- Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. Compact Brewing Unit Technology
- Thermoblock heating element - Fast preheating time: 30 seconds
- Folding drip tray accommodates tall recipe glasses - Automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity
- Backlit LED water level detection indicators
- Holds 10 used capsules. Removable water tank: 24 oz or 0.7 L, 1 year warranty from date of purchase and registration
The Coffee Maven Conclusion
Compact design, easy to use, durable and brews a great espresso — all for a surprisingly low price. I love this machine and can’t recommend it highly enough.
The biggest complaint might be how noisy it is, but you can probably deal with that given the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker goes from cold start to completed beverage in 60 seconds.
Not an espresso fan? You can make a host of other beverages, such as the coffee-esque Americano, which makes this machine a direct competitor — and the superior product — to Keurig.
The Coffee Maven Rating: 9.2 of 10
- Design & Performance: 9.3
- Appearance: 9.2
- Durability: 9.2
- Quality of Coffee: 9.3
- Ease of Cleaning: 9.1
Nespresso Pixie Review: Product Images
- Nespresso Line: OriginalLine
- Pump: 19 bars
- Brew Sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
- Pod Compatibility: Nespresso OriginalLine pods or 3rd party
- Water Reservoir: 24 oz removable with backlit LED
- Drip Tray: Foldable to fit larger mugs
- Heating Element: Thermoblock with 25 second heating time
- Programmable: Yes, custom volume
- Exterior: Aluminum panel
- Auto-Off: After 9 minutes
- Used Capsule Capacity: 9-10 capsules
- Dimensions: 4.4″W x 9.3″L x 12.8″H
- Weight: 6.6 lbs
- Warranty: 2 year limited warranty
- User Manual: Click here
Design & Performance
The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker is a high-performance brewer, especially for its price range. It doesn’t have the fancy user interface of high-end brewers, but it has everything you need and will provide a great user experience.
This unit comes with two default brew sizes:
- Espresso: 1.35 oz
- Lungo: 3.70 oz
Want to change one or both? That’s where the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker has its first cool feature. To program a new size, just do the following:
- Press and hold the brew button
- Keep holding while your beverage is brewing
- Release when you reach the desired size
The Nespresso Pixie will remember that size. Pretty nifty, huh?
Auto shut-off occurs after 9 minutes of inactivity, which makes it one of the greener single serve coffee and espresso machines on the market. Want another brew? Press the power button to turn it back on, and you’re ready to go in just 25-30 seconds.
When you’re done with your brew, just lift and push down on the handle to eject the used capsule into the storage compartment — it fits 10 used capsules.
Premium aluminum siding with an “avant-garde” design according to Nespresso, this is one compact, stylish brewer.
Made in Switzerland (instead of China like Keurig devices and almost all other home brewers) and with a solid metal exterior, the Nespresso Pixie is made to last.
Of note: The Nespresso Pixie is very similar to the Nespresso Inissia, with one of the main differences being the metal construction of the Pixie vs the plastic construction of the Inissia. We also have a Nespresso Pixie vs Inissia Review so you can compare the two popular models side-by-side.
Click here to Compare Every Nespresso Model to find the one that’s right for you!
The Pixie does come with a 2 year warranty, but my supplemental research turned up many satisfied customers who praised the Nespresso Pixie’s performance over time.
Quality of Coffee
The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker brews a beautiful espresso, complete with a rich crema on top.
With the easily programmable custom size feature, you can brew your espresso to whatever size and concentration you like.
I registered the water temperature at 190ºF, which was right around where I expect it to be.
Ease of Cleaning
Very easy. The used capsule storage tank needs to be emptied and cleaned after every 10 uses, and it just pulls out with the drip tray. It is not dishwasher safe, so wash by hand.
Like all brewing machines, you’ll need to descale it every few months (or less frequently if you’re using filtered water). Nespresso makes a descaling product, but you can use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water and run a full 24 oz tank. Then just rinse with water.
It’s also a good idea to just run a hot water cycle without a capsule every few days. This will help flush out the system and ensure you get a great espresso every time. It will take a few water-only runs to get it to run clear, though.
What’s the difference between the Nespresso OriginalLine and VertuoLine?
Nespresso has two lines of espresso makers, the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine. Here’s the summary of the changes Nespresso made with their VertuoLine models:
- VertuoLine makes both espresso and long coffee; OriginalLine only makes espresso
- VertuoLine incorporates pod scanning technology, similar to Keurig 2.0 machines
- VertuoLine machines do not extract with a pump; instead they rely on rapid pod spinning
- VertuoLine capsules are more expensive and there aren’t any 3rd party alternatives
- VertuoLine machines use lower water temperature
- VertuoLine machines have a more pronounced crema, but it’s not as rich as that from OriginalLine machines
Read our full Nespresso VertuoLine vs OriginalLine comparison to see why I prefer OriginalLine machines like the Nespresso Pixie.
Does the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker make coffee?
Yes and no. You can’t make coffee like you would in a Keurig or single-serve coffee brewer, but you can make an Americano.
What is an Americano?
An Americano is an espresso with hot water added. You can add hot water to the same volume as a cup of coffee, and they have a very similar concentration.
To make an Americano, follow these steps:
- Brew your espresso with an espresso capsule.
- Brew a second time without a capsule, which will add hot water to the espresso
Remember, you can press and hold the brew button to get the volume of water you want.
(The Nespresso VertuoLine models make an Americano as one of their brew functions, which the Pixie and Inissia do not, but is it really that much effort to press and hold a second brew for hot water?)
Compatible with Nespresso’s impressive OriginalLine series
There’s a Nespresso capsule for everyone in the OriginalLine series, from basic intense espresso capsules to flavored capsules to single-origin capsules. The image below shows the wide variety available.
But a bonus with all machines in the OriginalLine, such as the Nespresso Pixie: They’re compatible with 3rd party capsules! Check out our comprehensive guide to the 6 Best Nespresso Alternatives for more affordable capsules. In particular, check out our dedicated reviews to 3 roasters:
Each is notable in its own way, and they’re only compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine machines. In my opinion, this is one of the best reasons to go with a machine like the Nespresso Pixie.
Incredibly sleek and compact
There are two standout features in my Nespresso Pixie review. The first is the sleek profile of this machine. It’s pretty tiny and very portable. At just over 4″ in width and 7 lbs in weight, you’re not going to find many single-serve brewers that are anywhere near as compact and portable.
At just 40.9″ sq. of counter space used, the Pixie has the smallest footprint of all Nespresso models evaluated in the above table.
Brew any size you want
The second standout feature is the “brew any size you want” functionality described above in the Design & Performance section. While I’m not going to be brewing 20 oz espressos or Americanos (OK, I definitely did) it’s great being able to brew whatever size I want and even better being able to program it for future brews.
It’s pretty noisy
Noise doesn’t bug me too much, but there’s no doubt this little machine makes its presence known. If you’re planning on using it in the office, I hope your co-workers won’t mind. Even if they do it’s less than a minute for total heating and brewing — they can suck it up.
Have you ever used a Nespresso espresso machine or the Nespresso Pixie in particular? What did you like about it? Leave your personal Nespresso Pixie review in the comments!