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List of brands we tested in this review.
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The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.
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Taste test score
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.
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Milk frothing score
We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth.
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Coffee temperature consistency score
We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after warming it up for five minutes.
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Ease of use score
We test how easy the machines are to use by trying the controls, filling the water tank and the bean hopper, adjusting the grinder, making a coffee, cleaning inside and out, and programming a coffee.
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Hot water nozzle
The hot water nozzle has a bigger opening than the steam nozzle allowing more water to flow through. It could be used to make hot water for tea or long blacks.
Water tank empty reminder
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Taste test score
- Ease of use score
- Milk frothing score
- Coffee temperature consistency score
- Measured heat-up time (min:sec)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Standby mode
- Automatic power turn-off
- Removable water reservoir
- Water tank empty reminder
- Steam wand
- Hot water nozzle
- Removable drip tray
- Milk frothing feature
- Cup warming plate
- Cord storage
- Programmable coffee quantity
- Digital display
- Grinder adjustment
- Hopper empty warning
- Cup counter
- Dregs box full indicator
- Espresso pressure or milk temperature gauge
- Adjustable water temperature for coffee making
- Adjustable coffee dispensing height/depth
- Coffee strength settings
- Removable group for cleaning
- Wash / cleaning cycle
- Decalcifying cycle
- Use pre-ground coffee?
- Water hardness adjustable
- Frothing ready
- Water reservoir capacity (L)
- Pump pressure - stated (bars)
- Instructional DVD supplied
- Other features
- Dimensions (HxWxD, cm)
- Weight (kg)
- Warranty (yrs)
- Items supplied