KitchenAid KES0504ER Nespresso Bundle Review

KitchenAid KES0504ER Nespresso BundleThe KitchenAid KES0504ER is a new espresso machine from the KitchenAid and Nespresso brands. These two titans combined the innovative design and mechanics of KitchenAid with the delicious and convenient coffee produced by Nespresso. The KitchenAid KES0504ER measures 13 x 8.2 x 13 inches and weighs 19.4 pounds. Its shipping weight is 24 pounds. For some people, this might be a little heavy, so that is something you will need to consider.

The KitchenAid KES0504ER comes in bright empire red, frosted pearl, onyx black, and sugar pearl. I like brightly colored appliances. They work well to break up the monotony of neutral colored kitchens. I think the bright empire red would make the perfect functional accent piece, but it is a bit pricey.

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KitchenAid Durability Combined with Nespresso Convenience

Nespresso offers a variety of espresso capsule flavors.  Much like Keurig cups, the Nespresso capsules are easy to load: It’s actually called the easy capsule loading system.  I’m all for products that make life a little easier, like hot water boilers, and rice cookers.  Unlike Keurig though, the capsules are loaded side ways.

With this espresso machine, you have to use Nespresso capsules. I want to make sure that you understand that point clearly. Now, Nesspreso is very popular and according to regular customers, taste very good. But what if you want a blend/flavor that Nespresso doesn’t make?  What if Nespresso capsules aren’t sold for your machine in your local stores?  Purchasing online is an option, but you’d have to wait for it to arrive.

Coffee cupTo my knowledge, unlike the reusable K-cups for Keurig coffee machines, there aren’t any good reusable capsule solutions available yet for the KitchenAid KES0504ER. This is something that I would consider thoroughly before making a purchase. If this is a deal breaker for you, then you might want to consider the alternative we’ve listed below.

The capacity for the water reservoir is 1.3 liters or 5.5 cups. This is perfect for a household that has two or more espresso drinkers. On the top of the machine is an option to select one or 2 servings. This is also where the brew strength selector is located.

I’m not much of a regular coffee drinker. I always have to read the menu before ordering something at Starbucks. But there are some coffee drinks that I will get from time to time. Espresso and cappuccino are my go to drinks when I need a little pick me up. The brew strength indicator is a very helpful feature. For me, when I go for an espresso, I prefer stronger. So that would certainly be a selling point if I were ever to consider buying an espresso machine.

The milk frothier is included in this bundle. A frothier will help you add that touch of luxury to your espresso. It’s a nice inclusion, but isn’t totally needed. Or maybe you already have one? There is an option available online to purchase this without the bundled frothier.

The exterior is all metal. I really like that about KitchenAid appliances. It makes them more durable. I’ve heard stories about KitchenAid mixers lasting for decades without fail. This really gives me confidence in purchasing their kitchen appliances. Though I wouldn’t recommend their knives.

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Features/Specs.

  • Easy to load Nespresso capsules
  • Control the strength of your espresso
  • Die-cast metal body
  • 1.3 liter/5.5 cup removable reservoir
  • Milk frothier included
  • Set of 16 Nespresso Capsules
  • Measures 13 x 8.2 x 13 and weighs 19.4 pounds

KitchenAid KES0504ER Compared to Other Espresso Makers

The KitchenAid KES0504ER seems like it is a good value but that shouldn’t stop you from considering other espresso makers. Now, for the comparison listed below, I thought I’d provide you with an alternative that’s a little different. This comparison isn’t exactly apples to apples here. After reading the customer reviews, I believe this is a high quality product that will be around for years to come. However, you may want to consider a traditional espresso machine. This could help you to fully appreciate the ease-of-use offered with the KitchenAid KES0504ER. Conversely, you might decide that you would rather have a traditional espresso machine. Take a look below.

VS Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

The stainless steel Breville BES870XL looks like it is a component that belongs on a space shuttle. I think it looks pretty cool. It is slightly larger than the KitchenAid KES0504ER measuring 13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 inches. It’s powerful: 1600 watts. It has a built-in grinder. The Breville has the more traditional features. Where the KitchenAid uses the Nespresso pods, for the Breville you will need to use traditional coffee beans. And you will need an expensive burr grinder to pull a good shot of espresso.

The Breville has a lot of customer feedback that spans years. It’s a high quality machine. It boils down to a product with a proven track record vs one with the convenient features of Nespresso. Honestly, the Breville is for serious home baristas that truly appreciate the flavor notes and nuances of espresso.

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Summary

The KitchenAid KES0504ER is an espresso machine that offers a lot of convenient features. It works using the Nespresso capsule technology. For some people, this may be a problem as it forces them to use only Nespresso brand coffee pods. For others, the Nespresso offers a convenience that is worth any potential limitations. This espresso maker is made out of durable die-cast metal. In my opinion this is a high quality machine, and a good buy.

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