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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Aug 10, 2020 16:13
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#1
alaScore 100

Lavazza Idola Black

The Idola is compact, easy to use, and makes good coffee. The ability to pour longer drinks and boost the temperature for a super hot coffee are welcome additions, too. But what really sets it part from rival brands is the quality of the pods:...

2 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Delonghi ECAM 22.110 B

Very good machine great coffee

2 expert reviews | 1661 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Sage Oracle Touch

A do-it-all behemoth that whips up a variety of amazing coffees with almost zero fuss, once the financial expenditure element is out of the way

2 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

DeLonghi EC685 Dedica

If you are looking for a convenient, reliable way to make espresso at home, then this is what you want. If flavor is more important to you than convenient caffeine, splurging for a slightly more expensive model is probably your best bet. If you want...

3 expert reviews | 496 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

WMF LONO

High watts means no burn out of the motor. Arrived very quickly after placing the order.

1 expert reviews | 230 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Philips HD7546

Excellent basic filter machine no gimmicks. Fill it with water and coffee switch it on and it;s done in no time. If you warm the steel thermos jug the coffee stay really hot.Easy to clean as uses paper filters and the holder lifts out for cleaning....

3 expert reviews | 676 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Ninja's super versatile coffee maker tackles all your cafe needs

If you love lattes and solid drip, the Ninja Cold Brewed System is worth the price.

2 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 96

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741

The is a good coffee maker with unique styling, but it doesn't really live up to its very high price tag.

5 expert reviews | 363 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Nespresso CitiZ

Nespresso has always been about great and innovative coffee machines, and its latest product line, the single-cup serving Citiz, is a perfect creative example of that company’s mission. The Nespresso Citiz was presented at the Maison & Objet expo in...

4 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

Miele CM 7500

If you want high-quality coffee from a great-looking coffee machine, you’ve come to the right place.

2 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#11
alaScore 95

Rancilio Silvia

The Rancilio Silvia is a great machine for a very specific user: one who already has experience pulling espresso shots and wants to me able to experiment with their technique at home. If you're a newcomer to espresso that wants the great taste of a...

6 expert reviews | 388 user reviews

#12
alaScore 95

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central

The Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker creates a large amount of coffee fairly quickly, but it lacks in other areas such as a milk frother.

1 expert reviews | 3591 user reviews

#13
alaScore 94

Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup Brewing System

Those who desire the most flexible and feature-rich coffee maker that brews java well and functions as an adjustable water heater for tea will find the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup Brewing system very hard to resist.

3 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 93

Gaggia Naviglio

A simple and wonderfully convenient bean-to-cup coffee machine for those who don’t want the effort involved with a traditional, manual model.

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

DeLonghi PrimaDonna S

This top-of-the-range coffee machine from DeLonghi is ideal for anyone who wants the latest tech in their kitchen, as it can be controlled using your phone via a Bluetooth app. But the PrimaDonna Elite is expensive, so read on to discover whether the...

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

Delonghi EN750.MB Lattissima PRO

A coffee machine that could easily replace café visits if you usually drink straight cappuccinos or lattes. Definitely worth upgrading to if you already enjoy the Nespresso system.

6 expert reviews | 147 user reviews

#17
alaScore 92

BUNN Velocity Brew

If brewing up 10 cups of tasty coffee swiftly is what you're after, then the Bunn Velocity Brew BT should be on your short list, but its no-frills looks won't impress seekers of high appliance style.

2 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker will wow die-hard cold-brew fans willing to spend more cash for extra convenience, but it's too pricey for occasional drinkers.

4 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 91

Melitta F 750-101/ F 750-102 Caffeo Barista TS

A bean-to-cup machine that can do almost everything as well as a manual machine, all for a great price.

4 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Delonghi ECAM 44.620.S

The DeLonghi ECAM Eletta Plus 44.620.S is a bean-to-cup coffee machine that was the first on the market to include a ‘flat white' setting. It's a fully automatic model that makes espresso at the touch of a button, and DeLonghi says it makes it easy to...

4 expert reviews | 145 user reviews

#21
alaScore 91

Hamilton Beach The Scoop 49980Z

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer doubles as a full 12-cup machine and a single-serve coffeemaker. For a single cup, the brewer lets you add ground coffee directly into the mesh filter or you can insert your favorite pod. Days when you want to enjoy...

1 expert reviews | 193 user reviews

#22
alaScore 91

Krups EA 9010

The super-automatic Krups EA9010 might be stunningly expensive but it's sure to please the well-heeled who crave great espresso and cafe drinks delivered at the push of a button.

6 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

#23
alaScore 91

Melitta Caffeo CI

The Melitta Caffeo CI Bean to Cup Coffee Machine is an automatic bean to cup with customisable settings that gives you the best of both worlds and cafe-worthy creations every time. All in, the Melitta Caffeo CI certainly has fewer bells and whistles...

5 expert reviews | 145 user reviews

#24
alaScore 91

Melitta EASY TOP 1010-03/-04

The machine is easy to use and good build quality as one expects from Melitta. However, Amazon shipped an item with a German 2-pin plug, not a UK 3-pin plug [illegal] so I had to find an adapter.

1 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#25
alaScore 91

Delonghi EC 680 BK / M / R

The De’Longhi EC680 may not be the most affordable home espresso maker, but it sure makes strong joe that could rival more expensive models.

6 expert reviews | 1571 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.

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