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The 10 Best Coffee Makers - May 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every coffee maker on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 1,580 coffee makers, 6,580 reviews and 6,330 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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Citiz & Milk
#1 in Coffee Makers

Krups Citiz & Milk

629 Reviews
  • User reviews are excellent
  • A top selling product
  • Produces good-tasting coffee
Tan
Espresso Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £124.99
    eBay
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  • More shops: 20
  • £137.45 Flubit Deals
  • £149.00 Amazon UK
EC680
#2 in Coffee Makers

DeLonghi EC680

267 Reviews
  • Good user reviews
  • A best selling coffee maker
  • Programmable
Red
Combi Coffee Maker
Ground Coffee
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £134.91
    eBay
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  • More shops: 12
  • £149.99 Currys
  • £169.44 Amazon UK
Citiz
#3 in Coffee Makers

Krups Citiz

7 Reviews
  • Average expert reviews
  • Popular choice
  • Fairly priced
Red
Espresso Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £119.99
    Lawsons
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  • More shops: 19
  • £123.98 Appliances Direct
  • £129.99 Co-op Electrical
Lattissima Touch
#4 in Coffee Makers

Nespresso Lattissima Touch

13 Reviews
  • Expert reviews are average
  • Popular choice
  • Has an anti-scale system
Black
Pod Coffee Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £129.99
    eBay
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  • More shops: 24
  • £199.00 Amazon UK
  • £249.00 PC World Business
Caffeo Passione
#5 in Coffee Makers

Melitta Caffeo Passione

5 Reviews
  • A top selling coffee maker
  • Melitta has good coffee maker reviews
  • Pricey
Silver
Espresso Machine
Coffee Beans
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £418.97
    Amazon UK
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  • More shops: 3
  • £449.99 Currys
  • £529.99 Argos
Y5
#6 in Coffee Makers

Illy Y5

3 Reviews
  • Has a milk tank
  • Does not have a built-in display
Black
Pod Coffee Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £138.99
    Amazon UK
    Save £195.19 (58%)
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Twist
#7 in Coffee Makers

Philips Twist

3 Reviews
  • Expert reviews are average
  • Has an automatic shut off system
  • Pricey
Black
Pod Coffee Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
11 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £105.99
    Wellindal
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Nespresso Inissia + Aeroccino
#8 in Coffee Makers

Magimix Nespresso Inissia + Aeroccino

234 Reviews
  • Excellent user reviews
  • Best seller
  • Low-priced
Black
Pod Coffee Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £69.99
    eBay
    Save £69.01 (50%)
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  • More shops: 3
  • £124.99 Amazon UK
  • £134.99 Littlewoods
Citiz
#9 in Coffee Makers

Magimix Citiz

4 Reviews
  • Expert reviews are average
  • A best selling coffee maker
  • Has a calc-clean function
Black
Espresso Machine
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £79.99
    eBay
    Save £19.01 (19%)
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  • More shops: 6
  • £113.70 Amazon UK
  • £119.98 PC World Business
Citiz
#10 in Coffee Makers

DeLonghi Citiz

4 Reviews
  • Good expert reviews
  • Has a water hardness selector
  • Does not have a built-in display
Black
Drip Coffee Maker
Capsule / Pod
Colours
Product Type
Coffee Input Types
1 cups
Capacity in Cups
  • £119.48
    Amazon UK
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Coffee Maker Brands

Find out how coffee maker brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their coffee makers. Click on a link to compare all coffee makers made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Coffee Makers Price Range Average Rating
DeLonghi logo DeLonghi Coffee Makers 52 £18 - £1,349 77%
Krups logo Krups Coffee Makers 27 £11 - £587 84%
Melitta logo Melitta Coffee Makers 26 £28 - £849 82%
Nespresso logo Nespresso Coffee Makers 23 £65 - £449 77%
Bosch logo Bosch Coffee Makers 22 £35 - £1,524 83%
Other brands Other Coffee Maker Brands 250 £10 - £1,950

Choosing a Coffee Maker

Coffee makers work by percolating hot water slowly through ground coffee beans, picking up the flavour of the beans and turning the water into delicious coffee! There are numerous different types of coffee machines on the market, running the gamut from simple pots and mechanical presses to fully automatic electronic machines that not only brew coffee, but also froth milk to create lattes and cappuccinos. Below is an outline of the major different types of coffee makers:

Espresso Coffee Makers

These are the quintessential Italian coffee machines. They work by pushing hot water through finely ground coffee at extremely high pressure, creating a small amount of extremely strong, powerful coffee - an espresso shot. This can be drunk by itself, or can be mixed with hot water (an Americano), hot milk (a cafe au lait), or hot frothed milk (a latte) . Espresso machines can be expensive and temperamental, but the coffee they create is perfect for a serious coffee addict.

Automatic ("bean-to-cup") Coffee Makers

These machines automate the entire coffee-making procedure, from grinding the beans and brewing the coffee to frothing the milk and adding it to the coffee. While they are some of the most expensive coffee makers on the market, they are also the most fully-featured, allowing consumers to create most different types of coffee shop-style drinks at the press of a button.

Filter Coffee Makers

Drip, or filter, coffee makers are far simpler machines than the expensive expresso machines. Coffee grounds are placed into top of the machine, then hot water is poured over the top. The water filters through the beans, extracting the coffee from the grounds as it does. The resulting liquid is usually collected in a heated pot, which can then be served whenever needed. Filter coffee machines are usually significantly cheaper than espresso machines, but are limited in the amount of coffee they can make - espresso-based drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, etc) can’t be made in these machines. These machines are good for serving coffee to lots of people at once, or to a steady stream of people over the course of a day.

