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Nespresso Sage Creatista Plus Coffee Machine, Smoked Hickory £299 (Free P&P) John Lewis & Partners
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Nespresso Sage Creatista Plus Coffee Machine, Smoked Hickory £299 (Free P&P) John Lewis & Partners

£299£37921% Free P&P FreeJohn Lewis & Partners Deals
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Posted 16th Jun
Currently sold for £399 at Nespresso. Smoked Hickory will be released at John Lewis on the 17th of June 20.

Product description: With a premium design and stainless steel finish, the Nespresso Creatista™ Plus gives you the ability to easily create personalised café-style quality coffees at home.

With an intuitive display that allows you to create 8 café-quality espresso and milk recipes at the touch of a button, all Nespresso machines extract each capsule with great precision to ensure all the aromas from each capsule can be extracted to give the coffee body and create an exceptionally thick and smooth crema.

Thanks to the automatic milk steam wand, you can make your very own latté art. Chose between 11 temperatures settings and 8 textures to perfect your micro-foam. Each machine comes supplied with a stainless steel milk jug.

With a speedy 3-second heat-up time and an assisted cleaning system, this low-maintenance machine is sure to be a welcome addition to any household.

Free UK standard delivery & 2 years guarantee.
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I think if you are willing to spend this much on a Nespresso machine, it would be better value to spend a bit more and go for a bean to cup. I used to be a Nespresso fan but upgraded to a Jura and there's no comparison.

Our Jura was over £500 but there must be other bean to cups that are around the £300 mark. Otherwise you might as well get a cheap Nespresso which will be the same as the Sage.
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Love mine to bits. But this feels a little RRP'ish. Got ours off Amazon, so might want to Camel it and see if there's any trends. Or an Amazon Warehouse if you're lucky.
What pods does it take? If I got it would I be able to use generic ones? Thanks.
It'll take any nespresso compatible pods. I have this machine and it's great. Paid £269 on Amazon last summer. Register it with Nespresso and it's a 2 or 3 year warranty.
What's Smoked Hickory refer to?
bookdream16/06/2020 07:48

What pods does it take? If I got it would I be able to use generic ones? …What pods does it take? If I got it would I be able to use generic ones? Thanks.


Correct this is for the Nespresso original line of capsules, many other brands have there own versions of pods aswell.
DavidBroomfield16/06/2020 07:54

Correct this is for the Nespresso original line of capsules, many other …Correct this is for the Nespresso original line of capsules, many other brands have there own versions of pods aswell.


I’ve seen the Starbucks branded ones in the supermarkets.
481051016/06/2020 07:53

It'll take any nespresso compatible pods. I have this machine and it's …It'll take any nespresso compatible pods. I have this machine and it's great. Paid £269 on Amazon last summer. Register it with Nespresso and it's a 2 or 3 year warranty.


Nespresso pods have 2 sizes. Does this work with either ?
It looks fancy but seems a bit steep...
Silhouette16/06/2020 07:43

Love mine to bits. But this feels a little RRP'ish. Got ours off Amazon, …Love mine to bits. But this feels a little RRP'ish. Got ours off Amazon, so might want to Camel it and see if there's any trends. Or an Amazon Warehouse if you're lucky.


Why is this better than the cheaper versions by other brands?
bluntmachetti16/06/2020 08:24

Nespresso pods have 2 sizes. Does this work with either ?


No, just the small shot glass looking ones. Not the fat half circle pimple ones.
normal16/06/2020 08:33

Why is this better than the cheaper versions by other brands?


I had the Lattisma. Same logic, milk frother, coffee maker etc.

But the steam wand is proper top tier. Makes *proper* frothy coffee not the fake stuff (no milk compartment churning out lightly foamed rubbish).

I'd say the pods are nicer tasting in general too. I saw someone mentioned Starbucks, arguably they the worst I've tried so far. But I stick to the official ones most of the time.

You 100% get what you pay for. Also saw the warranty mentioned, it's like a 24 hour phone service. Mine stopped working right and the guy took me through a few steps and I realised Id been doing some stuff wrong. Whoops.
stephdot9016/06/2020 08:02

I’ve seen the Starbucks branded ones in the supermarkets.


