Looking for the best coffee machine for your home? We have listed the best coffee machines for you in each category!
A coffee machine is a device that should not be missing at home, whether you are a true enthusiast or do not like coffee at all. As a true coffee lover, you naturally want to enjoy the best coffee at home every day. And if you don’t like coffee at all, you want to be able to offer your guests a decent cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino in everyone.
However, buying a coffee machine can be quite a challenge. The point is, choosing the best coffee machine for you depends not only on your favorite coffee, but also on the amount of time, effort and money you want to invest in the brewing process. An expensive coffee machine does not have to be better than the cheap version.
We can therefore well imagine that you could use some help in buying the best coffee machine for you. Learn about the differences between the different categories and types of coffee machines, the advantages and disadvantages, and see what the best coffee machines are in each category. For each category, we have listed different coffee machines in different price ranges.
Manual coffee machine
If you want the flexibility to make everything from espresso to ristretto to cappuccino, a manual coffee machine or espresso machine, which allows you to make quality coffee comparable to what you get in coffee shops, is the way to go. The downside is that you have to learn to grind and press the coffee manually, steam your own milk to perfection, clean the machine and repeat the process for every cup. But that extra control makes it possible to get the best out of every cup of coffee.
1. Sage Bambino Plus
Coffee connoisseurs scoff at machines like the Sage Bambino Plus. Granted, this is not what we would recommend for people who have already honed their skills on a cheaper, fully manual machine. But just as the high-end Touch models brought manual espresso excellence within the reach of less experienced home baristas, Sage now wants to encourage everyone to take the manual espresso plunge.
The main draw is that, unlike most fully manual espresso machines, it’s surprisingly difficult to make a bad cup of coffee with the Bambino Plus. The included accessories and clear instructions demystify the brewing process and the automatic milk frother not only saves time, but also works great. If you want to take your first steps into the world of real espresso, this is a great choice to start.
Price: € 365, – | Here available.
2. Sage Barista Express
The Sage Barista Express is a lot more expensive than most single boiler manual espresso machines. However, there are two things that help justify the price: it has a milling mill built in, and it gives you a lot more manual control than cheaper machines. The results speak for themselves, with excellent espresso and beautifully structured milk. The reel is a bit inflexible as you can’t easily use it with other machines, but if that’s not an issue then this all-in-one package is a good choice.
Price: € 599 | Here available.
3. Sage Barista Pro
The Sage Barista Pro is a big step up from the Barista Express above and our new benchmark for excellent mid-range manual espresso. While cheaper machines can make a half-quality espresso, the Barista Pro can extract almost any flavor drop from the finest coffee beans. It’s also much more consistent: the integrated coffee grinder delivers the same amount of ground coffee accurately every time, and the volumetric sensor pushes the same amount of water through the coffee for an easily perfect espresso. Unlike some of Sage’s recent models, the Pro is a completely manual machine, but it’s worth taking the time to get the perfect settings set. Do that and the quality of the coffee is impeccable. Thanks to the thermojet technology, you don’t have to wait either, as it only takes 3 seconds to get up to temperature.
Price: € 899.90 | Here available.
Bean-to-cup coffee machine
If manual coffee sounds like too much work, but you still want the freedom to use coffee beans, a bean-to-cup machine is the way to go as it automatically grinds and pours coffee. Just put water and coffee beans in the machine and you can make a cup of coffee at the touch of a button – and without having to clean the machine between each shot. With a little more budget, coffee machines are available that contain an integrated milk frother that heats the milk to exactly the right temperature for you. This allows you to make a delicious cup of cappuccino or latte macchiato at the touch of a button.
1. Gaggia Naviglio
If you want to buy a budget-friendly top bean-to-cup coffee machine, then you’re in the right place with the Gaggia Naviglio. Although relatively inexpensive, it produces excellent espresso. You just need to adjust it a little bit to get the best flavor. With a manual steam wand you can froth milk in a jug and make delicious milk drinks, such as latte or cappuccino. At this price, this bean-to-cup coffee machine is the best choice, and you have to spend a lot more money to really get better results.
Price: € 564.85 | here available
2. Gaggia Naviglio
While many bean-to-cup coffee machines effortlessly cost € 1000, the Gaggia Anima coffee machine is relatively competitively priced. You don’t get luxuries like one-touch cappuccino options, but the Anima is capable of making a very decent espresso lungo, and you get the chance to fine-tune your own milk frothing skills with the Anima’s steam wand. There are a few minor drawbacks. For example, the espresso isn’t quite the best, and we want a finer grinding option from Gaggia’s built-in grinder, but the overall quality is good.
Price: € 863.42 | here available
3. Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart
The Melitta Caffeo Barista TS is one of our favorite fully automatic coffee machines. It produces a range of espresso-based drinks that are almost as good as a manual machine. Almost.
It is incredibly fully equipped, with two bean hoppers that allow you to make different types of coffee. It can produce a wide variety of different drinks directly from the front touchscreen. The new Smart version, which is currently the same price, adds Bluetooth, which allows you to control the entire process from making drinks down to the temperature and the order in which the different elements are delivered to your cup.
