KitchenAid Nespresso Machine Review

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  • Coffee Quality
  • Ease of use
  • Design
  • Price
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The machine is the result of a collaboration between one of the top kitchen appliance manufacturing company KitchenAid and top coffee pod maker Nespresso. The espresso machine is built from aluminum and die-cast zinc elements and is available in five different colors, Empire Red, Candy Apple, Onyx Black, Almond Cream and Medallion Silver.

It is designed to brew lungo, espresso and ristretto Nespresso Grand Crus capsules.

There are two options available when purchasing your KitchenAid; either to purchase the machine by itself, or to purchase the machine with the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother combination.

Pros

Heats up quickly, under 30 seconds.
Machine status indicated by LED on the front.
Capsule door controlled by a lever at the side of the machine.
Brewing button with dial to select from 6 pre-programmed cup sizes.

Cons

The KitchenAid Nespresso is unable to prepare frothed or steamed milk.
The machine is not compatible with brands of pods that are not supplied by Nespresso.
The machine is a bit heavier than other coffee maker in its class, mainly due to its die-cast, all metal build.

KitchenAid Nespresso Design and Specifications

Design

The machine features timeless design and built with premium quality aluminum and die-cast zinc materials.

Weight and Dimensions

Machine Weight: 22 pounds
Machine Dimensions: 13” x 8.2” x 13”
Disposal container capacity: 14 used capsules
Water Tank Capacity: 1.3 Liters

Technical Data

Voltage: 230 Volts
Wattage: 1160 Watts
Frequency: 50Hz
Pump Pressure: 19-bar
Broiler: Thermoblock broiler
Material: Metal

KitchenAid Nespresso Features

Manual Lever for Capsule Door
Capsule door is controlled by manual lever, therefore reducing the possibility of any machine error to automatically dispense used capsules. You lift the lever to vertical position to open the capsule door, insert the coffee capsule of your choice and return lever to horizontal position to close the capsule door. When the espresso machine stops brewing, lift lever and the used capsule will be sent to the disposal container.

Brewing Button and LED Indicator
The machine will start brewing your coffee at the push of a button. LED indicators on the machine flashes during heating up and will start to glow once the machine is ready to brew coffee.

19-bar High Pressure System
The KitchenAid has a 19-bar pressure pump which is ideal to generate the rich crema layer and all the aromas from the Nespresso Grand Crus capsules. With this pump pressure your machine meets all the requirements to create an authentic cup of espresso drink.

6 pre-programed Cup Sizes
It is easy to choose your desired cup size by using the dial at the front of the machine to scroll through all six available settings.

Fast Heat up Time
The machine has a heat up time of 25 seconds, you do not have to wait long before you can enjoy your coffee.

1.3 liter Water Tank
Easily removable water tank with large volume to reduce the time you have to be constantly refilling water for the machine.

Large Disposal Container
The KitchenAid Nespresso’s has a large disposal container located at the front inside the machine, can hold a maximum of 14 used Grand Crus capsules.

Auto Power off Mode
The machine will automatically shut off if not being used for a long period of time. This setting can be easily adjusted at any time between 15, 20 and 30 minutes.

Reduced Power Consumption
With the auto standby and power off features of the machine, your energy consumption is greatly reduced. The espresso machine will go into low-consumption mode when it is not being used after nine minutes. In low-consumption mode the machine turns off the heater.

Die-cast Construction
The body of the machine is made entirely from aluminum and zinc die-cast elements. This makes the machine very sturdier and long lasting to withstand the test of time.

Adjustable Cup Shelf
The shelf on the KitchenAid Nespresso can be folded upwards to place larger cup on the machine for a stronger shot of espresso drink.

What I Like about the KitchenAid Nespresso Machine

Fast Heat up time

Broiler in the KitchenAid Nespresso heats the water for my coffee drink in 25 seconds.

Easy to Use

I can simply turn the dial on the front of the machine to select cup size and press button to start the brewing process. Another great feature of the machine is that it automatically selects the last cup size used by the machine before it powered off.

Easy to Clean

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It has a capsule disposal tray, drip tray and drip grid can be removed quite easily and they are dishwasher safe. However the water tank ha

s to be hand washed with hot soapy water and the machine itself should be wiped off with damp none-abrasive cloth. It is easy to clean the dispenser, you only need to turn the machine on the lungo setting and run water through the machine at least three times.

Strongly Built

The KitchenAid Nespresso is created from the highest grade aluminum and zinc die-cast that can withstand some of the harshest conditions. It just looks very sturdy and you can definitely tell it is a high-end machine by its full metal structure.

Some Minor Downsides…

This espresso machine does not have many bad points, as long as all instructions are followed the machine will work like a charm. There are only two minor downsides about the machine; it does not have the capability to steam or froth milk and you will have to turn the dial to the right and wait 6 seconds to manually turn off the machine. If you really think about it, the incapability to froth and steam milk is not that bad, most capsule machines are not equipped with a steam wand.

Summary

The overall looks, features and design of the KitchenAid Nespresso are pretty impressive.

The machine’s 19-bar pressure pump will brew espresso of the highest quality. The espresso machine is just a bit on the heavier side for its size due to its all metal feature and the KitchenAid Nespresso fast heat feature will fit perfectly for someone working with a busy schedule. There is no hassle to get the machine to start brewing your favorite coffee beverage, thanks to its pre-programed cup sizes and coffee type selection.
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If you really want frothed and steamed milk for your coffee, you can get the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 along with the machine.

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