Best Coffee Machine 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Coffee machines are one of the most confusing small appliances to shop for. There are so many different varieties to choose from – each one taking a different form of coffee and producing various flavorful results.

Before you take the plunge and purchase a machine for yourself, think about what kind of drinks you like to drink and how often you plan on using the machine.

Do you like a strong black espresso every morning, or the occasional latte? Do you like to spend some time crafting the perfect brew, or do you want something that’s ready to go in an instant?

Whether you opt for a fancy pod machine, a built-in grinder or a simple no-fuss filter coffee maker, here’s our guide to finding the right option for you.

The Best Coffee Machines – Our Top Picks

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Jura E6 Bean to Cup
  • Capacity: 1.9L removable tank
  • Power: 1450 Watt
  • Dimensions: H34 x W29 x D35
  • Variable sizes for your cup
  • Weight: 8.96kg
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Nespresso by Krups Vertuo XN901840
  • Capacity: 1.2L removable tank
  • Power: 1600W
  • Control: button
  • Dimensions: H30 x W21 x D30 cm
  • Weight: 4.92kg
  • Pump Pressure: 19 bar
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SMEG ECF01CRUK Espresso
  • Capacity: 1L removable tank
  • Power: 1350W
  • Control: Button, Lever
  • Dimensions: H30 x W15 x D33 cm
  • Weight: 4.7kg
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
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Best Bean-To-Cup Coffee Machines

Bean to cup coffee machines are pretty self-explanatory. They can take the entire coffee bean, and grind it down into a powder which is suitable for preparing the coffee liquid. This means that there is no need for a grinder to be used before you get going.

Coffee beans stay much fresher than grounds, and this improves the taste, so a bean to cup is one of the best for an impactful flavour. They tend to be a bit more expensive than others because there is so much to them, but they give barista-style coffee and those below are all well-built and should definitely give their money-worth.

Sage BES875UK

We do love Sage here at Appliance Reviewer. From the attractiveness of the appliances to the practicalities and great results, they offer every user a lot for the money.

This bean to cup coffee machine is another great offering from the brand. The inbuilt grinder will take you from whole beans to espresso grounds in about a minute. So you don’t need extra machines to get this done and the coffee will be as fresh as possible. You also get a 250g hopper, so the coffee is at the perfect strength.

You also get a steam wand for frothing your milk if you like cappuccinos and frothy consistencies. The 15 bar pressure builds up slowly for the perfect amount of extraction and balance of flavour.

It isn’t called the Barista Express for no reason. You get dose control grinding, hands-free operation and digital temperature control (PID) technology. This detects and minimises any heat fluctuation during extraction. A bit of effort is required to get the results – it is far away from being a one-touch machine – but if you’re serious about your coffee then we can safely say it is oh so worth it.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 31 x 40 x 33 cm
  • Weight: 10.6 Kg
  • Power: 1700W

We like

  • Barista-style coffee
  • Milk frothing wand
  • Smart controlled temperature assistance

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

As with all Sage items, it is one of the pricier items of its kind. But the quality is there both in the machine and the coffee produced - something which is priceless for all coffee fans

De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2600 Bean to Cup

With the Caffe Corso ESAM2600, you can bring barista style coffee into your home without stepping outside the front door.

The Compact Reliable Fresh™ technology and integrated burr grinder retain your coffee beans’ aromatic flavour by using less heat when preparing. A handy cup warming feature means your beverage is served at optimum temperature, and the machine can brew two cups at a time.

The self-clean mode and removable brewing unit take the effort out of maintaining even those hard to reach places.

There are 3 pre-programmed coffee settings including a Long Coffee mode so you can modify the placement of the drip tray to adapt to even your tallest mugs and glasses.

If you like your milk extra frothy for your cappuccinos, then this appliance is ideal, and you can choose your exact strength by selecting the amount of water to use. As you use coffee beans, there is no waste produced or plastic pods, so it is an environmentally friendly method of brewing up (and you’ll save a fortune in coffee shop bills).

