Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother Review

The Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother is currently available as a used item from a few sellers via Amazon. We originally wrote this review when it was a regular item featured on Amazon, and we have decided to leave it on this site as it may be of use to some.

This espresso maker has been described as a perfect combination, and by Nespresso themselves as "the ultimate machine in modularity, simplicity, and purity."

That sounds pretty lofty, and it is quite unusual to find two distinct products being sold as a duo. But Nespresso must have their reasons for it, and they certainly stand by their decision. So let's take a look at this product pair and see if it's worthy of the praise.

Nespresso U D50
Table of Contents
Easy To Use Combo Pre-Set Cup Sizes
How Long To Wait? The All-Important Flavor
Running Costs And The Cleaning...?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons  
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Nespresso U D50 - An Easy To Use Combo

The Nespresso U D50 has been designed for ease of use. Essentially, you just press a button to make your selection, place the pod in place, and the machine, with its 19 bar pump pressure, will pierce the pod, brew the coffee and eject the used capsule into the capsule dispenser at the end. It couldn't get much simpler.

The Aeroccino milk frother, too, has a rapid, one-touch system that puts it into action preparing hot or cold froths, with or without foam. It heats the milk to around 130 degrees - not quite as hot as the coffee shop, but hot enough for nearly all home espresso drinkers.

There are two levels of froth - latte, and cappuccino - or the froth setting can be turned off. It can froth the milk while warming it, or leave it cold. It does work best with regular milk but can also take almond milk, which, naturally, won't be quite so frothy.

You can customize how the espresso maker looks. The water tank at the back, which can hold a decent 27 fluid ounces, can be rotated 180 degrees around the machine.

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Pre-Set Cup Sizes Can Be Changed

The pre-set cup sizes accord to the standard Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo but if these aren't to your liking you can change them and the U D50 will remember your new settings. You simply press the appropriate cup size buttons while using the slider at the same time.

Nespresso U D50
Nespresso U D50

How Long Do You Have To Wait?

Delicious coffee, even from a capsule, can't be delivered instantly, of course. But this coffee maker comes pretty close. It heats up ready for use in around one to one and a half minutes. Each espresso then takes around 20 seconds.

As we've just noted, the milk frother has variable settings as to frothing and heating, so that affects the speed of delivery, but hot frothed milk generally takes around a minute, depending on its original temperature.

The All-Important Flavor

Flavor, as we all know, depends on a number of things. A clean coffee maker with no left-over grinds, fresh filtered water, and fresh, quality coffee grinds. The first two are down to us, but as far as the coffee is concerned, Nespresso choose only Grand's Cruz green coffees for their capsules, to ensure you get close to coffee shop standards.

And with seventeen varieties to choose from, as well as three cup sizes for strength adjustment, you won't have much of a problem in finding a flavor to suit your palate.

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What About The Running Costs?

The Nespresso U D50 was designed to use Nespresso coffee capsules only. Probably the most convenient place to purchase them is at Nespresso's website, where you buy in batches of 50 and the price works out at about 60c a pod. Depending on your taste, you may find that you need two pods for each cup.

You have seventeen varieties to choose from and you receive a sample of each with your new machine. While it's possible to buy reusable filters and grind your own beans, that doesn't work out much cheaper, if at all, and the flavor is certainly inferior to that of the Nespresso pods.

Electricity consumption is normal for this kind of device, and the espresso maker has an auto off setting set for 9 minutes of non-use.

And The Cleaning . . ?

Keeping your Nespresso U D50 clean is easy. After each brew, the pod is automatically released into the capsule dispenser. A light indicates when the water tank is empty or the capsule dispenser is full.

Then you just empty the pod dispensing bin (which holds up to 12 used capsules), rinse the drip tray, and refresh the water if necessary. With the Aeroccino milk frother, you just rinse the inside of it after each use and make sure you don't get the base wet.

Some coffee makers have a nasty habit of the spout dripping after each brew and eventually filling the drip tray, but the U D50 has a retracting outlet, so that problem is avoided.

