Nespresso U Review

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

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

Is the Nespresso U for you?

Are 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.

More Nespresso Reviews From The Coffee Maven

Nespresso Evoluo

Nespresso Evoluo
Overall Rating: 87
Nespresso's best VertuoLine model, the Evoluo brews 0.3-17 oz coffee with the largest reservoir (60 oz) and used capsule capacity (17) and shortest time to brew (15 seconds). If you want a VertuoLine, you want the Evoluo.

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 Lattissima Pro

Nespresso Lattissima Pro
Overall Rating: 91
Arguably the top-end Lattissima model, the Pro has a large 44 oz water reservoir, 16 oz milk container, an integrated frother, and 6 preset recipes on an interactive touchscreen display to make anyone a home barista.
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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!