Best Capsule / Coffee Pod Machines

If you're keen on caffeine but constant cafe trips are burning a hole in your wallet, a coffee pod machine can make you quick coffees daily, at the push of a button. We can help you decide whether a coffee pod machine is right for you. Continue Reading...

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Based on 1,067 reviews
DeLonghi Nespresso Citiz

DeLonghi Nespresso Citiz

4.2  (318)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated, Separate and None
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Angela Brennan
Angela BrennanNSW8 posts
  EN267BAE
Don't buy this productI am just tired of getting problems with these coffee machines. I have now a third of them, as you see in the picture one of them has not lasted more than 3 years. Always have the same problem, lights start blinking and never stop. Allways the same frustration, always nothing tells you before that your machine is going to break tomorrow.
Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800

4.2  (185)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
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AZA
AZAVIC56 posts
  BNE800BSS
Delonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini

Delonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini

4.3  (109)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSeparate and None
$159Bing Lee
MumB
MumBNSW2 posts
  EN85WSOLO
Great while it lastsWorked well for 18months then stopped. Cant get repaired or replaced. Would have expected better for the money, but there you go, didnt even make 2yrs!!!! Show details
DeLonghi
DeLonghi   DM   
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Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini Solo BEC220

Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini Solo BEC220

4.4  (59)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherNone
$178Bing Lee
EddyT
EddyTWA4 posts
 
This is my firs loveI enjoy this machine very much, I bought it from Amazon where I found is the cheapest price Show details
Philips L'OR Barista Latte

Philips L'OR Barista Latte

3.9  (90)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $159 to $249
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso and Other
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated and None
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Ryan
RyanVIC
  LM9012/60
Do not buyStopped working regularly. Doesn’t penetrate coffee pods and leaks water out. Very poor quality. Show details
Philips Domestic Appliances
Philips Domestic Appliances   DM   
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Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie

Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie 🏆 2024

4.4  (34)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure10 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityLavazza
  • Milk FrotherNone
Happy
Happy12 posts
 
Probably the nicest coffee I've drank!I've had my Lavazza coffee machine for over 4 years. Far better built than the competitors machines and better priced.
The coffee is delicious and there is a good variety to choose from.
The only negative to this machine is the pods are expensive. Show details
Breville CitiZ&milk

Breville CitiZ&milk 🏆 2024

4.5  (28)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $419
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSeparate
Ahmed
AhmedNSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive BEC660CRO
Best coffee machine and easy to useLove it easy to use. I don't like the milk frother lid it breaks easy. It's required cleaning depending on how you use it. I use only starbucks coffe capsule. Show details
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine BNV420

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine BNV420

3.7  (48)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $309
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSeparate
Mureed A.
Mureed A.79 posts
  BNV420B
Fantastic machineFrothers the milk well & heats the milk well. Easy to use & makes a lovely Crema. Also you can literally buy 50 Nespresso pods from eBay for $7.90. Thats 15c a pod. It's also compact & the pods are available across many coffee brands. Stay away from the Espressotoria machine & the rubbish ALDI Expressi brands. The ALDI brand is not reliable. Show details
DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch EN560

DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch EN560

3.8  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated
Dell Moss
Dell MossNSW2 posts
  Verified EN560.B
Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini BEC250

Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini BEC250

4.6  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219.95
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSeparate
Dave  . Central coast
Dave . Central coastNSW6 posts
 
Lavazza Desea

Lavazza Desea

3.6  (14)
 Summary
  • Capsule CompatabilityLavazza
  • Milk FrotherNone
SteveB
SteveBNSW48 posts
  Verified
K-fee Lattensia+

K-fee Lattensia+

3.9  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityK-fee
  • Milk FrotherNone
Ryan
RyanWA
 
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityDolce Gusto
  • Milk FrotherNone
AlyiseRoberge
AlyiseRobergeNSW13 posts
 
Wacaco Minipresso NS

Wacaco Minipresso NS

2.9  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79.90
  • Pump Pressure8 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherNone
Cathy Mac
Cathy MacQLD13 posts
 
Delonghi Gran Lattissima Espresso EN650

Delonghi Gran Lattissima Espresso EN650

2.6  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated
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Kate Y.
Kate Y.SA4 posts
 
DeLonghi Nespresso Vertuo ENV120WAE

DeLonghi Nespresso Vertuo ENV120WAE

2.9  (11)
 Summary
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated
Khongor
Khongor4 posts
 
This is perfectoBought this machine about a year ago, completey happy with it, it gives me every morning coffee I with all nice flavours of Nespresso. Show details
Breville Creatista Pro BNE900

Breville Creatista Pro BNE900

4.8  (4)
 Summary
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
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$946Bing Lee
Jacci
JacciNSW43 posts
  Verified
Breville Nespresso Creatista Uno BNE500BKS

Breville Nespresso Creatista Uno BNE500BKS

2.2  (22)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
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$549Bing Lee
Christel Leilani
Christel LeilaniQLD20 posts
 
Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe

Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe

3.3  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherNone
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Golden Oldie
Golden OldieNSW17 posts
 
