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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Jul 16, 2024 16:26
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Jura Z10

The Jura Z10 is both a powerful and premium-looking coffee machine – but it’s pretty pricey. It offers brilliant smart features and a choice of 32 high-quality coffee specialties you can customize to your exact taste, from cold brews for iced latte...

4 expert reviews

alaScore 99

Siemens EQ.700

The Siemens EQ.700 – with the even more cryptic nickname TQ707R03 – is an excellent coffee machine. Here you get a number of useful features, good usability and delicious coffee from a machine that also looks really nice.

5 expert reviews

alaScore 98

Delonghi ECAM 22.110

Very good machine great coffee

3 expert reviews | 2663 user reviews

alaScore 98

De'Longhi PrimaDonna Elite Experience ECAM 650.85 MS

The titanic De'Longhi PrimaDonna Soul is a monster of a bean to cup coffee machine that produces a huge variety of beverages. More importantly, from espresso and caffelatte to doppio and latte macchiato, they are both simple to make – just a single tap...

7 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Rommelsbacher EKO 364/E

am very impressed with this electric moka. I avoid aluminium as much as I can, so I was looking for a small electric moka in stainless steel to use everyday at work. Unfortunately there are fantastic small electric mokas made by Bialetti (the Easy...

1 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

alaScore 97

De’Longhi La Specialista Arte

An espresso machine with an integrated grinder and handy tools for mess-free coffee

3 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Nespresso Vertuo Next

While it’s an affordable coffee maker, the fact that it doesn’t include a milk frother should be considered. Not to mention the ongoing cost of coffee capsules that’ll start to add up if you drink several cups a day. That said, if you're trying to...

5 expert reviews

alaScore 97

KitchenAid Artisan Espresso Machine

machine for a similar price, which offers much more customization.

4 expert reviews

alaScore 97

DeLonghi Dinamica Plus

If you’re looking for a hands-off bean to cup machine that can make a range of customizable coffees, this is a reasonable choice. Even though it’s a big investment, it feels premium and the machine is very independent. As soon as you look at lower-cost...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 97

Breville Barista Express Impress

Finally, and this will be a whopper for some, you don't want to use anything but fancy beans with this machine. Breville's rule of thumb is that if the coffee bag has a “roasted on” label, you're probably fine—and in my words, “best before” is an...

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

alaScore 96

Lavazza Idola Black

Calling all espresso lovers: this stylish capsule coffee machine from Lavazza may be for you. Read our review to find out.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 96

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

alaScore 96

Nespresso Vertuo Plus

The Nespresso VertuoPlus is our top choice for a pod-style brewer. It delivers your coffee at a touch of a button with virtually no mess, producing a lovely and enticing crema on the top of your drink. Brewing involves using a Nespresso-specific pod...

7 expert reviews | 323 user reviews

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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...

6 expert reviews | 496 user reviews

alaScore 96

Melitta AromaFresh

Excellent coffee, a great price and simple maintenance make this the all-in-one filter machine to buy.

2 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Lavazza Jolie

Compact and neat, the Lavazza Jolie brings a splash of Italian style to your kitchen. Plus, we rate the A Modo Mio capsules as some of the best around. But the machine doesn't heat milk and you'll have to measure the dispensing time yourself.

6 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Breville Bambino

The Breville Bambino is an extremely likable coffee machine that looks nice, works well and doesn't take up too much space in your kitchen. It's not going to be ideal for newcomers, but those who know what they want in a coffee machine will likely be...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Breville Precision Brewer

The best overall coffee maker in its class is the pour-over style Breville Precision Brewer. This brewer excels at making a flavorful cup of coffee and is the only model in our review featuring a cold brew setting. The Precision Brewer has endless...

2 expert reviews

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De’Longhi TrueBrew

The expensive coffee maker with Brad Pitt as its spokesmodel is better than a capsule-based machine but not as good as competing single-cup brewers.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 95

Smeg ECF01

Smeg coffee machine review: A gorgeous espresso machine that's super-quick and packed to the drip tray with clever features.

6 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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Breville Barista Express BES870XL

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

3 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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Sage Oracle Touch

Sage The Oracle Touch is like a café-grade espresso maker and milk frother made smaller and (a bit) more affordable, for your kitchen. Its genius is that it performs like a professional machine but uses technology to remove the need for guess-work or...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 95

Breville Barista Express

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

5 expert reviews | 370 user reviews

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

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WMF LONO Glas coffee machine

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

1 expert reviews | 116 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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