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Best Manual / Semi-Automatic Coffee Machines

These are the best home coffee machines for coffee connoisseurs, allowing you to polish your barista skills and customise every aspect of your coffee. Grind and tamp coffee beans of your choice, control the pressure and temperature of water, and steam and froth your milk exactly the way you like it.

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Manual coffee machines tend to be pricier, but if you are looking for a Breville coffee machine or similar style, they are worth the level of control and flexibility you get. However, manual coffee makers aren't just limited to this specific style. Newer inventions and styles include the Aeropress and The Little Guy.

If you think a manual espresso machines is too costly, you might be surprised to find otherwise! Use our price filter, and perhaps you might find something like a Kmart coffee machine to be well within your budget.

Make sure you have everything you need to make the best coffee possible. Consider buying a coffee grinder if your machine doesn't come with one for the best coffee making experience. Need a milk frother? And for those early mornings when you need to take your coffee to go, do you need a Thermos or reusable coffee cup like a Keep Cup?

We have plenty of reviews to help you find the right coffee machine, grinder, milk frother and coffee cup. Take a look and if it helps you, come back and write a review to help other Aussies who love coffee too!

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93 listings

Breville The Oracle BES980
  • Award Winner 2018
  • 2017

Breville The Oracle BES980 · includes 2 listings

4.5 from 610 reviews

Latest review: Sure, take this review with a grain of salt, this is my 'experience' with owning a Breville Oracle, but like many others, my Breville Oracle has been a over priced white elephant. The final straw

  • Consistency
    4.5 (39)
  • Build Quality
    4.4 (45)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (46)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (45)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (44)
  • Noise Level
    3.1 (8)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.4 (40)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,800 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.5 L
  • Colour / Finish Black or Stainless Steel
  • FeaturesDisplay Panel
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
  • Coffee Bean Capacity280 g
The Little Guy Home Barista Kit
  • Award Winner 2020
  • 2019
  • 2017

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit

4.6 from 161 reviews

Latest review: We’ve had a Little Guy machine for 3 years now, and love it. We use it to make coffee in a holiday cottage with only a gas hob to cook on. The machine is perfect for us. We drink small flat w

Price (RRP) $699.00

  • Consistency
    4.5 (15)
  • Build Quality
    4.6 (19)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (19)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (19)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (18)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (5)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.1 (16)
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity0.25 L
  • Colour / Finish Stainless Steel
  • Weight4.25 kg
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
Breville Barista Express

Breville Barista Express · includes 4 listings

4.3 from 783 reviews

Latest review: In December 2019 I purchased our second Breville Barista Express coffee machine. Overall we are really satisfied with the quality of the coffee machine. We initially experienced some difficulty with

  • Consistency
    4.7 (88)
  • Build Quality
    4.6 (102)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (101)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (102)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (100)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (26)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.6 (85)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2 L
  • Colour / Finish Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel, Cranberry Red or Stainless Steel
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
  • Coffee Bean Capacity230 g to 250 g
Breville The Oracle Touch BES990
  • Award Winner 2020
  • 2019

Breville The Oracle Touch BES990 · includes 2 listings

4.8 from 57 reviews

Latest review: Outstanding machine!Makes the perfect coffee. Can’t live without! The ‘White Glove’ home service given by exceptional customer service agent Emily was another outstanding feature..Emily comes to your

  • Consistency
    4.9 (20)
  • Build Quality
    4.6 (24)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (23)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.8 (24)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (5)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.8 (24)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power2,400 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.5 L
  • Colour / Finish Black Truffle or Brushed Stainless Steel
  • FeaturesTouch Screen
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
  • Coffee Bean Capacity280 g
Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300
  • Award Winner 2018

Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300

4.1 from 189 reviews

Latest review: I bought the mini barista about 9 months ago from Good guys. It has only been used once or twice per week since then and has been well looked after. Unfortunately I've had the same thing happen as a

