8 Best Nespresso Capsule Holders For Awesome Style & Function (Updated For 2021)

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Pod and capsule-based brewing systems are praised for their convenience.

But you know what isn’t convenient?

Storing dozens of single-serve capsules!

To solve this problem, companies have created all sorts of different Nespresso capsule holders.

We scoured the web and found 8 distinct types, all of which have definite pros and cons.

  • The Tray
  • The Drawer
  • The Carousel
  • The Wall-Mounted Rack
  • The Hanging Helper
  • The Connect Four
  • The Cube
  • The Hexagon

For more information on Nespresso capsules, check out our related guides:

Let's get started.

1. The Tray

What is it? An under-machine capsule storage system. There are a lot of slight variations, but usually capsules are stored in a single drawer, which is easy to access for brewing and refilling.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? There are models for both (shown below).

What makes it awesome? Proximity and convenience; you can’t get much closer to the machine than directly under it.

What are the drawbacks? Depending on the specific tray you choose it adds 3-4″ of height to the setup, which may or may not work in your kitchen. Also has a larger countertop footprint by square area.

Top PicksOriginalLineVertuoLine
Glass
Black

2. The Drawer

What is it? Same theory as The Tray but has multiple drawers and isn’t intended to be stacked under your Nespresso machine.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? Both! Just make sure the model you buy has enough drawer clearance for the capsules you use.

What makes it awesome? Can hold around the same number of capsules as The Tray but takes up much less square area on your countertop.

What are the drawbacks? Unlike The Tray, requires additional countertop space next to your Nespresso machine.

Opaque DrawersClear Plastic DrawersVertuoLine

3. The Carousel

What is it? A rotating, vertical storage system. Some have compartments for each capsule, like the version shown on the left below, while others allow you to stack capsules and pull one from the top each time.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? There are models for both (shown below).

What makes it awesome? Extremely small footprint, so doesn’t take up much countertop space, and some have huge capsule capacities (80+). While aesthetics are completely personal preference, I tend to think the skyscraper carousel racks are very visually appealing.

What are the drawbacks? Generally require more vertical space. For the ones that allow you to stack capsules (below, everything but the left) you can only take pods off the top.

Holder For Every CapsuleOriginalLine CapsulesVertuoLine Capsules

4. The Wall-Mounted Rack

What is it? Stackable capsule storage system mounted out of the way on a wall. Sometimes capsules are dispensed from the bottom (below, left) or from the top (below, right).

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? OriginalLine only.

What makes it awesome? If you have sufficient wall space, T Wall-Mounted Rack allows you to free up your countertop and drawers. I also happen to think they look pretty cool!

What are the drawbacks? Requires you to mount the rack onto the wall, which could mean putting holes in your wall. (You may look into sticky putty or velcro strips.) The capsule capacity also leaves something to be desired with most models. The two versions shown below hold fewer than 40 capsules.

OriginalLine, Dispense From Bottom

5. The Hanging Helper

What is it? A pretty ingenious device, The Hanging Helper mounts under your cabinet and tucks away when not in use. When you need a capsule just grab the front handle and pull downward to display your stash. Max capacity is 40 capsules, which is pretty standard.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? OriginalLine only.

What makes it awesome? Zero countertop footprint and tucks away virtually out of sight.

What are the drawbacks? Requires you to mount the drawer to the bottom of your cabinet and compatible only with OriginalLine pods.

OriginalLine, Under Cabinet Capsule Drawer

6. The Connect Four

What is it? When I was a kid I used to love Connect Four. You know, that game where you take turns stacking chips trying to get four in a row? This style of Nespresso capsule holder looks a lot like that childhood game, which gives it a certain nostalgic quality.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? OriginalLine only.

What makes it awesome? Aside from the inescapable connection to your youth, The Connect Four holder generally tucks out of the way with a small countertop footprint. The two versions below both stack capsules on either side, so they don’t sit directly against the wall but rather neatly in a corner.

What are the drawbacks? Requires capsule stacking, so you need to draw them out from the top. Max capacity is around 40 capsules.

OriginalLine, Metal Wire Frame

7. The Cube

What is it? It’s a cube! Basically, it’s just a container for storing your Nespresso capsules.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? Both!

What makes it awesome? Simple with no moving parts (that means no breaking).

What are the drawbacks? I mean, it’s just a cube.

For OriginalLine & VertuoLine Capsules

8. The Hexagon

What is it? It’s like The Cube, except it’s The Hexagon.

OriginalLine or VertuoLine? Both!

What makes it awesome? Also simple with no moving parts, and it definitely has a more visually intriguing design. I also like how the opening faces towards you. The lazy person in me appreciates the easier reaching motion.

What are the drawbacks? The hexagon shape gives it a less sturdy base than The Cube, so it’s more prone to tipping over.

For OriginalLine & VertuoLine Capsules

The Coffee Maven's Recommendations

Stuck deciding which model is best for you? Here are our top picks for 3 types of people.

Nespresso Essenza Plus

Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
88
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reliability (10%)
92
Overall
90
Nespresso Essenza Plus
The Bottom Line
A hair larger than the Essenza Mini, the Essenza Plus offers a similar espresso experience with a larger 34 oz reservoir and a handy one-touch capsule ordering button right on the machine.
Best For Basic Espresso

Nespresso Creatista Plus

Coffee Quality (40%)
92
Design & Features (20%)
94
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reliability (10%)
92
Overall
93
Nespresso Creatista Plus
The Bottom Line
The Cadillac of Nespresso's universe, the Creatista Plus lets you customize your favorites with a digital display panel that offers size selections from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures for a luxurious experience.
Best For Milk-Based Drinks

Nespresso Evoluo

Coffee Quality (40%)
82
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reliability (10%)
92
Overall
87
Nespresso Evoluo
The Bottom Line
Nespresso's best VertuoLine model, the Evoluo brews 0.3-17 oz coffee with the largest reservoir (60 oz) and used capsule capacity (17) and shortest time to brew (15 seconds). If you want a VertuoLine, you want the Evoluo.
Best For Tall Coffee Drinkers

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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!