Written by Paisley Tedder

Coffee machines: a buyer’s guide

With over two billion cups consumed everyday globally, the search for the best coffee machines has be(an) a tough one.

Can’t cope without a hot cup of java in the morning? You’re not alone. According to the British Coffee Association, us Brits consume approximately 95 million cups of coffee per day. If you’re one of the 80% who visit a café once a week, or the 16% that visit daily, then there’s definitely grounds to save money by investing in a coffee machine.

So if your weekly coffee spend is a bitter pill to swallow, check out our list of the best coffee machines on the market…

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Various Coffee types opener - Credit: Nathan Dumlao

Photo: Nathan Dumlao

1. Bean to cup

Love quality coffee, but lead a busy lifestyle? This is the machine for you. Offering fine tasting coffee at the touch of a button the Seimens bean to cup machine ensures every cup is identical in quality. It has four pre-programmed types, meaning all the hard work is done for you, so all you need to do is press and then sit back and enjoy a perfect cup. Additionally, this machine is height adjustable so you can fit your favourite cup in, whatever the size. Finally, the built-in milk frother gives it the ultimate barista finish!

Frothy coffee being made in bean to cup coffee machines on kitchen worktop

£349, John Lewis

2. The personalised one

The Bosch Tassimo My Way 2 is the coffee machine for those who like to have their java exactly the way they like it, with no negotiation! From the temperature and volume to the intensity of the flavour, you’re totally in control with this machine. The effort required from you is minimal, simply load the ground coffee of your choice in, press a button and it’ll do all the work for you.

Bosch Tassimo coffee machine on dining table with pastries and jams

£99.99, Currys

3. The digital one

“Alexa, make me a coffee!”. Technology goes to the next level with the Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy, the first ever coffee machine to be equipped with Amazon Alexa technology so you can, literally, order your coffee just by talking to the machine! It doesn’t end there though, the machine also monitors capsule stock, records your daily coffee intake and tells you how to decale it! Additionally, this coffee machine of the future will also store your favourite coffee combinations so you don’t even have to name your order. Finally, yhe machine can also make and receive calls, play music and control other Smart Home devices.
Lavazz coffee machne with blue amazon alexa link on wooden surface

£249, lavazza.com

4. The stylish one

Want to show off your home barista skills? Earn your stripes with this machine. Smeg is well-known for its seriously stylish kitchen accessories, and the Drip Filter coffee machine is no exception. With its 1950s-style appearance and chic look, you’re onto a winner with this one. Not only can you make up to ten cups of coffee in one go, but it will also keep your cups of coffee warm for up to 40 minutes after brewing. It’s available in seven sleek colourways, so you can select whichever fits best with your kitchen scheme.

Blue Smeg coffee machines on shelf with wooden boards, mugs and cookbooks

£199, AO.com

5. The innovator

Whether you’re a freshly ground fan or enjoy your coffee best from pods, this machine extract a smooth expresso with a consistent temperature. It’s ready to use in just 90 seconds, and can produce a single, double or pair of single espressos at just the click of a button. The Dualit espresso coffee machine also has a built-in milk frother so you aren’t limited to just espresso. Broaden your coffee drinking with cappucinos, lattes and even an indulgent hot chocolate.

Dualit coffee machines nxt to toaster and coffee dictionary on marble background

£179.99, Robert Dyas

6. The eco one

We’re all trying to do our bit for the planet, and to be honest just by opting to have a coffee at home rather than getting another disposable cup and lid from your local java shop, you’re making a difference. However, certain coffee machines are better at ticking the sustainable box than others, and the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S Touch by De’Longhi is one of those. The specialist NESCAFÉ pods can be bagged and returned to the brand for recycling, while the one minute eco mode means your coffee is being made with the planet in mind. The vast range of pods on offer also means you can have a vegan flat white, rich espresso, frothy latte macciato and more! Choose from 50 delicious hot and cold coffees, teas and even Nesquik hot chocolate, should you fancy a treat!

Nescafe dolce gusto cofee machines

£70, Amazon


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