Disclaimer: We paid for this machine with our own money (We had to test our reusable pods on it anyway!). This review is not sponsored in any way by Nespresso SA
We recently had the opportunity to test out the Nespresso Vertuo Pop, the newest addition to Nespresso’s line of pod coffee machines. It’s the new kid on the block in Nespresso’s Vertuo range and caught our attention with its sleek design and variety of features.
But it’s not without it’s flaws too.
The drip tray sucks. The spout is too low. and
Keep reading as I review every detail of the Nespresso Vertuo Pop, and explain whether or not it’s the best choice for you!
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I love the splash of color the Vertuo Pop adds to my kitchen. As someone who has too many appliances and not enough room, I’m glad to be able to fix the new slim design discreetly on my kitchen counter. However it’s by no means perfect, and if you make a lot of coffee, the Vertuo Next is still the best option for you.
If you’re short on bench space, want to save some money (compared to the Vertuo Next), or want to add a pop of color to your kitchen, the Vertuo Pop is the best option for you.
They sell two variations, The Pop Deluxe with the Aerocinno milk frother and the Pop Solo – without. If you don’t a milk frother one already, I’d highly recommend getting this version as you pay about $50 extra to get the frother which normally retails around the $90 mark.
An Overview of the Vertuo Pop
The first thing we noticed about the Vertuo Pop is its size. It’s significantly smaller than its peers, making it an excellent choice for those with limited counter space or looking for a portable option. Despite its compact size, the Vertuo Pop doesn’t compromise on performance. With just a single button, we were able to control the entire brewing process, making it incredibly easy to use.
Another impressive feature of the Vertuo Pop is its compatibility with barcoded Vertuo pods. These pods come in various sizes to accommodate different coffee preferences. The machine automatically recognizes the pod’s barcode and adjusts the brewing process accordingly. This ensures that each cup of coffee it produces is consistent in taste, aroma, and strength.
The design of the Vertuo Pop is both visually appealing and practical. It comes in six different colors, allowing users to choose a machine that fits their personal style or matches their existing kitchen appliances. Additionally, the pop of color on the lid adds a touch of playfulness and uniqueness to the design.
Overall, our experience with the Nespresso Vertuo Pop was a positive one. Its compact size, user-friendly controls, and compatibility with a variety of pods make it stand out among other pod coffee machines.
The Difference Between The Pop Solo, Pop+, and Pop Deluxe:
The Pop Solo, Pop+, and Pop Deluxe are all slight variotions on the Vertuo Pop that may be availible from your retailer.
The Pop Solo
This is the smallest of the 3 versions, not because the design is inherently any different, but because the water reservoir is offset on other models. (This is the model I picked up for testing 🙂
As alluded to above, the Pop+ is exactly the same as the solo but has an offset water reservoir, making is slightly shorter, but also wider.
The Pop Deluxe
This variation comes with Nespresso’s famous Aeroccino 3 milk frother. If you don’t have one already, i’d highly recommend getting this version as you pay about $50 extra to get the frother which normally retails around the $90 mark.
The Vertuo Pop vs Vertuo Next:
The Vertuo Pop does all the same things as the Vertuo Next, but does it in 38% less counter space. You’ll be trading off a smaller water reservoir, and no wifi or bluetooth connectivity, but in return you’ll be able to pick from 5 trendy colors and a lower price tag.
Read More: We’ve done a full side-by-side comaparrison of these two machine here.
Key Features of Vertuo Pop
The Vertuo Pop is a new addition to the Nespresso lineup, and it brings some attractive features that make it stand out from its peers. In this section, we will discuss some of the key aspects that make the Vertuo Pop unique.
1. Vertuo Pop Colors:
Another key feature of the Vertuo Pop is its array of vibrant colors. Available in six eye-catching shades, including Spicy Red and Pacific Blue, this coffee machine can match any style or decor, adding a pop of color to brighten up your space.
Here are the colors availible for the Vetuo Pop machine:
- Liquorice Black
- Coconut White
- Mango Yellow
- Spicy Red
- Pacific Blue
- Aqua Mint
Our Take: We love the fun color options nespresso has delivered with the Vertuo Pop. I love my moccamaster because it adds a fun pop of color to my kitchen, and now finally the same can be said for my Nespresso machine. Big yes from us!!
