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Nespresso Pixie VS Essenza Mini: What’s the Difference?

So, did you ever wonder what the differences were between the Nespresso Pixie and the Essenza Mini?

I did that not long ago, and when I started asking around, I found that almost no one really knew what actually set them apart other than looks!

All that people seemed to know were that both of them were pretty good models and that they both made a shot of espresso pretty quickly, but except that, people that I asked didn’t really have a clue!

What really got me going was that the Essenza Mini was significantly cheaper than the Pixie and yet nobody could say what the difference was other than the way they looked.

I decided to do some investigating and eventually owned both units (I’ve got a problem, I Know)… and now I know exactly what sets them apart!

Now, assuming you’re in the same situation I was, you don’t have to go around asking any longer because I’ve put this comparison article together for you today!

Today, we’re going to take a look at the Nespresso Pixie from the De’Longhi line of products as well as the Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso and we’re going to compare them closely to find out which one might be better for who and when.

As I’ve done elsewhere on this site I’ll say right up front that I now recommend almost everyone to opt for the Essesnza Mini which comes in two different and distinct stylings. Surely one will look good to you!

As for the Pixie it’s a great model but you are paying more for a larger unit that holds more water and spent capsules. These alone may be worth the extra money spent but if you do actually prefer a model to be made with less plastic and a durable metal body then the extra cost may be worth trading up to the higher end Pixie.

You can see current pricing for the Pixie here. It’s obviously not wildly overpriced so it may be just what you are looking for.

Now, let’s get a bit more detail oriented and look closer at both units.

What are the main features of the Nespresso Pixie from De’Longhi?

De’Longhi is one of those lines of products that have a lot of Nespresso makers available. One of the most prominent of these, that you might have come across in advertisements, is the Nespresso Pixie. In fact, most of the people think of this model when the name of this brand is mentioned. Let us take a look at the main features of this model now:

  • The Nespresso Pixie is one of those machines that provide you with the general amount of versatility that you get from the Original Line products, it provides you with the two fundamental options of Espresso and Lungo, as usual.
  • The Nespresso Pixie also assures you of the best serving without any spelling with its special folding tray, that ensures that your counter-top or tabletop would remain clean without any effort! For another model with a similar tray, you might want to check out the Nespresso Inissia from the De’Longhi line of products.
  • As you might have guessed, the Pixie is an Original line product, which means that it uses hot water and pumps it at 19 bars to prepare your espresso perfectly. However, it also does mean that your machine does not make coffees, which is a specialty of Vertuo line. Click here for the differences between the Original Line and the Vertuo Line.
  • One of the special things about this model is that it has a special empty water-level indicator that shows you when your water is empty- while this might not initially sound like much, it actually has a pretty big effect when it comes to operating the machine, and is something you might really find coming in handy if you’re someone forgetful like me!
  • Finally, this machine also comes with a milk frother, one of the things that a lot of people actually look for when they go for buying a Nespresso machine in the first place, so, if that’s what you’re looking for, the Nespresso Pixie is a great choice for you!

What are the main features of the Breville Essenza Mini?

Ahh, the Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini, that’s a product that’s worth talking about, because of how much we love using it ourselves! This is one of those models that has become a go-to model for us, for all that’s worth! This machine truly deserves being the face of the Breville Nespresso makers, because it’s a really awesome model! The main features of this model might be summed up as:

  • Being an Original Line machine, this machine also makes only Espresso and Lungo, and uses the same 19 bar pump to prepare your drink.
  • This machine actually uses the special Centrifusion technology that Breville boasts of- which assures that the flavor is perfectly extracted from your coffee, and is actually something a lot of people love. If you’re one of them, you’re sure to love this model! Another machine, for example, with the Centrifusion technology is the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville.
  • This model is also available for one of the most economic prices in comparison to the other models- as in, this model costs much less in comparison to the other Nespresso makers available out there, while still giving you more features than quite a lot of other models! So, if you’re like me, who loves to get the model that’s the most reasonable to buy in terms of finances as well, be sure to check this model out!

What are the differences between the two?

The two models, besides looking fairly different, have quite a few things that actually set them apart. Naturally, the simple fact that they are from different lines of products means that they would have some fundamental differences in design and technology, but some of the actually important differences, that actually make a change, might be summed up as follows:

  • The Pixie boasts of a special folding drip collector, something that the Essenza isn’t able to provide you with. This tray ensures that you would be able to keep your tabletop clean, and so if you’re one of those people loving cleanliness, this is something that you might want to consider.
  • The Pixie actually comes with an empty water level indicator that shows you when the water tank is empty. This is something really handy and something that I really love. However, the Essenza, despite being a really good model, is not able to provide you with this feature, and that actually makes a difference.
  • The Essenza, on the other hand, can provide you with the Centrifusion technology that assures a good extraction of flavor and taste, to ensure the perfect drink! This, is something that the Pixie cannot compete with- and as such, this is one point in favor of the Essenza.
  • Another point in favor of the Essenza is the really important factor of pricing, the Essenza is actually one of the most affordable models among the Nespresso makers, making it one of the most loved models! The Pixie, on the other hand, is a model that actually has a pretty high price, and this is another fact that you simply must consider when buying a model!

Which one should I go for?

Honestly, both the models have their own advantages, and both of them seem to have pretty equal and distinct advantages. Both the models are really awesome, and you might just go for any of them. However, the best choice would naturally depend on your exact needs!

Please keep in mind that the best model out there or the most selling one out there is not necessarily the best one for you, the best one for you is the one that serves all your needs at the most affordable price.

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