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This is our review of the best coffee machines in the market right now. You are probably already aware that there are a number of different types of coffee machine, or coffee makers available. Before making any buying decision it is worthwhile taking a little time out to try and understand what the different types of these actually are.

They come from brands like Bosch Tassimo, Nescafe, Nespresso, Bodum and Russell Hobbs.

Below I have listed the different types along with a brief description of each different maker. You will then find a link that will take you to a page that goes into each in a lot more detail and with a Top 5 List, where you can find more detailed reviews.

For now though, you will find directly below, a list of the 10 highest rated and best selling coffee machines, currently available on the UK market.

Top 10 Rated Coffee Machines in the UK

Top Rated Coffee Machines UK 2017

Here is a top 10 list of the highest buyer rated coffee machines. These are currently available in the UK market, from different suppliers. The ratings are given out of a maximum of 5 stars. The prices are the average prices found from a range of stores. Please note that prices do vary on a regular basis.
Product NameImageAverage RatingAverage Price
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee MakerManual coffee maker4.7£25
Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machinecapsule coffee maker4.6
£80
Morphy Richards 162009 Pour Over Filter Coffee Makerfilter coffee maker4.6£40
NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Melody 3 Coffee Machine by De'Longhidisc coffee maker4.6£40
VonShef Digital Filter Coffee Makerbest filter coffee maker4.6£26
Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 3 Manual Coffee Machinepod coffee maker4.5£55
NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krupsdolce capsule coffee maker4.4£38
Morphy Richards 172004 Accents Espresso Coffee Makerespresso coffee maker4.4£55
Russell Hobbs 20680 Buckingham Filter Coffee Maker buckingham filter coffee maker4.1£35
Jack Stonehouse 15 bar Espresso and Cappuccino Coffee Maker Machinecappuccino coffee maker4.1£55

Types of Coffee Machines

The main types are:

  1. Coffee Capsule machines
  2. Coffee Pod Machines
  3. Filter Coffee Machines
  4. Espresso Machines
  5. Cappuccino Machines
  6. Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

You can see from this that there are quite a few choices so it is a good idea to have a closer look at which each one does.

Coffee Capsule Machines

Coffee Capsule MachinesThese can cost between £40-200 depending on the brand and the features that you want to have. They can make coffee, latte, cappuccino, teas and hot chocolate. They are simple to use as you just have to push one button. Typically they are small and compact.

Most will have a removable tank which you fill with water. You then add a disc or capsule and push the button to get your coffee. Quite a few of these brands also include a self-cleaning function, which means that your machine is always ready for the next brew.

These are a popular choice for people who like a quick cup of coffee, are limited for worktop space, and as such are good for apartments, people who live on their own, or for couples.

Click Here to Find Out More About Coffee Capsule Machines.

Coffee Pod Machines

B00REE4HUYSimilar to the capsule machines, these work off the same principle but use what is referred to as a “pod.” The prices on these vary between £40-150 depending on brand and features. With these you buy what are called coffee pods and are very similar to a tea bag.

You insert that into the machine which will have a water tank. You can then push a button and let the hot water make its way through the pod, to make you a delicious cup of coffee.

As you can see from the image to the right, these look really nice and do produce very good coffee with no mess. To clean it all you really need to do is remove the pod and dispose of that. There are no grains to worry about.

Some are single cup and others, like the Philips HD 7863/10 shown here that can make two cups at the same time if you want that.

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Filter Coffee Machines

filter coffee machinesThese have been around for a very long time and if you like filtered coffee, then these will be the best choice for you. With these you basically can make a pot or carafe of coffee, so ideal if you are serving coffee to a number of people. Once brewed it will stay warm, so as you can continue to top up throughout the day.

At the low end these cost about £20. If you want something with more features such as a grinder, built in, a nicer appearance and other such features, then expect to pay about £70-100.

These machines have improved a lot over the years compared to very basic set-ups when they first came out. The designs and colours available are now are so much better for the kitchen, and they are also faster and a great deal more efficient than they used to be.

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Espresso Machines

Click Here to Find Out More About Coffee Pod Machines.With the espresso machines you are moving into the world of what you will find in cafes and restaurants. Coffee grains are added, and then pushed out under highly pressurised water to make a rich espresso. This pressure is often measured in “bars,” and the coffee does taste really good indeed.

These come in different styles, brands and varieties and on average they cost around £50. The price range does vary quite a lot though and these can go all the way up to £250 depending on what you are looking for in a machine. Some of these combine both espresso and cappuccino capabilities.

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Cappuccino Machines

cappuccino makersThese are in many ways very similar to the espresso machines above and the price range is also very similar. Cappuccino makers will also allow you to be able to make lattes, mocha, black coffee and hot chocolate drinks.

Some of these machines also allow you to be able to use ordinary instant coffee to be able to create those drinks I have described just above.

The Breville VCF011 to the right is one such example of a machine that will allow that to happen.

Clearly as this is a cappuccino maker there will be two tanks, one for water and one for milk.

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Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

Bean to Cup Coffee MachinesThese bean to cup coffee machines are now probably the most popular on the market today. The name implies that you simply buy the beans of your choosing, and from there when the machine has finished, you have the perfect cup of coffee.

The reason for that is that these machines also come with a grinder, which grinds the bean freshly, for the ultimate in fresh taste. Now these are more expensive with an average price of around £100-150. They do go all the way up to around £350, depending on what features you like to have.

These machines will have a frothing arm for steam. If you want great tasting coffee of all kinds, then something like this one will be ideal.

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So hopefully you are now much better informed about the different types of coffee machines, and you also have list of the best and highest rated coffee machines, currently available in the UK market.

Stovetop Espresso Machines

There are of course manual pots that you can simply place on the stove and they make really good espresso. You can read more about them here.