The Nespresso Pixie utilizes a state-of-the-art Thermoblock for heating, preheats in 25 seconds and it uses capsules to produce your espresso. A folding drip tray allows for the accommodation of even the tallest glasses, and there’s a programmable volume setting to brew just the right amount of espresso with each and every cup.
- Small and compact design
- Fast pre-heat time
- Produces exceptional crema
- Espresso is rich in flavor
- Small water reservoir
- Requires pods
A small reservoir and the requirement to use pods are the only drawbacks of this model. Pods are great, but they can get expensive, and they also stack up in landfills. Some users simply filled their pods with their own desired coffee, tamped it well and brewed espresso that way. I haven’t tried it, but it sounds like it will work well.
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker Review
If you’ve tried a Keurig in the past, you know that the pods or cups don’t produce great flavor. But this isn’t what Nespresso offers. While you will be using pods, these pods aim to be flavorful and provide a rich taste that will bring a smile to every espresso aficionado’s face.
Small in size, the width of this model is just 4.3,” which makes it perfect for flats or apartments.
Espressos and lungos can be made with this model, and all it takes is one touch of a button to switch between the two capacities. Custom volume amounts can be plugged into the machine, too, so that you can make a precise shot of espresso or even coffee.
Many users – not me – have changed the volume to produce a lot of water to make a coffee with an espresso pod.
If you want something bigger than an espresso, this is a viable option. The water reservoir does need to be filled often (it’s a small machine), but there is an empty tank alert that lets you know when water levels are low.
And if you leave the machine on for 9 minutes, it will shut off automatically to save energy.
A staggering 19-bar pressure is present to extract the utmost flavor out of Nespresso capsules. This is also the technology behind the thick, rich crema that will be floating on top of your espresso.
The machine itself has space to hold ten used capsules, and there is a 1-year warranty on this model. Capsules are easy to insert and eject (bonus), but the tank holds just 24 ounces of water at a time.
Worried about a long power cord taking over your kitchen counters? There is ample cord storage that will allow you to tuck away the power cord for later use. While this may not seem like such a big deal, it does allow for this model to be perfect for smaller spaces where storage is lacking.
The Pixie is an excellent buy and produces a delicious shot of espresso. In terms of flavor, it’s nearly unmatched in this price range. And it’s designed for smaller spaces to fit even on the smallest countertops.
If you need a compact espresso maker, look no further.