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.8L removable tank
  • Power: 1350W
  • Control: Button
  • Dimensions: H36 x W28.5 x D37.5cm
  • Weight: 10kg
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar

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We like

  • Great professional-tasting coffee
  • Easy cleaning
  • Fast for the quality

We dislike

  • Noisy
  • Complicated at first use

Final Verdict

Bean to cup coffee machines bring your favourite professional brew to your kitchen, and this De’Longhi model is the one we feel is best for the job

Jura E6 Bean to Cup

Waking up and smelling the coffee should be something that we enjoy and that’s something that is possible with this easy-to-use Jura coffee machine, not only can you make your favourite coffee but also a cappuccino or Latte Macchiato too.

One thing that strikes buyers is the price, there’s no beating around the bush, this isn’t a cheap and cheerful addition, neither is it supposed to be. This is a new indispensable purchase for the kitchen with its stylish design and high-tech features. If you want the taste of a barista drink from home then this will do more than the trick, it boasts a 15 bar pressure and has an impressive 1450-watt power system.

One nice little touch that we enjoyed is that it has a memory function allowing the personal coffee maker to remember your favourite beverage. This is a cooperative machine that not only knows what you are likely to want but it can vary the size upon your adjustment.

It’s also important to add that it has a removable water tank and an auto clean function ensuring that no residue is left over.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.9L removable tank
  • Power: 1450 Watt
  • Dimensions: H34 x W29 x D35
  • Variable sizes for your cup
  • Weight: 8.96kg

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We like

  • It is a powerful machine with complete durability
  • Contains a memory function
  • Removable water tank
  • Nice tasting, aromatic coffee
  • Sleek design

We dislike

  • Not priced for small budgets

Final Verdict

The best bean to cup option for serious coffee lovers.

Morphy Richards Evoke Grind & Brew 162100

By far the winner for the best budget, affordable bean to cup machine, as it comes in well under £100. Yet, the fact it is still on his list means it is well worth a chance.

You can make up to two cups at once as it uses a carafe to hold the coffee (a bit like a filter model), which is ideal if you have a busier household. This glass carafe is kept warm using the hot plate. It is compatible with both grounds and beans, so whether you have a preference or like to switch up your blends, you can make your coffee just how you wish.

On top of this, you can select the strength to match your tastes, so if you need a real pick me up or just a mellow weekend hot drink, the same beans can be used to keep things easy. There is also the handy option to work it on a timer if you wish, so two cups of coffee can be ready for after you’ve showered, dressed and are making your breakfast.

It is an affordable solution, but is still great for any coffee connoisseurs who just don’t want to spend extreme amounts on appliances. And as a bonus, it just needs a wipe down after every use to get it ready for the next caffeine hit.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 26.5 x 17 x 20.4cm
  • Power: 600W

We like

  • Price
  • Very easy to use
  • Compact size so good for smaller kitchens

We dislike

  • Coffee produced is on the weaker side compared to more expensive models

Final Verdict

Affordable, grinds the beans and produces the coffee. This won't be as strong and impactful as high-end models can do, but for the cost, it is much better if you want to switch from instant or pods

Best Coffee Pod Machines

One of the easiest methods for a good cup of coffee by far. Simply buy the pods, insert into the machine, and the coffee maker will pierce the pods then run water through it to extract toe coffee. Then, you can add milk or use special milk-filled pods if you like.

It is perhaps the best form of machine if you like general hot drinks as well as coffee. Some brands have a huge selection available, from other coffee variations such as cappuccinos and lattes to green teas, hot chocolates and chai tea.

One big thing you have to bear in mind – most brands will only accept pods made from the same manufacturer. So you won’t be able to use a Dolce Gusto pod in a Tassimo. Read what is suitable before you buy.

Nespresso by Krups Vertuo XN901840

Nespresso is a mammoth name in this industry, and their range of products is rated highly by fans of at-home coffee machines.

