Nespresso Breville Creatista Uno BNE500 Review

8.1

Our score after analysing 2 independent reviews and hundreds of user reviews.

Summary:

The Creatista Uno is a premium Nespresso machine that allows you to make flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos with perfectly frothed milk. It is ready to use in just 3 seconds and is a versatile choice that makes great coffee exactly how you like it without the fuss of a manual machine.


Price:

RRP: $599.00

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Key Specifications:

Input Power1600W
Pump Pressure19 Bar
Water Tank Size1.5L
Coffee FunctionsRistretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Café Latte, Latte Macchiato, Flat White
Milk FrotherYes
CapsulesNespresso
Warranty2 Years

Product Overview

The Nespresso Breville Creatista Uno is a user-friendly capsule system that combines convenience with flexibility. In terms of price, it sits at the higher end of the Nespresso range (but is still the entry level model in Breville’s premium Creatista range, behind the Creatista Plus and Creatista Pro).

This machine offers the same ease of use we’ve come to expect from Nespresso but also gives you the ability to be more creative with your drinks. 

One of the key features that sets this capsule machine apart from the rest is the milk steamer. It is a great choice if you want to make cappuccinos or lattes with no mess and minimum effort as the built-in milk frother automatically froths milk at the touch of a button. You can adjust the milk temperature and froth texture to suit the drink you are making and the machine does the rest for you. 

This is a high-performance capsule machine that has a fast 3-second heat-up system so you won’t be waiting around for your morning coffee. It also automatically turns off after 9 minutes to save energy when not in use.

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Summary Review Analysis

The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is a convenient espresso-based machine that requires very little manual input to make quality cups of coffee. It uses capsules, runs quietly and is a great time-saver.

Although the coffee amount is programmable, the machine doesn’t have a screen which makes it a bit more difficult to make the adjustments you want. If you choose not to customise this, the machine has a standard setting it uses.

The design of the Nespresso Lattissima is modern and sleek, it looks tidy and there’s a couple of colours to choose from. The empty capsule compartment can hold up to 9 capsules so it doesn’t need to be cleaned out too frequently.

The integrated milk frother has an adjustable arm so it can work with all cup sizes. The milk froth level can also be adjusted to suit your personal preference. The frother itself needs to be cleaned after each use but there is a cleaning button that can be held down that makes this quick and easy.

Pros:

  • User-friendly
  • Makes great coffee
  • High quality
  • Automatic milk frothing
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Parts are hand wash only
  • Used capsule container is small

Creatista Uno Review Analysis

Design and Construction (8/10)

The design of this pod coffee machine is sleek, compact and boasts excellent build quality. The Creatista Uno has thoughtful design features that make it easier to use. For example, the handle on the water tank allows for easy lifting and the lid is removable for filling it up while in position. 

The front of the machine includes a chrome finished drip tray, pop out cup platform and the automatic milk frother. The top of the machine includes the easy reach controls and Nespresso capsule slot. The design looks great and makes sure everything you need is easy to access.

Taste & Temperature (8/10)

You can make lungo, espresso and ristretto coffees, a wide range of milk-based coffees and textured milk with this machine. As it is a Nespresso model there’s a large range of high-quality espresso pods available and the Creatista Uno helps you get the most from them.

The temperature sits at around the right range for an espresso and the coffees are smooth and delicate. You can also adjust the milk texture and temperature to suit the drink you are making. 

Ease of Use (7/10)

The Nespresso Creatista Uno is extremely user friendly. It is suitable for newbies but also offers features experienced users will appreciate. It has automatic features but you can make manual adjustments if you want to (for example reprogramming the dispense volumes). Users have a lot of control over the milk frothing and the automatic steam wand makes creating the right milk temperature and texture effortless.

This is a very low maintenance machine but the empty capsule container isn’t very big so regular emptying is necessary. It is also quite loud when brewing compared to other models. 

Milk Frothing (8/10)

Milk frothing couldn’t be easier with the Breville Creatista Uno, all you need to do is fill the milk jug to the desired level (within the minimum and maximum lines) and select the temperature and froth settings. Then you press the steamer button and the machine will automatically steam your milk to achieve the desired settings. 

The milk frother gives you good results quickly and it doesn’t require the skills that manual milk frothers require. The milk frother is also self-cleaning so it will automatically vent and eject any remaining milk after use.  

Cleaning & Maintenance (7/10)

This Nespresso capsule machine requires minimum maintenance. The regular maintenance that is required includes emptying out the used capsule container and rinsing the drip tray when necessary. Although the milk steaming wand automatically cleans itself it does need a wipe down after use to keep it clean. 

Other maintenance requirements include descaling and unblocking the milk wand if it ever becomes blocked. When descaling is needed, a descale indicator light will let you know and the descaling process is relatively straightforward. 


Other Products to Consider

Nespresso Creatista Plus

The Creatista Plus is ideal for anyone that wants the convenience of a pod machine combined with the added ability to effortlessly create customised coffees with perfectly frothed milk. The automated steam wand requires no additional skill to use and the adjustable options are easy to set thanks to the user-friendly digital interface. This machine also boasts an impressive 3 second heat up time so you won’t be left waiting around.

Delonghi Lattissima One

Perfect for households on the go, the Lattissima One heats up in just 25 seconds and makes milky coffees at the touch of a button. Coffee from the Lattissima One tastes great, but the machine does feel less premium than other models and lacks the ability to choose your own milk quantity.

Delonghi Lattissima Touch

The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is ideal for coffee-lovers who are in a rush but don’t want to compromise on quality. It is an automatic cappuccino system that makes a range of coffees including espresso and milky lattes at the touch of a button. The Lattissima Touch makes great-tasting drinks but does come with a slightly higher price tag than other options.


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