Our round-up of the best espresso machines and coffee machines has something for everyone. We've reviewed dozens of pod machines, espresso machines, bean-to-cup and filter coffee machines to find the perfect list.
If it's a pod machine you're after, we've got machines for most of the leading brands, including Nespresso, Dulce Gusto, Tassimo and Lavazza. But we've got plenty of machines for purists, too.
Use the drop down above, or click the the 'Next' arrow to start browsing the list, or read on for a little more advice on what kind of machine is right for you.
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.
Pros – Authentic coffee experience and good value for serious coffee fans
Cons – Messier and more time consuming than other machines, and you need to take some time to learn how to make the perfect espresso.
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. Choosing your brand is an important decision as some are more expensive than others, and all offer different varieties and choices. It's worth trying a few to see which one you like the best.
Pros – Speed, simplicity and consistency
Cons – Pods are expensive and you're locked into a single system
The clue is in the name – these machines grind fresh beans to produce coffee straight to your cup. They're arguably a good compromise between an espresso machine that uses ground coffee and pod machines, since you can fill them up and not worry much about the mess. They also make brilliantly fresh coffee as you're grinding beans rather than using ground coffee.
Pros – Fresh coffee straight from the bean, normally easy to use and less messy
Cons – Big and expensive
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.
Pros – Instant coffee whenever you need it, great for busy coffee drinking households, good value
Cons – Less authentic than espresso and bean-to-cup machines