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityOther
  • Milk FrotherSeparate
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Mary P.
Mary P.WA11 posts
 
Sleek. Simple. Tasty black coffee makerStaying at the Fullerton Hotel in Sydney and very impressed with this little machine! Very easy to use. Sleek. Takes up little space. Great coffee (black but with a dash of milk added). I’m now seriously thinking of getting one myself. It must be hard wearing to be in the hotel. I need to check out how easy it is to restock on pods and price. Show details
Nespresso Vertuo Next Solo

Nespresso Vertuo Next Solo

3.2  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherNone
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Angel - truth reveals.
Angel - truth reveals.26 posts
  Verified
Nespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Solo Dark Chrome

Nespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Solo Dark Chrome

1.7  (18)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
Miss K
Miss KNSW8 posts
 
Wacaco Nanopresso

Wacaco Nanopresso

3.3  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $109.90
  • Pump Pressure18 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherNone
Bob
Bob4 posts
 
Breville Vertuo Creatista BVE850

Breville Vertuo Creatista BVE850

3.3  (3)
 Summary
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
Phantomfisho
PhantomfishoNSW20 posts
  Verified
Nespresso Creatista Pro

Nespresso Creatista Pro

2.7  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,399
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
Peter
Peter
 
Terrible machineFirst machine send back as it failed to froth the milk, was replaced with z new machine but the same issues. Sent back and asked and got a full refund. Show details
Mistral Coffee Machine MEM700

Mistral Coffee Machine MEM700

3.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso and Other
  • Milk FrotherNone
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Louise
Louisensw125 posts
 
DeLonghi Black Lattissima One EN510.B

DeLonghi Black Lattissima One EN510.B

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated
$388Bing Lee
Bren
BrenNSW8 posts
 
Brilliant Avon absolute must haveBrilliant an absolute must have in your kitchen , be the envy of your friends. Makes a fantastic coffee and the right temperature for your morning coffee fix. Would highly recommend this machine. Show details ·  1
DeLonghi Nespresso Vertuo Pop

DeLonghi Nespresso Vertuo Pop

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
Nabeel
NabeelSydney49 posts
  Verified
Nice little machine - simple and great value!Replaced my 11 year old nespresso with this cute little POP Virtuo black. The variety of flavours is great and is a good value little machine. No complaints and coffee tastes great!
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio S Touch

Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio S Touch

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219
  • Capsule CompatabilityDolce Gusto
  • Milk FrotherNone
Kay D.
Kay D.QLD7 posts
 
Nespresso Lattissima One

Nespresso Lattissima One

2.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $519
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Capsule CompatabilityNespresso
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated
Reviewer
ReviewerQLD19 posts
 

The Nespresso Citiz coffee machine with cup of coffee besides a box of pods

How do coffee pod machines work?

You simply fill up the water tank at the back beforehand, then drop a compatible coffee capsule into the machine via the silver lever in the image pictured. Press the button for your chosen size/strength of coffee. This pierces the capsule, mixing the coffee inside with hot water to pour your shot.

Usually a capsule coffee machine has 2-3 buttons, to make a risretto, espresso or lungo. A risretto has the least caffeine but also the least water, making it the most concentrated shot type. A lungo contains the most caffeine, but also the most water, so tastes more diluted.

Some models have an integrated milk frother or one that uses a steam wand. More advanced models let you further customise your brew. For example, the Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus lets you choose the temperature, milk texture and type of drink you prefer, like a latte or cappuccino.

Do coffee pods work in all machines?

No, unfortunately not all coffee pods are compatible with all machines. For example, if you buy an ALDI Expressi Machine at selected times of the year, you'll then need to buy the compatible Expressi coffee pods, which are available exclusively from ALDI.

Nespresso machines are a little different; there are now several non-Nespresso brands that sell compatible capsules. Some of these include L'OR, Mocconna, and Starbucks capsules, all of which are available from your local Coles.

Some other pod machine brands like the award-winning Philips L'OR Barista Latte also accept capsules with boxes labelled 'Compatible with Nespresso pods,' making them more convenient to use.

Are capsule machines worth it?

Pros
Quick and convenient, thanks to speedy heat-up and brewing times
Suitable for beginners to using home coffee machines
Easy to clean, as there aren’t any small or intricate parts
Cheaper to purchase than other coffee machines, including manual coffee machines, semi-automatic and automatic
Cons
Hardcore coffee aficionados may find the coffee made in a coffee capsule machine lacking a full-bodied flavour
Sourcing compatible pods for your machine may be tricky if supply is limited, for example if you have an ALDI coffee machine but you don’t have an ALDI store near you to buy their exclusive pods
More expensive to run than other coffee machines due to the ongoing purchase of pods – but it’s still cheaper than going to the café

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Capsule coffee machines are quick and easy to use, which is ideal when you're trying to rush out the door in the mornings. DeLonghi’s Nespresso Citiz and Essenza Mini both have a heat-up time of 25 seconds.

You also don't have to spend time making ground coffee like you would with a manual coffee machine, or fiddling with an excess of buttons, which is sometimes the case with an automatic coffee machine.

