Looking for a coffee machine? Get top tips from a John Lewis expert

Pick a coffee machine that will deliver the drinks you prefer with essential advice from a John Lewis expert

Sage Barista Touch Barista Quality Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine
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Want to know one of the top places to shop when you’re looking for a coffee machine? We’re big fans of John Lewis & Partners. The store offers a brilliant range online as well as in store, and the partners – that’s the John Lewis staff – are product experts so you can trust their advice and recommendations.

We’ve been enjoying this knowhow in our series, which has covered all the must-have home buys, and now we’re taking advantage of expertise from John Lewis on coffee machines.

You can find the best coffee machine in our guide, along with more buying tips. For the coffee machine savvy of an expert, just scroll down, where you’ll find invaluable advice along with today’s top deals.

Coffee machine buying advice from John Lewis

Georgina Parrott, Partner & Assistant Buyer, Small Electrical, John Lewis & Partners offers this essential advice:

1. Check out every type of coffee machine

‘When you’re thinking about choosing a coffee machine, it’s good to look at a wide range of appliances. We can start with the basic espresso/stovetop makers. These are great for coffee-for-one and are easy to use with just ground coffee and water. They’re actually quite attractive to have as an appliance in your kitchen.’

2. Consider the convenience of capsules

‘The next step up would be a capsule machine. They’re easy to use, great for a compact kitchen and the coffees are very tasty. They offer the ability to make flat whites and lattes as well as your standard americano.’

3. Be your own barista

‘Bean-to-cup machines are incredibly popular for the at-home barista. These machines allow you to grind your own beans, enabling you to create a truly tasty cup of coffee as fresh as you can get at home.’

4. Get hands on with a pump machine

‘We also offer pump machines – you may be more familiar with these in coffee shops. These machines are definitely more hands on, grinding and tamping your own coffee like a professional. These machines are a little more high-end but have a very sleek look for your kitchen counter and will definitely impress your guests.’

Today’s best coffee machine deals at John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners 6 Cup Espresso Maker | £16

John Lewis & Partners 6 Cup Espresso Maker | £16
Create a traditional look with this stovetop model. Just add water to the base, coffee to the holder, and heat for black coffee that’s full of flavour. Easy!

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix | £210

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix | £210
Brew up authentic black and white coffees with this capsule machine. The integrated Aeroccino means you don’t need to froth milk separately. You’ll get a 16 Nespresso capsule assortment along with the machine to get you started.

Sage Barista Touch Barista Quality Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine | £899.95

Sage Barista Touch Barista Quality Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine | £899.95
This machine will grind coffee beans so you can prepare coffees with maximum flavour. It has a touchscreen that lets you adjust strength, milk texture, or temperature to create coffee just how you like it. There’s no hanging about, either: it heats up in just three seconds.

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Sarah Warwick
Freelance Editor

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For Realhomes.com, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.