This Krups Vertuo model uses dedicated Nespresso Vertuoline pods to make Alto (414ml), Mug (230ml), Lungo (150ml) and Espresso (40ml) sized coffee and features automatic capsule blend recognition. Put simply; it applies barcode technology to detect which capsule you are using and blend your coffee seamlessly without you having to do any programming.

The unique Centrifusion™ technology brings together the ground coffee in the pod with hot water at a speed of 7000 rotations per minute, resulting in the perfect layer of foam to complement your chosen coffee type.

Operating the machine is simple; just pick one of the 20+ different pods available and close the lever. The appliance only takes 20-25 seconds to heat up. All used capsules get emptied into a 13-capacity container at the back too, so there is no need to worry about dripping boiling water all over your kitchen floor. They’re also fully recyclable.

The drip tray and reservoir are removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and there are descaling and cleaning programmes built into the machine. There is also a handy auto switch off feature after 9 minutes, and you can effortlessly check the remaining water levels.

It is heavy for its size compared to other models, so can’t be relocated or stored as easily.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.2L removable tank
  • Power: 1600W
  • Control: button
  • Dimensions: H30 x W21 x D30 cm
  • Weight: 4.92kg
  • Pump Pressure: 19 bar

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We like

  • Wide choice of capsules
  • Easy cleaning
  • Centrifusion technology

We dislike

  • Pods on the expensive side

Final Verdict

A great product for either the introduction of pod coffee, or if it is your preferred method - pretty unbeatable

KitchenAid Nespresso Artisan

Pod machines are the dream solution for people who want the luxury of great tasting drinks without making a mess. The process is simple – one vacuum sealed pod per cup. In it goes, out it comes. Job done. Find pods to make all kinds of delicious drinks: not just espresso but cappuccino, hot chocolate, chai latte and many others.

This artisan Nespresso model from KitchenAid is a weighty countertop model that really feels like a quality purchase. It’s quick, easy to load, comes with a tonne of useful features such as emptying and descaling modes, and has a high-shine finish that would complement any kitchen. However you like your coffee – strong as an ox or weak as kitten – you can use one of 6 settings to ensure that it comes out just right. This is convenient, tasty, hot coffee every time you make it, with no hassle. Sounds good to us.

Specifications

  • Tank Capacity: 1.4 Litres
  • Type: Pod
  • Auto Shutoff: Yes
  • Guarantee: 2 years

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We like

  • Removable reservoir
  • Pods are great quality
  • Great tasting coffee
  • Fantastic aesthetics

We dislike

  • No milk functionality – you have to add your own

Final Verdict

Pod Machine For Delicious No-Hassle Coffee-Making

Tassimo Vivy II by Bosch

Their most compact coffee machine to date, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 model uses INTELLIBREW™ technology to identify your chosen capsule and automatically adjusts the amount of water, brewing time and temperature accordingly, ensuring a faultless beverage.

A built-in LED user interface keeps you updated on the status of your appliance, letting you know when the water needs refilling, whether it is in Standby/Automatic/Manual mode or if it needs cleaning and descaling. There is an automatic programme available for the latter two problems.

Innovative heat up technology means there is virtually no waiting time until your machine is ready to go. With over 40 different Tassimo T-Discs available on the market there is something for all the family, including cappuccino, latte macchiato, tea and hot chocolate.

The automatic milk frother will do all the muscle work for you – all you need to do is keep it topped up. The compact size means it will fit almost anywhere in your kitchen and is perfect for those short on space.

