A small footprint is one of the great appeals of a pod coffee machine. It means they take up minimal bench space, especially when compared to a traditional espresso machine, and they don’t get in the way when cooking and cleaning.
However, as apartment living is becoming more and more popular, our kitchens are getting smaller and smaller.
If you’re someone with a particularly tiny kitchen, this guide is for you.
Below, we list the smallest Nespresso machines on the market in Australia and compare them based on important features such as coffee functions and water tank size.
How we selected the items on this list
To create this list of products we multiplied the length x width for every Nespresso machine on the market in Australia, providing a total footprint size for each. We then sorted the list with the smallest first.
Because the footprint is what will be the primary concern for most buyers, we’ve ignored height in our calculations. However, we’ve still included it in the list of measurements under each machine, in case this is an important factor for you.
The Smallest Nespresso Machine: Nespresso Citiz
Based on footprint size, the De’Longhi Citiz is the smallest Nespresso machine.
This is an extremely popular mid-range Nespresso machine that can be purchased with or without a milk frother.
It offers the conventional features you’d expect from a pod coffee maker at this price point, such as a 25-second warm up time and a 19-bar pressure pump for optimum flavour extraction, as well as auto stand-by to help save energy.
If your household or family isn’t too large, the 1 litre water tank should suffice — it’s in the centre of the pack in terms of volume.
The Delonghi Citiz is a great pod coffee machine for those who value convenience. With just two buttons, it can brew a variety of coffees, and it’s simple to operate due to the lack of sophisticated features or settings.
The Aeroccino milk frother comes with the Citiz & Milk variant of this machine. This can be used for both hot and cold frothed milk and is ideal for lattes, flat whites, or cappuccinos.
Runner Up: Nespresso Essenza Mini
The Essenza Mini Solo is the ideal complement to any small kitchen because of its compact footprint and ease of use.
It doesn’t have any extra frills, but it does deliver excellent espresso with a consistent crema. This machine provides outstanding value for money and is one of the smallest pod machines on the market.
This coffee maker’s water reservoir capacity is 0.6 litres (almost half the size of the Citiz), so it may not be ideal for people who brew coffee for large groups of friends or family.
It has two pre-set drink sizes: espresso and lungo, which can be customised according to your preferences, as well as an Eco mode that activates after 3 minutes. It also turns off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
The Essenza Mini offers little in the way of programmed drink selections, has no milk frother, and has a small water tank when compared to more premium machines. Also, the cup sizes that fit under the spout on the Essenza Mini are more limited. However, the Essenza shines in terms of simplicity and its compact design.
The Nespresso Inissia is another excellent option if you’re looking for a Nespresso machine with a compact design that takes up very little space. It also features the same high level of quality found in all De’Longhi Nespresso machines.
The Inissia is a small yet strong pod coffee maker with the same high-pressure pump seen in expensive Nespresso machines (19 bars). There’s no need to wait for the first taste of your morning cup with its 25-second heat-up time and two control buttons for user convenience. This machine also has a remarkable 11 capsule container capacity, which is more than you’ll find on most small machines.
The Aeroccino 3 milk frother that comes with the Inissia pod coffee machine makes it easy to create creamy cappuccinos and lattes. When not in use, the Inissia flips back to save power mode, making this sleek-looking appliance both useful and environmentally friendly.
The Lattissima One is the first Nespresso machine on this list with a built-in milk frother. It has the same input power and pump pressure as the more premium versions in the line, and its 1 Litre water capacity is somewhat larger than the Touch (below).
The Lattissima One has a simple one-touch brewing system that makes espresso, lungo, cappuccino or latte macchiato with espresso and frothed milk.
For a single serve machine, the Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima One provides the ideal amount of milk. With its milk container capacity, you can only create one cappuccino, but this is great for anyone making single serve coffee because it saves waste and helps you create only as much as you need.
A wand is used to administer the milk, which must be directed over your cup. Between each use, the milk container must be removed and washed, which can be done by hand or in the dishwasher.
The Lattissima One also has an auto power-off mode that activates after 9 minutes, saving you from accidentaly leaving the machine on all day.
The Lattissima Touch is a high-end Nespresso machine with an automatic milk frother built-in.
It has a 0.9-litre water capacity and a big 350ml milk container, allowing it to make numerous beverages before requiring a refill, which smaller models like the Lattissima One lack.
The Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch is a small coffee maker that makes coffee swiftly and easily. The Touch is quite similar to the most premium Lattissima machine (the Lattissima Pro), however it has a plastic shell, a smaller capacity, and no separate hot water spout. This is the ideal option if you want to get greater capability than the One while still keeping the price down.
The one-touch operation makes Touch one of the most user-friendly coffee makers on this list, and it prepares espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and hot milk.
Size and Weight Comparison
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What is the least expensive Nespresso machine?
At the time of writing, the cheapest Nespresso Machine is the Essenza Mini with a RRP of AUD $179. For $269 you can get the Essenza Mini or the Inissia in a bundle with the Aeroccino3 Milk Frother.