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Funding a daily cafe habit can get expensive. This makes a coffee capsule machine an ideal kitchen companion for anyone who craves a well-brewed cup, but doesn't want to pay handsomely for the luxury.

It's true that coffee pods pose an ongoing expense (averaging around $5 for a pack of 10 from Woolworths). However, considering you could buy about one barista-made coffee with this amount, they still work out to be cheaper than going to a cafe.

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Since most aluminium or plastic pods aren't recyclable, the majority end up in landfill every year.

Conscious coffee drinkers can look into options like SealPod, a reusable stainless-steel coffee pod. It's compatible with a number of machines, such as Nespresso, Aldi K-fee, Caffitaly and Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Nespresso also has a recycling program, which you can read more about below.

What is the best brand of coffee pod machine?

Nespresso takes the win

Nesspresso has planted its seed far and wide when it comes to pod coffee. You might recall the Nespresso ads featuring a suave George Clooney, or the brand's colourful boutique pop-ups in your local Westfield's. Thankfully, the brand has matched its advertising efforts with quality coffee, according to reviewers. The top three rated coffee pod machines listed below are all Nespresso coffee machines.

Nespresso also makes recyclable aluminium pods, as an eco-friendly alternative. You can save used Nespresso-branded pods and return them to Nespresso for recycling - either at a boutique store, at a drop-off collection point or by posting them to Nespresso.

Factors to consider when buying a coffee pod machine

Colourful Nespresso pods

Versatility

Range of programs

More basic coffee pod machines have 1-2 buttons - offering small and large shot options. If black coffees are your go-to caffeine hit, or you’re perfectly happy with your machine brewing espresso and adding your milk afterwards, there are machines like this that are also high-rated and affordable.

However, if you shell out a bit more, a coffee pod machine will be equipped with more programs, giving it crossover functionality with an automatic coffee machine. For example, the Nespresso Breville Creatista Plus can make a latte, cappuccino, and latte macchiato. This is in addition to the 3 sizes of espresso - ristretto, espresso and lungo - that many coffee pod machines can make.

Range of coffee pods

Just because your coffee pod machine has only 2 buttons and no fancy drink selections, it doesn’t have to limit your choices. Sometimes it’s the pods that offer the variety in drink choice. For example, the K-fee pods for an ALDI Expressi Machine include chai latte and hot chocolate, along with making an ordinary black or white coffee.

Ease of use

One of the best things about coffee pod machines is their simple design, especially when compared to other types of coffee machines. When checking ease of use, make sure all buttons are clearly labelled, that the lever for the pod compartment is easy to open and close, and that removable parts - like the water dispenser tank and used pod container - are easy to detach and clean.

If you’re opting for a more premium model with a digital display, see if you can have a play around with the display in-store to make sure it’s easy to use.

Consistency

A pod machine that’s consistent in its coffee-making performance will be a coffee machine you can rely on. The best way to determine whether the machine will give you consistent results is to read reviews by people who have already bought the machine.

When reading reviews, look out for comments about the consistency in taste, in the amount of coffee per shot, shot temperature, crema texture and colour, and milk texture; if your machine has a milk frother.

Milk frothing

If you’re a fan of milk-based coffees, a pod coffee machine with a milk frother can make you tastier coffees.

A milk frother uses steam to aerate milk, which adds froth to it. A good milk frother will help achieve that satisfyingly silky, creamy texture to milk that makes a fresh brew feel more like a barista-quality coffee.

There are two options, an integrated or standalone milk frother.

Integrated milk frother

This is also called an automatic frother. You just need to press a button, and the in-built milk frother will get to work preparing the milk you’ve placed into the included jug, which may be stainless steel, glass or plastic. Since a milk frother is not a standard feature of a coffee pod machine, you’ll have to pay extra for an integrated frother.

Standalone milk frother

This is a manual milk frothing accessory that’s purchased separately to the machine. The good news is that these can be bought for cheap, and include anything from handheld whisks to sturdy 6-cup electric frothers.

Other features

  • Removable water dispenser: Any prospective coffee pod machine should have a water tank that’s easily removable from the back of the machine, so you can refill it with no dramas.
  • Water tank size: If you’re constantly brewing cups daily, or there are multiple coffee drinkers in your household, a machine with a larger capacity will be convenient. Smaller tanks are around 600mL, while larger tanks are about 2 litres.
  • Quick heat-up time: This is handy if you’re usually rushing to get out the door in the mornings. Higher-end coffee pod machines feature quick heat-up times as short as 3 seconds, compared to the 25 second heat-up time or longer seen on more affordable machines.
  • Auto shut-off: This feature automatically switches off the machine after a set time if it’s inactive.
  • Cup warming tray: While this is a bit of a rarity of a capsule machine, this can be a handy addition if you're not able to get to drinking your coffee straight away.

Wrapping up

Compared to their semi-automatic, automatic and manual counterparts, coffee pod machines are quick and easy to use and clean. If you're not a highbrow coffee conoisseur, a capsule machine also brews a decent cup of coffee by most people's standards. Before buying, do research into a pod machine's range of programs and features, eco-friendliness, consistency in performance, convenience in sourcing pods, and its price.

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