The 10 Best espresso machines

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Whether you start the day with a skinny latte or like to end meals with a strong single shot, these are the tools for the job.

1. DeLonghi Icona

Wake up and smell the coffee with vintage-look Icona. It's simple, with just three buttons, and uses ground beans to produce an espresso with exceptional oomph. Unlike most machines of its size, it has a large water reservoir, so you aren't forever filling it up.

£166, johnlewis.com

2. Gaggia Grangaggia

Gaggia has been making machines since its founder Achille Gaggia created the first pressure-driven one for his Milanese coffee house back in 1938 – so it has had time to perfect its formula, and it shows. The Grangaggia not only looks sleek as space rocket, it's also flexible, running on pods and grounds.

£180, amazon

3. Magimix M100

Simplicity, speed and consistency are the watchwords. The two-button M100 runs on Nespresso pods and pumps out your drink in a spritely 25 seconds. If you want hassle-free coffee at the touch of a button, it's hard to better.

£79, amazon

4. Lavazza A Modo Mio Favola Plus

The Favola plus is a clever-old machine. It allows you to programme it to give you exactly the amount of coffee you require to kick-start your day. Just tap the button and your espresso (or espresso lungo) is ready in under a minute. Comes with a milk frother for macchiatos too.

£140, johnlewis.com

5. DeLonghi EC 250.M

The crema on the espresso this three-button DeLonghi produces is coffee-shop quality and it only takes 30 seconds about it. Taste-wise it excels, too, leaving none of the bitterness often found in espresso produced by machines in this price range. Runs on pods or grounds.

£166, amazon

6. Morphy Richards Meno espresso

Inexpensive it might be, but the Meno's crema-crowned espressos don't lack punch. It's pretty, too, with a pleasing curved front and shiny finish. Remarkably easy to clean at that – just run hot water through the innards.

£86, amazon

7. Francis Francis x7

You can tell a Francis Francis at 50 paces, the retro styling always giving it away. This one runs exclusively on pods and produces 30ml of decent coffee in less than 30 seconds

£139, johnlewis.com

8. Rocket Evoluzione Giotto Body

For those who feel espresso is a serious business, the Milanese-made Rocket is a dream. It has a rotary pump, meaning it's exceptionally quiet, and an insulated boiler, so it's always ready to go. As much a work of art as a coffee machine.

£ 1,498, amazon

9. Jura Ena Micro 1

Want the convenience of a capsule machine but the taste of machine running on grounds? Check out the Ena Micro. Just pop your beans in the back and it does the rest, producing some top-notch espresso in 25 seconds flat. And it's slim enough for the smallest kitchens.

£535, johnlewis.com

10. Krups Espresso Piano Black

No need to tamp down your coffee grounds with this machine – it does it for you. It produces one or two cups of great-tasting espresso and even has a cup warmer to make sure you get your cup o' Joe at the perfect temperature.

£113, johnlewis.com

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