Breville vs DeLonghi Nespresso Pixie Espresso makers
The Nespresso Pixie is a nice little pod based machine. It has a metallic body, it is small and compact, inexpensive (at least the machine is) and brews very good espresso. So why are there Pixies from for Breville and DeLonghi and which should you buy?
Spoiler…it is the same machine. Nespresso is not a manufacturer like Breville, or DeLonghi. It owns the technology and brand name and outsourced manufacturing to Eugster/Frismag. Eugster/Frismag is a Swiss company and one of the world’s largest coffee-machine manufacturers.
So, the Pixie is built by Eugster/Frismag and marketed under both the Breville, and DeLonghi. They do have different warranties and they are available in different places. We included links to both but found that DeLonghi is selling the Pixie cheaper.
Breville-Nespresso Pixie BEC420TTN1AUC1
Nespresso by De’Longhi EN125S Pixie
Since the machines are identical you should buy the Delonghi. We have seen it cheaper online and this milk carafe bundle is the best deal we have found.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Pod Espresso Maker
If you are set on a pod system then the Pixie is an excellent choice. But you are giving up a lot, and spending more than other options.
If you can, give up going to your local coffee shop every day. As we have said, calculate the daily cost of a Starbucks cappuccino and you will be shocked what you will spend over a couple of years. Multiply it by 20 years and you may never go to a Starbucks again.
A Nespresso Pod is maybe $.70 to $1.00 a drink so call that $250-$365 a year. A double espresso from a really premium gourmet coffee brand is maybe $.50 to $.65.
The common argument is that espresso makers are complicated and messy. That is true of the manual types. A super automatic espresso machine grinds your beans. brews your espresso, froths your milk and stores everything in easy to empty bins. And it can make drinks that ate better than your barista with very little more work than a pod system. These system vary wildly from $500 to $6000 or more but will last a decade or longer and you never have to wait in line again.