The Nespresso Creatista range is ideal for anyone who wants to make high-quality capsule coffee with cafe-quality microfoam milk. There are 3 models in the Creatista range (all by Breville), with each offering different features to suit a range of coffee lovers.
This comparison takes a look at what you can expect from the Creatista range so you can choose the best Nespresso machine for you.
All of the Nespresso Creatista models come with a built-in steam wand for frothing milk. The milk frother is automatic but you can adjust the settings to suit the drink you are making. For the milk frother to work all you have to do is put milk in the jug, select the settings and press start. The steam wand is also self-cleaning so it automatically purges to ensure there is no milk still in the tube after frothing.
The Creatista Uno lets you choose between 3 milk texture levels and 3 milk temperatures. You get more control over the milk with the Plus and the Pro as there are 11 milk temperature settings and 8 milk texture settings available on both of these machines.
Having more control over the milk froth also gives you the opportunity to create latte art. With that in mind, if latte art is something you are interested in it’ll be better to go for the Creatista Plus or Pro.
19 Bar Pressure
The 3 Breville Creatista models each offer 19 bar pump pressure. This high-performance pump makes sure you get coffee with properly extracted flavours and aromas. This high pressure also results in a thick crema on top of the espresso which is a definite plus for coffee lovers.
Ease of Use
One of the common threads between these 3 Nespresso machines is how user-friendly they are. They are designed to be convenient and intuitive to operate making it as easy as possible to create high-quality coffee at home.
They each offer automatic features but also allow you to make manual adjustments to suit your preferences. The control panels themselves change quite dramatically between the models (we will look at this in more detail in the “Key Differences” section) but using each machine is very straightforward.
Each of these capsule espresso machines requires minimum maintenance. They don’t need you to do much more than empty the drip tray and the used capsule container as needed. As long as the water tank has water then the machine is ready to be used.
The milk frother automatically cleans itself after each use so a quick wipe down with a cloth is all you need to do to ensure it is ready for the next latte macchiato or cappuccino.
Fast Heat Up Time
The heat-up time for the Creatista machines is 3 seconds. This is an incredibly fast heat-up time and is one of the most impressive features of these Nespresso machines. Even the more affordable model (the Creatista Uno) has a 3-second heat-up time so no matter which of the Nespresso Creatista models you choose you won’t be left waiting for the machine to heat up when you are desperate for a morning coffee.
These machines all use the original Nespresso capsules. In terms of getting the most from your machine, we recommend experimenting with the wide variety of flavours available in this range. There are, however, Nespresso pods made by 3rd parties that you can try if you wish.
Number of Coffee Functions
The Creatista Uno has ristretto, espresso and lungo buttons and then you can texture milk separately to suit your needs.
The next in the range, the Nespresso Creatista Plus, has a digital menu that offers ristretto, espresso, lungo, flat white, cappuccino, cafe latte and latte macchiato pre-sets and a number of setting adjustments to suit your preferences.
The Creatista Pro has a digital touchscreen that offers slightly more choice with ristretto, espresso, lungo, americano, cappuccino, cafe latte, latte macchiato and flat white pre-sets. It also has a hot water outlet and lets you adjust the settings of the coffee volume, milk temperature and milk texture to suit your preferences.
So if you are looking for simplicity then go for the Uno and if you are looking for a thorough pre-set menu go for the Pro.
The Nespresso Creatista Uno offers 3 milk temperature settings, 3 milk texture levels and the ability to adjust the coffee volume.
The Creatista Plus offers more control as you can choose between 11 milk temperature settings and 8 texture levels as well as adjust the coffee volume level between 5 levels.
The Pro offers the same milk temperature and froth settings but also lets you choose between 7 coffee volume settings and 7 hot water volumes too.
The Creatista Uno is made from coloured plastic that gives a smart finish and sleek design. This is a lower-cost material that looks great but isn’t as durable as stainless steel.