2. Bluetooth and Wifi Connectivity:
The Vertuo Pop comes with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to stay up-to-date with the latest Nespresso offerings for a smooth and consistent coffee experience. The user interface is simple, with a single button control that makes the process of brewing a perfect cup of coffee straightforward and effortless.
3. Vertuo Pop Reservoir Size:
The Vertuo Pop coffee machine comes with a water reservoir that is 750ml or 25oz in capacity. By comparison, the Vertuo Next machine has a 37 oz water tank, while the Vertuo Plus machine has a larger 40 oz water tank.
Here is a table summarizing the reservoir sizes for the Vertuo Pop, Vertuo Pop+, Vertuo Next, and Vertuo Plus machines:
|Machine||Water Reservoir Size|
|Vertuo Pop+||0.75L / 25oz|
|Vertuo Next||1.1L / 37 oz|
|VertuoPlus||1.2L / 40 oz|
So the Vertuo Pop has the smallest water tank by a long way, but what does that mean for you? Well this table below will show you how many coffees you’ll get before you need to refil it
(did I mention i like tables almost as much as I like Nespresso machines?)
|Coffee Pod Type (ml)||Approximate Number of Coffees Before Refilling|
|Gran Lungo: 150ml||4|
|Double Espresso: 80ml||9|
4. Vertuo Pop Physical Size and Footprint
The Vertuo Pop+ coffee machine is a compact pod machine that is almost half the size of its peers. It’s 8.6″ x 14″ x 10.4″ in size, and weights only 7.9 lb
Thats’ 136mm x 426mm x 250mm and 3.5kg in metric meaturements.
In contrast, the Vertuo Next machine has a height of 14.1 inches, a width of 5.5 inches, and a depth of 16.8 inches, while the Vertuo Plus machine has a height of 12.8 inches, a width of 5.6 inches, and a depth of 16.2 inches. The weight of the Vertuo Next machine is 7.8 pounds, while the Vertuo Plus machine weighs 10.1 pounds.
Here is a table comparing the physical size, weight, and footprint of the Vertuo Pop+, Vertuo Next, and Vertuo Plus machines:
|Machine||Height (in)||Width (in)||Depth (in)||Weight (lbs)|
|Machine||Height (mm)||Width (mm)||Depth (mm)||Weight (kgs)|
5. Vertuo Pop Capsule Types
The Vertuo Pop is designed specifically for use with Nespresso’s VertuoLine range of capsules, including the Nespresso Vertuo Pop. These pods offer a variety of flavors and beverage sizes, allowing users to enjoy their preferred coffee styles with ease.
Unlike Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsules, VertuoLine Pods feature a unique barcode technology that enables the machine to read each capsule and tailor the brewing process accordingly. The result is a perfect cup of coffee, automatically customized to suit the specific coffee blend and size in the pod.
In addition to the standard espresso pods, the VertuoLine also offers larger coffee capsules, such as the 12 oz Alto pod, which can be brewed with select VertuoLine machines like the Vertuo Pop and Vertuo Next. This provides users with a range of coffee sizes, from an espresso shot to a full-sized cup.
VertuoLine Pods are available in a wide array of flavors and intensities, catering to diverse preferences. Some of the top-rated flavors include:
- Odacio: A bold blend with a strong character, perfect for those who enjoy intense coffees.
- Melozio: A smooth and balanced medium roast, great for everyday enjoyment.
- Stormio: An intense, dark roast for coffee lovers who crave a bold and robust flavor.
In conclusion, Nespresso’s VertuoLine Pods offer a versatile and convenient coffee experience for users of their VertuoLine machines. The range of flavors, sizes, and brewing options ensures that everyone can enjoy their perfect cup of coffee, anytime they want.
6. Commitment to sustainabiltiy:
“The Vertuo Pop coffee machine is made with 35% recycled plastic. The packaging is made of 99,5% recycled materials.” – This comes straight from the Pop sales page. Nespresso are pulling no punches when it comes to showcasing how this once ‘throw away’ brand has made a U-turn and now fully embraces sustainability as a core part of it’s business.-Nespresso Website
“By the end of 2022, Nespresso capsules for the Vertuo system will be made out of at least 80% recycled aluminium.”
Again, via the Nespresso recycling program we can see the commitment to reuse even the aluminum in the used capsules back into the production processes.
