Best Espresso and Coffee Machines
Looking for the best espresso machine around? Our Best Coffee Machine Round-up features great espresso machines, the best pod coffee machines and the best bean-to-cup coffee machines and advice to help you choose the right one for you.
We review new machines every week, ensuring that our list of the top coffee machines always remains fresh and up-to-date.
The latest machine we've added is a Lavazza capsule machine from AEG and it's possibly one of our favourite machines of its type. It comes with a dishwasher safe milk jug and steam spout, which makes it much easier to clean and makes it a very versatile machine.
We've split our list by category:
Best Espresso Machines
If you like using ground coffee, a traditional espresso machine is ideal. These are like the huge, old-school coffee machines you used to find in coffee shops, but much smaller. They're harder to use than pod coffee machines and bean-to-cup machines, but they're generally cheaper, give you lots of control and the good ones produce great-tasting coffee.
Gaggia Classic 2015 – Manual Espresso Machine – A modern classic that produces incredible coffee at a great price
Krups XP5620 – Manual Espresso Machine – A smart and affordable manual espresso machine
Dualit Espress-Auto 3-in-1 – Hybrid Espresso Machine – A flexible hybrid of manual espresso and pod machine in one
DeLonghi Dedica– Manual Espresso Machine – A great looking, quality manual espresso machine
Best Coffee Pod Machines
These use branded 'pods' to produce coffee and often numerous other hot drinks. There are several brands of pods, such as Nespresso, Dulce Gusto and Tassimo, with different companies supporting different systems. The main pros of pod coffee machines for office coffee are ease of use, consistency and convenience; the con is the higher cost from having to buy the proprietary pods.
AEG Fantasia Lavazza – Lavazza Pod Machine – A versatile pod machine with a dishwasher safe milk jug
KitchenAid Nespresso Artisan – Nespresso Pod Machine – A Nespresso machine with an iconic design
Tassimo Vivy by Bosch – Tassimo Pod Machine – Ultra compact and affordable Tassimo coffee machine
Nescafe Dulce Gusto Piccolo – Dolce Gusto Pod Machine – A small and easy to use machine from the Dolce Gusto range
Nescafe Dulce Gusto Melody 3 – Dolce Gusto Pod Machine – The flagship machine in the Dolce Gusto range
Nespresso Lattissima Pro by DeLonghi – Nespresso Pod Machine – Top-of-the-range Nespresso pod machine with milk carafe
Best Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines
The clue is in the name – these machines grind fresh beans to produce coffee straight to your cup. They're the 'purest' type of coffee machine, but they're also the most expensive and often the largest. If you're very particular about your coffee, however, a bean-to-cup coffee machine is a good bet.
Philips Saeco Intelia Focus HD8751 – Bean-to-Cup Machine – An effective and easy to use bean-to-cup machine
DeLonghi Eletta Cappuccino Top – Bean-to-Cup Machine – A premium bean-to-cup machine with great milk system
Best Filter Coffee Machines
Most filter coffee machines come with a large jug and a warming plate. They're great for busy households, home offices or small offices where you want decent coffee on tap all day. But there are some varieties, such as one machine from KitchenAid which is designed as a single-person machine for convenient, decent quality and affordable coffee on the go.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker – Filter Coffee Machine – A unique filter machine that comes with its own insulated travel coffee mug
DeLonghi Distinta ICMI 211 – Filter Coffee Machine – The best filter coffee machine we've tested