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Nespresso CitiZ vs Essenza Plus: Which De’longhi Espresso Machine Is Best?

    Nespresso CitiZ vs Essenza Plus

    There are plenty of coffee machines that come with bells and whistles—for some of us, it’s just too much and we want an easier option. So, for those who want all the rich flavor of a Nespresso from a stylish coffee machine and zero fuss, we have two great options to compare.

    We are going to look at the Nespresso CitiZ vs Essenza Plus. There are two versions of the Nespresso Essenza, the Mini and the Plus. We chose the Nespresso Essenza Plus as it was a fairer comparison. After discussing all of the specifications, like the coffee machine design and brewing capabilities, there will be a side-by-side for a quick overview, some pros and cons, and our final verdict.

    There are a couple of similarities between the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus. We will start with these.

    Nespresso CitiZ vs Nespresso Essenza Plus – Similarities

    Quick Glance

    The comparison chart below reviews the specifications of the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus.

    Name
    Nespresso CitiZ Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, Black
    Our Pick
    De'Longhi Nespresso Essenza Plus Espresso Machine (Black)
    Image
    Nespresso CitiZ Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, Black
    De'Longhi Nespresso Essenza Plus Espresso Machine (Black)
    Size
    5.1 x 14.6 x 10.9 inches
    4.5 x 15.63 x 10 inches
    Weight
    7.3lbs
    7.9lbs
    Color
    Black
    Black
    Pressure
    19 bar
    19 bar
    Coffee Sizes
    1.35oz espresso or 3.7oz lungo
    0.85oz ristretto, 1.35oz espresso, or 3.7oz lungo
    Capsule Compatibility
    Nespresso Original
    Nespresso Original
    Capsule Container
    9-11 capsules
    11 capsules
    Controls
    2 buttons
    3 buttons
    Water Tank
    34oz
    34oz
    Heat Up Time
    25 seconds
    N/A
    Auto Switch Off
    From 9 to 30 minutes
    9 minutes
    Drip Tray
    Removable and pop out cup tray
    N/A
    What’s Included
    Starter set of capsules and a one-year warranty
    Starter set of capsules
    Name
    Nespresso CitiZ Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, Black
    Image
    Nespresso CitiZ Original Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, Black
    Size
    5.1 x 14.6 x 10.9 inches
    Weight
    7.3lbs
    Color
    Black
    Pressure
    19 bar
    Coffee Sizes
    1.35oz espresso or 3.7oz lungo
    Capsule Compatibility
    Nespresso Original
    Capsule Container
    9-11 capsules
    Controls
    2 buttons
    Water Tank
    34oz
    Heat Up Time
    25 seconds
    Auto Switch Off
    From 9 to 30 minutes
    Drip Tray
    Removable and pop out cup tray
    What’s Included
    Starter set of capsules and a one-year warranty
    Our Pick
    Name
    De'Longhi Nespresso Essenza Plus Espresso Machine (Black)
    Image
    De'Longhi Nespresso Essenza Plus Espresso Machine (Black)
    Size
    4.5 x 15.63 x 10 inches
    Weight
    7.9lbs
    Color
    Black
    Pressure
    19 bar
    Coffee Sizes
    0.85oz ristretto, 1.35oz espresso, or 3.7oz lungo
    Capsule Compatibility
    Nespresso Original
    Capsule Container
    11 capsules
    Controls
    3 buttons
    Water Tank
    34oz
    Heat Up Time
    N/A
    Auto Switch Off
    9 minutes
    Drip Tray
    N/A
    What’s Included
    Starter set of capsules

    Pressure

    At 19 bars of pressure, the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus brew coffee quickly and efficiently.

    Capsule Compatibility

    The Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus use the Nespresso Original Capsules. There are dozens of flavors to choose from and they are organized into different categories. Options include the Limited Editions, Ispirazione Italiana, Master Origins, Espresso, World Explorations, and Barista Creations. If it’s too hard to select, pick one of the discovery packs with a selection of coffees.

    Capsule Container

    Once the coffee has been brewed, the capsules are ejected into a container. The Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus containers hold a maximum of 11 capsules.

