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Last updated: 10 April 2019

With so many types of home coffee machines on offer, let us help you speed up the research and choose the one that's right for you. We lab test and review the latest manual, semi-automatic and capsule (pod) coffee machines.

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Our reviews cover capsule or pod coffee machines, as well as manual and semi-automatic espresso machines. If it's an automatic machine that you're after, check our automatic espresso machine reviews. Our expert testers give every coffee machine a thorough workout to find out which ones:

  • produce the best-tasting coffee
  • are easiest to operate
  • are best at frothing milk.

Read our tips on how to make the perfect cup of coffee

Our reviews give you good and bad points for each model, as well as the verdict from our expert coffee tasters. And our Recommended rating will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

Want more advice on what to look for when you're shopping for a coffee machine, grinder or roaster? Or how to get the best out of the one you have? See all our coffee machines content.

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

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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

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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).

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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.

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Coffee temperature consistency score

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

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  • Taste test score
  • Ease of use score
  • Milk frothing score
  • Coffee temperature consistency score
  • Recycle scheme
  • Measured heat-up time (min:s)
  • Time taken to froth 200ml milk (min:s)
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  • Model
  • Price
  • Milk frother supplied?
  • Availability
  • Type
  • Capsule type
  • Standby mode
  • Automatic power turn-off
  • Removable water reservoir
  • Water tank empty reminder
  • Hot water nozzle
  • Removable drip tray
  • Cup warming plate
  • Cord storage
  • Programmable coffee quantity
  • Digital display
  • Espresso pressure or milk temperature gauge
  • Adjustable water temperature for coffee making
  • Adjustable steam temperature
  • Adjustable steam pump rate
  • Type of heating system
  • Water reservoir capacity (L)
  • Pump pressure - stated (bar)
  • Warranty (yrs)
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