How to use Nespresso Vertuo machine

The Nespresso Vertuo machines are the coffee machines that offer thick, creamy and rich coffee to their users. Although there is not much variety available in the market, these machines are still famous for their features.

The Nespresso Vertuo machines are usually slightly higher in price than the other coffee machines in the market. Still, the barcode technology for the pods and a unique extraction feature make these machines so special.

Due to these features and technology, the Nespresso Vertuo machines are different from the other machines in their usage. 

Although these machines are easy to use and start brewing with a single button, there are some tips you need to keep in mind while using these machines.

If you own any Nespresso Vertuo and are wondering how to start your first brew. Then you are at the right place, so let’s get started.


How do I use Nespresso Vertuo for the first time?

The Nespresso Vertuo machines are easy to use, but brewing with this machine can be a problem for you if you are a new person. For brewing in Nespresso Vertuo machines, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind while using it for the first time.

After unboxing your Nespresso Vertuo machines, 

Step 1: Cleaning 

You first need to clean the machine thoroughly. You can wash your machine with a sponge and soap. However, you can use any type of soft cloth. After that, all you need to do is to separate the water container from the machine.

Step 2: Fill the water container.

After separating the water container, fill the water container with the purified water. Now, before moving to the next step. Make sure that the coffee mug is placed over the drip tray. If the coffee mug is not in the right place, it can cause a lot of mess. 

Step 3: Clean the pod container.

Now, open up the pod container and check the pod container. You must remember that the Nespresso Vertuo machines do not use a variety of pods. Only a few pods can fit in the pod container of the Nespresso Vertuo machines. Clean the pod container and check if it is closed completely. You will hear a clicking sound whenever the pod container approaches properly.

Step 4: Plug in your machine.

Now, fit the water container and plug it into the machine. Now, press the brew button on the top of the Nespresso Vertuo machines. The light on the button will start blinking. Here, the machine begins its preheating process. 

Step 5: Lock your machine.

After 15 seconds, your machine completes the preheating process. Now, move the upper lever of the machine to lock it. Move the lever to the left side on the lock symbol. Now, your machine is locked and ready to be used.

Step 6: Press the brew button.

Now, press the brew button three times within 2 seconds. Your machine will start producing a grudging sound. It will take 2-3 minutes until a flow comes out of the machine. After a few minutes, water starts coming out of the machine. The cleaning process begins here and can take up to 5 minutes to complete. However, you can stop the process whenever you want, but it is preferable to let cleaning be done for at least 5 minutes.

Step 7: Remove the mug

After the cleaning process is done, unlock the machine. Move the lever to the right side of the machine at the unlock symbol. Now, remove the coffee mug and throw the water. Your machine is ready for its first brew. 

After this process, you can use your Nespresso Vertuo machines whenever you want. Just open the lever, and choose a suitable coffee pod of your own choice. Place the coffee pod in your machine. Lock the machine and start brewing. That is all; you can enjoy coffee of your own will at your home.

How to prepare coffee with Nespresso Vertuo?

After completing the cleaning process, your Nespresso Vertuo machines are ready to prepare coffee for you. The overall brewing is easy and simple. All you have to do is to keep a few things in mind. Follow the following steps to make coffee with your Nespresso Vertuo machines.

1. Fill with water

The first step is to take the water tank out of the machine and fill it with fresh drinking water. Now, place the water tank in its position. Make sure that the water tank fits perfectly in its position. If your water tank is in the right position you are going to hear a clicking sound. If you do not hear any sound just move your water tank to right and left until it sits properly in its place.

2. Insert the Capsule

After attaching the water tank to the machine. Now pull up the lever of the machine, and you are going to see a pod container. Now, the next step is to choose a coffee pod. Choose a coffee pod of your own choice that can fit the dome shape of the container. Now, once you have selected the pod. Place the pod in the pod container and close the pod container.

3. Set the brew amount

To set the brew amount, press the brew button. Your machine will start brewing. Hold the brew button until your desired amount of brew is reached. Leave the button if you want to stop the flow of the coffee. To return to the pre-defined volume setting press the lever down for almost 3 seconds. Now, the brew button will start glowing orange. Push the lever down gently three times. Now, again press the brew button, and the brew button will glow orange three times in 3 seconds. After that, the brew button will be steady green. This means that your procedure was successful. Your machine is now ready to brew again

4. Brew

Now, your machine is ready to brew. Before starting the brewing process, ensure your coffee mug is in the proper place. Press the brew button; your machine will start warming up. After the machine has completed warming up, your coffee will start brewing. Do not remove the mug from the drip tray until the light on the brew button has stopped blinking.

