- Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso Original Line capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules
- 19 bar high-pressure pump for a barista-style result, perfectly extracting the flavor and aromas of each coffee capsule and creating a dense cream. Fast 25 second heat-up
- 3 programmable buttons with automatic flow stop for Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo sizes. Foldable drip tray for different cup and glass sizes
- Rotating water tank adapts to your kitchen space. Auto energy saving off after 9 minutes of inactivity. Machine maintenance alerts for full capsule container, descaling needed or no water in tank
- Hermetically sealed and recyclable aluminum capsules lock in freshness and provide exceptional taste. Removable used capsule container holds up to 19 used capsules. Removable 27 oz. water tank
The Coffee Maven Conclusion
Another winning Nespresso OriginalLine model, the Nespresso Prodigio takes everything I love about OriginalLine machines and tosses in a couple new features, such as integration with Nespresso’s mobile app.
While the app doesn’t add much to your experience (aside from novelty value), ultimately it’s a feature you can just ignore and still get the best single serve espresso available.
The Coffee Maven Rating: 9.3/10
- Design & Performance: 9.4
- Appearance: 9.3
- Durability: 9.2
- Quality of Coffee: 9.3
- Ease of Cleaning: 9.1
Nespresso Prodigio Review: Product Images
- Part of Nespresso OriginalLine
- 3 beverages sizes: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo
- 19 bar pump
- 25 second heat-up time
- Rotating 27 oz removable water tank
- Auto-Off after 9 minutes (can change to 30)
- Used capsule storage compartment with 19 capsule capacity
- Foldable drip tray
- Syncs with Nespresso mobile app for enhanced functionality (detailed below)
- Comes with 16 Nespresso Grand Cru capsules
Design & Performance: 9.4
Like all Nespresso machines, the Prodigio is designed to brew the best single serve coffee beverage, bar none. But the Prodigio doesn’t stop there. Nespresso added several new features to this high-performing model:
- Additional ristretto brew size (0.85 oz / 25 mL)
- Expanded spent capsule capacity to 19 used Grand Cru capsules
- Syncs with Nespresso mobile app
Those first two features are valuable extra additions — even if you don’t need them, they’re objectively better than what you get on other Nespresso OriginalLine machines.
But the real standout feature here, which I’ll discuss in more detail below, is the Nespresso Prodigio’s ability to sync up with the Nespresso mobile app. Honest opinion? It’s cool, but I’m not sure this feature adds a ton of value.
Sleek with a clean design and not a lot of flash, the Prodigio has a modern look to complement its modern functionality. It comes in both silver and titan (metallic gray), but both models have a black matte body.
Appearance points generally are subjective, but I give the Prodigio high marks. It’s so simple it almost looks too plain, but that’s what I want in my coffee machine.
All Nespresso machines rate highly in the durability category as they’re well-built, Swiss-made machines and come with a 2 year warranty. For comparison, Keurig machines only come with a 1 year warranty and very few coffee makers come with 3+ year warranties (the Cuisinart SS-10 is one that does).
Quality of Coffee: 9.3
Nespresso makes the best single serve coffee, hands down. It comes out hot and rich, and I think the OriginalLine machines produce a better crema than the VertuoLine machines, which use Centrifusion to extract the shot and tend to have a foamier crema.
Ease of Cleaning: 9.1
The exterior is easy to wipe down, and rinsing and descaling is as easy pressing the brew buttons to run water (or descaling solution) through the machine. If you use the mobile app you’ll enjoy the descaling alerts, but the machine also has a descale indicator light
Note: You can’t use the mobile app to initiate the descaling process. It only tells you when it’s time to descale.
The Internet of Things, now making your coffee
Nespresso markets the Prodigio as their first connected Nespresso machine, allowing you to sync up to the company’s mobile app (available for both iOS and Android).
It’s another step towards the inevitable, but it seems like a somewhat pointless one.
The mobile app lets you do 3 things:
- Brew your coffee remotely, even with a scheduled start timer
- Order new capsules online
- Monitor your machine’s status, such as water level and whether it’s time to descale
This video shows you how to pair your Nespresso Prodigio with the mobile app, and these are some snapshots of the mobile app in action.
That stuff is sort of cool and maybe a little convenient, but let’s be real here.
The Prodigio takes 25 seconds to heat to brewing temperature and another 30 seconds to brew.
Congrats, you saved yourself a minute.
And does anyone actually think the scheduled brew time is a gamechanger?
In the video at the intro of this review, Nespresso gives this image of a woman waking up to a freshly extracted shot of espresso:
That’s some expert-level marketing right there.
I get it for full pots of coffee — those things take like 5-8 minutes to brew and it can be awesome to wake up to that smell in the morning — but I just don’t see the impact with single serve espresso that takes a whole minute to be ready.
Water reservoir and descaling alerts? You’re going to be interacting with the physical machine every day. You can just see whether the tank is running low or the descale light is on.
I’m all for tech integration, if only for the novelty of it, but I don’t see the practical applications here.
Awesome, useful, convenient custom size selector
If the 3.70 oz lungo, 1.25 oz espresso or 0.85 oz ristretto aren’t exactly to your liking, you can easily program any of the three buttons to the proper volume:
- Press and hold the brew button
- Keep holding while your beverage is brewing
- Release when you reach the desired size
The Prodigio will remember that brew size every time you use the same button until you change it.
Brew 25 mL (0.85 oz) ristretto beverages
A third preset brew size setting helps the Prodigio stand out from other OriginalLine machines, such as the Pixie, Inissia and CitiZ.
I’ve never had the desire to brew a 0.85 oz ristretto — 1.25 oz espresso were always good enough for me — but the smaller portion is an option with the Prodigio.
Maybe more useful is having a third brew size button so you can program it to whatever size you like. I love Nespresso’s custom brew size feature, but I didn’t always like having only two brew buttons for espresso and lungo. Sometimes I brew both of those sizes, so if I set one of them to a custom size I’ve now lost that default setting.
That’s not a problem with the Nespresso Prodigio.
Water reservoir swivels from back to side
Depending on the layout of your countertop, it can be inconvenient having a removable water reservoir positioned behind the machine. The Prodigio solves this problem by putting the water reservoir on a swivel, allowing you to pivot it from the back to the side of the machine.
Just note that if you get the Prodigio model with the connected milk frother, the whole setup impacts the water reservoir’s swivel ability. It just won’t rotate as much to the side and still sits mostly in the rear.
Espresso-based beverages only
Unlike Nespresso VertuoLine or Keurig machines, the Prodigio only pulls shots of espresso. That means you can’t make a full cup of coffee.
However, you can make an American as well as these 5 great Nespresso recipes.
A little noisy
The Prodigio’s pump is a little loud.
Seems like I’m nitpicking here, doesn’t it?
Honestly, there aren’t many negatives about Nespresso machines, particularly the OriginalLine models. I pride myself on impartial, truthful reviews here on The Coffee Maven, but almost everything you’ll hear me say about Nespresso machines is extremely positive.
The only negatives you’ll really ever hear:
- VertuoLine isn’t as good as OriginalLine
- The capsules are a little expensive but you can find cheaper Nespresso compatible capsules
- Nespresso machines make noise
- Dimensions: 14.7″W x 14.7″D x 10.1″H
- Weight: 6.5 lbs
- Energy Consumption Class: A-40%
- User Manual