Nespresso Evoluo Review
Pros: Easy to use, quick and convenient, good taste, makes coffee as well
Cons: Uses expensive capsules, only a limited number of espresso flavors available
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|Pros||Easy to use, quick and convenient, good taste, makes coffee as well||Excellent espresso, achieves near-perfect microfoam in its steamed milk, relatively easy to use for a semi-automatic machine||Great taste, cafe quality lattes and cappuccinos||Great taste, exceptional lattes and cappuccinos, mostly automated milk steaming||Great taste, great milk steaming|
|Cons||Uses expensive capsules, only a limited number of espresso flavors available||Expensive, requires more effort/practice than fully-automatic machines||Expensive, requires some effort and a learning curve||Expensive, no built-in grinder||Has a learning curve, no pressure gauge to help beginners, no grinder|
|Bottom Line||Good for those that will pay a bit extra for convenience and would like to be able to make coffee as well||A cafe-quality machine that manages to still be friendly towards beginner baristas||If you don't mind a little learning curve and elbow grease, this is the best espresso you can make at home||An excellent choice for those trying to recreate cafe drinks at home, especially if you already have an espresso-quality grinder||An excellent machine if your familiar with the process of manual brewing, and already have a high-quality grinder|
|Rating Categories||Nespresso Evoluo||Calphalon Temp IQ||Breville Barista...||Breville Bambino...||Breville Duo Temp...|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Milk Steaming (15%)|
|Specs||Nespresso Evoluo||Calphalon Temp IQ||Breville Barista...||Breville Bambino...||Breville Duo Temp...|
|Dimensions||9" x 12.2" x 12.3"||5.6" x 14.5" x 17.3"||13.2" x 12.5" x 16"||7.7" x 12.6" x 12.2"||15.5" x 13.3" x 17.6"|
|Warranty||1 Year Limited||3 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited|
|Milk Frother||None||Steam Wand||Steam Wand||Automatic Steam Wand||Steam Wand|
|Water Tank Capacity||54 oz||94 oz||67 oz||65 oz||61 oz|
|Cost per Shot||$0.85||$0.45||$0.47||$0.47||$0.47|
|Lifetime Cost per Shot||$0.93||$0.70||$0.72||$0.72||$0.64|
|Cost per Latte||$1.13||$0.73||$0.75||$0.75||$0.75|
|Straight Shot - Percentage cost vs. Cafe||28%||15%||16%||16%||16%|
|Latte - Percentage Cost vs. Cafe||23%||15%||15%||15%||15%|
|Number of Cafe Replacement Shots to Make p list price||93||235||237||237||158|
|Number of Cafe replacement lattes to make up list price||52||141||141||141||94|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We found that nespresso capsules produced very consistent tasting espresso, regardless of the machine they were brewed with. The Evoluo shared the score of 6 out of 10 in our tastes testing with the other two models we tested that use Nespresso pods. This score can be translated as good but not great. Our testers felt that shots pulled from the Evoluo had a nice, smooth taste. However, they also found that opting for a super automatic machine that uses fresh coffee beans, like the Gaggia Brera or Anima Prestige, brings a bit more boldness to the espresso. To get anything better tasting you'll have to abandon the convenience of super automatic machines.
Ease of Use
The Evoluo shared the top score of 9 out of 10 in our ease of use testing, putting it far above the low score of 4.
The Evoluo is practically ready to go out of the box. We had it pulling shots within minutes of cutting the packing tape.
Sine the barcode reader within the Evoluo does all the thinking for you, it can get away with an incredibly simple, one button interface. Just press that button to start the 15-second preheating process, insert, turn the lever to lock it in place, and press the button again. The barcode scanner determines what kind of coffee or espresso you're making and adjusts all of the settings accordingly. The interface really could not be simpler or easier to use.
Quick Coffee and Expeditious Espresso
The Evoluo Can serve up a cup of coffee or espresso in under a minute and a half. If you want to make a cappuccino with a separate milk frother it takes just under three minutes, mostly due to the time required to clean the milk frother. This was one of the fastest times in our cappuccino time trials.
Ease of Cleaning
The Evoluo scored a 7 out of 10 in our ease of cleaning testing, putting it towards the top of a metric that saw scores ranging from 5 to 8.
Short Term Cleaning
As it uses Nespresso capsules the Evoluo has virtually no short term cleaning requirements. Just periodically empty the bin where the spent capsules collect and recycle them. If you use a seperate milk frother to make cappuccinos and lattes you'll have to clean those after each use. In our testing this took about a minute of rinsing and scrubbing.
The Evoluo lost some points in this metric due to its descaling process. The instructions from completing this process are very clear and the process itself is simple. However, it took us a full 30 minutes and required our full attention for the majority of that duration.
The Evoluo scored a 1 out of 10 in our milk steaming and frothing testing because the machine itself does not have the ability to froth milk. If you want to make some cappuccinos with this machine we would suggest a milk frother.
The Evoluo is one of the more inexpensive models we tested, though the expensive Nespresso pods it requires makes it one of the most costly machines we tested in the long run. Over time you certainly end up paying extra for convenience, but if you're willing to do that we think this machine still represents a good value.
The Nespresso Evoluo can make both coffee and espresso with the ease and lack of cleanup of a capsule machine. However, this convenience comes at a price: the expensive capsules push the Evoluo's lifetime cost towards the top of the charts.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata