Best bean-to-cup coffee machines of 2024 in the UK — reviewed and ranked by the Ideal Home team

The best bean-to-cup coffee machines are here to make life immeasurably easier (and tastier, too)

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The list in brief
1. Best overall: Sage Barista Express Impress
2. Best value: Beko CEG5311X
3. Best for beginners: Breville Barista Signature
4. Best automatic: De'Longhi Eletta Explore
5. Best for lattes: De'Longhi Dinamica Plus
6. Best quiet: Mellitta Latticia OT
7. Best for £500: Breville Barista Max
8. Best looking: SMEG EGF03
9. Best luxury: Sage Barista Touch Impress
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FAQs

It's no secret that the best bean-to-cup coffee machines unlock an elevated coffee experience at home. Whether you brew a fresh espresso or a tasty cappuccino, these machines ensure that your coffee straight from the bean is as freshly ground as possible.

Often working at the touch of a button, a bean-to-cup machine will grind the perfect amount of coffee for a well-extracted shot and then create the ideal level of pressure to prevent too much acidity or bitterness in your final drink. Some even come with automatic milk dispensers to make fine and frothy foam without any hands-on work.

Although they may be the most expensive options, bean-to-cups are easily the best coffee machines for those who take their coffee seriously, want quality above all else, and prioritise a good-looking appliance.

Below you'll find the best bean-to-cup coffee machines we've tested from the likes of Sage, Beko, De'Longhi and more. Everything below has been tried by a member of the Ideal Home team, with a range of products to suit every budget too.

The best bean to cup coffee machines of 2024 in the UK

Looking for the most efficient way to shop for the best bean to cup coffee machine? Introducing our quick list, which lets you see the pros and cons of these products at a glance.

The best bean to cup coffee machine

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The best bean to cup coffee machine overall

Specifications

Milk wand : Yes, manual
Water capacity : 2 litres
Pressure : 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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Relatively compact footprint
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Adjustable grind size and volume
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Manual mode, or pre-dosed grinding
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In-built tamping keeps things mess-free
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Makes a mean espresso
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Powerful milk steaming
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Pressure gauge is ideal for budding baristas

Reasons to avoid

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It can take a few tamps to get the perfect finish
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You get what you pay for, but it's not a cheap option

We've already crowned this as our favourite coffee machine overall in our all-encompassing guide, but it would be remiss not to call it the best bean-to-cup coffee machine on the market too.

Yes, it's expensive, with an RRP of £729.00, but if you're looking to invest in your coffee set-up, then the investment will prove worth it even if it takes a lot of saving up. Of course, that's a big if, especially right now when you might not be in the perfect place to make this kind of investment.

Our reviewer rated the coffee from this machine an easy 10/10. Though it took a little getting used to at first, once set up with the perfect grind size and pressure level, the espressos that were made were perfectly well-balanced and creamy.

You can tell when you hit the right point by looking at the pressure dial on the front of the machine. If you are new to steaming milk, this will be a great machine to get you started on making your own lattes and cappuccinos too, thanks to the wand.

Our Sage Barista Express Impress review has the full details.

The best value bean to cup coffee machine

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Best bean-to-cup coffee machine on a budget

Specifications

Milk wand: Yes
Water capacity: 1.6 litre
Pressure: 19 bar

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Sleek and minimalist design
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Very good pressure
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Adjustable grind settings
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Light-up dispenser

Reasons to avoid

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The milk wand could be better
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Coffee comes out quite hot

If you don’t want to spend a fortune, or take up too much worktop space, you should buy this Beko machine. With a narrow footprint (at 24cm wide) and a 19-bar pressure pump to make deep, full-bodied coffee, it's a perfect machine to opt for if your budget is smaller. You use touch controls to operate it, with icons running along the exterior of this machine.

Out of the box, our tester found that the coffee was a little bit mild, but there is a handy dial to adjust the grinder. Once the grind was finer, coffee was tastier with a better crema. Meanwhile, the froth from the steam wand was very powerful (maybe too powerful) and quick to get going.

You can adjust the grind and also the length of coffee shots with this machine. If you want a longer drink you can top it up with hot water from the wand or hold one of the brewing buttons down to make the shot longer or shorter. And its pre-brewing system wets the dose of coffee for a richer extraction, releasing oils to maximise aroma and depth.

