Coffee made on a decent machine may have a supercharged effect on your whole day. While getting your daily dose of caffeine quickly may cost you money, avoiding the overpriced and flavourless coffee you’d normally purchase on your way to work, saves you money in the long run.

Making instant coffee each morning is a cheaper option but in many cases ‘instant’ doesn’t measure up to our standards of flavour, consistency, and quality.

To make the perfect morning brew you need the finest coffee maker and there are so many options.

If you can afford to spend money on a high-quality coffee maker, it will be able to provide a variety of blends, features, and tastes, and will become your most-used kitchen appliance.

It can be hard picking a coffee maker that matches your home and tastes. This expert guide will help you decide on the coffee machine that’s right for you. Whether it’s a steel espresso machine or an incredible hand-powered espresso gadget to fit in your backpack, this guide will have a coffee machine for you.

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The 10 BEST Coffee Machines NZ

1Breville Barista Express

Price: $695
Key specs: Type: Bean-to-cup/Automatic and Ground | 2L capacity | Dimensions: 41 x 44.4 x 41.8 cm


  • Cup pre-warmer
  • Can handle larger cups
  • 2L Water Tank
  • Affordable


  • Not as quick and easy as a Nespresso machine

Breville’s Barista Express offers coffee lovers the convenience of home-brewed café-quality coffee. It’s perfect for hectic mornings, offering full-bodied coffee with a full flavour profile in under a minute.

The greatest advantage of the Barista Express is having total control over how your coffee tastes and how much effort you want to put in. You can make the coffee just how you want it.

It incorporates some impressive components. This comes with an inbuilt burr grinder that is activated by pressing a button to regulate the quantity of coffee you want. The grinder has a dial that lets you adjust the grind size, whether you’re using a light or a dark roast. It has a steam wand and it also includes things like a warming plate that helps preheat your cups, as well as a hot water function to warm your cups.

Single and double shots are possible, and it comes with a 2L water tank and a 250g bean hopper. It’s straightforward to operate and has simple marked touch buttons.

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2Breville “The Oracle”

Price: $2,353
Key specs: Type: Bean-to-cup/Automatic | 2.5L capacity | Dimensions: 44.4 x 53.6 x 46.2 cm


  • 2.5L water tank
  • Digital temperature control
  • Adjustable grind control
  • Flexible shot control


  • Expensive

For those who prefer a simple approach but still want to have some control over the brewing process, this coffee maker is perfect.

It’s great for those who already know about coffee making and have taken the time to learn about the nuances. It allows them to customise experiment and customise their perfect coffee while automating the mundane steps.

We found the Oracle is for more advanced coffee makers. While we think it makes the best coffee, it’s not for everyone.

This unit eliminates the headaches that are inherent with producing high-quality espresso at home while providing broad customisation and outstanding performance.

Breville’s The Oracle will allow you to enjoy excellent coffee at home with no work whatsoever. But it also will enable you to get involved, if you choose.

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3Delonghi Magnifica S Smart

Price: $1,399
Key specs: Dimensions: WxDxH 240x440x360mm | Type: Bean-to-cup/Automatic


  • 250g bean hopper
  • Great price
  • Lots of coffee options


  • Not as well-made as others on this list

The Delonghi Magnifica S Smart is a coffee machine that allows you to personalize your coffee experience.

Choose from short, medium or long recipes, choose your strength and temperature, and prepare your favourite milk based coffee beverage with ease using the Advanced Cappuccino System.

The intuitive control panel and backlit buttons make it easy to use, while the removable brewing unit ensures maximum hygiene and easy cleaning.

We found this machine incredibly easy to use. We loved the coffee it made and we had no problems cleaning it. It’s affordable and a very good ground coffee machine

Buy now for $1,399 from Noel Leeming (via

4Nespresso Creatista Pro

Price: $1,379
Key specs: Type: Capsule/Pod | Dimensions: 42.9cm (L) x 19.7cm (W) x 32.8cm (H)


  • Looks great
  • 8 pre-programmed and save custom coffee settings
  • Cleans itself


  • Most expensive Nespresso machine on this list

The Nespresso Creatista Pro is the best Nespresso machine on this list. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and contains numerous premium features that amade us fall in love with this machine. It’s easily our favourite Nespresso machine making great coffee.

The Nespresso Creatista Pro gives you the ultimate coffee experience, with 8 pre-programmed coffee settings and adjustable milk temperature, texture and volume.

The intuitive TFT touch screen display makes it easy to create your perfect cup of coffee, while the dual Thermo JetTM heating system ensures a fast 3 second heat up time.

The included stainless steel milk jug and tasting box of Nespresso capsules help you get started right away, and the automatic micro foam milk texturing creates the perfect latte or cappuccino every time.

Plus, the dedicated hot water spout is perfect for brewing a delicious long black.

Thanks to its stainless steel construction, the Creatista Pro is easy to keep clean and looks great on any counter.

