6 coffee machines for home baristas that won’t break the bank
Although you can find a quality cup of joe on almost any street corner, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a home-brewed coffee. Being more economical aside, bringing out your inner barista lets you make your morning coffee exactly the way you like it - and you don’t even need to put your shoes on or brave a long queue to get one.
Luckily for your purse, you don’t need a fancy coffee maker with all the bells and whistles to make a decent coffee. There are plenty of coffee machines at reasonable prices available on the market - you just have to find one that suits your personal preferences.
Keep reading to see our picks for the best home coffee machines that are easy on the wallet and can give your morning routine a kick so that you’re fresh and ready to face the day - at home.
Those after a capsule coffee machine are pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a budget model. These machines are quick and easy to use and simple to clean, which is why they’re a popular choice for workplaces and home kitchens alike.
Our picks for the best, most affordable capsule espresso coffee machines span different price points to suit all kinds of budget buyers.
This Nespresso machine can make espressos, 'long' coffees, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and both hot milk (thanks to an integrated milk frother) and water. Its 25-second heat-up time lets you enjoy your perfect coffee fast, because let’s face it, sometimes we need the java coursing through our veins ASAP.
At just $279, it also managed to take out our award for the top pod machine in 2021. Some of our reviewers were even able to snag their Nespressos for under $200 at coffee machine sales.
Some ALDI products can be a bit hit and miss, but our reviewers have loved this ALDI coffee machine. Currently on sale for just $79.99, the Expressi capsule machine boasts a 20-second heat up time and lets you program your desired filling quantity. It also has sleek, compact design that enables it to fit into any one of your kitchen’s nooks and crannies.
The only downside? You can’t buy these online, so you’ll have to venture into an ALDI store to grab one - and there’s often limited stock.
A semi-automatic or manual coffee machine is a must-have for coffee connoisseurs. They let you fine-tune every aspect of coffee brewing, from how fine you want your grind to the amount of water you want to use, letting you make the optimal coffee to suit your own taste.
As an added bonus, using these machines means you don’t create a bunch of landfill with single-use coffee pods. Here are some budget buys for these well-loved machines.
This Sunbeam coffee machine is compact and pours a perfect espresso at the push of a button - you can even preset whether you want a single or double shot. It has an RRP of $299, but can be found at some retailers for $255, making it a great budget pick.
You can buy this little machine in both black and silver, letting you choose a model that suits your kitchen’s style.
If you’re willing to fork out slightly more for a semi-automatic machine, then this Delonghi coffee machine can consistently make great coffee and silky milk. Like the Sunbeam, it’s compact and will fit easily into your kitchen. Reviewers also loved how easy it was to use and clean - they said that even descaling it was a breeze.
At a retail price of $349, and $299 at some retailers, you’ll be one step closer to starting your day off on the right foot without blowing your budget.
Feeling like you want to take a bit more of a hands-on approach to your coffee making? While it’s probably not what springs to mind when you think of coffee machines, an Aeropress is a coffee-making device that gives you complete control over the whole brewing process.
Aeropress machines have been used by those who want delicious coffee with none of the bitterness. If you don’t like the acidity levels of some coffees, you’re in luck; Aeropress coffee has a low acidity - it’s one ninth that of a coffee made with a French press, and has about a fifth of the acidity of drip coffee.
The Aerobie machine lets you brew a long black, espresso, or cold brew style coffee in just 1 to 2 minutes. For just $49, you get a clean-tasting cup with none of the grit.
A fully automatic espresso machine can do it all, from grinding your beans and frothing your milk to brewing your coffee for you, so you can sit back, relax, and ease yourself into the day.
We know, forking out $779 for this machine probably won’t seem like a steal, but when you compare the price of this machine to other fully automatic machines, it kind of is.
Decent machines that are completely automatic often cost somewhere between $1300 and $3000, but this one is a fraction of the price and still takes out the spot for the most highly-rated fully automatic maker on our site. Plus, you can find it at $699 from some electronic stores.
The Magnifica lets those who are making coffee for themselves and a loved one make two espressos at the same time, or if you like a strong cup in the morning, you can do a double shot for yourself.
You might need to fiddle around with the grind and settings before finding the right ones for you, but after you do, you can make café-quality coffee in the comfort of your own home.
The bottom line
Judging by how well-rated a lot of the cheaper buys listed here are, you don’t need a fat wallet to make a coffee at home that rivals that of your favourite café. You don’t have to take our word for it - read through for yourself to find out whether these picks are right for you, your home, and your budget.