This is a great modest machine if you need an introduction into the world of capsule coffee makers. It is somewhat noisy but takes so little time to make the hot drinks that this is hardly a problem. The water tank is on the small side compared to other brands so will need refilling regularly.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.7L removable tank
  • Power: 1300W
  • Control: Button
  • Dimensions: H24.9 x W16.9 x D29.8cm
  • Weight: 2.4kg
  • Pump Pressure: 3.3 bar

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We like

  • Compact size
  • Fantastic wide choice of pods
  • All-in-one hot drink maker

We dislike

  • Instruction manual could have been clearer
  • Small water tank

Final Verdict

More than just a coffee machine, the Vivy II will make all your favourite hot beverages at the press of a button - saving space in your cupboards

Dolce Gusto by De’Longhi Jovia EDG250.B

This Dolce Gusto model allows you to personalise your hot drinks according to your individual preferences with its semi-automatic Play & Select function.

Just insert your pod, tailor the amount of water according to preferred length, select the hot or cold joystick position and press the power button. The pod lids feature a recommended water amount for guidance and the machine will automatically stop when done. Energy saving, it will switch off after 5 minutes of being left idle.

The Thermoblock heating system ensures your appliance is ready in moments, and beverages made in seconds. Used coffee grinds remain in the capsule for easy, mess-free removal.

The cup stand is adjustable to suit your required cup size and is dishwasher safe for easy maintenance. Different varieties of pods are available from Americano to Chai Tea Latte and they are widely available in supermarkets, meaning you don’t have to plan and order them too far in advance.

De’Longhi is a well-respected brand, and as expected this appliance is stylish, sleek and sturdy.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.8L removable tank
  • Power: 1460W
  • Control: Semi-Automatic Play and Select
  • Dimensions: H16.1 x W30.5 x D24.1 cm
  • Weight: 2.5kg
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar

We like

  • Manual option to tailor your coffee
  • Great value
  • Available in Black, Red & White

We dislike

  • No milk frother
  • Back is difficult to take off first few times

Final Verdict

Coffee making doesn't get much easier than this for a quick beverage in the morning

Best Espresso Machines

The base of every decent coffee starts with an espresso shot (or two). If you fancy yourself as a bit of a barista and love to add your own steamed milk or flavourings, then one of these machines may be best. They also allow you to make the coffee as tall as you wish.

Of course, many of you out there will enjoy espressos on their own. They provide a good caffeine boost without you having to drink too much liquid, and are also suitable if you don’t like milk in your hot drinks. Espresso machines force the water through the grounds at a high pressure, giving you a cupful of coffee goodness in a much more concentrated manner.

SMEG ECF01CRUK Espresso

SMEG produces the ultimate 50’s retro-style appliances, and this espresso machine does not disappoint.

Its Thermoblock technology keeps the hot water at the optimum temperature to preserve flavour, and there’s an adjustable milk frother to give your drinks the perfect creamy finish. Some machines struggle to foam alternative milk varieties such as coconut, almond or soya due to their more dilute and thinner consistency, but the Smeg Espresso coffee machine handles it expertly.

It is compact despite its efficiency so will not look out of place or take up much room in any kitchen. It is also available in cream, black, pastel blue or red; just the thing if you want something colourful as opposed to the general stainless-steel/black designs.

All parts are easy to take apart and reassemble so cleaning is of insignificant effort. It also prompts you when you need to use the built-in descale setting for easy maintenance. With its Cappuccino System, steam, air and milk are whipped together to produce the perfect creamy froth for your cappuccinos.

The instructions included with the product are also the best out of all our selection, detailing how to make your first espresso to editing the settings and everything in-between. So, whether you are a seasoned coffee creator or want to make the jump from instant cup to a machine, using this machine is not dependent on skill levels. There’s a flow stop function so you can select your ideal coffee length, too.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1L removable tank
  • Power: 1350W
  • Control: Button, Lever
  • Dimensions: H30 x W15 x D33 cm
  • Weight: 4.7kg
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar

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We like

  • Easy to clean
  • Great instructions included
  • Two-cup function
  • Memory function

We dislike

  • Doesn’t come with a metal jug for milk steaming
  • Smallest water tank of all non-pod machines

Final Verdict

It's not only pretty good function-wise, but if you're after the perfect retro, iconic classic look it ticks all the boxes here too. Best enjoyed when paired with the other Smeg appliances

De’Longhi EC685

This pump espresso coffee machine from De’Longhi is sleek and minimalistic in appearance, however with an adjustable steam frother and an impressive heat up time of just 30 seconds, this appliance is perfect for those rushed mornings when waiting isn’t an option.