Buy now for $1,379 from Noel Leeming (via

5Breville the Bambino

Price: $530
Key specs: Type: Ground Coffee/Filter | Dimensions: 240(W) x 420(D) x 430(H) mm


  • Great price
  • Easy to use
  • Makes great coffee


  • Lacks premium features

This machine is perfect for anyone who wants to make cafe-quality espressos at home.

It meets all of the key criteria – freshly ground beans, precise temperature control, optimal water pressure and steam pressure – for a perfect cup every time.

What we liked most is the Thermojet heating system which ensures a quick 3-second heat up time.

The Thermojet powered steam wand also produces microfoam milk with ease. And thanks to the digital temperature control (PID), you can customize your extraction precisely to your liking.

Finally, the low pressure pre-infusion and high pressure 9 bar extraction ensure rich flavor and crema every time.

We liked how simple this machine was to use, all while providing cafe quality coffees. Sometimes all the premium features can be overwhelming, with the Bambino, its straightforward, easy and effective. Qualities we liked most.

Buy now for $530 from Noel Leeming (via

6Nespresso Gran Lattissima

Price: $780
Key specs: Type: Capsule/Pod | 1.3L tank | Dimensions: (WxDxH) 20.3cm x 36.7cm x 27.4cm


  • Easy capsule based coffee
  • Large water tank
  • Looks great


  • Can be quite loud

The Gran Lattissima by Nespresso is a sleek and stylish automatic milk system that lets you create the perfect Flat White or Cappuccino with just one touch.

Its intuitive interface makes it easy to use, and the nine Pure One Touch recipes make it convenient for cafe style coffee at home.

Plus, alerts for descaling and cleaning make maintenance a breeze, and its automatic switch-off feature ensures that your machine is always safe and energy-efficient.

With a 1.3L water tank, programmable water hardness settings, and 19 bar pressure, this machine is designed for premium quality Nespresso capsules.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to enjoy cafe style coffee without leaving home this is an ideal machine.

Buy now for $780 from Noel Leeming (via

7Breville Nespresso Citiz

Price: $299
Key specs: Type: Capsule/Pod | Dimensions: 37.2 x 23.27 x 27.7 cm


  • Affordable
  • Nespresso capsules
  • Energy efficient
  • Retro-modern small design


  • Functional but doesn’t produce as good a cup of coffee

The Nespresso Citiz makes a great cup of coffee and it does so while looking great.

It can do everything you’d ever want from a coffeemaker and it has a well-designed body and lots of flavour choices.

It’s a great choice for coffee lovers who are looking for a no-frills machine that gets the job done. That’s what we liked most about it. It’s ease of use.

All we had to do was put our nespresso capsule in, leave it to run and voila, we had a nice cup of coffee.

Through our tests we found that if you want the nicest tasting coffee you’ll want a bean-to-cup machine, however if you don’t want the hassle of one of those machines the Nespresso Citiz produced a good enough coffee without the hassle.

If you aren’t looking for fancy equipment and aren’t interested in learning the nuances of coffee making, you’ll love the Breville Nespresso Citiz.

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8Sunbeam Mini Barista

Price: $239
Key specs: Type: Bean-to-cup/Automatic | 2L capacity | Dimensions: ‎29.5 x 25 x 33 cm


  • 2L Water Tank
  • Affordable
  • Small size
  • Simple to use


  • Can be noisy

Simple espresso machines, such as the Sunbeam Mini Barista provide simpler solutions for espresso preparation.

The thing we liked most about his coffee machine is that its an affordable, easy to use machine. It has automatic shot control that ensures you always receive the correct quantity of coffee. The best part is that you can brew two cups of coffee at once.

Although the Mini Barista is small it still features a 58mm group head which is the same size as commercial coffee machines. This bigger capacity allows for greater amounts of grinding, resulting in an even extraction and excellent tasting coffee.

It has a steam wand, a frothing wand, a cup warming plate, and a 2L water tank capacity. Everything you want is here, nicely confined to a small package.

The Mini Barista is for someone who doesn’t have enough space in their kitchen for a big unit, but still wants top quality coffee.

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9Delonghi Stilosa

Price: $200
Key specs: Type: Ground Coffee/Filter | Dimensions: ‎34.29 x 20.5 x 28.5 cm | 1L capacity


  • Self-priming system
  • Anti-drip system
  • Milk frother
  • 1L tank


  • Small capacity before water needs refilling

The De’Longhi Stilosa manual espresso machine is a high-quality machine with simple controls.

Not only does it look nice, but it also saves on counter space. This is a no frills coffee machine that lacks some premium features but we were happy with the quality of the coffee it made.

What we like d a lot about the Stilosa is it’s efficient. It creates delicious beverages in the shortest period of time possible.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive manual/filter espresso machine that can make cafe-quality lattes and cappuccinos at home, this one is a great option.