This is a simple process while brewing your coffee in Nespresso Vertuo machines. The two important things to remember in brewing coffee in Nespresso Vertuo machines are setting the cup level and the brew amount in the machine. Otherwise, the whole process is to press the brew button.

How to program water volume with Nespresso Vertuo?

The Nespresso Vertuo machines are famous for their elegant designs, technology, and unique settings. One thing that makes the Nespresso Vertuo machine special is its programmable water volume in the Nespresso Vertuo machine. You can automatically program the water level in your Nespresso Vertuo machine. As the water level is an essential part of making your coffee perfect. That is why this programmable water function is a good option in this machine. 

The cup sizes used in the Nespresso Vertuo machine can range from 10mL to 400mL. Different capsule sizes in the Nespresso Vertuo machine can be programmed with a suitable volume of water. The capsule sizes that can be programmed in your Nespresso Vertuo machine are Gran Lungo, Espresso, Mug, and Alto.

These are a few steps that you can follow to program the water level in your Nespresso Vertuo machine:

Step 1: First of all, open up the lever of your machine. Choose the doomed shape coffee pod that can fit perfectly in the pod container.

Step 2: Place the coffee pod in the pod container you want to program with your machine. Close the lever at the head of the machine and lock it (by moving the lever to the left where the lock symbol is situated.

Step 3: Now, to start the desired volume. Press the brew button and hold it until the desired volume is reached. You need to remember that the water volume is programmed until you hold the brew button.

Step 4: Now, leave the brew button. Here it is; you are done with the procedure. The volume of water in your machine for a chosen size coffee pod is programmed successfully. 

You need to remember that the water volume for each capsule programmed by the procedure mentioned above is stored in the machine. Now, whenever you use that capsule size again, your machine will automatically stop at the programmed water level. 

How to shift to energy-saving mode on Nespresso Vertuo?

Another feature of the Nespresso Vertuo machine that makes this machine unique from the other coffee machines in the market is that it comes with an energy-saving mode. Although not every model of the Nespresso Vertuo machine has this feature, almost all the latest models have this energy-saving feature in them. With this power-saving mode in the machine, you can save power, as is obvious from the name. The machine will turn off automatically on its own once the timer of the machine has completed its duration. 

Some models of Nespresso Vertuo, such as Nespresso Vertuo Plus, have a power-saving mode. One method to close your Nespresso Vertuo machine is to close the lever of the machine and press the lever down for 3 seconds. This will simply turn off your Nespresso Vertuo. 

If you are the type of person who usually forgets to turn off your machine. You do not need to worry as Nespresso has come up with a solution. The automatic turning off power-saving mode. It will automatically turn off if you are not using your Nespresso Vertuo Plus for about 9-10 minutes. 

Difference between Nespresso Vertuo models

Product NameProduct ImageWater tank capacityDimensionsPrice
Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo54 ounces9 inches wide and 12.2 inches high$179.00
Nespresso Vertuo40 ounces 8.33 inches wide and 12.1 inches high$199.00
Nespresso Vertuo Plus40 ounces8.7 inches wide and 12.8 inches high$149.00 to $179.00
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe60 ounces9.1 inches wide and 12.8 inches high$189.00
Nespresso Vertuo Next37 ounces5.5 inches wide and 12.4 inches high$179.00

Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo

The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is the most simple and classic model of all the machines. The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is best for you if you love a classic feel in your coffee. A perfectly sized Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is 9 inches wide and 12.2 inches long. It offers customers a 54-ounce removable water tank that can easily be removed and put back in the machine. The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo offers its users 4-5 different cup sizes.

These machines also come with a programmable water volume feature. The water volume can be ranged from 0.3 oz to 17 oz approximately. The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo comes with an energy-saving mode. If you forget to turn off the machine, it will automatically turn off after 9 minutes. The heating time of Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is almost 20 seconds. It weighs around 11 lb.

The pod container of this machine can hold up to 17 used pods.

The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo comes in 5 attractive colors; silver, deluxe titan, graphite metal, red and black.

The price of this machine is around $199.00.

