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Is the £50 Lidl coffee machine any good?

Cheap espresso maker in stores from today

Lidl coffee machine making an espresso

Can the Lidl coffee machine make a decent espresso?

Lidl has launched a budget coffee machine that will make coffee shop style drinks at home for just £50. With some coffee makers costing over £1000, could a cheap supermarket model really produce decent espresso?

Despite the rock bottom price this ground coffee machine comes with some useful features, including a steam pipe to froth milk – handy for making milk drinks like cappuccinos or lattes. 

The Silvercrest espresso maker is only available in Lidl stores while stocks last, so we got hold of it early to try it out and bring you our first impressions. 

Read the full Lidl Silvercrest espresso machine first look review to find out whether we think this bargain coffee machine is worth snapping up next time you’re near Lidl.

Cheap coffee machines

The average cost of a Which? Best Buy coffee machine is £185, so a £50 coffee machine sounds tempting.* But, while price isn’t always a good indicator of quality, going cheaper can be a gamble. If you want more control over your coffee making, to use coffee beans for a fresher brew, or to avoid the ongoing cost of coffee capsules, you’ll usually need to pay a bit more.

We’ve reviewed nine coffee machines costing £50 or less, two of which impressed us enough to be named Best Buys. And if you can stretch your budget, we’ve found 15 Best Buys costing between £50 and £100.

So before you add the Lidl coffee machine to your trolley, head to our full list of Best Buy coffee machines to see which cheap coffee machines we recommend.

Which? coffee machine reviews

Whether you pay £50 or £500 you’ll want a coffee machine that consistently makes great espresso, with minimum fuss.

We put every coffee machine we test through a series of stringent tests, rating how well they make both espresso and milky coffees such as cappuccinos – and how easy they are to use and clean.

To find out more, read our guide to how we test coffee machines

*prices correct as of 14 June 2016

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