The Nespresso Pixie costs $179, which is $20 cheaper than the Nespresso Citiz. Take note that this is the discounted price, which is applicable while supplies last. Therefore, for the express purpose of the Nespresso Pixie review, the machine has a low- to mid-level price range. Normally, small versions of gadgets constitute a high price due to the higher R&D budget needed to compress the functional parts into a small size. But in the case of the Pixie, this never happens. For those who want a quicker high-end espresso cup without the high price, the Pixie is for them.
Cost of Refilling Pods
The Nespresso system uses uniform proprietary capsules or pods that are made of aluminium. As a result, those pods are compatible with all Nespresso models, including the Pixie. Each pod or capsule costs 65 to 70 cents, which is luxurious enough, but are well worth their cost. Just as in the case of original inks for inkjet printers, Nespresso encourages its users to utilize only original Nespresso capsules or pods with their machines. Actual lawsuits have been filed against companies that are manufacturing and selling clone capsules and pods that can also be used for Nespresso’s machines.
Based on several reviews of the Nespresso Pixie by many users, the general opinion of the machine is positive, with a pure taste that best encapsulates the meaning of the word “espresso”. In a nutshell, not one user has stated that the espresso shots came out bitter and had the consistency of brown water. Just like in the case of the Nepresso Citiz, the foam, or the crema, is exquisitely made. The texture is truly a sight to behold and holds up well. This is due to the powerful pump that is situated inside the machine. It delivers 19 bar of pressure, which some coffee drinkers profess is something that not even the machines found in coffee shops – which cost $1,500 each – can do. As with the Citiz, the cups made with the Pixie may feel a bit weak. This case is especially applicable for people who have been accustomed to strong espresso brews.
As with espresso cups that are made with the Nespresso line, the long-term economical effects of using pods in place of coffee house cups can be felt. Compared to a cup of non-dairy latte that costs $3.50 at popular coffee houses, one can get the same tasty latte with just a pod that costs only 70 cents, not including the price of premium clean drinking water.
As with other models of the Nespresso, the Pixie machine is easy to operate due to employing the easily-understandable push-button approach. While the Pixie does not employ a cover for the pod or capsule like the Citiz does, it does utilize a lever that locks in the capsule before brewing and dispenses it into the used capsule container. Both processes can be done by just lifting and lowering the lever. The process of de-scaling, or removing lime scale so as not to affect the water that will be mixed with the coffee, is also easy and only takes 15 minutes. Many parts that are not electronic are also dishwasher safe.
While the Pixie is a breeze to operate, some customers air their concern in their reviews of the espresso machine. First, the reservoir, as well as the cup tray, does not hold up well during operation due to the strong vibrations involved. Others report some leaks and sprays that could stain the walls and counter tops. Those issues were fortunately addressed in later production runs of the machine.
In regards to style, customers praise the machine’s small footprint and the simple and cute design. The packaging is also simple and straightforward. Many of these people have no trouble bringing their machines out of their homes and into any indoor or outdoor place that has a wall socket or extension card nearby. These people also usually bring special milk frothing devices alongside their Pixie units.
However, they wished that the water reservoir could be a little bigger, especially if they plan to brew lots of cups. Other concerns that arose due to the intentional small size of the Pixie are the difficulty in removing the water reservoir and the inability of the cup tray to stay folded up on its own.