Which coffee machine should I buy?

Choosing a coffee machine is like buying a pair of jeans – it’s got to be the right fit. Find out which machine fits your lifestyle…

which coffee machine should I buy

You'll want your coffee machine to suit your style, shape and budget.

Likewise, your chosen coffee machine will depend upon the coffee you like to drink, in what circumstances you’ll be drinking it, and how much money you want to spend.

Read on to find out which type of coffee machine is right for you…


1. The working parents  

In a nutshell: Your mornings are chaotic, and you want a coffee that can roll with your hectic lifestyle – simple, speedy and tastyKrupa dolce gusto piccoloMornings are the busiest time in your house. There are the kids to get up and off to school, breakfasts to be made and work shirts to be ironed. 

If you’re going to make the 08:02 train you’ve little time for faffing around with coffee machines.

However, with a pod coffee machine you can enjoy a barista style coffee at home. The pods are filled with premium coffee for the very best drink.


How do pod machines work?

Your coffee is bought separately in little plastic capsules. Pop a capsule in your coffee machine, press down the lid and push the button.

Benefits of a pod machine:

  • You can get a coffee under way in seconds
  • Choose from all kinds of different coffees – from espresso to caramel latte, macchiato to Americano
  • The coffee is in a pod, so spillages are minimal – it’s mess-free
  • Adjust the water temperature to create fresh ice teas in the summer


A pod machine we love: Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo


2. The serious coffee connoisseur

In a nutshell: You seriously know your beans and want a machine befitting of a professional barista

Nespresso vertuo 650 Coffee culture has been ‘a thing’ since the days of Central Perk.

But as time has passed coffee lovers have become increasingly sophisticated about what they drink: single origin coffee, artisan independent coffee roasters and new trends like cold brew.

To replicate this kind of coffee seriousness at home you need an espresso machine.


Espresso machines – how do they work?

Hot water is forced through ground coffee using a motor-driven pump.

  • Order your short, tall or venti at the touch of a button
  • Next, take your pick from a fantastic menu of pod flavours
  • Press to go and you don’t have to wait long before the perfect cup of coffee is ready

No mess, no fuss, just a new experience waiting in your mug for you to try out.


For a pod coffee machine with lots of options: Nespresso Vertuo 650 by Magimix


3. Coffee and cake gossipers  

In a nutshell: You love going for coffee with the girls for a gossip over a latte. You want to recreate the same experience at home without the mess

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You’ve long spent lazy afternoons in your favourite high-street coffee shop with your friends – sipping caramel lattes and picking at delectable cakes while putting the world to rights.

Over the years, it’s become a ritual. But what about recreating the same vibes at home? With as little hassle and faff as possible?

You need a bean-to-cup machine.


Bean-to-cup machines – how do they work?

You pour whole coffee beans into your machine and it grinds them as it makes each cup. The built-in grinder makes these machines larger.
Benefits of a bean-to-cup machine:

  • Easy to use – create your favourite coffee at the push of a button
  • Create cappuccinos by choosing a model with an automatic frother
  • While it makes coffee you can get on with other jobs – great for busy households
  • Every coffee you make has freshly ground beans

A bean-to-cup machine we love: Delonghi ECAM 23.460


4. The hot or cold debater

In a nutshell: You want a coffee machine that gives you options suited for all weathers

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Did you think that an iced coffee option was only within the realm of coffee shops?

Think again, new pod coffee machines are adaptable beasts that can create the piping hot creations you desire or the delicious cool drinks relax with.

Just press the blue cup to set your cold brew going. The hard part might be deciding which you want to go for…


A pod coffee machine with the option to go cold: Delonghi Autentica ETAM 29.510.B Coffee Machine


Find the coffee machine for you with our coffee buying guide