Nespresso Pixie Review

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

The Bottom Line

Our favorite bang-for-your-buck Nespresso machine, the Pixie delivers no-fuss espresso in a durable, scratch-resistant, awesome-looking aluminum case. If you don't need the fancy extras, you want the Pixie.
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Key Features of the Nespresso Pixie

Key Features of Nespresso Pixie

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville, DeLonghi
  • UK Partners: Krups, Magimix
  • Brew Sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 24 oz
  • Milk Container: None
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Sold separately
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 4.4"W x 9.3"D x 12.8"H
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs
  • Watts: 1160W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes

Nespresso Pixie 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.

One of Nespresso's best-selling machines, the OriginalLine Pixie is a touch more feature-rich than the uber-compact Essenza Mini with a pair of upgrades:

  • Larger 24 oz water reservoir (instead of 20 oz)
  • Larger spent capsule capacity (10 instead of 6)

In terms of specs and performance, it's basically identical to the Inissia, except the Pixie has the aluminum exterior versus the Inissia's ABS plastic polymer housing.

Capable of brewing shots from 1.35 oz to 3.70 oz, the Pixie has two programmable brew buttons that easily allow you to customize your shot size. Here's how it works:

  1. Insert a capsule
  2. Press and hold the brew button (either one) until your desired shot volume is reached
  3. Release the button

The machine will remember that brew size for every future brew (until you reset it).

While the Pixie doesn't come with a preset button for Americanos (espresso + hot water, like a regular coffee) like the Essenza Plus does, you can easily use the programmable buttons to set up your own Americano system:

  1. Set one button to be your preferred shot size
  2. Set the other button to be your preferred hot water volume

In between pressing both buttons, just eject the capsule.

If you'd like to brew specialty beverages (like cappuccinos and lattes), you could always upgrade to the bundle or purchase the Aeroccino4 milk frother separately for your own home barista setup.


  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • Awesome avante-garde design with durable aluminum exterior
  • One-touch sizing system lets you adjust brew size by pressing and holding brew buttons
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules


  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • Small 24 oz water reservoir

Is the Nespresso Pixie for you?

Is Nespresso Pixie for you?

The Nespresso Pixie is our top pick among all Nespresso models if you want convenient capsulized coffee without fancy extra features. This model has no capsule-reordering buttons, no WiFi connectivity, no integrated frothers, no standard coffee brewing ability.

What it does have is an awesome design and the ability to brew shot after shot from any type of OriginalLine compatible capsule (including those not produced by Nespresso).

If you're looking for a similarly compact machine with more modern functionality, check out the Essenza Plus.

If you're looking for a VertuoLine machine that can brew standard coffees up to 17 oz, check out the Evoluo.

Nespresso Pixie Review: An In-Depth Look

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Nespresso Pixie
Our favorite bang-for-your-buck Nespresso machine, the Pixie delivers no-fuss espresso in a durable, scratch-resistant, awesome-looking aluminum case. If you don't need the fancy extras, you want the Pixie.

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