What is the difference between the Nespresso Pixie and Citiz?

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That is one of the most asked questions I get.

It makes sense as these two best nespresso machine are two of the most popular models. Today we will look at nespresso machine reviews what they have in common, and what makes them different

What They Have In Common

1.)  Capsules:  They both use the same capsule made by Nespresso.  The capsules are universal across all Nespresso Espresso Machines.

2.)  Pump Pressure:  Both machines produce 19 bars of pressure.

3.)  Coffee Volume Control:  Automatic and Programmable.  You can choose the default settings or you can stop it short or let it run a bit longer.  You have both options.

4.)  Heating Elements:  Temperature regulated thermal blocks.

5.)  Used Capsule Container:  When you are done making your espresso, the used capsule drops into a storage bin.  Both machines have about 10 capsule capacity.

6.)  Energy Saving:  Both machines have energy saving functions.  When not in used, the machines shuts off automatically.

7.)  Warranty:  Both come with a One Year warranty.  You can also purchase additional 2 or 3 year warranty from Amazon.com

What Are The Differences?

1.)  Dimension:

Pixie: 4.75 x 9.75 x 12.75 inches

Citiz: 5 x 11 x 14.5 inches

The Pixie is more compact all the way around.  The size doesn’t effect the performance, but you should take it into consideration.  Do you have enough space?  It’s especially important when you are dealing with smaller spaces like an apartment, a dorm room, your RV…etc.

2.)  Power:

Pixie: 1260 watts

Citiz:  1200 watts

They are both plenty powerful.  If you are making two cups back to back, the Pixie will be able to heat up the water a bit faster.  The difference is very minimal.

3.)  Water Tank Size:

Pixie:  24 oz

Citiz:  34 oz

The Citiz requires a bit less refilling.  The larger water thank matches the larger size of the machine.

3.)  Low Level Water Indicator:

Pixie:  Yes

Citiz:  No

The water level indicator is one of my favorite maintenance feature of the Pixie.  Since the water tanks are located in the back, sometimes it’s hard to see how much water is in it.  With the Pixie, the front of the machine glows red when the water level is low.

You don’t want to run the machine when there is no water, because it could damage the heating block, and it wastes a capsule.

Which To Choose?

As far as making espresso goes, they both will perform beautifully.  They are both getting rave reviews, and they are both built by a reputable company with quality in mind.

First, I’d look at the space available at your place.  Since this is something that will stay on the counter top all the time, you want to make sure you have plenty of room.

Secondly, how important is the size of the water tank?  I don’t mind the smaller size of the Pixie because the machine will tell me when to refill.  The Nespresso Citiz requires less refilling, but you don’t know when you are low on water.

Lastly, which to me was the least important, is the design of the machine.  Some people like the design of the Citiz better, while some people prefer the Nespresso Pixie.

As far as functionality goes, I think the Pixie has a slight advantage.  With a slightly more powerful motor, and automatic low water level alert, it takes some of that “oh darn” moment out of making an espresso.

Buying Options

This might be a tiny bit confusing, so hear me out.

The Pixie comes with either just the espresso machine, or a bundle with the separate milk steamer.  The bundle is two separate units.

The Citiz also comes with a standalone espresso machine, but it also has a combo.  Notice I didn’t say bundle, because the combo is one unit.  The espresso machine and the steamer share the same base.

You can buy the milk steamer separately, but you save about $30 to $40 if you buy them as a bundle or a combo.

I have included links to the best prices I can find.  Turns out Amazon.com is the best place to purchase Nespresso machines.  You will also receive free shipping, but I don’t know how long that will last.

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