We found the light-up touch controls on the top hard to see in bright sunlight from the skylight above. The steam wand also works at quite an awkward angle if you're really serious about your lattes. However, this coffee maker is hard to fault regarding bangs (beans?) for your buck.

Our Beko CEG5311X Bean to Cup Coffee Machine review has the full details.

The best easy to use bean to cup coffee machine

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3. Breville Barista Signature Espresso Machine

The best easy to use bean to cup coffee machine

Specifications

Milk wand: Yes, manual
Water capacity : 2.8 litres
Pressure: 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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Perfect for busy homes and bean-to-cup novices
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Very user-friendly
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Very little mess
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Excellent automatic dosing option
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Easy-to-read digital display
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Dual-cup coffee making
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Adjustable milk frother
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Customisable settings for the coffee aficionado

Reasons to avoid

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Some noise and vibration of the drip tray during extraction
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Portafilter hard to twist into the group head without some brute force for the first three months (However, once bedded in this works fine)

If you're new to grinding beans for the perfect cup of coffee, then the Breville Barista Signature Espresso machine will appeal, with features to make getting used to the process that bit easier. And if you're a dab hand, then don't look away just yet, as this machine also has plenty of customisation options if you already know exactly what you want, and want to access those settings with ease.

Our reviewer Amy had never tried a bean to cup machine before this one and found using this Breville to be the perfect introduction. She gravitated towards the default settings, but there are 30 grind settings to experiment with once you're more familiar. When Amy got to extracting, she initially found getting the portafilter into place a bit troublesome due to stiffness, but over time did find that it loosened up.

Amy found the milk frothing up to standard too, with the wand offering good manoeuvrability and access to a good steaming angle. The auto-shut-off feature (also present in the Sage Impress Express) is fab too.

Overall, we're big fans of the Breville Barista Signature Espresso Machine, which is so good to use and yields such great results that it's completely converted our first-time reviewer to bean-to-cup machines!

Our Breville Barista Signature Espresso machine review has the full details.

The best automatic bean to cup coffee machine

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4. De'Longhi Eletta Coffee Machine

Best bean-to-cup coffee machine for automatic brewing

Specifications

Milk wand: Milk is automatically dispensed
Water capacity: 1.25 litres
Pressure: 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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A smart machine that offers a full menu of drink options including iced drinks!
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Fantastically easy to use
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You can connect to it via an app

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up a lot of worktop space

It can be common for people to shy away from bean-to-cup machines due to the level of involvement you need to put into operating one. That's where automatic machines really come into their own, like this, the De'Longhi Eletta.

There's no complication needed with the Eletta, which according to our expert reviewer Helen McCue is 'effortless' to use and set up. And not only is it perfect for hot drinks, but it also has an extensive in-built menu for cold brew and iced coffee. So if you're an iced latte lover even in the colder months, look no further.

It's quite a bulky machine yes, but it took barely any time at all to set up, and arrives at your home pretty much ready to go. There is an app you'll need to download in order to make use of the bean adapt brewing technology, and from there you can adjust the machine's setting to your hearts content. Our reviewer found the app helped immensely with getting the ideal settings for the grinder.

The touch screen has images of the drinks the machine can make, and you can save your favourite profiles for later, too. You get a complimentary travel cup when you buy the De'Longhi (which, if you're paying over close to £1000 is to be expected) and the spout on the machine moves up and down to accommodate to the size. You can also brew carafes of coffee in one go.

The long story short is the Eletta was a huge hit with our reviewer and easily earned five stars. It's seriously pricey yes, but it takes all of the work out of accessing delicious coffee at home. For automatic quality drinks, it won't do you wrong.

Our De'Longhi Eletta review has the full details.

The best bean to cup machine for long drinks

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Best bean-to-cup coffee machine for lattes (and other long drinks!)

Specifications

Milk wand: No, adjustable dispenser
Water capacity: 1.8 litres
Pressure: 19 bar

Reasons to buy

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Fully automatic systems
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Compatible with an app
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Customisable presets
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High quality milk frother
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Sensitive bean grinding, with adjustable strength levels

Reasons to avoid

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It is an expensive option

With modes for cappuccino, flat white, and even latte macchiato, the De’Longhi Dinamica Plus ECAM370 is a premium coffee machine that delivers on automatic systems with hands-free brewing. The menu allows you to adjust the drinks to different sizes and aromas, and you can completely customize the coffee-to-milk ratio by making a preset just for you.