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10Lavazza Jolie

Price: $87
Key specs: Type: Capsule/Pod | Dimensions: 124 x 210 x 330mm


  • Affordable
  • Looks nice
  • Mess-free
  • Espresso drinkers


  • Lacks premium features

If your ideal coffee machine is quiet, small and fuss-free, then the well-priced Jolie should meet your expectations with its rich coffee and lack of mess.

The Jolie is better suited to espresso or black-coffee consumers who don’t mind replenishing the inevitably tiny water tank and the variety of capsules on sale isn’t as extensive as other systems, so make sure you’re satisfied with the options on offer before purchasing.

However, for a measly $87 the Jolie is incredibly affordable. And most importantly it makes a great cup of coffee.

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Coffee Machine Buyers Guide

Coffee machines come in a wide range of styles and similarly a wide range of prices.

There are many variables involved when determining what is best for you, including your budget, your own preference for coffee, and your personal level of control.

The models that are more suited to espresso lovers will produce delicious, consistent espresso, while others will produce any kind of froth you can think of. Make sure you do your homework so you don’t get trapped with a coffee maker that doesn’t suit your requirements.

Types of Coffee Machine

  • Capsule or pod coffee machines

Nespresso, Tassimo, and Dolce Gusto are the most common kinds of pod coffee machines. If you’re searching for a simple and fast method to brew coffee at home, they’re likely to suit you.

These coffee machines tend to be quite small, which means they won’t take up too much of your kitchen’s room, they’re often cheaper, they’re fast and require mnimial maintenance, they often accommodate hot chocolates and teas and they’re loved by infrequent coffee drinkers since the sealed pods keep coffee fresh. They’re a great option for those who love coffee but hate clean-up.

The downsides are the price per drink is more than ground coffee or beans machines, the trash created by coffee pods is not insignificant, since many pods are often made of plastic. Fortunately, some pods, are more environmentally conscious than others. Also in many cases The you are limited to utilising certain capsule types (such as Nespresso pods), so you can’t make a wide variety of drinks and purchase the capsules where you want.

  • Bean-to-cup coffee/Automatic machines

If you want to brew the freshest coffee possible, you should get a bean-to-cup coffee maker.

These coffee machines allow you to make a fresh pot of coffee on-demand as they grind beans as needed. They’ll accommodate a wide range of coffee beans and sometimes are compatible with ground coffee as well. Many bean-to-cup machines can be modified to your liking, with easy-to-use customizations to customise beverages and save settings and it’s possible to serve two customers at once.

The downside to bean-to-cup machines is they’re generally more expensive than other options, they can be bulky and they’re also loud.

  • Ground coffee/Manual (Filter) machines

A ground coffee machine is perfect for coffee lovers who want greater control over their beverages and want to get their hands dirty.

Ground coffee machines allow you to use any ground coffee as long as it’s at the correct grind level, drinks are less expensive per cup than pod systems, You have more control over the size of your drink and you can make two coffees at once.

The downsides with a ground coffee machine are brewing coffee takes longer to learn, and it’s easier to make mistakes, also it’s a lot more manual work than with other kinds of machines and often there’ll be a lot more clean-up required.

Coffee machine features to consider

  • Milk Frothing: Coffee machines with milk-frothing functions are especially good for fans of creamy beverages, such as cappuccinos and lattes. The question is: do you want your drink prepared for you, or are you ok with frothing the milk and adding it to your coffee? Therre are few different ways to froth your milk.
  • Steam Wand: Ground coffee typically uses the steam wand. To froth milk with a steam wand, you add it to a separate jug and blast it with steam then add it to your drink. The more expensive premium models are semi-automated, so all you have to do is place the wand in a jar to start creating foam.
  • Auto Frother: Found mainly on bean-to-cup machines To create frothed milk, just pour milk into a designated container and the auto-frother will do the rest.
  • External Milk frother accessory: These will whisk and warm the milk to add it to your coffee. You may also purchase them separately.
  • Powdered milk pods: Milk pods can be added to hot water to produce a foamy beverage.

Is it able to save coffee presets?

In certain coffee machines, you can choose to customise the parameters before brewing your coffee. This ensures that you like the finished product.

Coffee machines with this feature will adjust the quantity and strength of the coffee to precisely match your preferences. You can then save this preset so that every coffee after that is just how you want it.

How big is the coffee machines water tank?

Look for a coffee maker with a bigger water tank if you like to brew a lot of coffee at once.

Smaller coffee machines have smaller tanks and you’ll find yourself continually refilling the water tank which can get tedious

Is the coffee machine smart home ready?

If the coffee machine is compatible with smart controls a smartphone app may be used to link the coffee machines to your phone.

The app lets you get troubleshooting assistance and maintenance notifications as well as operate the machine.

Reece Bates, is an outdoors journalist with a knack for capturing the heart of every adventure. Whether he's weaving tales from hidden trails or offering insights into the beauty of the natural world.