Coffee Machines Under £100

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We’re all too aware that not everyone is looking to spend thousands on a coffee machine. If you do have that kind of money to spend, you could probably afford to go to Starbucks everyday rather than making your own! The needs of many coffee lovers can be met by a product that costs less than £100…you just need to know where to look.

To make this process easy for you, we’ve compiled our guide to the ten best coffee machines under £100. From Bean-to-Cup to the very best Filter Coffee machines on the market, we’ve covered everything and you might just find a bargain here.

Amazon
Amazon

Cuisinart One Cup Grind and Brew – £99.99

If you only need one cup of coffee brewing at a time; this machine is the one to look at. The Cuisinart not only brews coffee but also has an in-built grinder to give you the freshest taste and all for less than £100! And if you prefer, it can even be used with pre-ground beans.

The system is fully automatic, easy to clean and cost effective. Simply push a button and  a cup will be produced in next to no time. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe to save you scrubbing and the drip tray can even be adjusted to suit your cup of choice.

The machine itself is very compact and sold with 100 disposable filters. And in further good news, the Cuisinart is sold by Lakeland who offer a superb three year, no quibble warranty.


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Sabichi Stainless Steel Coffee Maker – £99.00

A Manual Espresso Machine for less than £100 may not fill you with much confidence, particularly when you look at the extortionate prices of some other models, but this little machine can more than hold its own against them.

A stylish design that features a 1.5 litre, removable tank and simple controls, the Sabichi has taken everything a Manual Espresso machine should be and simplified it. There are three buttons: On/Off, Espresso and Cappucino. All you need to do is load ground coffee into the receptacle, apply some pressure and press the button of choice.

Granted, if you’re after a cappuccino, you will need to make use of the built in steam arm but for less than £100, a little effort goes a long way.

The Sabichi is an excellent example of a budget Manual Machine. It does everything you need it to do, except for bean grinding. Sadly, it doesn’t make any mention of warranty in its paperwork. It’s best to purchase through Amazon and opt in on their two or three year warranty cover at minimal cost.


Kenwood
Kenwood

Kenwood KMix CM030GY – £90.00

Hardly pushing the boundaries of modern technology, the Kenwood KMix is a Filter Coffee Machine that couldn’t be more simple if it tried. Despite an advanced market, Filter Machines still hold a secure place amongst coffee connoisseurs around the world. The slow infusion is incomparable and Kenwood have recognised this with the KMix.

The tank is relatively small, one litre brews six cups but the machine itself is very compact at less than 3kg. The design is very retro and it will look at home in any kitchen.

Kenwood are a reliable brand, they have always been known as a quality brand but have no real specialism. There are cheaper Filter machines on the market but thanks to its attractive design, reliable manufacturing and 12 month guarantee, this one is well worth the extra spend.


Russell Hobs
Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs 14899 Platinum – £89.99

A list featuring machines under £100 had to feature Russell Hobbs eventually and it does so, in the form of this Grind and Brew model, an exceptional machine for such a low price. Undoubtedly, the most important feature of this machine is its LCD screen. This makes it far more user friendly than its competitors, some of which basically ask you to brew blindly!

The built-in timer here is combined with the option to select how many cups you would like. This is a nice feature if you can pinpoint how many cups you’ll need at a given moment. For the price, it is also surprising that the machine features a permanent filter and a sturdy looking in-built bean grinder. We expected them to be suspect looking plastic but they actually seem very durable.

The obvious con of this machine is its weight. It isn’t the largest machine on the market but it weighs an inordinate 100kg, hopefully you’ve got some study counter tops to handle this heavyweight.

In truth, this is an everyday machine and shouldn’t be reserved for occasions, the price doesn’t reflect the brilliant functionality; it’s simply excellent.


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Bosch Tassimo T34 Joy – £89.00

Capsule machines are generally sold on the basis that they are simple to use, Bosch have certainly taken up that premise with the T34. There’s only two buttons on the machine, Power and Brew; that’s it!

