The Best Pod Coffee Machines in Australia for 2021

Pod Coffee makers have been growing in popularity ever since George Clooney appeared on our screens spruiking the first Nespresso machines, and while coffee purists may snub their noses at these devices, the innovation and progress in this space is undeniable.

If you’re in a busy household or simply don’t want to mess around with grinders, bulky machines, or delicate pour-over methods, a capsule coffee machine might be just the ticket.

The current market is flooded with products, each with different features, pod capsule compatibility, and price tags. Below we list our picks for the best capsule coffee makers on the market to provide you with a starting point in your search.

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Pod Coffee Machine Comparison Table

Pod Coffee MachineBreville Creatista Plus DeLonghi Citiz Lavazza A Modo TinyBreville Creatista ProDeLonghi Essenza Mini SoloDeLonghi Vertuo PlusDolce Gusto Infinissima
Our VerdictBest OverallBest Mid-RangeBest BudgetBest for Large HouseholdsBest for Small KitchensBest Nespresso VertuoBest Dolce Gusto
Product SKUBNE800EN167/EN267BNE800BNE900EN85ENV150NCU250
Power1300-1600W1710W1450W2300W1150W1300W1500W
Pump Pressure19 Bar19 Bar15 Bar19 Bar19 Barn/a (centrifusion)15 Bar
Water Tank Size1.5L1.0L0.75L2.0L0.6L1.8L1.2L
No. of Coffee Functions72182415
Milk FrotherYesYes (Citiz & Milk only)YesYesNoYesNo
CapsulesNespressoNespressoA modo mioNespressoNespressoNespresso VertuolineDolce Gusto

Best Overall: Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus

The Creatista Plus is our pick for the Best pod coffee machine overall as it combines the convenience of a pod machine with customisation and versatility to create coffee at home that’s perfect for you. The automated steam wand is easy enough for any level, while the adjustable options in the digital interface are user-friendly. With a 3 second heat up time, you don’t need to wait long for your morning cup!

The Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus is a coffee capsule machine that can make drinks exactly the way you want them. The menu interface makes it easy to personalise each drink and includes options for adjusting things like volume, texture, or temperature of milk – all with 19-bar pump power. This model offers espresso fans the ability to get creative with their favorite beverages in more ways than ever before, all via the high-quality LCD touch screen display.

The milk steamer on this machine is one of our favourite features. It automatically cleans itself after each use and is the closest you’ll get to an espresso machine steam wand on a Nespresso coffee maker. The Creatista Plus allows for easy latte art with 8 different types of milk textures to choose from and 11 temperature options so that every drink is perfect for any taste. The 1.5 litre water tank is on the larger side and ensures you won’t run out of water before everyone in the household has had their morning cup of coffee!

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Pros

  • Premium, durable construction
  • Great milk frother 
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Can make a range of coffees
  • Fits a range of cup sizes
  • Sliding drip tray

Cons

  • Can be difficult to keep clean
  • Higher price tag

Best Mid-Range Option: Delonghi Nespresso Citiz

The DeLonghi Citiz is an extremely popular mid-range Nespresso machine with or without a milk frother. It comes standard with the usual features you’d expect from a pod coffee maker at this price level, including 25 second heat up time and 19 bar pressure pump for optimum extraction of flavor; it also includes auto stand-by to help conserve energy consumption. The 1 litre water tank should be enough if your family isn’t too big – it’s about middle of the road in terms of capacity.

The Delonghi Citiz is the perfect pod coffee machine for coffee lovers who prioritise ease of use. It can make different kinds of coffees with just two buttons, and it’s a cinch to use because there are no complicated features or settings. Plus, Espresso tastes great from this sleek-looking machine and it shouldn’t take up too much bench space when compared to some of the larger machines on this list.

The Citiz & Milk version of this model comes with the Aeroccino milk frother integrated into the machine. This can be used for both hot or cold frothed milk and is perfect if your drink of choice is a latte, flat white, or cappuccino.

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Pros:

  • Sleek appearance
  • Great espresso crema
  • Very easy to use
  • Can accommodate large or small cups
  • Optional integrated Aeroccino milk frother

Cons:

  • Espresso and milk must be prepared separately then combined
  • Only Espresso and Lungo shot options
  • Milk frother must be washed by hand

Best Budget Option: Lavazza A Modo Tiny Coffee Capsule Machine

The Lavazza A Modo Mio Tiny Coffee Machine is perfect for those on a budget and are looking for a coffee machine that will easily fit on the counter but still has all of the features you get from a standard-sized model. This Lavazza A Modo produces high-quality espresso and its size makes cleaning up after brewing quick and easy.

