10 Best Coffee Makers in 2021

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So you finally decided to take the leap and search for the best coffee machines available in the market. I’d say, it’s a long time coming, but I’m glad that you are seriously considering getting a coffee machine for home or office usage. The more people make their own cup of coffee the better the morning traffic would be and people will not only save time but also money in the long run. I’m a huge advocate when it comes to suggesting people get one of the best coffee machines in the UK and enjoy those luxurious extra 15 minutes of sleep in the morning.

There is absolutely nothing that comes even close to the feeling of sipping up the perfect cup of coffee that you made yourself. Well, I may come off as exaggerating, but you’ll know the feeling when you experience making coffee with one of the best coffee machines by your side. It seems like a daunting task right now, using a strange machine that makes coffee, even if you are an experienced coffee machine coming from an older machine, the newer ones have so many features that they might as well be alien. Thankfully, the best coffee machines in the UK list has some amazing coffee machines that practically do the whole job for you.

We selected the best coffee machines that you can easily place in your kitchen, office, or maybe a small shop that is not dedicated to coffee (for those you’ll need a commercial product). However, before I start listing the top picks, there are certain aspects that you need to consider before making a substantial purchase. A coffee maker is not a small investment and I just want to make sure that you get the best bang for your pounds and the machine lasts you quite some time. In order to do that, we’ll need to know what your personal needs are.

 

What Coffee Maker Is Right for You?

With a great number of awesome coffee machines available in the market, it comes down to what you personally require from one. That wholly depends on what kind of coffee you love to drink. There are several types of coffee machines available that essentially make a good cup of coffee but have rested different usages and methods to make a cup. There are a few major types of coffee machines you should keep an eye out for:

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Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

This is one of the most popular coffee machines and there is a very good reason for this. As the name suggests, the bean-to-cup coffee machine takes coffee beans and then turns them into coffee for you. These go at a higher price point, but they get you superbly fresh and often professionally tasting coffee and a small amount of time. Many of the bean-to-cup machines also come with a built-in grinder that allows you to obtain ground coffee by freshly grinding coffee beans. Most of the modern bean-to-cup machines also have different grind settings, so you can fine-tune your experience. These days the coffee machines also include a steam wand, so you can froth milk whenever you desire.

We have written about the best bean-to-cup coffee machines as well, so if these are for you, you can check that article out for an extensive recommendation list.

 

Pod/Capsule Coffee Makers

Capsule-based or Pod machines are amazing if you are always running late for work. They are fast to get started and are capable of making you a cup of coffee in mere minutes. There is no hassle or preparation required. All you need are compatible pods and coffee capsules, and you are ready to brew some coffee. These Pod machines themselves are not that expensive and can easily be bought at a reasonable budget. However, the pods and the capsules are a tiny bit more expensive than just buying regular coffee. Of course, you can minimize that expense by purchasing the pods in bulk which is something I always recommend. If you’re a gamer, the regular coffee machines are the personal computer of gaming while the pod machines are consoles. This means that you’ll only be able to use pods that are made by the manufacturer themselves, so it also leaves no room for experimentation.

We’ve covered the best pod coffee machines as well as the best ESE pods, I highly recommend that you take a look at those articles as well.

 

Espresso Machines

Espresso machines are targeted towards professionals or extreme enthusiasts to help make barista style coffee. These are dedicated espresso machines and will not be able to produce anything else efficiently. Normally you will need to have a separate coffee grinder but also a separate milk frother as well. Usually, coffee shops have a modified version of a special espresso coffee machine, I’m talking about Starbucks here. Other cafés simply use a professional quality espresso machine for their drinks. If you are really serious about learning the craft of coffee making, an espresso machine would be the ultimate purchase.

Espresso machines are not easy to use, and I recommend that you either get some barista training yourself or marry a barista if that’s easier before using an espresso coffee machine. Of course, if you are already trained, an espresso machine would be amazing. Also, if you’re looking for a commercial coffee machine for your shop and are going to hire a barista to operate it, this is the type of machine you should consider.

