Magimix Nespresso Inissia Review

We’ve long been impressed by the Nespresso capsule systems and Magimix have put their own slant on the Inissia design to produce a truly superb offering; if you’re a fan of capsule coffee and nothing else that is. You don’t expect to be producing Espressos manually or grinding your own beans with a capsule machine but many combination machines now offer capsule compatibility – can you justify the limitation?

Key Features

  • Easily the lightest machine in the entire Nespresso range making the Magimix easy to move, store and clean – it’s also one of the most compact despite the pronounced, rear mounted water tank
  • The water tank itself is quite small at just 700ml but it does produce more cups than you might expect – unless you have a monster of a coffee mug!
  • 19 bar pump pressure makes for one of the most impressive small systems you’ll find on the market – you won’t have any complaints about the coffee delivered we can assure you
  • 22 Grand Cru pods, plus limited edition and third party capsules, give Nespresso one of the widest ranges of products on the market
  • 16 capsules are included with the machine bundle and is generally a variety pack giving you the chance to try out several blends and bean varieties before settling on a favourite
  • Colours available: Summer Sun (orange), Grey, Black and Cream. Somewhat restrictive but still something for every kitchen
  • The inclusion of the Aeroccino milk frother, at additional cost, makes the Magimix much more versatile as the Espresso and Lungo drinks its produces as standard can be converted into Lattes and Cappuccinos

Pricing

Always a difficult thing with capsule machines; you expect them to be closer to the lower end of the market but the more the machine offers, the more it costs as a general rule. The Magimix Inissia costs around £89.99 as an individual item but the bundled package with the Aeroccino will set the buyer back £129.99.

That price is still lower than many capsule machines on the market and sits marginally higher than the top end filter coffee machines – the Inissia occupies a very comfortable place in the market and easily justifies its price tag.

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Although Krups also made a variation of the Inissia machine, in our opinion the Magimix steals the limelight owing to superior heating times and impressive pump system.

With different types of Nespresso capsules being launched all the time you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of the types of coffee you can make and for the price it’s well worth the outlay.

The addition of the Aeroccino adds an exciting new dimension to this machine, being able to produce stunning, coffee-shop style milk in seconds.

Krups Nespresso Pixie Review

We are big fans of Krups and everything they do for the Nespresso brand but they have truly outdone themselves with their take on the Pixie capsule machine. Nothing is wasted on the Pixie – it’s an efficient, compact unit that produces excellent coffee in an instant.

Key Features

  • 19 bar pump pressure makes for the perfect brew every time and the Pixie comes to temperature incredibly quickly making for a fast, satisfying coffee. One minute, 25 seconds is the average brewing time – impressive stuff
  • 1 litre water tank capacity makes for several cups without filling and the topping up process is simple thanks to a removable tank with a secure lid to avoid spillage
  • The Pixie auto shuts down after nine minutes of inactivity, and can be restarted in seconds, saving a small fortune on electricity if the user forgets to deactivate the machine
  • By registering the machine; users can also opt in for a free recycling service provided by Nespresso – they collect the capsules and re-use them as part of their eco-friendly scheme
  • Two year warranty is included but a replacement service is not; instead Krups offer a temporary replacement whilst your machine is serviced
  • 16 capsules are included with the machine and it is a variety pack to give you a good impression of the Nespresso range
  • 96% of buyers surveyed gave the Pixie between four and five stars – if you can’t trust someone who bought the machine; who can you trust?
  • The Krups model also comes with a function that allows the user to preset their chosen dispense strength and volume meaning you can personalise your machine to your preference
  • Removeable side panels allow the user to colour code the machine to their décor – simply slide the inserts out and exchange them for alternatives (purchased separately)

Pricing

The Krups name comes with a bigger price tag than the comparative Magimix model but you are getting more machine for your money despite similar appearances. The machine alone will set a buyer back around £139.99 on average but that’s good value for money when you consider the robust design is able to withstand years of heavy usage.

As is common with most capsule coffee machines, there is no milk frothing option with the Pixie but the Nespresso recommended Aeroccino is available from £49.99

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The customer satisfaction on offer with the Krups machine is beyond comparision; no other Nespresso machine comes close to the technology and convenience offered with the Krups variant of the Pixie and as capsule machines go it’s one of the most stylish and ergonomic on the market.

