Caffeine fix: 10 best coffee machines

Double expresso, skinny latte, cappuccino….however you take your coffee, there’s a machine that can make you a perfect cup without leaving the kitchen. We round up the best of the bunch


1. Nespresso Magimix U with Aeroccino

This capsule-only machine is simple and quick to use and makes almost perfect coffee. It is available with or without a stand-alone aeroccino milk frothing accessory, which works a treat for fabulous cappuccinos, and it comes with 16 capsules.


2. Philips Saeco Poemia Manual Expresso Machine

It’s no mean feat finding a machine that makes a decent cup of expresso in this price range, but this one does the job surprisingly well, as well as enabling coffee enthusiasts to use  traditional preparation methods. The patented pressurised filter produces a long-lasting crema too.


3. Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express

This is tricky to set up and keep clean, but the upsides more than make up for it. Not only does it have a built-in coffee grinder and automatic dispenser, but it comes with loads of useful extras and most importantly, it really does recreate the coffee shop experience in your own kitchen.


4. Starbucks V-600 Verismo

If you wake up most mornings fancying a Starbucks, your ears will doubtless prick up when you hear that they make a range of coffee machines for home use, including this brand new one that is both elegant and which comes which boasts an extra-fast heat up time and super-strong pressure system.


5. Morphy Richards 47586

Expect a bit of splattering when you make your expressos and they could be a bit hotter, but this good-looking machine produces consistently good, full-flavoured coffee with good crema and the milk frother is impressive for when you want creamy cappuccinos. It’s easy to use too.


6. BEST BUY: Illy Francis Francis X7.1

If you can’t even think about starting the day without a caffeine fix, this stylish machine will be just up your street. Not only does it take less than 30 seconds, but you’ll be hard pushed to find a coffee machine that produces better results. It’s capsule only, which makes it easy to use, and there’s an updated steam pipe for the best ever frothed milk.


7. KRUPS XP5620

Brand new for this year, this sophisticated looking machine has a 15 bar pump pressure and patented tamping system, which basically combines to mean great (and hot) coffee every time. It’s easy to clean, with a special mechanism to help prevent limescale build-up, and it even has a dishwaster safe drip tray.


8. Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me Play & Select

This is a great budget option, which is also lovely and compact, so great for smaller kitchens or even your desk at work. You can tailor make coffee to how you like it and it heats quickly. It’s easy to keep clean and you can have anything from latte to expresso or even a hot chocolate.


9. De'Longhi Motivo Espresso Coffee Machine

Bring a touch of Italian glamour to your kitchen with this vibrant machine that can make everything from espressos to cappuccinos from either ground coffee or pods. The machine extracts coffee flavours well from both and it’s easy to use, as well as being available in other colours.


10. KRUPS Espresseria Auto Bean to Cup

This makes really good espresso from start to finish. Surprisingly compact, the coffee is lovely and hot too and there are programmes for you to set coffee strength, amount of coffee and steam to suit your personal requirements. The large water tank means you can make plenty of it too.


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