 

Filter Coffee Machines

A filter coffee machine is a tried and true method of creating coffee. These work by simply dripping water through already ground coffee beans in a warm jug. Filter coffee machines are a bit slower than other advanced machines, but they do brew some quality coffee in a few minutes. Furthermore, these machines also allow you amazing control over the ground coffee plus fine-tuning the cup of coffee you get according to your personal tastes. Many of the filter coffee machines allow you to set a timer, so you can simply wake up to a freshly brewed coffee jug without any fuss.

Product

Details

De’longhi Dedica Style
Rating 9.5
De’Longhi Dedica Style
  • Brand: De’Longhi
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 1 L
  • Power: 1350 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Dimensions: 32.99 x 30.28 x 14.9 cm
  • Weight: 4.2 Kg
Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch
Rating 9.3
Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch
  • Brand: Bosch
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 0.8 L
  • Power: 1300 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: No
  • Dimensions: 30.5 x 16.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Weight:  2.65 Kg
Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage
Rating 9.5
Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage
  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Silver
  • Capacity: 1.5 L
  • Power: 1600 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: yes
  • Dimensions: 31 x 14 x 41 cm
  • Weight: 5.2 Kg

Key Features

  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Silver
  • Capacity: 1.5 L
  • Power: 1600 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: yes
  • Dimensions: 31 x 14 x 41 cm
  • Weight: 5.2 Kg

The Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage is a super high-end pod coffee machine and provides some exceptional features that are not seen on any other Nespresso Pod machines. Is it going to magically make your cup of coffee amazing and way better than a budget Nespresso machine? No, the coffee tastes almost exactly the same. However, it is bringing some real substance and style to the table. The device looks stunning, Sage is a company that uses premium materials and always has a beautiful design and the Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage is no different.

Speaking of design, what sets the Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage apart is a large LED-colored touchscreen panel on the top of the machine. This has a clear and easy-to-understand picture-based interface that allows you to scroll through different milk temperatures as well as texture levels. The device is ready to make coffee in just 3 seconds. If this feature is not enticing enough, you can get a comparable Nespresso machine for a lot less, however, if you value good quality coffee and a stylish device, the Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage certainly has both in abundance.

The Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage is a premium grade coffee machine and the price reflects that. However, for that price, you are getting a stunning coffee maker that is exponentially easier to use than other pod coffee machines. Of course, you’ll also need to purchase compatible Nespresso pods for the Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage, but they are available everywhere and in different flavours. The coffee machine also produces milky coffees and beautiful designs, the Nespresso BNE800 Creatista Sage is a very easy recommendation to make.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Super easy to use thanks to the screen
  • Made with premium grade materials
  • Is ready to make a cup of coffee in 3 seconds

Reasons to Shun

  • The coffee tastes exactly the same as from other Nespresso coffee machines

Key Features

  • Brand: De’Longhi
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 1 L
  • Power: 1350 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Dimensions: 32.99 x 30.28 x 14.9 cm
  • Weight: 4.2 Kg

De’longhi has been a big player in the coffee machine market and their devices have always been top-quality. The De’longhi Dedica Style is a traditional pump espresso coffee machine that brings amazing quality coffee to your home and office. I have personally used this machine for 3 months, and I’m a huge fan of their build quality. It is an Italian company, and they make a wide range of appliances, but their coffee machines have been my favourite for a very long time. The De’longhi Dedica Style is a traditional straight-to-business espresso machine that combines matte black plastic with shiny stainless steel. The design is purely Italian, and it shows, while the device is assembled in China it is still a superbly crafted piece of equipment.

The De’longhi Dedica Style is also one of the thinnest traditional espresso machines I’ve had the pleasure of using. Coming at only 15 cm width, it can easily be fetched between other appliances on your kitchen countertop. On the back you will find a water tank, a cup former is placed on the top, 3 easy to see buttons are right on the front, and a handy dial is on the side for either water or steam. That is it, this is how easy it is to manage and use De’longhi Dedica Style. The portafilter on the machine comes with 3 inserts.

