Coffee has been making mornings more palatable since the 15th century, and in the intervening 500 years the humble coffee bean has spawned forth a huge range of different coffee-based drinks. But whether you’re a fan of cappuccino or macchiato, espresso or flat white, there’s a coffee machine out there that’ll make you the coffee you want every time – and here you’ll find nothing but the best coffee machines Expert Reviews have ever tested.
The first question you need to ask yourself is: do you want a manual espresso machine for coffee-shop style creations, or, do you want a filter machine that provides a hot coffee that’s always on the go? Here you’ll find a variety of the best coffee machines available to buy in the UK right now. All have been split into categories, to suit all needs and all budgets. Want more out of your coffee? Check out my best coffee accessories.
If you’re not quite sure what you’re after, read this full and in-depth coffee machine buying guide. It will take you through everything that you need to know about buying the perfect coffee machine that suits your needs.
Best coffee machines: quick buying guide
- For full flexibility to create the types of drink that you like, then the best option is a manual espresso machine, which is similar to the ones used in coffee shops.
- If that all sounds like a bit too much work, but you still like the idea of using coffee beans, then a bean-to-cup machine is the right choice, as it grinds and pours coffee automatically.
- Looking for proper coffee but still want convenience? Opt for a capsule machine: they cost more per coffee, but are really easy to use and create virtually no mess.
- Finally, if you just want plain and simple coffee to fill a mug, a filter coffee machine will do the job for you.
Best coffee machines: manual espresso machines
1. Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Dual Boiler
The Dual Boiler from Sage by Heston Blumenthal is a serious machine aimed at people who want the full coffee shop experience at home. It’s exceptionally well made, has industrial-quality components and dual-boilers so you can steam milk and pour espresso at the same time. More importantly it delivers absolutely amazing coffee. It’s expensive, but for the real enthusiast it is the best.
Price when reviewed: £1,159. For the latest prices, see our full Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Dual Boiler review
Dimensions (HxWxD): 405x378x377mm, Water capacity: 2.5L, Cup warmer: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (steamer wand), Coffee type: Ground
Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Dual Boiler Coffee Machine, 2200 Watt – Red
2. De’Longhi Scultura Coffee Machine
If you want great coffee from a machine that looks brilliant, the shiny metal De’Longhi Scultura is the machine for you. Simple operation coupled with perfect water flow make it easy to produce a great shot of espresso at the right temperature. With a tap to control steam, milk drinks are simple, too.
Price when reviewed: £200. For the latest prices, see our full De’Longhi Scultura Coffee Machine review
Dimensions (HxWxD): 305x242x382mm, Water capacity: 1.4L, Cup warmer: Yes, Milk frothing: Yes (steamer wand)
Delonghi Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, 1100 W, White – ECZ351.W
3. Philips Saeco Poemia
If you want espresso on a budget, the brightly-coloured Philips Saeco Poemia is the machine for you. It’s neat and compact, and produces a decent, if not a little frothy, shot of espresso. With a long wand for steaming milk, this is a great choice for anyone on a tight budget. If you want to spend a little more, the Gaggia Gran Prestige is the same machine, but made of metal.
Price when reviewed: £115. For the latest prices, see our full Philips Saeco Poemia review
Dimensions (HxWxD): 297x200x265mm, Water capacity: 1L, Cup warmer: Yes,Milk frothing: Yes (steamer wand)
Philips HD8423/71 Saeco Poemia Manual Espresso Machine, 15 Bar, Black
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Best coffee machine: Bean-to-cup
1. Melitta Caffeo Barista TS
If you want the best bean-to-cup machine, the Melitta Caffeo Barista TS comes highly recommended. I’ve always been a firm believer that manual machines give you more control and the best quality coffee, but I’m happy to say that this machine has beaten all of my expectations and produces exceptional coffee that’s every bit as good (if not better) than from a manual machine. As well as regular espresso and long drinks, the Caffeo Barista can automatically steam and pour milk for perfect cappucinos and lattes: all available from the touch of a button. With two bean hoppers, so you can have a variety of coffee on the go, user profiles that members of your house can tweak to get coffee the way they want it and incredibly simple maintenance, this really is the kind of automatic machines.