We do like the Pixie as a concept and the Krups model is by far and away the best option for Nespresso coffee so if you’re looking for a reliable, durable machine that will allow you to enjoy a range of capsule coffees then this one is for you.

Gaggia Brera Bean to Cup Review

Brera, the high-end Italian coffee machine maker, is renowned for producing the best commercial machines on the market and now, thanks to the introduction of the Gaggia model, one of the best bean to cup machines in the world is available to purchase. It’s never been easier to make rich and smooth espressos from the comfort of your own home whenever you want!

Key Features

  • The Brera is an incredibly compact machine that would fit into just about any kitchen comfortably and wouldn’t look out of place in a modern or classic styled room thanks to its retro styling
  • As a Bean-to-Cup machine; the Brera does come equipped with an impressive built in grinder which can be adjusted to produce a finer or coarser grind based on your personal preference using the dial within the grinder
  • Setting up the Brera couldn’t be much easier as the machine comes with a small screen that has clear symbols and indicators to follow – four buttons in total adorn the machine: Power, espresso, full cup and strength of brew (3 stages)
  • A milk foaming wand is mounted on the front of the machine and is flexible enough for use with a fairly sizeable jug if needed – we recommend a smaller vessel if you have one available, however
  • A simple system that produces a wonderful standard of coffee

Pricing

Despite being a high-end model, the Gaggia is surprisingly affordable and you can purchase it for around £379.99 from Amazon. Bean-to-cup machines promote a more authentic coffee experience, inline with the taste you would expect from popular chains such as Starbucks and Costa, so these types of machines always command a premium mark-up but they are well worth the investment.

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A compact bean-to-cup machines with sophisticated peripherals and an iconic design, Gaggia Bera is simple to use and allows easy access to the water tank and coffee ground waste via the front of the machine. Gaggia Brera is the bean-to-cup, super-automatic espresso machine that delivers supreme coffee, all from the comfort of your own kitchen. Compact and light, this espresso machine boasts electronic controls, an LED display, a 250g bean chopper and a 15 bar pressure pump and the result is a truly barista-like experience. Its integrated ceramic coffee grinder gives you the freedom to choose from five different ground coffee options, whilst the easy-to-remove brewing unit, stainless steel boiler and 1.2 litre water tank ensure this super-automatic espresso machine is easy to clean.

Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 Review

Bosch have a tendency to produce excellent coffee machines and they are rightly regarded as one of the most reputable brands on the market. Renowned for technological innovation, each Bosch machine is slick, efficient and generally on the cutting edge and the Tassimo Joy 2 is no different.  Boasting brita filter technology and a simplistic yet elegant design, find out below of the Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 is the right machine for you.

Key Features

  • Compatible with all Tassimo capsules, the Joy 2 can produce roughly 56 different drinks at present along with additional combination beverages courtesy of the milk frothing pods etc.
  • A generously sized 1.2 litre water tank reduces the need for frequent filling and increases the convenience factor of the Joy 2 exponentially.
  • The Joy 2 is also one of the quietest machines we’ve ever encountered. With some care when inserting a pod; you’ll barely hear the brewing process – a god send in a shared home!
  • The customisable dispense function makes the Joy 2 one of more flexible machines on the market as you can choose from five different cup sizes and an adjustable drinks tray means even the largest, most elaborate mugs will fit underneath the dispenser.
  • Superb energy efficiency sees the Joy 2 consume zero watt hours when in standby mode and features an auto shutdown function when unused for a period of time that can be programmed.
  • The Joy 2 is also supplied with a special ‘T-Disc’ which is used for cleaning and descaling processes – massively reducing the onus on the user for cleaning.
  • Flow-through water heating sees the Joy 2 come to temperature almost immediately after powering up – no waiting around for a brew with Bosch.
  • Brita filter technology within the water flow system ensures the cleanest water is used in your drink – the filter is also a permanent fixture so no costly replacements in the future.
  • Two year warranty for all parts and mechanical failures gives the buyer peace of mind should anything go wrong – though it is unlikely.

