For those tired of drinking the same old drip coffee every day, a combination espresso-and-cappuccino machine can bring variety to your morning routine and cut back on pricey trips to the coffee shop. Some hesitate to look into these machines, picturing a morass of thousand-dollar price tags, but there are actually many affordable options out there that cost no more than a typical coffee maker, including ones on this list.
Keep three categories in mind: semi-automatic, fully automatic, and super-automatic. These labels denote how hands-on the brewing process will be and, as a result, indicate price. If you’re looking for a budget option, start with semi-automatic machines. If you want one-touch brewing capabilities, the more expensive path of fully automatic and super-automatic might be the way to go.
Here are the best coffee machine for cappuccino and espresso for the ultimate coffee lover.
Top 10 Best Coffee Machine For Cappuccino In The UK 2021
Below are our pick of the best coffee machine for cappuccino on the market or alternatively, read on to find out more about the information you should know before buying a coffee machine.
1. De’Longhi Dedica Style
The De’Longhi Dedica Style has reclaimed the top spot. It’s a simple machine with little in the way of frills, but the slimline design means that it squeezes into even the tightest kitchens and it makes a reasonable espresso to boot. It has risen a little in price – from around £140 to its current around £180 – but it’s still very affordable.
The Dedica is very simple to use. You can bung in supermarket ground coffee or grind the coffee yourself, and the Dedica’s pressurised baskets mean that it’s pretty forgiving if the grind is too coarse or too fine, or when you haven’t got the amounts quite right.
The downside is that the results can be rather inconsistent – if you want the very best results from expensive single-origin coffees, then we’d strongly recommend that you spend more.
2. De’Longhi La Specialista
This automatic espresso machine delivers a cup of espresso that’s as fancy as it looks; plus, it’s easy to use and adjust based on your preference. Choose from six grind sizes (fine for dark espresso, coarse for coffee), then select single espresso, double espresso, Americano, or coffee. It also dispenses hot water for tea.
La Specialista has a built-in tamping mechanism, which helps pack your grounds perfectly, and a pressure gauge you can monitor to ensure you’re making the perfect cup. It also has an adjustable steam wand that can be used for flat (best for lattes) or foamy (best for cappuccinos) milk. We loved the full-body espresso it produced, with a thin, silky crema. A knock box for used grounds can be bought separately, which we found very useful when making espresso after espresso.
3. Sage SES990BSS the Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
This touch-screen coffee machine truly brings the coffee shop experience home with no compromise between convenience and quality. Once programmed, you simply swipe to select your espresso, long black, latte, flat white or cappuccino and let the innovative tech do the rest. It even cleans itself.
Like a commercial machine, its integrated conical burr grinder automatically grinds, doses and tamps your beans while temperature-controlled (PID) technology brews it to perfection (temperature is near impossible to control in other machines).
Without delving too into the technical deep, what you really need to know is that the Oracle lets you customise the smoothest and creamiest cuppas imaginable. There is little to dislike, bar its astronomical price.
4. DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia Pod Capsule Coffee Machine
Nescafé is a trusted brand of coffee and now you can enjoy the delicious high quality at home with the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia Coffee Machine. This is a fantastic budget pod coffee machine which means you easily make tasty cappuccino or other coffee drink, and you’re assured of the same high quality cuppa each time. Perfect for coffee lovers who want great coffee, but don’t want the fuss of grinding their own beans.
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia Coffee Machine is black and with a sleek, shiny finish, this attractive device would blend in well to all kitchens.
Pods can be purchased from most supermarkets with different flavoured coffee, included latte, cappuccino, espresso and hot chocolates. These are then loaded into the machine and your favourite drink is made quickly with just the touch of a button.
This machine has a 15 bar pressure which promises cafe style quality right from the comfort of your own home. It also has over 40 varieties of hot and cold drinks available to use in conjunction with the product.
5. Nespresso 11317 Capsule Coffee Machine
The best coffee machine for first-timers is the Nespresso Citiz and Milk Coffee Machine. You’ll struggle to find a coffee machine much sleeker, or easier to use, than the Nespresso Citiz which, considering its expensive-looking appearance, is incredibly affordable.
A bestseller on Amazon for good reason, this machine is compatible with Nespresso coffee pods – all you’ll need to do is insert your capsule of choice, close the lever and watch as it creates the ultimate blend.
An ergonomic part of the design on this Nespresso coffee machine is the integrated Aeroccino provides instant froth for cappuccinos, lattes and is also suitable for hot chocolates. There’s a low energy mode, LED lights which let you know when the machine needs cleaning or descaling, and a speedy 25 second heat-up time.
6. Melitta F85/0-102 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine
This bean-to-cup coffee machine has a sleek black and stainless-steel and LED touchscreen panel. But don’t be intimidated. The Melitta Barista TS Smart has intuitive controls and a smartphone app that’s genuinely easy to use, which is really what you want from a coffee machine first thing in the morning.
The machine has space for two cups so you can prepare two coffees at the same time – a particular plus if you wake up feeling like it needs to be a double espresso day.
While you can control the machine via its touchscreen display, we found the app pretty convenient day to day. You can use the app to make a range of coffees including café crème, espresso, cappuccino and latte macchiato and we found each coffee came out with a decent amount of crema on top. There’s also a milk froth and hot water setting on board too should you want to make hot chocolates or tea.
The most amazing about the app is the way that you could indicate the exact size of our coffee down to the nearest ml, using the onscreen slider. You can choose from up to 21 pre-programmed settings, but the ‘My Coffee’ memory function also allows you and up to seven other people to save your personal coffee preferences.
The milk compartment on the Barista TS Smart is easy to attach onto the machine and is quick to provide warm milk with a thick froth. After use it automatically offers an ‘Easy cleaning’ feature to rinse through the machine so it’s fresh and ready for your next drink.
