If you're looking for the best coffee machine, whether it's a Keurig coffee maker or maybe an Nespresso capsule system, these machines all feature easy to use pod systems so you don't need to mess around with buying coffee beans and grinding them. If there's a better way to start the day than a fresh cup of joe, we don't know what it is.
Whether you're after easily available capsules like Tassimo and Dolce Gusto, which both offer a load of drink varieties - not even just restricted to coffee- , or something more exclusive like Nespresso, we've rounded up some of the best coffee machines you can buy right now. It's important to note that Nespresso capules are only available online or in the brand's own shops, so you if you run out, you'll be without your morning lift.
So ditch the freeze dried granulated stuff, stop shelling out £3 for a takeaway cup and get some real coffee in your life. You can thank us later.
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Nespresso KitchenAid Empire
What happens when one of the world’s most ubiquitous coffee capsule brands hatches a plan with one of the world’s most respected kitchen appliance manufacturers? The Nespresso KitchenAid Empire, that’s what. As you would expect, this 9kg kitchen corker sports all the tell-tale olde-worlde design flourishes of KitchenAid’s vast range of Artisan food prep machines: the heavyweight die-cast construction; the curved, ultra smooth enamelled exterior; the reliable componentry; it’s all here. It’s a big thing, mind – bigger than it needs to be – so clear the worktop of all those other small kitchen appliances you’ve only ever used once because you’re going to use this one every day.
Capsule-based espresso coffee is more expensive to buy than the packet variety but because the machine and the pods are designed to work together, there’s far less mess to deal with – yay, no more coffee granules being splattered all over the place – and the coffee itself is far more consistent. And consistency, as any mortal espresso fan will know, is something inherently difficult to achieve using most loose-ground machines.
The sturdy Empire warms up in a thrice and comes with a removable 1.4-litre clear plastic water reservoir and a large used-capsule container with capacity for up to 14 expended Nespresso pods. The espresso extraction process is a breeze: lift the oversized lever, load your favourite blend of Nespresso (from a bewildering choice of 24 different strengths and flavours), pull down on the lever, choose between the six pre-programmed extraction settings and hit the button. Setting one produces a short, powerful hit while setting six is for those who like a long, mild brew. Nespresso pods aren’t as big in size as some other brands on the market so load a couple in succession if you’re still suffering from the previous night’s excesses.
£309 | Nespresso
Dolce Gusto Jovia by Delonghi
Dolce Gusto capsule system based coffee machine that packs 15 bar pressure, an auto-off energy saving function and a stylish, compact design. On the back there’s a 0.8L tank, which means you’re not constantly filling it up. Dolce Gusto may not have quite the exclusive nature that Nespresso has, yet wide availability is also handy if you run out of capsules one morning – plus it has loads of varieties and you're not limited to just coffee.
Starbucks Verismo 600
There's rarely a time you'll walk down the high street without coming face to face with a Starbucks. However, now you don't even need to leave the house to grab one of its filter coffees or an espresso. The Verismo is a sleek, good looking machine that has a small footprint - great if your kitchen is not the biggest. A simple button layout means you can go from inserting your capsule to sipping a really good tasting Starbucks coffee in no time.
The pods themselves are a little expensive, but cheaper than heading to the closest brance everytime you want your coffee fix. If you love Starbucks, this is the machine for you. It's also nice than the machine doesn't feature any overly gaudy branding. It's nice and simple.
Specially designed for those folk who love their coffee topped with swirls of frothed milk, the AEG Favola lets you create a traditional Italian style cappuccino thanks to the Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules. It may not be quite as elegantly designed as the Maestria Crème, yet it does have a sort of industrial look that wouldn’t look to out of place on the kitchen surface. Lavazza's patented Click 'n Cappuccino technology, which is included in this machine, is meant to simulate the same gesture made by an Italian barista when he is prepping the perfect coffee – pretty nifty, eh?
Bosch Tassimo Joy
Tassimo machines are far more comparable to the Dolce Gusto ranges, rather than Nespresso – they’re styled quite simply, offer a variety of drinks types and the capsules themselves are available everywhere. This Joy machine from Bosch has an extra large water tank, automatic cleaning and de-scaling system, while it also gets hot very quickly – great if you’re in a rush in the morning. Tassimo capsules include everything from Costa coffee, Milka hot chocolate and Carte Noire espresso, along with a varieties of tea from Twinings. Definitely the one to choose if you're planning on making a wide variety of drinks.
Magimix Maestria Crema
Nothing kicks the day off better than a lovely cup of joe, and if you’re in the market for a quick way to get your morning fix then you can’t really go wrong with a Nespresso machine. This particular one, made by Magimix, has a lovely vintage coffee shop style and works with the whole load of Nespresso capsules available. A handy steam pipe lets you add a whip of frothed milk to your cuppa, just like a professional barista.
Frances Frances illy X7.1 Iperespresso
Ditching the plastic of some of the previous machine’s in this list, Francis Francis has created a swish looking, colourful, chrome machine that boasts a Pannarello steam wand for frothing milk. The best designed machine on our list, this wouldn’t look out of place in the finest of Italian coffee shop. illy’s take on the coffee capsule craze is the Iperespresso, which puts a few different varieties of illy coffee into recyclable containers.
Named after the Italian word for revolutionary, the Rivo system from American brand Keurig uses fresh milk – rather than powder found in the Dolce Gusto system, along with its K-Cup capsules. These capsules use Lavazza coffee, but if your drink of choice is tea, there are options available for that too.