Morphy Richards Espresso Machine review

A sleek and easy to use coffee machine for home-based baristas

The Morphy Richards New espresso machine with coffee drinks on display
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Real Homes Verdict

A straightforward espresso machine for ground beans or ESE pods. Sleek in design and created to make speciality coffees at home quickly

Reasons to buy
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    Ease of use

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    Good price point

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    Small and sleek design

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    2-year guarantee

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    Good steam wand

Reasons to avoid
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    No steam milk jug included

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    Long time to cool down

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If you like a good coffee hit at home and haven't invested in a nice machine before, Morphy Richards’ Espresso coffee machine is worth adding to your kitchen counter. Combining good coffee with a modern looking machine that won’t take up too much space, it’s a sound option for anyone wanting to replicate cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites of their favorite coffee shops without the spend, and without having to leave the house.

Wondering what else is on our roundup of best coffee machines this year? Take a look at our guide.


  • Coffee type: ground / ESE pods  
  • Pressure: 15 Bar
  • Water tank capacity: 1.1L 
  • Cups: 1 or 2

Who will the Morphy Richards espresso machine suit?

Anyone who likes coffee, made simple, is sure to be a fan. This machine is sleek looking and built with simple operation in mind, so much so that you hardly have to open the manual to get started. Of course, we always recommend reading the manual first.

This espresso machine uses ground coffee or the ESE pods, it can brew two drinks at a time and has an easily refillable – in situ or at the sink – 1.1l water tank. Simply follow the indicator lights on the 4 button control pattern, to switch the machine on and off, choose between brewing one or two cups, and to turn on the steamer, and you’re good to go. Before first use, it’s advised to run water through the steamer three times, we would also recommend running hot water through the coffee filter without any coffee in there. 

two black americanos

The Morphy Richards Espresso Machine can brew two cups of coffee at the same time

(Image credit: Morphy Richards)

Our favorite features

It goes without saying that the steam wand is one of this machine’s best features. With a variable and easily controlled steam function by means of the dial on the side, it's powerful and creates barista-style milk in seconds, letting you create cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos and more whenever you should want one. To work it, simply select the steam function and then open the steam control dial, ensuring a vessel is there to catch any flowing water. When the steam starts, you can then add your milk to a heat-proof jug (not provided) and start steaming.

Another good feature is the ability to control the length of your coffee. As it comes, one cup will deliver 50ml of coffee and two cups, 100ml. However, you can easily alter the dispensing amounts by holding either the one or two cup button down, until the desired length of coffee is reached. This amount will then be stored, so the next time, you will simply need to click once for the same amount of coffee to be dispensed. If you prefer to keep the dispense amounts as they are, you can simply make your coffee longer using hot water from the steam want by turning the dial.

Our next appreciated feature is the built-in cup warmer which rids the need of boiling the kettle separately to simply warm your cup.

milk frothing capacities – jug not included

This is one of the machine’s best features but it's worth noting that the jug is not included

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Our less favorite features

On a personal note, it takes too much time for the machine to cool enough to make another coffee after the steam wand has been used. So if you intended on making two double shot cappuccinos quickly, it would be a fairly frustrating wait. In saying that, you can speed up the process by tuning the speed dial to on so that cold water will pump through and cool the machine down more quickly.

Emptying the grounds is very awkward as even with the latch in place, the whole thing will fall out into your sink/compost pot. And, taste-wise, I'm very much a bean to cup person so if your last machine was bean to cup, you risk being disappointed as the coffee aroma and crèma layer is there but it's missing depth. 

For me, this machine looks good but is lacking in finesse and feels a little too basic. 

two coffee cups on cup warmer

Keep two coffee cups warm on the built-in cup warmer

(Image credit: Morphy Richards)

Cleaning and maintenance

Day to day cleaning is easy. The machine’s exterior, removable drip tray and steam wand are wipeable with a damp cloth.The drip tray also has an indicator which provides a polite reminder to empty any standing water. It’s recommended to rinse out the water tank and the filter holder after each use, occasionally running the filter on just water as mentioned with first use. The one design flaw is that the filter holder clip doesn’t hold the filter in place that securely, so emptying used coffee grounds can be a bit more tricky, but manageable all the same.

Additionally, you can use a pin to clear the nozzle head of the steam wand should it become blocked with use, but you can avoid this by dispensing hot water through after every steam. And, should the filter become clogged, a pastry brush can be used to clear it. From there, it’s just descaling that you’ll need to tend to as often as the hardness of your water requires. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure the machine is flushed with cold water before using it again.

About the reviewer

Camille Welch is the Digital Editor at Real Homes and when she's not looking for the latest kitchen looks or garden trends, she's making a cup of coffee. It could be the French in her but good coffee, brewed in a great machine, is paramount. When it comes to coffee machines, she prefers bean to cup, so the stakes are high in terms of design, ease of use and taste. If you're really into coffee and rarely without a flat white, you can count on one of these reviews.

Camille Dubuis-Welch
Former Deputy Editor

I'm Cam, the former deputy editor of Real Homes who worked on the site from 2020 to 2023. As a renter myself, sharing a home with two friends (and my cat) in London, I know all too well the challenges that this can pose when it comes to creating your perfect setup. As someone who has always loved everything interior design-related, I cannot rest until a home feels right and I am really passionate about helping others get there too, no matter what their living situation, style, or budget may be. It’s not always the easiest to figure out, but the journey is fun and the results are so worth it.

After interior design, travel, art, and photography are my next big passions. When I’m not writing or editing homes content, I’m usually tapping into other creative outlets, exploring galleries in London or further afield, taking photos, scribbling, or drawing!