The Top Ten Capsule Coffee Machines
Capsule machines are perfect for anyone who thinks they don’t have the time or inclination to brew their coffee from scratch. The sheer convenience of these machines is staggering – no matter whether they are top, side or rear loading; you simply insert the pod and press a button.
There are several major brands on the market including Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, Tassimo to name a few, there’s plenty to decide on before you make a final decision on what is the best model for you. We’re here to help as we wouldn’t want to invest your money into a certain brand only to later discover your favourite blend is only available through another brand.
Our reviews will hopefully answer any questions you may have about Capsule machines but be aware, we rate the machines and not the brands themselves – you’ll have to try them for yourself!
Magimix Nespresso Inissia and Aeroccino
This Inissia summer sun version of the ever popular Nespresso brand manufactured by Magimix is rated number one on Amazon, with five star customer reviews across the board. A great start.
An aesthetically pleasing model for those who want an added touch of style to their kitchen, it is available in a vibrant orange design. Its sleek modern appearance is eye-catching, with a number of reviewers stating that it looked compact and smart on their worktop.
The appearance is not the positive about this machine. It has an improved Thermoblock instant water heating system meaning you can pop the capsule in to the machine and have a hot cup of coffee in just thirty seconds – perfect for that morning rush! Should you accidentally leave it on during that mad rush, you needn’t worry as it automatically switches off after 30 minutes.
It also has an easy to use automatic volume control. This means you can decide on the strength of your coffee without having to mess around with any complicated settings. Plus, if you forget to take the empty capsule out of the machine then it doesn’t matter as the container holds 9-11 used capsules.
This machine is perfect for those who enjoy their coffee in any way. Whether it is in a mug, a cup, or a glass, the folding cup support allows you to use anything you please.
It is obvious to see why this machine is rated number one with customers on Amazon, for the price it is hard to criticise. The speed and practicality of the machine, alongside the modern, bright look that it gives your kitchen makes it a very sound investment: 9/10.
Magimix Nespresso Pixie Clips
Magimix is yet again proving a hit on our list, this time the Nespresso Pixie Clips coffee machine which is rated number two by Amazon buyers.
This stylish model comes in a variety of colours and the unique Pixie Clips give you the opportunity to change the side panels of the machine to match your style. With 12 different panels available, it is quick and easy – especially if redecorating calls for a change of colour!
This model is also good for those with less space in their kitchens. The self-styled ultra-compact brewing unit still performs as well as more expensive models, without being an eyesore. The Thermoblock instant water heating system heats up in just 25 seconds – faster than most on the market. It also has a removable 0.7 litre water tank which means you can easily change water every day.
A simple one touch button system with espresso and lungo capacities can be easily reprogrammed to the strength of your choice. It also contains a folding drip tray which accommodates those who love a tall coffee or even those who want a small espresso.
This machine prides itself on being affordable and stylish, yet still produces barista style coffee with a 19 bar high pressure pump. Ideal for those with time constraints and the fashion conscious: 9/10.
Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto KP 100940
The cheapest model on our list, but by no means any less effective is the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto. An affordable yet attractive model to have on your worktop.
For those not bothered by extra features available on the more expensive models, this one still has a 15 bar titanium pump which means you can still enjoy your favourite Dolce Gusto pods.
Many Amazon users praise the machine’s ease of use, alongside the beautiful lattes that it allows you to make. It comes with six free coffee pods to test your tastes, alongside a 2-year guarantee and a free £10 to spend on products when you register the machine.
Unlike many other models on the market, this is plastic. To many it would come as a downside, but to someone who is looking for value for money and for a good product rather than aesthetics, it is perfect: 7/10.
Magimix Nespresso U, 1260 Watt 19 Bar Matt Grey
Probably one of the most attractive machines on the market, the Magimix Nespresso U is slightly more expensive, but carries the high-end look that many customers are looking for.
This slim machine is available in matte grey, and comes with a multi positional water tank and drip tray – meaning that you can not only position it to your taste but also where it best fits in your kitchen.
This easy to use model has one touch controls which can be programmed to three different cup sizes – perfect for a family with different tastes. It also automatically pierces the capsule and ejects it itself, ideal for those in a hurry.
It has an built-in power saving mode that automatically turns the machine off after the last use. The machine takes just 30 seconds to heat the water anyway meaning you are losing no time but saving a great deal of power.
Despite only being rated fourth on Amazon, it is still befitting of a host of five star reviews from satisfied customers. Most describe it as fast, tasty and easy to clean. Alongside its stunning appearance, the only reason we can mark it down is the price as there are cheaper models available that do the same thing: 8/10.
Krups Nespresso Essenza XN212540
The priciest model on our list is the Krups Nespresso Essenza, which is currently available on Amazon at £306.00. As with all Nespresso machines, they have patented 19 bar pressure, according to Krups, this leaves you with the best barista style coffee outside a coffee shop.
It’s incredibly stylish exterior is further accentuated by how compact the machine is. If money isn’t a concern, then it is a statement to have it on your worktop. It comes in a sleek black plastic with grey border in a half egg shape. It also isn’t that deep, despite the fact it holds a capsule container for up to 12 capsules.