Stovetop Coffee Pots

Stovetop coffee pots cover several different types, from moka pots to turkish coffee pots. Coffee grounds and water are added to the pot, then this is placed on a stove or hot plate. As the water heats up it is forced through the grounds and the coffee is brewed. Because they don’t require any electricity, they are perfect for camping or travelling. Most stovetop coffee pots have a smaller capacity - enough for 1 or 2 people - so may be better for single people or for holidays.

Cafetières (French Press)

These are glass cylinders with a plunger on the top. Coffee grounds are loaded into the bottom of the cylinder, then hot water is poured in. This is left for 3-4 minutes to brew, then the plunger pushed down to compress the grounds, extracting the remainder of the coffee from the grounds and preventing them from escaping when pouring. French presses are much cheaper than espresso makers, since they require no electricity, and come in a variety of sizes, from small one person cylinders to giant presses for 10 people. The coffee produced is closer to filter coffee than expresso.

Pod Coffee Makers

Finally, pod coffee makers are the newest type of coffee maker on the market. Instead of measuring out the coffee grinds and loading them into the machine, the coffee grounds come pre-packaged in single-serving ‘pods’. These pods are inserted into a specialist machine, and at a button press it pushes water through the pod and crafts your coffee for you. Pod coffee makers such as Nespresso have become extremely popular in the last few years, and are extremely easy to use for making high-quality coffee quickly and easily. However the machines themselves aren’t as cheap as other single-cup coffee machines, and some machines are only compatible with certain brands of pods - so double check the compatibility before you buy a 64-pack of pods! There are also environmental issues with pod coffee makers, since the pods generate a lot of waste.

Capacity

All different types of coffee machine have a cup capacity, which is the amount of coffee they can dispense at once. Many espresso machines only brew and serve a single cup at a time, while a filter coffee machine or French press can have the capacity to brew 3,6 or even 12 cups of coffee at once. Generally speaking your choice will be dictated by how much coffee you consume in your household in once sitting.

Extras

Some more advanced coffee machines - especially the automatic bean-to-cup machines, may have alternate modes for making other hot drinks. These can include hot chocolate, cold milk, or dispensing hot water for making tea. While not the prime function of a coffee maker, there are a nice extra to have built in to the machine.

Finally, certain brands of coffee makers may have extra functions to aid coffee making. These can include built-in grinders so the beans are always freshly ground, or a milk frother (also known as a steam pipe) to allow you to froth milk for cappuccinos and macchiatos. Finally, some coffee makers have timers, so that you can program your coffee to start brewing for a specific time. These are often found in filter coffee machines - these can be set to start percolating early in the morning, so that coffee is ready for when you wake up!

Coffee Maker Retailers, Prices and Features

Coffee Maker Prices

We currently list 450 coffee makers ranging from £10 to £2,850. The average price of a new coffee maker is £248 and 80% of coffee makers are priced between £22 and £705. The Miele CVA 6805 is the most expensive coffee maker that we found at £2,850, and the Bodum Caffettiera 1918-957 Coffee Maker is the cheapest at only £10.

Coffee Maker Brands - Price Range

Miele coffee makers range in price from £1,099 to £2,850, and the average price of Miele coffee makers is £1,974 which is the highest average price of all coffee maker brands.

De Dietrich coffee makers range in price from £1,450 to £1,450, and the second highest average coffee maker price out of all brands is De Dietrich coffee makers with an average price of £1,450.

Neff coffee makers start at £949 and the most expensive Neff coffee maker costs £1,450. The average price of Neff coffee makers is £1,199 which is the third highest average price of all coffee maker brands.

Coffee Maker Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 69 expert reviews and 5,411 user reviews for coffee makers from across the internet and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of coffee maker. The top three coffee maker brands are Magimix, Krups and Bugatti. Magimix has an average rating of 92%, Krups has an average rating of 92% and Bugatti has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Coffee Maker Retailers

The biggest coffee maker retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 221 current coffee maker offers from eBay. The second biggest coffee maker retailer is Amazon UK with 193 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to coffee makers. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 121 current offers.

When Are Most New Coffee Makers Released?

The most common period for new coffee makers to be released in is between April and May. That means that most of the latest coffee maker technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. April was the biggest month in 2016 for new coffee makers, with 73 new coffee makers released that month. 101 new coffee makers were released in April 2015 making it the biggest month that year as well for new coffee maker releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new coffee maker releases was May, with 230 new coffee makers released that month.

How Fast Do Coffee Maker Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, coffee makers drop in price by 3% on average. That means that on a typical coffee maker costing £248 you could save on average £8 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Capacity in Cups

The number of cups of liquid that the product can contain.

Across the range of coffee makers, the capacity in cups range from 1 cups to 60 cups. The capacity in cups of most coffee makers range from 1 cups to 2.8 cups. The coffee maker with the most capacity in cups is the CasselinCPC60, which is a 60 cups dispensing capacity coffee maker and is priced at £126.10. The coffee maker with the least capacity in cups is the CasselinCPC60, which is a 1 cups dispensing capacity coffee maker and currently retails for £99.00.

Biggest Coffee Maker Retailers

We found 221 current offers for coffee makers from eBay making it the biggest coffee maker retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 193 current offers for coffee makers. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 121 current coffee maker offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coffee Makers?

With the cheapest price on 126 coffee makers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest coffee maker retailer.

Proportion of Coffee Makers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest coffee maker prices (found to be cheapest for 57% of its coffee makers).

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