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.
Before we identify the differences, let's start with how they're the same:
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.
The Vertuo, first released in 2014, is a slightly more powerful yet less "luxurious" machine.
Pros for the older Nespresso Vertuo include the following:
Pros for the newer Nespresso VertuoPlus include the following:
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...
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.