Five of the best coffee machines

Coffee is a tricky thing to get right. There are so many different preferences, thinking about them makes the "this little piggy went to market" nursery rhyme pop into our heads. This little piggy went for milky, this little piggy went for crema, this little piggy had morrree foam and this little piggy had none.

It's complicated to say the least, with all sorts of factors contributing to a good cup of coffee. Pocket-lint is here to help though, and to give you a hand getting the best cup in your own kitchen, we have rounded up five of the best machines available or coming soon.

Miele CM6300

The Miele CM6300 launched at the beginning of this year and it is a coffee machine for those that love bean-to-cup coffee so much they are willing to spend over £1000 on having it in their home.

It measures 400 x 430 x 250mm so you'll need a bit of spare worktop space, but this machine will make tailored coffee at the push of a button, froth your milk and rinse itself when it's done.

The removable tank has a capacity of 1.8-litres and it supports ground coffee and bean coffee formats, with a bean hopper capacity of 300g and a stainless steel mill grinder on board.

The machine pressure sits at 15 bars and there are a number of nifty features including a cup warmer and adjustable temperature function, as well as the ability to make two espressos at once.

PRICE: £1299

AVAILABILITY: Available now from John Lewis and other retailers.

DeLonghi Scultura ECZ351

The DeLonghi Scultura ECZ351 launched in September last year and it is one stylish coffee machine. Available colours comprise black, cream, white and grey so there should be at least one that will match your kitchen décor, plus its 310 x 300 x 250mm measurements mean it won't take up too much worktop space either.

This machine supports ground coffee and ESE pod formats and it can make espressos and cappuccinos, the former of which it can manage to do two at a time.

 

The Scultura has a removable tank with a capacity of 1.4-litres, a machine pressure of 15 bars and there is a removable drip tray for easy cleaning.

You'll also find a couple of handy features with this number including a steam pipe, auto-off function and a cup warmer like the Miele, but no adjustable temperature feature.

PRICE: £199.95

AVAILABILITY: Available now from John Lewis and other retailers.

Francis Francis Y3

The Francis Francis Y3 coffee machine was released in December last year and its rectangle, angular look makes it perfect for a contemporary kitchen.

Like the DeLonghi Scultura, this model is also available in a few colours but it is a little more daring with a lime green model and orange option available, alongside black and white.

The Y3 is a capsule machine that uses the Illy iperEspresso capsule system and claims to offer "true bar-quality espresso". It is smaller than the Scultura measuring 270 x 320 x 110mm and its also a little cheaper. The removable tank has a 0.9-litre capacity and the machine pressure on this model is 19 bars.

You won't get warm cups from this model and there is no steam pipe either but the drip tray is removable so again, cleaning should be nice and simple.

PRICE: £117 (at time of writing)

AVAILABILITY: Available now from Ambiente Direct.

AEG A Modo Mio Espria

AEG launched its A Modo Mio Espria LM3100 coffee machine in June this year, so it is one of the most recent machines on this list. It measures 340 x 130 x 240mm and it looks great with bold colours and chrome trims, offering a very premium feel.

The A Modo Mio Espria is a capsule machine that uses A Modo Mio Espria capsules and it comes with a 0.9-litre capacity removable tank meaning you'll need to fill it up a few more times than the DeLonghi and Miele options but no more than the Francis Francis model.

The machine pressure of the AEG model sits at 15 bars and it will make one cup of espresso. There is a removable drip tray on board but you won't find a steam pipe for heating or frothing milk and there will be no warm cups available with this one either.

PRICE: £99.95

AVAILABILITY: Available now from John Lewis and other retailers.

Nespresso Inissia

The Nespressio Inissia is on its way and the company claims it is good for those who are new to Nespresso. It's cheap and cheerful and it offers a simple, fuss free design, along with a small 120 x 320 x 230mm footprint that allows it to be easily tucked to the side of your kitchen.

The Inissia is a capsule model that unsurprisingly uses Nespresso capsules and it will make one espresso at a time, meaning if you have a dinner party you'll be standing in your kitchen for a while.

It offers a machine pressure of 19 bars and it has a removable tank with a capacity of 0.7-litres and it is available in a couple of colours including white, red, burnt orange and blue.

When it comes to features, the Inissia doesn't pack them in, with no cup warmer, adjustable temperature, filter or steam pipe but does come in under the £100 mark with a removable drip tray and a nice retro style.

PRICE: £80.99

AVAILABILITY: Available now from John Lewis and other retailers.

If you were hoping to see some extra smart coffee machines here, you might be a little disappointed but if you wait long enough, one might come along. Philips introduced a prototype of a Saeco GranBaristo Avanti Bluetooth coffee machine that used an iPad app to create the perfect cup at IFA 2013, so with a bit of luck smart coffee isn't too far off.