There are many coffee machines on the market, all at different price points and in different sizes. You can also choose how complex you would like your coffee to be. Some machines work best in large kitchens, while others can be used in smaller spaces. Although bean-to-cup machines can grind fresh beans for your use, they are more expensive and may also take ground coffee. A version that takes only ground coffee can lower the price. Although capsule machines are popular, each brand has a wide range of flavours. However, they are only available for one brand and can be difficult to recycle. If you enjoy a lot of coffee and don’t care about milky beverages, a filter coffee machine with a cup might be your best option.
If you love your flat white, cappuccino, or latte, consider how many settings your machine should offer. You can even have your family members create your own settings to make your drink unique. Consider how smart you want your coffee machine to be. Some machines can even be controlled via an app so that you can make your coffee while you’re still at home or on your way to work. How many coffees are you able to make at once? This will depend on the size of your water reservoir and the milk jug.
How to select the best coffee machine for 2021
We’re proud to recommend the Melitta Barista Smart as our best choice for coffee machines. It has a quiet grind, intuitive controls, and stylish design.
The Nespresso Lattissima One (PS199) is a great budget coffee machine. It is user-friendly, stylish, and, above all, a great value for money.
Are you worried about how a coffee maker will fit in a small kitchen? Krups Opio Steam (PS149.99 is the best coffee machine to fit into a small kitchen. The compact design makes a rich and smooth cup with lots of crema.
Melitta Barista TS Smart
The Best of 2021
You’d be forgiven if you thought this coffee machine was more about style than substance. It has an LED touchscreen panel, and a stainless steel and black body. But that would be doing it a disservice.
You can make two cups of coffee with the machine’s two nozzles. This makes it ideal for large households or days when you need more caffeine.
It can make a wide range of barista-grade coffees very quietly. There’s also a milk frother, hot water setting, and hot water setting for regular and hot chocolates. You can control the machine via the touchscreen or the app. The “My Coffee” function allows you to save the preferences of up to seven people.
Morphy Richards Espresso Coffee Machine PS129
Best for espresso
This espresso machine is small and sleek and will look great on a countertop. It can take pods or ground coffee and is easy to use. The top has a cup warmer so you always have a hot cup of coffee.
This machine can make two espressos at once. It also comes with two sizes of filters, one for a smaller one-shot and two for a larger two-shot. The display is simple and clear.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Oracle touch, PS1,599 @ John Lewis
Best known for its wide range of beverages
This is a beautiful object that can be used if you have the space. It is fully automated. All you need to do is select the option you desire from the touchscreen and it will do the rest. You can customize each drink in many ways, including the strength, texture, and temperature. A profile allows you to save your preferences so that everyone in the household can access them.
This steamer is great if you make lattes or cappuccinos often. The steamer arm makes delicious foam, and you can also brew espresso and steam milk simultaneously to keep your drink warm.
Nespresso Lattissima One, PS199 at John Lewis
The best Nespresso machines
The Nespresso capsules have been a hit for a reason. If you are only interested in them, the Lattissima One might be the best option. It is small and compact at just 15.4cm in height and 32.4cm in depth. There are three settings that can be used for long or short coffees, as well as milk drinks. You won’t be limited by the variety of Nespresso pods.
Coffee machines can sometimes be difficult to use when it comes time to waste milk. However, the milk compartment is small enough for one serving. The milk is also frothed directly into the cup so there is less mess. It will notify you via LED when it is dirty and has a low-energy mode for when it’s not being used.
Breville VCF108 One Touch CoffeeHouse, Currys: PS149
Coffee that is easy to brew.
This stylish machine in white or rose gold has three settings that allow you to make rich, smooth bottled water for coffee machines with the touch of one button. You can choose from espresso, cappuccino, or latte. This machine is very fast and efficient. It also takes ESE pods and has a frothing arms (just make sure it’s pointed in the right direction).
It can hold 600ml of milk, which is enough for several lattes or cappuccinos. The tank clicks out to make it easy and convenient to store in the refrigerator between uses. The milk tank has a simple cleaning process that can be initiated by pressing a button. The drip tray is also easy to clean and remove – ideal for those who don’t want to fuss over small parts.
Nespresso Magimix VertuoPlus PS180, John Lewis
For clean design
The Magimix VertuoPlus is sleek and simple and a great addition to any kitchen. It is a great choice for black coffee lovers and can be used on the countertop. The machine does not come with a milk frother but can make four sizes of cups, including the 414ml Alto and the 40ml espresso. Its ‘centrifusion extract technology and automatic blend recognition’ are the machine’s key tech features. This allows for coffee to be extracted through the ground at a specific rate according to the blend. This machine is perfect for those who like dense crema.
It can only take Nespresso Grand Cru capsules. These capsules are not standard. It shouldn’t feel restricted with the 20 flavors available.
Breville All-in-One coffee house
This is the best coffee machine to try something new
This Breville machine is a great choice if you’re looking for a new way to make coffee. This machine has a pot to make filter coffee, a portafilter that can be used for espressos barista-style, and an attachment that can hold Dolce Gusto pods.
There is one downside to this: there is no hot water dispenser. This means that you have to press the ‘brew’ button as many times as necessary to fill a cup. It can be cumbersome if you need to fill up a travel cup, but it is a plus that the travel mugs will fit. Although it’s compact enough, the attachments can take up some space.
Beko Bean To Cup, PS279
Best for first time owners
This machine is for you if you don’t want to use a lot of bells or whistles when you make your coffee. The machine does exactly what it says. It transforms whole beans into perfect, strong coffee. It’s not very small but it is easy to use. The machine has an LCD control panel at the top and all the other functions inside, such as adding beans or removing ground coffee.
Simple is the best. This machine can make espressos and americanos but it’s limited in capacity. If you need more, consider buying a different model.
- 1.5L capacity
- 19 bar pressure
- 38 x 24x 44 cm
Smarter Coffee 2nd Gen, PS179
Smart home enthusiasts
It would make mornings easier if you could have your coffee ready before you even get out of bed. Smart coffee machines are a great way to achieve this. The Smarter machine can also be controlled by an app on your smartphone, as well as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant devices. The water level can be checked from far away. A warming plate keeps your drink warm for up to 40 minutes.
You can adjust the grind and strength of your coffee. It will also remember your preferences over time so that you have coffee ready for you. It can be set up to make a bean-to-cup, filter, or flavored coffee. However, there is no milk frother so it won’t make fancy drinks.