Would you brew coffee with your smartphone?Which? reviews the Smarter wi-fi coffee machine

21 January 2016

Filter coffee machine with cup and coffee beans

A filter coffee machine with a difference: brew coffee at the touch of a button on your smartphone

The Smarter wi-fi coffee machine is a grind and brew filter coffee machine that lets you make a cup of coffee from anywhere in your home, via its mobile app. We’ve been busy making coffee so we can bring your our first impressions and tell you whether it’s worth investing in.

With a price tag of £180, Smarter’s coffee machine is one of the priciest filter machines on the market. But unlike other models you can connect it to your wi-fi and control it from your smartphone or tablet.

British manufacturer Smarter, known for its wi-fi controlled kettle, says that it's an “even better way to start your day”. But is it a truly hassle-free route to your caffeine fix?

Read the full Smarter Coffee Machine first look review to find out.

Brew coffee without leaving the sofa

Download the Smarter app (available on iOS and Android) and you can control the number of cups of coffee you make (up to 12), the strength of the coffee, and how long it stays warm for.

You can't actually set the machine to brew at a certain time. Instead, you set an alarm that prompts you to make coffee. There is also a ‘home’ setting where the coffee machine will start to brew when you’re nearly home so your coffee is ready-brewed when you get in.

We weren't totally sold on the 'smart' features of this coffee maker. You’ll still need to do some tasks manually, such as refilling the water tank, topping up the beans and emptying used coffee grounds, so it doesn't save a huge amount of hassle. Other models have built-in timers so you can programme them to make coffee automatically at a chosen time - and they're cheaper too. 

Head to our filter coffee machine reviews to see the best options for your budget.

Which? filter coffee machine reviews

We’ve reviewed 18 of the most popular filter coffee machines from brands including Delonghi, Russell Hobbs, KitchenAid and Cuisinart. 

Our coffee expert rates the quality of the coffee made by each machine, and we also check how quickly they make coffee, how hot the coffee is, whether they are noisy and how easy they are to use and clean.

To see our pick of the best filter coffee machines - including a great value model for less than £20 - head straight to our full list of Best Buy filter coffee machines

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