Miele has just launched its first countertop bean-to-cup coffee machines, the Miele CM6100 and the Miele CM6300. Both are automatic – so rather than froth milk in a jug yourself, you simply drop a hose into a milk container and press a button for instant cappuccinos – and both let you save your coffee preferences.
The feature-packed coffee machines can also make coffee at a touch of a button, and then rinse themselves off after. Sounds very convenient, but can bells and whistles like these ever justify such a huge price tag?
We’ve put the Miele Miele CM6100 though our rigorous independent performance tests at the Which? lab to find out how it compares to rivals – see our full Miele CM6300 coffee machine review to discover our expert verdict.
Miele’s pricey new coffee machines
Which? coffee machine expert Yvette Fletcher said: ‘Bean-to-cup coffee machines are expensive and Miele is a premium brand, but with these machines costing more than £1,000 each, this is serious money we are talking about.
‘To put the price of the CM6300 in perspective; for the same money you could buy a £3 coffee, five days a week, every week, for a year and eight months – and that doesn’t factor in the cost of the coffee beans, cleaning fluid or descaling tablets.
‘But if you’re in the market for a high-end bean-to-cup coffee machine, this could appeal to you – read our test lab results and expert coffee taste test verdict to see if it’s worth investing in.’
We’ve tested it against more affordable bean-to-cup coffee machines – see which have made it into our list of the best bean-to-cup coffee machines.
Pricing and availability
At the time of writing, the CM6100 costs £1,099 at House of Fraser, while the CM6300 coffee machine costs £1,299 and comes armed with a cup warmer and a milk flask that keep milk chilled for 12 hours.
They can each simultaneously make two cups of whatever drink you fancy, from quick espressos to large lattes.
You can change everything about the coffee to suit your tastes – from the coarseness of the coffee grinding and water temperature to how much espresso, milk and froth is added to each drink – and then save all your favourite settings.
Self-cleaning coffee machines
After they have served your drink, these machines will flush water through their coffee dispenser and milk hose, saving you the job of cleaning them.
This won’t get you out of giving the whole machine a good clean regularly, or giving it a good descaling, but it will lengthen times between cleaning and means you can grab a quick cup of bean-to-cup coffee before work without having to wipe anything down after.
These machines are more than double the price of the top-scoring bean-to-cup coffee machines we’ve tested – we’d recommend you check these out before making your buying decision.