Nespresso VertuoPlus vs Evoluo: Which is the Better Pick?

Are you looking to make Espresso like a pro? We compare Nespresso’s VertuoPlus and Evoluo models

In life espresso may not be the answer, but it is always worth a shot! This is where Nespresso comes in, providing you with a delicious crema topped espresso at the touch of a button. Nespresso machine models are known for their innovative, convenient designs are a popular choice for espresso lovers all over the world. Continue reading to see our full review of Nespresso’s VertuoPlus vs Evoluo.

Oftentimes the hardest part of a Nespresso machine is choosing which one to buy. The release of the VertuoLine as well as the launch of the Evoluo introduced Nespresso machines that can brew both espresso and coffee. The ability to now brew coffee in addition to espresso is a new feature that Nepresso fans everywhere have been excited about! 

Despite the ability to brew similar drinks, there are differences between VertuoPlus versus Evoluo. Today Cozy takes a look at each machine’s features and functionality so you can make a decision about which machine is the best fit for you.

Nespresso Comparison ChartNespresso VertuoPlusNespresso Evoluo 
Dimensions8.7” x 12.7” x 12.8”9.0” x 12.2” x 12.3”
BeveragesCoffee and EspressoCoffee and Espresso
Cup Sizes55
Water Reservoir Capacity60oz54oz
Drip TrayRemovableRemovable
One Touch Button BrewYESYES
Power Saving ModeYESYES
Empty Capsule ReservoirUp to 10 CapsulesUp to 17 Capsules
Heating Time20 Seconds15 Seconds

Nespresso‘s VertuoPlus Buyers Guide

VertuoPlus brews espresso and coffee using Nespresso’s patented Centrifusion technology to produce a perfect crema topped cup every time you use it. When purchasing Nespresso’s VertuoPlus you will also receive a complimentary set of 12 Nespresso Vertuo capsules. In addition, you can opt to purchase Nespresso’s integrated milk frother, the Aeroccino, as well as instructions. 

The VertuoPlus is a compact Nespresso machine and comes in three colors: black, red or gray and offers five different brewing sizes. Used capsules are inserted automatically into a used capsule bin built into the machine, reducing clean up time and adding to the overall convenience of the machine. For another popular compact espresso option see our review of the Nespresso CitiZ.  

Like any major purchase, you will want to be aware of the pros and cons of the brewer so you can feel good about selecting a machine that will fit your coffee and espresso needs. Below Cozy examines the pros and cons of the VertuoPlus:


  • Multiple drink sizes available 
  • Vast selection of capsules, blends and roasts 
  • Hybrid machine that can brew both coffee and espresso 
  • Knows how to brew your drink based on capsule you pick 
  • Brews quickly, in under 60 seconds
  • Large water reservoir 
  • Durable


  • Brewed drinks are warm, not hot
  • Integrated Milk Frother has to be purchased in addition to the machine

Nespresso’s Evoluo Buyers Guide

After a thorough Evoluo review we found this machine reliable in brewing quality espresso and coffee at the touch of a button. The machine itself uses Nespresso capsules to create drinks that feature Nespresso’s signature crema on top. When purchasing Nespresso’s Evoluo you will also receive a welcome set that includes 12 fragrant and smooth gourmet blends of Nespresso Vertuo capsules. In addition, you can opt to add Nespresso’s integrated milk frother, the Aeroccino (if you choose to purchase) as well as instructions. 

The Evoluo is a compact Nespresso machine that comes in gray, black, silver, metal and red. Like any luxury kitchen appliance, you will want to know the pros and cons of the brewer so you can make a sound investment in a machine that will best fit your needs. Below we tell you all about what we like and what you should be aware of when looking to purchase an Evoluo:


  • Multiple drink sizes available 
  • Vast selection of capsules, blends and roasts 
  • Hybrid machine that can brew both coffee and espresso 
  • Knows how to brew your drink based on capsule you pick 
  • Brews quickly, in under 60 seconds
  • Large water reservoir 
  • Durable


  • Integrated Milk Frother has to be purchased for the machine
  • Noisy when brewing

VertuoPlus vs Evoluo

Two glasses of espresso brewed using the Nespresso VertuoPlus and Evoluo models.
Nespresso’s VertuoPlus and Evoluo have many of the same functions with a few minor differences.

