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7 July 2021

Best coffee machines 2021

Choose the best coffee machine for you using our expert buying guide and independent coffee machine reviews
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Which?Editorial team

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. 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 2021

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. The models below are some of the very best coffee machines money can buy.

Last checked: 7th July 2021.

Best Buy coffee machines

  • 82%
    £50.00

    If you're after the perfect espresso, this pod coffee machine won't disappoint. It was a Best Buy when we first tested it and continues to be a Best Buy today, maintaining excellent scores in our retest. It's really easy to use, very quiet, and not difficult to clean - so it's no surprise that this is one of our highest-scoring capsule machines.

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  • 80%
    £339.00

    This Best Buy bean-to-cup coffee machine makes excellent espressos that are sure to please. It’s also quiet and easy to use, although it’s a little on the slow side – you’ll be waiting more than a minute for the first cup of the day.

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  • 78%
    £117.94

    This affordable traditional ground coffee machine delivers a great espresso, cappuccino or latte at the touch of a button. There's no faffing about with frothing milk yourself as the steam pipe is attached to a handy milk tank so you latte is created with minimal effort. It's simple to use and looks great, too.

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  • 78%
    £109.95

    This coffee machine makes a decent espresso and cappuccino quickly, and it scores highly across the board for being easy to set up and use. It’s affordable, too, so if you’re after a traditional ground coffee machine without breaking the bank, this Best Buy should be on your list.

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  • 76%
    £319.00

    This beautiful Best Buy brews excellent espressos, and the steam wand whips up creamy cappuccinos. It’s not the cheapest option, but if you want a show stopper for your kitchen counter, this eye-catching coffee machine won’t disappoint.

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

The best bean-to-cup coffee machines from brands such as DeLonghi, Melitta, Sage and Beko grind 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. 

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Best bean-to-cup coffee machines

  • 80%
    £339.00

    This Best Buy bean-to-cup coffee machine makes excellent espressos that are sure to please. It’s also quiet and easy to use, although it’s a little on the slow side – you’ll be waiting more than a minute for the first cup of the day.

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  • 80%
    £499.00

    This bean-to-cup machine isn’t the fastest, but the espresso is worth the wait. It makes cup after cup of tasty espresso, and can create a decent cappuccino, too. It’s easy to use and has a lot of useful features.

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  • 79%
    £1199.99

    This high-scoring Best Buy is a fantastic coffee machine, with easy-to-use touch controls, plenty of features, and a host of customisable options. It makes delicious espressos and cappuccinos, and it’s easy to clean. It's not cheap, but if you’re willing to spend more than £1,000, you’ll be rewarded with the latest tech and plenty of features. It has wi-fi built in, can use ground coffee or beans, dispenses two drinks at once, and comes with a detachable milk container and coffee pot.

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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 want a quick, consistent coffee with minimum hassle. These pod coffee machines tend to be small and simple.

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Best capsule coffee machines

  • 85%
    £64.99

    This compact worthy Best Buy makes excellent coffee at the touch of a button. It has some handy features, including an espresso boost if you want a more intense coffee, an auto switch-off and a fast heat up, so you won’t be waiting long for your coffee. And it's super-slim size makes it perfect for small spaces. Pods aren’t the cheapest way to enjoy your espresso, though, and recycling them is tricky.

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  • 84%
    £328.00

    The Sage Creatista Plus is a pod coffee machine that takes Nespresso capsules. It has plenty of customisation options for frothing milk, with eight texture levels and 11 temperatures to choose from, to help you create the perfect froth for your latte art. Find out what we thought of its milk frothing and coffee-making abilities in our full review.

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  • 78%
    £179.00

    Not only is this capsule machine incredibly straightforward to use, but it doesn’t take long to make a great quality espresso. It looks great, works quietly and is very easy to clean when you’ve finished. It’s an easy way to make fantastic coffee, and is a high scoring coffee machine worth considering.

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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, 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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Best ground coffee machines

  • 78%
    £117.94

    This affordable traditional ground coffee machine delivers a great espresso, cappuccino or latte at the touch of a button. There's no faffing about with frothing milk yourself as the steam pipe is attached to a handy milk tank so you latte is created with minimal effort. It's simple to use and looks great, too.

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  • 78%
    £109.95

    This coffee machine makes a decent espresso and cappuccino quickly, and it scores highly across the board for being easy to set up and use. It’s affordable, too, so if you’re after a traditional ground coffee machine without breaking the bank, this Best Buy should be on your list.

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  • 76%
    £319.00

    This beautiful Best Buy brews excellent espressos, and the steam wand whips up creamy cappuccinos. It’s not the cheapest option, but if you want a show stopper for your kitchen counter, this eye-catching coffee machine won’t disappoint.

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  • 70%
    £169.90

    This is a fantastic ground coffee machine, so whether you’re after a clean-tasting espresso or creamy cappuccino, this coffee machine delivers. It’s quick and easy to use, easy to descale, and quieter than most, all of which combine to make it a worthy Best Buy.

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  • 68%
    £45.00

    While it might lack some of the fancy features you get on more expensive models, you certainly won’t be missing out on great-tasting espresso with this machine. Its cappuccinos could be tastier, but it's still worth considering given the affordable price.

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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 produced poor espressos that left our tasting panel underwhelmed. The coffee machines below are best avoided.

Coffee machines to avoid

  • 61%
    £2702.00

    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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  • 51%
    £116.18

    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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  • 50%
    £179.00

    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 our coffee machine recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes. 

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.

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