December 16, 2011

Nespresso The Citiz vs. The Pixie - Which is Better?


Nespresso has two very good espresso brewers that are similar in style and purpose, which has a lot of people asking Which is better, Nespresso Citiz or Nespresso Pixie? I think the answer might be both, but let's take a look why.

Nespresso Citiz


The Nespresso Citiz was influenced by the tall and slender sky scrapers in the city landscape and was introduced in 2009 offering a new take on compact and effortless espresso brewing. It came in a handful of colors, and with a relatively small footprint, took over as my favorite Nespresso machine very quickly.

The tank is 1 liter, and the empty capsule bin holds about 10 capsules, giving you ample periods of time between any "maintenance". The Citiz also features automatic brewing - push the button once to start and it automatically shuts off when the Espresso or Lungo is brewed. These brew volumes are user changeable.

The Citiz also shuts off after several minutes when not used. No more is the machine on all day when you forget that it was on after you left for work.

Nespresso Pixie

The Nespresso Pixie is, in my opinion a refinement of the Citiz, further pushing the engineering limits to get the most minimalistic espresso machine that meets consumer needs for convenient, excellent espresso. The reservoir is downsized, and seemingly so is the spent capsule storage - meaning that you can go through almost 10 espressos before emptying the capsules or adding water. Still OK in my mind.

The dimensions of the Pixie are smaller in a meaningful way. while the Citiz was small width-wise, it is a deep machine. The Pixie is not, and measures a little shorter and a little less deep.

The Pixie offers two innovations that I appreciate: 1) Low Water Alerts - when the reservoir is low, the "aura" of the Pixie's water reservoir glows red so that you can add more water before you run the thing dry, and 2) features that I will call energy-smarter. These energy-smarter features allow the Pixie to heat up in only about 30 seconds, which is almost nothing, allowing me to hit "On", get a capsule, get a cup and only have about 10 seconds to wait before the thing is ready. The speed makes warming up a non-event. It is shorter than the Nespresso Citiz, which I already thought was fast. The second feature in the energy-smarter set is that the Pixie can shut down after only 9 minutes of non-use, saving power; the catch is that since it takes no time to heat back up, you don't mind coming back for a second shot to heat it back up again.

Jumping back to the Low Water alert feature, this is important because running these pumps dry isn't good for the pump and it takes a while to re-prime the pump. So the warning lights allow you to avoid headaches or re-priming the machine.

Light turns from White (l) to Red (r) when the water is low.

Pixie vs Citiz for Espresso: Winner Pixie
With the low water, and energy innovations, a smaller countertop footprint and a lower price overall, the Pixie is a clear winner in my mind. If you want a great espresso brewer, the Pixie has more features and a smaller footprint. But wait, there's always more.


Citiz plus milk - While an afterthought type of design, the Citiz plus milk is a full counter top based espresso and frothing set-up that allows you to make lattes and cappuccinos in one place. This is a nice touch, and I can see how may would like this type of all in one approach. I will point out that you can always add the Aeroccino to a Pixie and just store it next to the Pixie for use yourself, mimicing the functionality just not the look. So if you like the capability and the look of the citiz plus Milk - the winner is the Citiz. see - the answer really can be both.

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Posted by Scott Martin at December 16, 2011 7:37 AM
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