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NESCAFE-DOLCE-GUSTO-INFINISSIMA-NCU250 View product
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NESCAFE-DOLCE-GUSTO-PICCOLO-XS-9781 View product
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Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.

$120
$600
$430
$79
$399
$799
$549
$249
$159
$1199
$180
$950
$1199
$1599
$999
$580
$2899
$3799
$449
$249
$189
$1049
$139
$349
$289
$749
$259
$419
$599
$329
$99
$1750
$899
$159
$319
$1799
$59
$89
$89
$1195
$169
$37
$99
$79
$299
$3000
$499
$699
$299
$159
$899
$999
$999
$299
$139
$1999
Test results
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

This overall score is made up of taste (60%), ease of use (20%), milk frothing ability (15%), and coffee temperature consistency over consecutive cups (5%).

Brand satisfaction score (%) Expand to view more details.

Brand satisfaction score is based on how satisfied 2724 surveyed members are with their coffee machines from a scale of excellent to terrible (survey conducted in 2019). Not all brands have scores as we require a minimum of 50 responses per brand.

Brand reliability score (%) Expand to view more details.

Brand reliability scores are based on responses from more than 2700 coffee machine owners in 2019. We ask whether they have run into a problem with their appliance in the last 12 months. Scores are based on brand, not model. Not all brands have scores as we require a minimum of 50 responses per brand.

Taste test score (%) Expand to view more details.

Three experts test the espressos in a 'blind' tasting, checking the colour and thickness of the crema (the tan-coloured foam on the top of an espresso), aroma, flavour, mouth-feel (for example, creaminess or wateriness) and aftertaste.

Ease of use score (%) Expand to view more details.

How easy the machines are to use. We try the controls, fill the water tank and the bean hopper, adjust the grinder, make a coffee, and clean inside and out.

Milk frothing score (%) Expand to view more details.

We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth. We use what the manufacturer recommends (a milk frother, milk-based capsule or coffee capsule extracted over milk).

Coffee temperature consistency score (%) Expand to view more details.

We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after warming it up for five minutes.

Measured heat-up time (min:s) Expand to view more details.

Not scored, but will affect how quickly you can turn out a cup of coffee.

Time taken to froth 200ml milk (min:s)
Recommended products
Recommended Expand to view more details.

We recommend models which score 70% or more overall, so long as they also score well on other crucial factors including taste and milk frothing.

Type
Type Expand to view more details.

For more on types, see our buying guide. Fully automatic machines (that grind, dose and make the espresso) are covered in a separate report.

Capsule
Semi-automatic
Semi-automatic
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Semi-automatic
Manual
Semi-automatic
Semi-automatic
Semi-automatic
Automatic-manual
Semi-automatic
Semi-automatic
Capsule
Manual
Manual
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Manual
Semi-automatic
Capsule
Capsule
Manual
Capsule
Manual
Manual
Hand pump
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Semi-automatic
Semi-automatic
Manual
Semi-automatic
Manual
Semi-automatic
Semi-automatic and Capsule
Semi-automatic and Capsule
Semi-automatic
Manual
Semi-automatic
Comments
Good points
Bad points
Features
Milk frother supplied Expand to view more details.

Many espresso machines contain integrated milk frothers or come with one as part of the package. We list the model we tested (and its RRP) if it doesn't come with a milk frother.

No, sold separately
Yes
Integrated
No
Yes
Yes
Integrated
Yes
No, sold separately (Aeroccino 3, $99)
Yes
No
Integrated
Integrated
Yes
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Integrated
No
Requires milk-based capsules
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Veloce milk frother bought separately, $35
Integrated
Yes
SM9495 bought separately, $45
Yes
Integrated
No, sold separately
Integrated
Yes
Integrated
Yes
not applicable
not applicable
No
not applicable
Yes
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Yes
Integrated
Integrated
Standby mode
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes (after 1 hour)
No
Yes
Yes (after 1 hour)
Yes (after 2 hours)
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
not stated
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes (after 1 hour)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Automatic power turn-off
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (after 4 hours)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
not stated
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes (after 4 hours, or 30 minutes, 8 or 26 hours-programmable)
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Removable water reservoir
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Water tank empty reminder
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Hot water nozzle
not applicable
No
Yes, same as steam nozzle
not applicable
No
not applicable
No
No
No
No
not applicable
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes
Yes
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, same as steam nozzle
not applicable
No
Yes
not applicable
not applicable
No
No
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
No
not applicable
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, same as steam nozzle
not applicable
No
Yes, same as steam nozzle
No
No
No
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
No
not applicable
Yes
Yes, same as steam nozzle
Yes
not applicable
Yes, same as steam nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Yes
Yes, same as steam nozzle
Yes, separate nozzle
Removable drip tray
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes, with full indicator
Yes, with full indicator
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Yes, with full indicator
Yes, with full indicator
Yes, with full indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes, with full indicator
Cup warming plate
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes