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Nespresso Inissia VS Nespresso Essenza Mini

When looking at entry level Nespresso machines, the Inissia and the Essenza Mini in this case, it can be hard to tell differences between each model aside from the ways that they are designed and look.

I can assure you however that there are actual “under-the-hood” differences between each machine and there are reasons to buy one unit over the other.

In today’s article, I am going to compare the older Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De’Longhi to the newer Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by Breville – I am also going to take a look at which model might be a better choice for you depending on your personal preferences.

BTW, there is also an Essenza Mini made by De’Longhi which functions exactly the same as the Breville version, the difference is that it is styled a bit more and costs a bit less. See here to check it’s price, it’s usually less.

In past articles we have fully reviewed each of these units but a side-by-side comparison is extremely helpful because both Nespresso machines (the Inissia and the Essenza Mini) are so closely priced and their functions are so similar.

Comparison Background
I brewed approximately 50-100 Nespresso capsules from each of these machines over the first few months of 2018 and now I’ve got a lot to say about them.

They are very different units after you use them both long enough.

UPDATE – The Inissia is actually a discontinued model now. Nespresso stopped producing it in 2018 and now it can usually be only found in used condition… although there are some sellers unloading new units for cheap as retailers liquidate inventory.

Before I really get to the meat of the post however I want to sum it up right here for readers who need a nudge one way or the other.

Which is Best?

If I were to buy one over the other I would probably buy the Essenza Mini. It is priced low, it’s about 10 decibels quieter (I’ve tested this with my own meter), it’s easier to open and close the capsule slot, and the water reservoir (although smaller) is easier for me to refill… although I can’t tell you why. I’ve done it enough on both machines that I just feel it.

Want to read a full review?

Click through to see our Essenza mini review or our Inissia review.

So with that said up front, let us get started on the rest of the comparison without further delay!

The Nespresso Inissia: What are the Main Features?

The Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine is a great entry-level model regardless if you are talking about the the De’Longhi or Breville version, both of which are basically identical aside from their looks.

However, the Inissia is a bit older and there are newer entry-level models in the Nespresso lineup (like the Essenza Mini) which makes it even more important to look closely at this model and why you may want to buy it.

First let’s sum up the Inissia’s main features through the following points:

  • I think the Inissia is the perfect size for making basic espresso. You can fit it nearly anywhere even though it’s bigger than the Essenza Mini but it’s still a lot smaller than actually bigger units like the Nespresso Expert which I reviewed here.
  • This model has a 24 ounce water reservoir capacity (0.7 L), which is roughly 20% larger than the Essenza Mini and it heats that water up just as fast too!
  • If even that were not enough for you, this machine also boasts of an adjustable cup size and gives you two adjustable buttons, the Espresso and Lungo, to choose from as you wish!
  • The folding drip tray that this machine has is also really great! It properly lets you place larger cups and automatically drops when you remove your mug so that nothing is spilled.
  • This model is also one of the most affordable models in the entire Nespresso Series. While it might not specifically be the most affordable one, it sure is really affordable and most of the people can go for it even if they are on a tight budget.

What are the Main Features of the Essenza Mini?

The Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by Breville is a well made device and aside from looks is identical to the unit made by De’Longhi.

The Mini however is a small step up in performance from the older model Inissia although it is a small step down in usability in my opinion due to it’s smaller size which I’m not a fan of.

Additionally the Essenza Mini is a little more expensive than the Inissia too although it’s still easily the entry-level model in the Nespresso line of products.

Let’s take a look at it’s main features which I’ve listed below.

  • The Essenza Mini is one of the Nespresso machines that only provide you with two brewing options to choose from: Espresso and Lungo. Both sizes however can be customized to your liking.
  • This machine also has a water tank capacity of 0.6 liters or roughly 20oz. This is the smallest tank of all Nespresso machines and it goes quickly if you brew lungo shots frequently.
  • The Essenza Mini doesn’t use the new centrifusion technology found in the Vertuo machines, instead it uses an improved 19-bar pump that operates just as fast as other models but a lot quieter!
  • This model also boasts of one more thing, Energy-saving! The Eco mode kicks in for low Energy consumption after 3 minutes and an automatic energy-saving function switches machine off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
  • Finally, while not the cheapest model available out there, this model is still one of the most affordable models that are available.

What are the Main Differences Between the Two?

Both of these models are fairly economic models. However, that does not mean that there are no differences between the two. Although these two models are admittedly more similar than they might seem at first, there are a few differences that you must take into consideration, these are:

  • The first difference is in the tank size. The Inissia has a tank size of 0.7 Liters while the Essenza has one of about 0.6 liters. This is a really minor difference and doesn’t really mean much unless you need the slightly larger (or smaller) one for something more specific.
  • The next thing to keep in mind is that the Essenza Mini uses the same 19 bar pump that the Inissia uses to provide you with the perfect flavor and aroma but it simply does it a lot quieter, roughly 10 decibels quieter.
  • Then comes to eco-mode. The Breville Essenza Mini boasts of a special eco-mode that kicks in after 3 minutes to save you some extra electricity. However, you might want to keep in mind that both the models switch off after 9 minutes.
  • The Nespresso Inissia also boasts of a special fold-able drip tray, which is one of the special things about this model. The Nespresso Essenza doesn’t provide you with this special drip tray.

Verdict: Equal. Both the models have their own ups and downs, but given the same price and the same overall features, I would say that these two models are equally nice. You might still want to judge them according to your needs and buy the one that you personally like!

How to Choose the Right Model?

Choosing the right model is something a lot of customers seem to struggle with. However, that is simply because they are just unaware of how they might be able to understand which model is the right one for them.

Having experience using them both I would tend to advise people to go for the Essenza over the Inissia though because it is a bit less loud.

The first thing to do in this regard is that you must know your own needs. Once you know your needs, you can judge every model based on that and find the one that serves all your needs in the way you desire. This is the only way to find the perfect model for yourself. As we always say, the right model for you is not the bestselling model out there but the one that serves all your needs at the most affordable price.

Gamble Bay Coffee is here for you

At the end of the day, you must know that Gamble Bay Coffee is always here for you. We here try to bring to you the perfect comparisons to help you choose the right model for yourself.

If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to us because we are here only for you! We would try out best to help you out in any way possible. Also, please do not forget to reach out to us if you think that we should add or talk about something that we might have missed! We look forward to hearing from you!

Finally, we hope you learned something new from this article and would check out our other articles. Looking forward to having you again, good day!


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James Lambert

Owner and proprietor of the Gamble Bay Coffee Company. Its my mission to teach you how to make amazing coffee at home... no barista needed other than yourself.