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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Apr 30, 2016 21:57
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#1
alaScore 100

Miele CM 6310

If you value delicious espresso above all and prefer not to work too hard for it, save for navigating clunky settings menus, than the Miele CM6310 Countertop Coffee System is a blend of kitchen appliance and java robot that's hard to resist.

2 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

#2
alaScore 97

De'Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso

If you're willing to take your home espresso game up a few rungs then the De'Longhi Dedica is worth the money, but you'll have to spend a lot more for this chance to pull shots like a pro.

2 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 96

Breville Barista Express

The attractive, user-friendly Breville Barista Express makes delicious espresso, with outstanding value in a pricey category.

1 expert reviews | 126 user reviews

#4
alaScore 96

Philips Saeco HD8968

Excellent shots and cafe drinks make the Philips Saeco GranBaristo Avanti a tempting super automatic espresso machine, but better deals are out there if you're willing to accept less convenience or taste that's slightly less impressive.

2 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 95

Delonghi EN550

best thing ever. I love this machine. better than Starbucks and Costco

3 expert reviews | 163 user reviews

#6
alaScore 92

DeLonghi inissia EN80

My machine stopped working this morning. I pulled the instruction manual to see if the blinking pattern on the buttons had any meaning, but I just discovered that the instruction manual is terribly poor as far as troubleshooting is concerned and that...

2 expert reviews | 281 user reviews

#7
alaScore 92

Krups EA8150

It is 30cm deep, 23cm wide and 35cm tall at the bean storage area. There is a 28 page A5 booklet that covers operation and setting up as well as cleaning the product in sixteen languages. Seven of these pages use diagrams to cover most things then...

2 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#8
alaScore 92

Delonghi EC 680 BK / M / R

Got this for my wife as a birthday present and she loves it. The best part is that it's compatible with ESE pods which is basically like K-cups for espresso (but they are all paper so it's not as bad for the earth!). You just pop a pod in instead of...

3 expert reviews | 964 user reviews

#9
alaScore 91
#10
alaScore 91

Dolce Gusto Mini Me Automatic (DeLonghi EDG 305 / Krups KP 1201, 1205, 1206...

If you have a hankering for fancy cafe drinks at home, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me is worth a look -- just don't expect anything close to real espresso flavor.

6 expert reviews | 2670 user reviews

#11
alaScore 90

Krups XN730T

Wow!! Love this coffee machine! Highly recommended for coffee lovers who want a bit of glitz & glamour in the kitchen

3 expert reviews | 390 user reviews

#12
alaScore 90

Krups EA850B

The Krups EA850B is an excellent, but very expensive, beans-to-cup coffee machine

3 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#13
alaScore 90

Dolce Gusto Oblo (Krups KP 110F, 1101, 1105, 1108, YY 2290. 2291, 2292, 2293)

An easy-to-use and maintain pod coffee machine with a good choice of drinks, but its basic features may see serious coffee fans upgrading.

1 expert reviews | 1450 user reviews

#14
alaScore 90
#15
alaScore 90

Krups XN1005

Very nice small footprint machine. We prefer longer coffees so have reprogrammed the amounts to give us half a large mug of coffee that we fill up with hot frothed milk from the aeroccino that we got bundled with ours. Yes it is a tad noisy, but only...

2 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

#16
alaScore 90

Philips SENSEO HD7870

The brewing process produces a nice foamy layer on top the coffee, which is an almost luxurious touch. Oh, and speaking of the coffee, it\'s excellent. There are new models of the Senseo available now, including the Supreme (which I have also reviewed)

6 expert reviews | 1648 user reviews

#17
alaScore 90

Krups EA8298

It's easy to use and produced good coffee, but it's just a bit too limited in some respects.

5 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#18
alaScore 90

Moccamaster KBGC-741

Unless a wildly-colored drip machine really floats your boat or have a hotplate fetish, less expensive coffee makers are a better choice than the Moccamaster KBG 741 AO.

