Top coffee machine brands for 2021
In 2019 we asked more than 1,500 coffee machine owners about their machines to find out which brands are most likely to deliver a tasty morning brew for years to come.
Knowing which coffee machines are the most reliable will ensure you don’t spend money on a machine that’s likely to break down, and our independent tests mean we can also tell you which brands consistently make the best brews.
Best and worst coffee machine brands
The combined results from our survey of coffee machine owners and our years of testing coffee machines can help guide you to the brands that produce the best and most reliable coffee machines.
For each brand we'll tell you:
- Average test score – how good each brand's machines are, based on coffee machines tested up until June 2019.
- How reliable it is – we ask coffee machine owners how and when their machines broke so we can estimate the average life expectancy for each brand’s machines.
- How owners rate it – we ask owners how happy they are with their coffee machine and if they would recommend the brand to a friend.
- Our overall verdict – is it worth buying.
You can see a preview of the best and worst scores below:
We have ratings for all the major coffee machine brands, including DeLonghi, Krups, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Nespresso, and Tassimo.
|Brand||Average score achieved in our coffee machine tests||How reliable this brand's coffee machines are||How owners rate this brand||Overview of our verdict|
|Preview: best and worst coffee machine brands|
|77%||90%||81%||This brand takes top place for customer satisfaction and also gets one of the highest reliability scores. Its machines perform extremely well in our tests, racking up an impressive number of Best Buys compared to other brands.|
|77%||91%||79%||This brand gets the highest reliability score and rates highly on customer satisfaction too. It tends to do very well in our tests, with the majority of machines earning Best Buys.|
|65%||82%||76%||Our survey results show that this brand's coffee machines are some of the least reliable, and its test scores are a mixed bag too. Despite this, they receive a relatively high satisfaction rating from their owners.|
|70%||82%||76%||Coffee machines from this brand tend to do quite well in our tests, with half the machines we've tested being named Best Buys. However they were revealed as one of the least reliable brands in our survey.|
|73%||85%||74%||Machines from this brand tend to get decent scores in our tests and over half have been awarded Best Buys. Other brands are more reliable, but they're still a good bet on this front|
|63%||88%||73%||Our survey results indicate that machines made by this brand are a relatively reliable option - but they have the lowest average test score.|
|74%||90%||72%||Machines from this brand are a reliable option and they tend to do quite well in our tests, although only one machine has made the Best Buy grade. However it sits towards the lower end of the spectrum on customer satisfaction.|
|74%||87%||71%||This brand has a few Best Buys to its name, and its machines are pretty reliable, but they're not rated particularly highly on customer satisfaction.|
Reliability rating and customer score based on feedback from 1,588 Which? members who own coffee machines, surveyed in May 2019. Average test scores based on coffee machines tested up until June 2019.
Choosing the best coffee machine brand
If you want a coffee machine that lasts, look for a brand that is generally reliable, but also has some good coffee machines to its name.
As the graph below shows, the brand you choose can make a big difference to whether your coffee machine lasts the distance. 88% of machines from the best coffee machine brand remain fault free for at least six years, compared to 78% for the least reliable coffee machine brand.
Coffee machines are generally a little less reliable than other small appliances such as toasters and irons. Choosing from one of the brands with a higher reliability score will increase your chances of getting a long-lasting machine.
Common coffee machine and how to fix them
We asked coffee machine owners to tell us what problems they had experienced with their coffee machines. Below you can see the most common faults that crop up:
- 21% - leaking
- 15% - issues dispensing coffee
- 14% - limescale
Limescale and issues dispensing coffee were common regardless of type of machine used, whereas leaking was more frequently reported for capsule machines.
Tips for preventing coffee machine problems
It's a bore, but following the manufacturer's recommendations on how often you clean and descale your machine will help to prolong its life, especially if you live in a hard-water area. Look for automatic cleaning and descaling programs to make maintaining it less of a hassle.