The Lavazza coffee machine is a convenient option for anyone looking to make their morning cuppa with the push of a button. The removable cup rest allows for easy cleaning and its dishwasher-safe parts will ensure that your appliance always looks great in your kitchen.

The water tank is transparent and easy to fill, but at only 0.75L you may find it needs frequent re-filling if you have a larger household. Another downside of this machine is that you are restricted to the Lavazza a Modo Mio coffee capsules.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Small footprint
  • Very easy to use
  • Great tasting coffee

Cons:

  • Only compatible with Lavazza a Modo Mio capsules
  • No milk frother

Best for Large Households: Breville Creatista Pro

The Creatista Pro is the perfect Nespresso machine for those who want customization and a high-end user interface. This is as close to a fully automatic coffee machine you’ll get from Nespresso. It has practicality, versatility, an easy-to-use touch screen, and it automatically froths milk. Anyone that loves capsule coffee makers should check this out if they want lots of customisation options as well as automatic temperature control with their drink.

The Creatista Pro is the most expensive model in the Creatista range with premium features that are not seen on other models. The higher price tag with a large touch screen control panel and the ability to create personalised coffee settings, as well as double thermo jet system which makes it possible to brew at same time milk froths- similar to high end espresso machines. This can save you precious time when making your favourite beverage!

The Creatista Pro has a generous 2 litre water tank capacity, making it the largest water tank on any Nespresso machine, and 0.5 litres larger than both the Creatista Uno and Creatista Plus. It can also hold up to 16 used capsules making it a great option if you expect it to be making many coffees each day. Further, users can save their personalised settings under a name of their choice so that it’s easy to access next time.

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Pros:

  • Excellent milk frothing
  • Easy to use
  • Lots of customisation options
  • Touch screen display
  • Premium stainless steel finish

Cons:

  • Expensive

Best for Small Kitchens: Essenza Mini Solo

The Essenza Mini Solo is the perfect addition to any kitchen as it has a small footprint and makes it easy for you to enjoy great coffee. It doesn’t have any unnecessary features, but offers high-quality espresso with crema that does not disappoint. This machine offers excellent value for money and is one of the smallest pod machines available so if space is an issue then this might be your best bet.

The water reservoir capacity of this coffee maker is 0.6 litres so may not be best for people who make coffees often for groups of friends or family members, but it excels in ease of use and simplicity. It provides 2 drink size options pre-set as espresso and lungo which can be customised according to your preferences and also features an Eco mode after 3 minutes and will switch off after 9 minutes of being inactive.

When compared to a more premium machine like the Creatista Plus, the Essenza Mini has much fewer programmed drink options, no milk frother, and a small water tank. You are also more limited with cup sizes that fit under the spout on the Essenza Mini.

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Pros:

  • Compact size
  • Offers 2 customisable drink sizes 
  • Quick and easy to use 
  • Coffee is high quality with a layer of crema on top
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Limited user settings
  • Small used capsule container

Best Nespresso Vertuo: DeLonghi Vertuo Plus

The Vertuo Plus is the next generation of pod machines that delivers consistently smooth, rich coffee with a layer of crema on top. It automatically adjusts to deliver your desired coffee with maximum taste and efficiency.

With a centrifugal extraction process (in contrast to the forced 19-bars of pressure on regular Nespresso machines), you’ll be able to enjoy smooth cups with rich crema in a variety of sizes.

The capsule holder opens on its own electronically – simply tap once for easy use. You can also set it up so this impressive machine cleans itself when finished too.

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The Vertuo Plus coffee machine lets you have your favorite morning beverage in a mere 25 seconds. It’s also very quiet and can be positioned to suit any kitchen counter space thanks to the 1.1L water tank that is moveable, so it will work well for those with limited storage room or small apartments.

The machine automatically powers down after 9 minutes of no use but does not require much energy since it goes into eco mode if left unused for 3 minutes. In addition to the main unit itself comes an Aeroccino 3 milk frother which will heat and froth milk at your command.

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Pros:

  • Nespresso Vertuo pods are more suited to larger coffee sizes
  • Self-cleaning function
  • Easy to Use
  • Milk frother included

Cons:

  • Less versatility with Vertuo capsules

Best Dolce Gusto Machine: Nescafé Dolce Gusto Infinissima

Dolce Gusto is a great choice for people looking to create and enjoy a larger variety of drinks, with the packed pods containing powdered milk or flavors/sugar in addition to ground coffee. However, the consensus appears to be that you’ll sacrifice on freshness and flavour in your espresso. While the quality may be slightly lower in comparison, Dolce Gusto offers up an exciting new world of flavour and convenience.

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The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Infinissima capsule coffee machine offers flavourful coffee with thick velvety cream. Its extraction system produces up to 15 bars of pressure (compared with 19 bars found on Nespresso machines) and features a mid-sized 1.2 litre water tank and fast 20 seconds heating time.

