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How to choose the best coffee machine for your home

A step-by-step guide to delicious coffee from the comfort of your living room

There’s nothing quite like the rich, satisfying sensation of a barista-style coffee created within your own four walls. It’s that unmistakable aroma that fills your home, it’s the taste of a smooth and creamy cappuccino or espresso enjoyed from the inside of your favourite mug, and it’s the luxury of a delicious coffee at any time of day or night. But with such a huge range of home coffee machines on the market, how do you pick the one that’s right for your home? This guide will help you find a coffee machine that fits the style and lifestyle of your home and can create the perfect coffee every time.

Coffee machines in your home

What to consider when buying a coffee machine?

  1. Capacity
    You want a machine that meets your personal needs and the needs of your family. So, consider how much water the machine can hold and how many coffees the machine can make at once.
  2. Convenience
    Think about how you plan to use your machine. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, easy-to-clean option with minimal set-up and work, then pod and capsule machines are the perfect solution.
  3. Cost
    There are a fantastic range of Nespresso home coffee machines ranging between $150 and $900 so there is something for every budget. Once you have an idea of what you would like to spend, the buying process will become a lot easier.
  4. Clear and simple controls
    Look for machines that you will be able to use with ease. Machines with digital displays and indicator lights offer a simple and straightforward process.
  5. Types of coffee
    Think about the type/types of coffee you want to be able to make with your machine. Some machines offer the opportunity to make almost any kind of coffee your heart desires. Others have quite limited options so it’s important to know what you’re looking for here. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all kinds of coffee, Nespresso’s Vertuo coffee machines have 24 coffee blends to choose from in five different sizes.
  6. Quality of coffee
    An expensive machine does not guarantee a quality coffee and a good entry-level home espresso machine can potentially create the perfect cup. This makes it difficult to say whether one machine is better than another. There are a lot of factors that impact on the quality and taste of a cup of coffee produced by your machine and the results usually depend on the experience of the user. Consider trying a coffee in store before you buy. Find your nearest Nespresso boutique to discover the quality of coffee and experience the range of flavours.
  7. Milk Frother
    Some coffee machines come with a built-in milk frother while others are available separately. A built in frother offers the ability to create an all-in-one coffee while a separate milk frother opens the opportunity to create barista-style milk art.
  8. Size of the coffee machine
    If you plan on putting your machine away after each use, try to pick a lighter model. You may also want to consider how much counter space you have available if you decide to leave it out.
Chrome Creatista Plus coffee machine on a kitchen counter

Buying a coffee capsule machine

Capsule machines offer an easy and simple approach to delicious coffee. The capsules or ‘pods’ come pre-packaged with the exact amount of coffee required for a perfect espresso. One of the biggest appeals is the ability to create a barista-style coffee without any of the mess. There are no coffee grounds to dispose of and the capsules drop neatly into a container that can be cleaned and emptied as needed. Nespresso capsules offer a wide range of tastes, strengths and aromas so there is an option to suit the strongest or weakest of coffee tastes. They also provide an easy way to experiment with different intensities and flavours of different coffee beans.

Our recommendations

Professional quality, simple to use
Black VertuoPlus automatic coffee machine

VertuoPlus Black (Round Top)

The VertuoPlus offers freshly brewed coffee with crema as well as delicious, authentic espresso. It conveniently makes four cup sizes all at the touch of a button; Espresso (40ml), Gran Lungo (150ml), Mug (230ml) and Alto (414ml). It uses three different capsule sizes: large capsule for Alto and Mug, medium sized for Gran Lungo and a small sized for Espresso.

  • Weight: 4.58 Kilogram
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.22 x 42.34 x 32.51cm
  • Removable water tank: 1.8 Litre
  • Used capsules container capacity: 10
  • Heats water to the optimum temperature for coffee in just 20 seconds
  • Price: $299

 

For the creatives
Black Creatista Uno espresso machine

Creatista Uno Black Sesame

Nespresso Creatista Uno allows you to easily create top-quality Latte Art coffee at home. With a fully-automatic steam wand, you can now create perfectly textured milk set to your preferred temperature. Create Unique Latte Art creations and a broad range of delightful milk based recipes. Creatista Uno has a 3 second heat up time, 3 milk texture levels and 3 milk temperature settings. It comes with a Creatista stainless steel milk jug.

  • Weight: 5.2 Kilogram
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 17 x 40.9 x 30.9cm
  • High pressure pump
  • Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo preparations
  • Removable water tank: 1.5 Litre
  • Programmable, automatic shut off after 9 minutes
  • Heats water to the optimum temperature for coffee in just 3 seconds
  • Price: $549

 

Unrivalled Nespresso quality
White Lattissima Touch coffee machine

Lattissima Touch White

The Lattissima Touch offers endless possibilities and preparations for your coffee and milk recipes. Choose from six one-touch settings using the tactile control panel.

  • Weight: 4.5 Kilogram
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 17.3 x 25.8 x 32cm
  • Removable water tank: 0.9 Litre
  • Removable fresh milk container: 0.35 Litre
  • Used capsule container capacity: 9
  • One-touch recipe preparations (milk-based, hot water)
  • Automatic power off after 9 mins
  • Automatic standby after 30mins
  • Price: $499

 

The small machine for big coffee moments
Red Essenza Mini coffee machine and black Aeroccino3 milk frother

Essenza Mini De'Longhi Ruby Red

The Essenza Mini & Aeroccino combines ease of use, minimalist beauty and unrivalled Nespresso quality to create the perfect coffee cup every time. It's the small machine that opens up the whole world of Nespresso coffee.

  • Weight: 2.3 Kilogram
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 11 x 32.5 x 20.5cm
  • High pressure pump
  • Espresso and Lungo preparations
  • Removable water tank: 0.6 Litre
  • Used capsule container capacity: 6
  • Programmable, automatic shut off after 9 minutes
  • Hot or cold milk froth
  • Price: $249

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