So you have just woken up, and the first thing that you reach for? Chances are that if you’re anything similar to us, the first thing that you reach for is the coffee pot, if not then you need to read our fruit juicer review section where we have reviewed the healthy option of a morning drink.
If you wanting a coffee first thing in the morning, you have two choices, boil a kettle and fill a glass or a coffee press or press a button on your coffee machine. I know which one we prefer to do and for that reason we have created this guide to show you which coffee machine you should be buying and more importantly which you should be avoiding.
Remember, here we have reviewed the best all around coffee maker on the market and not Single Cup Coffee Makers, Expresso Machines or even French Presses which you can look at in our other guides.
Best Coffee Machine
If you don't want to read the whole review then check out the best coffee machine and the one that I use on a daily basis, then check out the De'longhi Traditional Pump Coffee Machine which can not only brew your standard Americano and Expresso’s but also Cappuccino’s, Latte’s and even Latte Macchiato. Firstly you're buying a De'Longhi which means that you're buying a quality coffee machine that has been designed and tested so that you know it's going to perform. Secondly it comes with a range of features to help you brew your coffee in the same way as the professionals.
Factors To Take Into Account
Before you choose which is the best coffee machine for your personal use there are few things that you will need to take into account;
How Many Cups Are You Making Each Morning - One of our favourite coffee machines is the Magimix Nespresso Inissia Coffee Maker Machine which we love, however apart from the coffee pods being super expensive the other key problem is that you can only make one coffee at a time. This does not matter if you’re only making coffee for yourself in the morning, but if you’re trying to make coffee for 10, this becomes really difficult and really rather expensive. On the same token if you’re the only one drinking coffee there is no point in buying yourself and Andrew James Premium Chrome and Programmable Filter Coffee machine that makes over 1.5 Litres of coffee or enough for about 15 cups. Your wastage will be huge.
Paper Filters Vs Metal Filters - The general thinking is that paper filters are easier to clean given that you simply take the paper holding the coffee out of the unit and throw it away. In reality coffee grans go everywhere around the coffee machine meaning that you end up washing the whole coffee machine anyway and therefore given that metal filters offer better performance, we would really try and go for this if we had a choice.
Heated Plates - These are great if you plan to leave your coffee in the pot for a long period of time whilst knowing that you coffee will be kept warm. If you’re anything like us, the first thing that we do after making a coffee is to drink it and therefore I really would not waste your money specifically trying to buy a coffee machine with a heated plate as you’re likely to be wasting your time, but if you plan on drinking coffee all morning and have brewed a pot of coffee then they can really add some value.
Programmable Options - It’s a great feature to have but one that more than likely you will not use. The idea is that you wake up at a set time each day, walk into your kitchen to find your coffee brewed and ready to drink. In reality, life does not work like this and either your coffee is cold or has not brewed yet. Great idea, but I would not look for this feature.
Cleaning Cycles - One the reasons you should be buying a top of the range coffee machine is that they come with water filter and cleaning cycles meaning that the units clean the water that enters the reservoir before it gets heated and cleaning cycles to keep the unit clean to include any bacteria that may have formed in the pipes to ensure that you can always enjoy great tasting coffee.
Price - Yes price is often a factor when readers are choosing a new product but don’t buy a coffee maker just because it’s cheap as more than likely it’s not going to work the way that you want it to and will cost you more in the long run as you will be off to buy a new coffee maker or back to brewing your coffee with the kettle.
Coffee Machine Reviews
Whilst we reviewed many coffee machines across the market with varying price tags and model designs, the below four units are the standout models that we tested and loved.
Our favourite model was defiantly the Gaggia Brera, however the price tag simply made it out the the reach of many including ourself. We also loved the Nespresso range of coffee machines, however whilst they are reasonable priced, the coffee pods are expensive and if you want to brew more than one coffee, it will take a while, however a great coffee maker.
This left us with two models that quite frankly we could not decide between and which one you should buy really depends on your needs. If you want brew coffee and drink it over the course of the morning or for a large group then buy yourself an Andrew James Programmable Filter Coffee Machine, however if you want to buy professional coffee machine that can brew Expresso’s, Cappuccino’s, Latte’s and even Latte Macchiato then buy yourself a Delonghi Traditional Pump Coffee Machined you will not be disappointed.
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