The De’longhi Dedica Style comes with the Thermoblock technology that ensures your coffee delivery is always at the perfect temperature. This feature is missing from other cheaper espresso machines and is one of the reasons why the De’longhi Dedica Style is so good at delivering tasty coffee. I also like how you can easily stop the water from pouring by pressing the cup button, it allows you to customize your drink according to your tastes. If you’re looking for a well-rounded espresso coffee machine that is available at a reasonable price from a well-reputed brand, the De’longhi Dedica Style is the one coffee machine you should be looking at.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • The Italian design is remarkable
  • Easy to use interface
  • Delivers water at 15 bar of pressure

Reasons to Shun

  • Would’ve liked a better quality coffee tamper

Key Features

  • Brand: Bosch
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 0.8 L
  • Power: 1300 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: No
  • Dimensions: 30.5 x 16.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Weight:  2.65 Kg

If you’re looking for a budget coffee machine that is capable of providing quick cups of coffee, then the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch is easily one of the best options available. It is a coffee pod machine that is exceptionally quick, especially when you compare it to the big hitters like Sage and De’Longhi. It takes only 27 seconds to heat up, that’s right, it is not a typing mistake, the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch actually takes only half a minute to be ready to make your coffee. Just insert an espresso disc, and you’ll be having coffee in well under a minute.

The Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch also offers some smart features like the Smart Start system. All you need to do is put your cup or mug against the front of the machine, and it is ready to start making coffee. There are dedicated LED lights that tell you when the machine has enough water or if it needs cleaning. So as for the user interface, of a big fan of simplistic yet convenient and the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch checks both marks with ease. It also comes with a height adjustable tray, so you can use your favourite mug without any compatibility issues. The trey is also removable and that makes it easier to clean as well.

One thing to be careful about when using the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch is that you’ll need to be extra cautious when installing the pods. They can be a little out of position if you’re not careful. Apart from that, I had no criticism relating to the actual functioning of the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch. However, the instruction manual could have used a better writer and layout. I was able to set up the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch with these, but I am not sure how well inexperienced users will fare. Overall, at the price it is selling, the Tassimo TAS3102GB Bosch is simply a no-brainer when you’re on a budget and need a good quality coffee machine.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • The advanced SmartStart system is genius
  • A simple and easy to understand user interface
  • Only takes 27 seconds to heat up

Reasons to Shun

  • The instruction manual needs some improvements

Key Features

  • Brand: De’Longhi
  • Material: Plastic and Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Power: 1450 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Dimensions: 23.8 x 43 x 35.1 cm
  • Weight: 9 Kg

The De’Lonnghi Magnifica S is a good quality bean-to-cup machine that is available at a very affordable price point. While many other bean-to-cup machines are a bit expensive, this one provides a lot of quality features without being heavier on your wallet. A fully automated coffee machine that has a lot of customization potential and a reasonable price point? You can see why we are including the De’Lonnghi Magnifica S on the list. There are machines made by De’Lonnghi that offer comparable features at double the price.

The De’Lonnghi Magnifica S is a good-looking coffee machine and has matte black plastic combined with glossy chrome for finishing touches. It is also a relatively compact kitchen appliance that can fit in a small amount of space, you don’t need to sacrifice your kitchen space to accommodate this coffee machine. Speaking of the design, the De’Lonnghi Magnifica S comes with a fairly large bean hopper coming at 200 g. This allows you to simply fill the container and forget about it for a couple of days, depending on how much coffee you drink.