They're not great.

Even the Amazon Own Brand 5p per cup ones tasted better in my opinion.
481051016/06/2020 07:54

What's Smoked Hickory refer to?


It's the colour.
They do damson blue, sea salt, black truffle, brushed stainless steel and this one
481051016/06/2020 07:54

What's Smoked Hickory refer to?


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It must meant the finish, although Hickory makes me think Brown.

Mine is the "Steel" version and it's shiny and lovely all the way around. This has a grey'ish matt finish around the tray edge, top and sides.
Silhouette16/06/2020 08:54

They're not great.Even the Amazon Own Brand 5p per cup ones tasted better …They're not great.Even the Amazon Own Brand 5p per cup ones tasted better in my opinion.


Thanks for the heads up. I hadn't tried them as I do not drink Starbucks. I think I will stick to my Nespresso pods.
This is the model I want to replace my existing Nespresso original pod machine but the price needs to drop significantly before I even consider pulling the trigger. It is hands down the best Nespresso machine released to date imo.

Check videos on YouTube to see the difference between this and a DēLonghi Lattissima+ for example to see how much better it is. The LCD display, quality milk frothing and premium design and stainless steel do warrant a higher price than the bargain basement (sub-£60) machines but perhaps not five times that amount as essentially they make the same quality espresso.
stephdot9016/06/2020 09:00

Thanks for the heads up. I hadn't tried them as I do not drink Starbucks. …Thanks for the heads up. I hadn't tried them as I do not drink Starbucks. I think I will stick to my Nespresso pods.


Cant remember the exact name, but I'm basically a Caramello man, but they brought out a biscuity/biscotti sort of one... Love it. Must have 15 sleeves of it in the cupboard now.

Waitrose do a Las Vegas pod which is really tasty.
cheekster16/06/2020 09:02

This is the model I want to replace my existing Nespresso original pod …This is the model I want to replace my existing Nespresso original pod machine but the price needs to drop significantly before I even consider pulling the trigger. It is hands down the best Nespresso machine released to date imo. Check videos on YouTube to see the difference between this and a DēLonghi Lattissima+ for example to see how much better it is. The LCD display, quality milk frothing and premium design and stainless steel do warrant a higher price than the bargain basement (sub-£60) machines but perhaps not five times that amount as essentially they make the same quality espresso.


I'd argue the pods are better so the coffee is higher quality in taste and smoothness. My Lattisma used to sometimes really struggle and you'd get watery muck

My logic, it's a £3 Starbucks I'm saving a day, if not two, so it pays for itself.

Think of it as an investment. Haha
Sage are awesome machines. Personally, having owned a nespresso machine in the past I felt pretty guilty about the amount of plastic waste it created. I upgraded to a Sage BES875UK which is an all in one bean to cup machine and cost £399 from Amazon, but it’s the best purchase I’ve made, possibly ever! So if you are thinking about a coffee machine I highly recommend the one I mentioned. you can’t go wrong with a Sage machine.
Great machine, however mine broke 25 months after it arrived - perfect.

Does this come with an extended warranty? In my experience you will need it.

As others have said the steam wand on this thing is a game changer.
Edited by: "Simonlovell100" 16th Jun
I think if you are willing to spend this much on a Nespresso machine, it would be better value to spend a bit more and go for a bean to cup. I used to be a Nespresso fan but upgraded to a Jura and there's no comparison.

Our Jura was over £500 but there must be other bean to cups that are around the £300 mark. Otherwise you might as well get a cheap Nespresso which will be the same as the Sage.
Edited by: "benjai" 16th Jun
Silhouette16/06/2020 09:15

I'd argue the pods are better so the coffee is higher quality in taste and …I'd argue the pods are better so the coffee is higher quality in taste and smoothness. My Lattisma used to sometimes really struggle and you'd get watery muckMy logic, it's a £3 Starbucks I'm saving a day, if not two, so it pays for itself.Think of it as an investment. Haha


This uses the same Nespresso original pods as all other non-Vertuo machines and I was informed by someone who did freelance work for Nespresso that due to all of the patents, all machines produce almost identical results in terms of espresso. The milk frothing side is a different story as you have already discovered for yourself.

