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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Nov 27, 2015 00:28
alaScore 100

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

alaScore 94

Jura Giga 5 Automatic Coffee Center

There’s no denying the Jura GIGA 5 is the Ferrari of coffee machines. It has all the bells and whistles anyone could want, and it’s got the looks to fit in the most high-tech of kitchens. The coffee it produced was strong to some, but the machine...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

alaScore 94

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 | 17 user reviews

alaScore 92

Nescafe Dolce Gusto MINI ME

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.

3 expert reviews | 336 user reviews

alaScore 92

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 | 1629 user reviews

alaScore 91

Krups EA850B

There’s no doubt the Krups EA850B is a very expensive coffee machine, but it makes some of the best beans-to-cup espresso we have had. We’re also impressed by the instant cappuccino and latte feature, which made tasty long drinks with the minimum of...

3 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

alaScore 91

Miele CM 6300

An intelligent coffee machine that produces fantastic coffee, but requires some patience at times.

2 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

alaScore 91


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

alaScore 91

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 | 31 user reviews

alaScore 91

De'Longhi EC155

If all you seek in a home espresso machine is the odd cappuccino or latte, then the budget-minded DeLonghi EC155 Pump Espresso is tempting. However aficionados won't be impressed by its erratic coffee quality.

5 expert reviews | 1549 user reviews

alaScore 90

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.

6 expert reviews | 2092 user reviews

alaScore 90

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Carafe - Black

Mr. Coffee is a perfectly serviceable machine at an affordable price.

4 expert reviews | 286 user reviews

alaScore 90

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

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

alaScore 89

KRUPS XN710641

The machine and coffee are fantastic cannot get better tasting coffee

12 user reviews

alaScore 89

Hamilton Beach 46201

This is the best coffee maker I ever owned. It has a removable water tank that gives you the option to remove it if you want for cleaning. It is also designed so you don't have to lift the top to fill with coffee and filter. The front swings out to...

49 user reviews

alaScore 89

Breville Barista Express BES870XL

Breville, an Australian Brand you can trust. Honestly one of the best machine of this type on the market. Little bit tricky to setup but after few try, the Espresso is great.

11 user reviews

alaScore 89

Krups KP220540

I love this machine, only payed £40 for it new also

183 user reviews

alaScore 89

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit

After putting my Nuova Simonelli Musica into storage and moving on to a Motorhome I was troubled about getting our morning coffees. After much online research and a need for coffee with a crema and a flavour like it was Barista made. I bought the...

52 user reviews

alaScore 89

Delonghi ESAM 2800.SB

Brings professional coffee making to your home. Easy to use and all round great little machine

28 user reviews

alaScore 89

Delonghi ICM 15240.BK

The only problem I have is it doesn't keep the coffee hot for longer than half an hour,but otherwise a great machine for the price.

13 user reviews

alaScore 89

Breville BES920 Dual Boiler with Smart Grinder

After a lot of time and research I decided on the BES920 for my new machine, replacing my faithful Gaggia. The old 900 model had a lot of positive feedback and a few minor issues which seemed to be addressed in the 920 update. So far I have been very...

13 user reviews

alaScore 89

Zojirushi EC

exactly as described. timely delivery.

11 user reviews

alaScore 89

100 Cup stainless steel coffee urn - Focus Foodservice 57100

I am an office manager and a large high school. I have purchased several sets of coffee pots over the years and these are the best by far. I have used them about 10 times so far. They are so well made and look very attractive. The coffee perks quicker...

10 user reviews


    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.


    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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