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Top five best bean-to-cup coffee machines for 2019

We've rounded up our top-scoring bean-to-cup coffee machines to help you find your perfect model. We also reveal the models to avoid.

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Bean-to-cup coffee machines can be extremely expensive, and our tests have shown that not all of them live up to their high price tags. Make sure you invest in the best by choosing one of our top picks. 

We've selected the top-rated bean-to-cup machines from our rigorous coffee machine tests, which include a blind coffee taste test by our independent coffee expert. Good bean-to-cup machines should be easy and quiet to use, and produce rich, smooth and tasty brews. 

Choosing the wrong machine could mean you are left hundreds of pounds out of pocket and have to put up with watery coffee, so we've also listed three bean-to-cup coffee machines to avoid.

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Top five best bean-to-cup coffee machines


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.


This Beko bean-to-cup machine is compact and simple, so you won't find the multiple drink options you get on premium machines. It gets the basics right though - it makes excellent coffee and is easy to use and clean. It's a brilliant Best Buy at a great price.


This great value bean-to-cup machine isn't the slickest-looking model we've seen, but it does make excellent coffee at the touch of a button. It's much cheaper than competitors, so is a great option if you're on a budget or after the best fresh coffee around.


This bean-to-cup machine brews up delicious espressos and cappuccinos, and has handy extras such as an integrated milk frother and customisable drink options. It's also quiet and pretty easy to use. It's cheaper than some similar-spec models, so it's a great option if you're after a good-value premium machine.


This is an excellent mid-priced bean-to-cup machine that great-tasting espressos and cappuccinos. It's not quite a Best Buy, but if you want freshly ground brews with some premium extras such as automatic milk frothing, but without having to remortgage your house, it should be on your shortlist.

Last updated: 1 November 2018

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And here are three bean-to-cup coffee machines to avoid...

When a bean-to-cup machine works well, you end up with fresh and delicious espressos at the touch of a button. However, choose the wrong model and you could end up with a fiddly machine that produces weak and watery espressos. With prices ranging from £250 to more than £1500, make sure you check the models to avoid below before you buy.


This bean to cup machine is so bad we've made it a Don't Buy. The model we tested was slow and noisy, spurted out hot water at random, and produced weak, univiting espressos and poor cappuccinos. It's one to avoid.


This top-of-the-range coffee machine might catch your eye if you like to fill your kitchen with the latest tech, as it can be controlled using your phone via a Bluetooth app. But it's expensive, slow, and the coffee failed to impress us.


This machine looks like a million dollars - and is pretty expensive to buy, too. It makes a good cappuccino, but its espresso is lacklustre. For the price, you'd expect it to make a good espresso - we think you can do better.

See the models that made it onto our Don't Buy list - coffee machines to avoid.

Bean-to-cup coffee machines: what to look for

Most bean-to-cup machines have a built-in steam pipe to froth milk so you can also make milky coffees, such as lattés or cappuccinos, as well as espresso. Many include digital displays and automatic settings to speed up the coffee-making process. 

If you like the convenience of ground coffee every now and then, some bean-to-cup models allow you to use this in place of whole coffee beans.

Not sure what type of coffee machine is right for you? See our coffee machine buying guide.

Our bean-to-cup coffee machine tests

You'd expect every coffee machine, even a basic one, to make a good coffee. But our tests have uncovered machines that don't. 

That's why we judge the flavour, texture, aroma and crema of the coffee that each machine makes in a blind taste test. These tests have revealed coffee makers that make weak, watery coffee that lacks flavour. Only the very finest will make the grade to become a Best Buy. 

You also don't want a machine that's a total pain to use and clean. We put each machine through tough tests that look at every aspect of using the machine, including filling it, removing the drip tray and water tank, adjusting settings, and cleaning it after each use. 

We also check how hot the coffee is, how well it froths milk and how noisy it is. Head to our independent coffee machine reviews to find the best model for you.


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