From Delonghi right through to cult-faves Breville and Sunbeam, we took the liberty of rounding up the best coffee machines to help you get your daily caffeine fix.
Now, don’t get us wrong, we know there’s nothing really like a barista-made coffee in the mornings. Still, if you’ve just started to see how much of a toll it takes on your bank account — a $1,825 toll if you factor in a single $5 cup every day — then now is as good a time as any to invest in a homemade brew maker. And let us tell you, they’re not far off the real thing when it comes to a solid cup of joe.
Hang on. Aren’t proper coffee machines frighteningly expensive?
Look, if you wanted to go that full-on Barista experience and buy a coffee machine the size of your kitchen bench, then… yes. The sky can literally be the limit when it comes to pricey café-style machines built for commercial use, but unless your family is very large, you probably don’t need one of those.
A more compact and more affordable machine can be yours for much less pretty easily. The $500 or more for a simple machine might still seem like a lot to pay for a coffee machine but bear in mind that if your current habit involves a coffee on the way to the office each day, even if you were only paying $2/cup, that machine would pay itself off within a year pretty easily, even taking into account the cost of consumables like water, electricity and of course coffee itself. Nobody expects a premium machine to last only a year, so before long (if your coffee habit is anything like ours), your machine will quickly be saving you money.
You also gain a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to coffee preparation, whether you favour a simple espresso shot to get you going or something substantially fancier.
Coffee consumption can be healthy if you control it, and making your own is the first step on that journey.
With that in mind, here’s a selection of the best coffee machines available online at the time of writing, taking in a range of brands and coffee preparation options.
The Best Coffee Machines 2022 (so far)
The Breville coffee machine promises beans to cup in under a minute, so even if you do want a machine to get your coffee going as you fly out the door, it could be a good match. Reviewers noted that it’s very easy to configure for your own personalised take on coffee, wherever your taste sits.
This DeLonghi coffee machine was appreciated by users for its ease of use, especially in relation to consistently creating good cups of coffee, as well as how simple it was to keep clean.
The Philips Series 2200 Classic Espresso Machine makes silky-smooth coffee a the touch of a button. It comes with an easy-to-use milk frother, three coffee functions — espresso, a coffee or a milk-based recipe — and a two-pour coffee setup.
This more expensive Breville coffee machine sells itself as “the world’s first automatic manual espresso machine”, and it’s that mix of automatic features – for convenience – and manual features – to get your coffee exactly right – that endear it to the folks who make the rather more expensive investment in one. If you’re making a lot of coffee for your housemates, its ability to knock out two cappuccinos in 90 seconds could also be a bonus.
This Sunbeam coffee machine isn’t fancy, but you wouldn’t expect that at a lower price point. Still, it gets the job done, and users rave about it.
DeLonghi’s La Specialista Arte coffee machine is a semi-manual machine pitched strongly at the ease-of-use market. With self-explanatory features, including eight grind settings, a high performance thermoblock to bring out the full flavour of your beans, and a milk wand system to create delicious, creamy beverages and latte art, this baby is a pleasure to have on your kitchen counter.
Gaggia’s automatic machine is lauded by its reviewers as much for the striking and attractive design as it is its ability to push out a really great, café-quality cup of coffee.
The Best Coffee Pod Machines 2022 (so far)
With a compact (and aesthetic) design that fits neatly in the corner of any kitchen bench, as well as the ability to create quality coffees with a thick, velvety crema, this capsule machine is the one for you. It also comes at a significantly lower price point than many of its counterparts. The only downside is that this capsule machine baby doesn’t come with a milk frother. But, don’t worry, that’s an easy fix. All you have to do is nab a separate one like this, and voila, you’re all sorted.
The pod Breville coffee machines are pretty enticing with the whole one-press-and-you’re-done thing, especially when it comes in a bundle like this with a milk frother. You can even buy these planet-friendly, Nespresso compatible compostable coffee pods ($21.25) to go with it.
Another pod coffee machine worthy of your hard-earned cash is the Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie Capsule machine. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and will look chic on your kitchen counter. It’s also super space efficient, like the mini Sunbeam coffee maker, which is great for places with small bench spaces and storage.
If you can’t live without your morning barista-quality brew, there’s no reason you’d ever have to, thanks to this portable capsule coffee maker. All you have to do is simply press the pumping knob a few times, and you’ll generate up to 18 bars of pressure, which is enough to rival expensive commercial machines. The innovative design also requires 15 per cent less force from you than previous Minipresso models, which means portable espresso has never been easier. Hello, road trips?
Editor’s note: Descriptions and features are taken from manufacturer/seller claims and user reviews on Amazon.
This post has been edited since its original publication.