Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie. There are 6 key differences between the two models.
Can you name them?
Don’t worry if you can’t — that’s what we’re here for!
Quick aside before we talk about the Inissia and Pixie: You’re correct for researching Nespresso machines.
Nespresso Is Better Than Keurig
As of December 2015, Keurig owned 61% of the total United States single serve market, both machines and coffee pods, whereas Nespresso held only 4%.
As a huge Nespresso fan living in Hawaii, I think it’s time Americans follow Europe’s lead.
Pros for Nespresso Machines
- More durable
- More reliable
- More compact
- Brew a better coffee beverage
Pros for Keurig Machines
- Lower initial cost for machine
- Lower recurring cost to use pods
- Many more models to choose from
Related: Nespresso vs Keurig
Nespresso offers far fewer different models than Keurig, but almost all of them are better.
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Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: Full Comparison Table
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.
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).
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.
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 that 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.
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:
- Exterior: Inissia is plastic, Pixie is aluminum aluminum
- Size: Pixie is more compact
- Weight: Inissia weighs less
- Power: Inissia is 1,200 watts, Pixie is 1,160
- Power Button Placement: Inissia on side, Pixie on top
- Empty Reservoir Detection: Inissia has none, Pixie has red blinking light
Click here to read our complete Nespresso Pixie review.
Which Should You Choose?
Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: Which one should you choose?
You should choose the Nespresso Inissia if you’re looking for a lighter, lower cost machine.
You should choose the Nespresso Pixie if you want the aluminum siding and avante-garde design but don’t mind paying a little extra. The Pixie gets bonus points for having a slightly smaller countertop footprint with an empty tank detection light.
For my money, the Nespresso Pixie is the choice. I even ranked it as my top single cup coffee maker!
What do you think? Have you used or owned these machines? Which is your favorite? Chime in below in the comments!