Bargain Budget Coffee Makers!
If you are looking for a Cheap Coffee Machine, something under £50 but that will still produce great tasting coffee every time then you may be finding it hard to wade through the junk and find the real gems in this price range.
It seems every home appliance company has a budget / cheap coffee maker available, most however offer weak pressure pumps, meaning a thin and watery espresso. Or a blade coffee grinder which overheats and mashes the coffee beans meaning that what ever happened next, the coffee will never be very good.
Manufacturers have got around some of these problems by introducing pod coffee machines. You may well have already seen the Nespresso machine, one of the first of these types. There are now lots to choose from, and there are some great coffee machines for under £50. These budget coffee machines may be cheap but the ones carefully chosen below are certainly not poor quality.
The Best Cheap Coffee Machine?
It’s hard to choose between the above 4 really. You won’t regret buying any of them. The main consideration is whether you prefer using ground coffee or coffee pods. With ground coffee you have an almost infinite choice of coffee types available to you. With the pods however, you have less mess, easier cleaning and still a wide variety of different coffees available to you.
If you are the sort of person who just wants a no fuss, quick cup of great tasting coffee then a coffee machine that uses coffee pods is going to be the ideal choice for you. You don’t have to worry about the ground coffee going stale in a cupboard should you leave it for a week or so. Neither do you have to worry about the grind size, i.e. a coarse grind (better for a French Press) or a fine grind (Better for Espresso Machines). The Coffee Pods are great because all you have to do is select the one you want and put it in the machine – Easy! No mess, perfect coffee every time!
Other Budget Coffee Machines
I reviewed the Von Chef 15 Bar Espresso machine last week, the verdict was that it was TERRIBLE! Weak pressure, not hot enough and poorly made. There are many pitfalls in the budget coffee maker market, some coffee makers are just plain cheap and nasty. If you look at upmarket coffee machines you find that many are around £400 or more, and do basically the same thing as a budget coffee maker, that is, makes coffee! You have to ask yourself where manufacturers are cutting the cost from.
Usually you will find the build quality of the machine is vastly reduced in the case of the cheap coffee makers. There won;t be any metal parts and the plastic frame may feel somewhat flimsy. This is even more reason to look more closely that the 4 coffee machines that I have outlined in the table above. As mentioned before, any one of these is a good choice!
So what are the differences? Well, mainly it comes down to which coffee pods you prefer.
Coffee Pod Types
There are a few different brands available on the market but by far the best 2 are the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto and the TASSIMO capsules, the latter offers real Costa Coffee and is rapidly increasing in popularity.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Pods are an established favourite and available in most UK supermarkets. They try to market them selves as being the most upmarket choice available, but in reality I haven’t found much difference in quality between them and the Tassimo Coffee pods.
See my full guide to Pod Coffee Machines here