Are you an espresso aficionado? Can’t get through your day without a quick latte fix? Or are you more of the curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate type? Whatever your preference, I’ve found the perfect coffee machine for you. And trust me, after seeing this list you’ll find it hard not to buy one…
I’ll let you in on a (not so interesting) fact about me. I’m a coffee addict. And luckily so are the majority of the people I work with, so I never find myself stuck with no one to grab a quick coffee with. Unfortunately, a love of coffee is not something shared in my home, so although I’m crazy for espressos, I had to compromise and find a great ‘all-rounder’ hot drinks machine for my kitchen side. Although I am desperate to get the best espresso machine, my partner just wouldn’t get any use out of it; so, I got us a Tassimo Joy that makes drinks we both love.
My research into other coffee machines won’t go to waste though; I’m going to use it to help out you, lovely reader! So, whether you’re crazy about coffee, or more of an all-round hot drinks maker, you’ll find the right coffee machine for you below.
- 1 Best Bean To Cup
- 2 Best Pod Coffee Machine
- 3 Best Filter Coffee Machine
Best Bean To Cup
Do you love to customise your coffee spontaneously, so think a machine is definitely not for you? Think again. The Jura E6 allows you to choose the exact amount of water you use to suit your cup size.
You can also preheat your coffee, so it is served at the perfect temperature and stays warmer for longer. Intelligent memory function remembers your favourite settings so that you can get going at the press of a button in the morning.
The tank is removable for easy refilling. Perfect barista coffee without even leaving the house.
With the choice of programming your two favourites in for an even easier cup of coffee, the Melitta can also make two drinks at once – perfect if you have guests or a demanding household.
You can adjust the strength of the drink to suit your cup size, with a special setting for tall drinks. Prefer milky lattes to coffees with a kick? Don’t worry; there is a milk frother built-in to give you a velvety finish.
It is available in both black and silver, so it is easy to consider your kitchen design before you purchase.
Much much more than a bean to cup coffee machine, this De’Longhi can also prepare espressos, cappuccinos, long coffee and froth your milk. Basically, you can recreate all of your favourite barista-style brews fresh in your own home.
The “Doppio+” function allows you to enjoy more than a double size espresso with extra aroma and a boost of extra energy.
The name of every setting is clearly given on the backlit soft-touch control panel, so you will always get what you want without having to go through dozens of settings to get there.
There is auto shut-off as well, so you don’t have to keep a close eye on every brew to make sure it doesn’t overflow.
With a self-cleaning ability, you don’t even have to put in any effort to monitor its upkeep. Enjoy your drink without worrying.
Best Pod Coffee Machine
The beauty of pod machines is that they create less mess, as well as having a wide range of variety depending on the make and model.
With the Nespresso by Krups Vertuo, not only are there are over 20 pods available which offer different intensities. There are also four sizes of coffee to choose from – 40ml Espresso, 150ml Gran Lungo, 230ml Mug and 414ml Alto – so you can have a large brew in the morning and something smaller after dinner.
If you’re thinking “I would never remember how to choose the settings to make all of those drinks!”, panic not. One Touch recipes automatically extract all of the correct settings based on the capsule you are using, without you clicking any buttons.
Centrifusion technology will blend the coffee with water at 7000 rotations per minute, to get the perfect layer of foam on the top. The appliance also only takes 10-15 seconds to heat, so you won’t be hanging around waiting.
Want a hot drinks maker as opposed to a standalone coffee machine? Look no further.
One of the most affordable machines available, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy II is compatible with Tassimo’s T-Discs. These T-Discs come from a bunch of different brands like Jacobs, Carte Noire, Costa, Kenco and more.
So, are you feeling like a hot chocolate from the chocolate experts themselves? Pop in a Cadbury’s, Milka or Oreo T-Disc. Or what about the perfect cuppa? Then Twining’s is your pick. They may be expensive, but the sheer choice is phenomenal.
It uses INTELLIBREW technology to read the barcode on each disc to work out the time, temperature and amount of water needed for every cup.
The automatic stop function will turn off the water when needed, no matter whether you are making an Espresso, Lungo, Latte Macchiato or hot chocolate.
Perfect if you want to make a start in the pod coffee world and abandon your kettle for evermore, or occasionally want a decadent hot chocolate in front of the fire without trekking to the shops to buy an entire tub.
Best Filter Coffee Machine
If you have a large or busy household, a pod machine will just not do. With this Melitta model, you can make 10 large cups (125ml) or 15 small cups (85 ml) of coffee at once. It’ll keep the coffee warm for two hours, so you can easily go back to it.
The timer feature will get your coffee ready for when you wake up, so there is literally nothing you have to do. Great for those who find themselves rushing round in the morning with barely any time to themselves. You can even handle the jug with just one hand, in case you need to do a bit of procrastinating.
A flavour selector allows you to choose the intensity of your coffee at the press of a button, for an extra boost in the morning and a warming milky drink in the evening.
The 3-in-1 calcification, limescale and descaling programmes keep on top of the cleaning, so there are no extra tasks to undertake and add on to your already busy housework schedule.
Incredibly affordable and straightforward to get going, this Swan model has a modest 750ml jug – you won’t risk making more than you need, with about two jumbo mugs made.
For the price, it is packed full of extra functions and time-saving settings which will mean you never have to boil the kettle for instant coffee again.
The warming plate will keep the jug warm for up to 2 hours, and there is a 24-hour delay function, so you can set your coffee to brew long before it is needed. Anti-drip functions and boil dry protection will keep the machine in top condition, and also keep whoever is using it safe.
Filter replacements can be an expensive extra which many people don’t think about before they purchase an appliance of this type, so Swan’s removable, washable filter will prolong its life and keep that money in your bank account a bit longer.