Comparing Nespresso machines by Breville and De’Longhi is more a debate about design than quality. Each of the two brands is successful in manufacturing compelling and well-capable espresso machines that have a guaranteed place in the market thanks to their faithful protégées— the satisfied customers. Introducing a good debate about how the best two machine models from the two brands compare, though, is not a bad idea. We decided to jump into the sea of that debate and compare the Nespresso Lattissima Pro by De’Longhi and the Nespresso Vertuo by Breville to give more flavor to the Nespresso Breville vs De’Longhi battle.
Nespresso Vertuo by Breville
- Five cup sizes
- Centrifusion technology
- Barcode technology
- Sliding drip tray
- Heat up time: 15-20 seconds
- In a bundle with the Aeroccino milk frother
- Auto off
Barcode technology with which the Vertuo brews the coffee in different capsules with different parameters for optimal flavor of the specific drink
Five coffees with programmable volumes
The sliding drip tray puts no limit to your choice of differently-sized cups
Conveniently fast heat up time for no waiting to get coffee
The Aeroccino3 milk frother lets you add steamed milk and froth to the 5 different preset coffees or to the coffees that you’ve programmed
The Nespresso VertuoLine capsules are expensive
Nespresso Lattissima Pro by De’Longhi
- 3 milk-based and three coffee-only drinks
- Programmable milk and coffee volume
- 19-Bar pump
- 30-ounce water reservoir
- Sliding drip tray
- Auto off
Compatible with both Nespresso and third-party capsules
A nice number of programmable coffee choices at the touch of a button
Beverages can be programmed for both coffee and milk amount
The 19-Bar pump creates a true espresso basis for every coffee drink
You can vary your cup sizes through the adjustable settings and through the sliding drip tray as well
The carafe milk spout could’ve been a bit longer to work better with espresso cups
Our pick: The Nespresso Vertuo by Breville
We were sweating while picking a winner between these two excellent Nespresso machines— it was a tough decision. The Nespresso Vertuo by Breville, however, uses the centrifusion and barcode technologies to give even the snobbiest coffee lovers an extraordinary coffee pleasure. Thanks to the innovative design of the Vertuo, each different coffee is brewed differently and this gets the best out of any Nespresso capsule. With the Aeroccino3 frother, milk beverages are on the menu every day, and with the fast heat up time of the machine there’s time for coffee and so much more.
Being a Nespresso machine, the Vertuo keeps some of the classic details of the successful Nespresso machine design. Its classic style is expressed through the machine’s one-touch function and its programmable buttons that can immerse anyone into the fully-automatic Nespresso coffee experience. Of course, the Breville hints grace the Vertuo with the recognizable Breville accents, especially noticeable on the housing of the machine— a nice little bonus for Breville lovers.
What’s innovative about this VertuoLine machine is its use of both centrifusion and barcode technology.
The Nespresso Vertuo processes each Grand Cru distinctly, making for distinct coffee flavors and enjoyments. It is centrifugal force that rotates the VertuoLine capsules about 7000 RPM inside the capsule chamber, letting the coffee flourish through brewing and extraction. Before this happens, however, the barcode technology adjusts the power of the centrifugal force and the rest of the brew process, with the coffee temperature and volume pre-defined by the code on the capsule’s rim; this results in a unique drink anytime.
To enhance the flavor of your coffee furthermore, you can add a pinch or a whole lot of milk foam made by the Aeroccino3 milk frother if you want. A layer of creamy crema, a layer of frothy froth—sounds frothalicious to us! That would wrap up the ‘biography’ of the compact and stylish Nespresso Vertuo by Breville.
We’re feeling a little guilty that we didn’t’ vote for the Lattissima Plus— it’s a fantastic Nespresso Original machine. Apart from the bags and bags of capsules that it can brew— third-party options included— the Lattissima Plus also makes true espresso with its 19-Bar pump. The choice of drinks with this machine offers is a selection of 3 milk-based and 2 coffee drinks, all in cool preset sizes, but also programmable for the skillful coffee explorers.