Pricing

Here’s where Bosch machines usually fall down and see the rest of the market run away from them but the Joy 2 can be purchased for as little as £79.99 from Currys. A superbly advanced machine, and one of the best under £100, the Joy 2 one of the most desirable and popular machines on the market at present.

Tassimo capsules are also fairly inexpensive with 16 coming in at around £4.00; even for the limited edition and brand tie in varieties such as the Cadbury, Milka and Jacobs discs. Overall, this machines is inexpensive to buy, maintain and clearly holds its purchase value as even the auction sites see used models sell for upwards of £60.

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Simplicity is key with the Joy 2 and Bosch have kept things as basic as possible while improving the ‘behind the scenes’ function beyond the realms of their competition. Even the Dolce Gusto and Nespresso machines cannot compete with the Joy 2, despite their impressive reviews, because it offers something more somehow.

It feels well built, there’s nothing about the machine that causes any irritation or frustration and it produces superb coffee from the Tassimo pods – you simply can’t go wrong with this machine and it’s a firm favourite amongst ourselves and the masses of people who’ve bought one in recent years.

De’Longhi Scultura Review

Manual Espresso machines produce the best coffee according to some connoisseurs and quick brewing times make these machines ideal for producing great coffee in an instant. DeLonghi know the Manual Espresso machine has a place, even in the modern market that’s become littered with capsule and bean-to-cup machines, and have gone out of their way to make the Scultura a superb example.

Key Features

  • The 1.4 litre water tank offers users the chance to brew anything up to 16 cups before filling is required and the tank is removable for easy filling
  • Many believe the manual process takes much practice but the Scultura has refined the process for ease. Simply load the ground coffee, lock the arm into place and press a button for fresh coffee – simple
  • All the necessary peripherals are included: Espresso arm, a variety of filters and even a coffee scoop with built in tamper to compress the ground beans
  • The Scultura can even be used with standard tea bags; effectively replacing the need for a kettle in the kitchen
  • A steam arm is fitted for frothing milk and the temperature of both the water dispense and steam can be set at the touch of a button
  • The top of the machine acts as a cup warmer to ensure the chosen vessel is at a suitable temperature for optimum coffee dispense
  • The Scultura is also compatible with ESE espresso pods which can be purchased separately if the user doesn’t have a bean grinder nor any pre-ground coffee to use

Pricing

At present, the Scultura is available via Amazon for an amazing £149.99 which is truly staggering for a manual machine of this quality. Its retro design will fit in with any kitchen design and it is compact enough that it won’t dominate a worktop – it isn’t small, per se, but it’s a well designed unit that has maximised the potential of a medium sized machine.

With everything you get for your money; you’ll have to look long and hard to find a better manual machine for this price and the brand name itself. DeLonghi have priced themselves out of the market in years gone by but they have clearly addressed the issue with this mid-priced, exceptional machine.

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The sheer number of options with the Scultura make it a great option for any home and any user. As mentioned; DeLonghi may have a toaster and a kettle in the same design but there really is no need for a kettle in the kitchen with the Scultura; it will reach temperature faster than most and it can be used with a plethora of brewing mediums.

The side mounted steam arm also makes for a much easier milk frothing process. You can manoeuvre the jug without coming close to the hot parts of the machine allowing for greater ease of movement and improved safety from burns.

All you really need to know is that the price is right, the Scultura makes exceptional coffee and the whole process is pain free – it couldn’t be easier.

Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Pro Review

 

The Latissima has long been a favourite of reviewers and customers alike and DeLonghi have taken the next step in improving their premier offering with the Lattisima Pro. The original was a great machine that suffered due to its hefty price tag and blocky design – the refinements for the Pro version are evident even from a first glance.

Key Features

  • 19 bar pump pressure, 1.3 litre water tank and an improved 500ml milk carafe makes for a simply perfect capsule machine. The pressure is always on demand, the tank can produce up to 16 cups per tank and the milk carafe urgently needed attention from the previous model
  • A variety pack of 16 Nespresso pods is included within the purchase price for the Latissima Pro and gives the buyer a chance to experience much of the Nespresso range immediately
  • The Latissima Pro has been deliberately designed to accept capsules from third parties who produce Nespresso-esque capsules. The less restrictive capsule receptacle increases the possibilities exponentially
  • The automated milk frothing system is utterly genius and DeLonghi deserve all the plaudits they have received for the innovation
  • A high positioned dispenser allows for even the largest mugs to fit, plus the removable drip tray offers additional room if required
  • The Latissima Pro can be programmed to dispense based on factory presets or the user’s preferences at the touch of a button
  • Internal bin for used capsules has excellent capacity and used pods are automatically dropped into the receptacle

Pricing

As mentioned, the issue with the original Latissima was its hefty price tag and, sadly, DeLonghi haven’t learned from their mistake. The machine retails for roughly £360.00 via Amazon and is being sold for in excess of £400 elsewhere – it’s a lot to pay for a capsule machine.

