Nespresso Creatista Uno Review

Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
92
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
92

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:

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
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules

Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • ABS plastic housing versus stainless steel on other Creatista models

Is the Nespresso Creatista Uno for you?

Is Nespresso Creatista Uno 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 Uno Review: An In-Depth Look

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Nespresso Creatista Uno
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