Which? Don't Buy coffee machines
Our list of Don’t Buy coffee machines will help you to avoid buying a model that makes a disappointing brew.
Why you should avoid a Don’t Buy coffee machine
We only label the very worst models a Don’t Buy. These are the coffee machines that are so poor at their key job we can’t recommend them.
Don’t Buy coffee machines will struggle to extract the best from your coffee, leaving you with a thin, watery and flavourless brew. They may also be slow, produce lukewarm drinks, or fail to froth up milk to bubbly perfection.
The worst models will also be a nightmare to use, leaving you tearing your hair out in the mornings when you should be sipping a hearty brew.
Opt for one of our Best Buy coffee machines instead and you’ll find it quick and easy to make a tasty coffee that extracts maximum flavour from your favourite roast.
Coffee machine reviews you can trust
Over the years we’ve tested hundreds of coffee machines from big brands such as Nespresso, DeLonghi, Dualit, Tassimo and Dolce Gusto. Our detailed coffee machine reviews reveal which coffee machines makes delicious espressos and cappuccinos, and which models give you a coffee that lacks flavour and gusto.
- Our expert coffee taster does a blind taste test of the espressos and cappuccinos made by each model. We'll only recommend the machines that have his stamp of approval for bringing out the best in your coffee.
- Our rigorous lab tests look at the mechanics of coffee making - we assess how easy each coffee machine is to use and clean, as well as how noisy it is, and how hot the coffee is, so you can avoid a lukewarm brew.
- All of our tests ignore price, giving an overall Which? score and a detailed review. You can see the best and worst at a glance or dig in further for all the details, whichever way you prefer it.
Coffee machines that score particularly poorly in our tests pick up a Don’t Buy warning from us – clearly marked – so you can see immediately which models to avoid.
Our independent verdicts will help you choose a coffee machine to suit your tastes, so you can be confident you are buying a machine that will make you great drinks for years to come.