Best Coffee Machines in 2021
Updated 13-02-2021 – Mia Cohen
Coffee machines are amazing, you get freshly made coffee right in your own kitchen. No standing in lines, no baristas spelling your name wrong and no drives to any shops. A coffee machine may not provide you with a whole menu and range of coffee-based drinks. However, the right one will make the perfect cup you want.
The main question you need to ask yourself is what kind of coffee do you like. Do you like espressos? Fancy cappuccinos? Or simply a big pot of good old’ black coffee? There are dedicated coffee machines for everything, some even tackle multiple ones.
If you only drink and want one kind of coffee, it is better to choose a machine that can handle that expertly. This will not only cost less but also make potentially a better cup. Thankfully, there are superb coffee machines that can make different coffee types with ease as well.
The Best Coffee Machine UK
|De’Longhi Elleta||Dimensions 26x24x36cm, Stainless steel construction, weighs 11 KG, capacity is 2 liters, 1450 watts, comes with a coffee grinder.||££|
|Sage Dual Boiler Espresso Machine||Dimensions 405x378x377mm, Capacity 2.5L, steamer wand, pump pressure is 15bar, uses ground coffee type and has a cup warmer.||£££|
|Sage BES875UK the Barista Express||Dimensions 310x400x300mm, has a cup warmer, water capacity is 1.9 liters, has a steamer wand, built-in coffee grinder.||££|
|Nespresso Creatista Uno||Dimensions 310x170x410mm, water capacity is 1.5 liters, cup warmer is included, uses coffee capsules, there is a steamer wand.||££|
|De'Longhi Lattissima One||Dimensions 32x15x26cm, pressure 19 bar, water capacity is 1 liter, comes with three settings.||£|
|Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie||Dimensions 330x125x215, water capacity is 600ml, takes coffee capsules.||£|
|De'Longhi Scultura||Dimensions 305x242x382mm, water capacity is 1.4L, pump pressure is 15 bar, and there is a cup warmer and a steamer wand.||£|
|Melitta Barista TS Smart||Dimensions 46.7x25.9x37.2 cm, water capacity is 1.8 liters, wattage needed 1450 watts, weighs 10 Kg.||£££|
|Nespresso Creatista Plus||Dimensions 30.99 x 13.99 x 40.99 cm, weighs 5.2 Kg, made with stainless steel, water capacity is 1.5 liters, comes with a milk frother.||££|
|Melitta Aroma Elegance Therm Deluxe||Dimensions 335 x 265 x270mm, water capacity is 1.25 liters, comes with a thermal flask, it is a filter type machine.||£|
1 De’Longhi Elleta
De’Longhi Elleta Cappuccino strikes the perfect balance between features and price. While it is still a bit more expensive than other options, it provides nearly a pro-machine experience. If you have a whole family of coffee lovers, the price of the De’Longhi Elleta Cappuccino won’t be a big deal.
This coffee machine is capable of producing a variety of different coffee-based drinks with minimal input from you. You can press a button and get espresso, long coffee, Ristretto, cappuccino, latte made according to your personal taste.
The automatic milk menu enables you to get the perfect frothiness in the milk foam. There is even a dedicated froth dial on the milk module. Speaking of automatic features, the self-cleaning features in the De’Longhi Elleta are great.
Continuing the theme of ease, the De’Longhi Elleta also offers dedicated drink buttons. There is a cup warmer on the unit, which can help in keeping your drinks at the optimal temperature. This also helps in keeping one drink warm while you make another one for your partner or friend.
- A serious monolithic design
- Dedicated buttons for drinks and controls
- The self-cleaning features are great
2 Sage Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
The Sage Dual Boiler Espresso Machine is for those who just want the whole coffee shop experience in their own home. The machine is made with industrial quality materials, the looks and finish also reflect the high quality. The machine can be an impressive centerpiece in any kitchen, commanding a bigger than life presence.
The Sage Dual Boiler comes with a complete metal chassis, LCD display, and a pressure dial. As the name suggests, the machine has two boilers. One can run at perfect espresso temperature and the other can be ready for steaming business.
The well designed LCD display helps you program pre-infusion pressure, duration, and brew temperature according to your own personal taste. After everything is set, all you need to do is press a button and your perfect cup will be ready in no time. The overpressure valve helps in preventing bitter flavor and the low-pressure pre-infusion makes way for consistent extraction and a smooth taste.
- Stainless steel construction
- Dual boilers are a plus
- The steamer wand is great for frothing
3 Sage BES875UK the Barista Express
The Barista Express is a manual machine that comes with a grinder. That makes it capable of freshly grinding coffee and making a great cup of coffee. Ground coffee has a short shelf life so the best way to enjoy it is by grinding it on your own. Thankfully, with this coffee machine you don’t have to worry about getting a separate grinder.
The Barista Express is almost half the price of the Dual Boiler version but still has the same great quality build. The materials used on this machine are well crafted and as a result it feels sturdy and premium. The manual controls give you a great level of customization. You can not only manually select how much coffee is ground but also the size of the grain.
If you are looking for a manual experience, the Barista Express has that covered too. The best part is to program the single or double shot buttons according to your own needs. However, you can make that completely manual as well, you just have to long-press the single or double cup button for a while and let the machine do the pouring.