We love that this machine is suitable for both coffee pods and grounds, making it incredibly versatile and giving you the option to create your own special brews. However, our favourite feature of this machine is undoubtedly the cup warmer, which means your coffee is being made in a warm mug, and so it will stay hotter for longer.

Specifications

  • Tank Capacity: 1.1 L
  • Pressure: 15 bar
  • Type: Grounds or Pods
  • Guarantee: 2 Years

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We like

  • Fast heat up time
  • Use pods or grounds
  • Integrated manual milk frother
  • Cup warmer

We dislike

  • Instructions a little unclear

Final Verdict

A good all-rounder perfect for even the most rushed kitchens

Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie Espresso

The Jolie from Lavazza offers you the perfect mix of getting you ready for the day ahead while really adding a touch of colour and style to your kitchen.

It produces single espressos at the touch of a button using Lavazza pods, at the perfect strength with the perfect amount of crema. A 600ml water tank should give you a fair few uses before you have to top it up which is perfect if you always seem to be rushing in the mornings.

An auto-off function has you covered if you also are one to rush out the door without turning things off before you go, and all of the removable parts (drip tray, water tank etc.) are dishwasher safe which will save you some time when you get home too.

If you’re worried about the space which a coffee machine will take up on your kitchen worktops, then this is the perfect model for you. It can be tucked into small spaces and doesn’t use up an entire bench, but is still perfectly accessible.

As a plus, it is available in blue, red, white and gunmetal grey – great for those of you out there who like to show off your style in the form of your kitchen appliances.

Specifications

  • Tank Capacity: 0.6 L
  • Pressure: 15 bar
  • Type: Pods
  • Guarantee: 2 Years

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We like

  • Price
  • Colour choice
  • Easy to clean and take care of

We dislike

  • Pods often need to be jiggled into position to fit correctly

Final Verdict

Colourful, compact and the coffee is quality; the fact it is under £100 is the icing on the cake.

Best Filter Coffee Machines

All of those models listed so far are great if you want to make a cup of coffee for yourself, but sometimes an entire household needs to be fueled up on coffee in the mornings before leaving the house. In which case, you’d all have to get up a lot earlier to queue for the machine.

So, a filter machine will likely be for you. The water slowly drips through the container holding the coffee grounds, using a filter to slow it down. This produces a strong coffee in large quantities, perfect for sharing. It can usually be kept warm either in the carafe or using a dedicated hot plate built in to the machine.

They come in different cup volumes depending on what you need, so if five of you have one cup before heading out, or if you like to have two cups after one other, you can purchase the most suitable size without having any waste or not enough.

Ninja CF060UK Coffee Bar

With 5 drink programmes (Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Café Forte and Con Latte), this NINJA model provides you with all of the varieties of coffee you will ever need.

Adjust the size and strength of your desired drink for a full tailor-made experience. Its Auto-IQ technology does all the hard work beyond this, drawing the exact amount of water for the size and brew selected.

Use the handy recipe book included to get the full use out of the 5 drinks programmes and provide inspiration, whether you want something intense and full-bodied or over ice once the weather gets hotter.

The delay timer will ensure the appliance starts operating when you need it to and the warming plate will let you wait for a while until you’re ready for a second cup. You can also decide on a setting to make either a mugful, full carafe, half carafe or travel mug amount of coffee, making it totally versatile for your needs.

There’s also a separate milk micro-frothing setting and mug included, which is terrific for the price. Cutting down on mess is effortless with the drip stop lever when you’re using the jug.

