The best coffee machines

Coffee machines
There's nothing like a good cup of coffee - but what machines can you rely on to get the best result when at home?

If you can't function without your morning coffee but braving the line at Starbucks every morning just isn't feasible, our round up of some of the best coffee machines on the market should help to point you in the right direction.

What type of machine is right for you?

There are a variety of coffee machines you'll find on the market right now and which one is right for you will depend entirely on what type of coffee drinker you are.

Pod or capsule machines

These machines are used for coffee that comes in a disposable capsule or pod that is inserted directly into the machine.

The pods or capsules themselves tend to be more expensive and less environmentally friendly than ground or instant coffee but, despite this, recent research has found that as many as 17 per cent of Brits own a coffee pod machine.

Pod or capsule machines are worth the investment if you're constantly in a rush as the machines heat up quickly and erase any of the mess that comes with working with coffee grounds.

However, most machines are only compatible with a capsule or pod that is sold by the machine's manufacturer. So if you want to get creative with your coffee, a capsule machine might not be for you.

Bean-to-cup machines

This is the machine of choice for fans of coffee shop style lattes. Simply pour your coffee beans into the machine and watch as it grinds them to make a professional tasting drink.

The machine uses a built in grinder, many of which come with a variety of settings so you can decide just how finely you would like your beans ground, and pours your drink automatically once finished.

Some machines will even a include a steam arm so you can froth milk.

Filter coffee machines

For people who aren't too fussed about their coffee and just need a quick pick-me-up, a filter coffee machine might be the best option.

Filter coffee machines work by dripping water through ground beans into a warm jug below. They're a bit more time consuming than other coffee machines, but every cycle of use means the next cycle with produce stronger coffee.

There's something for everyone among our pick of the best coffee machines, from the espresso enthusiast to the cappuccino connoisseur...

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Eclipse Automatic pod coffee machine by De’Longhi

£99, Amazon

New from Nescafé this year, the Dolce Gusto Eclipse coffee machine allows you to create top-tier barista style drinks from the comfort of your own kitchen.

The unique design makes it stand out from other machines on the market without compromising ease of use and a professional final product.

The high-pressure system (designed specifically for coffee shop quality) allows you to make rich, flavoursome drinks every time.

The smallest of the Nespresso range, the Pixie is compact enough to squeeze into even a tiny kitchen and provides a good-quality single or double espresso from a capsule in as little as 25 seconds.

It doesn't, however, have the capacity to froth milk - so if you're a cappuccino guzzler, you might want to upgrade to a bigger model, or buy a stand-alone milk frother.

Coffee connoisseurs swear by bean-to-cup makers - machines which grind coffee beans on the spot for an intenser, richer coffee.

Such appliances can cost an eye-watering amount of money, but De Longhi's Magnifica range is one of the better-value high street options. This model lets you adjust everything from the strength of the coffee to the temperature and also lets you use ready-ground coffee - ideal for those caffeine emergencies.

There are few coffee machines as good-looking as this vintage-style number from Francis Francis. Another capsule chomper, it's best at espressos but does have a steam wand so you can froth milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Available in red, white or black.

This cheap-and-cheerful gadget has a cult following among those in the know. Simple place a spoon of whatever coffee you like in the tube, add hot water, then press down with the plunger.

Within 30 seconds, you'll have a smooth cup of coffee (though admittedly without a coffee-shop style crema). Cleaning up is easy, and they even come with 350 disposable microfilters, so are low-cost to run.

This sleek black machine makes over 35 varieties of drink, from lattes and macchiatos to hot chocolates and tea.

Other than the quality of the coffee, its stand-out feature is that it's very low-maintenance - the product has an automatic cleaning and descaling program, while the 1.5L water tank means you don't have to fill it too often.

You're limited to the maker's capsules (or "T-discs", as Bosch like to call them), but there is a good range available, including some made by the coffee chain Costa.

If you fancy yourself a true barista (and have pockets as deep as Starbucks), this Heston Blumenthal-branded monster will tick all your coffee boxes.

The stainless steel machine is solid and stylish and will grind beans on any of 18 settings from coarse to fine, depending on how you crave your cuppa. The machine helpfully has "clean me" and "empty me" lights which remind you when it needs a bit of TLC.

One of Which's 'Best Buys', the Gaggia Baby Class is a classic stainless steel machine that delivers top-notch espressos in just 16 seconds.

It has a steamer attachment so you can make frothy coffees, and works with both ground coffee and ESE (easy serve espresso) pods. Very simple to operate, too.


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Nescafé Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine Jovia Manual Coffee by De’Longhi EDG250.B - Black

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Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine, 1300 W - Black

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Excelvan 15 Bar Pump Espresso Italian Style Coffee Machine - Hot Drinks, Cappuccino & Coffee Maker 850W

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De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia Manual Coffee Machine EDG250.R - Red

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LIVIVO ® Professional Espresso Cappuccino Coffee Maker Machine with Milk Frothing Arm for Home and Office (Black)

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Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 3 Manual Coffee Machine - Black

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Russell Hobbs Buckingham 1.25 L Filter Coffee Machine 20680 - Black and Silver

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NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krups - Black

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De'Longhi Magnifica Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Coffee Machine ESAM4200 - Silver

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Nespresso by KRUPS XN760B40 Nespresso Citiz and Milk Coffee Machine, 1710 W - Silver

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