7 Best Coffee Machines 2021 - All Under ?200

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7 Best Coffee Machines Under £200 - Pod, Espresso And Filter Machines For Everyday Use

Curb your coffee cravings with one of these affordable models

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Although we’re all delighted that the gyms are open again, getting back into the swing of an early morning session has certainly been an adjustment. Now more than ever, having easy access to caffeine is crucial.

To help quench those cravings and keep you energised, we’ve selected seven of the best coffee machine models for under £200:

Types of coffee machine explained

If you’re a true beginner, then it’s worth understanding the differences between the three most common types of coffee machine:

Filter coffee machines

Making big American-style pots of coffee, these machines are affordable and simple to use. Although the premise of hot water being poured over ground coffee is similar to how an espresso machine works, with a filter machine no pressure is used. Instead, you’ll have to wait about ten minutes for your brew — but once it’s done, you’ve got a whole pot to enjoy!

Pod machines

Easy to use and mess-free, pod machines are great for beginners looking for a quick and consistent hit of pre-prepared caffeine. Typically limited to a certain type of pod, drink customisation is limited — but this will suit occasional coffee drinkers after an affordable appliance.

Espresso machines

Espresso machines allow more control over the strength and size of your drink, and come with a steam wand so you can froth your own milk for your latte or cappuccino. They need regular cleaning and take a little more time and effort to produce a brew, but they’re a firm favourite among coffee connoisseurs.

How we test

To find the best coffee machine, we tried out a range, from pod to espresso. In the Women's Health Lab, we put each one through a series of tests, twice, to ensure consistent results.

To assess the coffee produced by each model, our independent coffee expert also scored it based on taste, aroma, body and crema quality, and we checked the temperature to ensure it wasn't too hot or cold. If the coffee machine has a milk frother, we gave that a whirl too, checking for temperature and foam stability, using both dairy and plant-based milks.

7 Best Coffee Machines Under £200

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Best pod coffee machine
Lavazza A Modo Mio Desea Coffee Machine
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£189.00

Although a little pricier than your average pod machine, this Lavazza model has truly earned its spot at the top. It’s got a stylish one-touch interface — which is unusual for pod machines — and you can pick from one of five pre-programmed milk drinks, as well as four coffee sizes.

According to our expert, the espresso was technically perfect, with a thick, glossy crema, and we were equally impressed with the velvety froth produced by the steamer, when using both dairy and non-dairy milks. 

Plus, the milk jug cleverly doubles as a cup — cutting out the need for a travel mug!

Key specifications
Type of machine:
Pod - A Modo Mio
Water tank capacity:
1.1 litres
Milk frother:
Yes - steam wand

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Best espresso coffee machine
Beko CEP5152B Espresso Coffee Machine
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£69.00

With its simple design and surprisingly modest price, you could be forgiven for overlooking this espresso machine for a flashier model. However, it made consistently flawless espressos at the perfect temperature, with a thick, robust crema.

The milk frother gave our drinks a perfect creamy finish of fine, velvety bubbles — although the lack of milk jug and snug positioning of the nozzle does make the logistics a little tricky! Still, it's a great option if you're after barista-worthy coffee on a budget.

Key specifications
Type of machine:
Espresso
Water tank capacity:
1.4 litres
Milk frother: Yes - steam wand

3
Best filter coffee machine
Morphy Richards Accents Pour Over Filter Coffee Maker 162008
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£49.99

The best option for budget-friendly brews at home, this sleek filter machine is compact in design, and comes in a red, black or brushed stainless steel finish. It’s also got a programmable timer and 25-minute keep-warm function so you can have your hot coffee waiting for you, ahead of an early morning gym session.

At this price, you'll forgo a steam wand, and the lack of pressure means that the filter coffee isn’t quite as thick as an espresso. However, our testers enjoyed the smooth texture and slightly bitter finish, and appreciated that the adjustable coffee strength selector lets you tailor the flavour intensity to your taste. Plus, we only had to wait a manageable seven-and-a-half minutes to brew a litre of coffee!

Key specifications
Type of machine:
Filter
Water tank capacity:
1.8 litres
Milk frother: No

4
Best coffee machine for milk frothing
De'Longhi Dedica Style EC685 Traditional Barista Pump Espresso Machine
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£199.99

If you favour creamier coffees over intense espressos, then this De’Longhi model has got you covered. For those after barista-style beverages, its adjustable steam wand makes manually switching between frothy cappuccinos and velvety, foam-topped flat whites a doddle.

We did, however, find that the temperature of our espressos could be a little inconsistent, and our coffee expert also felt that they were slightly lacking in flavour and aroma. But all shots did have a good body and thick crema.

Key specifications
Type of machine: Espresso
Water tank capacity:
1.1 litres
Milk frother:
Yes - steam wand

5
Best coffee machine for different-sized espressos
Nespresso by Magimix CitiZ Pod Coffee Machine
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£137.00

Sleek yet versatile, this pod machine has an automatic volume control and removable drip tray for taller recipes — ideal for those that like to switch up their style of caffeinated beverage. Simply choose from a ristretto, espresso or lungo, and enjoy your coffee in a number of ways — from a latte macchiato to a cappuccino.

The espressos were delicate in flavour and topped with a dense crema, and the fast heat-up system meant that our coffee was the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds. The only downside is there’s no steam wand — but you can purchase the machine with an Aeroccino 3 milk frother if foam is non-negotiable.

Key specifications
Type of machine:
Pod - The Original Nespresso pods
Water tank capacity:
1 litre
Milk frother:
No

6
Best coffee machine for temperature accuracy
Breville VCF125 Barista Mini Espresso Coffee Machine
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£149.00

Burning your tongue on too-hot coffee will be a thing of the past with this Breville machine. When tasting the espresso, our expert loved the nutty, fruity flavour, deep caramel colour and frothy crema — but did find the body a little thin.

In terms of ease of use, the steam wand built an impressive stable foam with both regular and plant-based milk, and there was ample space to move the jug around under the nozzle. Just keep in mind that the machine is quite noisy to use.

Key specifications
Type of machine:
Espresso
Water tank capacity:
2 litres
Milk frother:
Yes - steam wand

7
Best coffee machine for speed
Nespresso by De’Longhi Lattissima One EN500W Coffee Machine
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£189.00

If you’ve not got much time in the morning, this Nespresso-Delonghi collaboration will help, with its speedy 25-second heat-up time and automated milk frother. Plus, the optical sensor helps the machine recognise how much milk is needed, in order to avoid waste.

We were impressed with the consistently good crema, correct temperature, and well-balanced acidity of the espresso — although our expert tester did feel it lacked flavour, and although the automatically steamed milk was smooth and velvety, sometimes it was a little too hot or cold.

Key specifications
Type of machine:
Pod - The Original Nespresso pods
Water tank capacity:
1 litre
Milk frother:
Yes - automatic frother

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