The water tank sits at the front of the machine, and so does the grounds container. Both are very easy to access, and the bean dispenser sits at the top back which makes pouring easy. You'll need to clean the milk dispenser after every use, but all this requires is switching the dial to the self-clean mode.

If quality espresso is your top priority, you'll love the automatic grinding, which is sensitive for different types of beans. You can also pour grounds into a different dispenser for making decaff without emptying out the bean container. It's an expensive machine, but you'll often find it on sale, and it ticked every box in our testing.

Our De’Longhi Dinamica Plus ECAM370 review has the full details.

The best quiet bean-to-cup coffee machine

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The best quiet bean to cup coffee machine

Specifications

Milk wand: Yes, a milk steaming tube
Water capacity : 1.5 litres
Pressure: 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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Low-noise grinding
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High quality espresso
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Fully adjustable drink size
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Five pre-set drinks
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Removable water tank

Reasons to avoid

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You will need to buy an additional milk container
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Plastic-y design doesn't feel too high quality
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Limited customisation

The Melitta Latticia OT gets a solid four-star rating from us after our review process. It's priced well, and makes an impressive brew. It lacks some of the refinement you'll get with a pricier machine though, and we were disappointed it didn't come with a milk dispenser.

On the plus side, it's one of the quietest coffee machines we've ever tested, and if you're willing to do some fiddly button-pushing it's very adjustable for your specific coffee preferences. Our tester also really enjoyed being able to simply turn a dial to choose the size of the drink, which is a lot simpler than having to navigate a touch-screen design.

Our Melitta Latticia OT Coffee Machine review has the full details.

Best bean to cup coffee machine for £500

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The best bean to cup machine for £500

Specifications

Milk wand : Yes
Water capacity : 2.9 litres
Pressure : 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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Looks great
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Packed with clever controls
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Sensitive brewing
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Excellent milk steaming
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Huge water capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Very hands-on
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Unreliable results
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Can get messy

It seems insane to put the Breville Barista Max Espresso Machine into the category of a 'budget buy' considering that it has an RRP of £479.00, but in the world of bean-to-cup coffee machines, it is on the more affordable side.

It's also a very capable coffee machine, with heaps of customisable controls that will allow budding baristas to really take control of their brewing process. When reviewing the Breville Barista Max+ our tester was struck by just how stylish this machine was, with a design that would fit nicely into most kitchens. Our tester also found the set up of this machine very straightforward, making it perfect for beginners.

After having it at home for a while, our tester did think the machine would benefit from an auto-dosing grounds feature. While it is not a cheap coffee machine by any means, we do think it is one of the more reasonably priced barista-style coffee machines on the market.

Our Breville Barista Max+ review has the full details.

Best looking bean-to-cup coffee machine

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The best looking bean-to-cup coffee machine

Specifications

Milk wand: Yes
Water capacity : 2.4 litres
Pressure : 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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Built in bean grinder
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15 stage grind size adjustment
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Well built and weighty accessories
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Large removable water tank
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Steam wand has two froth levels
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Dispenses hot water

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive and bulky
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Reducing grind size reduces amount of coffee that gets ground

We think one of the main reasons to buy this coffee machine is the appearance, but it's most definitely not the only reason. Aside from the beautiful bold colours available and the style points it'll bring to your kitchen, it's also a stellar bean-to-cup coffee machine.

Our tester thinks that once you get the settings perfected on this machine that it can produce top-quality rich espressos. Plus the integrated bean grinder is great.

However, there is no getting away from the price - it is expensive and bulky too. But as long as you’re okay with the fact that you are paying a premium for the trendy retro style, then go for it.

Our Smeg EGF03 Espresso Machine review has the full details.

The best luxury bean-to-cup coffee machine

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The best luxury bean-to-cup machine on the market

Specifications

Milk wand: Yes (a very fancy one!)
Water capacity : 2 litres
Pressure: 15 bar

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding milk texturing
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Recommends adjustments for different settings
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Easy to keep clean
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Lets you go manual, if you'd prefer
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Hands-free foaming
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Extensive grind settings

Reasons to avoid

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Sometimes it doesn't detect a tamp
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Switching beans can be a faff

During our tester's months of use, she was consistently impressed by how well this machine steamed milk in particular, with a steam wand that is unbelievably clever and compatible with plant milks too. It also turned out some seriously tasty espresso.