It does produce a lot of steam as a by-product, however, so is best placed quite openly and not under any kitchen units.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.35L
  • Power: 1775W
  • Control: Dial & Push Button
  • Dimensions: H37.8 x W27.2 x D26.5 cm
  • Weight: 7kg

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We like

  • Huge range of coffee beans
  • Microfrother for extra-frothy milk

We dislike

  • Coffee becomes a lot cooler after half an hour of waiting

Final Verdict

The delay timer makes this product one of the best options for those who cannot risk running out of the door without their cup of coffee first thing

Melitta Optima Timer Filter-Coffee

Filter-Coffee Machine For Easy Black Coffee That Keeps Warm

The appeal of filter-coffee machines is that they are delightfully easy to use and you can make a big pot of coffee all at once, which saves lots of time if you are making coffee for several people – great for work. You can get jugs in all different volumes to suit your need.

There is no need to pre-boil water, you simply pour it into the appliance and it slowly drips through the paper filter filled with grounds to create a big full jug of hot caffeinated loveliness. The jug sits on a hot plate, which is what keeps it warm.

The Melitta Optima Filter-Coffee Machine is one of the top filter options we have found. It’s a modern take on the classic filter-coffee machine design, including useful features such as a timer, water level display and detachable filter unit to make brewing your coffee even easier.

The joy of using a timer is that you can set the machine to start brewing for when you wake up, so the smell wafts deliciously through the house. All you need is water, grounds and the right size filter papers.

Specifications

  • Tank Capacity: 1.1 Litres
  • Pressure: N/A
  • Type: Ground
  • Features: Thermostatic Hotplate
  • Auto Shutoff: No
  • Manufacturer’s Guarantee: 2 Years

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We like

  • Not restricted to one brand of coffee
  • Lovely design
  • Easy to use
  • Great functionality
  • Fantastic tasting coffee

We dislike

  • Have to replace filters with every use

Final Verdict

While it is slightly more expensive than a bog standard filter-coffee machine, you get what you pay for – a sleek design that creates lovely hot coffee with no mess and no restriction to any one brand of coffee, as is the case with some of the pods. Bonus – grounds are great for the garden.

Melitta AromaFresh Filter

Compatible with both beans and ground coffee, your perfect cup can be crafted with the AromaFresh by choosing one of three strength intensity settings. Whether you go for something with a bit of a kick or just want a relaxing warm drink, this machine uses an integrated grounder for a smooth texture.

As a bonus, choose which grinding level you prefer, from fine to coarse, ensuring in a perfect tailor-made cup of coffee. For those who find themselves to be a bit bleary-eyed in the morning, there is an adjustable timer setting – one less thing to worry about while you’re rushing to get ready. The keep-warm function (choose from 20, 40 or 60 minutes) will keep the thermal jug perfectly hot until you’re all set, too.

Either use your dishwasher to keep the glass carafe and filter clean or use the handy brush included for hand washing purposes. Thanks to the LED display, you can see when the machine needs descaling and there’s a convenient indicator of water hardness and calcification.

The transparent water tank and level indicator let you easily see when the water needs topping up and the bean dispenser holds up to 180g of product, which is plenty if you have a full house. It also looks incredibly professional, which is good if you’re conscious of the style of your appliances.

The stainless-steel and glass finish will fit perfectly into any kitchen. The only downside is that it will use all the water in the tank no matter the weight of coffee beans, so you have to bear this in mind when filling both and double-check the water indicator level.

There is no milk function, so you have to add your own after.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.25L
  • Power: 1000W
  • Control: Button
  • Dimensions: H44.2 x W25.8 x D23.4 cm
  • Weight: 4.21kg

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We like

  • “Grind-Off” setting for pre-ground coffee
  • Timer and keep warm functions
  • Auto switch off

We dislike

  • Uses all the water in the tank
  • No milk frothing option for the price tag

Final Verdict

A really good option if you are a filter coffee fanatic

Best Handheld Coffee Machines

Love to go camping? Maybe you work pretty on-the-go and spend some time on the road, so spend lots of time (and money) in service stations and cafes?

