Nespresso machines are a common household name these days, as the convenience of making a delicious brew from a pod has become widely popular. Not to be confused with the Keurig, although the two have many similar qualities, Nespresso machines come in a variety of models.
If you’re trying to decide between two popular Nespresso machines, the Pixie and the Citiz, you’ll need a good idea of their similarities and differences in order to make the right choice. Different features work better for different people.
If you’re looking for a machine to brew a lot of coffee on the daily, choosing the Pixie would not be the most efficient decision because it can only pack 24 ounces of water at a time. That goes fast when you have a lot of people drinking, or even if you just want more than a couple of cups at breakfast.
For someone who just wants to make a delicious cup of coffee, without the hassle of figuring out the perfect steps for brewing, a Citiz machine is probably not worth the extra additional cost for the extra features.
We will be examining the features of each of these machines and comparing their functions for this article, in order to help anyone who may be struggling to choose the perfect machine for their needs.
Let’s begin with the Nespresso Pixie.
Main Features of the Nespresso Pixie
This machine offers both espresso and lungo, so you can switch up the way you take your coffee. Lungo means more water is added to the espresso shots to create a more coffee-like drink rather than just espresso shots.
It comes with a milk frother as well, which is a big plus for anyone looking to get more creative with their espresso. Learning to properly steam milk for a latte or cappuccino can be a challenge, but it is fun to be able to practice in the comfort of your own home.
The machine itself is built very efficiently, and with making your life easier in mind. The machine heats up in just 25 seconds, which means less energy used to get your coffee going. It also shuts itself off automatically after nine minutes, which is great for anyone who may deal with weekly sinking panic at the office when you realize you can’t remember if you turned off the coffee maker.
The automatic shut off is also a nice function because if you leave the machine on for another person in the house to potentially make a cup after you, they won’t have to turn the machine back on immediately after you’ve shut it off. If nobody comes through to make another cup, the machine will turn off and you won’t need to do anything more.
The Pixie makes the whole process of using the machine as efficient as possible, with a light that alerts you when the 24-ounce tray needs more water. This is a big plus for me, as I often fail to check all the components before diving in to make my drink.
Switching between espresso and lungo is easy, as they each have just one button that corresponds with the desired drink. You won’t need to worry about how much water you’ve added, or how much espresso, as the machine will pull as much water as needed, and has the right amount of grounds in the pods.
The typical price fluctuates, so be sure to keep your eye on the product listing for the most accurate pricing.
Main Features of the Nespresso Citiz
While similar in a lot of ways to the Pixie, the Citiz has some key main features that vary from the Pixie.
The water tank is larger, making this a good choice for someone who plans to make a lot of espresso with their machine. The chamber holds 34 ounces, compared to the 24 ounces in the Pixie, which helps cut down the amount of time needed in between refilling the water.
Along with the larger water tank, this machine also offers an adjustable cup size, giving you more freedom to brew the exact amount you’d like. The drip tray is removable, so you can put larger cups or travel mugs underneath the machine and take them on the go faster.
If you tend to come back often between uses, it may not be ideal to use a machine that automatically turns off after nine minutes. A cool feature about the Citiz machine is that you can extend the automatic shut off time to from nine minutes all the way up to 30 minutes.
It’s great to have a machine turn off shortly after inactivity, but it can be just as wasteful to make the machine warm back up again shortly after turning it off, so this is a great feature for someone who makes a lot of espresso throughout the day. It would also be the better choice for placement in a lobby or room where people come and go and make coffee as they please.
Like the Pixie, the Citiz comes with a milk frother, which can make your espresso-making experiences more creative and smooth.
Again, prices tend to fluctuate, so if you want an accurate idea of how much a Citiz machine will cost, check out the product listing.
The Main Differences
While both Nespresso machines have similar features, and the ability to make a delicious espresso, there are some key differences between the two.
The Pixie has a water tank that holds 24 ounces, and the Citiz holds 34 ounces. This ten ounce difference can really affect the number of times you end up needing to refill the machine, so the bigger option may be best for someone who makes a lot of espresso at a given time.
The Citiz offers more flexibility, as the cup size is adjustable and the drip tray is removable, allowing you to put a larger thermos or cup beneath it.
You can also extend the automatic shutoff for the Citiz machine, moving it from nine minutes to 30 if necessary. This is convenient for anyone who comes back and uses their machine often, or in a lobby or place where many people are coming in and out and making espresso.
As far as looks go, they both are rather sleek and sophisticated, with the Pixie being a little shorter and wider than the Citiz. The Pixie also has silver walls on the side, whereas the Citiz is all black with a few silver edges.
Prices vary, but on most listings I found, the Pixie was just a bit less expensive than the Citiz. With the extra functions the Citiz can offer, the additional cost is probably worth it for anyone whose coffee-making needs would be fulfilled by the machine.
Adding a Nespresso machine can add a whole lot of convenience and the bold great taste of espresso to your life. Never having to measure the correct amount of beans or water again can save time and energy for those who’d rather not be bothered by it. If you’re like me and struggle to make espresso that tastes right, having all the steps laid out for you can be a huge help.
Not all machines are created equally though, so it’s important to look at all the main features of each machine before you buy one. Some features may be the biggest selling point, and others may be major drawbacks for your specific lifestyle.
If you’re someone who just makes a cup or two a day, you might find yourself choosing the machine with a smaller capacity. This is especially good if you are on the go, because you can brew a quick cup of espresso and head out the door, knowing the machine will automatically shut off in the next nine minutes.
The Pixie would not be a great choice for a household or common area that gets a lot of use, because the water would need to be refilled more often and the machine would turn off frequently.
Instead, the Citiz would be a better choice as it holds more coffee, and can stay on for longer amounts of time. The adjustable drip tray means many more cups and travel mugs can sit under the machine and be filled directly from the machine.
I prefer the Pixie, as I am the only one who consumes coffee in my house. I often wake up in a rush and need to get going, so I can easily stick a pod in the machine, brew a cup, and be out the door in a few minutes, without having to worry about if I shut off the machine or not.
There are so many different ways to brew coffee that it can be hard to keep up and know what to buy next. It all comes down to your personal needs, and what suits your lifestyle and aesthetics the best.
If you’ve got your mind set on a Nespresso machine, this article should help you narrow down what you really want out of your coffee maker.
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