The Top-Rated Coffee Machines of 2022

Wendy Z.
Wendy Z.Published on 12 Jan 2022

Investing in a coffee machine can be daunting - and it's only worthwhile if it consistently makes a great cup of coffee that helps you start the day off on the right foot. 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 top semi-automatic and manual, capsule / coffee pod, and fully automatic coffee machines of 2022 are and why reviewers love them.

Semi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines · See All

The top semi-automatic and coffee machines this year are the Breville Barista Express and the Breville The Oracle Touch BES990. Both these appliances have taken out the Award before, with the Barista Express also winning in 2021 and The Oracle Touch taking out the top spot in 2019 and 2020. For both of these machines, these year's Awards further cements them as reliable investments for your home or office.

The Breville Barista Express has an integrated conical burr grinder that grinds beans with just the push of a button, and a grind size dial that lets you adjust the grind size to suit your beans. If you're picky about your froth, manual microfoam milk texturing on the machine lets you easily control the amount of froth - and lets you create latte art designs. Reviewers loved how quickly they could make a coffee that rivalled that of their local cafe, and found the machine easy to clean.

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 great 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 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. As is the case with The Oracle Touch, owners are eligible for White Glove Service, and many found this service very helpful and the coffee machine easy to use and clean.

Breville Barista Express
Breville Barista Express
Breville the Oracle Touch BES990
Breville The Oracle Touch BES990
All-Time Rating4.34.5
2021 Rating4.144.5
Price$999$3,999
Build Quality4.214.62
Value for Money4.14.15
Ease of Use4.254.92
Cleaning & Maintenance4.114.77
Noise level*3.033.25
Milk Frothing4.024.83

*The higher the score, the quieter the machine.


Capsule / Coffee Pod Machines · See All

For the third time, the Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE880 has won the Capsule / Coffee Pod Machines Award - this time being the sole winner in the category. It's consistently rated highly by reviewers, so this third-time win comes as a surprise to no one.

Retailing at $799, the 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 an 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.

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE880

Reviewer Ratings
All-Time Rating4.3
2021 Rating4.08
Build Quality4.2
Value for Money3.73
Ease of Use4.45
Cleaning & Maintenance4.4
Noise level*2.38
Milk Frothing4.42

*The higher the score, the quieter the machine.


Fully Automatic Coffee Machines · See All

The Award for the top-rated fully automatic coffee machine this year goes to the Jura S8, for the second year running.

Retailing for $2890, it's definitely not an impulse buy, but this machine has plenty to offer. While it took out this year's Award because of its durable build quality and its ease of use, reviewers also loved how reliable this machine was - it consistently made barista-quality coffees that helped them get a good start to the day.

Being a fully automatic machine means that you don't need to put in any elbow grease to get a good cup of joe. The Jura S8 lets you choose from 15 coffee specialities - including an espresso or a latte macchiato - so you can cater to all kinds of coffee tastes in your household. The machine also has a 4.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen that makes using the machine easy and intuitive. If you like your coffee with milk, then you'll like this: reviewers have praised the Jura's foam frother for its ability to make perfectly fine foam.

Jura S8

Reviewer Ratings
All-Time Rating4.3
2021 Rating4.4
Build Quality4.46
Value for Money4.03
Ease of Use4.53
Cleaning & Maintenance4.32
Noise level*3.54
Milk Frothing4.52

*The higher the score, the quieter the machine.