A handheld coffee maker could be perfect if you love your coffee but hate having to spend so much money on the stuff, or if you like to take trips away from electricity supplies and running water. There are various forms, from battery-powered models which can heat the water to ones which need a bit more arm power or pre-heated water. There’s also models which make the coffee which you then transfer into a cup, or ones which you can drink out of.

Which is best for you will depend on the type of coffee you like to make, how much you like to make at any one time, and why you need such a machine.

Wacaco Minipresso NS

A portable espresso machine which uses pods to do the heavy work, which is ideal if you want something to take on-the-go and don’t want several cups containing all of your coffee and extra bits. This will also help keep weight and capacity down if you’re stuck on space.

It is manually operated using a piston operation. This is basically a press action which uses pressure to force the water through the pod. Just add hot water to get the process going, and a few presses of the piston should do the trick.

Water tanks of several sizes are available, so even if there will be a few of you, the coffee maker should be able to cope with demand. You can also purchase a cover for the Minipresso, in case you take it everywhere with you and want it protected against both superficial and working damage.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 19.99 x 7.49 x 7.49 cm
  • Weight: 372 g

We like

  • Handy size
  • Easy to extract coffee
  • Larger water holders can be bought

We dislike

  • Require pods - more cost and waste

Final Verdict

There may be waste, but it is a much easier and travel-friendly method than so many others out there

Aerobie Aeropress

No true coffee lover can risk going without when travelling, camping or setting off on a picnic. This revolutionary portable item uses pre-prepared hot water and air pressure to make your perfect cup of coffee on-the-go, using a vacuum/syringe technique.

Simply add a heap of ground coffee, pour over the hot water, steep the coffee for 10-50 seconds depending on preferred intensity and then push down on the plunger to force the liquid through the filter and fill your cup.

It is super easy to clean by just rinsing under water but is also dishwasher safe if you’d like to give it a thorough clean when you get home.

Despite its primary function as a simple yet effective transportable appliance, the Aeropress makes quality coffee that rivals more technical piece of equipment. Ready in just 30 seconds, the coffee produced is fresh, smooth and rich.

It isn’t just loved by those who wish to carry it around; it’s commonly used by many at home or in the office as it is tastier and just as quick as making instant coffee. The use of air pressure results in an incredibly intense flavour without bitterness and acidity.

It is perhaps not ideal for those with weak wrists due to the method of production, but the taste of the coffee produced doesn’t seem to vary depending on the amount of compression which is a bonus.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.32L
  • Control: Plunger
  • Dimensions: H29.3 x D10.5 cm
  • Weight: 408g

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We like

  • Transportable
  • Great tasting results

We dislike

  • Can be very messy
  • Coffee is on the very strong side and hard to modify

Final Verdict

A brilliant invention for those who love to travel or go on holiday, but don't like having to go without their morning brew

Best Built-In Coffee Machines

For maximum space saving and the best modern look, a built in coffee machine is the answer. They are the newest option and a little on the sparse side at the moment, but the majority are packed with features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, strength and temperature adjustments, and the ability to use with different types of coffee.

SMEG Classic CMS6451X Built In Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Want to recreate that barista style coffee in the comfort of your own home, but are lacking in bench space to get a huge bean to cup fancy machine?

This model is built in to the cabinets at eye-level, so is ideal for a space-saver. Yet, it is still packed with plenty of technologies to make the most out of your coffee hit. A steam arm will froth up your milk perfectly for those cappuccinos and lattes. There is the option to select the strength and the temperature of each individual coffee so you can cater to your tastes or those of guests.

A memory function is available too, though. So if you are set in your ways and must have your morning coffee a precise way every day, you can press one button and it will be ready. It will accept beans and grounds, so if you have a favourite blend or one is more accessible than the other, the machine will adjust automatically.