For the price, you would think the machine would be a bit dumb witted but in actual fact, the T34 has an innovative barcode scanning system that recognises the pod inserted. It also brews based on the perfect preset built into its software. Plus, Bosch’s sensoFlow technology means no heating up time, it’s ready when you are!

Tassimo pods are purchasable from bargain shops meaning they are fairly inexpensive. They also have a very expansive product range, this machine is well worth considering if you’re on a budget, have a varied taste and enjoy a quick, easy brew.


Amazon
Amazon

Krups Dolce Gusto KP120840 Mini Me – £75.85

Bizarrely, as prices fall, we’re actually encountering some of the biggest and best brands on the market. You might be lulled into thinking these models aren’t as good as the mid-range options from lesser known brands but it’s quite the opposite.

Krups have taken all of their experience and know how they put into their high end machines and condensed it for their entry level models.

The Mini Me follows a Capsule system that uses the Dolce Gusto pods. It boast a straightforward design that accepts a single pod and allows you to select the ‘volume’ you would like from your brew…essentially posh way of setting how much coffee you’d like!

The tank is some 0.8 litres, just enough for six average cups. So you may have to fill the machine more often than you’d like but it is fully detachable. If you use the machine on its full volume setting, you probably wouldn’t get six cups but such a compact unit wouldn’t benefit from an increased tank size. This would unbalance the overall design.

This model is the top of Krups’ Dolce Gusto range and whilst there is a similar model available for £50, it’s wise to opt for the higher end option. 


Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs Brita Purity Filter Coffee Maker – £72.00

It was never going to be long before Brita came into the market for filtering coffee. This crossover with Russell Hobbs has resulted in an excellent example of a Filter Coffee Machine.

It is programmable in terms of time and volume, boasting a sizeable 1.3 litre tank. The biggest problem we always seem to experience with Brita products given how expensive the replacement filters are. That said, the Purity has a permanent filter that can be cleaned – no problem here!

The Purity heats up faster than previous Brita branded models and 75% faster than many rival machines. There’s also a heated base plate to keep brewed coffee warm and palatable. Auto shutdown takes effect after 30-minutes of inactivity, great for those energy conscious among you.

Filtered water is very important in the modern age and, with little to no post purchase cost, you can’t go wrong with the Purity.


Amazon
Amazon

Andrew James 15 Bar Barista Coffee Machine – £79.99

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make barista style Espresso coffee at home, now is your chance. Novices may initially struggle with this Andrew James model but with a bit of practice, you’ll be brewing perfect coffee in no time.

The machine takes everything a Manual Espresso Machine is and ever will be, and packs it into a small product. A product that happens to cost less than two-weeks of daily Starbucks! A straight-forward design and a steam arm makes this a great option and is really everything you need.

The tank is 1.7 litres, enough for 14 cups and is detachable for easy filling and cleaning. The system also works on 15 bar pressure, ideal for brewing Espresso; why would you want to use anything else?


Amazon
Amazon

Braun BRA KF560/1 – £65.00

Perhaps not the most memorable name of all time but Braun’s entry to list is a brilliant example of a basic, functional Filter Coffee Machine. Excluding the jug, the BRA only has two moving parts on the whole system.

The Braun receives favourable reviews overall but has drawn criticism. Its predecessor included a Brita water filter but this refreshed model doesn’t share that feature. No doubt that has something to do with the ludicrous pricing of replacement Brita filters.

Simplicity that produces superb coffee, it’s a shame it uses paper filters but generally, they are pretty inexpensive. A modest job by Braun.


Breville
Breville

Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker – £62.00

You can rely on Breville to come up with a whole different take on the Coffee Machine as a concept and they’ve duly delivered. Rather than relying on expensive pods, the Breville hosts tanks for milk and water. These are heated for mixing with your preferred instant coffee or hot chocolate products – genius.

