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Best coffee machines deals 2021 | Nespresso, Lavazza, Sage, Smeg

Published: December 17, 2021 at 2:40 pm
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If you're partial to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee or are looking to save some money by making barista-style drinks at home, a coffee machine is one purchase that’ll repay you every day for the investment.

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The best coffee machines are sophisticated pieces of tech that pump heated water through compressed coffee grinds under pressure. There are a few types to choose from, starting at around £60 depending on your coffee preference.

For lovers of short, crema-topped espresso packed with intense flavour and aroma, one of the best espresso machines would be the perfect choice for your kitchen. The additional feature of a milk steamer wand opens you up to the full realm of coffee-house classics like cappuccino, latte and macchiato, and gives you space to practice your barista skills.

If it’s minimal mess and maximum convenience you’re after, the best coffee pod machines will deliver a perfectly measured single shot of espresso within 30 seconds and are conveniently compact if you’re strapped for kitchen space.

Or for the real deal at the touch of a button, our tried and tested picks of the best bean-to-cup coffee machines will take every stage off your hands, from freshly grinding the beans to pre-infusion and brewing independently for every cup. These are generally the largest and most expensive type of machine.

Our experts put the very best to the test from brands including Sage, De’Longhi, Nespresso and Smarter, to bring you impartial advice on the machines actually worth your money. We’re keeping an eye on all the best coffee deals ahead of the main event on Friday 26th November, so that you find the best price every time. Check back here regularly for all the latest opportunities to save on our tried and tested favourites.

For a little inspiration, discover the best coffee subscriptions and the best gifts for coffee lovers. Make your own homemade coffee syrup using our step-by-step recipe and discover more advice and buyer’s guides on everything from the top British gins to the best English vineyard breaks in our reviews section.


The best coffee machine deals

Nespresso Vertuo Manual coffee pod machine

Nespresso coffee machine with pods against a red background

You can currently save £120 on Nespresso’s flagship Vertuo in this bundle deal and claim 200 free festive capsules, along with two cappuccino cups.

Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG coffee pod machine deals

Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG

This statement coffee pod machine carries all the curves and 1950s style you'd hope for from SMEG. Single espresso and the slightly longer lungo drink is on offer. Unlike other coffee pod machines, you can also program the brew-quantity for each. Read our full review of the Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG coffee pod machine.

Sage Oracle Touch espresso machine deals

Sage Oracle Touch espresso machine

Whether you're a coffee novice or seasoned barista, the Oracle Touch combines 11 pre-set functions with the hands-on coffee making experience allowing room for total personalisation or a full automation. The coffee grinding, dosing and tamping are done for you whilst milk temperature, froth level, grind levels and water temperature are all adjustable. This is a 5-star machine guaranteed to help boost your barista skills. Read our full Sage Oracle Touch coffee machine review.

Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable espresso machine deals

Wacaco Minipresso GR espresso maker

Lightweight, compact and portable, Wacaco's Minipresso GR is the ultimate coffee gadget for making espresso out and about from your choice of ground coffee. Each part slots or twists together and a manual pump produces the bar-pressure to draw a shot of crema-topped espresso. The result rivals that made by machines 10-times the price. Read our full Wacaco Minipresso GR review.


Sage the Bambino Plus espresso machine deals

Sage The Bambino Plus SES500BSS espresso machine

With its brushed-steel design and tactile interface of buttons, the Sage Bambino Plus is as much a joy to look at as it is to use. It offers an efficient steam wand, easy-to-lock portafilter and single and double-shot filter baskets. A stainless steel milk jug is also provided. Read our full Sage Bambino Plus espresso machine review.


Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie coffee pod machine deals

Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie

Compact and affordable, the Lavazza Jolie model is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a quiet and mess-free coffee machine to do the basics well. Its single-button control offers single espresso or lungo drinks with a guaranteed crema on top, helped in part by the compressed grounds inside Lavazza's eco pods. Read our full Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee pod machine review.


Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee pod machine

Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee machine

Crema-lovers will love the guaranteed layer of fine froth that this machine tops every coffee with, no matter the size. Rated 4/5 stars when tested, we loved the innovative barcode reading technology that enables you to make five coffee sizes at the touch of a single button. This machine is also made from 54% recycled plastic. Read our full Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee pod machine review.


De'Longhi Dedica EC685.M

  • £182 £159 at Currys | (save £23 0r 12%) Receive two free bags of coffee from Beans Coffee Club worth £21.99
De'Longhi Dedica EC685.B espresso machine

Awarded 4.5/5 stars by our reviews experts, the De'Longhi Dedica is a slimline statement gadget packed with style, that carries an A* energy rating, 15-bars of pump pressure and a giro milk wand, all for under £200. Single, double and ESE-pod filter baskets are included. Plus the opportunity to personalise brew factors including water temperature are available through its three-button interface. Read our full De'Longhi Dedica EC685.M espresso machine review.


How to choose a new coffee machine

First consider the key factors. What’s your budget? What’s your favourite type of coffee? How much space do you have on the countertop? How hands-on do you want to be in the process? Are you looking to build your barista skills? Do you want smart technology? The answers to these questions will help you choose from three core types of coffee maker available for domestic settings.

Our buyer’s guides to the best coffee machines will not only guide you through the strengths and weaknesses of each type but offer our tried and tested favourite models for a range of budgets.


What are some of the most popular coffee machine brands?

There are some key brand players when it comes to domestic coffee makers that you should keep in mind. Below we've rounded up a list of top-rated machines from across our category tests as a starting point.

From Sage:

Best bean-to-cup espresso machine: Sage Oracle Touch espresso machine, £2,099.95

Best mid-range buy for simplicity: Sage Bambino Plus espresso maker, £399.95

From Smeg:

Best mid-range espresso machine: Smeg ECF01 home espresso machine, £319

Best bean-to-cup machine for contemporary style: Smeg BCC02 bean-to-cup coffee machine, £679.95

From Smarter:

Best smart bean-to-cup coffee machine: Smarter Coffee Machine, £199

From Lavazza:

Best coffee pod machine for retro style: Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG, £199

Best basic coffee pod machine: Lavazza Jolie, £79

From De’Longhi:

Most stylish espresso machine: De’Longhi Dedica EC685.M manual espresso maker, £182

From Illy:

Best for energy efficiency: Illy ESE pod machine, £115

From Breville:

Best affordable bean to cup espresso machine: Breville Barista Max, £399

From Nespresso:

Best for versatility: Nespresso Vertuo Next, £149

From Gaggia:

Best bean-to-cup machine for adjustable aroma intensity: Gaggia Milano Magenta Milk, £599


Need some coffee for your new machine?

You can find all the tried and tested coffee recommendations from our resident connoisseur Celeste Wong in our coffee hub, featuring guides to everything from the best coffee beans to the best eco-friendly coffee pods to the best coffee liqueurs for making the perfect espresso martini.


How we test coffee machines

At the centre of our tests of all the best coffee machines are the following core criteria:

Performance: Every coffee and espresso function on the machines is tested to assess aroma, flavour and temperature. Bitterness or unpleasant notes see machines scored down.

Value for money: Versatility and performance both play into this one. The price must feel right, whatever the brand.

Ease of use: We look for machines that are easy to unpack accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions. Anything from water tank access to heat-resistant coatings on hot milk steam wands were considered here.

Convenience: The need to faff around isn't something you want from a coffee machine.

Quantity of materials: Flimsy parts are difficult to clean and are not conducive to a long product lifespan.

Design and aesthetic for keeping on the countertop: Coffee machines are designed to be statement appliances for everyday use and keeping out on the countertop.

The average scores out of five decided each product’s overall star rating. The additional criteria also played into our decision-making:

Variety of functions
Kitchen footprint
Ease of cleaning
Advanced features
Packaging

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Want to learn more about becoming an expert at-home barista? Read our guides here:

Celeste Wong's best coffee grinders
Best coffee pod machines
Best bean-to-cup coffee machines
Best espresso machines

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