How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next

How To Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next [Expert Guide]

Are you tired of your morning cup of coffee tasting less than perfect? Do you notice your Nespresso Vertuo Next struggling to deliver the same quality brew it did when it was brand new? If so, it might be time to descale your machine!

Descaling is an essential process for keeping your Vertuo Next running at its best. By removing limescale buildup that can accumulate over time, you’ll ensure your machine operates efficiently, and your coffee tastes great with every cup.

Don’t worry if you’ve never descaled your machine before; I’ll take you through everything you need to know to descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next like a pro. With step-by-step instructions for running the descaling cycle, you can confidently maintain your machine and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee every time.

First, let’s discuss how often you should describe your Vertuo Next machine.

How Often To Descale Vertuo Next

According to Nespresso, it’s recommended that you descale the Nespresso machine every 3 months or after 300 cups, whichever comes first.

If your tap water is considered “hard,” meaning it contains higher levels of minerals, you may need to descale more frequently. You can purchase a low-cost water testing kit to check if your water is hard.

The Vertuo Next machine has a handy feature that keeps track of your usage and alerts you when it’s time to descale. This alert comes in the form of an orange blinking light that blinks three times. Some people may see the light as yellow. You can still use your machine a few more times after the warning light turns on, but it’s best to descale as soon as possible to keep your machine in the best condition.

If you’ve connected your Vertuo Next machine to your phone via Bluetooth, you’ll also receive a descaling alert on your phone.

Now, let’s move on to the descaling process. It takes around 20 minutes to complete, and it’s important to note that it cannot be stopped once it has begun. Ensure you have all the necessary supplies and enough time to complete the process before you start.

Materials Needed

Here are the materials you will need to descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next machine:

Nespresso Vertuo Next Descaling Steps

Now that you have all the materials needed to descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next let’s get started with the step-by-step process:

  1. Start by emptying the capsule container and drip tray from the machine.
  2. Pour 500ml of water and one descaling unit into the water tank.
  3. Close and lock the machine’s head. Press the “Cup” button to start the machine. Wait for the light to stop blinking to indicate that the machine has finished heating up.
  4. Eject any capsules in the machine and close it again, but this time leave the lever in the unlocked position.
  5. Place a container (1L) under the coffee outlet.
  6. To enter descaling mode, hold the “Cup” button for 7 seconds until the orange light blinks rapidly. You have 45 seconds to enter descaling mode; otherwise, it will cancel.
  7. Turn the lever into a lock position and then unlock it again. Hold the “Cup” button again for 7 seconds.
  8. Lock the lever again and press the “Cup” button to start the descaling process.
  9. The solution will come out from the spout, and the machine will automatically stop when the tank is empty. Discard the solution in the sink.
  10. Rinse the water tank and refill it to the MAX line with fresh water.
  11. Place the container back under the coffee outlet and press the “Cup” button.
  12. This process takes around 2-3 minutes and stops automatically when it’s finished. The orange light will steadily indicate that the descaling is complete.
  13. Finally, wait up to 10 minutes for the machine to cool down before using it again.
How to Descale Vertuo Next

What To Do If the Orange Light Still Blinking After Descaling?

After descaling your Nespresso Vertuo Next, the descale light should reset automatically. However, if the orange light is still on, it’s possible that you didn’t complete the process correctly. One common mistake is not letting the water tank empty completely during the rinse cycle.

To troubleshoot this issue, give your machine some time to cool down, and then try running the descale cycle again, using only water and no solution. If the orange light still persists, it’s best to contact Nespresso support for further assistance.

It’s important to note that compared to the Vertuo Plus, the Next model is known to have more problems, including troublesome orange light errors, mysterious purple lights, and solid or blinking white lights that appear a few days before the machine stops working. So, it’s best to be proactive and seek support from Nespresso if you encounter any issues with your Vertuo Next.

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Ronald Miller

I've been using multimeters for over seven years now, and I've tinkered with almost every brand out there. You might even say I'm a bit of a multimeter expert, but let's not get too carried away with titles.