My review of the Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine by De’Longhi

Hello and welcome back to Gamble Bay Coffee, where we bring to you the right reviews to help you choose the right model for yourself! In today’s article we are going to take a look at the Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine from the De’Longhi line of products.

In case you aren’t already aware, De’Longhi is one of the leading brands when it comes to Nespresso. If you’re looking to have a Nespresso machine, you’re bound to consider De’Longhi at one point or another. While Breville is there too with awesome models such as the Breville Vertuo, De’Longhi is there too with awesome models such as the CitiZ and the Inissia!

Anyway, we’re going to guide you through all the aspects of this model- the positive as well as the negative ones, and we sincerely hope that you would be able to learn at least something new that would help you on your hunt for a new model. We are also going to discuss whether this model is worth it (or not). So, let’s get to the review without any further delay!

What are the main features of the Nespreso CitiZ?

The Nespresso CitiZ is one of the models that you are bound to love regardless of what you’re looking for. In fact, this model is by far one of those models that have become the face of the De’Longhi Nespresso makers. However, this does not mean that you should not pay any attention to the other details about it. There are quite a few things that you must know about this model if you plan to go for it at all.

The main things to consider about it might be summed up in the following points:

  • The CitiZ is one of those models that offer you with a fairly large capacity, you get a 34 ounce tank that ensures that you can serve a lot of people before having to fill it up again. This makes you free from the hassle of having to fill up the tank again before even one person is properly served! In comparison, the Nespresso Inissia from De’Longhi gives you a tank of about 24 ounces.
  • The folding drip tray accommodates larger cup sizes, and drops down automatically when you remove your mug to catch drips and that’s just perfect because that means you don’t have to go through the hassle of having to cleaning up the countertop or table after every use. Quoting amazon

Thanks to the folding cup tray the CitiZ coffee maker is also perfect for taller glass recipes. Removable capsule container, drip tray and water tank for quick and simple cleaning

  • This machine also boasts of an adjustable cup size. You can choose between two programmable Espresso and Lungo buttons and this provides you with a certain amount of flexibility, you can decide what you want to have and that’s really great.
  • Even in terms of energy efficiency, this machine does not lag behind anyone. If you leave it running and forget that you did, this machine turns itself off after about 9 minutes! Now that’s the kind of energy efficiency we all want, don’t we?
  • This machine is also available in several colors. It gives you the opportunity to select among Black, Red, Silver and White colors, and thus you can easily give your counter-top or kitchen the perfect look it wants. It often so happens that the model is available in only one color and that does not fit your kitchen, but that’s something you don’t have to worry about in case of this model because it gives you quite a few alternatives to choose from, ensuring that you can always go for the one that has just the required kind and amount of aestheticism that you’re looking for.
  • This machine has been designed while keeping solely the Nespresso Capsules in mind, and as such De’Longhi includes a welcome set with a range of Nespresso capsules with unique aroma profiles with every machine that you buy! There are sixteen capsules that you’re provided with in this welcome set (yes, 16!)
  • And finally, the thing that most people tend to overlook, the pressure of the pump. This machine has a pump pressure of 19 bars.

Related – Make sure to see my full comparison of the best Nespresso machines sold today.

What are some of the negative things you hear about it?

Of course, it seems like a great model right now. but that doesn’t mean that it’s free from its own set of flaws. And these are usually the ones that make most people turn away from a series and line of products even as great as this one. So, these are the most important things to consider or at least AMONG the most important things to consider when considering this model. So, the main limitations of this model are as follows:

