- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Ease of Use: 20/20
- Aesthetics: 20/20
- Taste: 19/20
- TOTAL: 97/100
First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: Not everyone is on board with single-serve coffee machines. Purists will say the coffee tastes like plastic, the masses will balk at the price of each pod and environmentally conscious consumers will frown at the potential to create waste (but more on that later).
Well, I’m here to tell you that a gurgling Keurig spitting out mediocre (and yes, plastic-tasting) coffee is no longer your only option for whipping up a strong brew at home. If you, like me, go to sleep dreaming about your first cup each morning, but don’t have the patience for pour-over or French press options, then the high-quality Nespresso VertuoPlus is for you. It gives you the café experience you crave in under three minutes and somehow simultaneously solves all the concerns above—and right now, every color and iteration of this machine you can think of (including it's more high-tech brother, the VertuoNext, which can be connected to an app and has a slimmer profile), is 30 percent off for black friday.
Not convinced it's worth the investment? Let me answer your pressing questions.