There is a lot more on offer with the Pro model but it still struggles to justify the price tag. Innovative milk system or not; many buyers consider their position when manual machines cost as much as the Pro.

Granted, the price includes everything the machine needs to function and more but it’s just too much.

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The coffee produced is absolutely outstanding and you really can taste the difference between the Latissima Pro and a cheaper model; plus the milk frothing system makes it very easy to make Cappuccino’s, Lattes and other milk based drinks.

The machine is also quite heavy so once it’s in place you’d be unwise to try and re-locate it on a regular basis or try and store it after use. The short power cable also causes issues as 45cm is all you get – you’ll need to position it in close proximity to a plug which could cause issues when filling the tank.

The Latissima Pro feels solid and well built but you expect at least good build quality for the price you’re paying. It’s very difficult to get over the pricing point and focus on the positives – the con of the cost is too great and this machine should be reserved for those who prefer luxury living.

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 Review

DeLonghi pride themselves on manufacturing the very best Bean-to-Cup machines on the market and the ESAM4200 lives up to expectations. Elegant, reliable, and perfectly suited to coffee lovers that favour espresso and cappuccinos, the ESAM4200 is the complete machine, combining brilliant performance with exceptional value for money.

Key Features

  • The ESAM4200 works with both fresh/freeze dried beans and pre-ground or instant coffee – you simply load the hopper and the machine gets to work with whichever type of coffee you choose.
  • A 15 bar pump is more than sufficient and is comparable to the professional systems you see in the fashionable cafes up and down the country.
  • Pre-programmed dispense settings are already in place with the ESAM4200 meaning you can brew a cup with a single touch and the manual explains, in excellent detail, how to amend these settings or create your own for the perfect brew for your taste.
  • A common complaint with many Bean-to-Cup machines is the lack of milk options but the ESAM4200 comes fully equipped with a milk frothing arm that is incredibly easy to use.
  • DeLonghi know that things can go wrong from time to time but you needn’t worry about the machine breaking down as their two year guarantee covers everything from mechanical issues down to the smallest pieces of the ESAM4200.

Pricing

As mentioned, DeLonghi machines can come in at much higher prices than the other brands on the market but you must remember that you’re buying a machine that’s been designed with decades of experience in the kitchen appliance sector.

The ESAM4200 is currently £229.99 (best price) and can be purchased from Amazon directly meaning it qualifies for the free one day Prime delivery service. The price may seem steep but the original RRP of the ESAM4200 was £449.99 so you’re actually saving a small fortune on a machine that produces delicious coffee with minimal effort.

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In truth, the ESAM4200 has been in the shadow of DeLonghi’s overwhelmingly impressive ECAM Bean-to-Cup machine for some time but its bigger brother costs nearly three times as much as the best price we found on the ESAM4200 – comparatively, you can’t justify the increased spend as the ECAM does little different to this machine.

In truth, the only real drawbacks with the ESAM4200 are the complexity of the grinder calibration process and the virtually useless cup warmer but you expect to spend a lot of time setting the grinder to your exacting standards and the cup warmer is simply a way for the machine to release its excess heat – it doesn’t make much difference overall.

Put simply, the ESAM4200 is a brilliant machine that doesn’t cost the earth and that’s all the customer really needs to know. You might not be able to warm your cups particularly quickly and you may find yourself losing your temper with the grinder at first but all coffee machines come with a learning curve – take your time, be patient and you will reap the rewards in no time.

De’Longhi Esam4000.b Magnifica Bean to Cup

De’Longhi Esam4000.b Magnifica Bean to Cup is by far one for the coffee connoisseur. With brilliant grinding and brewing functions- you won’t want to miss out on this machine.