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Check out this short video showing an expert using the Nespresso U D50 to make a delicious espresso:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.5 x 9.8 inches ; 6.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 pounds
  • Item model number: A+D50-US-BK-NE
  • Water tank: 27 ounces
  • Cup sizes: 3 - Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo
  • Uses Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • 19 bar pump pressure
  • One touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth
  • Light indicator warning for empty tank or full capsule dispenser
  • Capsule dispenser holds 12 used capsules
  • Auto off: 9 minutes
Nespresso U D50 Milk Frother
Nespresso U D50 Milk Frother

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Stylish and sleek
  • Very easy to use
  • Fast brewing and milk frothing
  • Great tasting coffee
  • Easy cleaning

Cons:

  • You're restricted to Nespresso coffee capsules - a little pricey
  • Milk frother heats to 130 degrees, less than at the coffee shop
Nespresso U D50 - Aerial View
Nespresso U D50 - Aerial View

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Consumer Ratings

The vast majority of reviewers of Amazon give the U D50 the full five stars. The average rating is about mid-way between four stars and five from over 280 reviewers, at the time of writing.

What users like most about this combo is the excellent tasting coffee it produces, and how easy it is to use. Its speed and sheer good looks also count for a great deal.

Some have mentioned that the pods are rather expensive. However, most users seem happy about that aspect, and you have to bear in mind that you're paying for great tasting coffee with every brew.

Overall, it's appreciated as delivering a great espresso every time, with little to no mess to clear up afterward.

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Summary

Nespresso made this espresso maker and milk frother to be compact and simple to use. But it also had to produce coffee that its users would love, and, judging from most of the reviews, they do. That's the Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother for you.

Nespresso U D50
Nespresso U D50

 

 

 

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A Review of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker (C60 and D60)

The C60 and D60 versions of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker are basically the same machine. The only differences are cosmetic. The C60 has ribs on the side and has a round, fat spout. The D60 has no ribs and has a thin, tubular spout. The colors are different. The C60 comes in a choice of titan or brown, whereas you can have the D60 in blue, green, aluminum, silver or various shades of red.

What we'll do in this review is to treat them as one product, which, apart from the above differences, they are.

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso C60
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso D60
Table of Contents
Capabilities Control + Ease of Use
How Fast? Easy to Clean?
How Does It Taste? Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker - Big Capabilities In A Small Package

One of the most surprising things about the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 and D60 is how small it is. It's only just over nine inches tall, with a length of less than 13 inches and width of just 4.33 inches.

But what it lacks in size it makes up for in style and performance. Nespresso have hidden the water reservoir round the back of it, leaving the handle and front piece as the main visible features. They've cleverly hidden the drip tray inside the machine, with a funnel directing spills into it from underneath the cup ledge.

Complete Control With Ease Of Use

The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 / D60 is about as user friendly as it's possible to get. It's a single serve machine and caters for almost any sized cup or mug. You can control how much water you want it to dispense and how strong you want your drink, so you get a consistent cup of coffee every time. But you can also vary any single serving by holding down one of the buttons on the back, for example to make a lungo (or larger drink with more water).

Backlights on the controls indicate what stage has been reached in the brew cycle, and it's easy to detect the water level in the reservoir. There's a container inside the machine into which used capsules drop automatically, and there's even a little storage space to keep the power cord when not in use.

To top it all, you have auto shut-off in case you forget to switch off before retiring for the night or going out.

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But How Fast Is It?

If it's speed you're after you won't be disappointed. The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 / D60 can hold its own against much larger and more powerful-looking coffee makers. Each brew is ready in 25 to 30 seconds. Incredibly fast. Catering for a large family or guests shouldn't present too much of a problem as the water reservoir holds 24 ounces.

And Can It Be Cleaned Easily?

Nespresso supply a cleaning kit with full instructions, so cleaning is straightforward, and actually easier than with most coffee makers. You simply run it without putting any pods in. You can remove and rinse the folding drip tray very easily, and that will be the bulk of the cleaning required for the C60 / D60.

Nothing beats, though, actually getting inside the machine (as far as you can) with the cleaning kit, and Nespresso recommend that you do this periodically to keep your espresso maker in top condition.

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What Does The Coffee Taste Like?

It's hard to find anyone with anything but praise for the sheer good taste of the coffee this espresso maker produces. It comes with a set of pods so you can select your favorites before ordering more. They average around 65c each, but there's a large choice and you can get the best deals online. If you're environmentally concerned then you can easily re-cycle them.