Admittedly, it’s a different choice from our experts but sometimes instant products are all you can get your hands on. Not everyone has access to a premium supermarket in which to secure the finest Arabica beans. A problem Breville have solved with this Moments machine.

The machine heats up in around 3-minutes, just a tad faster than the average kettle. It makes use of fresh milk whereas some budget models rely on powdered options. We do concede it’s a straight choice of water or milk but it’s so simple to use and so innovative. We just couldn’t help but include it on our list!

Best Coffee Machine Under £100

This is a very subjective matter as consumers will each have their own preference on coffee products. Though, we genuinely believe any of the machines featured will satisfy even the pickiest of connoisseurs. Whether you want to take on the challenge of becoming a barista, or would prefer to simply just press a button; there’s a machine here for you.

Don’t limit yourself to a budget machine just to save a little money; the majority of expensive models truly are worth it. We strongly advise looking into the guarantees and warranties in detail. Most brands won’t replace the likes of a broken jug so be sure to check the small print.

Five of the Best Nespresso Machines

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Nescafe’s Nespresso brand is one of the best known and most loved coffee brands on the planet. They were pioneers in Capsule coffee dispense and it’s easy to see why they have become one of the biggest names in the industry. Their range of products is so expansive that you are able brew coffee from around the world in your own kitchen in the blink of an eye.

Over the last decade, Nespresso machines have been manufactured by a select group of brands as the company seeks to take advantage of the growing demand. The most common machines are manufactured by the likes of Siemens, Krups, Magimix and DeLonghi but which is the best of the bunch? Our guide will answer that question for you; 

DeLonghi
DeLonghi

DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus – £735.00

The first thing that may put you off about this machine is no doubt its hefty £735.00 price tag. We admit, this does seem like a lot to spend on a coffee machine but bear with us and we’re sure we can justify its place here. Firstly, this machine is undoubtedly the best capsule machine on the market.

Not only does the machine come with DeLonghi’s manufacturing expertise and excellent aftercare, but also with a host of features that no other Nespresso machine can offer. The machine comes to temperature in a rapid 40 seconds. It also has a maximum pressure of 19 bar, priding itself on efficiency. The Lattissima really does top the table as far as Nespresso machine are concerned.

The machine also has some quirky features you never knew you needed! For example, you can program one of the keys to dispense your favourite drink with a single touch and it even offers an automated milk frothing system. The jug is mounted on the front of the system and can dispense hot, frothed milk in an instant. Far superior to a frustrating steam arm!

There’s no hiding the fact that this is an expensive item and whilst we do appreciate it may be outside of many budgets, it is the sheer value for money that attracted us to this machine. It’s well worth the expense. If you aren’t able to afford a new model, Amazon’s second hand market has slightly used options at greatly reduced prices.


Amazon
Amazon

Krups Pixie Nespresso Machine – £360.00

Now we’re talking sensibly, half the price of the Lattissima but that by no means half the quality. The Krups Pixie is manufactured by one of the best brands on the market and is a star in its own right.

An innovative design sees the heating elements neatly contained in the centre of the machine. With a rear mounted, removable water tank, its capacity is impressive as ever. Pods are inserted directly above the dispense nozzle to create an pleasantly aesthetic machine. Though, we are very much aware looks aren’t everything.

The Pixie heats up in just 25-seconds and will brew from a Capsule in 30 seconds flat. This machine is perfect for those on the go or those who don’t like to wait for their coffee. But doesn’t such a quick process take a lot of energy? Not at all! The quick consumption time goes to power-off almost immediately – A-rated efficiency.

We didn’t think we’d find anything as impressive as the Lattissima but the Pixie soon swayed us. The only con here is the lack of frothed milk but with the £375 saved by not buying the DeLonghi, you can buy yourself a steamer.


Currys
Currys

Magimix Pixie Nespresso Machine – £149.99

You’re probably asking why you’d buy the Krups Pixie when the Magimix is even more cost effective for essentially the same machine? Whilst they may look identical, they aren’t the  same at all. 