HOW TO: Vertuo Pop Setup Process
Setting up the Nespresso Vertuo Pop is a breeze. Out of the box, you’ll find that it’s compact, and its minimal design makes it a perfect fit for any kitchen. Once you’ve unboxed the machine, simply plug it in and fill the water tank with fresh, cold water. Additionally, you’ll need to insert a Nespresso Vertuo capsule of your choice.
We found that the initial setup should not take more than a few minutes, making it an ideal coffee machine for those who want a quick and easy brewing experience. No complicated installation or assembling process is required, which means you can start enjoying your coffee in no time.
Operating the Nespresso Vertuo Pop is incredibly straightforward.
Press the button to wake up the machine. It may take 30 seconds to heat up. When ready the light will become solidly illuminated
- First, lift the lever on the top of the machine and insert a coffee capsule.
- Then, close the lever firmly to puncture the pod.
- Once the capsule is in place, press the single button on the device, and the brewing process begins.
The clever barcode system on the Vertuo capsules ensures that the machine adjusts the brewing parameters for each specific blend or size, providing optimal results for every cup. No need to worry about adjusting any settings or buttons; the machine takes care of it all.
During our test, we noticed that the Vertuo Pop heats up pretty quickly, generally delivering a well-crafted cup of coffee in under a minute. The machine also comes with easy-to-understand maintenance instructions, such as regularly descaling and changing the water filter if necessary, both contributing to a prolonged life span and consistently great coffee.
Watch: This video from Nespresso explains the basics of brewing coffee with your Vertuo Pop
TESTED: Vertuo Pop Performance Evaluation
1. Brewing Quality
Our experience with the Nespresso Vertuo Pop has shown that it consistently produces high-quality coffee. The barcode system on the Vertuo Pop pods ensures that the machine brews each type of coffee with the optimal settings. It extracts the flavors and aromas effectively, providing a satisfying cup of coffee every time. The crema, which is a signature feature of Nespresso Vertuo machines, is also present and adds a rich velvety texture to the brewed coffee.
2. Speed and Efficiency
When it comes to speed, the Vertuo Pop is impressive. It heats up quickly, usually within about 15 seconds, allowing us to start brewing almost immediately after turning it on. As mentioned in this TechRadar review, the machine is also quite efficient in terms of water usage and electricity consumption.
The Vertuo Pop also has an automatic shut-off feature, which turns off the machine after nine minutes of inactivity. This helps conserve energy and ensures that the machine remains safe to use.
Overall, we find the Nespresso Vertuo Pop to be a reliable and consistent performer that delivers on its promise of quality coffee. While it may not have as many bells and whistles as some other machines, its compact size and straightforward user experience make it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a simple, easy-to-use coffee maker.
One important feature that stands out is the Centrifusion extraction system, which provides a consistent and high-quality brewing process.
Alright here’s what I didn’t like about the Nespresso Pop machine:
Number 1: Stupid Drip Tray design
The drip tray is tiny, but that’s not the problem. The problem is it clips to the machine body with a poorly designed plastic clasp. This doesn’t really attach it, but merely holds it in place while it rests on the countertop.
If you move the machine, pick it up, or a stiff breeze hits in the wrong direction the drip tray will fall off. Annoying.
Number 2. Spout is too low. Grrrr
Obviously, the driving product feature is to reduce counter space, so the engineers tried to make the Pop as small as possible. Unfortunately, this means they’ve lowered the nozzle to the point where most of my coffee cups don’t fit underneath it.
You have to get rid of the drip tray to fit anything underneath – but that’s OK because it’s terrible design means it’s probably fallen off already.
And I don’t think it’s even possible to brew and Alto-size coffee because you’d need to find a coffee cup that’s wider than it is tall. But maybe people like drinking out of a saucepan? IDK?
3. Small water reservoir.
See the table above where I work out how many of each size of coffee you can make from one fill of the water reservoir.
Basically, you’ll only get 1 alto or 2 Mug/Coffee size pods out before you need to refill the tank.
Value for Money
In our evaluation of the Nespresso Vertuo Pop, we found it to be a great value, especially when considering its frequent offers. As the cheapest Nespresso machine, it delivers excellent coffee quality, which rivals that of more expensive Vertuo models.