Krups maintain that each element of water pressure, temperature and extraction duration has been calculated with great precision in order to make the perfect cup of coffee. A view shared by many buyers on Amazon. It also an energy saving mode and allows you to choose from 16 Grand Cru coffees in hermetically sealed Nespresso capsules: 8/10.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia by Delonghi EDG635.B
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia is one of our personal favourites. With probably the most original and fun design, it sets itself apart from its rivals.
The only Dolce Gusto machine on our list, fast and easy to use, it is one of the most highly rated by Amazon users. Many comment that they have scrapped coffee shops altogether after buying this machine and falling in love with its products.
This multi-beverage maker can make drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos amongst others, including the very popular ‘chococinos’. Dolce Gusto probably has the most diverse choice of capsules, and they offer a new and exciting way of enjoying a coffee – and at a reasonable price. Compared to many of the machines on the market, it looks more expensive and original, and is still a sound investment at £119.99.
It contains an intuitive HMI interface, which lets you select your favourite coffee and how you would like it. Brilliant if you have more than one person in your home enjoying different styles of coffees. It also contains a power save option and switches off minutes after operation.
Probably our favourite to look at, and undoubtedly, the best value for money: 9/10.
Bosch TAS1255GB Tassimo Vivy II Compact
An ultra-compact machine for a bargain price of £64.92, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy II is perfect for someone looking for barista style coffee in their own home without breaking the bank.
Coming in either a fetching electric blue or an Anthracite colour, this tiny machine does what many of the more expensive models do, for just a snip of the price. Despite being cheaper, they haven’t cut any corners, and the machine still features an impressive IntellibrewTM system. This has a patented bar code technology, which identifies the drink that you have selected, then adjusting the amount of water and brewing temperature to suit.
Coming with a removable 0.7 litre water tank, it is incredibly easy to clean. It has an in-built cleaning and descaling programme, and if you want a more thorough clean, its parts are dishwasher safe.
This machine does an astounding amount of things for its low price. Not only is it attractive, but it has features that many of the more expensive machines don’t. With this, you also have the pleasure of trying the full Tassimo coffee collection, arguably the most popular in most supermarkets. By far our favourite of the cheaper models: 9/10.
Krups KP1105 Oblo Nescafe Dolce Gusto
This beautifully designed machine is aesthetically one of our favourites. The shocking pink design would fit beautifully into any kitchen, and the compact design makes it easier to either store or put in pride of place on your worktop.
The Krups Oblo Dolce Gusto has an extra feature of a magnet in the bobbin, which manufacturers have put there for maximum safety and comfort. Again, it has a built-in Thermoblock system to warm all your favourite drinks in quick time.
Also with Dolce Gusto, you can choose from drinks both hot and cold. Whether you want an espresso, a cappuccino, an ice tea, a hot chocolate, you name it, it makes it.
At less than £100, this model is an absolute steal and looks to be more expensive than it is. When compared to other machines at the same price, it offers a lot more. Customer reviews are favourable and every reviewer rates it five stars on Amazon. The colour however, is to our taste but may not be for everyone: 8/10.
Krups Nespresso Pixie XN301 Titanium with Aeroccino 3
This beautiful machine may be higher on the pricing scale, but it does look like it could belong in a professional coffee shop. It contains everything you would need on a Nespresso machine in your home.
Like many machines, its energy saver kicks in after just nine minutes and automatically turns off afterwards. It is faster heating than many of its market rivals and has 19 bar pressure and water level detection in its 0.7 litre removable and easy-to-clean water tank.
The machine itself comes with a variety of different capsules in a ‘try before you buy’ scheme. The Nespresso capsules themselves can be bought either online with the machine, or in most supermarkets.
This machine is one of the most compact on the market. At just 25cm high, 30cm deep and 12cm wide, it can be placed on a worktop underneath cupboards for those who are wary of space.
The reason it is slightly more expensive is that it also comes with an Aeroccino milk frother. For those who want a cup of coffee similar to that found in a coffee shop, you can froth your own milk. It may be more time consuming, but it is a quality added feature, and with this, the price is very reasonable.
An original machine with original features: 9/10.
Delonghi Circolo EDG 606.S
The Delonghi Circolo is a futuristic looking machine and incredibly compact. Towards the higher part of the pricing scale, it contains several advanced features not found on many of the cheaper models.
It has a minimalist, curved pod like design with a sleek silver finish. Like many of the advanced models, it has a self-cleaning mechanism, which means that aside from an occasional deep clean, it’s a coffee machine that is hassle free.
This machine is compatible with Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules that offer huge variety of different branded coffees and hot chocolates. And you even get a pack free.
The website states that this machine will make you a hot coffee just how you like it in seconds, and customer reviews on Amazon certainly back those claims. Not only do the capsules contain a blend to produce your chosen drink, but they also regulate the pressure flow, for each specific drink.
Having said that, for £150 it is rather expensive if you compare it to similar machines. It is bereft of an aeroccino that is found on the likes of the Nespresso Pixie, a machine costing just £12 more.
A futuristic machine, but without key features of similarly priced models: 7/10.
So there you have it, our favourite ten Capsule Coffee Machines. There’s a great deal of creative freedom for the designers where Capsule machines are concerned – some of them look as though they would be right at home in the Tate Modern.
They are also relatively inexpensive but you must avoid being extorted by the companies who supply the pods and capsules, these can be incredibly expensive when purchased in small amounts; try and get the best deal by buying in bulk.