Coffee's been making mornings more palatable since the 15th century, and in the intervening 500 years the humble coffee bean has spawned forth a huge range of different coffee-based drinks. But whether you're a fan of cappuccino or macchiato, espresso or flat white, there's a coffee machine out there that'll make you the coffee you want every time – and here you'll find nothing but the best coffee machines Expert Reviews have ever tested.
The first question you need to ask yourself is: do you want a manual espresso machine for coffee-shop style creations, or, do you want a filter machine that provides a hot coffee that's always on the go? Here you’ll find a variety of the best coffee machines available to buy in the UK right now. All have been split into categories, to suit all needs and all budgets.
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Best coffee machines: manual espresso machines
1. De'Longhi Scultura Coffee Machine
If you want great coffee from a machine that looks brilliant, the shiny metal De'Longhi Scultura is the machine for you. Simple operation coupled with perfect water flow make it easy to produce a great shot of espresso at the right temperature. With a tap to control steam, milk drinks are simple, too.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 305x242x382mm, Water capacity: 1.4L, Cup warmer: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (steamer wand)
2. Philips Saeco Poemia
If you want espresso on a budget, the brightly-coloured Philips Saeco Poemia is the machine for you. It's neat and compact, and produces a decent, if not a little frothy, shot of espresso. With a long wand for steaming milk, this is a great choice for anyone on a tight budget.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 297x200x265mm, Water capacity: 1L, Cup warmer: Yes,Milk frothing: Yes (steamer wand)
Best coffee machine: Bean-to-cup
1. Melitta Caffeo Barista TS
If you want the best bean-to-cup machine, the Melitta Caffeo Barista TS comes highly recommended. I've always been a firm believer that manual machines give you more control and the best quality coffee, but I'm happy to say that this machine has beaten all of my expectations and produces exceptional coffee that's every bit as good (if not better) than from a manual machine. As well as regular espresso and long drinks, the Caffeo Barista can automatically steam and pour milk for perfect cappucinos and lattes: all available from the touch of a button. With two bean hoppers, so you can have a variety of coffee on the go, user profiles that members of your house can tweak to get coffee the way they want it and incredibly simple maintenance, this really is the kind of automatic machines.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 365x255x465mm, Water capacity: 1.8L, Cup warmer?: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (automatic), Adjustable grind: Yes, Adjustable strength: Yes (five steps)
2. Krups EA850B
If you want an espresso machine that can do absolutely everything brilliantly, look no further than the Krups EA850B. It might be one of the most expensive bean-to-cup machines, but it can pour you an espresso, cappuccino and latte automatically. Excellent results for all types of drinks makes this a triumph of quality and convenience.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 375x275x420mm, Water capacity: 1.7l, Cup warmer: No,Milk frothing: Yes, Adjustable grind: Yes, Adjustable strength: Yes
3. Melitta Caffeo Varianza CSP
The little brother of the Caffeo Barista TS (see above), this fully automatic bean-to-cup might not quite have the same range of features or flexibility, but it does produce the most important thing: excellent coffee. From excellent espresso that's the equal to the best manual machines, to longer drinks with fluffy textured milk poured automatically, the Varianza CSP does everything exceptionally well. It's neat and compact, excellent value and easy to maintain. Simply put, at this price, nothing else comes close for quality.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 405x380x253mm, Water capacity: 1L, Cup warmer?: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (automatic), Adjustable grind: Yes, Adjustable strength: Yes (five-steps)
4. Gaggia Brera
Finished in metal, the Gaggia Brera looks fantastic and every bit the high-end beans-to-cup machine. It definitely has a classy air to it, which means it will look great wherever you put it. It pours near-perfect shots of espresso automatically, although you have to manually steam milk for drinks. Fortunately, this dual-boiler machine is always ready for coffee and milk.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 315x255x45mm, Water capacity: 1.2L, Cup warmer?: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (steamer wand), Adjustable grind: Yes,Adjustable strength: Yes (3 steps)
5. Gaggia Naviglio
Gaggia has come back with a bang, with this top bean-to-cup machine. Although it's comparatively cheap, it produces excellent espresso and I only needed to adjust it slightly to get the best taste. With a manual steam wand, you can froth milk in a jug and make excellent milk-based drinks, such as a latte or cappucino. At this price, it's hard to beat and you have to spend a chunk more money before you start getting truly better results.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 340x440x256mm, Water capacity: 1.5L, Cup warmer?: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (steam wand), Adjustable grind: Yes,Adjustable strength: Yes (three)
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Best coffee machine - capsule machines
1. De'Longhi Lattissima Pro
There's no simpler way to put it, the De'Longhi Lattissima Pro is the best counter-top Nespresso machine that we have ever tested. It's also one of the most versatile, capable of making simple Espresso and milk-based drinks automatically. It looks fantastic, produces great-tasting coffee - what more could you want?
Dimensions (HxWxD): 274x194x332mm, Water capacity: 1.3L, Cup warmer: No, Milk frothing: Yes (automatic)
2. Krups Inissia, £90
The Krups Inissia is the new entry-level Nespresso machine. To keep the price down, it's made from plastic, but you shouldn't let this put you off. It looks gorgeous and comes in a range of bright colours to suit any room. The one thing it doesn't do is steam milk automatically, although you can buy an Aeroccino 3 frother separately. At this price, this is a great introduction to real coffee.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 230x120x310mm, Water capacity: 0.7L, Cup warmer: No, Milk frothing: No
Best coffee machine - filter coffee machine
Melitta Look Timer, £60
High-quality coffee doesn't have to be expensive, as the Melitta Look Timer shows. Despite its reasonable price, this is one of the best filter machines that you can buy.
It takes paper filters, which ensures fresh-tasting coffee, while giving you the opportunity to adjust taste by using different types of filter. Next, it's solidly built, delivering excellent tasting coffee: there's even a dial to adjust the strength and flavour of your coffee.
A glass jug takes the coffee, while a hotplate keeps it warm if you can't drink it all in one go: don't keep the coffee on here for too long, as the flavour starts to change.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 330x240x225mm, Water capacity: 1.5L, Machine type: Filter, Stay warm: Yes (hot plate), Warranty: One-year RTB