Vertuo Pop vs. Vertuo Next
The Vertuo Pop does all the same things as the Vertuo Next but does it in 38% less counter space. You’ll be trading off a smaller water reservoir, an annoyingly low spout, and smaller used capsule drawer, but in return, you’ll be able to pick from 5 trendy colors and a lower price tag.
Recommendation: If you want a cute and covenient Vertuo machine and don’t want to break the bank then the Pop is the way to go. Get the Pop+ or Pop Solo if you already have a milk frother, or the Pop Deluxe if you want to make latte-style drinks.
If you make a lot of coffee’s – particularly the Mug and Alto XL size coffees – then you’ll want the workhorse which is the Vertuo Next. It has a bigger water tank, a larger used capsule drawer, and has enough room under the nozzle for larger coffee mugs, so you can brew serious amount of coffee FAST.
Read More: You can read our full comparison between the two machines here
Vertuo Pop vs Other Brands
When comparing the Vertuo Pop with similar coffee makers from other brands, we note that this machine offers users several advantages. First, its compact size makes it suitable for those with limited kitchen space, as highlighted in this TrustedReviews review. Price-wise, it is also inexpensive compared to other Vertuo machines.
In terms of coffee quality, the Vertuo Pop delivers rich and smooth coffee that rivals the output from more expensive machines within the Nespresso range, as well as other well-known brands. One thing that sets the Vertuo Pop apart is its use of recycled plastic, making it a more environmentally-friendly choice, as noted in this BrewCoffeeHome review.
However, there are some drawbacks to this machine. The Vertuo Pop has a small water tank capacity, which may not be ideal for those who enjoy multiple cups of coffee per day. It can also be quite loud during operation and can only fit small cups, as mentioned in the same review from BrewCoffeeHome.
When considering other popular coffee machine brands such as Keurig or De’Longhi, factors to keep in mind are the availability of coffee pods, ease of use, and overall build quality. While we find the Vertuo Pop to be a solid choice for entry-level and eco-conscious users, individual preferences may influence your decision.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Vertuo Pop and Vertuo Next?
Vertuo Pop and Vertuo Next are both Nespresso coffee machines in the Vertuo range. Both use Vertuo pods to brew coffee, but the Vertuo Pop is a smaller and more compact machine compared to the Vertuo Next. While both produce great-tasting coffee, the Vertuo Pop has a more colorful designs, takes up even less countertop space, and costs slightly less.
How do I use the Nespresso Vertuo Pop machine?
To start, fill the water tank with fresh water, then power on the machine. Lift the lid, insert your chosen Vertuo pod into the machine, then gently lower the lid – turning the lever into the LOCK position. Place your coffee cup under the spout, press the single button on the top of the machine, and wait for your coffee to be dispensed.
Are all Vertuo pods compatible with Vertuo Pop?
Yes, all Vertuo pods are compatible with the Nespresso Vertuo Pop machine. This means you can enjoy the full range of Nespresso Vertuo pod flavors with your Vertuo Pop.
Vertuo pods use a barcode in the lip to tell the machine how much coffee to extract, that way you don’t need to press a bunch of different buttons on the machine!
Is the Vertuo Pop machine noisy during operation?
The Vertuo Pop machine operates at a relatively low noise level. However, like any other coffee machine that uses pods and high speeds to make coffee, there might be some noise during the brewing process. The noise is typically manageable and won’t cause any significant disturbance.
- SIGNATURE COFFEES AND ESPRESSOS: Vertuo Pop+ offers a variety of coffee formats in 5 sizes, including 5, 8, 12oz coffees, as well as single and double espressos brewed hot or over ice.
- COMPACT: Sleek Vertuo design with removable side water tank placement for easy access to fit tiny spaces.
- AEROCCINO MILK FROTHER INCLUDED: The Nespresso Aeroccino3 provides smooth hot or cold milk frother for your cappuccinos and lattes in a few seconds with one touch.
Though the Nespresso Vertuo Pop has a few cons, its affordable price, quality brewing, and compact design make it a great value for potential buyers. The machine successfully balances cost with performance, providing excellent coffee at a budget-friendly price point.
If you like Nespresso Vertuo pods and want to add a splash of color to your kitchen, without taking up half your bench space then the Pop is the perefect machine for you.
Get the deluxe version if you don’t already have a milk frother and want to make latte-style drinks like cappuccino and flat whites. Otherwise, the Solo version is around $50 cheaper without the frother.