    Water Tank

    The water tanks of the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus hold 34 ounces. They are removable for easy refilling.

    There are plenty more differences between the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus, which we will go over now.

    Differences Between Nespresso CitiZ and Nespresso Essenza Plus

    Appearance

    Both the coffee machines are black but slightly different in size.

    Nespresso CitiZ

    Nespresso CitiZ

    It measures 5.1 x 14.6 x 10.9 inches and weighs 7.3 pounds.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    At 4.5 x 15.63 x 10 inches, it’s very similar but the shape is more triangular. The weight is almost the same at 7.9 pounds.

    The Winner Is—A Tie

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    Coffee Sizes

    The Nespresso Capsules come in different sizes and the coffee machines just need a touch of a button to select the right size.

    Nespresso CitiZ comparison

    Nespresso CitiZ

    You can make a 1.35oz espresso or a 3.7oz lungo.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    As well as the espresso and lungo sizes, you can make a 0.85oz ristretto.

    The Winner Is- The Nespresso Essenza Plus

    Controls

    On top of the coffee machines, there is the level for your capsules as the control buttons.

    Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine

    Nespresso CitiZ

    There are just two buttons on top of the coffee machine and these buttons are to choose between the coffee sizes. The buttons have lights to indicate potential problems.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    The lit buttons are the same but instead of just the coffee size selectors, there is a third button for hot water, just in case you want to make tea instead of coffee—which is a feature that a lot of users love.

    The Winner Is—The Nespresso Essenza Plus


    Heat Up Time

    One of the main advantages of these coffee machines is the speed at which your coffee can be prepared. This is helped by the fast heat-up times.

    Nespresso CitiZ comparison

    Nespresso CitiZ

    It takes just 25 seconds for the coffee machine to heat up.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    There is no information on the heat-up time. We can assume it is similar because most of the Nespresso machines in the Original Line take this long.

    The Winner Is—The Nespresso CitiZ

    Auto Switch Off

    The auto switch-off feature is nice for safety and saving on energy consumption.

    Nespresso CitiZ white

    Nespresso CitiZ

    The machine will automatically switch off after 9 minutes of not being used. You can actually change this for up to 30 minutes if you prefer.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    After 9 minutes of not being used the coffee machine will switch off. There is no option to change the time on this model.

    The Winner Is—A Tie

    Drip Tray

    A quality drip tray helps to keep things clean when brewing coffee.

    Nespresso CitiZ by Delonghi

    Nespresso CitiZ

    It has a removable drip tray as well as pop-out cup support for those smaller coffee sizes.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    The drip tray can be removed for cleaning but doesn’t move up or down.

    What’s Included

    We know that as you receive your Nespresso machine, you will want to be able to start using it.

    Nespresso CitiZ

    It comes with a starter set of coffee capsules. There is a one-year warranty. Go to Nespresso’s CitiZ manual for more information.

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    A starter pack of coffee capsules is included. There is also a one-year warranty. Here’s more information about the warranty and a link to the Essenza Plus manual.

    The Winner Is- The Nespresso CitiZ

    Pros and Cons

    And finally, the pros and cons of the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus will help to highlight any further differences.

    Nespresso CitiZ

    Pros:

    • It makes lovely creamy espressos
    • Great for everyday use
    • It’s a low maintenance coffee machine

    Cons:

    • The cup vibrates a little on the pop-out cup tray

    Nespresso Essenza Plus

    • Great value for money
    • Much more versatile with the hot water button
    • The design is a quite stylish

    Cons:

    • The pressure isn’t always consistent

    The Final Verdict

    In many ways, the Nespresso CitiZ and the Nespresso Essenza Plus are similar. They take the same Nespresso Original capsules, the water tanks have the same capacity, and they are a similar size. The best coffee machine is the Nespresso Essenza Plus. Despite lacking some of the specifications, you can make an extra size coffee and the hot water button means you can make more than just coffees. On top of this, the Nespresso Essenza Plus is cheaper, so even better value for money. However, if you prefer the look of the CitiZ—and only don’t need the added features—it too is a great choice.