7. Klarstein Passionata Pump Espresso Machine
This machine doesn’t come with a grinder to grind your coffee beans. You can either buy pre-ground coffee or get a cheap coffee grinder as grinding whole coffee beans just before you make your coffee is preferable to buying pre-ground coffee from a freshness perspective and you’ll be surprised at how little you can pick up a blade coffee grinder for.
If you want good quality no frill’s cappuccino or latte and you don’t want to spend hundreds then the Klarstein Passionata is a great entry-level machine.
The manual operation is super easy to use. Just turn one dial to begin coffee delivery and turn it back again when your coffee has been delivered into your cup. Literally that’s it. If you are looking for simplicity this will work for you.
Turn the dial the other way to start the steam. The steam is powerful and will whip up a good quality froth ideal for any milk-based coffee drink in about 60 seconds.
8. Swan SK22110 Retro Pump espresso coffee machine
With a vintage aesthetic and decent espresso quality, this Swan Retro appliance is our favourite pump espresso machine available for under £100.
The espresso produced by the SK22110 is very good, considering the machine’s reasonable price point. It can be ever so slightly on the weak side, so we do suggest you really pack the filter with ground coffee to get a decent strength and consistency.
The machine is pretty simple to operate, with few advanced features or settings to speak of. This would make it a good pick for beginners, but less suitable for enthusiasts who want to apply a personal touch to their espresso. A dial controlling the force of the in-built milk steamer is the machine’s most interesting option for users craving creative control over their coffee.
The SK22110 is simple to clean, with a smart drip tray and grille design that’s a little smoother to work with than some of its competitors. We strongly advise carefully removing the hinged lid when cleaning the water tank, as this will make it much easier to get at the inner walls of the tank with a sponge.
9. Lavazza A Modo Mio Deséa coffee pod machine
The milk-frothing functionality of the Deséa is up there with the best we’ve encountered. It simultaneously froths and stirs the coffee, forming lots of lovely, tiny bubbles that make for a really enjoyable cappuccino.
The transparent glass supplied with this machine offers a window into what turns out to be a very visually pleasing process. It’s a real pleasure to watch coffee and foamed milk forming. The tank has plenty of capacity to make several long drinks for several people through the day. It’s really easy to fill, with a wide, round opening and a well-fitting lid.
The machine’s components are good quality, with excellent finishing. Even the drip tray feels solid and pleasingly weighty. There’s a lovely texture to its body, which looks especially chic in brown.
In general, it’s easy to clean and look after, and we found the used pod storage compartment, with space for up to ten pods, especially handy. Be careful when removing the glass from the machine after milk frothing/pouring – it takes a bit of a tug, and yanking hot coffee too hard towards yourself could have some undesirable consequences.
10. Dualit Espress-auto 4-in-1 coffee and tea maker
Ttrong suit of the Espress-auto is its quality. This is a thoroughly well-built machine, with shiny, hygienic metal surfaces and weighty components. It operates smoothly, with a very quick heat-up time and a blissfully low noise level.
Using the machine’s milk frother to foam milk gave the opportunity to make lattes and cappuccinos. You can even use this machine to make drinks from freshly-ground coffee, assuming you have coffee beans and a coffee grinder.
There also are plenty of sustainable pod options across the pod types supported by the Espress-auto, including compostable versions of Dualit’s own pods, and recyclable versions of Nespresso’s.
However, the water tank is slightly awkward to fit into place, and it’s nigh on impossible to properly clean the inside of it with a sponge, since the shape is so tall and thin.
Types of Coffee-Espresso Machines
Semi-automatic is the most hands-on type of coffee-and-espresso maker. Users have to do a lot of work themselves, like filling the filter for drip coffee, pulling an espresso shot, and steaming milk. Even though it’s more of a hassle, many customers prefer this type of machine because it provides a lot of control over the coffee, as well as a barista-like experience. Semi-automatic machines are also cheaper than the other two types, automatic and super-automatic. Those new to coffee or espresso may be daunted upon seeing the many parts, knobs, and gauges, but after a quick learning curve, it will be easy to create café-worthy drinks right from home.
This category is, unfortunately, quite vague at times. It’s natural to assume that a coffee-and-espresso maker labeled “automatic” would do every step of the process for you. In reality, automatic machines are very similar to semi-automatic ones. For both, users have to grind and tamp coffee by hand. The main difference is that automatic machines stop the flow of stops by itself when the coffee is ready. It’s only a slight upgrade over semi-automatic machines, but it does make the brewing process that much easier. These often come at a similar price to semi-automatic machines or are a little more expensive.
Super-automatic is the top tier of coffee-and-espresso makers. Virtually every aspect of the brewing process is controlled by the machine. While features vary, a super-automatic machine usually has a built-in grinder to start your coffee off with fresh beans. Then all you have to do is touch a button on the machine’s digital display and it can create a number of drinks in seconds. Super-automatic machines often even steam milk for you, so you can be sipping a latte or cappuccino without having to deal with espresso filters or frothing wands. Sometimes you can adjust a number of details like water temperature, coffee strength, and drink size.
Whether you like to kick-start your morning with a short and intense ristretto or prefer to while away elevenses with a long café latte, there’s a coffee machine to suit you.
There’s nothing quite like a great tasting coffee and even those of us who aren’t particularly fussed about hot drinks can appreciate the aroma of freshly ground coffee over a jar of instant. If you’re looking for a new coffee machine for your home, you can choose from a range of designs that will provide you with a satisfying caffeine fix. And their tech specs are as clever as the designs are stylish.
In a wide range of coffee machine makers available in the market, we hope our list above help you out in looking for the best suitable one.