|Ease of use||Easy||Fairly easy||More difficult||Difficult|
|Price range||£50 - £150||£20 - £100||£100 - £200||£200 - £1000|
|Makes milk-based drinks||Yes||No - just black coffee||Yes - with milk frother||Yes - with milk frother|
|Type of coffee required||Pods||Ground coffee||Ground coffee||Coffee beans|
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If you want to store your coffee machine away when you're not using it, make sure it's small enough to fit into a kitchen cupboard and light enough to manoeuvre. Larger coffee machines are ideal for displaying on a worktop.
Think about how much effort and time you're willing to put in for your cup of coffee. If you're strapped for time, look for easy pod or capsule machines and user-friendly programmable cup size options.
The higher the wattage of your coffee machine, the faster the water will boil. Choose a high wattage machine if you're looking to make large quantities of coffee or in a hurry for your daily espresso.
Between 9 and 15 bars is the ideal pressure for creating a perfectly smooth crema on top of your espresso. Having a powerful enough bar pressure is important for extracting the full flavour of your coffee.
Thermoblock heating systems heat water to the optimum temperature (around 90°) needed for a rich espresso. Machines with a thermoblock system are fast, efficient and avoid overheating the coffee which leaves behind a bitter taste.
Coffee machines with an auto shut down function automatically switch off after a set amount of time which saves energy and helps to keep your machine in good working order.
If you enjoy a cappuccino, latte or macchiato, look for a coffee machine with a steam arm or built-in milk frothing function. This will allow you to create a range of milk-based coffee drinks.
Coffee machines with a transparent water tank allow you to easily see how much water you've got left to make your coffee. Choose a higher water capacity if you're looking to make several cups of coffee in one sitting.