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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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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.

Tables updated: November 2020

Best Buy coffee machines

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86%
Best Buy
£60.00
Reviewed

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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Best Buy
£349.97
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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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Best Buy
£319.00
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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. 

Best bean-to-cup coffee machines

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Best Buy
£349.97
Reviewed

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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Best Buy
£699.00
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One of the highest scoring bean-to-cup models we’ve tested. Its unique manual design gives you a hands-on coffee-making experience so you can play at being an at-home barista. It’s easy to use, quiet and dispenses tasty freshly-ground espressos in less than 30 seconds. The steam wand produces excellent creamy foam for creating milky drinks like cappuccinos.

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£599.00
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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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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.

Best capsule coffee machines

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85%
Best Buy
£359.00
Reviewed

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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Best Buy
£69.99
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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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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.

Best ground coffee machines

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Best Buy
£319.00
Reviewed

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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73%
Best Buy
£45.00
Reviewed

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 that didn’t hold us back from making it a Best Buy.

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Best Buy
£79.00
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This stylish, yet affordable, model makes fantastic espressos and deliciously creamy cappuccinos. It’s easy to use, quiet and incredibly speedy, knocking out an espresso in just 12 seconds.

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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

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61%
£2623.30
Reviewed

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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£207.47
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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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£199.00
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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 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. 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.

Updated: November 2020

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