The default settings on the machine are easy enough to follow and will produce a good-quality cup of coffee. There are 6 total buttons on the control panel as well as a dial, so you have the option of customization. If you use coffee beans that are recently roasted, you’ll get some great quality coffee out of the De’Lonnghi Magnifica S. Long story short, the De’Lonnghi Magnifica S is one of the best bean-to-cup coffee machines available on the market, the price is competitive, the functionality is superb, and the design is great.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Ample options for customization
  • Bean hopper has a large capacity

Reasons to Shun

  • Too much plastic, very little steel

Key Features

  • Brand: De’Longhi
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Silver
  • Capacity: 1 L
  • Power: 1350 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Dimensions: 33 x 14.9 x 30.3 cm
  • Weight: 4.22 Kg

The De’Longhi Dedica Style is yet another great De’Longhi coffee machine that produces some exceptional results at a very competitive price. It is available in 3 different striking colours and all of them look great in any setting, we got to try out the standard black version because our acquisition department (Jake) is emo and doesn’t want me to have any joy. Unlike Jake, the De’Longhi Dedica Style is a delightful coffee machine that comes with a 1 L water tank, multiple pressurized portafilter baskets, and even a Pannarello wand.

Like other coffee machines in this category, the De’Longhi Dedica Style also has a standard 15 bars of pressure. This results in a great cup of rich espresso with a lot of crema. The Pannarello wand is also pretty great and is capable of heating milk in around one minute. It is an automatic espresso coffee machine, so you just need to push a button and the device will infuse coffee with water itself. It also pre-infuses which results in a better cup of coffee than just rushing hot water through coffee as other machines do.

Using the De’Longhi Dedica Style is also very straightforward. There are dedicated buttons for single shot, double shot, and the Pannarello wand. The initial programming can be a bit tricky and this leads us to the only negative thing I have to say about the De’Longhi Dedica Style. As there are no displays to tell you what kind of selection you’ve made, there will be some initial trial and error that everyone has to go through. However, after you have dialled down the combination, it will be very smooth sailing from there on out.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • A beautiful design that fits any kitchen
  • The pre-infusion technology is amazing
  • The Pannarello wand performs exceptionally

Reasons to Shun

  • Initial programming can be a bit daunting

Key Features

  • Brand: Swan
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Blue
  • Capacity: 1.2 L
  • Power: 1100 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Dimensions: 28.5 x 20 x 31.5 cm
  • Weight: 3.58 Kg

The Swan Retro Pump Espresso Machine has been an office favourite ever since we got to try it out for the best espresso machines article. Its funky colours, vintage design, and good quality espresso make it a very easy device to recommend to anyone. Combine that with its sub £100 price point, and suddenly it is an enticing deal. The espresso produced by the Swan Retro Pump Espresso Machine is relatively great, even though it is slightly on the weaker side. Thankfully, you can simply cram the filter with pre-ground coffee to achieve better strength as well as even consistency.

Operating the Swan Retro Pump Espresso Machine is straightforward as well. There are not a lot of features to fiddle around and get lost in which makes it a perfect pick for beginners. Of course, if you are an experienced coffee drinker yourself, you may want some more customization options. There is a dial that allows you to control the milk steamer as well as various buttons that allow you to get a quick cup of coffee in a reasonable time.

The Swan Retro Pump Espresso Machine is also simple to clean. There is a smart drip tray as well as a grille design that is a lot easier to work with when you compare it to other devices in this price range. The Swan Retro Pump Espresso Machine is also a bit larger than other competitors, so you’ll need to plan your kitchen space accordingly. The Swan Retro Pump Espresso Machine produces espresso with good quality crema and a consistent flavour that is great for making lattes and Americanos.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • The vintage and retro design is beautiful
  • The steam wand comes with a dedicated dial
  • Produces good quality crema

Reasons to Shun

  • Has a larger footprint

Key Features

  • Brand: Melitta
  • Material: Plastic and Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Power: 1450 W
  • Interface: Touchscreen
  • Milk Frother: No
  • Dimensions: 46.7 x 25.9 x 37.2 cm
  • Weight: 10.8 Kg

If you’re looking for a fully automatic coffee machine that comes with some pretty modern features like a smartphone companion app, then the Melitta Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine just might be the best option for you. It is a coffee machine that is capable of producing some close to professional results and without needing your constant attention. It is a bean-to-cup machine that also works with already ground coffee. The device comes with 15 bar pressure which is standard for coffee machines and a 1.8 L water tank.

