We’ve been on somewhat of a Nespresso streak lately. Having recently reviewed the Nespresso Inissia, we wanted to give other Nespresso makers a try. We were left impressed with the brew quality and convenience of the Inissia, but thought the grey color was a bit boring. So we decided to try a flashy red Nespresso machine– the Nespresso Pixie.
Although we weren’t able to give the machine as thorough of a test as we wanted due to extenuating circumstances (explained later on), we were pleased with what we saw. Here’s our review.
Nespresso Pixie Review: Introduction & Specifications
This particular Nespresso Pixie model is manufactured by DeLonghi. The machine is widely available in Europe, which is where I purchased it. Delonghi advertises it in the United States as the EN125.
I really liked some of the advertised design features, including an illuminated front holder for used capsules (pictured) and a flashy red aluminum exterior. The machine is also available in grey, but the flashy “brick red” is really what attracted me about this machine. My kitchen is otherwise grey and uninspiring– I wanted a red Nespresso machine to spice things up.
Here are some other specifications:
- Brews both espresso and lungo coffee
- Aluminum exterior and chrome-finish drip tray
- LED water level indicator
- Preheats in 30 seconds
- Removable water reservoir holds 24 oz / 0.7L
- Capable of 19-bars of pressure
- Price: Approximately 100 EUR in Europe and $200 in the United States
You’ll notice that the performance specifications are identical to other Nespresso models, including the Inissia and Citiz. All Nespresso makers brew at 19 bars. The advantage of the Pixie is improved design and hopefully more durable parts due to the use of better quality materials.
Like other models, the Pixie also ships with a sample pack of Nespresso capsules. This is where we ran into issues.
Testing the Nespresso Pixie Machine
Normally when we test a coffee machine, we first examine the design, evaluate day-to-day use (especially usability), and then do at least one brew test. I was traveling when I ordered the Pixie and expected to use the 16-capsule sample pack for my tests. Unfortunately, the machine arrived without the sample pack. So we weren’t able to review brew quality.
With this in mind the Nespresso Pixie is nearly identical to other models. Just fill up the water tank in the back, pull the lever on the front to add a capsule, pull it down, and press the espresso or lungo button to brew fresh coffee in less than a minute.
Nespresso is very strict about the design specifications of its machines, and as we noted earlier, the Pixie boasts the same 19-bar pressure rating as other models. So I would expect the Pixie to pull espresso shots just as well as any other Nespresso maker.
What should you expect? In general, Nespresso machines do a good job for an automatic espresso machine. The capsules have a bit of a bitter edge but also some smoothness. I like the convenience the pods offer, and it’s fun to try different varieties on a regular basis. The Pixie won’t replace a $2,000 super machine. It is a great choice if you want a decent shot of espresso without worrying about grinding, pulling, and cleaning.
Design-wise, I fell in love with this unit. The textured red exterior is gorgeous to look at. Although the Pixie is made mostly of plastic, the aluminum panels give it a much more sturdy appearance. The chrome drip tray and capsule disposal box add a flashy touch. The level on top is also made of metal instead of plastic– this gives it a heavier weight makes it very satisfying to pull up and down.
I fell in love with the red color and am glad I chose it over grey.
Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: Which is better?
The Inissia is Nespresso’s entry-level machine for the American market. The Pixie is a mid-range unit designed for the European market, though it’s also available in the United States. Both brew espresso equally well. The machines are a similar size and hold the same amount of water.
The main difference is in design. The Pixie has a more sophisticated look and feel. The Inissia’s design is also quite pleasant, but it looks like the budget machine it is intended to be. Choose the Pixie if you want to add a touch of luxury to your kitchen. In terms of features, there is no benefit to choosing one over the other.
Nespresso Citiz vs Pixie: Two high-end machines
The Citiz is a high-end Nespresso machine with a similar price tag. It looks like Nespresso built this model with the American market in mind. It has a larger capsule disposal box and the water tank holds more water, making it more suitable for offices (we have one at my company, Cosmo) and larger families. It’s slightly larger in size as well.
Unlike the Pixie and Inissia, the Citiz does not have a lever. Just insert a capsule and you are done. The Citiz also has a longer cord (3.6 feet long instead of 2.6 feet).
Another Option: The Nespresso Pixie Bundle with Aeroccino
A special Nespresso Pixie bundle with an Aeroccino milk frother is also available. I recommend the upgrade if you want to make lattes, cappuccinos and other milk-based drinks. The Pixie does not include a steam wand or other accessories.
Note that this package comes with the older Aeroccino 3 and not the newer Aeroccino 4. This should not make a difference as both milk frothers are essentially the same.
Why we love this red Nespresso machine
Not having extra Nespresso capsules and a time crunch left us running with our tail between our legs– how could we review an espresso machine without actually testing it? So we decided to focus on the design aspects of the Pixie and its beautiful red finish.
Given how often a coffee machine is used and how long it lasts, investing in good design is important.
We’re not able to review the brew quality or performance of this machine, and have rated it on only one category: design. Here it gets a 10 / 10.
We love the aesthetics of the Pixie and hope to try it with new capsules soon.
For some reason our test model did not arrive with capsules, and we were unable to test the brew quality and overall performance of the Pixie. We love the way this red Nespresso machine looks, though, and give its design a 10/10.