Nespresso Vertuo

The Nespresso Vertuo machine has an elegant design and unique mode. The special modern design of this machine has become very popular in the last few years. The dimensions of Nespresso Vertuo machines are 8.33 inches wide and 12.1 inches high. These machines have water tanks on the left side of the machine. The removable water tank comes with a capacity of 40 ounces. These machines also offer 4-5 different cup sizes. This programmable water volume can be programmed from 0.3 ounces to 17 ounces.

The pod container of the Nespresso Vertuo machine can hold 13 used pods.

The price of this machine is around $199.00. The heating time of the Nespresso Vertuo machine is about 15 seconds. It weighs around 11.8 lb. The Nespresso Vertuo machine comes in five colors; red, black, matte black, chrome, and titanium. 

Nespresso Vertuo Plus

The good thing about Nespresso Vertuo Plus is that it can fit easily in your pocket. The Nespresso Vertuo Plus has 11 different colors and a creative design. The first look of this machine attracts its customers to itself. 

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus can serve 4-5 different cup sizes as the other Nespresso machines. It can program the water volume from 0.3 ounces to 17 ounces. The water tank of Nespresso Vertuo Plus is situated at the top space. The capacity of the water tank is 40 ounces. 

Nespresso Vertuo Plus comes with an automatic head opening feature. The pod container can hold up to 10 used pods. The automatic power saving mode activates after 9 minutes.

The Nespresso Vertuo Plus price ranges vary depending on the color you choose. The price ranges are $149.00 to $179.00.

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe

If you want a bigger tank in your Nespresso Vertuo Plus, there is another extended version of  Nespresso Vertuo Plus, which is Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe. The  Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe has the same features as the  Nespresso Vertuo Plus but has a bigger tank. The water tank of this machine is also situated at the top. The machine has a water tank having a large capacity of 60 ounces. 

The price for this machine is around $179.00.

The  Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe offers 8 oz of coffee, whereas the Nespresso Vertuo Plus can only make 7.7 oz of coffee.

The weight of the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe is 10.1 pounds. It comes with an automatic capsule ejection feature. The cable length of this machine is around 29 inches. 

If you are concerned about your machine’s design and color, then Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe is the best option. 

Some colors of the machine are cherry red, grey round, grey square, white, matte black, black round, and black square.

Nespresso Vertuo Next

If you love technology and want many features in your Nespresso, then Nespresso Vertuo Next is the most suitable option for you. The Nespresso Vertuo Next is famous for its small size and design. This Nespresso Vertuo Next is the smallest model in size of the whole Nespresso Vertuo collection. 

The dimensions of Nespresso Vertuo Next are 5.5 inches wide and 12.4 inches high. Another option of Nespresso Vertuo Next is that it comprises almost 54-56% of recyclable plastic. The size of this machine is small compared to the others, which is why this machine has a small water tank with only a capacity of 37 ounces. 

The pod holder can hold ten used pods.

Like the other models, the Nespresso Vertuo Next also offers five different cup sizes. You can program 0.7 ounces to 17 ounces of water volume. The automatic energy saving option in this machine acts after 2 minutes only. 

The net price of this machine is around $159.00. The Nespresso Vertuo Next comes in 4 colors; white, cherry red, black, and light grey. 

The cable length of this machine is around 29 inches. It weighs around 8.8 pounds. This machine comes with a fast heating option. The Nespresso Vertuo Next has an automatic capsule ejection and descaling alarm option.

What pods should I use in Nespresso Vertuo?

One drawback of Nespresso Vertuo is that it only works with Nespresso coffee pods. The barcode technology of the Nespresso Vertuo reads the pod and adjusts every factor, such as water flow and temperature, by itself. It will simply eject the capsule if you try to use other than the Nespresso coffee pods in the Nespresso Vertuo.

Nespresso keeps launching different flavors that can be used with the Nespresso Vertuo, but 27 are always available. They can be used with the Nespresso Vertuo. These 27 flavors are enough for every kind of coffee lover. So you do not need to worry about the flavor. Each flavor has its strengths. Every single flavor is different from the others. Nespresso keeps introducing new flavors that attract customers, such as Caramel Cookies and Coconut Iced Coffee. 

The Nespresso Vertuo coffee pods are usually more expensive than the other ones. These coffee pods range from $0.85 to $1.12. But it is still less expensive than the daily coffee from the coffee store. These coffee pods are available on different online shops, such as Amazon and Another good thing about Nespresso pods is that they are environmentally friendly. Nespresso recycles the single-serving Nespresso coffee pods. Nespresso provides a free recycling program for its users. 

