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The Nespresso VertuoLine is a single-serve coffeemaker that allows you to use coffee pods to create your morning cup of joe. It is one of the pricier options on the market, so the key question is whether it offers enough to be worth it.
The Nespresso VertuoLine promises much with its sleek stainless steel styling, and it's as much a showpiece as it is a coffeemaker. It's fairly heavy, thanks to the metal used in the construction, but that just adds to its durability as it's not likely to be knocked over.
This single-serve coffeemaker is extremely fast at heating up water – it only needs 20 seconds to preheat, which makes other coffeemakers look glacial in comparison. It can hold up to 14 capsules at once, making selection relatively easy, and its 40-ounce water reservoir is adequate.
To brew coffee, the machine uses a gimmick: It's a centrifuge. This means it spins the coffee capsule around at 7,000 rpm while forcing water through it to produce the coffee. This sounds impressive, but it doesn't really produce a better-tasting brew. In comparison, most brewers use water pressure to force the water through, and because the water pressure technique is slower and at higher pressure, the water absorbs more flavor. The VertuoLine's centrifuge method is generally less effective.
Due to its unique way of producing the end product, the Nespresso VertuoLine is not compatible with K-Cups or ground coffee. It can produce hot water for other drinks, and the cup support can be adjusted to accept espresso cups and tall cups. It only has two size settings – 8 ounces and 1.4 ounces – which makes it fairly inflexible. You cannot adjust the strength of a brew either without choosing a different coffee capsule, beyond choosing espresso or filter coffee. If you really want to brew your morning java with ground coffee, check out the Black & Decker Brew 'n Go.
Overall, the Nespresso VertuoLine single-serve coffeemaker looks great and produces good coffee. There is a wide range of accessories that match it; however, its lack of options make it limited for most people, and it costs a lot for what you actually get.