The Magimix heats up a lot slower than the Krups despite using the same Thermoblock element. 25-seconds is ludicrously quick so you can excuse the Magimix for being noticeably slower. The delay is offset by an innovative standby system that allows the Magimix to retain much of the heat without drawing any energy from the mains. A* for energy efficiency.

Its biggest positive is the inclusion of the Aeroccino 3 milk foamer within the purchase price. The Krups is let down by its lack of milk frothing options and the Aeroccino combats the issue for the Magimix. Granted, the peripheral is only £50 to buy separately but when it’s included in the purchase price for the Magimix, there’s no room for complaint.

So which is superior? The Krups is faster but the Magimix is more versatile. The choice is yours and comes down to budget more than anything else. If you can justify double the spend for a faster machine then the Krups is the better option all round but the Magimix is a superb alternative for less than half the price.


Argos
Argos

Magimix Nespresso U – £129.95

Magimix feature yet again on this list with a very ergonomic approach to a Nespresso machine. The Nespresso U was developed based on customer feedback…the public has spoken! In brief, consumers found the Pixie and similar models a little too long on their work surfaces as well as being too difficult to move and store thanks to their rear mounted water tanks.

To address the issue, the Nespresso U has a water tank that can be moved through 180 degrees allowing for a side mounted tank if required. This makes the U a better prospect for shallower worktops or cupboards. In addition, the U shares the same Thermoblock element and standby modes as the Pixie.

Three preset cup sizes and an automatic capsule ejection system are great features. There is also a three year Nespresso guarantee which includes home collection. This machine is an absolute steal at £129.95; you even receive 16 free capsules!

Sadly, the Aeroccino isn’t included in the purchase price making the pricing field a little more level. The Pixie doesn’t feature the moving water tank but taking the Aeroccino out of the bargain would leave it at around £99.99. The U is more expensive and this is without the cost of the peripheral.

The money saved overall will no doubt leave you with enough spare change to buy the Aeroccino if you can justify having it. It’s all down to preference in this respect.


Nectar
Nectar

AllMyCoffee MCM001 Coffee Machine – £24.99

Yes, you read that correctly! This clever machine does only cost £24.99, nearly thirty times cheaper than the Lattissima. Though, don’t be fooled into thinking this is always the way to go. There’s a story behind the low price.

The AllMyCoffee machine isn’t a registered Nespresso product. Instead, it has been designed by a third party to be compatible with Nespresso pods. The company in question have worked as closely to the rules and regulations surrounding the machine’s design to avoid a corporate legal case. Inexpensive Nespresso coffee but is it all above board?

Absolutely; the machine is COMPATIBLE with Nespresso pods whilst not being specifically designed to use them. This makes it a selling point without Nestle actually being able to shut them down – genius.

We do advise exercising caution when considering the AllMyCoffee machine, however. The manual states the machine is compatible with ‘most’ Nespresso capsules. This led us to think some may not work with the system as it does not say ‘all Nespresso capsules’. That said, everything we tested worked fine.

Another concern here is the lack of any guarantee or warranty. There’s nothing included in the box nor any mention of a warranty in the manual so it reverts to statutory rights which is of course 12 months warranty from purchase.

Don’t receive our advice the wrong way; we do strongly recommend the AllMyCoffee machine if you’re on a very limited budget. We just worry about the lack of full Nespresso endorsement!

Best Nespresso Machine

The machines we have tried and tested cover the bulk of the market. We tested far more than these five machines, though we came to the conclusion we should only recommend products we had full faith in.

We advise you look at three major factors: Value for money, Warranty and Quality of Coffee. As far as this criteria are concerned, we recommend the Magimix Pixie with Aeroccino 3. The machine covers all bases and includes an expensive peripheral within its purchase price. It’s also the most reasonably priced in terms of value for money and importantly, produces superb coffee.

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