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Nespresso Evoluo Review

Great if you don't mind paying for convenience and want the ability to make brewed coffee too
Nespresso Evoluo
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Price:   $199 List
Pros:  Easy to use, quick and convenient, good taste, makes brewed coffee also
Cons:  Uses expensive capsules, only a limited number of espresso flavors available
Manufacturer:   Nespresso
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 24, 2021
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  • Taste - 40% 6
  • Ease of Use - 30% 9
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 7
  • Milk Steaming - 15% 1

Our Verdict

The Nespresso Evoluo can make both espresso and coffee using Nespresso's capsules. Switching between the two is seamless as the Evoluo reads a barcode on each capsule and automatically changes its setting based on what is being brewed. This makes brewing coffee and espresso incredibly easy and hassle-free. Unfortunately, it does not include any sort of milk steaming device, so you'll have to get a standalone milk frother if you want to make cappuccinos at home. Because of this, we would recommend this machine to those that like to drink straight espresso or even espresso with a bit of unsteamed milk.

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Pros Easy to use, quick and convenient, good taste, makes brewed coffee alsoGreat espresso, impressive milk steaming performance, compact designGreat taste, exceptional lattes and cappuccinos, mostly automated milk steamingPulls excellent shots, great milk steamingGood espresso and milk steaming, quite inexpensive
Cons Uses expensive capsules, only a limited number of espresso flavors availableNo built-in grinderNo built-in grinder, automated steam wand isn't ideal for microfoam or latte artHas a learning curve, no pressure gauge to help beginners, no grinderDoesn't quite achieve cafe quality results, somewhat slow, no built-in grinder
Bottom Line Great if you don't mind paying for convenience and want the ability to make brewed coffee tooOne of the smallest machines we've found that can achieve cafe-quality resultsA top-notch machine that pulls great shots and offers the best mostly-automated milk-steaming we've foundAn excellent machine if your familiar with the process of manual brewing, and already have a high-quality grinderOffers good taste and overall quality at a far below average price
Rating Categories Nespresso Evoluo Breville Bambino Breville Bambino Plus Breville Duo Temp Pro Gevi
Taste (40%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
9.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (15%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Milk Steaming (15%)
1.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Nespresso Evoluo Breville Bambino Breville Bambino Plus Breville Duo Temp Pro Gevi
Dimensions 9" x 12.2" x 12.3" 7.7" x 12.6" x 12.2" 7.7" x 12.6" x 12.2" 15.5" x 13.3" x 17.6" 13" x 10" x 16"
Milk Frother None Steam Wand Automatic Steam Wand Steam Wand Steam Wand
Water Tank Capacity 54 oz 47 oz 65 oz 61 oz 42 oz
Cost per Shot $0.85 $0.45 $0.47 $0.47 $0.45
Lifetime Cost per Shot $0.93 $0.58 $0.68 $0.64 $0.50
Number of Cafe Replacement Shots to Make Up List Price 93 118 198 158 51
Number of Cafe Replacement Lattes to Make Up List Price 52 70 118 94 30

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you prefer your coffee and espresso without milk and with little fuss, this capsule machine could be a good choice at a decent price. Just realize that you'll be relegated to the pre-packed pods available from Nespresso.

Performance Comparison


If you want steamed milk with this machine, you'll have to buy a...
If you want steamed milk with this machine, you'll have to buy a separate milk frother.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Taste


We have found over the years that Nespresso capsules produce very consistent-tasting espresso, regardless of the machine they are brewed with. Overall, our testers felt that shots pulled from the Evoluo have a nice, smooth taste — good but not great. However, they also found that opting for a super-automatic machine that uses fresh coffee beans brings a bit more boldness and pleasing texture to the espresso. To get anything better tasting you'll have to abandon the convenience of super-automatic machines.



Ease of Use


The Evoluo is incredibly easy to use and great for anyone with little-to-no coffee experience. The machine is practically ready to go out of the box and we had it pulling shots within minutes of cutting the packing tape. Since the barcode reader does all the thinking for you, this machine can get away with an incredibly simple, one-button interface. Just press that button to start the 15-second preheating process, insert your pod, 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 Evoluo features single button functionality.
The Evoluo features single button functionality.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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, that will obviously take a few minutes longer. Still, this was one of the fastest times in our cappuccino time trials.

The capsules have a barcode that the machine reads and then adjusts...
The capsules have a barcode that the machine reads and then adjusts its settings accordingly.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Cleaning


The Evoluo scored well in this metric. As it uses capsules, it has virtually no short-term cleaning requirements. Just periodically empty the bin where the spent capsules collect and recycle them.

Its easy to dispose of the Evoluos spent capsules, but you might get...
Its easy to dispose of the Evoluos spent capsules, but you might get a few cosmic brownie points if you take the extra effort to recycle them.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The ease of capsules aside, the Evoluo lost some points due to its descaling process. The instructions for completing this process are very clear and the process itself is simple. However, it takes a full 30 minutes and requires your full attention for the majority of that duration.

Milk Steaming


The Evoluo scored at the bottom of the barrel in our milk steaming and frothing tests because the machine itself cannot froth milk. If you want to make a cappuccino, you'll have to purchase a separate milk frother.

Value


This 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.

Conclusion


The Nespresso Evoluo can make both coffee and espresso with the ease and lack of cleanup of a typical capsule machine. However, this convenience comes at a price: the expensive capsules push the lifetime cost towards the top of the charts.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata