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Home espresso coffee machine reviews

Last updated: 18 November 2015

With so many types of home coffee machines on offer, we're here to 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 coffee machines. Our coffee machine buying guide helps you decide what you need, and how we test explains our coffee machine testing process.

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Our reviews cover capsule or pod coffee machines, as well as manual and semi-automatic espresso machines. 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 see quickly 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

Our reviews tell you which coffee machines

  • decide what to buy
  • compare coffee quality from manual, semi-automatic and capsule machines
  • find out which ones are easiest to use
  • compare the performance of big brands such as Breville, DeLonghi, Lavazza, Caffitaly and Sunbeam.
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Semi-automatic, manual, automatic-manual, capsule or hand-pump.

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

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We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth.

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  • Measured heat-up time (min:s)
  • Time taken to froth 200ml milk (min:s)
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  • Removable water reservoir
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  • 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
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