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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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For more on types, see our buying guide. Fully automatic machines (that grind, dose and make the espresso) are covered in a separate report.
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.
enter value/s in increments of i between 30 and 85
Milk frothing score
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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Ease of use score
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.
enter value/s in increments of i between 50 and 86
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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Programmable coffee quantity
Automatic power turn-off
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
- Brand satisfaction score
- Brand reliability score
- 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 of milk (min:s)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Milk frother supplied?
- 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
- Adjustable steam temperature
- Adjustable steam pump rate
- Type of heating system
- Water reservoir capacity (L)
- Pump pressure - stated (bar)
- Warranty (yrs)
- Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
- Weight (kg)
- Contents of packaging