By pressing one of the soft buttons of the Lattissima Plus, all coffee, from first to last drop, goes into your cup, even if it’s sweetened with milk; the spout of the automatic milk carafe extracts the foam right into your cup, so no moving cups around! After 40 seconds of preheating, the Lattissima Plus and its 30-ounce water reservoir will do it all automatically and all for you—what a delight!
There really is no room for a shoulder shrug at this machine once you realize that its automatic milk carafe is also adjustable for milk texture. With this carafe, you’ll have more foam, but you won’t exaggerate with it, or less of it, but not an unsatisfactory amount. Fully-automatic, adjustable, and retro, the Lattissima Plus gives milk-based drinks a special treatment—perfect for cappuccino and latte lovers!
Similarities between the Breville Vertuo and the De’Longhi Lattissima Plus
Originally created by Nespresso, you can expect these two espresso machines to use Nespresso capsules (Grand Crus). The capsules are your coffee media and they do turn into 5 coffees on each of the machines. Milk-based drinks are possible on both the Nespresso Vertuo and the Lattissima Plus with the help of their automatic frothers. Both of the machines are automatic and automatically prepare the coffee and the froth for the milk. Still, they do let you reprogram the coffee volume if you want some versatility in your coffee’s length. Finally, the auto off feature is present on both the Vertuo and Lattissima Plus to bring energy efficiency into the game.
Differences between the Breville Vertuo and the De’Longhi Lattissima Plus
Breville’s style is different from De’Longhi’s; this is especially noticeable when you compare the bodies of the Lattissima Plus and the Vertuo. The Vertuo competes with rounder shapes and compactness. At the same time, the Lattissima retro-mesmerizes with its linear housing made of plastic. Both machines look nice, however.
This ‘retro vs modern’ clash continues with differences in the brew mechanisms of the machines. While the Lattissima Plus prepares espresso with a 19-Bar pump— a traditional and trusted mechanism— the Vertuo brews each capsule under different brewing parameters, centrifuging the coffee. This difference makes the Vertuo and the Lattissima Plus suitable for people with distinct coffee preferences; the Lattissima Plus pampers the lovers of milk-enhanced coffees and the Vertuo those of longer caffeinated beverages.
If you gravitate toward alto, coffee, espresso, double espresso, and lungo, you’ll love the Vertuo because it makes all these beverages. On the Lattissima end, however, flavorful espressos, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos are available and all are programmable and completely automatic.
In terms of Grand Crus, the Vertuo is compatible only with VertuoLine capsules; the Original Lattissima Plus, on the other hand, uses third-party capsules as well apart from Original ones.
From its automatic milk carafe and straight into your cup of coffee— this is the journey of milk with the Lattissima Plus. The Vertuo, however, gives you the convenience of using the Aeroccino3 frother for hot or cold coffee toppings.
To heat up, the Lattissima Plus needs 40 seconds. With this machine, you’ll need to wait a little longer for your coffee— longer than you’ll wait with the Vertuo, anyway. The Vertuo heats up in 15 to 20 seconds, and you can have it working simultaneously with the Aeroccino3 frother for quickly-made coffee specialties; this feature wraps up with the differences between the two machines.
Which one should you go with?
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus by Breville! It’s beautiful, compact, and automatic. It is stylish, cup-size-versatile, and innovative. It is also smart and brews each capsule by different brew parameters. Finally, the Nespresso Vertuo by Breville gives you the benefits of programmability as well, so that you can enjoy your coffee your way with a stylish machine.
If you do like the 19-Bar pump of the Nespresso Lattissima Plus by De’Longhi, however, you’ll have the classic espresso taste every day at the touch of a button. This machine will get the steamed milk straight into your cup automatically, retro-style. Most finally now, what is your choice?