The best Nespresso machine 2024: top capsule coffee makers

The best Nespresso machine makes it easy for you to get a great cup of coffee, quick. Many traditional coffee makers demand your full attention for the best results, and you'll often have to clean up after, but getting quality coffee out of Nespresso machine is as simple as pressing a button, without you having to deal with a mess when it's done.

You'll find the best Nespresso machines among the best coffee makers and best espresso machines because they're so easy to use and they deliver great-tasting results with a huge variety of flavors to choose from.

We've selected 10 leading models from brands including Krups, De'Longhi and Philips. We've tested them all extensively, rating them on coffee quality, ease of use, cleanup, and price, and we've packed in a variety of options at a range of price points so that you can find the right one for you. Read on to discover the best Nespresso machines available now.

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The best Nespresso machine 2024

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The best Nespresso machine overall

Nespresso Pixie at an angle on a countertop

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The best Nespresso machine you can get

Specifications

Power: 1260W
Water tank capacity: 0.74qt / 0.7L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 9.25 x 12.8 x 4.4" / 23.5 x 32.6 x 11.1cm

Reasons to buy

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Good price
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Compact design
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Parts not dishwasher safe
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Just two coffee options

If you're tightly restricted on countertop space then the Nespresso Pixie by Krups (sold in the US as the Breville Pixie) is the answer to your single-serve coffee wishes.

On test, our reviewer found that the Pixie was very easy to use, and offered a hassle-free way of making a morning coffee. It took on average 25 - 30 seconds to preheat, and an espresso took just 15 seconds to pour. We were really impressed with the thick crema that the machine consistently produced, too, which resulted in a coffee tasting neither burnt nor overly bitter.

A favorite feature of ours on the Nespresso Pixie is that upon removing the drip tray, it reveals an integrated bin for 10 used capsules. It's easily removed for emptying and cleaning. Additional cleaning is occasionally required to rinse the bin and drip tray, but that's about it, so there's not too much washing-by-hand to do - although it would be useful if you could pop the parts into the dishwasher. As with all coffee makers, a descale will be required to help maintain the machine after every 1000 capsules.

Read more: Nespresso Pixie by Krups review

The best budget Nespresso machine

Nespresso Vertuo Plus coffee machine

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Best budget Nespresso machine

Specifications

Power: 1260W
Water tank capacity: 1.26qt / 1.2L
Pressure: 15 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 12.79 x 9.17 x 13.1" / 32.5 x 23.3 x D33.5cm

Reasons to buy

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Sleek design
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Quick and easy to use
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Lots of coffee options

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap to run
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Only takes Nespresso pods

The Nespresso by Krups Vertuo Plus is a good option for sharing with housemates, or not sharing in the 'home office'. It has an automatic head and capsule ejection, and a moveable water tank, so it has a bit more going on than some of the other Vertuo machines in the range.

What we liked about this pod coffee machine during testing is how convenient, neat, reliable and easy to use it is. The machine is all self-contained and we feel that there are few kitchens, living rooms or offices that you couldn't sneak one of these into. A downside to using this machine is that we felt it was pretty sterile in that we couldn't smell it when coffee was being brewed. If you're eco-conscious then signing up to the Nespresso pod recycling scheme would be a thing to do.

With 5 different cup sizes and a quick heat-up time of around 15 - 20 seconds, we feel that this Nespresso machine is worth a punt (if it meets all your requirements).

Read more: Nespresso Vertuo Plus review

The best premium Nespresso machine

The side view of the Grind One Pod machine

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Best premium Nespresso machine

Specifications

Power: 1250-1450W
Water tank capacity: 1.26qt / 1.2L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 10.1 x 7.3 x 13.22" / 25.9 x 16.6 x 33.6cm

Reasons to buy

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Straightforward to use
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Customisable volume
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Delivers rich, smooth espresso

Reasons to avoid

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Big and heavy
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Expensive
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Fingerprint magnet

Made from stainless steel and backed by a two-year guarantee, the Grind One is a Nespresso machine that (we feel) is built to last. The quality of materials used to make the machine means that it looks good sitting on the countertop, too, although its shiny stainless steel attracts fingerprints like nobody's business.

During testing, we found that the Grind One produced smooth, rich espresso with a thick crema quality. We liked that you can customize the volume of coffee dispensed during the brewing process, which makes it a good choice for those wanting to try their hand at playing barista. The machine itself is very easy to use, since it is a pod machine after all. It takes Grind coffee pods and all other original-style Nespresso capsules.

