Which? reveals best coffee machines for ChristmasFind out which coffee makers brew the best coffee

24 October 2013


In two months time it'll be Christmas Eve. So is a stylish coffee machine on your Christmas wish list? We reveal our latest Best Buy coffee machines to help you choose which ones are worth splashing out on.

Brand new full test results for 10 of the most popular coffee machines are now online - just in time to help you prepare for your Christmas shopping. 

We've been busy brewing espressos and frothing milk with each of these machines to find the 'crema' of the crop. 

Which? members can read full test results for nearly 100 coffee machines - and see which machines we've rated as Best Buys - by visiting our coffee machines reviews. If you're not yet a Which? member you can get access to all our reviews by signing up for a £1 trial

Best Buy coffee machines 

The shining star in our latest tests scored a brilliant 85% and is a worthy Best Buy, but one coffee machine scores a bah humbug 54%. 

The models tested include the compact Nespresso U coffee machine, which packs lots of features into a small coffee maker, and the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express. 

Heston's debut coffee machine comes with smart accessories and bridges the gap between a traditional ground coffee machine and a bean-to-cup machine by incorporating a separate grinder alongside the coffee machine.

85%  was the top score in our latest tests - 54% was the lowest.

We also tested the Krups Barista EA9000 bean-to-cup machine, which overflows with useful features like the LCD touch screen controls and self-cleaning steam pipe. With a price tag of £999 you'd expect it to wow in our tests - but we've found that the most expensive coffee machines don't always make the best tasting coffee. Read our full review to see how this one fared. 

Capsule coffee machines

Capsule machines, like those made by Nespresso, are becoming more and more popular. In 2010, 7% of coffee machine-owning Which? members had a capsule machine, but in our latest survey, a whopping 30% told us they now own one. 

Which? coffee machines expert Lisa Galliers says: 'Capsules are attractive because they are so easy to use compared to ground coffee or beans. They're a hassle-free way of getting a decent espresso quickly, and there's not much mess. The machines also tend to be much smaller than traditional ground coffee machines, so are a great choice for those with limited kitchen space.

'The downsides include the cost of capsules - there's no getting away from them being an expensive way to enjoy a shot of coffee.'

Nespresso capsules cost from around 29p, while some other brands of capsules can cost as much as 50p a shot. This is expensive compared to spending around 7p per shot when using ground coffee, or around 12p per shot when using beans. 

You can find out what type of coffee machine will best suit you in our guide on how to buy the best coffee machine. And if you have your heart set on a Nespresso capsule machine, make sure you check out our guide to Nespresso coffee machines.

Coffee machine reviews

The full list of coffee machines we've just tested is as follows: 

Krups Barista EA9000
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express BES870UK
Gaggia Carezza Deluxe R18525
Magimix Nespresso Maestria 11330
Francis Francis X 7.1
Krups Nespresso U XN250A40
Magimix Nespresso Essenza 11313
AEG A Modo Mia Favola cappuccino
Starbucks Verismo 580
Magimix Nespresso Gran Maestria M400

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