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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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Find the best coffee machine for you

From cheap and cheerful Nespresso makers to commercial-style espresso machines, there's never been more choice of coffee machine. 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, then browse our coffee machine reviews to find 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:

86%
£139.99
Reviewed

This coffee machine is a few years old, but remains one of the best-scoring coffee machines we've tested. It uses ground coffee, or ESE pods, and has a steam wand for milk frothing. This stylish, affordable machine is a top pick - it makes excellent espresso and cappuccino with minimal fuss.

81%
£109.00
Reviewed

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.

80%
£266.39
Reviewed

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.

Best bean-to-cup coffee machines 

Bean-to-cup coffee machines grind your coffee from scratch for the freshest cup possible. They also tend to automate more of the process and have self-cleaning functions for hands-free coffee prep. Here are three of our top picks:

Best bean-to-cup coffee machines

80%
£266.39
Reviewed

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.

80%
£749.00
Reviewed

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.

76%
£499.00
Reviewed

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.

Best capsule or pod coffee machines 

Pod, or capsule, coffee machines such as those from Nespresso, Lavazza or Tassimo are the ultimate in convenience if you just want a quick, consistent coffee with minimum hassle. They tend to be small and simple machines. Here are three of our top picks:

Best capsule coffee machines

84%
£100.00
Reviewed

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.

81%
£109.00
Reviewed

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.

81%
£39.99
Reviewed

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.

Best ground coffee machines 

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. Here are three of our top picks:

Best ground coffee machines

86%
£139.99
Reviewed

This coffee machine is a few years old, but remains one of the best-scoring coffee machines we've tested. It uses ground coffee, or ESE pods, and has a steam wand for milk frothing. This stylish, affordable machine is a top pick - it makes excellent espresso and cappuccino with minimal fuss.

79%
£79.00
Reviewed

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.

74%
£149.00
Reviewed

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.

Not sure which type is right for you? Check out our buying advice:

Three coffee machines to avoid

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.

51%
£80.00
Reviewed

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.

50%
£159.95
Reviewed

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.

32%
£252.00
Reviewed

This bean to cup machine is so bad we've made it a Don't Buy. The model we tested was slow, noisy, and produced weak, uninviting espressos. It's one to avoid.

How 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.

Our coffee machine tests

Every coffee machine we review goes through the same series of tests, designed to assess how well it will makes coffee and how easy it is to use. 

We rate:

  • How easy the machine is to set up and use
  • How quick it is to make espresso
  • How hot the coffee is
  • How noisy it is when making coffee
  • How easy it is to clean afterwards
  • How easy it is to descale – important to do regularly to keep your machine working smoothly

Most importantly, our specially trained coffee tasting panel rates the espresso each machine makes on taste, aroma and appearance, so you get the best-tasting brew. If a coffee machine has a milk frother or steam wand, we’ll rate the cappuccino too.

Our panel can tell how well the coffee machines we test have extracted the flavour from the coffee, as we use the same one in each type of machine.

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