9 BEST capsule coffee machines of 2018
“What’s the best coffee machine for home use?” This is a common question. The answer, for most people, is a capsule coffee machine of some sort – also sometimes referred to as a Pod coffee machine. Here we’ll take you through some buying advice as well as list the best capsule coffee machines you can buy in the UK in 2018. You can find a great capsule coffee machine on any budget!
Best capsule coffee machine: Buying advice
Capsule coffee machines are great for home use because they’re easy to use, require very maintenance and make no mess. Just fill your machine with water, insert a capsule, then press a button and you’ll have a tasty espresso in seconds.
High-end capsule coffee machines / Automatic cappuccino machines
The high-end coffee capsule machines tend to be a little larger than the budget machines. This is because they opt for larger water reservoirs and come with built-in automatic milk frothers. They are designed to make milk-based coffees such as lattes or cappuccinos at the touch of the button.
Mid-range capsule coffee machines / Semi-automatic cappuccino machines
The mid-range models often have similar or slightly smaller water reservoirs, but only come with a milk wand, or no milk steaming functionality at all. Making an espresso is no different to the high-end machine, you enter your capsule and press a button. The difference is you have to steam your milk separately and manually pour it on top of your espresso to make a Flat White, Latte or Cappuccino. This is the most popular type of capsule coffee machine.
Budget capsule coffee machine
At the cheaper end of the scale, you have capsule coffee machines that make entire drinks from a single capsule. They use powdered milk and make lattes or cappuccinos entirely by combining hot water with the contents of the capsule.
What espresso BAR Pressure do I need?
Buyers tend to get confused by what BAR pressure machine they should be looking for. What this means is the PSI hot water is forced through the coffee at. It’s understandable to assume the higher the better, but it’s not as simple as that. It’s complicated by the volume of water and thickness of coffee grind. Take a look at our page on What does espresso BAR pressure mean? to find out more.
Our advice is to put it to the back of your mind when buying a capsule coffee machine. If you invest in a quality brand, it will have performed its due diligence in labs and worked out the optimum espresso BAR pressure for each individual machine and capsule.
Best capsule coffee machine: Three things you NEED to consider before buying
Before you decide on the best capsule coffee machine for your home, here is a quick checklist of features to look out for. Prioritise which features are most important to you and see which machines fit your requirements below.
- How big is the reservoir?
- Does it have an automatic milk steamer or manual milk wand?
- How expensive are the capsules?
The 9 BEST capsule coffee machines 2018
1. Nespresso Expert Coffee & Milk Machine by Krups
The Krups Nespresso Expert Coffee & Milk Machine has combined the functionality coffee drinkers need, with the style and sophistication they want. Its high-quality coffee, customisable options and multi-functional Aeroccino3 frother all under a respectable price tag means it’s the best on the market right now.
Click here to read our full Nespresso Expert Coffee & Milk Machine by Krups review.
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2. Nespresso VertuoPlus by Krups
There’s a lot to like about the Nespresso VertuoPlus. Its design is beautiful and it’s very easy to use. Combine this with its reasonable price fantastic end result (the coffee) and it becomes a capsule coffee machine that will benefit a lot of kitchens.
Click here to read our full Nespresso VertuoPlus by Krups review.
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3. Nespresso Prodigio by Krups
The design, brand and quality of coffee make the Nespresso Prodigio one of the best capsule coffee machines on the market. Its designers have obviously found what was lacking from other units, mainly versatility and a bigger water tank, however even that still makes the £160 hard to justify. Take out the unnecessary smart functionality and you could be looking at a £99 unit that would be worth every penny.
Click here to read our full Nespresso Prodigio by Krups review.
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4. Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix
Want barista-style coffee in your home? Then the Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix is the coffee machine for you. Expensive, yes. But you will never need to upgrade from this machine. It couldn’t be easier to use; the coffee is top line and it will look fantastic in your kitchen. The milk frother is a definite must-have also.
Click here to read our full Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix review.
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5. KitchenAid Nespresso Artisan
The Nespresso KitchenAid Artisan coffee capsule machine is all you’d expect when combining these two powerhouse appliance brands. This machine guarantees style and quality coffee. It’s not cheap (or small), but the Nespresso KitchenAid Artisan makes high-quality coffee while looking good.
Click here to read our full KitchenAid Nespresso Artisan review.
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6. Nespresso Lattissima One review: Verdict
The Nespresso Lattissima One is a gorgeous and slim capsule coffee machine that couldn’t be easier to use. It’s just as easy to maintain too. If you want to make a quick Nespresso coffee at the press of a button, there isn’t a coffee machine that rivals this for convenience. However, there is little original in this machine that warrants its mid-range price tag apart from its new “no waste” milk jug. Apart from that, Nespresso itself has better and/or cheaper capsule coffee machines than the Lattissima One. But for convenience alone, there is no better coffee machine than this. Read our full Nespresso Lattissima review.
7. Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krups
If you’re a first-buyer looking for a coffee capsule machine, you’ll be pleased with a Gusto Oblo purchase. While a little fiddly being non-automatic, for its price, the quality coffee it brews and its sleek style make it a great first-starter.
Click here to read our full Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krups review.
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8. De’Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch
De’Longhi have paved the way for a new generation of uniquely designed coffee capsule machines with its Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse. If you want your machine to stand out instead of fitting in, while making high-quality coffee, this is the perfect unit. But if you are more interested in the coffee, and would rather a machine that will blend in with other appliances, there are cheaper machines of the same quality available.
Click here to read our full De’Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch review.
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9. Bosch Tassimo Vivy (Hot Drinks & Coffee Machine)
If you aren’t a coffee connoisseur but are looking for a simple, easy-to-use machine that will make a good cup of coffee, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy is ideal. Its small size and price make it one of the best, affordable machines on the market. While it isn’t made to razzle-dazzle, it does the job.
Click here to read our full Bosch Tassimo Vivy review.
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See also: Best bean-to-cup coffee machines 2018.