If we talk about the reusable Nespresso Vertuo pods, the Nespresso Vertuo machines are not designed for reusable pods. Although you can use it, either machine will eject it on its own, or you will not get a perfect coffee. It can also damage your machine. So, it is not preferred to use reusable pods in Nespresso Vertuo.

How to maintain your Nespresso Vertuo?

It is necessary to maintain your Nespresso Vertuo to ensure its life and quality. Nespresso provides a one-year home use warranty to its customers. They also provide a helpline number, 800-562-1465. Nespresso provides 24/7 customer support to its consumers. The Nespresso Vertuo is not cheap enough for everyone to buy again and again which is why the maintenance of the machine is very important to enhance its life.

1. Eject the capsule

The first thing you must do to enhance the life of your Nespresso machine is to eject the capsule once you have used it. To do this, you just need to press the upper head of the machine. The machine will automatically open its mouth. You are going to see a pod container in it. Now, take out the used pod and clean the inner side of the pod container with a dry cloth. Close the head, and that is it.  

You are done!

2. Rinse the machine

Another important factor is to rinse the machine. Washing the machine at least before and after using it is preferable. Completely rinsing your machine will not allow any particles or the used material to be left behind in the machine and mixed up with your coffee. To wash your machine, you just need to separate every single part of the machine. Clean it with soap, water and a soft cloth. Now, dry each part of the machine with a dry cloth.  After cleaning and drying each component, just recombine it. Here it is; you are done with rinsing your machine!

3. Regular cleaning and descaling

Regular cleaning and descaling can also be done to maintain your machine. As mentioned earlier, cleaning the machine before and after its use is preferred. Descaling is another important part of maintaining your machine. If you do not descale your machine, the particles can get stuck in your water container or the pod container. That can mix with your coffee during the water flow in the machine. So, it is good to descale your Nespresso after every six months. The whole process of descaling your Nespresso is mentioned below. 

4. Emptying the system for long periods of non-use

Now, another important thing to do with your machine to give it a longer life is to empty the whole system if you are not going to use it for a long time. For example, if you are going on a vacation with your family or an international trip, that can take you months to come back. You must separate each component of your machine. Open the pod container, take out the pod container, and place them in a suitable place. Similarly, make sure that these parts are away from the sharp sunlight.

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The bottom line:

To conclude, I would like to say that the Nespresso machines, apart from having a variety of settings and technology, are easy to use. All you need to do is to press the button, and a pod container will appear, fill it with your chosen pod and close the lever. Now, press the brew button and it will start blinking. After completing the heat process, your coffee will start to brew. Similarly, Nespresso does not accept a variety of coffee pods and is more expensive than the others in the market. But your Nespresso Vertuo will never compromise on quality. You are going to have a beautiful rich coffee whenever you want. Some people are not able to buy coffee from their nearest coffee shop daily due to many reasons. This Nespresso Vertuo is the best option for them to use. It is easy to work with. Its cleaning is easy, which is why it is a very good option in the market.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Nespresso Vertuo easy to use?

Yes, Nespresso Vertuo is very easy to use. The technology and the advanced settings in the Nespresso Vertuo make it easy for its users to make a cup of coffee for themselves. Its automatic lever opener allows you to just place the pod container in it without any effort. By pressing the brew button, your coffee will start to brew. That is it. The homemade coffee of your taste is ready within a few minutes. 

How do you make espresso with Nespresso Vertuo?

Making espresso with Nespresso Vertuo is as easy as making other coffees. Nespresso Vertuo can brew every coffee with low, mild, or high intensities. To make espresso, just open the pod container, place the espresso pod, and close the head of the machine. Now, lock the machine right at the lock symbol and press the brew button. The button will start blinking; this indicates the heating process. After the heating process is complete, the coffee will start dripping. In a few minutes, your coffee will be ready.

How do you make Nespresso Vertuo coffee taste good?

You can make your Nespresso Vertuo taste good by doing only a few things. You must clean, rinse and maintain your coffee machine. One other thing you can do is to descale the machine after every six months. Using high-quality drinking water can also make your coffee taste better. Choosing a suitable coffee pod for your machine according to your taste. If you buy pods in bulk, then you must keep them in a dry and clean place.

Can I use Vertuo pods twice?

Nespresso Vertuo is a single-serving coffee pod. They are not made to be used more than once. Although you can use these pods twice, it is not preferable to do so because it does not suit your machine. It can reduce the reliability of your machine. It is also not going to taste as good as their first taste. To experience the best taste and quality of the Nespresso Vertuo, you must use this machine as it is designed to be used.