The Creatista Plus and Pro are both made from stainless steel. The Nespresso Creatista Plus has stainless steel body panels while the Creatista Pro is made from brushed stainless steel which gives the espresso machine a premium look and feel.
One of the most obvious differences between the three Creatista machines is the control panel. The entry-level Uno has button controls positioned on top of the espresso machine. The buttons are labelled with symbols and there are small indicator lights that let you know which milk temperature and froth setting are selected. This is a sleek and simple system.
The middle machine, the Nespresso Creatista Plus, has a digital user interface. This screen guides you through the settings and makes it incredibly easy to choose the drink you want to make. It also guides you through any setup and maintenance steps as needed. The digital interface is intuitive and is navigated using the “select” dial underneath the screen.
The premium model, the Nespresso Creatista Pro, goes one step further and offers a colour touch screen. This is easy to navigate and very intuitive to use. It offers step by step instructions and shows colour pictures of each of the drink options to make it even easier to select the drink you want.
The smallest of the Nespresso Creatista espresso machines is the Creatista Uno. It is 310 x 414 x 168mm and weighs just 5.2kg making it sleek and lightweight. The Nespresso Creatista Plus is slightly wider at 310 x 407.8 x 171mm, it weighs the same as the Uno at 5.2kg.
The largest of the machines is the Creatista Pro that is 328 x 429 x 197mm making it taller, wider and deeper than the other options. It also weighs more at 6.65kg. This is not surprising considering the larger capacity and increased features seen on the Breville Creatista Pro.
Water Tank Capacity
The Uno offers a 1.5 litre water tank, the same as the Nespresso Creatista Plus. This is still a generous size that can make a few coffees before needing a refill.
The Breville Creatista Pro has a larger 2L water tank. The Creatista Pro is the best choice if you will be making multiple coffees at a time as it not only has a generous water tank but it also has a larger used capsule container and uses the Breville double thermo jet system.
Thermo Jet System
The Nespresso Creatista Pro has a double thermo jet system. This means that it is able to brew coffee and froth milk at the same time. This makes it even quicker and easier to make drinks and is particularly beneficial if you are making multiple drinks at once.
The Nespresso Creatista Pro uses advanced microfoam technology to produce professional-quality milk foam. This makes it possible to create latte art on your coffee drinks and adds a fun creative aspect to making drinks at home. The Creatista Plus can also be used for basic latte art.
Ability to Save Personalised Drinks
One big difference with the Creatista Pro is the ability to personalise coffee drinks and save the custom settings. You can save your different custom drinks under the names of your choice making them easy to select again next time. This quick save feature means your different signature coffees can be made at the press of a button.
Of course, each difference discussed above comes at a price. The Creatista Uno coffee machine is the most affordable, retailing for $599 at the time of writing.
The Nespresso Creatista Plus is slightly more expensive, currently available for $849. For the extra cost, you are getting a digital control interface and more pre-set options.
At the top end of the scale is the Creatista Pro which will currently set you back $1,199. This premium price gets you a premium espresso machine that has a brushed stainless steel body, a touch display and a wide range of pre-set drinks, adjustment settings and capabilities.
Making Your Selection
No matter which Breville Creatista espresso machine you choose, you will be getting a high quality, long-lasting model that has a built-in steam wand so you can enjoy milk-based coffee including lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites.
The Creatista Uno is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple machine that lets you froth milk with a built-in steam wand. It is affordable and gives you a lot more flexibility than a standard capsule machine.
If your budget allows, the best option is the Nespresso Creatista Pro. It is enjoyable to use with the colour touchscreen controls, it gives you plenty of customisation options and lets you save your favourite settings.
The Pro is ideal if you are in a rush or want to make multiple drinks as it uses the Breville double thermojet system that lets you brew coffee and steam milk simultaneously.
If you like the sound of the Creatista Pro but the price puts you off, go for the Nespresso Creatista Plus. It offers an ideal middle ground between the Pro and the Uno providing the ease of use of a digital display and more customisation than the entry level model.
It doesn’t feel quite as premium as the Pro but still offers an impressive range of features.