Why this Nespresso coffee maker was my best home purchase of the year

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Mon January 29, 2018

Story highlights

  • Nespresso coffee makers are seriously impressive
  • In particular, the Nespresso Vertuo coffee and espresso maker offers a budget-friendly alternative to buying cafe coffee each day

If there's one topic people love to debate, it's coffee. Cold brew or French press? Is it ethical to buy from major coffee chains? Which country of origin produces the best beans? And, the list goes on.

Since I love coffee, but want to avoid overcomplicating the matter, I'm leaving those questions up to the coffee connoisseurs of the world. Instead, when choosing a brewer, I went with the Nespresso ($249.95; surlatable.com) for several reasons we're about to discuss.

These stylish coffee makers have taken the coffee industry by storm and it's easy to see why. When I bought my Nespresso in the winter of 2017, I understood that I'd made the right choice for my lifestyle (and bank account), since I hardly missed those pricey lattes I used to buy on my way to work.

The reason folks will sometimes forgo at-home coffee makers is that they can be slow to brew and incapable of making a quality-tasting cup of joe. I needed a coffee machine that produces coffee quickly. With the Nespresso, I get exactly that - and it still tastes like a luxury experience.

When it comes to setup and performance, that's where the Nespresso really shines. In the mornings, when I'm in a hurry, I can set up and brew a full cup of coffee in about a minute. Then, when it comes to cleanup, the convenient coffee capsules keep the mess enclosed, meaning the machine requires little to no maintenance on a daily basis.

Below, we've included step-by-step photos so that you can see for yourself just how easy the process is.

1. Insert coffee pod (Shop coffee pods here.)

2. Fill water chamber.

3. Close top, twist the lever and tap the button on the top of the machine.

Once your cup is brewed, use the Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother ($84.99; amazon.com) to make a creamy latté in moments. As a side note, if you purchase the above Nespresso VertuoLine by Breville (linked above), the milk frother already comes with the bundle. What a deal!

Note: the prices above reflect the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.