Best coffee machines in 2020!

Wendy Z.
Wendy Z.Published on 5 Nov 2019

Investing in a coffee machine is only worthwhile if it makes a good cup of coffee that you like. This year our users have reviewed the best coffee machines in even more detail, giving in-depth ratings for different aspects of the coffee machine, such as Milk Frothing and Cleaning & Maintenance. Read on to find out what the best manual/semi-automatic, capsule/coffee pod and fully automatic coffee machines of 2020 are and why reviewers love them.

Manual / Semi - Automatic Coffee Machines · See All

The best manual coffee machines this year are the The Little Guy Home Barista Kit and the Breville The Oracle Touch BES990. Both these appliances won the award last year as well, so this year's award further cements these models as reliable investments.

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit is a stylish, premium stovetop espresso system and winner of numerous design awards. It will cost you $699, but as many reviewers say, will pay for itself over the many years of use you can expect it from it. Reviewers frequently mention the excellent coffee it produces and how portable it is, making it ideal for camping or roadtrips.

At the top end of manual coffee machines is the Breville The Oracle Touch BES990 which will set you back $3,799. For that price you get all the bells and whistles, including a touch screen, inbuilt conical burr grinder, and automation at every stage. You can create and save up to 8 personalised coffees and Breville also offers a complimentary White Glove Service in select metro areas, where you can receive a masterclass tutorial on how to use your machine and make the best coffee in the comfort of your own home. Reviewers believe the consistency and quality of coffee produced by The Oracle Touch is often better than coffee at a cafe.

If the Oracle Touch is too pricey for you, The Oracle BES980 which we've added below to the comparison table as an honourable mention is also rated highly by reviewers. It retails for $2,899 and lacks a touch screen, but still comes with automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk texturing. Like The Oracle Touch, owners are eligible for White Glove Service and many found the service very helpful and the coffee machine easy to use and clean.

These manual / semi-automatic coffee machines don't come cheap, but if you're spending too much on coffee at cafes, they are more than worth their initial cost. Imagine, if you buy a $3.50 coffee every day, you're spending over $1,000 each year on coffee that you could easily make yourself. Savvy users have also bought their machines at a discount, so watch out for sales as we've seen both the Oracle and Oracle Touch discounted by hundreds of dollars at times.

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit
The Little Guy Home Barista Kit
Breville the Oracle Touch BES990
Breville The Oracle Touch BES990
Breville The Oracle BES980
Breville The Oracle BES980
All-Time Rating4.64.94.5
2019 Rating4.754.874.2
Build Quality4.714.74.49
Value for Money4.54.584.13
Ease of Use4.294.954.65
Cleaning & Maintenance4.544.754.5
Milk Frothing4.54.794.53

Capsule / Coffee Pod Machines · See All

Last year, the Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE880 won the award for best capsule coffee machine. Proving that it's consistently rated highly by reviewers, it's our award winner again this year. However, this year it also shares the award with the Delonghi Nespresso Essena Mini and Philips L'OR Barista Latte.

Retailing at $799, the Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE880 is a top-end model with only a 3 second heat up time, 8 texture levels, 11 milk temperature levels and auto cleaning feature. With a classy stainless steel finish, it also has a fully automatic steam wand, so making that perfect cup of frothed milk with coffee is easier and faster than ever. Reviewers consistently mention how easy to use and clean the coffee pod machine is.

On the other end of the spectrum, the DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini and Philips L'OR Barista Latte both retail for a cheap $249 (we've also seen both on sale for as low as $119) and have excellent ratings. The Delonghi coffee pod machine is a simple and very compact appliance suitable for those on a budget and with limited bench space. The Philips capsule coffee machine has a double shot system, so you can make two cups at once or make a double espresso in one cup.

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE880
Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE880
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini
Philips L'OR Barista Latte
Philips L'OR Barista Latte
All-Time Rating4.54.54.8
2019 Rating4.384.654.76
Build Quality4.444.54.66
Value for Money4.444.564.81
Ease of Use4.624.754.88
Cleaning & Maintenance4.54.444.81
Milk Frothing4.545.04.45

Fully Automatic Coffee Machines · See All

The award for best fully automatic coffee machine goes to Delonghi again this year, this time for the DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite ECAM650. The coffee machine that won last year, the DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM22110SB still has good ratings, so we've added it for you to compare below.

Retailing for $2,499 - $3,199 (the more expensive model features a touch screen), the DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite ECAM650 doesn't come cheap but has plenty to offer. Reviewers like the ability to customise their coffee and the accompanying app, which you can use to control the machine remotely. The coffee machine also has an automatic LatteCrema System and can brew 2 Espresso coffees at the same time.

If this coffee machine is too expensive for you, last year's winner the DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM22110SB is also a commendable choice, retailing for a more affordable $999. A compact machine, you can customise your desired level of coffee aroma and quantity, and use the manual milk frother to steam your milk the way you prefer. Reviewers like how easy it is to adjust settings to suit personal needs and rate it highly for ease of use.

DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite ECAM650
DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite ECAM650
DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM22110SB
DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM22110SB
All-Time Rating4.44.2
2019 Rating4.484.13
Price$2,499 - $3,199$999
Build Quality4.714.24
Value for Money4.394.2
Ease of Use4.674.7
Cleaning & Maintenance4.724.41
Milk Frothing4.564.42