Nespresso Vertuo vs VertuoPlus: What's The Difference? [2022 Update]

Nespresso Vertuo vs VertuoPlus — what's the difference?

Most people assume the VertuoPlus is better than the Vertuo. I mean, it has "Plus" in the name, doesn't it?

But confusingly, that isn't actually the case!

And a quick look at the Vertuo's slightly higher price tag confirms it.

So, what makes the plain ol' Vertuo better than the newer VertuoPlus?

Let's find out.


The Vertuo and VertuoPlus are very similar models, and both are part of Nespresso's VertuoLine series.

Related: Nespresso VertuoLine vs Original: What's The Difference?

Before we identify the differences, let's start with how they're the same:

Feature Vertuo VertuoPlus
Product Line VertuoLine VertuoLine
US/CA Partners Breville, DeLonghi Breville, DeLonghi
UK Partners Krups, Magimix Krups, Magimix
Water Reservoir 40 oz 40 oz
Espresso Sizes 1.35 oz espresso, 2.7 oz double espresso 1.35 oz espresso, 2.7 oz double espresso
Coffee Sizes 5 oz gran lungo, 8 oz mug, 14 oz alto 5 oz gran lungo, 8 oz mug, 14 oz alto
Pressure Applied via Centrifusion Applied via Centrifusion
Milk Frother Not included Not included
Wireless Connectivity None None
Case Material ABS plastic polymer ABS plastic polymer
Drip Tray Removable Removable
Cup Clearance 4 positions 4 positions
Water Hardness Programmable Programmable

Note: Centrifusion is sales-speak for the extraction system used on Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers. Instead of extracting coffee via pump pressure, like both OriginalLine machines and standard espresso machines, VertuoLine brewers apply pressure by spinning the capsule rapidly inside the brewing chamber. Even though Nespresso's Centrifusion system can achieve up to 7,000 RPM, I don't feel like achieves the same level of extraction as traditional pump-powered brewers and the resulting coffee isn't quite as hot. However, Centrifusion does produce a much more pronounced (albeit airier) crema, likely because it's been whipped up during the brewing process.


Though both machines are extremely similar in both name and function, there are several small differences that set them apart.

Feature Vertuo VertuoPlus
Release Year 2014 2017
Power 1350W 1300W
Heat-Up Time 15 seconds 20 seconds
Adjustable Water Tank Placement No Yes
Automatic Opening & Closing System No Yes
Automatic Capsule Ejection No Yes
Spent Capsule Capacity 13 mug capsules 10 mug capsules
Auto-Off 9 min 9 min (default) + programmable
Dimensions 8.3"W x 11.9"D x 11.9"H 8.7"W x 12.7"D x 12.8"H
Weight 10.9 lbs 10.1 lbs
Power Cord Length 33.5" 29.1"

The Vertuo, first released in 2014, is a slightly more powerful yet less "luxurious" machine.

Pros for the older Nespresso Vertuo include the following:

  • 1350W heating element is a touch more powerful than the VertuoPlus's 1300W unit, which gives the Vertuo the small edge in heat-up time from a cold start (15 seconds vs 20 seconds).
  • 33.5" power cord is 4" longer power than the cord on the VertuoPlus.
  • 30% larger spent capsule container doesn't need to be emptied as often.

Pros for the newer Nespresso VertuoPlus include the following:

  • Swivel water tank can be position on either the back or side to fit your countertop.
  • Brewing chamber opens and closes automatically (in case lifting the plastic lid is too strenuous for you).
  • Automatic capsule ejection removes the capsule from the brewing chamber after each brew.
  • Auto-Off can be programmed to be longer than the default 9 mins.

Also of note: Nespresso also makes the VertuoPlus Deluxe, which is the exact same brewer as the VertuoPlus except for a larger 60 oz water tank. And, obviously, the dimensions on the VertuoPlus Deluxe are slightly larger.

Now, the most important question...

Nespresso Vertuo vs VertuoPlus: Which Is Right For You?

The "Which is right?" question always comes down to your specific needs, preferences, and budget.

In my personal opinion, the upgrades on the newer VertuoPlus are mostly meaningless. I don't really care whether the brewing chamber opens automatically or that I don't have to manually eject each capsule. I'd rather have the power powerful heating element, larger power cord, and larger spent capsule capacity. I also think the Vertuo just looks nicer, but aesthetics are the most subjective part of this whole Vertuo vs VertuoPlus comparison.

If you agree with those points and don't mind the slightly elevated price point, the Nespresso Vertuo is the machine for you.

If you already have a spot picked out on your counter and don't need the extra 4" of cord length or you really like the swivel water tank, then don't hesitate to choose the Nespresso VertuoPlus or the slightly larger VertuoPlus Deluxe.

Nespresso Vertuo vs VertuoPlus

The Coffee Maven's Official Comparison
Nespresso Vertuo

Nespresso Vertuo

More Powerful
Don't let its name fool you. The Vertuo is more advanced than either the VertuoPlus or VertuoPlus Deluxe! Its 40 oz reservoir is so-so but its 1350W heating element leaves you just 15 seconds from brew-ready water.
Nespresso VertuoPlus

Nespresso VertuoPlus

More Luxury Features
Designed for flexibility to brew short espresso to tall coffee, the VertuoPlus is one of Nespresso's 5 VertuoLine models that brews 5 types of capsules for coffees from 0.3-17 oz. Finally, a Nespresso machine for everyone!


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!