10 best coffee machines

From velvety lattes to espresso shots, we trial the latest and best coffee machines so you don’t have to

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There’s no need to rely on disappointing instant coffee or over-priced Starbucks for your caffeine fix.

We’ve tested the latest and best coffee machines so you don’t have to, from Nespresso’s pod-based appliance to De'Longhi’s bean-to-cup beast. Whatever you need, be it a drip-through machine for your desk from Bodum, or the luxurious Eletta Plus for your kitchen, we’ve got you covered.

1. Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine, £90, John Lewis

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This pod machine is the perfect spark to anyone’s morning ritual. Just pop a Nespresso pod in, press the button and in 25 seconds you’ll have an espresso (or espresso lungo) to kickstart your day.

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2. De'Longhi Magnifica Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine, £330, John Lewis

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Pop your beans (or ready-ground coffee) in the machine and await anything from a full sized Americano to a diddy espresso. The milk frothing arm can whip up a froth for a cappuccino in seconds and the 1.8L tank means you don’t have to worry about refilling the machine any time soon. Bliss.

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3. De'Longhi Eletta Plus, £600, John Lewis

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Waking up to a tailor-made coffee doesn’t have to be confined to holidays abroad. The Eletta Plus will memorise your personal coffee choice (from its strength to its size) and can be set to prepare it at a certain time each day. Personal coffee assistant? Almost.

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4. Panasonic NC ZA-1, £655, amazon

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Panasonic’s first foray into coffee machines might seem an odd choice of venture but the risk netted them the iF Product Design Award 2014. This sleek bean-to-cup machine takes up very little room. All the parts you need to service are easy to access at the front, so it’s not a chore to clean and refill.

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5. De'Longhi Premium Pump, £160, amazon

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Any budding barista will love this machine. Pour in the grounds, tamp them, slot the arm into place and within seconds you’ll have the perfect coffee. Can take Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods, too.

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6. Swan SK23020N Coffee Maker, £28, amazon

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A budget machine for those who just want a regular cup of joe to sip all day. It has an alarm clock and wake up function to make sure your coffee’s ready and waiting in the morning. Can make up to five cups.

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7. Dualit Espress Auto 3-in-1 Coffee Machine, £200, John Lewis

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This dinky industrial machine not only remembers your perfect-sized coffee but also produces a rich crema that’s hard to beat in its price range. It can take ground coffee, ESE pods or Dualit’s own NX coffee capsules.

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8. Lavazza Espria, £69, amazon

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Wake up to a strong Italian barista-style coffee with this thin espresso machine that can slot snugly into your kitchen or study. It takes Lavazza’s coffee capsules which are available in 10 different blends. The manual stop and start button means you can perfect the right amount of water each time.

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9. Ascaso Dream Versatile Coffee Machine, £500, John Lewis

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Manufactured by Spanish coffee artisans this retro but elegant machine will fit into any kitchen. Sleek but functional it features a 255cc brass boiler, pressurised filter holder system and a steam wand. Available in a choice of 13 different colours.

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10. Bodum Bistro, £103, amazon

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It’s not just the sleek, beautiful aesthetics that make this one an ideal choice. The Bodum Bistro is clever, too. It doesn’t use filter papers and instead features an innovative, easy-clean shower head design. The pouring jug is basically a Thermos, so your coffee won’t go cold. Perfect for those family gatherings.

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Verdict

For a no-nonsense cup that won't cost the earth, grab the Swan Coffee Maker. It may just make a regular coffee but let's be honest, who can fault a device that has a built-in alarm function that ensures you have a fresh cup in the mornings? If money is less of an object, the De'Longhi Premium Pump makes coffee in seconds, perfect for gulping down an espresso when you're half-way out the door.

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