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#19
alaScore 90

Krups Expresso XP5620

The powerful steam output makes producing milky drinks easy, too. The only issue we had was that the output is so powerful relative to some others at the price that you can end up a mug full of froth if you’re not careful where you wave your wand....

5 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

AEG Lavazza A Modo Mio Fantasia LM7000

Bought our machine back in May. Went to Southampton John Lewis store initally intent on buying a Tassimo as our friends had one. However...the lovely Maria guided us skillfully and pleasantly to the Lavazza machines and well, how glad we were! As...

1 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

Bialetti New Orzo Caffettiera da 2 Tazze, Alluminio, Giallo

The Bialetti Orzo Express isn't sold on amazon.com so I thought I'd review it here. This isn't a complicated appliance; it's a dedicated stovetop moka-type pot specifically for brewing roasted barley "coffee" (Nestlé seems to have the market pretty...

16 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Tassimo by Bosch Suny Pod Coffee Machine - Blue.

" The machine is a good design, and easy to use I have a small kitchen and it does not take up a lot of room. We do not drink loads of coffee, we have tried the hot chocolate and they are good too, which makes the size ideal for us. For those who drink...

10 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Tassimo T65

bought this for the family for Christmas. a hit with everyone as they are all Costa fans and this machine covers all the options

49 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Nespresso CitiZ&Milk D121

Easy to use, complete even if you like coffee with milk it comes with the aeroccino, which makes it a professional coffee maker!!

41 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Coffee & Espresso Makers

    Will a cup of coffee do, or do you need the jolt provided by a freshly made shot of espresso? Either way, having a coffee or espresso maker in the home or office can save money and hassle when it's time for that morning wake up call!

    For coffee makers, the automatic drip machine is the most popular format. Bargain models do little more than brew the coffee, which is all that is required by many people. More advanced models will feature a number of welcome innovations including water filtration, automatic timer controls, built-in warming plate and serving carafe, and much more.

    Other coffee maker formats include manual drip, percolators, coffee presses, and the 'pod' style machines that use prepackaged packets of coffee. These require more work than the automatic drip models, including prep time and cleaning, but they also generally cost less and are an attractive starting point for budget conscious shoppers.

    For espresso machines, simple models use a pressure-brewing system – these machines are cheap, but rely on an operational temperature that might exceed the optimum brewing temperature. Pump or pressurized models use air pressure to facilitate the brewing process, which is the preferred method for true connoisseurs. As price goes up, espresso makers have a range of additional functions and conveniences just as coffee makers do.



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    What to Look for in a Coffee & Espresso Maker

    Capacity – Larger machines, meant for businesses and offices, can brew up to 12 cups at a time, perfect when you have a lot of people that need a cup of coffee at the same time. Smaller machines meant for personal use typically make 2-4 cups – their smaller footprint means you do not need a lot of counter space to house them.

    Warming Options – If you plan on drinking coffee throughout the day, or at least beyond the peak morning hours, you will want a model that incorporates an insulated carafe to keep the coffee warm for extended periods.

    Automatic Timer Controls – Hate fumbling with controls before you have had a chance to wake up? Automatic timer controls allow you to load the machine well in advance; in the morning, or when you want your coffee, the timer kicks in and the coffee machine will brew your coffee quickly and easily.

    Additional Accessories – The almost limitless list for you to consider includes automatic safety shut-off, self-cleaning cycle, built-in bean grinder, pause and serve function (to prevent spills), brew strength and batch size controls. As always, more accessories and greater conveniences will cost more.

    Popular Coffee & Espresso Maker Brands

    Black & Decker and Mr. Coffee are the two most familiar names among coffee maker manufacturers – each has models from entry level to the high-end, but specialize in models that offer solid performance at a reasonable price. Cuisinart has focused on upscale models that offer all the bells and whistles, and cost accordingly. Braun and Hamilton Beach offer functional models that are both well priced and well reviewed.

    Saeco and DeLonghi each makes both coffee makers and espresso makers for a wide range of prices and tastes. Cuisinart espresso makers, like its coffee makers, are marketed as higher end products.

    Popular Coffee & Espresso Maker products

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