Pronto ME 707
Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo
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
The espresso machine has an integrated grinder so that you don’t have to buy a separate one.
An adjustable cup clearance is useful when you wish to use larger cups and mugs, such as when making a latte macchiato.
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.
It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
A bigger bean hopper means that you have to refill it less often.
Nuova Simonelli Prontobar
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
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.
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.
After a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.
With a drip tray indicator the machine informs you of when you need to empty the tray.
The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.
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.
A higher number of grind settings gives you more flexibility when choosing the fineness of your ground coffee. The particle size is important as a grind which is too coarse can produce weak tasting espresso, whereas a grind which is too fine can lead to a bitter taste.
Philips Saeco Royal Gran Crema
With a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.
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.