If you're someone who wants the best of the best, and doesn't mind a more mindful process, you'll love how finely the Sage Barista Touch Impress adjusts depending on your specific bean and brew type. It's kitted out with a touch screen too, which recommends adjustments for different settings.

Of course, the price is astronomical. Anything over than a grand will always require a huge amount of consideration, but what you get in return is a real top-of-the-range machine. It combines everything people love about home brewing with the convenience of a smart machine that will take the guesswork out of every espresso you pull.

Our Sage Barista Touch Impress review has the full details.

How we test the best bean-to-cup coffee machines

In line with Ideal Home's testing protocol, we've extensively tested every single machine in this lineup for at least two weeks and in most cases a few months. From getting to grips with the controls and finding the perfect grind settings, we know exactly what it's like to use these machines day in, and day out. And we're big fans of the 8 ones we've chosen above.

After thoroughly testing these models, we had just one concern: some are just too good. That sounds like a nice problem to have, but the ease with which you can make latte after latte means there is a risk of descending deeper into caffeine addiction. Proceed with caution. Or sometimes detox with decaffeinated beans.

Who tested these bean-to-cup coffee machines?

Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Molly is the Ecommerce Editor covering appliances at Ideal Home, including all things coffee machine-related. She's a certified Consumer Expert when it comes to coffee machines, which means she's qualified to test coffee machines both at home and at Future's dedicated testing facility, which is a very fun job indeed. Her favourite machine ever, and the one she has at home is the Sage Barista Impress Express – at this point, she couldn't live without it.

Is there a bean-to-cup machine you'd like Ideal Home to test before you buy? Email molly.cleary@futurenet.com with your suggestions.

FAQs

How much should I spend on a bean-to-cup coffee machine?

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The bean-to-cup coffee machines tested here start from a compelling £250 and you can certainly get great machines for under £600. Above that, sense-check whether the machine actually does more or makes things easier. Sometimes you’re paying for the design or the brand.

It’s a lot of money, but to look at it another way, it’s £1-2 a day for a year. Not bad if you’re weighing it up against buying a fancy coffee on the way to work every morning.

How do I clean my bean-to-cup coffee machine?

There’s no such thing as a free lunch and there’s no such thing as a coffee machine that doesn’t need cleaning. But there are machines that need cleaning less. All machines here except the Sage automatically dose themselves with ground coffee and then deposit the used grounds in a bin, so you’ll need to empty the bin regularly.

You’ll also need to empty the drip tray – the water from self-cleaning ends up in it. Beyond that, you’ll want to give the machine a proper clean once a week to ensure it’s hygienic and tastes great.

Are there any downsides to bean-to-cup machines?

Aside from having to clean the things, other caveats are worktop space (they tend to use much of the depth of a worktop, but the width varies) and cost. And finally, note the above concern about some being too good: so easy to use that you can drink frothy but highly caffeinated drinks all day long. Of course, one of the best milk frothers will do a (very) similar job. Note that the milk frothers are great for making soothing hot chocolates, too...

What coffee should I use in a bean to cup machine?

It's all down to personal prefence which sort of beans will suit you and your machine best. In our tests trying out the best bean to cup coffee machines, we've tried Ueshima (available at Ocado), Grind (available from the brand's website), as well as Pact coffee, which is a subscription service. We'd recommend all of them!

Molly Cleary
Kitchen Appliances Editor

Molly is Ideal Home’s Kitchen Appliances Editor and an all-around baking and cooking enthusiast. She joined the team in September 2022 as an Ecommerce Editor after working across Real Homes, Homes & Gardens and Livingetc. She's been reviewing products for 4 years and now specialises in weighing up kitchen essentials' pros and cons, from air fryers to bean-to-cup coffee machines. 

She's always been a keen reader, so after graduating from the University of Exeter in 2020 she was thrilled to find a way to write as a full-time job. Nowadays, she spends her days at home or the Ideal Home test facility trying out new kitchen innovations to see if they’re worth a space on your worktop. Her most beloved and hard-working appliance is her Sage coffee machine though she also takes the title of Ideal Home’s in-house air fryer expert after writing about them religiously over the past few years.

When she's not thinking or writing about kitchen appliances, she loves getting around London exploring new places, going for a dip at the Ladies’ Pond and consuming every bit of pop culture she can get her hands on.