Can you use regular Nespresso pods in Vertuo?

No, Nespresso Vertuo cannot use regular pods. The barcode technology checks the originality of the coffee pod being used in it. So, if you try to use any other coffee pod with the machine, the machine will eject the capsule immediately. It is preferred to use Nespresso Vertuo pods in the Nespresso Vertuo machine.

Can Nespresso Vertuo make hot water?

Yes, the Nespresso Vertuo can make hot water. The methods to get hot water from different models of Nespresso Vertuo can vary, but almost all the machines have an option in them to produce hot water. The most simple method is that some of the machines come with a button that can be used to make hot water. 

Can I use reusable pods in Nespresso Vertuo?

No, using reusable pods with a Nespresso Vertuo machine is not possible. The Nespresso Vertuo can only work with special pods that can obey the barcode technology. Any other experiment can cause heavy damage to your coffee or the machine. 

How many times do you press the button on Nespresso Vertuo?

The Nespresso Vertuo comes in different cup sizes and ranges. The number of times the button will be pushed depends on the coffee size you will make. You can just select the size of the cup you are using with the machine in the menu. The machine will automatically set everything to provide you with a perfect cup of coffee.

How long does Nespresso Vertuo take to make coffee?

The Nespresso Vertuo is famous for its quick and easy coffee-making behaviour. But the brewing time can depend upon the type of coffee you are making. The making time is usually a minute, but it can take more depending on the cup size and the coffee type.

Does Nespresso Vertuo stop automatically?

Yes, the Nespresso Vertuo can stop automatically. The technology-based Nespresso Vertuo stops automatically once the brewing of the coffee is completed. The machine sets the brewing time and stops automatically when the coffee is ready. These machines also come with power saving mode. Suppose these machines are not used for more than 10 minutes. They will automatically turn off.

Can I use any pods in Nespresso Vertuo?

No, you cannot use any pods with Nespresso Vertuo. Nespresso makes special pods to be used with Nespresso Vertuo. The Nespresso Vertuo does not accept any other pod. If you try to do so, the machine will just eject the pod out of the pod container.

Is Nespresso Vertuo better than Original?

Both devices have their pros and cons. The Vertuo machine is famous for its technology, number of options, and easy coffee-making procedure. If you want a cheaper machine that can work with cheap coffee pods and brew pods other than Nespresso, then Nespresso Original is better.

Does Nespresso Vertuo need milk?

Although the machine does not require milk to brew the coffee, you can add milk to your machine if you want to. The Nespresso Vertuo can make a rich, creamy coffee without milk, but if you want a good milky taste, you can use milk; otherwise, it is unnecessary.

Can I use my coffee in Nespresso Vertuo?

No, you cannot use your coffee in Nespresso Vertuo. The Nespresso Vertuo only uses coffee specifically made for it by Nespresso. Experiencing weird things with your machine can damage the machine. It can also affect the coffee-making quality of the machine.

Does Nespresso Vertuo make latte?

Although Nespresso Vertuo is designed to make coffee, you can make a latte. The machine can make espresso and latte as well. You can use milk if you want to make a latte with your Nespresso Vertuo. With this milk, you can mould the coffee as you wish.

Does Nespresso Vertuo make cappuccino?

Yes, you can make cappuccino with your Nespresso Vertuo. Using milk in the machine or the Aeroccino milk that comes with the machine can allow you to make cappuccino with your Nespresso Vertuo machine. 

Does Vertuo brew espresso or coffee?

Vertuo is coffee but you can make cappuccino, espresso, and a latte with your machine. It entirely depends on your machine. The making process may differ slightly.

Does Nespresso Vertuo make regular coffee?

Yes, Nespresso Vertuo can make regular coffee. Nespresso Vertuo does not restrict you, it allows you to make any kind of coffee. Things might be different for the different models but yes it is possible to make regular coffee with your Nespresso Vertuo.

Is the coffee by Nespresso Vertuo healthy?

Accepting the fact that the Nespresso Vertuo machines and pods are a little expensive; they do not compromise the quality. The Nespresso Vertuo provides healthy and safe coffee to its customers. However, using too much caffeine can affect your health.  

How long does a Nespresso Vertuo last?

Nespresso Vertuo’s life depends on how clean you keep your machine. The maintenance of the machine is also an important thing. Usually, the Nespresso Vertuo can last many if held with a little care. 

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