Coffee Machine Buying Guide 2017

Choosing the best Coffee Machine that suits all of your needs can be a challenging task and, with so many options available, in most instances it can be quite confusing. However fear not because our comprehensive coffee machine buying guide for 2017 will take you through the different types of Coffee Machines available on the market. Our independent guides assess the merits of each different model, looking at everything from style to functionality, so sit back, pour yourself a cup of the good stuff and digest our latest installment below:

Filter Coffee Machines

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If you have a need for a large quantity of coffee to be brewed or don’t buy in to the more complex, specific coffee varieties you need look no further than a Filter Coffee machine. Easily the simplest to use of all the variants – ground coffee is loaded into a container lined with a paper or permanent filter and water is run through the filter to produce coffee.

The coffee runs into a jug which sits on a heated base to keep it warm should it not all be consumed at once. It’s important to remember that coffee which has been sat for some time being warmed will deteriorate in taste after a while so only brew as much as you feel you will need.

The two main variants of Filter Coffee machines are permanent or paper filtered. Paper filters are disposable and are generally thrown away after a single use – they vary in size and how permeable they are (how much water is allowed through). Permanent filters require cleaning after a few uses, depending on the product, but they can save you a lot of money in the long run as paper filters are roughly £7 for 250 – it doesn’t sound like much but it’s still additional expense.

The positives are clear with Filter Coffee machines: they’re very straight-forward, cheaper than automated machines and they come in different sizes depending on your needs. The drawbacks are very apparent too: they only produce black coffee, you may need a bean grinder if you can’t purchase ground beans in your area and they can be problematic to clean.

Pod/Capsule Coffee Machines

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Capsule machines are very straightforward to use: single use pods are inserted into these machines to produce a variety of coffee products. Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? Insert pod, press button, receive coffee – why would you choose anything else?

Pods and Capsules can be expensive and some have a tendency to taste slightly artificial, especially those that have been created in partnership with brand names such as Oreo and Cadbury’s. There’s also the matter of waste – Nescafe may use aluminium which is infinitely recyclable but the others tend to use plastic which isn’t as environmentally friendly so make sure you check out our brands section for the full lowdown on each make.

Many of the Capsule machines produce fantastic coffee and some even have the facility to make lattes and cappuccinos using steamed milk. They’re also generally very inexpensive so if you’re looking for extreme ease of use at low initial cost, Capsule machines are the ones for you.

Espresso Coffee Machines

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Perfect for anyone looking for a small piece of Costa Coffee in their own home – the barista style Coffee Machine. The ground coffee is inserted into the receptacle and forced into place by the user and water is forced through the holder to produce coffee. It all sounds very simple but that’s not quite the case sadly.

Applying the wrong pressure to the coffee arm when inserting it to the machine can cause a bad seal which will see water splash out or it will produce a bad brew – practice makes perfect with these machines. The difficulty moves up yet another level should the machine be fitted with a steam arm for heating and frothing milk – this is a skill that takes a great deal of development or even training!

The difficult process is very rewarding once mastered but you can expect to waste a lot of coffee with these machines unless you have work with one before. You may also need to invest in a coffee bean grinder as freshly ground beans produce far superior coffee. If you are patient or have worked as a barista before, this is definitely the way to go for the best coffee but if you’re looking for ease of use look elsewhere.

Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

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These are the jack of all trades as far as coffee machines are concerned. There is an in-built bean grinder that freshly grinds beans and produces filter coffee directly into your cup at the touch of a button – some even have in built milk dispensers or steaming arms.

There really are no drawbacks as far as the performance of the machine is concerned but cleaning can be very frustrating. The used ground coffee will either remain in the filter until manually removed or it will drop into a bin somewhere on the machine – be warned, once ground coffee has been used it begins to mould after as little as 24 hours and can be quite a nasty surprise if you forget.

Ease of use when compared to cleaning troubles makes for an interesting decision on your part but aiming for a basic Bean to Cup machine will remove a lot of the cleaning issue – no steam arm and a manual system for removing used coffee will save a lot of hassle.