With an auto shut off after 5 minutes for safety purposes, this stylishly designed appliance is not only functional but also has both hot and cold functions so that it can meet your needs no matter what temperature beverage you desire.

This machine also comes with a wide variety of different drink options so there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes, and the capsules are hermetically sealed which means they’ll last longer. To make a drink, simply slide a capsule into the slot on top and press down on the lever to enjoy up to 15 varieties from cappuccino, latte macchiato, hot chocolate, espresso, tea, or cold beverages.

Pros:

  • Wide variety of drinks
  • Milk included in the capsule so no frother required
  • Affordable
  • Easy to Use

Cons:

  • Some users may find the espresso lower quality

Also Great: DeLonghi Inissia Nespresso Machine

The Nespresso Inissia is the perfect machine for anyone looking to make delicious cups of coffee in a quick and easy manner. The sleek, compact design takes up very little space on your countertop or kitchen table. With all this convenience also comes the quality found in all De’Longhi Nespresso machines.

The Inissia is a compact, powerful pod coffee machine that boasts the same high-pressure pump as premium Nespresso machines (19 bars). With its 25 second heat up time and 2 control buttons for user convenience, there’s no waiting around for the first sip of your morning cup. This device also comes stocked with an impressive 11 capsule container capacity, which is more than you’ll often find on smaller machines.

The Inissia Pod Machine comes complete with an Aeroccino 3 milk frother which makes it effortless to produce creamy cappuccinos and lattes. The device switches itself back when not in use so as to save power consumption, making this sleek-looking appliance both functional and environmentally friendly.

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Pros:

  • Compact
  • User-friendly
  • Adjustable cup size
  • Milk frother included

Cons:

  • Small water tank
  • Noisy when in use
  • Limited control over settings

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Pod Coffee Machine FAQ

Is Dolce Gusto being discontinued in Australia?

Krups branded Dolce Gusto has been discontinued in Australia, however, Nescafe Dolce Gusto continues to be produced and both the machines and coffee pods are available at a range of retailers. Dolce Gusto machines available in Australia include the Dolce Gusto Piccolo, Dolce Gusto NDG Piccolo XS, and Nescafé Dolce Gusto Infinissima.

Do Aldi pods fit Dolce Gusto?

Aldi coffee pods are not compatible with Dolce Gusto coffee machines.

How is Nespresso different from coffee?

Nespresso pod coffee is similar to espresso in that it is created by forcing hot water through ground coffee at high pressure. Aside from the difference in the design of the machines, the main difference is that Nespresso coffee uses pods that contain pre-ground coffee beans. This is more convenient but you do sacrifice on the freshness that is possible with espresso machines where you can grind beans immediately before extraction.

Why is Nespresso coffee so good?

Nespresso machines are so popular because they produce a great tasting espresso in under 30 seconds. The convenience of the pods makes it easier for those who are not coffee enthusiasts to appreciate the taste, without having to learn how to brew espresso at home, which can be intimidating and time-consuming for some people.

What does Nespresso mean?

The name “Nespresso” is a combination of “Nestlé” and “Espresso”. Nestle frequently creates new brand names that incorporate their name, for example, Nescafé and Nesquik.

Is the Creatista Plus worth it?

While the Creatista Plus is one of the more expensive machines, it is our top pick because of its customisation and versatility. It also looks great and has a durable construction.

What is Nespresso Citiz?

The Nespresso Citiz is a mid-range pod coffee machine for those who are looking for a more affordable option. It is available in white or black, has an automatic milk frother, and looks sleek and sophisticated.

Does Nespresso Citiz make regular coffee?

The Nespresso Citiz makes two sizes of coffee (long and short). However, the Citiz & Milk version of this model includes the Aeroccino milk frother which can be used for both hot or cold frothed milk and is perfect if your drink of choice is a latte, flat white, or cappuccino.

What is the difference between Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus?

Current Nespresso Vertuo lines include Vertuo Plus and Vertuo Next. The Plusline features a separate water tank that can be swiveled to different positions and includes the VertuoPlus Solo and VertuoPlus with Aeroccino3 milk frother. The Vertuo Next line features a sleek design and is made with 54% recycled plastic. It also comes as a solo model or with the Aeroccino3.

What is Nespresso by Breville?

Breville (along with De’Longhi) are the main manufacturers of Nespresso machines available in Australia. Popular Nespresso models include the Breville Creatista Plus and Breville Creatista Pro.

What is the best DeLonghi Nespresso machine?

Our pick for the best DeLonghi Nespresso machine is the Delonghi Nespresso Citiz. This popular mid-range option features a 1 litre water tank and optional milk frother.