As a finishing touch, there is an interior light so you will both be able to see what you’re doing and will be able to create a lovely atmosphere in your kitchen. Plus there is a long coffee option if you like something a bit more mellow.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 45.4 x 59.5 x 36.1cm
  • Power: 350W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1.8 Litres

We like

  • Simple to install
  • Great tasting coffee produced
  • Auto clean function

We dislike

  • No cup warmer option for the price

Final Verdict

For the Smeg name, this isn't actually a bad price at all. You get the great tasting coffee along with a stylish unit

Bosch CTL636ES6 Wifi Connected Built In Bean to Cup

Able to work with both beans and grounds, the grinder of the CTL636ES6 can automatically adapt best to suit whatever you use with CoffeeSensor Pro technology, so you can rest easy knowing that your perfect cup of coffee is edging ever closer.

You can make two cups at any one time, so is ideal if you either like to go back to another cup afterwards or if there is a household waiting for their caffeine kick. The Bosch Home Connect app will allow you to make an Americano from the comfort of the sofa or bed. It will be ready when you get to the machine to collect it.

It is designed to fit into an eye-level cabinet, so is a really nice level for access. There is a Aroma DoubleShot feature if you want a taller coffee, or indeed something even stronger than usual. This uses a new set of beans too, so the flavour is not compromised. To round it off, the memory function will remember exactly how you like your caffeine hit. Plus, the SilentCeram technology grinds very quietly so it won’t alarm the rest of the house when they’re all having a lie in.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 45.5 x 59.4 x 37.5cm
  • Bar Pressure: 19 bar
  • Power: 1600 Watt
  • Water Tank Capacity: 2.4 Litres

We like

  • Loads of extras to make use easy
  • Wi-Fi ability
  • Makes various types of coffee

We dislike

  • A bit pricey but for those who love coffee

Final Verdict

Easy to connect up and use, and produces a solid cup of coffee which is essentially the most vital thing

Coffee Machine Buying Guide

Size

Size is an important factor to consider when choosing your coffee-machine, if you plan on storing it away some of the time. Unless it’s going to be on the kitchen worktop – in which case it can be as large as you want (within reason) – make sure you opt for a coffee-machine that is small and light enough to fit in one of your kitchen cupboards.

Usability

Some people like their coffee ready quickly, with minimal effort. Others like to put time and effort into crafting the perfect cup. If convenience is your priority, consider opting for a pod machine that does a lot of the hard work for you while still offering a lot of variety.

Wattage

As a general rule: the higher the wattage, the faster your coffee will heat up. If you’re going to be making batches in large quantities, then a high wattage machine – perhaps a filter-coffee machine with a large jug – is going to be the right option for you. If it’s just you and a friend, you can afford to go lower with a machine that will just make the occasional espresso or latte.

Milk Froth

Unless you only drink black coffee– espressos or americanos – then you may want to consider looking for a model that either has a steam arm or an integrated milk frothing function. This will give you the ability to make all kinds of drinks that use milk, such as cappuccinos and lattes.

Bar Pressure

Bar pressure is what’s responsible for the flavour of your drink. If the bar pressure isn’t powerful enough, you won’t get as strong a flavour. To achieve a great-tasting coffee with a smooth cream on the surface, aim to buy a model with a bar pressure of between 9-15 bars.

Heating

The top models tend to use thermoblock heating systems. The reason is that they heat water only to 90° – the optimal temperature for great coffee – rather than boiling point as you would for a cup of tea. This helps to avoid the horrible burnt taste that results if you heat the water too much. When buying your coffee machine, look for one with a thermoblock heating system.

Auto Shutoff

Unless you’re buying a filter model, auto shutoff is a good function to look out for. It shuts down your coffee machine automatically after use if you haven’t touched it for a certain amount of time, which both saves energy and prevents coffee burning. Auto shutoff can be found on most models but not all, so try and find one with this function if you can.