Important Things to Consider

There are some very important factors you must consider before deciding on which Coffee Machine is best for you. Yes, you need to settle on the best style of machine for your needs but like any other decision you face there’s far more to it than that:

Size and Weight
This may not sound like much of a problem as you will be unlikely to move your machine very much once it is placed in your kitchen or installed. Consider whether you will store the machine when it is not in use – will you be able to lift it into its storage location? Not so much of an issue if your machine will be on constant display but bigger isn’t always better.

Ease of Use
Consider how much time and effort you’re willing to put in for a cup of coffee. If you’re used to boiling a kettle and spooning instant coffee into a cup, the step up to a full sized, barista style espresso machine is probably a bad idea. Choose a machine based on your level of ability or how much you are willing to learn.

Wattage
The greater the wattage of your machine, the faster the water will come to temperature. If you need to make a lot of coffee, or brew in a hurry, choose a higher wattage.

Bar Pressure
9 and 15 bars is the right level of pressure to produce a perfect espresso. Anything higher or lower than this is redundant.

Heating Element
The most efficient heating element is a Thermoblock – they operate at roughly 90 degrees which is the optimum for espresso coffee. Overheating coffee will lead to a bitter, unpleasant taste.

Automated Shut Down
The energy conscious among us will need to look for a machine that shuts itself down after a certain period of time without use. It does save on electricity but be mindful of the time frame as you wouldn’t want to machine to switch off just as you wanted another cup.

Steam Arm
For those who prefer Lattes and Cappuccinos, a steam arm will be essential. They can be difficult to use but they really are the only way to get the best from your Latte.

Water Tank & Capacity
For cleaning purposes, a removable water tank is essential. A fixed tank can cause access issues for cleaning and is a feature of some less expensive machines. You will also want a clear or translucent tank to monitor the water level – there’s nothing as frustrating as wanting to brew a fresh coffee to find the tank is empty without your knowledge.

Maintenance

Every coffee machine will come with some form of instruction manual and it goes without saying you should read it before using the machine to avoid irritation. The guide should also contain maintenance advice which must be adhered to otherwise any form of warranty could be compromised.

5 Best Nespresso Coffee Machines

The Best Nespresso Coffee Machines

Nespresso is one of the most famous coffee brands on the planet, a name spawn by global giants Nestle referring to their capsule coffee products – a single use container full of ground beans and some with added flavourings. Nespresso is one of the biggest names in capsule coffee and it’s easy to see why: their range of coffee products is so expansive enabling you to brew amazing coffee from around the globe and their machines are truly exceptional.

Over the last decade Nestle have opted for certain manufacturers to create their Nespresso machines as they seek to take advantage of growing domestic demand. The most common machines available are made by Krups, Siemens, Magimix and DeLonghi but which one is the best? Fingers crossed our guide to the best Nespresso machines can answer that question for you.

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DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus

£735.00

Immediately, we know what you’re thinking. £735.00 is an awful lot of money to spend on a coffee machine but stay with us – you’ll soon see why we think this machine is worth such a big outlay, it really is one of the best capsule coffee machines on the market.

Not only does this machine carry the DeLonghi brand, a very well respected manufacturer, it also comes with a whole host of features no other Nespresso machine can offer you. Starting with its rapid 40 seconds heat up time and its whopping 19 bar pressure – this really is the top dog of Nespresso machines.

There are some quirkier features about the Lattissima too: you can program keys to dispense your favourite drink with a single touch and it has an automated milk frothing system with dispenser. The milk jug is attached to the front of the system and frothed milk can be added to a drink with a single touch – very impressive if you’ve ever tried to froth milk with a steam arm.

This is a relatively expensive item, we appreciate that, but for everything it offers you it could well be worth the money and there’s always the second hand market through Amazon should you be interested but only at a slightly lower price.

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Krups Pixie Coffee Machine

£360.00

At less than half the price of the DeLonghi, you might expect the Krups Pixie to sit in its shadow but you would be wrong – this little machine has star quality all of its own.

A fascinating design sees all the heating elements in the centre of the machine, the sizeable water tank to the rear and the dispenser at the front with pods inserted just above the dispense nozzle. However, it isn’t only the look of the machine that is head and shoulders above the DeLonghi.

