There’s no shortage of ways to make coffee.
If you don’t have tastebuds or shame, there’s instant. Then there are stovetop percolators, cafetieres, manual pour-over makers and the ingenious AeroPress. But if you want consistently good cups of the energising black stuff every morning (and don’t want to pay through the nose for it), you’re probably going to want to buy a machine.
But there are hundreds of them out there. Some excellent, some terrible, most sitting somewhere in-between. To find out which deserves your hard-earned cash, we’ve been testing them – and subjecting ourselves to possibly fatal levels of caffeine in the process.
Water tank size: 2l • Pressure: 15 bar • Milk foaming arm: Yes • Wattage: 1850W • Dimensions: 400 x 330 x 310mm • Weight: 11.3kg
Water tank size: 1.4l • Pressure: 15 bar • Milk foaming arm: Yes • Wattage: 1550W • Dimensions: 410 x 335 x 195mm • Weight: 10.3kg
Water tank size: 1.9l • Pressure: 15bar • Milk foaming arm: Automatic • Wattage: 1450W • Dimensions: 351x280x351mm • Weight: 9.8kg
Water tank size: 0.8l • Pressure: 15 bar • Milk foaming arm: No • Wattage: 1500W • Dimensions: 228 x 171 x 325mm • Weight: 2.5kg
Water tank size: 1.25l • Pressure: 15 bar • Milk foaming arm: Yes • Wattage: 1000W • Dimensions: 288 x 220 x 315mm • Weight: 3.6kg
Water tank size: 1.5l • Milk foaming arm: No • Weight: 7kg • Dimensions: 46.6 x 36.4 x 25.4cm