The reason why Melitta Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine made it to the best coffee maker list is how easy it is to use. Thanks to its good quality interface and intuitive controls the coffee machine is superb at giving all the options available without overwhelming you with information. It is a hassle-free machine that looks great and produces 21 different coffees. From espresso to cappuccino and from latte macchiato to Americano, it has all bases covered. Everything I tried had good taste and required minimal input from me which is always great.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • A simple and beautiful design
  • The companion app works flawlessly
  • Requires minimal input from the user

Reasons to Shun

  • The price is a bit high

Key Features

  • Brand:  Homever
  • Material: Plastic and Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 1.5 L
  • Power: 1050 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Dimensions: 33.6 x 33.1 x 25.7 cm
  • Weight: 3.86 Kg

The Homever Traditional Pump Espresso Machine is the 2nd fastest espresso machine on the list rapidly heating in 40 seconds. The coffee machine comes with a 15 bar high pressure pump and produces some great quality espresso. It also has a 1.5 L transparent water tank, so you can always check the water levels with ease. The device is also capable of producing 2 espressos at the same time, however, I highly recommend that you make sure the cups are aligned perfectly.

The Homever Traditional Pump Espresso Machine also has double temperature control and includes 2 independent thermostats. This allows the coffee machine to produce coffee and milk foam at ideal temperatures. If you are looking for a retro-styled espresso machine that has an easy interface, good tank capacity, and a steam wand, the Homever Traditional Pump Espresso Machine should be the top candidate.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • A well-designed simple machine
  • User-interface is easy to understand
  • Included steam frothing wand is a nice addition

Reasons to Shun

  • It is a bit lightweight

Key Features

  • Brand: De’Longhi
  • Material: Plastic and Stainless Steel
  • Colour: White
  • Capacity: 0.8 L
  • Power: 1500 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: No
  • Dimensions: 27.6 x 12.1 x 27.3 cm
  • Weight: 2.59 Kg

The Dolce Gusto Genio S is yet another De’longhi device I’m including on the list, but I couldn’t resist putting a pod-based coffee maker on here. The Dolce Gusto Genio S has a compact yet futuristic design and is fairly lightweight. It is compatible with Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods and produces some amazing quality crema. It also has drink customization allowing you to change the size of the drinks. There are over 50 coffee creations that can be created with the push of a button on this well-designed machine. If you’re already in the Nescafé Dolce Gusto ecosystem or looking to be involved, this should be a great starting point.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact and easy to handle design
  • Customizable drink sizes
  • Over 50 different drinks are available

Reasons to Shun

  • Only compatible with Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods

Key Features

  • Brand: AICOK
  • Material: Plastic and Stainless Steel
  • Colour: Black and Silver
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Power: 900 W
  • Interface: Buttons
  • Milk Frother: No
  • Dimensions: 18 x 20 x 30 cm
  • Weight: 1.74 Kg

AICOK Filter Coffee Machine is a modernized filter coffee machine that we all love. It comes with the latest generation showerhead technology which allows the machine to extract optimal flavour from your ground coffee. This filter coffee machine is also capable of reaching optimal temperatures really fast and comes with programmable wake-up functions, so you can always get the perfect cup of coffee whenever you wake up. We also like the 92 °C consistent temperature brewing which allows the coffee maker to retain the natural flavour of the coffee beans. It also comes with a built-in warm plate which further enhances the overall experience. It is simply the best filter coffee machine you can get right now with all the modern features but also some great and simple coffee.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • A simple yet modern design
  • The vacant feature is a great addition
  • Constant temperature brewing

Reasons to Shun

  • The warmer has a 40-minute time

Parting Words

These were some of the best coffee machines available in the UK right now. Of course, with so many great options we had to cut the less sure with only 10 entries but make sure you check out the dedicated category articles we have already written. Those will allow you to further narrow down the best coffee machine that will be suitable for you. Whether you need an espresso machine or a state-of-the-art bean to cup one, we have them all listed on the website.

Hopefully, you’re going to get the coveted and legendary golden cup of espresso every day from now on.

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