Nespresso Creatista Review

Nespresso Creatista
Overall Rating
92
Coffee Quality (40%)
92
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
92
The Bottom Line
The Creatista is Nespresso's original luxury espresso machine. It features a digital display with custom sizes from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures. Now-discontinued, take a look at the Creatista Plus instead.
The Coffee Maven's editors select and review products independently. We may receive a commission if you purchase through one of our links at no additional cost to you.

Key Features of the Nespresso Creatista

Key Features of Nespresso Creatista

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville
  • UK Partners: Sage by Heston Blumenthal
  • Brew Sizes: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 50 oz
  • Milk Container: Comes with frothing pitcher
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Swivel frothing arm included with one-touch settings for foam
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Stainless steel front, ABS plastic sides
  • Dimensions: 6.7"W x 12.2"D x 16.1"H
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs
  • Watts: 1500W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes, 3-second heat-up time, 3 texture levels and 3 milk temps, programmable water hardness

Nespresso Creatista Overview

Nespresso has two lines of capsule-based espresso machines:

  • OriginalLine: Their original line (duh) that used a 19 bar pump to extract shots from capsules
  • VertuoLine: Their new line that uses Centrifusion (rapid capsule spinning) to extract shots from barcode-enabled capsules but also brews standard coffee up to 17 oz

For our money, OriginalLine machines are better than VertuoLine machines because their pump produces more authentic espresso, the coffee tends to be hotter, and there's no barcode scanning system meaning you can find less-expensive third-party capsules.

And no series of OriginalLine brewers tops the Creatistas, which includes the following 3 models:

Originally, the Creatista (now discontinued) was the sole representative of this series. Then Nespresso created the Uno (more basic) and the Plus (more premium).

The Creatista's draw is its swivel frothing arm, which gives you total control over your milk foam — something Lattissima Series doesn't offer. Instead, Lattissima machines are about one-touch convenience for people who want hands-off cappuccinos and lattes.

Note: You don't need to froth your milk manually! The Creatista is fully capable of frothing your milk for you. Just leave the milk frothing pitcher on the temperature sensor below the frothing wand and let the machine do its thing.

If that control appeals to you, take a look at one of the 3 Creatista models.

What are the differences? We'll cover that in the Buyer's Guide below.

Pros
  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • Frothing pitcher gives you more control
  • Housing includes some stainless steel
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules
Cons
  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent

Is the Nespresso Creatista for you?

Is Nespresso Creatista for you?

As promised, let's take a look at the 3 Creatista models from Nespresso:

FeatureCreatista UnoCreatistaCreatista Plus
StatusIn productionDiscontinuedIn production
ExteriorABS plasticStainless steel front with ABS plastic housingFully stainless steel
DisplayButton displayDigital displayDigital display
Bev TypesEspresso, ristretto, lungoEspresso, ristretto, lungoEspresso, ristretto, lungo
Ristretto Sizes0.5-1.0 oz0.85-2.0 oz0.85-2.0 oz
Espresso Sizes1.0-1.3 oz0.85-2.0 oz0.85-2.0 oz
Lungo Sizes1.3-4.4 oz2.37-5.0 oz2.37-5.0 oz
Programmable Drink SettingsNoYesYes
Power Draw1500W1500W1600W

As you can see, the original Creatista and Creatista Plus are pretty similar with their housing the main difference. The Creatista Plus is 100% stainless steel whereas the original Creatista has a stainless steel front panel and ABS plastic housing (which the Creatista Uno is made of entirely).

Aside from that, the choice mostly comes down to whether you want the ability to program brew settings.

What does that mean?

The Creatista and Creatisa Plus let you use the digital display to customize the features of each drink type:

  • Shot size (see the table above for available settings)
  • Milk temperature (Cool, Ideal, or Hot
  • Milk texture (silky Flat White, foamy Cappuccino, or airy Macchiato)

If that preset functionality is something you're looking for, go with the Creatista Plus.

If you're good with the basic button controls, go with the Creatista Uno.

Nespresso Creatista Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Nespresso Creatista!

Check out Nespresso Creatista!

Nespresso Creatista
The Creatista is Nespresso's original luxury espresso machine. It features a digital display with custom sizes from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures. Now-discontinued, take a look at the Creatista Plus instead.

More Nespresso Reviews From The Coffee Maven

Nespresso Vanilio Capsules (OriginalLine)

Nespresso Vanilio Capsules (OriginalLine)
Overall Rating: 89
Vanilio (Intensity: 6) is a light, vanilla-flavored capsule that’s great for vanilla mocha beverages. It's a little one-dimensional with the vanilla flavor dominating, but that's why you're enjoying this capsules.

Nespresso Prodigio

Nespresso Prodigio
Overall Rating: 90
One of Nespresso's WiFi-enabled models, the Prodigio connects to the Nespresso mobile app for scheduled start times, machine status updates, and easy one-button capsule ordering. It's the tech-lover's espresso machine!

Nespresso Creatista Plus

Nespresso Creatista Plus
Overall Rating: 93
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.
About The Coffee Maven
bryan de luca
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!

Search