Nespresso Creatista Uno Review

Nespresso Creatista Uno
Overall Rating
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The Bottom Line
The base model of Nespresso's Creatista Series, the Uno has a 3 drink sizes, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures with a fully-automatic frothing wand (which can be used manually) for a luxurious coffee experience.
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Key Features of the Nespresso Creatista Uno

Key Features of Nespresso Creatista Uno

  • 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: ABS plastic
  • 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 Uno 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:

Note: Nespresso originally released the Creatista with no other models in the series but later discontinued it and expanded the series to include these 3.

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.

  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • Frothing pitcher gives you more control
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules
  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • ABS plastic housing versus stainless steel on other Creatista models

Is the Nespresso Creatista Uno for you?

Are Nespresso Creatista Uno for you?

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

Feature Creatista Uno Creatista Plus Creatista Pro
Exterior ABS plastic Fully stainless steel Fully stainless steel
Display Button display Digital LCD display with knobs Digital LCD touchscreen display
Water Tank 50 oz 50 oz 67 oz
Bev Types Espresso, ristretto, lungo Espresso, ristretto, lungo Espresso, ristretto, lungo
Ristretto Sizes 0.5-1.0 oz 0.85-2.0 oz 0.85-2.0 oz
Espresso Sizes 1.0-1.3 oz 0.85-2.0 oz 0.85-2.0 oz
Lungo Sizes 1.3-4.4 oz 2.37-5.0 oz 2.37-5.0 oz
Frother Settings 3 temps, 3 textures 3 temps, 3 textures 11 temps, 8 textures
Brew/Steam, Same Time No No Yes
Hot Water Dispenser No No Yes
Programmable Drink Settings No Yes Yes
Power Draw 1500W 1500W 1500W

As you can see, the Creatista Uno 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).

The Creatista Pro goes above and beyond the Plus, which we're reviewing here, for Nespresso's hands-down best brewing experience.

The question then becomes, which Nespresso Creatista model is right for you?

  • Go with the Creatista Uno if you're looking for the cheapest, simplest way to own a Nespresso model with the authentic swivel frothing arm and are OK with the ABS plastic polymer body.
  • Go with the Creatista Plus if you want a nicer-looking (and more durable) stainless steel machine with the digital LCD display.
  • Go with the Creatista Pro if you want the best all-in-one machine Nespresso has ever made with the additional bells and whistles detailed above.

Whichever Creatista model you inevitably purchase, I'm confident you won't regret it.

Nespresso Creatista Uno Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Nespresso Creatista Uno!

Check out Nespresso Creatista Uno!

Nespresso Creatista Uno
The base model of Nespresso's Creatista Series, the Uno has a 3 drink sizes, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures with a fully-automatic frothing wand (which can be used manually) for a luxurious coffee experience.

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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!