This little machine heats up in around 25 seconds and can brew a coffee from the Nespresso pod in 30 seconds flat, including the heating time. If you’re on the go, you can certainly appreciate this monumental speed. Granted, you may think such fast heating would use a lot of power but the Pixie is a very low consumption product as it goes to power off after a short period thanks to its rapid heating time.

We were truly blown away by the Krups Pixie and at £360.00 we can justify the spend to a greater extent than we could with the DeLonghi. The only drawback with the Krups is the lack of foamed milk and you rely on the capsules themselves for Cappucinos etc – or use the money you saved by not buying the DeLonghi to purchase a steamer!

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Magimix Pixie Coffee Machine

£149.99

You may be wondering how the Magimix Pixie differs from the Krups Pixie and, from first impressions, there’s not a great deal of difference. So why the massively reduced price when compared to the Krups? Well, there are a few key differences that affect the price but you’d be surprised how little they actually impact on the Magimix’s performance.

The Krups machine heats up in a lightning fast 25 seconds but the Magimix is slower than this despite a similar ThermoBlock heating system – it’s by no means tortoise slow but it’s a noticeable delay. This delay is offset by a clever standby system wherein the Magimix goes to ‘sleep’ after 30 minutes without use but maintains an amount of heat in the system – this standby can be adjusted to 9 minutes for the energy conscious.

The biggest positive for the Magimix is the inclusion of the Aeroccino 3 within the purchase price. The Krups’ downfall is the lack of fresh milk options, which detracts slightly from that bean-to-cup taste and the Magimix includes the Aeroccino 3 to combat this issue – the Aeroccino 3 is a milk frothing device that heats and foams milk at the touch of a button with next to no noise. To purchase separately, the Aeroccino 3 is a £50 peripheral – you can’t argue with the value.

The big question is which is superior? The Krups or Magimix Pixie and the answer is simple – neither. They both have their positives and negatives depending on your needs from a coffee machine; you can purchase an Aeroccino along with the Krups at additional cost but the Magimix is better for those on a budget.

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Magimix Nespresso U

£129.95

Another entry from Magimix sees a very ergonomic take on the Nespresso machine – the Nespresso U. This machine was developed based on feedback from customers who found the Pixie and other similar models too long or ungainly to sit on their work surfaces thanks to the rear mounted water tanks.

The Nespresso U addresses this problem by allowing the user to move the tank through 180 degrees allowing for a side mounted tank if needed on shallower work surfaces or if users prefer the machine to be in the corner of a room. It also utilises the same technology as the Magimix Pixie for its ThermoBlock heating system and standby modes.

There are three preset cup sizes to choose from and the machine even automatically ejects a used capsule. Combining this with a three year Nespresso guarantee , including home collection, it results in a bargain machine that even comes with 16 Nespresso capsules in the box.

Granted, the lack of milk option does detract from the overall appeal but, as mentioned, the Aeroccino is only £50 as a peripheral and at £129.95 for the machine, you can probably afford the addition.

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AllMyCoffee MCM001 Coffee Machine

£24.99

This is where things get a little interesting as the AllMyCoffee machine isn’t actually a Nespresso machine per se. It has been designed by a 3rd party to be compatible with Nespresso capsules and the company have adhered strictly to the rules and regulations surrounding the development of the product and there you have it – a seriously affordable machine that uses your favourite Nespresso coffee capsules.

There are a few words of warning with the AllMyCoffee machine but they are relatively minor: firstly, their user manual does state the machine is compatible with most Nespresso capsules but it has worked fine with all the standard pods we have tried and secondly, there is no mention of a direct warranty or guarantee so it reverts to statutory rights (i.e 12 months warranty from purchase).

At such a low cost, it is hard to see why you would look elsewhere but the one nagging doubt is the lack of full Nespresso endorsement. This isn’t an item you’d be sold by Del Trotter we can assure you but if you prefer a household name this perhaps isn’t for you.

Best Nespresso Machine

The machines we have tested and reviewed cover the bulk of the market, there are only so many designs and as the price increases you really are paying for a brand name and faster heating times. When it comes down to what you want just always bear in mind the three most important factors: price, warranty and quality of coffee.

Our personal recommendation is the Magimix Pixie with Aeroccino 3. This machine covers all bases as far as a Nespresso machine is concerned and includes an expensive add on as part of its very reasonable price.

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