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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Dec 21, 2014 10:29
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#1
alaScore 95

Melitta 10-cup Digital Coffee Maker

While the Melitta 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker is a cheap way to get your morning Joe in a thermal carafe, its bitter brew makes it hard to recommend.

2 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#2
alaScore 94

Delonghi Lattissima+ EN 520

It may not come cheap, but the Nespresso Lattissima EN520 is the perfect match for someone who likes to drink a latte rather than sticking to pure espresso and Americano drinks. It's compact, it's simple and it makes great coffee.

4 expert reviews | 1243 user reviews

#3
alaScore 91

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

It's what a good espresso machine should be: simple to operate and capable of producing perfect espresso shots

1 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#4
alaScore 91

Intensa ECAM 23.450

Set it up to make your coffee the way you want it made. You decide how much water to put into your coffee, how fine to grind the beans, how hot you want it and how much milk you want and then save it so you get the same drink every time with the touch...

6 expert reviews | 463 user reviews

#5
alaScore 90

Krups EA 9000

We really don’t have much to gripe about here, but while the EA9000 is probably one of the best espresso machines money can buy right now, its price point puts it well out of reach for most consumers. The machine retails for $2,500 , and can be found...

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#6
alaScore 90

Jura ENA 9

I've had my Ena for about 3 years now. Is it overpriced? Probably but damn is it cool. Is it a bit complex? Can be past the push buttons that get you a cup of coffee but that's what the manual is for. Once it is set up I end up going into the...

8 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

#7
alaScore 90

Krups XP5210

Using both ground coffee and ESE coffee pods that sit in the holder, the XP5210 makes it easy to avoid using expensive pre-packaged pods without an additional accessory.

2 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 90

De'Longhi EC155

Reviewers say that the DeLonghi EC155 offers a lot of value for its price and produces a great-tasting espresso that rivals that of any coffee shop. Though it has a few design flaws, users say they are minor, especially in this price range. Owners...

3 expert reviews | 144 user reviews

#9
alaScore 90

Krups EA 8258

Acceptable espresso, but the poor frothing wand is useless for latte

3 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 89

Hario VDG-02B V60 Glass Coffee Dripper, Black

The best drip filter out there!

76 user reviews

#13
alaScore 89

Deep Gloss Stainless Steel Maintainer, 16oz Aerosol, 12/Carton

This is the greatest stainless steel cleaning polish ever! The secret is the mineral oil which keeps fingerprints at bay and looks nice for a long time!

77 user reviews

#15
alaScore 89

Krups XN730T

So easy to use. makes excellent coffee. All types of coffee for different tastes.

1 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#16
alaScore 89

Zojirushi Stainless-Steel Vacuum Mug - 20 fl. oz.

all good hot hot hot over 24hrs

78 user reviews

#17
alaScore 89

Consigli 2-Piece Resin Handle Ham Knife

Used the set at my wedding and it worked really well without breaking the bank on something we won't be often using again. It also photographed really nicely.

46 user reviews

#18
alaScore 89

Espro Automatic Espresso Tamper [black] - [53mm Flat]

I measured this and it clicks at 22 lbs., not the advertised 30 lbs. Maybe I got a bad unit, but I'm returning it.

11 user reviews

#19
alaScore 89

Dymon Stainless Steel Cleaner, 20oz, Aerosol - 12 cans.

Great SS cup. I use it to make frothy milk for coffee.

298 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

Hario Drip Pot 480Ml

Really cute and fits well in the Frozen lunchbox I purchased. Price is a little steep, but it matched the lunchbox so well I had to buy it.

50 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Vktech Blue and Silver Stainless Steel Coffee Tamper Machine Espresso Press...

I'm very pleased with this and would recommend this to anybody who wants better tasting espresso.

13 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Bosch Tassimo

If you have the Bosch machine, these filters are a must, just wish they weren't so expensive.

300 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Bunn 3.0 liter Lever-Action Airpot

Hot coffee al day!!! Woo-hoo!

81 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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