Watch this video to see the Nespresso D60 in action:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.3 x 9.2 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Item model numbers: C60-US-TI-NE and D60-US-AL-NE
  • Water reservoir: 24 oz
  • Drip tray: folding and removable
  • Auto shut-off
  • Uses Nespresso pods

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Small and compact, fits in any kitchen
  • Brews exceptionally fast - 25-30 seconds
  • Uses Nespresso pods, so no mess
  • Complete control over cup size and strength of brew
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Pods aren't cheap - around 65c but possibly cheaper online
  • A little noisy, but only for a few seconds per brew

Consumer Ratings

The C60 has nearly 600 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing and scores an average of over 4.5 stars. The D60 has around 130 reviews and scores a little lower. As you'd expect, there's nothing much between them in the figures, and the reviews themselves largely say the same things, being mainly praise for how versatile and reliable they are.

These models haven't suited everyone, of course (it would be rather surprising if they did) but negative comments are largely down to individual taste. One or two have mentioned the noise, but others describe these products as "whisper quiet", and what noise there is only lasts a few seconds anyway.

It's safe to say that most users are delighted with their Nespresso C60 or D60.

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Summary

Whether you opt for the ribbed C60 with its round, fat spout, or the D60, without ribs and with its thin spout, you're bound to be pleased with your purchase. The Nespresso C60 / D60 Pixie Espresso Maker represents good value for money and is backed by Nespresso's formidable reputation for producing high quality espresso makers.

Click here to buy the Nespresso C60.

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Milk Frothers – Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System vs Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker

The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother are both popular milk frothers. Find out now which is best for you.

First off, lets have the Features and Specifications:

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System

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Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System - Click image for more details
  • Consistently froths any type of fresh milk to make
    hot or cold espresso based beverages
  • Brews authentic espresso in under a minute using
    freshly sealed packs
  • At the touch of a button simplicity
  • Three frothing modes: Cappuccino, Latte, and Cold Froth
  • Two Espresso sizes – short (1.4oz.) or lungo (2.8oz.)
  • Dishwasher safe parts for easy cleanup
  • UL Listed: Household use only
  • Power: 1,000 Watts
  • Dimensions: 11 3/8"H x 10 3/4"W x 11 3/8"D
  • Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
  • Weight: 17 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 22 pounds
  • Single Cup Brewer Model Series: Rivo™
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Real Milk Froth Multi-Frothing Modes
Ensuring It's Hot Enough Freedom of Choice
Pros and Cons of each Consumer Ratings
Summary

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Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

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Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker - Click image for more details
  • Easy insertion and ejection of capsules
  • Holds 10 used capsules
  • Removable 34-ounce water tank
  • For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • Integrated aeroccino milk frother
  • Rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and Iced Cappuccino
  • Compact brewing unit technology
  • Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
  • 19 Bar high pressure pump
  • Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
  • Automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo)
  • Pivoting cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 9.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds

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Both the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother are in the mid to high price bracket for milk frothers; (the Keurig is currently discounted on Amazon to less than $125) and both products promise a wide choice of great tasting brews, and ease of use and cleaning, among other things.

Both manufacturers are well placed to bring their specialist expertise to bear on high quality coffee - Nespresso is well known for its own coffee products and Keurig for its partnership with Lavazza coffee, which is highly regarded among coffee connoisseurs.

So if these coffee makers are in your price range, which would be the best choice?

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Milk Frothers Make Real Milk Froth

There are cheaper coffee makers than these that can produce delicious coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and even iced coffee in many cases, but when you pay more, as with these two products, then the world of real frothed milk, free from the constraints of K-Cups, opens up before you. This is where you can produce brews that are as good as, or even better than, your local coffee shop.

Both of these machines excel at producing great tasting brews embellished with milk froths that can be easily varied according to your own taste. They take any kind of fresh milk, including soy and almond, and can produce either hot or cold beverages in as little as one minute.

Multi-Frothing Modes

The Keurig Rivo (Italian for 'revolutionary') offers three frothing modes - Cappuccino and Latte (as you'd expect from the name) and cold froth, while the Nespresso also gives us Macchiato (which you can actually get with the Keurig as well). So there's plenty of choice with both models.

Most users of the Keurig agree that their milk frothers are superb, but there is sometimes difficulty in getting the amount of froth right. You have to experiment with different levels and remember that if you want more froth then you have to allow more space for it in the cup.

What about the temperature of the milk? This has been a point of contention with some users of both milk frothers. The Nespresso delivers the milk at a temperature of 150 degrees, which many users like as it's "immediately drinkable". Others, though, think it ought to be hotter and that it makes for a cooling effect on the brew itself.