With regards to your comment on money saved in comparison to purchasing one or two coffees from Starbucks per day, if only others who regularly grumble about the cost of Nespresso original pods compared to compatible capsules thought the same way.


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Simonlovell10016/06/2020 10:45

Great machine, however mine broke 25 months after it arrived - …Great machine, however mine broke 25 months after it arrived - perfect.Does this come with an extended warranty? In my experience you will need it.As others have said the steam wand on this thing is a game changer.


If you registered your machine with Nespresso, I believe you get a 3-year warranty.

“3-year warranty including free pick up and repair of your machine and use of a free loan machine whilst we repair it. Not a day without your favourite coffee.”

I would contact their customer services.
Edited by: "cheekster" 16th Jun
Silhouette16/06/2020 09:13

Cant remember the exact name, but I'm basically a Caramello man, but they …Cant remember the exact name, but I'm basically a Caramello man, but they brought out a biscuity/biscotti sort of one... Love it. Must have 15 sleeves of it in the cupboard now.Waitrose do a Las Vegas pod which is really tasty.


If you are talking about Nespresso original pods then Caramelito (strength - 6) is probably the one you are referring to?
Simonlovell10016/06/2020 10:45

Great machine, however mine broke 25 months after it arrived - …Great machine, however mine broke 25 months after it arrived - perfect.Does this come with an extended warranty? In my experience you will need it.As others have said the steam wand on this thing is a game changer.


Comes with a full 3 year warranty from Nespresso. Full collection and repair service, last time I used it they provided a loan machine while my machine was being repaired.
benjai16/06/2020 11:49

I think if you are willing to spend this much on a Nespresso machine, it …I think if you are willing to spend this much on a Nespresso machine, it would be better value to spend a bit more and go for a bean to cup. I used to be a Nespresso fan but upgraded to a Jura and there's no comparison.Our Jura was over £500 but there must be other bean to cups that are around the £300 mark. Otherwise you might as well get a cheap Nespresso which will be the same as the Sage.


I have a bean to cup at home and this machine in the office. I just like the convenience and the ease of use with Nespresso capsules.
To all those owners or indeed anyone considering purchasing a bean-to-cup machine, don’t underestimate how important a good quality grinder is in producing high quality espresso. I had one but returned it after a few days and invested in a commercial grinder plus a prosumer espresso machine. The difference in quality between the two was like night and day.

Having said that I do appreciate the convenience factor hence why I own a Nespresso (soon to be two) machine in addition to my main espresso making setup.
cheekster16/06/2020 11:52

If you registered your machine with Nespresso, I believe you get a 3-year …If you registered your machine with Nespresso, I believe you get a 3-year warranty. “3-year warranty including free pick up and repair of your machine and use of a free loan machine whilst we repair it. Not a day without your favourite coffee.”I would contact their customer services.


I did they were not interested. Perhaps this is a new thing? There was nothing in the box about an extended warranty when I purchased this which was on release about 3 years ago. Oh well. It's long in the bin and replaced anyway.
Simonlovell10016/06/2020 16:30

I did they were not interested. Perhaps this is a new thing? There was …I did they were not interested. Perhaps this is a new thing? There was nothing in the box about an extended warranty when I purchased this which was on release about 3 years ago. Oh well. It's long in the bin and replaced anyway.


Well, I got 3-years warranty on my machine purchased in 2016 so it is certainly not something new just recently introduced.

I am very surprised and disappointed to hear of your bad experience. I would have contacted Sage also before binning it, though.
cheekster16/06/2020 16:32

Well, I got 3-years warranty on my machine purchased in 2016 so it is …Well, I got 3-years warranty on my machine purchased in 2016 so it is certainly not something new just recently introduced.I am very surprised and disappointed to hear of your bad experience. I would have contacted Sage also before binning it, though.


Fair enough. As you say quite odd. I contacted Amazon who I purchased it from, they referred me to Sage, who referred me to the 2 year warranty which had literally expired about 3 weeks before it gave up the ghost. At that point I gave up and bought something else. Oh well, you live and learn.