You can also download new recipes with it and even browse the different maintenance tasks of the machine directly on the screen of your smartphone. The Melitta Caffeo Barista TS and TS Smart are the kings of automatic coffee machines: they produce great coffee and are incredibly easy to use and maintain.
Price: € 1099, – | here available
Coffee capsule machine
Coffee cup machines are super popular, of which the Nespresso machines are the most popular. These can end up costing more per cup of coffee than the other types of coffee machines, but the benefit is simplicity – and you can buy a basic machine for less than $ 100. Each pod or capsule contains the perfect amount of coffee, so just buy the type with the strength and flavor you like best. For hassle-free, mess-free coffee that tastes consistently good every time, these coffee machines are the perfect choice. Some coffee machines even add built-in milk froth, so you can have a latte or cappuccino at the touch of a button. The downside is that you can’t choose the best coffee beans, and the results don’t taste as good as hand-brewed coffees or bean-to-cup coffee machines.
1. Krups Inissia
The Krups Inissia is the new entry-level Nespresso machine. To keep the price down it’s made of plastic, but don’t let it put you off. It looks beautiful and comes in a range of beautiful colors to suit any room. The only thing it doesn’t do is automatically steam milk, although you can buy an Aeroccino 3 frother separately. At this price, this is a great introduction to real coffee.
Price: € 145.20 | here available
2. Lavazza Jolie Plus
Lavazza’s answer to Nestlé’s Nespresso family is the A Modo Mio range of coffee capsules and compatible machines, and it’s fair to say they’re just as good as the competition.
The design is extremely simple. The capsules simply drop into place in the top of the machine and the large silver handle locks them in place. Two backlit buttons on the top let you choose between espresso (30ml) or lungo (100ml) coffee, and you can adjust them to get just the right amount of coffee in your cup. Press either button and you will get a fresh cup of coffee within 30 seconds. You can also place larger cups or mugs by removing the plastic insert.
The water capacity is a bit on the low side, but it is only a problem if you plan to make a lot of coffee. Otherwise, you can choose from 16 different strengths and blends of A Modo Mio capsules – significantly less than Nespresso, but there’s a decaffeinated option if that’s important to you – and the Jolie Plus serves decent coffee without fuss.
Price: € 93.03 | here available
3. Nespresso Sage Creatista Plus
If you’re looking for more freedom than a Nespresso machine, the Nespresso Sage coffee machine Creatista Plus is a great choice. It takes a quick shot of Nespresso – but instead of automatically dipping milk on top, it returns the baton to you.
However, you don’t have to be an expert on milk foam. Simply fill the stainless steel jug with milk, insert the magic wand, select how hot and frothy you want and press the steam button. A special temperature sensor in the drip tray monitors how hot the jug is getting and stops the frothing when it is ready. This means that once you’ve brewed a cup of coffee, you can pour the milk into it to get whatever shape you want on top. In addition, the wand cleans itself with a few sprays of water every time it is used.
That’s not to say the Creatista Uno lacks other smart features – its design as a capsule machine has progressed by leaps and bounds. So you will find a push-to-open used capsule holder and a handy espresso cup platform, a generous water tank and a drip tray that is wide enough for the largest mug.
Price: € 428.95 | Here available:
Filter coffee machine
If you just want a simple cup of coffee, or if you want to be able to make enough coffee for several people at the same time, a filter coffee machine is a good choice. You’ll generally need to use ground coffee for this (although some do have an integrated grinder), but they’re perfect for making simple, no-nonsense black coffee.
1. Melitta Look Timer
Good quality filter coffee does not have to be expensive, as the Melitta Look Timer shows. Despite the reasonable price, this is one of the best filter machines you can buy.
Paper filters are needed, which provide fresh-tasting coffee, while you have the option to adjust the taste by using different types of filters. It’s also solidly built: there’s even a dial to adjust the strength and flavor of your coffee.
A glass is filled with the coffee, while a hob keeps it warm if you can’t drink it all at once. However, do not keep the coffee there too long, as the taste will deteriorate. If you want your coffee to stay warm longer, exchange the glass carafe for a metal insulated jug.
Price: € 89.95 | here available
2. Melitta Aroma Elegance Therm Deluxe
If you want the best quality filter coffee, the Melitta Aroma Elegance Therm Deluxe is the machine for you. It is extremely easy to use, has a removable water tank for easy filling and, most importantly, produces excellent coffee without the hassle. Thanks to the use of paper filters, you get the best quality and the option to adjust the taste by switching paper.
This machine pours coffee into a thermos, which keeps your coffee warm without constantly heating it and ruining the taste. Finally, with a clock and timer on the front, you can quickly set your coffee to start brewing at a time that suits you.
Price: € 139 | here available
3. Technivorm Moccamaster KBG741
Whichever test you look at, the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG741 always comes out on top when it comes to the best filter coffee maker. The hand-made Technivorm Moccamaster KBG741 combines durability with finesse through its high-quality copper boiler, constant flow rate and easily replaceable parts. This brewer also uses a glass carafe and warmer plate to keep your coffee hot between cups. The Moccamaster KBG741 from Technivorm has been carefully crafted to make delicious hot coffee – pot after pot and year after year. The device also looks very beautiful, and is available in several great colors!
Price: € 235.12 | here available
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