A thing to note is that it doesn't come with a built-in milk texturizer, although one can be bought separately. It's also a little on the bulky side so if space is tight, we'd recommend the next Nespresso machine on the list: the De'Longhi Lattissima One.

Read more: Grind One pod machine

The best Nespresso machine for making lattes

The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima One has a Rapid Cappuccino System

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Best Nespresso machine for making lattes

Specifications

Power: 1450W
Water tank capacity: 1.05qt / 1L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 10.5 x 6.1 x 12.8" / 25.6 x 14.4 x 32.4cm

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Automatic milk dispenser 
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Space-saving design

Reasons to avoid

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Nespresso pods only
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Geared towards single serve coffees
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Limited milk and water dispenser capacities

Available in a crisp white or shiny black colorway, the De'Longhi Lattissima One is a compact and easy to clean espresso machine which we think is best suited to kitchens where countertop space is tight.

The machine may well be the smallest in the Nespresso lineup at De'Longhi but it has everything you need on board to create delicious coffee - from thick and creamy espressos to tall and creamy lattes. Our reviewer found that it produced a 'satisfying in strength and smooth to drink' espresso, although we found that the smaller the coffee cup the thicker and tastier the crema.

It is worth noting that Lattissima One does not come with a steam wand for making micro foam, but it does have its own automatic ‘Rapid Cappuccino System’ to dispense milk straight into your cup. This capsule machine won’t allow you to experiment with freshly ground beans and artisan filter flavors, either, which is the case for all of the machines featured in this guide.

Read more: De’Longhi Lattissima One review

The best entry level Nespresso machine

Nespresso Vertuo Pop on kitchen counter top

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The best Nespresso machine for beginners

Specifications

Power: 1100W
Water tank capacity: 0.63qt / 0.6L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 9.8 x 5.3 x 16.7" / 25 x 13.6 x 42.6cm

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use
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Straightforward setup
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Great results

Reasons to avoid

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Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
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Small water tank

The Nespresso Vertuo Pop is the latest addition to the brand's lineup of pod coffee machines. It's main USP – which is, perhaps, the most obvious – is that it's available in six gorgeous colors, allowing you to select a model to suit your kitchen decor or to make a statement.

The Nespresso Vertuo Pop is a compact coffee pod coffee maker, measuring 5.3 x 16.7 x 9.8" / 136 x 426 x 250mm and weighing just 7.7lbs / 3.5kg, so it doesn't take up much counter space and can be easily moved if you need to store it out of sight.

This is a really good option for single folks and for Nespresso beginners. Our reviewer found that it's super-easy to set up, and while it does have an accompanying app there's no need to use it. It took just one button touch for the Vertuo Pop to make a lovely coffee with a perfect crema, and we think that the ability to pour into larger mugs is handy for anyone who wants to grab and go on the way to work or school. That said, we found that its compact size makes it a little limited in what it can do: you can only make one coffee at a time, and the water tank is only big enough to make two mugs of coffee, one after the other. If you want more and don't mind paying for the privilege, see the Grind One at #3 in this guide.

Read more: Nespresso Vertuo Pop review

The best Nespresso machine with double spout

L'OR Barista Sublime on work top in kitchen

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Best Nespresso machine with double spout

Specifications

Power: 1450W
Water tank capacity: 0.85qt / 0.8L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 11 x 7 x 16" / 27.6 x 15.7 x 40.2cm

Reasons to buy

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Makes two drinks at once
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Three brewing strengths
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Good pod compatibility

Reasons to avoid

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Might not be big enough for some

The Philips L'OR Barista Sublime (available in the US as the L'OR Barista Coffee & Espresso System) is one of the latest Nespresso machines to be launched. Its USP is that it is double spouted, meaning that it can make two drinks at the same time. It also accepts the new and exclusive L’OR Barista XXL capsules, which contain double the amount of coffee than the smaller capsules

Our reviewer found that this pod coffee machine was easy to use and produced delicious results. The machine does come with a selection box of nine capsule samples which is plenty to get going - although we would have preferred some more decaf options - and each one did not disappoint. The most useful out of the three settings we found was Lungo because it suited our 350ml mugs the best.

There are a couple of things that the Philips L'OR Barista Sublime is missing for us. The first is that there is no integrated milk frother with this model of L'OR coffee machine. And the second point to make is that you would struggle to make more than two cups or mugs of coffee quickly and on demand; for bigger quantities try the Grind One at #3 in this roundup.

