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15 Best Espresso and Coffee Machines

Andy Vandervell


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.

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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.

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.

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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. 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

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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 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

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DeLonghi Distinta Coffee Maker

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.

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

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Prem Desai

November 7, 2014, 10:12 am

Very interesting read. Thanks Andy.

I've been using the Tassimo system since it first came out and would have liked to see how it compares to the other pod machines.

Having said that, whilst I still like their drinks, their machines are getting worse with each generation (smaller water tank, noiser, uglier and less reliable). Their customer service is pants too.

I think I'll be ditching my Tassimo once my current supply of pods runs out and have a look at some of these machines instead .....


November 7, 2014, 2:54 pm

We'll be reviewing more machines over the next few weeks/months, so watch this space.

Robert Winters

December 11, 2014, 12:46 pm

Picked up a Bosch Tassimo machine last week to replace my Dolce Gusto which didn't make coffee hot enough. (even after the hassle of boiling the kettle and heating my mugs before use)
The machine was reduced from £100 to £35 and when you register the machine you get £20 of pod vouchers FREE making my new (and excellent) Tassimo T12 Vivy machine the grand total of £15! (+ free delivery)
Bargain of the year!
And you haven't even given Tassimo a mention but yet you include 3 Nespresso machines in your list! (commission?) Odd as Tassimo makes equally good coffee and at a fraction of the price of other pod machines. (£2.90 pods in Tesco Vs £4+ of the others) Not to mention the huge range of coffees, teas and hot chocolates that Tassimo provide compared to rivals. (plus 3rd party pod support even cheaper)
Because of this i don't think your list represents a very good, varied (what's with 5 Delongi machines?) or accurate assessment of the best coffee machines on the market at the moment.
You certainly haven't included any machine that represents the best value for money.
What's worse is that i am posting this comment just after you claim to have updated the list of machines to be current.
Did you even bother to see what was being sold at what prices at the moment? it doesn't seem like it.


December 11, 2014, 2:23 pm

We have some Tassimo machines in for for test at the moment, so you'll them appear here soon.

Robert Winters

December 11, 2014, 2:40 pm

Well as a consumer site i would have expected you to be raving at a Bosch coffee machine being delivered for an effective £15
It is Christmas.
I guess you'll get round to it.

Stephen Middlehurst

January 2, 2015, 9:59 pm

I was wondering about this too as not only are there no Tassimo machines on the 'best of' list but none have been reviewed full stop. Odd that in the 22 days since the reply to your post there's been two more Dolce Gusto reviews but I'm sure they'll be along soon. Shame that they're not up already though as there's some ridiculously good deals around at the moment across the range. Just picked up the T55 for £70 (owing to water quality in our area a Brita filter is more-or-less an essential feature) and very impressed so far. Well built, stupidly easy to use, good quality drinks and a very wide range of pods to choose from (likely helped by not being tied to a single manufacturer). Add on the 2 x £10 vouchers (not to mention decent cashback rates at the moment) plus decent availability in supermarkets and it's an attractive system right now.

On the subject of Dolce Gusto I'd have to argue these really aren't machines that do anything but coffee. Sure there's a couple of hot chocolate variants but they're all coffee-based. Similarly for tea, there's a couple of latte options but I think anyone buying this as anything other than a coffee machine is likely to be disappointed.


January 16, 2015, 6:27 pm

We've reviewed that machine now and it's in the round-up. Thanks for the tip!


January 16, 2015, 9:10 pm

Nice to see my Melody 3 get a 9


January 19, 2015, 10:48 am

Or, you could pony up £35 and enjoy great coffee in 60 seconds for £0.25 a cup. Perfect if you have an early start and want to enjoy great tasting coffee.

Ian Morris

January 19, 2015, 2:58 pm

I have a Tassimo and a Bialetti, both of which I love and both of which I use all the time. The Bosch Tassimo machine I have wins on speed, but it takes a while to find the good pods - I suggest the Costa Americano as a good starting point and the Kenco Cafe Crema as a nice option.

The big problem I have with Tassimo is that shops don't carry a wide selection, and the online store is very expensive as you usually have to cough up for shipping.

James vB

February 20, 2015, 1:29 pm

Having tried a bunch of these capsule machines back-to-back, I can recommend AEG's Lavazza A Modo Mio, esp with my favourite blend 'Intensamente'. Quick, easy, clean and consistent results, unlike others I could mention, with UK cost at c. 20p per cup. Have Bialetti and Aeropress as a back-up, but too fiddly and messy for use x times per day.

Richard Leake

January 2, 2016, 4:21 pm

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July 24, 2016, 12:45 pm

What a crap review, try a Jura


September 8, 2016, 11:45 pm

As an Australian, I know what good coffee tastes like since we have the best coffee in the world (I'm kidding, put your armour down). I've tried a few of the different coffees from espresso machines to the capsules machines, but I gotta say I still settle with the simple black coffee from the stovetop espresso maker.

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