demanding and are just looking to save. But, as this tested model just landed in Brazil, I didn’t find any third-party options. It’s good to keep in mind that, for now, you will be limited to what Nespresso offers. Note that the capsule from the original line will not work on this new machine.
Moving on to connectivity, the product’s biggest highlight is the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication system — or it should be. Vertuo Next takes advantage of these features to identify new software and update without downtime, and allows Nespresso to launch other types of coffees, as I mentioned earlier. What makes me frustrated, however, is the fact that I’m not able to make better use of these technologies and produce a drink using my cell phone, for example.
The Nespresso app is the hub to connect the machine. In it, you can view the connectivity status, the state of the water in the reservoir and restore the machine. There is also a FAQ, which is all in English, and there is a descaling menu that simply asks the user to refer to the manual. To be honest, the application serves as a showcase that concentrates more information and suggestions for accessories and capsules for you to buy.
Still on the app, I found the iPhone (iOS) version very poorly optimized, with undefined icons and confusing usability. With a lot of content that leads to purchase, I was simply lost in finding the dedicated menu with the details of my test unit. Nespresso needs to update the app and provide a true user experience.
Is the coffee good?
If connectivity to Nespresso Vertuo Next left me disappointed, in the cafe it met my expectations. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try all the formulas available for this product, but I was able to taste three recipes that Nestlé sent for this review: the 80ml Double Espresso, which is full-bodied and has cocoa notes; the 150 ml Fort, which is more woody with hints of cocoa; the last is the Intenso (Mug) of 230 ml, which has depth as its signature and brings notes of brown sugar.
I liked the three flavors, the coffee is ready in up to 1 minute and 15 seconds, it comes out very hot, full-bodied and creamy, which shows that the Vertuo system works efficiently. Nespresso Inissia tends to produce waterier coffee in long mode, something that has always bothered me. Also, the crema is weak and you barely feel it. I didn’t notice these two limitations at Vertuo Next, as the 230 ml Intenso crema has a texture very similar to cappuccino, the best coffee after the traditional strainer, by the way.
For those who have a problem with caffeine, the brand already sells decaffeinated capsules for this machine in Brazil. I don’t usually mix milk and coffee, but considering it makes bigger drinks, it would be nice to have milk options for those who like it. Ice coffee fans will be saddened as the dedicated capsule isn’t available here yet.
Nespresso Vertuo Next: is it worth it?
Nespresso Vertuo Next is a good coffee machine that bets on an elegant design, simplified usability and varied capsules with tasty coffees. This generation is for those looking for an experience beyond Nespresso Inissia. If you are a coffee lover, like to explore new recipes and require practicality, then upgrading might make sense. Nespresso after-sales is also a highlight: in addition to capsule recycling actions, there are cups, capsule holders, milk foamers, stirrers and harmonization options available that enhance the experience.
However, one point that frustrated me is the connectivity system. The impression is that the company didn’t know how to take advantage of the technologies and, in the end, you will barely take advantage of the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that are part of the product. The app also needs improvement. It’s nice to be able to upgrade the machine to new recipes, but it would be even better to use it to extract coffee from a distance rather than just being a showcase — Nespresso needs to bet on an ecosystem.
It’s good to keep in mind that she only makes espresso coffee, so if you want more elaborate drinks, it might be worth looking at Arno’s Dolce Gusto Genio S Plus, or Mini Me, for those looking to save money. Despite not meeting my expectations in connectivity, Nespresso Vertuo Next is a machine that allowed me to explore espresso coffee and this possibility, in a way, already makes the product worthwhile.
- Model: Nespresso Vertuo Next;
- Voltage: 127V and 220V;
- Technology: centrifugation and barcode reading on capsules;
- Water tank: 1.1 l capacity;
- Capsule Container: 10 Espresso Capsules or 6 Mug Capsules;
- Size of drinks: 40 ml, 80 ml, 150 ml and 230 ml;
- Water heating time: 25 seconds;
- Automatic shutdown: after 2 minutes;
- Colors: Red and black;
- Dimensions: 14.2 x 42.9 x 31.4 cm;
- Weight: 4.0 kg.