Read more: Philips L’OR Barista Sublime review

The best Nespresso machine with app support

The Morning Machine

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The best Nespresso machine to control with an app

Specifications

Power: 1300W
Water tank capacity: 1.08qt / 0.85L
Pressure: 20 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 10.3 x 4 x 15.8" / 25.5 x 10.2 x 40.2cm

Reasons to buy

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Reasonable price
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Extremely versatile
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Tasty, well-priced pods

Reasons to avoid

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Challenging menu
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Not available in US

We've said a few times how simple Nespresso machines are. But they don't have to be, and The Morning Machine is not your average Nespresso pod machine. It has water volume settings, temperature control, in-built scales and customizable pressure programs, and the makers have teamed up with pod producers all over the world to provide an interesting range of affordable flavors over and above the ones you'll find with Nespresso branding. 

The key here is the smartphone app, which gives you complete control over every single detail of your brew from the pressure and time to the temperature, which you can set anywhere from 65ºC to 99ºC (149ºF to 210ºF). Our reviewer was impressed by how the app helped him to discover which coffees he might like to try, and its ability to tweak the brewing process to accommodate his tastes. He also found that The Morning Machine delivered coffee with maximum flavor, although he was disappointed that it doesn't have an option for heating and frothing milk.

Read more: Morning Machine review

The best Nespresso machine for tight spaces

Nespresso Vertuo Next

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Best Nespresso machine for tight spaces

Specifications

Power: 1260W
Water tank capacity: 1.16qt / 1.1L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 12.4 x 5.6 x 16.9" / 31.4 x 14.2 x 42.9cm

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use
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Hardly any mess
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Great coffee with good crema

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive Vertuo pods
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Pod recycling isn't easy

The Vertuo Next is the smallest in the Nespresso Vertuo line-up of coffee makers. If space is tight, and you need a near-instant coffee, then this would be a good option to consider.

Our reviewer found that it created consistently smooth espresso and americanos and that it genuinely couldn't be easier to use - all you have to do is place a pod inside, and press a button. There are five different cup sizes to choose from, and the clean-up time is very minimal.

As with a lot (if not all) Nespresso machines featured in this guide, you can only make espressos or americanos with this coffee machine unless you buy a separate milk frother; if you want an all-in-one machine that'll give you a cappuccino, the De'Longhi Lattissima One at #4 in this list is your best option. You are also going to be left with empty capsules which can't go in the household recycling so, if you're eco-conscious, signing up for the Nespresso recycling scheme would be of interest.

Read more: Nespresso Vertuo Next review

The best Nespresso machine for quick servings

Dualit Cafe Plus

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Best Nespresso machine for quick, convenient coffee

Specifications

Power: 1140-1365W
Water tank capacity: 0.88qt / 0.8L
Pressure: 19 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 9.8 x 4.3 x 14.6" / 25 x 11 x 37cm

Reasons to buy

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Small and slim
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Makes tea as well as coffee
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Straightforward controls

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't deliver a standard mug
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Espresso crema is thin
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Not available in US

The Dualit Cafe Plus is the only dedicated capsule coffee maker from this brand. It's compatible with Nespresso original capsules, plus Dualit even makes its own range; we tried out the 50-capsule taster pack.

During our at-home tests, we found that it made coffee with ease - and tea, too. It doesn't come with a milk frother to heat or froth milk, but there is a standalone milk frother to purchase separately. If you want, Dualit also has its own means of enabling you to recycle the used coffee pods at home - the Dualit EcoPress - which can be used by all Nespresso compatible brands.

Overall we think that this Nespresso machine performed well, but the lack of space on the drip tray for a full-size mug proved frustrating, and espressos had a disappointingly thin crema. Therefore, is a good option for making a quick, convenient cup of coffee.

Read more: Dualit Cafe Plus review

The best portable Nespresso machine

A photo of the Wacaco Nanopresso

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Best portable Nespresso machine

Specifications

Power: N/A
Water tank capacity: 0.08qt / 80ml
Pressure: 18 bar
Dimensions (H x W x D): 6.14 x 2.4 x 2.8" / 15.6 x 6.2 x 7.1cm

Reasons to buy

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Use it anywhere
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Feels solid and robust
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Impressive results

Reasons to avoid

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Pods require extra adapter
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Needs hand pumping
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Boiling water required

If you want to make a coffee when you're out exploring or would prefer to save some dollar instead of visiting a coffee house, then we can highly recommend the Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker.

