It isn’t difficult to understand the global appeal of pod coffee machines. You pop in a pod, hit the button and are presented with an outstanding cup of coffee just seconds later. Barista-quality coffee at the touch of a button and for pennies – a recipe that’s pretty hard to beat.
But if you’re out to pick up the best coffee pod machine money can buy, where should you start?
It is a valid question, given how there are literally thousands of these things to choose from right now. And of course, choosing the best coffee pod machine also means taking into account the quality of the coffee produced for it.
So if you’re out to pick up a coffee capsule machine that delivers the total package, opt for any of the following top-picks and you’re unlikely to be anything but impressed:
Krups Nespresso Prodigio
First up, there are three things about this little beauty you’re guaranteed to love. First of all, the promise of Nespresso coffee pods is never a bad thing. Secondly, it looks absolutely gorgeous and is guaranteed to fit in perfectly in just about any room of the home. Last but not least, it is the first ever Nespresso coffee capsule machine that can hook up to your Android or Apple device wirelessly. Brew a cup of coffee remotely and even order replacement coffee capsules at the touch of a button.
De’Longhi Nespresso Latissima Touch
This is one of the best machines out there for those who like their coffee flawless and their coffee makers as easy as possible to use. It creates the most amazing espressos and milky coffees at the touch of a button, with coffee capsules coming in at around 30p each. The 900ml water tank also means you won’t have to refill it every time you whip up a few cups.
Tassimo T12 Vivy
An absolute winner for smaller kitchens and smaller budgets alike. There are dozens of Tassimo machines up for grabs right now, but this Bosch-made kitchen-compact is one of the best by far. You’re typically looking at about 20p and up per coffee pod, there’s a ton of variety in terms of flavours and the self-cleaning feature is always a winner in our books. It also makes a surprisingly good cup of tea, which is a nice added bonus.
The Dualit Lusso is compatible with both Nespresso and Dualit coffee pods alike, so there’s plenty of choice in terms of available coffees. As is the case with most Dualit products, the Lusso is all about simplicity and ease of use, rather than fancy features and additional extras. Likewise, it isn’t the fastest machine on the market either. But what you get for your money is spectacular reliability, incredible good looks and one of the most powerful pumps of any coffee pod machine money can buy.
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo by Krups
The Piccolo Dolce Gusto continues to prove a firm favourite at home and abroad, primarily due to the simplicity and consistency of the thing. There’s no song and dance to its operation, nor are there are additional features to complicate things. Small in size yet capably powerful, the market for Dolce Gusto pods is expanding all the time and already features some genuinely impressive varieties. Many of the drinks made using the system’s milk capsules are surprisingly delicious, not to mention comprehensively affordable.
Those who believe bigger is better will be right at home with the 1.2-litre Fantasia – great for coffee-hungry households. This thing is compatible with the simply gorgeous Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee capsule range – some of the best coffee ever to make it into this convenient format.
Francis Francis Illy X7.1
Last but not least, anyone with a taste for Illy could do a lot worse than investing in this cute and quirky kitchen essential. There’s a traditional steam wand to give you full control over frothing, the 1-litre tank is more than sufficient to keep things going and the quality of the coffee itself is right up there with the best of them. Easy to operate and guaranteed to satisfy, whatever your favourite coffee happens to be.
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