Threads in this topic are removed 90 days after the thread was started.

Are home coffee machines worth the money?

(41 Posts)
Skinheadmermaid Wed 03-Sep-14 15:02:11

The place where I used to work had one (a pixie something?) and it was great but it costs something like £200. Are there any home coffee machines for £100 or less that are any good?
I'm fed up with instant!

oliviap100 Wed 03-Sep-14 15:04:43

We've got a Tassimo machine and I was dubious at first but DH insisted. Love it now!grin

PenisesAreNotPink Wed 03-Sep-14 15:06:01

I paid £300 for mine 14 years ago. Nespresso. It's never broken down , never needed anything - saved a fortune over the years

pearlgirl Wed 03-Sep-14 15:07:08

We have a nespresso machine and I love it- drink far too much coffee on the days I am at home all day.

Mojito100 Wed 03-Sep-14 15:07:11

I have a nespresso and it has definitely been worth it. Would have paid for itself within 6 months and now just saves me money as I rarely have coffee out and take one to work with me. I love the flavour as I am fussy and all of their range work for me as they aren't bitter.

idontlikealdi Wed 03-Sep-14 15:09:17

I have a Dolce Gusto. Love it. Think it only costs about £40 now. If I was getting a new one I would get one that automatically cuts off the water though.

Twotofive Wed 03-Sep-14 15:14:27

I bought a Kenwood filter and I love it link

I was put off ones that use capsules, as I like to try different coffees (my favourite is Union which doesn't seem to come in capsules).

In fact I like it so much, I don't always buy one when I'm out any more as I know I get a better coffee at home. I'm happy with filter coffee too- I used to prefer coffee made with espresso.

LittleBipper Wed 03-Sep-14 15:21:48

Tassimo is good in my husbands workshop instead of a kettle but at home I've had far more use out of an Aeropress and a Bodum frother

haggisaggis Wed 03-Sep-14 15:23:26

We use a filter coffee machine every day - I can program it to come on in the morning so coffee ready when we get up. It is just a standard jug filter. Also have a Nespresso which we use (or dh does anyway) for espresso in the evening. It does make really good coffee and ours also has a milk frother thing which I use to make frothy milk for hot chocolate (kids love it)

PeppermintInfusion Wed 03-Sep-14 15:25:01

Another recommendation for the nespresso- satisfies my frothy coffee cravings, so rarely go out for coffee anymore which usually = coffee + cake/breakfast.
I got mine for around £100, there are good deals if you shop around

Waltermittythesequel Wed 03-Sep-14 15:25:40

We bought a Nespresso at Christmas about €400 I think. Worth every penny. I love it.

Like Two, I don't bother having coffee out now unless I know it's a really good one because my home one is better.

Also, it makes GORGEOUS hot choc!

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Wed 03-Sep-14 15:26:16

I have a Baby Gaggia for when I have time and a Dolce Gusto for when I don't and a small Dolce Gusto for when I go away.

I think they're worth it grin

BucktoothedGirlinLuxembourg Wed 03-Sep-14 15:29:02

We love our Tassimo. Bought it on a whim as an add on Christmas present for DH last year and we use it everyday.

We used to have a big, complicated Krups machine but it was such a faff that it wasn't used daily.

OnlyLovers Wed 03-Sep-14 15:30:45

You could get a stovetop or a cafetiere or Aeropress. Cheaper and less hassle, but still very good coffee.

Ragwort Wed 03-Sep-14 15:33:02

I have a Nespresso but not really that keen on it - I just use an individual plastic filter over a mug - lovely fresh coffee. smile

Skinheadmermaid Wed 03-Sep-14 15:33:57

hmm nespresso seems the way to go.
How do the stovetop ones work? confused I'm clueless! blush

OnlyLovers Wed 03-Sep-14 15:41:11

You put cold water in the bottom, ground coffee in the thing in the middle and heat on the hob. Makes espresso – well, I think it's a little less strong than the espresso from a 'proper' coffee machine, but strong enough that I make it by using a couple of shots of coffee per mug and topping up with hot water.

One small issue with these is that you don't see much ready-ground coffee that's ground finely enough for them; it's mostly ground for cafetieres/filters. You'd need to seek out the finely ground ones (Taylors do one), buy whole beans and get a grinder or buy in a specialist coffee place and get them ground for you.

I have a grinder –quite cheap and it'sIt means a much wider

OnlyLovers Wed 03-Sep-14 15:41:35

Oops. quite cheap and it means you have a much wider choice of beans.

givemushypeasachance Wed 03-Sep-14 15:49:00

Aeropress will cost you £25 and you only have to pay out for cheap paper filters, while you can use any coffee you like and aren't limited to the little pods.

annabanana19 Wed 03-Sep-14 15:54:10

I bought a 2nd hand tassimo to try out. Found the coffee to be warm not hot. Thought it was my.machine so tried my brother's. The same. I like a proper hot cuppa so prefer a kettle

chickydoo Wed 03-Sep-14 15:58:15

Keen to know how much these machines work out per cup.
I drink the Rombouts/waitrose own filter version. Where there is a little plastic cup with a filter that drips the coffee through. Have used these for 15 years. ( maybe more) lovely fresh coffee, & one cup at a time ( mess & hassle free) If I buy the waitrose ones it costs 25p a cup, Tesco version works out at 20p a cup. I have 2 cups a day DH has one.
Are the machines much cheaper per cup? If they are I could be persuaded.

BikeRunSki Wed 03-Sep-14 15:58:19

Ds is a complete coffee snob (I don't drink it). He has several caffitieres, one of those hexagonal ones that goes on the hob, a filter coffee machine and an espresso machine. All have languished in the cupboard since he got an Aeropress. About £25 I think it was.

Stuffofawesome Wed 03-Sep-14 16:00:01

aeropress all the way. Cheap and very easy to clean, makes great coffee

BucktoothedGirlinLuxembourg Wed 03-Sep-14 16:00:08

The cooler temp is ideal for coffee, as it doesn't burn/scald the coffee itself and ruin the flavour, but I agree that it isn't great for the other drinks. Luckily, we mainly use ours for coffee.

SweetFelicityArkwright Wed 03-Sep-14 16:03:46

Dh has a Nespresso and having been initially very sceptical about coffee pod machines, has been very impressed with it.

Keep your eye on the John Lewis website as they have had some good offers in the past. Dh's machine was very reduced and came with a voucher for coffee pods which meant the actual machine cost very little - something like £20 I think.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now