Nespresso U Review

Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
92

The Bottom Line

Nespresso's smallest machine with a preset 0.85 oz ristretto size, the now-discontinued U has a sleek design and aluminum exterior. For an in-production model, check out the CitiZ instead.
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Key Features of the Nespresso U

Key Features of Nespresso U

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville, DeLonghi
  • UK Partners: Krups, Magimix
  • Brew Sizes: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 27 oz
  • Milk Container: None
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Sold separately
  • Spent Capsules: 12 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 4.5"W x 9.8"D x 14.5"H
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs
  • Watts: 1260W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes

Nespresso U 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.

The Nespresso U's claim to fame is rather simple: It's Nespresso's smallest machine featuring a short 0.85 oz ristretto shot.

Aside from that, it has the same features as most other mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines:

  • Modest reservoir size (27 oz)
  • No standard coffee functionality (check out VertuoLine models for that)

Of note, there are two other Nespresso U brewers that offer expanded features/functionality.

  • UMilk: The same machine as this Nespresso U but including an attached Aeroccino frother (similar to the CitiZ and CitiZ & Milk)
  • UMat: The same machine as this Nespresso U but with a matte black exterior.

Note: We won't review these brewers on The Coffee Maven because they're nearly impossible to find these days.

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.

Pros

  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • 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

Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • Small 27 oz water reservoir

Is the Nespresso U for you?

Is Nespresso U for you?

The Nespresso U has a great, sleek, modern look, especially if you can find it in the orange aluminum case. Like the Nespresso Pixie, which we love for its durable aluminum exterior, the U is great if you're looking for a stylish machine that focuses on compact design and reliability over fancy functionality.

If you're looking for an integrated Aeroccino frother for specialty beverages, take a look at the CitiZ & Milk or more advanced (and expensive) Lattissima Plus.

If you're looking for a machine that can brew both espresso and standard coffee up to 17 oz, check out the Evoluo.

Nespresso U Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Nespresso U!

Check out Nespresso U!

Nespresso U
Nespresso's smallest machine with a preset 0.85 oz ristretto size, the now-discontinued U has a sleek design and aluminum exterior. For an in-production model, check out the CitiZ instead.

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