  • Consistency
    4.5 (33)
  • Build Quality
    3.4 (41)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (41)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (40)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (39)
  • Noise Level
    3.2 (14)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.2 (33)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,350 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2 L
  • Colour / Finish Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions 330 x 295 x 250 mm
  • Weight7.1 kg
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
DeLonghi Dedica

DeLonghi Dedica · includes 7 listings

4.1 from 211 reviews

Latest review: I'm satisfied with this product. the temperature is hot enough once the maximum temperature has been programmed. the amount of crema is consistent for my even with the various kind of bean I've

  • Consistency
    4.0 (20)
  • Build Quality
    4.0 (22)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (22)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (22)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.7 (21)
  • Noise Level
    3.2 (9)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.1 (14)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,300 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity1.1 L
  • Colour / Finish Black, Red, Stainless Steel or White
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio Silvia · includes 5 listings

4.2 from 103 reviews

Latest review: Really cant complain about anything with this machine. Been a barista for 10 years, and this machines easy to use. Get the weight and grind setting sorted and the shots run consistently, especially

Price (RRP) $999.00

  • Consistency
    4.9 (7)
  • Build Quality
    4.4 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (7)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (2)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.8 (6)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,100 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.5 L
  • Colour / Finish Stainless Steel
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Sunbeam Cafe Series Espresso EM7000

Sunbeam Cafe Series Espresso EM7000 · includes 5 listings

4.0 from 211 reviews

Latest review: Fantastic machine. Things we love - compact compared to Breville; twin thermoblock means can steam and draw coffee simultaneously; quick to warm up; our first one gave 5 + years of great

  • Consistency
    4.2 (10)
  • Build Quality
    3.8 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (9)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (4)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.0 (9)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power2,400 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity0.03 L
  • Colour / Finish Graphite, Matte Black, Red, Stainless Steel or White
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Gaggia Classic

Gaggia Classic

4.3 from 63 reviews

Latest review: I bought my Gaggia second hand from a very disappointed owner that only had it a few months. At first I could see her frustration this simple machine is not just a press of a button and her comes a

Price (RRP) $790.00

  • Consistency
    3.5 (4)
  • Build Quality
    3.8 (4)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.8 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (4)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (2)
  • Milk Frothing
    2.8 (4)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,300 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.1 L
  • Colour / Finish Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions 380 x 230 x 240 mm
  • Weight8 kg
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Breville Dynamic Duo BEP920

Breville Dynamic Duo BEP920 · includes 3 listings

4.4 from 49 reviews

Latest review: Upgraded from the previous Breville coffee machine and grinder. Great long lasting quality that always produces a great cup. Grinder is changeable depending on beans you use. Extraction from the

  • Consistency
    4.8 (8)
  • Build Quality
    4.2 (10)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (10)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.8 (8)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power2,200 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.5 L
  • Colour / Finish Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel or Cranberry Red
  • FeaturesDisplay Panel
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderStandalone Grinder Included
  • Coffee Bean Capacity280 g
Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300

Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300

4.2 from 71 reviews

Latest review: Has worked fairly well. The grinder is very messy, spewing grinds all over our bench. Can only grind on setting 30 otherwise won’t pour. But otherwise good for price. Great c

  • Consistency
    4.1 (17)
  • Build Quality
    3.1 (18)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (18)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (17)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (18)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (5)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.1 (18)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,550 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.8 L
  • Colour / Finish Silver
  • Dimensions 410 x 320 x 350 mm
  • Weight10 kg
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
Aerobie Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

Aerobie Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

4.5 from 40 reviews

Latest review: So it's basically an upside down plunger.. it's doesn't put a good Crema on your coffee.. it has lots of parts to it that make it bulky to store/carry.. and what is the point of supplying an enormous

Price (RRP) $49.00

  • Consistency
    4.8 (6)
  • Build Quality
    5.0 (6)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (6)
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Milk FrotherNone
  • Bean GrinderNone
Breville Duo-Temp Pro BES810BSS

Breville Duo-Temp Pro BES810BSS

4.0 from 88 reviews

Latest review: Very extensively used and produces Excellent coffee, very easy to use, excellent sized water tank !!! Absolutely no need for anyone to spend big bucks on fancy machines as this is very

