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.
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:
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.
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List of brands we tested in this review.
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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.
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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.
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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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).
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.
We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after warming it up for five minutes.
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.