Ensuring Your Coffee is Hot Enough

The trouble is that if the milk is heated up too much there is a risk of it becoming scalded and that would spoil the taste of your brew.

Of course, you can heat your coffee in the microwave for a few seconds as soon as it's been poured out, but this risks overheating the milk - something your coffee maker has avoided. Heating your cup before it's filled with your brew is probably better. Just put some water in it, put it in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds, and empty the water before replacing it in your coffee machine. After all, coffee houses make sure their cups are warm before the coffee is poured in. Why expect comparable results from cold cups?

Do these two coffee makers measure up to the likes of Mr Coffee and Starbucks in terms of taste? If you're a seasoned coffee taster then you may be able to tell the difference, but to most of us, it would be extremely difficult. And the good thing about these machines is that they are both very consistent in producing great coffee.

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Freedom of Choice - Or Nearly

If you are going to want to change your supplier of coffee pods from time to time then neither of these coffee makers will suit you. But then is it such a disadvantage to be restricted to one supplier?

Well, many of us would be wary about being forced to pay higher than market prices for our coffee capsules from a supplier with a monopoly on our machine, and this issue has been raised in the reviews of both milk frothers.

The Keurig Rivo only accepts pods from Lavazza and the Nespresso, as you'd expect, only takes its own make. But neither company seems to be extortionate. If you're planning to buy the Keurig, then you'll be getting a "starter pack" of 12 pods in four varieties, so you can decide which you prefer before buying whole packets.

Also, make sure you join their club so you can purchase your pods at very favorable prices online, and watch out for promotions when you can bag yourself a bargain. Order well in advance, though, as shipping is slow.

With the Nespresso D121, at around 60 cents a capsule it will be more expensive than using your own grinds but cheaper than Starbucks. And you'll still have a wide choice. There are sixteen varieties in a range of strengths and flavors, including three decafs. You can purchase on Nespresso's web site, which is much cheaper than at the drugstore, or shop for refillable pods (that don't melt in the machine) on eBay.

And it's worth remembering that, though tied to a single supplier of pods, you'll be drinking coffee that is of a consistently good taste.

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Keurig Rivo Pros and Cons

Pros: 3 frothing modes and 2 espresso sizes; simple to use; great tasting brews and milk froths.

Cons: For hotter brews you may need to heat your mug first.

Nespresso D-121 Pros and Cons

Pros: Huge 34-ounce water reservoir; holds 10 used capsules; fast; programmable; auto power off; great tasting brews and milk froths.

Cons: Milk frother doesn't heat milk enough for some. As with the Keurig, you may need to heat your mugs first.

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Customer Ratings

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System

This product scores an average of a little less than 4 stars from over 850 reviewers on Amazon at the time of writing, and over 55 per cent of them give a full 5 stars.

What people love most about the Keurig Rivo is how it produces great froths very quickly without making any mess to speak of. It's easy to use and easy to clean. You just rinse the milk pitcher and frothing stem under hot running water.

There have been a few concerns about the plastic frothing cup showing stress cracks or clouding up. If this were to happen to you then check the warranty as you may need to replace it. If it is made in China then you may want to use a US or European made cup instead, which will have been subject to stricter quality control.

Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

On Amazon at the time of writing, the Nespresso scores well over 4 stars from over 330 reviews, well over two-thirds of them being of 5 stars. So the two milk frothers do have some disparity in terms of ratings.

The sheer good taste of all the various types of coffee it produces is the Nespresso's strong point in the reviews on Amazon. One or two users have mentioned the noise when frothing, but this appears to be a minor issue.

And, like the Keurig Rivo, some say the milk frother doesn't heat the milk sufficiently and that makes the brew tepid. Again, it's a good idea to use warm cups rather than cold.

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Summary

The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System, at under $125, has been heavily discounted from its original price level of around $415.00, and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker is priced from below $250 to over $400, depending on which supplier you purchase from.

So, apart from the price discrepancy, it probably all boils down to whether you prefer the taste of Lavazza coffee or Nespresso. It may be worth checking them out before you buy. Both coffee makers, in their separate ways, produce fabulous coffee with great variety, quickly and with the minimum of mess. And as milk frothers, they produce great milk froth. You can't go far wrong with either.

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