It's a pocket-sized Nespresso machine which will brew an espresso with a few pumps. After a few attempts on test, we achieved a gorgeously smooth, rich crema with every shot. It's so simple to use and, therefore, easy to tweak the settings to suit your taste requirements. You can switch between Nespresso pods and grinds, so it's a versatile little coffee maker too; to use pods, however, you'll need to buy a separate adapter.

You will need to boil water and find a flat spot to pour the coffee into, but this is the most complicated the Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker will get.

Read more: Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker review

The double spout on the Philips L'OR Barista makes two drinks

The double spout on the Philips L'OR Barista makes two drinks at the same time (Image credit: Future / Jennifer Oksien)

FAQs about Nespresso machines

How do Nespresso machines work?

Nespresso machines remove all the hassle and mess from the process of making an excellent cup of coffee. They all work on a similar basis: you insert a coffee pod and the machine uses that to brew your coffee, saving you the trouble of having to measure out your coffee. And depending on the model you have, you can specify a cup size so that you can get just the right amount.

However there are two main types of Nespresso machines and they actually work in different ways. Original Nespresso machines make coffee by piercing small holes in the pod and allowing heated water pumped through from the reservoir to drip through it and into your mug. Simple but effective.

Vertuo machines such as the Nespresso by Krups Vertuo Plus at #2 in our list are more sophisticated, however. They use their own larger pods with barcodes that the machine scans in order to adjust the water temperature to suit that particular coffee. 

Not only that, instead of simply dripping water through the pod, Vertuo machines use a centrifugal brewing technique that involves pouring a small amount of water into the capsule then spinning it at 7,000rpm so that the coffee infuses more effectively. This results in a richer flavor as well as a thicker crema.

Nearly all Nespresso machines are built to only deliver black coffee, so for the most part if you prefer a macchiato or a cappuccino you'll need a separate device for heating and frothing milk. However there are some notable exceptions; the De'Longhi Lattissima One at #4 on our list, which as an automatic ‘Rapid Cappuccino System’ that'll add textured milk directly to your cup.

One thing all Nespresso machines have in common is that once they've made your coffee, they'll drop the spent pods into a built-in repository that'll need regular emptying. Don't just throw them in the bin; read on to learn how to dispose of them in a more environmentally-friendly way.

How do you recycle Nespresso coffee pods?

There's no denying that there is a fair amount of waste from using a Nespresso coffee pods, but the company are on to this. There are four recycling options which can be achieved by following 3 easy steps.

1. Get your free recycling bag. These can be added to your next order, or picked up from your nearest store

2. Fill your bag with used capsules.

3. Choose one of four recyling options: Podback Collect+, Doorstep pickup, Boutique (store) drop off or Podback kerbside collection.

It's great that there are four recycling options, but what do you have to do? 

We found that Collect + means that you have to print a label to stick on the recycling bag and to drop it in to a local store for scanning and shipping. Doorstep pickup (the easiest option by far) can be booked when visiting Nespresso.com to order more coffee capsules. Although this not leave you with much flexibility over where you buy your coffee capsules, you can recycle and replenish all in one places which is a big time saver for us.

Let's not forget that you can also drop off a recycling bag full of used capsules to a Nespresso boutique (store) or, if you're eligible for kerbside collection (we were not), you can recycle the capsules with other coffee brands.

What is the difference between a coffee machine and a Nespresso machine?

The main difference between a coffee machine and a Nespresso machine is that a Nespresso machine only makes an espresso coffee. Coffee machines consume the drip, pour and filter coffee machines, too. All of these make a greater volume of coffee than a Nespresso machine, which are often only single-serve.

How we tested these Nespresso machines

To create this guide we drank a lot of coffee. Each Nespresso coffee maker has been tested in the home of our reviewers for at least a couple of weeks, with coffee being drunk at least once a day from the machine on review.

As well as assessing how well the Nespresso machine makes coffee, we've also looked into how easy the product is to set up and keep clean. From the point of delivery through to cleaning the machine after a few weeks of heavy use, we've covered all the things that you, the customer, will be wanting to know about before buying one.

During testing, we also take into account the overall design of each Nespresso coffee maker - how it looks, how much space it’ll take up on your kitchen counter, whether the water tank is removable for easy refills, and how the machine looks as a whole.

The majority of these Nespresso machines are single-serve so we've considered how easily, and quickly, you can make more than one cup/mug of coffee on demand. You would have seen that a lot of them have removable drip trays or drip trays with an adjustable height so your favorite mugs can be catered for, so we've put this to the test too.

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Michelle Rae Uy
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Michelle Rae Uy is the former Computing Reviews and Buying Guides Editor at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives. 

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