  • Consistency
    4.3 (10)
  • Build Quality
    4.0 (10)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (11)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (4)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.8 (8)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,700 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity1.8 L
  • Colour / Finish Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions 334 x 311.7 x 257 mm
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
Sunbeam Cafe Barista EM5000

Sunbeam Cafe Barista EM5000

3.8 from 110 reviews

Latest review: I absolutely love my coffee machine I use it multiple times a day works perfectly and very fast extremely good value for money and affordable I recommend this product

  • Consistency
    3.8 (16)
  • Build Quality
    3.2 (18)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (19)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (18)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (16)
  • Noise Level
    3.6 (7)
  • Milk Frothing
    3.1 (17)
  • Input Power1,470 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Colour / Finish Silver
  • Dimensions 320 x 224 x 268 mm
  • Weight5.4 kg
  • Milk FrotherIntegrated
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Blade Grinder
Rocket Espresso Giotto

Rocket Espresso Giotto · includes 4 listings

4.9 from 23 reviews

Latest review: I love using my coffee machine, the coffee is always smooth, I use my machine everyday sometimes it's on all day it hasn't let me down yet, the pressure is awesome the milk always turns out how I

Price (RRP) $3,599.00

  • Input Power1,200 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity2.9 L
  • Colour / Finish Stainless Steel
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Smeg ECF01

Smeg ECF01 · includes 7 listings

4.2 from 45 reviews

Latest review: Love my Smeg coffee machine. It is needing to be descaled more often as it gets older, but we have had it for over 3 years now. So simply to use and looks great on the bench. Highly

  • Consistency
    4.0 (7)
  • Build Quality
    4.5 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (11)
  • Noise Level
    3.3 (3)
  • Milk Frothing
    3.5 (6)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,350 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity1 L
  • Colour / Finish Black, Cream, Pale Blue or Red
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Breville Infuser BES840

Breville Infuser BES840 · includes 3 listings

3.8 from 96 reviews

Latest review: I have had this coffee machine for more than 6 months and I am one happy customer. Never skipped a beat since the day we got it. It takes a while to get used to frothing the milk but after that

  • Consistency
    4.3 (7)
  • Build Quality
    4.3 (9)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (9)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (2)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.1 (7)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,700 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Colour / Finish Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel or Cranberry
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Sunbeam Piccolo Espresso EM2800

Sunbeam Piccolo Espresso EM2800

3.6 from 79 reviews

Latest review: My machine broke after 3 months of use. I contacted Sunbeam who agreed to replace the product. This was over 5 weeks ago! What I found out was they addressed the delivery incorrectly. When it was

Price (RRP) $139.00

  • Consistency
    3.7 (3)
  • Build Quality
    3.5 (4)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (4)
  • Noise Level
    1.0 (1)
  • Milk Frothing
    3.0 (3)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity1.3 L
  • Colour / Finish Silver and Black
  • Dimensions 288 x 205 x 255 mm
  • Weight4.75 kg
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
DeLonghi Icona Pump Espresso

DeLonghi Icona Pump Espresso · includes 2 listings

3.3 from 109 reviews

Latest review: Perfect espresso machine for people who are coffee lover but with a limited budget, you can quickly make a cup of coffee within 5 mins in the morning and easy to clean it up

  • Consistency
    3.5 (2)
  • Build Quality
    2.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (3)
  • Milk Frothing
    3.0 (1)
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,100 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity1.4 L
  • Colour / Finish Red, Black
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
DeLonghi Silver Pump Espresso EC860M

DeLonghi Silver Pump Espresso EC860M

4.2 from 23 reviews

Latest review: Bought this together with the grinder and have been really enjoying having a coffee every morning. It's really easy to use and get consistent results. With some other machines you need to tamper

Price (RRP) $399.00

  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Input Power1,450 W
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsNo
  • Water Tank Capacity1 L
  • Colour / Finish Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions 305 x 275 x 320 mm
  • Weight6.8 kg
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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