Getting a coffee machine that you really love is a great way to upgrade your kitchen, your weekend and your life.
Rather than leaving the comfort of your home to get your Saturday morning luxury caffeine fix, you can saunter to the kitchen, prepare a brew and return with it to bed. Now that is living the good life.
The kind of coffee machine you go for really depends on your lifestyle. Price is obviously an important factor. But more than that, it’s about ease of use.
If you want your coffee in seconds, without expending any effort, a capsule machine is the way to go. If you’re a volume drinker, a filter coffee machine would work well for you. And if you are as into the process of making the perfect cup as you are the result, then go for a manual espresso or a bean-to-cup machine. We’ve got buying advice after the deals, so take a look if you’re undecided.
We’ve also rounded up the best coffee makers and machines in our handy article that rates some of the best we’ve tested. We’ve also got a guide to the best smart kitchen gadgets if you’re looking for more kitchen tech.
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You’ll find a few recurring brands like Tassimo, Nespresso, De’Longhi and Bosch when looking for your coffee machine. The first thing to figure out though is what sort of coffee machine you’re looking for. There are four main categories, and which is right to you will depend on your taste, your budget, and how much effort you want to put into your morning brew.
Manual espresso machines
The coffee obsessive’s machine of choice, home espresso machines are essentially mini versions of what you’ll find in a typical coffee shop. These rely on highly pressurised steam to produce shots of espresso, which you can then mix with milk or water for longer drinks. A manual espresso machine is probably the way to get the absolute best coffee at home, but it does require a bit more patience and effort, and it may take you time to learn how to make it just right.
If that sounds like a lot of work, you might prefer a bean-to-cup machine. These are essentially automatic espresso machines: you just add the beans, hit a button, and the machine will grind, heat, and brew, delivering you a shot of espresso with minimal effort. There is one big downside: you’ll have to pay for all that tech, with good bean-to-cup machines starting around £400 and often climbing to £1,000 and above.
Aficionados may recoil, but capsule machines are a great option if you want something quick and easy. Nespresso is the market leader here, but there are rivals. You’ll also get a lot of choice, with higher end machines including more brewing options, milk frothers, and even smart functionality. Just remember that while the machine might be cheaper, you need to factor in the cost of capsules.
Finally, if you just want no-frills black coffee, you might want a filter machine. The old office staple is still a great choice, especially if you need to make coffee for lots of people at once, and the machines are often friendlier on your wallet. Look out for how long the machine can keep coffee warm after its brewed, how many cups it can make at once, and whether it has the option to schedule coffee to brew at set times – or even smart functionality so you can set it to brew remotely.
Where to find coffee machine sales, deals & discounts
You’ll be able to find savings on coffee machines from plenty of different retailers. If you find a model you like, we would also advise comparing the price against at least two to three other retailers and of course against Amazon if you haven’t already to find the best price.
As with most things, Amazon is one of the best places to look first, especially if you look in the Deals of the Day. These discounts offered for a limited time (often for a few hours only), or until stocks run out – they’re also known as Lightning Deals.
We’d recommend signing up to Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will not only get you access to Lightning deals 30 minutes earlier than non-Prime members, but will also get you free next-day delivery. Plus, you’ll get access to Prime Video, which you can access through your smart TV, and other benefits during your trial, too.
If you’re in the UK, other great places to look include Argos, Currys, AO, and Very. It’s always worth keeping John Lewis in mind too – the company’s price match policies mean it often matches some of the best deals from other retailers, while including better customer service and warranty policies.