As I said earlier, whilst it worked it was a great machine.
Simonlovell10016/06/2020 16:35

Fair enough. As you say quite odd. I contacted Amazon who I purchased it …Fair enough. As you say quite odd. I contacted Amazon who I purchased it from, they referred me to Sage, who referred me to the 2 year warranty which had literally expired about 3 weeks before it gave up the ghost. At that point I gave up and bought something else. Oh well, you live and learn.As I said earlier, whilst it worked it was a great machine.



The U.K. was still part of the EU back when your machine became faulty. Whilst the manufacturer may have only offered a 2-year warranty, a consumer can expect ‘up to’ six years from a product. If you had pointed this out to Sage, I’m sure they would know where this would end up (small claims court) and I fully expect they would have been more helpful.

Sadly, not much use for the future now the U.K. has left the EU.

What actually went wrong with the machine?
cheekster16/06/2020 16:40

The U.K. was still part of the EU back when your machine became faulty. …The U.K. was still part of the EU back when your machine became faulty. Whilst the manufacturer may have only offered a 2-year warranty, a consumer can expect ‘up to’ six years from a product. If you had pointed this out to Sage, I’m sure they would know where this would end up (small claims court) and I fully expect they would have been more helpful.Sadly, not much use for the future now the U.K. has left the EU. What actually went wrong with the machine?


I'm quite sure you're correct. I should have pursued it more vigorously I suppose. Jokes on them though, I won't buy another of their machines again.

It developed an odd fault where it was no longer able to use the milk wand properly. Every time it tried to run a milk frothing cycle, it would try for about 5 seconds then give up and flash up an error message about reattaching the steam wand tip or something, which was obviously attached the whole time! I did follow a few guides via the net to try and resolve it but eventually gave up and just bought a different one. Opportunity cost and all that!
Internal leak perhaps in the plastic tube inside the wand? Did you try cleaning the holes in the steam wand tip?
I like the thought of this, but considering it'll be producing the same coffee as far cheaper Nespresso machines, it seems a really expensive way to steam a bit of milk.
normal16/06/2020 08:33

Why is this better than the cheaper versions by other brands?


Mainly the automatic steam wand so you don’t have to mess about tilting the milk jug etc. Also Variable temperatures to how hot you want the milk and different levels of frothiness. It is much better than a latissima if you like milk based coffees.
cheekster16/06/2020 16:49

Internal leak perhaps in the plastic tube inside the wand? Did you try …Internal leak perhaps in the plastic tube inside the wand? Did you try cleaning the holes in the steam wand tip?


Yeah I had the machine for years and was familiar with the regular maintenance. If you google this fault you will find it’s quite common and usually results in the machine being binned as there doesn’t seem to be a fix for it.
Hey all, I was waiting for this deal to come live tomorrow and just checked John Lewis and it’s live now, grabbed myself one before they go! Heat added!:)
Purchased it but I'm having some serious second thoughts given I have a perfectly good Lattissima machine I've generally been happy with. Buying this because I like milk based coffee and the lattissima or the original aeroccino really impressed me in this regard.

What does concern me also is the colour. Would have liked to go for the silver but not for £80 more...

Edit: At this price would have expected it to come with free coffee like some of the far cheaper ones do! Would have helped me feel better.
Edited by: "Mebster" 17th Jun
Mebster17/06/2020 02:43

Purchased it but I'm having some serious second thoughts given I have a …Purchased it but I'm having some serious second thoughts given I have a perfectly good Lattissima machine I've generally been happy with. Buying this because I like milk based coffee and the lattissima or the original aeroccino really impressed me in this regard.What does concern me also is the colour. Would have liked to go for the silver but not for £80 more...Edit: At this price would have expected it to come with free coffee like some of the far cheaper ones do! Would have helped me feel better.


That’s disappointing. Just had a quick look for you on the official Nespresso site and as you say there are no free capsules offered when purchasing this Sage machine. If you log in you’ll see customised offers. Mine just now shows this:

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Not great but it is something.
funkyferret8416/06/2020 20:15

I like the thought of this, but considering it'll be producing the same …I like the thought of this, but considering it'll be producing the same coffee as far cheaper Nespresso machines, it seems a really expensive way to steam a bit of milk.


I’m currently steaming the milk for my Nespresso coffees using a Sage Dual Boiler (£1,199).
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