The very best coffee machines to buy if you’re missing your morning espresso

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Best coffee machines

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If you can't start the day without a shot of caffeine from your local coffee shop, you may be shocked to discover you can make just as good coffee at home.

As well as saving you lots of money, it's the perfect alternative now we're in lockdown.

Crank it up every morning and make yourself your favourite brew - whether it's a latte, espresso, or Americano.

Here are our favourite coffee machines, and where you can make the biggest savings:

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Best Coffee Machine Deals

Sage The Barista Express Machine, Black Sesame
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Bean-to-cupSage are well-known for professional espresso machines. This bean-to-cup machine features a precise water temperature control, plus a steam wand for foaming milk. There are 18 grind settings to really control how your beans are ground.

Lavazza A Modo Mio Idola Coffee Machine
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Pod capsulesIf espressos and Americanos are your go-to, you will love this budget-friendly coffee machine. It has thermoblock technology with two temperature settings to choose from. It's a sleek design that is ideal for smaller kitchens. We love.

Nespresso Creatista Plus by Sage, Brushed Stainless Steel
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Pod capsulesOnly taking three seconds to warm up, this is a real time-saving coffee machine. Comes with a milk jug for frothing your latte, and with three cup size settings (from 25ml to 150ml).

Nescafu00e9 Dolce Gusto Jovia by De'Longhi Coffee Machine
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Pod capsulesReally easy to use with 40 drinks to choose from, plus it has auto-shut-off after five minutes to save energy. A best-seller!

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
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Bean-to-cupYou can either choose to use fresh beans with this machine, or it also uses ground coffee too. Features a milk frother for lattes and cappuccinos, and a cup warmer. Another best-seller.

NESCAFu00c9 Dolce Gusto Mini Me Coffee Machine Starter Kit
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Pod capsulesA recognisable and popular capsule coffee machine, this comes with six boxes of pods which adds to the value of the offer.

De'Longhi Eletta, Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
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Bean-to-cupFeatures an automatic latte and cappuccino function to get really creamy milk, plus 13 different settings on the bean grinder.

Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 TAS1402GB Coffee Machine
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Easy to use, with 40 drinks to choose from, and an adjustable cup stand means you can alternate between your espresso cups or latte glasses.

De'Longhi EC685.W Dedica Style Pump Espresso
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Ground coffeeSteam milk for lattes and cappuccinos, or use the hot water setting for Americanos or tea. A stylish little machine, available in other colours such as black and red.

Nespresso Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine, Matt Black
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Pod capsules This coffee machine features individual settings to personalise your coffee depending on how much espresso and milk you prefer; it has eight different types of drink to choose from, including espresso, ristretto, and just hot milk.

Russell Hobbs 20680 Buckingham Filter Coffee Machine
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Ground filter coffeeGo a bit old-school with this filter coffee machine and make it feel like a dinner party in the 80s. You don't have to use filter papers, though, as it has an in-built filter that can be removed and washed.

DELONGHI ECAM23.460 Coffee Maker
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Bean-to-cupFeatures a milk tank for making your perfect cappuccino; you can also save the settings of your preferred drink with variations on strength, temperature, and more. You can use fresh beans or ground coffee, and you can prepare two cups at once.

Krups Arabica Digital, Bean to Cup, Coffee Machine
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Bean-to-cupA large-capacity water tank means you can make up to 10 cups of coffee from one fill, plus it's rated A+ for its Energy Class.

De'Longhi ECP35.31 Traditional Pump Espresso Machine - Black
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Ground coffee or podsAdjust the milk frother to get your ideal milk texture, and you can choose to use ground coffee or capsule pods.


What type of coffee machine should you buy?

There are several different types of coffee machine, so think about what your favourite drink is, and how much time you might have in the morning - plus, your budget, obviously - before deciding whether to buy a capsule coffee machine, one that uses ground coffee, or a bean-to-cup version.

Bean-to-cup coffee machines

Quite literally take the coffee beans, grind them, and make the espresso, all at the touch of a button - your coffee is made fresh every time.

Ground coffee machines

Choose your pack of ground coffee, pop it in, and off the machine goes. You can buy ready ground coffee, or, buy a separate coffee grinder and grind fresh beans yourself. This type of coffee machine is the most time-consuming as you're prepping a lot more, but it means the coffee can be more individual. They tend to be smaller than bean-to-cup machines.

Capsule coffee machines

These use little capsules, like a Nespresso machine. Pop the capsule in and off it goes. No messing around with beans or grinds, so these coffee machines are real time savers and need less tidying up after. One for you if time is precious.

However, you're often limited to one type of capsule, and then there's the matter of recyclability of single-use plastics, so they're not the most eco-friendly - and they can be pricey.

Other features & accessories

Many coffee machines feature a milk frother or steamer, but you can also buy these individually (milk frothers make great presents!). You'll need a frother or steamer if you want a latte or cappuccino.

Some new models of coffee machine are smart, meaning you can connect via an app to set it to make a coffee while you're still in bed or on the sofa.

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