- Superb quality stainless steel design
- Included coffee bean grinder
- Manual controls are well defined
4 Nespresso Creatista Uno
If you are a fan of Nespresso shots, then the Nespresso Creatista Uno is the one coffee machine made for you. The smart capsule system makes everything easy to do by yourself. However, the Nespresso Creatista Uno gives you the freedom to control the milk frothing.
Everything is automatic and the machine takes care of it all. You just need to fill the included stainless steel jug with milk, get the wand inside and select the settings. Press the button and do other stuff, because the Nespresso Creatista Uno will do the rest for you. The wand even cleans itself with water automatically after every time it is used.
Several design touches make the Nespresso Creatista Uno such an attractive piece of technology. The capsule holder is push-to open, there is even a great espresso cup platform, and the water tank has a good capacity. If you are short on time, the Nespresso Creatista Uno is the one coffee maker you should look at.
- Sleek and utilitarian design
- The water tank is surprisingly large
- The milk frothing features are incredible
5 De’Longhi Lattissima One
Now that we are on the Nespresso topic, we can take a look at the De’Longhi Lattissima One. It is one of the most budget-friendly coffee machines on the list and it works wonderfully. It is available in two different colors, white and Mocha Brown.
The De’Longhi Lattissima One features easy settings for lungo, milk drinks, and of course espresso. The machine is capable of delivering Americanos, cappuccinos and lattes with a push of a button. While you will be locked to using Nespresso coffee pods with this one but there are several options available for you.
The coffee machine has the perfect milk compartment size for single servings. This not only helps avoid milk waste but also brings frothy milk directly into your mug. There is virtually no risk of spillage as well, making it easier to clean, or to avoid cleaning in this case. There are even LED notifications if the machine needs cleaning or descaling.
- Simple and easy to use
- Makes amazing long coffees
- The LED notifications are a great feature
6 Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie
What if you want coffee capsules but not Nespresso? Then you check out the Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie. This coffee machine is as great as the others on the list and it looks beautiful to boot. The simple design of the machine makes it not only easy on the eyes but also easy to place on any kitchen countertop.
Placing the capsules on the top of the coffee machine is easy and so is locking them in place with the handle. There are two buttons on the top as well that allow you to select lungo or espresso coffee shots. You can also adjust these options to dispense the exact amount of coffee you like. Pressing the button will get you a nice, hot, delicious cup of coffee in less than 30 seconds.
If you like some frothed milk with your coffee, there is an option to get an integrated milk frother for around £20 more. That makes the Lavazza A Modo an attractive option. The only downside is the low water tank capacity, which only matters if you want to make a lot of cups. For your day to day needs, this is more than fine.
- Sleek and compact design
- The buttons are backlit
- Plastic insert can be removed for bigger cups
7 De’Longhi Scultura
The first thing you’ll notice about the De’Longhi Scultura is its retro looks. Let’s face it, the looks of a coffee machine matter a lot more than let’s say your vacuum that is going to stay out of sight. The De’Longhi Scultura with its metallic exterior and rounded edges looks amazing.
The De’Longhi Scultura comes with a removable 1.4 liter water tank that is also transparent. There are buttons for turning the machine on, to dispense water and even one to increase the temperature of the steam. You can even switch between steam and water with one tap. The De’Longhi Scultura can take ground coffee as well as ESE pods.
The steam wand is capable of creating some frothing magic. The velvety-soft milk foam is of consistent quality. You cannot put cups taller than 7.2 cm, this is the only downside.
- A retro design
- The steam wand is superb
- Automatic switch-off timer
8 Melitta Barista TS Smart
The Melitta Barista TS Smart is one of the best bean-to-cup coffee machines with smart features. The smart model retains the dual-hopper that takes two different beans and combines it with smart features.
There is a whole panel of touch-sensitive buttons that look sleek and provide you with ample options. The dedicated drink buttons and the water and milk dispense buttons are all there. You can control the coffee machine with a dedicated app on your phone too. The Melitta Barista TS Smart can dispense two drinks at the same time as well.
The dual-hoppers are a great feature as well. The company considers the right hand side for lighter roasts while the left one is for darker beans. You can arrange it according to your own needs.
- Produces great-tasting coffee
- Programming is easy
- Easy to select recipes
9 Nespresso Creatista Plus
If you want the premium Nespresso experience, then the Nespresso Creatista Plus might be the best coffee machine for you. The machine will make you a great drink whether you want lungo or a cream thanks to its great capsule system.
Making your coffee is pretty easy too, one dial is all that is needed. The machine has 8 choices, simply rotate the dial to select the drink you want and you are good to go. Overall, the Nespresso Creatista Plus is a sleek and stylish machine that is made to last.
- Visually pleasing design
- The dial is a neat addition
- Makes some of the best coffee
10 Melitta Aroma Elegance Therm Deluxe
Looking for some good old filter coffee? The Melitta Aroma Elegance Therm Deluxe has you covered. The machine is super easy to use. It comes with a water reservoir that’s easy to fill, convenient modes and an LCD screen.
The coffee comes into a thermal jug that will keep the coffee hot for a long time. This is perfect for those days when everyone wakes up at different times. The timer feature allows you to start the coffee machine before you wake up too.
- Simple yet stylish brushed steel finish
- The thermal jug is convenient
- Timer function is a nice addition
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