  • The first complain is that the Espresso it makes is too bitter. Yes, we understand that some of you might find this espresso to be too bitter so it’s really advisable that you know your taste before going for it since some people have found this machine’s Espresso to be too bitter foer their tastes.
  • Again, this model is also held to be inadequate by a lot of people because it belongs to the Original line and hence cannot make coffee. So, if you are a coffee drinker and plan to get that out of this machine, you must look elsewhere.
  • Some people, again, do not like it because it does not come with a Milk Frother. And trust me when I say this, you do not know what some people would do to get one! So, this machine might not just be the right choice for those of you either who are looking for a milk frother to come along with it.
  • Next in line is the fact that some people have complained that this machine broke too easily. Some people have complained about their machine breaking down two months into operation, and that’s really not a good thing.
    Some people, again, have questioned the validity and utility of this machine in face of the rise in price of the capsules, and that is something that you really must consider if you’re one of those people to whom the economic aspect of every purchase is really important.
  • Finally, this machine is actually a pretty expensive models. Models from the De’Longhi, while known for their quality and functionality, are also sometimes known to be a little more expensive. While there are fairly cheap models too, this model is not exactly one of them, which puts this model away from several people. A lot of people also believe that this model is a little overpriced in the face of all the features that it offers you with.

These are the main things that people have complained about when it has come to this machine. We can easily say that these complains are found in almost every case, but still, a complain is always a complain and as your host I felt that it would be my duty to make you perfectly aware about both the positive and negative aspects of the product that you’re reading out about.

My Recommendation: Worth it!

So, after weighing the pros and the cons on the scale of my mind, I believe that this model is worth it, let me explain this based on specific points:

  • Firstly, this model is available in several colors which allows it to perfectly complement the aesthetic side of your kitchen at the same time as its proper design and functionality addresses the working side.
  • Secondly, the two options that you can choose from makes this a good choice as far as versatility is concerned as well.
    Thirdly, this model is actually dedicated to original line capsules and so it’s the perfect choice if you’re planning to use them. Just keep the price factor in mind and at the same time keep your needs in mind. Strike the right balance and it’s surely going to be great.
  • Thirdly, while this model sure is a little too expensive, this model sure is still worth it because of all the functionality and versatility that it provides you with.
  • Another thing that counts is the user review and that is really positive when it comes to this model, making it one of the models that are recommended by everyone! All these things, together, make this model worth going for.

How to choose the right model

Choosing the right model for yourself might seem like a pretty hard thing to do, and it really is. I’ve seen most of the people I know struggle with it and I was genuinely surprised at first. But I eventually realized that they just do not know where to start from, and that’s the exact reason why the face the difficulty in choosing. But don’t worry, I have the right solution for you!

The right solution is to know what you want. The soon you know what you’re looking for, things become a lot more simple. You now have to judge every model based on what you’re looking for and go for the one that serves all your needs at the price that seems the most reasonable to you. Keep in mind that the best model for you is not the model that is the bestselling in the market but the one that serves all your needs at the most reasonable price without compromising on any of the essential aspects that make a model.

The main competing products for this model

You know the market is really tight when even models as awesome as this one face stiff competition. Yes, you heard me right, even this model has really close competitors and people get really confused as to which one they should go for. But that’s all the more reason to know about them and even check them out because if this one doesn’t exactly fit your needs, one of them just might!

So, here are the main products that you might treat as its competitors in the present market:

  • Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De’Longhi: De’Longhi, one of the most loved brands out there, brings to you the Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine to cater to this love of yours for the perfect Espresso! This is naturally one of the main competitors for the Breville Essenza Mini Espresso Machine.
  • Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by Breville: This is the Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine from the Breville line of products, a line known for its unique products that provide with a really high level of functionality.
  • Nespresso Expert Espresso Machine by De’Longhi: Next is the Nespresso Expert Espresso Machine by De’Longhi, that De’Longhi claims is one of its most special and bestselling products, you just might want to check it out regardless of the fact that you might have already decided on another model, because this model doesn’t take time to change your mind!
  • Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville: And finally, the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, also from the famous Breville line of products (famous for their functionality, as I just stated) is yet another competitor for the Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine from the De’Longhi line of products.

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Brian Mounts

Head blogger, editor, and owner of "Top Off My Coffee", a website that has been educating readers about coffee brewing techniques and equipment since 2012.

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