Bosch Tassimo Joy
When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
Bosch Tassimo Vivy
A burr grinder works in such a way that you can get a consistent, uniform size of grind each time, which is one of the key aspects of getting great tasting espresso. On the other hand an inferior blade grinder often leaves you with an inconsistent grind.
The espresso machine has an integrated grinder so that you don’t have to buy a separate one.
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
An adjustable cup clearance is useful when you wish to use larger cups and mugs, such as when making a latte macchiato.
It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
Nuova Simonelli Prontobar
With a cup warmer you can heat the cups before pulling your espresso so that it doesn't go cold quickly, which affects the taste and quality. It also means that you don’t have to manually heat them using hot water.
The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.
Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo
With a larger water tank you don’t have to refill it as often.
Quick Mill Monza Deluxe
A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
An integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.
Bosch Tassimo Fidelia Plus T65
With a transparent water tank you can easily see when it needs to be filled up. This is important as attempting to make an espresso with an empty tank can damage the machine.
Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo
The machine automatically cleans the milk circuit, meaning that the machine requires a minimal amount of cleaning.
After a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.
These buttons can be programmed for different types of coffee such as an espresso, doppio or ristretto. This means once you have mastered a particular style of coffee, you can get it the same every time.
Philips Saeco Xelsis
With one press of a button you can create a cappuccino.
With an integrated milk frother, the machine can automatically produce frothed milk for use in cappuccinos and other drinks.
With a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.
Ground coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.