Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: What’s The Difference?

Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie. There are 6 key differences between the two models.

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Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: The 3 Similarities

The Nespresso Inissia and Nespresso Pixie are two extremely similar models.

Both are part of Nespresso’s OriginalLine series meaning they’re compatible with OriginalLine capsules, which brew single serve espresso and lungo beverages with Nespresso capsules.

Related: Complete Guide to Nespresso Capsules

Let’s take a look at a few other convenient features.

1. Easy, One-Touch Custom Size Setting

Though they feature only 2 preset sizes, these espresso machines have a fantastic one-touch custom size selector. To program the machine to brew an espresso beverage of your select size, just follow these simple steps:

  • Pop in a capsule
  • Press and hold either brew button until your desired volume has been reached

The machine will set the button you used to brew that size every time (until you change it).

2. Brews Espresso & Lungo Beverages

The Nespresso Inissia and Pixie are pre-set to brew 1.35 oz espresso and 3.70 oz lungo beverages. They do not brew 8+ oz coffee beverages like Nespresso VertuoLine brewers. If you want a full-sized coffee, you’ll need to make an Americano.

Pro Tip: Want an easy Americano? Use the espresso button to get a rich, 1.35 oz espresso and use the one-touch custom size setting with the lungo button to set it to your preferred volume of water. Done! An easy Americano.

3. Compact Design

Both the Nespresso Inissia and Nespresso Pixie are far more compact and powerful than comparable Keurig models. They’re even more compact than other Nespresso machines.

Note: The Inissia and Pixie don’t have the same dimensions — this is one of the most notable differences defined below — but compared to all other single serve, pod-based coffee machines, these two models truly are tiny.

Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: The 6 Differences

The Inissia and Pixie are nearly identical in features, performance and functionality.

There are only a few differences, most of which are minor and/or cosmetic:

  1. Exterior: Inissia is plastic, Pixie is aluminum aluminum
  2. Size: Pixie is more compact
  3. Weight: Inissia weighs less
  4. Power: Inissia is 1200W, Pixie is 1160W
  5. Power Button Placement: Inissia on side, Pixie on top
  6. Empty Reservoir Detection: Inissia has none, Pixie has red blinking light

Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie

The Coffee Maven's Official Comparison
Nespresso Inissia

Nespresso Inissia

Plastic Exterior
One of Nespresso's best-selling machines, the Inissia offers a couple of upgrades over the 3.2" wide Essenza Mini, notably the 24 oz reservoir and 10 spent capsule capacity, in a still-sleek 4.7" wide design.
Nespresso Pixie

Nespresso Pixie

Aluminum Exterior
Our favorite bang-for-your-buck Nespresso machine, the Pixie delivers no-fuss espresso in a durable, scratch-resistant, awesome-looking aluminum case. If you don't need the fancy extras, you want the Pixie.


About The Coffee Maven
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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!