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9 October 2020

Best coffee machines 2020

Choose the best coffee machine for you using our expert buying guide and independent coffee machine reviews
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How to buy the best coffee machine?

From cheap and cheerful Nespresso makers to commercial-style espresso machines, there's never been a greater choice of coffee machines on the market. And with prices ranging from as little as £30 to more than £1,000, it pays to spend a little time working out what the best option is for you. 

Use our coffee machine buying guide to work out which type of machine suits you best.

Read our latest coffee machine reviews - could one of these be your perfect model?

Best coffee machines for 2020

We've rounded up our pick of the best coffee machines from our independent tests to help you find the right model for your home. 

We’ve tested hundreds of coffee machines, including models from DeLonghi, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, Krups, Nespresso, Sage, Tassimo and more. The models below are some of the very best coffee machines money can buy.

Best Buy coffee machines

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£160.00
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This cheap and compact capsule coffee maker is a great buy if you’re keen for a quick coffee hit but short on worktop space. Bought with the milk frothing accessory, it makes flavoursome espressos and tempting cappuccinos. It’s quick, quiet and easy to use.

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£207.00
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This bean-to-cup machine is compact and simple, so you won't find the multiple drink options you get on premium bean-to-cup machines. It gets the basics right though - it makes excellent coffee and is easy to use and clean.

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Which bean-to-cup coffee machines are the best?

The best bean-to-cup coffee machines include brands such as DeLonghi, Melitta, Sage and Beko, each grinds coffee beans for the freshest cup possible. These also tend to automate more of the coffee making process and have self-cleaning functions for hands-free coffee prep. 

Best bean-to-cup coffee machines

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£207.00
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This bean-to-cup machine is compact and simple, so you won't find the multiple drink options you get on premium bean-to-cup machines. It gets the basics right though - it makes excellent coffee and is easy to use and clean.

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£749.00
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This high-end coffee maker is easy to use, brews excellent coffee and froths milk like a champion. It's got a quiet grinder too. You can make a coffee from the comfort of your sofa, thanks to the smartphone app it connects with, and it's got plenty of scope for personalising your brew, too.

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76%
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£449.00
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Get delicious, freshly ground coffee in less than a minute, with this compact and well-priced bean-to-cup coffee machine. It can produce drinks at a single touch and even remembers your preferred size. While you will have to froth your milk manually, the steam frothing wand will give your cappuccinos a fantastic foam finish.

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Which capsule or pod coffee machines are the best?

The best pod or capsule coffee machines, such as those from Nespresso, Dolce Gusto or Tassimo, are the ultimate in convenience if you just want a quick, consistent coffee with minimum hassle. These pod coffee machines tend to be small and simple machines.

Best capsule coffee machines

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£74.00
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This Best Buy coffee machine is user-friendly and makes a delicious cup of coffee without keeping you waiting too long when you need that caffeine hit.

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£160.00
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This cheap and compact capsule coffee maker is a great buy if you’re keen for a quick coffee hit but short on worktop space. Bought with the milk frothing accessory, it makes flavoursome espressos and tempting cappuccinos. It’s quick, quiet and easy to use.

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£59.00
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Compact, consistent and able to make delicious espressos, this simple and easy to use capsule coffee machine has it all. It's good value too. If you're after a cheap and simple way to make espresso, this is a great choice.

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Which ground coffee machines are the best?

The best ground coffee machines, include models made by DeLonghi, Dualite, and Swan. Ground coffee machines are the classic coffee maker. You measure and prepare your coffee yourself, and usually froth milk manually with a steam pipe rather than an automatic frother. They can take a little more time to get used to, but you'll have more control over your coffee.

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£94.99
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This budget coffee machine makes exceptional espressos and is incredibly easy to use. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything better at a price this low.

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£189.00
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This stylish compact coffee machine makes excellent espressos and cappuccinos, all while taking up much less space than your average ground coffee machine. It's a good bet if you want a top-notch traditional coffee maker with a small footprint.

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Which coffee machines should you avoid buying?

Even the big brands can produce a dud from time to time. Among our list of disappointing coffee machines is a model from a popular capsule brand. This machine produced poor espressos that left our tasting panel underwhelmed. The Don't Buy coffee machines below are definitely best avoided.

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£2,523.16
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This expensive coffee machine gave a mixed bag of results in our taste tests. Its cappuccinos are pretty much perfect, but espressos are disappointing, with a pale, thin crema and weak flavour. For the price, you'd expect it to be able to make consistently great coffee whichever drink you choose.

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£80.00
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This capsule machine promises more control over your coffee, so it's just the way you like it. Unfortunately, it turned out underwhelming brews in our tests. Espressos lacked flavour and had a metallic tang.

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£179.00
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This versatile coffee machine is simple and quick to use, however it makes disappointing espresso. For the price, we think you can do much better.

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How do we test coffee machines?

Which? is independent – we work for you, so you can be sure that our coffee machine recommendations are influenced only by our test results.

We don’t take advertising and we buy all the products that we assess ourselves. With more than 50 years expertise in testing home appliances, you can trust that we’re the experts in separating the good from the bad.

Watch our how we test coffee machines video to discover the lengths we go to in our quest to find a Best Buy, so you can make a great coffee at home.

Ready to buy? Head to our coffee machine reviews to compare models and find the best machine for you.

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