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Nespresso Inissia vs Pixie: Subtle Differences Explained

Updated on June 12, 2015
The Nespresso Pixie machine, pictured above.
The Nespresso Pixie machine, pictured above. | Source

Introduction: Nespresso's Pixie vs the Inissia

One of the newest entry level Nespresso machines is the Inissia. You may be wondering how it's different from the Pixie, a fan favorite for Nespresso users. For one thing, why does it cost so much less?

The Inissia is a programmable machine that is extremely similar to the long-loved Pixie, but it also costs roughly half as much. If you are anything like me you would be hard-pressed to see the value in spending money on the expensive Pixie. However, after digging a bit deeper, there are a couple reasons why it's worth the extra investment.

For starters, in my kitchen, I'd be far more likely to buy the Pixie than the Inissia. However, that's because I brew a lot of cups daily. Your mileage may vary. Read on to learn more about the price differences in these two Nespresso models/machines.

Inissia vs. Pixie: Which One is Better for the Money?

The Pixie's design make 3rd party capsules far easier to use. If you own the newer Inissia, you'll find that the proprietary Nespresso capsules (pictured above) may be all that you can get to work in the machine.
The Pixie's design make 3rd party capsules far easier to use. If you own the newer Inissia, you'll find that the proprietary Nespresso capsules (pictured above) may be all that you can get to work in the machine. | Source

For a long time, the higher priced Pixie was an obvious upgrade over the Essenza. However, now that the Inissia is available, the line is less clear. For example:

  • Both units make two different pre-programmed pulls and both work essentially the same way.
  • Both units have identically sized water tanks and are similarly almost fully-automatic.

Why on earth would you spend so much more on the Pixie now that the low-end model has been upgraded so significantly? The capsules each model allows are one obvious difference.

  • Using third party capsules. The new Inissia is far more proprietary than the Pixie when it comes to using the actual espresso capsules. If you like using third party capsules, for example, then you are going to have better results using the Pixie.
  • Sticking to Nespresso branded coffee capsules. Conversely, if you want to spend as little as possible on the espresso machine then you will have to be more open to using the Nespresso branded coffee capsules in the future, which may or may not be more expensive.
  • Design features. Other differences are the small design features, which cheapen the lower end unit. The Inissia uses far more plastic in its design, and there are a few fewer bells and whistles, such as lights and styling details. In short though, none of the design differences should affect your ability to make good espresso.

Video Detail Of Inissia Compared To The Pixie

Notice in the video above the capsule insertion spot—it's smaller on the Inissia, making third party capsules less likely to fit.

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      Lauren 23 months ago

      Hey I just wanted to say great articles and that I have the Inissia. I have been successfully using third party nespresso capsules from Vittorio and other brands too in my machine as well as the official pods.