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Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

Hi all,

Will my Nespresso machine (Citiz series) from Switzerland work in the U.S.? In the States they have 110V.

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Old 24.03.2011, 14:42
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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

read the manual, does it have a dual 220v/110v transformer, if not you'll need to use a step up transformer
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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

Or you can just buy one once you are here. We had two - bought them off of ebay. They were refurbished and used extensively for about 4 years. Are selling them now as we are moving to Switzerland and don't want to bother with the transformer!
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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

You will need a transformer (big/ugly). Better off to sell it here and buy a North American model when you are home.
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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

Transformers aren't that bad and expensive. But buy them in the US and not here in Switzerland as they are much cheaper there (though you can buy any size transformer here in Switzerland at Pusterla http://www.pusterla.ch/). It can be well worth using a transformer instead of buying a new coffee machine. But before you buy the transformer check how much "watt" your machine requires (usually written on the machine itself, next to the voltage or on the cable) - you need a transformer that matches that. For some machines it is definitely not worth buying a transformer - like for our nice US toaster that we brought back to Switzerland (1800 watt...) - would have been a transformer of the size of the toaster itself...
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Transformers aren't that bad and expensive. But buy them in the US and not here in Switzerland as they are much cheaper there (though you can buy any size transformer here in Switzerland at Pusterla http://www.pusterla.ch/). It can be well worth using a transformer instead of buying a new coffee machine. But before you buy the transformer check how much "watt" your machine requires (usually written on the machine itself, next to the voltage or on the cable) - you need a transformer that matches that. For some machines it is definitely not worth buying a transformer - like for our nice US toaster that we brought back to Switzerland (1800 watt...) - would have been a transformer of the size of the toaster itself...
My guess is you would need at least 1000w transformer for a coffee machine. If you get a cheapie, then unplug it when not in use, I've seen some of the cheap ones and they are sketchy inside. Even if the transformer has an on-off switch I wouldn't trust that- unplug it.
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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

Yes, but you will need to run in on a 220VAC circuit.

Yes, US houses have 220VAC, that is how power is distributed in the US to homes, and is what most large electric appliances run on there.

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Yes, but you will need to run in on a 220VAC circuit.

Yes, US houses have 220VAC, that is how power is distributed in the US to homes, and is what most large electric appliances run on there.

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This just reminded me- a friend of mine in Detroit is a big tea drinker and couldn't stand how gutless the electric kettles in the U.S. are compared to ones in the U.K. He said fark it and had a 220v outlet put in on the countertop and bought a U.K. kettle- happy as a clam now. Putting in an outlet should be very cheap, especially in perspective after Swiss life.
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Yes, but you will need to run in on a 220VAC circuit.

Yes, US houses have 220VAC, that is how power is distributed in the US to homes, and is what most large electric appliances run on there.

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Your clothes dryer runs on 220 for sure. I can't remember what else - maybe the fridge and the stove? Not sure. But you're not likely to find a 220 volt outlet easily accessible in most kitchens. Most US outlets are 120 V.
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Your clothes dryer runs on 220 for sure. I can't remember what else - maybe the fridge and the stove? Not sure. But you're not likely to find a 220 volt outlet easily accessible in most kitchens. Most US outlets are 120 V.
Stove, yes, fridge normally not.

It might not be easily accessible, but the point is that you don't need a transformer, just a cable (so somewhere).

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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

You can buy a transformer (up-down converter) in Mediamarkt that costs around 20 CHF, it does all the way around with one switch from 110 to 220 and to 220 to 110 volts. The mark is Minwa.

Here you can see how it looks like: http://www.minwa.com/e/product/e_192.html

It also comes with the pieces to change for the american plugs...

I bought the reference MW50D
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You can buy a transformer (up-down converter) in Mediamarkt that costs around 20 CHF, it does all the way around with one switch from 110 to 220 and to 220 to 110 volts. The mark is Minwa.

Here you can see how it looks like: http://www.minwa.com/e/product/e_192.html

It also comes with the pieces to change for the american plugs...

I bought the reference MW50D
Thank you so much for the helpful info. I have machines for nails from USA and when I first arrived here I tried mediamarkt but they said they didnt have that and they only offered the plug thing but my machines will receive the 220v still, now I can go with more direct information on what Im looking for.
I had to buy me cheaper ones here (I mean not really cheap but relativelly to what would have cost the same machine I have from usa here costs 1200chf and 500chf) they work OK, but the other ones are much much better.
Thanks again and first thing on monday im going to MM
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Re: Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

Your basic Nespresso Machine pulls 1'250 watts. You need a transformer that will handle that and a bit more for safety margin. This is probably something in the size of half a loaf of sliced sandwich bread. Do you really want this on the counter top? As I said, it will be a big and ugly black thing.

You use a transformer for something that you can not find in the new country (in this case the USA). Not for basic household appliances!

Why not just look on eBay and buy one that is 110v / 60 cycle when you get to the States.

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You can buy a transformer (up-down converter) in Mediamarkt that costs around 20 CHF, it does all the way around with one switch from 110 to 220 and to 220 to 110 volts. The mark is Minwa.

Here you can see how it looks like: http://www.minwa.com/e/product/e_192.html

It also comes with the pieces to change for the american plugs...

I bought the reference MW50D

thats 55 watts, if you use it on somthing like a kettle it will melt, the tranformer should be way above the wattage of your appliance, way above!!

I used a transformer on a TV from the USA in the uk, it was the 'correct' wattage, but after about 10 minutes it totally melted, lucky I was around to see, and smell it, and turn it off before it caught fire!!!

as with all things electircal, if you don't know, or arn't 100% sure, then don't do it.
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