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    If you own a Nespresso pod coffee machine, or indeed any brand, you will probably enjoy the ease of use, flexibility, and instant results they bring.

    Nespresso pod machines take up 18% of the coffee machine market, so it is no surprise that capsule choice is flexible, from official to alternative brands.

    You may also want to check out our review of the best compostable coffee pods.

    Below we have reviewed the 10 best Nespresso pods on the UK market today (branded and non-branded).

    Our Top Picks

    The Best Nespresso Pods

    Nespresso Capsule Buying Guide

    Can I use non-branded pods in any Nespresso machine?

    If you have the Nespresso Original. This is because the Vertuo uses barcode technology to read the type of pod you have used, so it is made with optimum brewing conditions.

    This includes the centrifugal force used, the amount and force of the water and amount made. While Nespresso say they make better coffee with longer results, if you have a Nespresso Vertuo, it does mean you are locked into buying the official pods.

    Unlike Dolce Gusto machines, the design of the Nespresso pod is not patented, so exact copycats have been around for a while now.

    Can I use Nespresso pods in a Dolce Gusto, Lavazza or Tassimo machine?

    Pod variations aren’t interchangeable. They are different sizes, so if you are buying branded you need to stick to your machine type. If you’re opting for alternative pods, ensure it is the type for your machine.

    Where Can I Buy Nespresso Pods?

    We would always say to buy online as there is more choice, you can order larger packs for lower prices, and get good deals on the best Nespresso pods.

    However, Aldi and Lidl also make their own Nespresso-compatible pods which are highly rated (although some say they’re a bit of an awkward fit). Most supermarkets sell Nespresso capsules, but you will find better value online as well as the choice of independent roasters.

    And around the Christmas season, you’ll even find coffee advent calendars that use Nespresso-compatible capsules.


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