With cafes now closed and most of us staying indoors following the latest coronavirus advice, coffee shop regulars might be craving something a little more satisfying than an instant coffee.
If you're looking to fill the latte-shaped hole in your life, now could be the perfect time to get a coffee machine.
Whether you choose a premium bean-to-cup coffee machine, a simple pod machine, or a hands-on traditional ground coffee machine, there are options to suit every taste.
Most machines are designed to work with just one type of coffee - ground, beans or individually packed, pre-filled pods. It's worth considering which you'd prefer to use, as the type you choose will affect the drink options available to you.
Fans of milky drinks such as cappuccinos can opt for a coffee machine that comes with a milk frother.
Some machines have a steam wand, which lets you froth milk manually, while others come with automatic milk frothing. Pod coffee machines made by Tassimo and Dolce Gusto use powdered milk pods to dispense froth directly into your drink.
A traditional ground coffee machine gives you the ability to manually adjust the strength and size of drinks for a hands-on barista experience.
But if you want something that does the hard work for you, there are plenty of automatic pod and bean-to-cup models that will dispense the coffee of your choice at the press of a button.
Coffee machines can cost anything from £30 to more than £1,000. So how much do you really need to pay to get a great brew?
Bean-to-cup machines tend to be pricier than pod and ground coffee machines. And more expensive models usually have fancy features such as colour touchscreens, extensive drinks menus and automatic milk frothing.
But we've found plenty of good machines that won't break the bank. Many of the coffee machines we rate highly in our tests will only set you back £100 or less - and our cheapest Best Buy costs less than £50.
Even if your chosen machine tops £100, just think how much not being able to pop to your local coffee shop for a while will save you. The savings over just a couple of months could easily pay for many of our that will keep your caffeine addiction supplied for years to come.
The graphic below shows how the cost of buying and using a coffee machine compares with typical spend on coffee-shop espressos over five years. Pods are more expensive than ground coffee or beans, so even though pod machines are typically cheap to buy, the cost per cup is higher.
Looking for a cheap way to get your caffeine fix? We've recently put five coffee machines that are decently priced for their type through our rigorous lab tests.
If you're short on kitchen space, this cheap, compact pod coffee machine from Krups could fit the bill - but does it make a decent cup of coffee? Read our to see whether it should be on your wishlist.