Brewing Temperature 

Many users feel that the VertuoPlus’ brewing temperature is warm but not hot. For those who want a steaming cup, this can be annoying. The Evolou brews at a slightly higher temperature when compared to the VertuoPlus. Although it is a 5 to 8 degree difference, it is the boost needed to ensure your cup comes out nice and hot.

Water Reservoir 

The VertuoPlus model has a 60 ounce water reservoir which is larger when compared to the Evoluo model which has a 54 ounce water reservoir.  Both machines boast a fully removable water reservoir, which makes it very accessible and easy to refill. 

One customizable option of the VertuoPlus is that the water reservoir is moveable which allows you to opt where you keep the water reservoir placed. With this feature, you can choose whether you want the water reservoir behind, to the left or right of the machine. 

A larger water reservoir is a very convenient feature in that the number of times you will have to refill between brews will be less the larger the machine’s water reservoir is. When comparing options between machines, this is one feature Cozy recommends you should seriously consider. 

Brewing Noise

One of the largest criticisms between the two  machines is the level of noise each machine produces when brewing. The VertuoPlus has a quieter brew function than the Evoluo. If you are an early riser while others in your household sleep, this may be a deciding factor between the two models. 

Cozy’s Bottom Line

When comparing the Evoluo versus the VertuoPlus the differences between the two machines are very minor. Being both machines also come in at a very similar price point you truly can’t go wrong with either model. 

Overall, Cozy would choose the  VertuoPlus over the Evoluo, primarily due to the fact it brews quieter than most machines and offers a larger water reservoir than the Evoluo. 

Either way, both machines will provide you with a barista quality experience brewing drinks that are full of body, taste, and aroma to satisfy even the most discerning coffee and espresso lover. Happy Drinking!

History of Nespresso 

Nespresso coffee machines began about 30 years ago. They have been focused on revolutionizing the way that people make coffee by allowing them to get a high-quality, flavorful, and authentic espresso-based drink at home. 

The espresso king Nespresso is the child of global food biz giant Nestle. The machines and coffees are based in Switzerland at Nestle’s headquarters, but coffee and ideas are sourced globally. In 1976, Eric Favre, an employee of Nestlé, invented, patented, and introduced the Nespresso system to the business market in Switzerland, initially without significant success. 

Nespresso first tested its new concept in Japan in 1986, and rolled it out to consumers in Switzerland, France, Italy, and Japan the same year. Nespresso machines mimic the espresso machines used by professional baristas. The machines take hot water and use pressure to force it through a metal pod filled with a pre-filled amount of coffee for a flavorful cup. Their products are available in 60 countries

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Is Nespresso coffee or espresso?

A: The answer is both! The Nespresso Vertuo machines brew both espresso and coffee.The Nespresso Original Line brews exclusively espresso. 

Q: Is Vertuo and VertuoLine the same?

A: The Vertuo machines are a part of the Nespresso VertuoLine of products. 

Q: Is Nespresso by Nestle?

A: Yes, Nespresso is owned and operated by the Nestlé Group. 

Q: Why is Nespresso so popular?

A: Nespresso uses innovative technology to brew espresso and coffee, topped with a rich crema, at a touch of a button.

Q:Can you buy Nespresso pods in stores?

A: Yes, Nespresso pods can be purchased at any Nespresso Boutique store. Third party Nespresso compatible brands are also available at popular retailers such as Target and Walmart.

Q: How many shots of espresso are in a Nespresso capsule?

A: There is one shot of espresso in each Nespresso capsule. 

Q: Is Nespresso stronger than coffee?

A: When compared to your regular cup of black coffee, Nepresso is stronger and more intense.

Q: What is the lifespan of a Nespresso machine?

A: The average lifespan of a Nespresso is typically 6 to 10 years.

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