These latest country kitchen-friendly models take the mystery out of making the perfect espresso in stylish designs that won't take over your worktop
1 Best for… Multiple functions
Given the low price, we’re impressed by the features of this all-metal design Dualit Espresso Auto 3-in-1 machine (H28.4xW31.6xD36.8cm). Not only can you use ground coffee, ESE coffee bags and pods,including Dualit’s own Nespresso-compatible NX range but there’s also a dedicated tea function which uses their Fine Tea capsules and changes the water temperature so it’s hot enough to prepare a proper cuppa.
2 Best for… Reliablity
Made with the same cast metal quality as their iconic Artisan food mixer, the 19-bar Nespresso Artisan espresso maker (H33xW20.8xD33 cm) with six volume settings, available in black, cream, silver and gloss red, uses the mess-free Nespresso capsules which guarantee the perfect shot of espresso in just 30 seconds. You can also control the amount of coffee dispensed, from 40-130ml.
3 Best for… Coffee snobs
Designed with the help of chef Heston Blumenthal, this high quality15-bar bean-to-cup Sage Barista design (H40xW33xD31cm) grinds beans for each espresso shot meaning the freshest possible coffee every time. And with 15 grind coarseness settings and a powerful milk wand for steaming, you can adjust the strength and style of brew to suit every taste.
4 Best for… Lazy mornings
While it looks like a traditional filter coffee maker, this super-smart bean-to-cup model (H46.6xD36.4xW25.3cm) can actually be controlled using your Android or Apple smartphone. Just download the app andset the machine to brew individual strengths and volumes – and best of all, you can get set it for certain times of day, so your coffee is ready when you wake up in the mornings! Available in black, red or white.
5 Best for… Flavour
Despite looking more like a science experiment than a coffee maker,this clever Gravity design (H43xW24xD23cm) helps brew a very smooth blend without the bitterness often associated with espresso coffee. It heats water to the perfect temperature and uses gravity to drip the water through the grounds in its permanent filter for excellent results.