DeLonghi’s Nespresso Pixie EN125S Review
The Nespresso Pixie by De’Longhi is a great machine but you may have read our Breville Nespresso Pixie review and be confused.
In short, as we wrote in our 2020 Nespresso Pixie guide, they are the same machine. Although Breville and DeLonghi are both appliance manufacturers, neither one builds the Nespresso Pixie. Nespresso owns the name and technology, outsources manufacturing to a large Swiss manufacturer named Eugster/Frismag and then Breville and DeLonghi put their names on it, distribute, sell and service them.
Nespresso Pixie Pricing
They are usually priced similarly but lately the Nespresso Pixie by De’Longhi has been available cheaper and we found this great bundle for about $40 less than the Breville labeled Pixie.
Costs of Nespresso Pods
We assume you drink at least one espresso or milk based espresso drink a day.
As we detailed in our Breville Nespresso Pixie review, any home drink is cheaper than ordering out. The difference in just a year can be a savings of $1000 or more.
However, pod systems like the Nespresso Pixie will always cost at least 2x as much as buying your own coffee of grounds. And you have much less coffee to choose from.
- 19-bar high pressure pump
- Simple to use, no cleanup
- Easy to maintain
- Should last a few years
- 24 ounce tank
- Holds 10 spent pods
- Nespresso Pods are $.70 to $1.00 per drink
To us, exploring the world of coffee shares some of the fun of exploring whisky, cigars, oysters, chocolate or wine. With all of these there are rich histories and the geography and the way you pair them with other things really adds to the enjoyment.
We have sort of a love-hate relationship with pod systems. We liked the Keurig K70 and the inexpensive CHULUX coffee maker for very different reasons. If you don’t mind the cost of the pods, a Nespresso Creatista or one of the other well rated machines in our Nespresso vs Keurig comparisons are worth looking at.
The Breville vs Delonghi debate is a long one. De’Longhi has often edged out in our tests when there is a real difference. That is not the case with the Nespresso Pixie. Breville appliances are solid and Breville coffee makers are very good. If you just do not care about that and want a consistent, good quality espresso then the Nespresso Pixie is a great choice. If you want milk based drinks that are as good or better than a barista then you are not going to get it with any pod machine. Over the long run, between the cost of pods and having to replace a machine more often than a top super automatic espresso machine, it isn’t really clear that a pod machine will save you any money and probably will cost more.