Black Friday coffee machines – which coffee machine should you buy?

Ah Black Friday. That annual binge fest where all us mug punters glamour to get our hands on all the stock retailers haven’t been able to shift all year or which they’ve just discovered lying in a dusty corner of the warehouse. Of course they tell us we can’t live without it and they’ve taken a massive 70% off the price. So we must buy it (it doesn’t matter what ‘it’ is) right now or we’ll burn in hell. Sound familiar?

I may be exaggerating a little (but only a little) but the point I’m trying to make is that not all deals on Black Friday are good deals. A survey a few years ago found that over 60% of items on ‘sale’ on Black Friday were actually cheaper earlier in the year.

There’s a lot of hype around Black Friday but the cheapest isn’t always the best. This is true of coffee machines just as it is about TVs, sofas and anything else. If you’re looking for a Black Friday coffee machine bargain – don’t shop on price alone. Brand, reliability and popularity are more important.

Best Black Friday coffee machines

The list of best coffee machine deals for 2021 will appear here when the deals are revealed.

In the meantime, which coffee machine should you buy and how do you decide which is best for you? Hang on to your hats, we explain all here.

Which coffee machine should I buy?

If it wasn’t enough that you need to think about the type of coffee you prefer, you also need to think about the appliance with which you are going to make it. Of course, there are some machines that are designed to make very specific cups of coffee such as the espresso machine, whereas others such as drip or barista machines can make a broader range of drinks.

barista working makeing coffee with c

In any case, it is essential to think about what you want from a coffee machine, how often you will use it and the amount of coffee you would like to make in one go. This will give you some idea of what coffee machine you should buy this Black Friday. But the best way to decide is by educating yourself on the different types.

Barista coffee machine

A barista style coffee machine may come in many shapes and forms and depending on the individual machine may come with several different features. You will sometimes hear these appliances being referred to as espresso machines but there is a huge difference between a standard espresso machine and a barista machine.

When you go to somewhere like Starbucks, the machines you see are on a professional level, but it is possible to purchase these on a smaller scale for the home. The barista coffee machine uses high pressure water which is forced through something known as a puck of ground coffee beans. This allows you to create a shot of espresso which can then be used as a base for other drinks, or simply drank on its own.

Must read article: Barista coffee machines at home – why you need one

Your barista coffee machine will have a milk frother which is usually automatic as well as a steaming wand. These devices allow you to create foamed and steamed milk which can then be added to various drinks such as a macchiato, a bubble tea and cappuccino.

You’ll also find a coffee tamper, a grinder, possibly a cup warmer and many other different features which combined make a professional looking machine albeit on a smaller scale than the commercial machines you see in Starbucks though they perform the same function.

There are also semi-automatic barista machines which require a lot more input from the user. However, an automatic machine will provide you with greater convenience. If you want the ultimate easy experience then using a super automatic machine is your best bet as these will grind the beans, tamp them, and dispense the shot.

process of making brewing americano with a barista coffee machine

The major downside to the barista coffee machine is that it is one of the most expensive. However, if you want an authentic experience in your own home and you drink a lot of coffee, it may be worth the investment.

Cost wise, yes you can pay into the thousands for these machines but you can find a good quality one for the low hundreds and even less for the slightly less feature rich and lower capacity machines.

Top three best-selling barista coffee machines

Bestseller No. 1
Sage Barista Express Espresso Machine - Espresso and Coffee Maker, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, BES875BKS, Black Sesame
  • The Sage Barista Express delivers third wave speciality coffee at home using the 4 keys formula...
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: Integrated precision conical burr grinder grinds on demand to deliver...
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and...
Bestseller No. 2
Sage Barista Express Espresso Machine - Espresso and Coffee Maker, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, BES875UK , Brushed Stainless Steel
  • The Sage Barista Express delivers third wave speciality coffee at home using the 4 keys formula...
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: Integrated precision conical burr grinder grinds on demand to deliver...
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and...
Bestseller No. 3
Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Cream, 15 Bars of Pressure, Milk Frother, 1.2L Tank, SK22110CN
  • High performance - 15 Bars of pressure and a self-priming system means the Swan Retro espresso...
  • Generous 1.2 litre detachable water tank and with room to make either one or two cups at a...
  • Compatible with easy serve espresso (ESE) pods and ground coffee, using the professional spoon...

Espresso maker

An espresso machine is one of the only ways to make this type of strong, intense, and slightly sweet shot of coffee. The reason for this is that other machines, such as the filter coffee machine do not have the right pressure to create such an intense drink.

Espresso machines force hot water through the coffee grounds at extremely high speed and pressure. This means that much greater strength and flavour is extracted from the beans.

cup of espresso and coffee beans

An espresso coffee maker is ideal for people who want this type of coffee on the go as well as for those who want to be able to make proper espresso to use as a base for other coffee drinks such as the latte and the other frothy coffees we talk about on our milk frother recipes page.

The downside to the espresso maker is that it is more expensive than a filter or drip machine. Moreover, you are limited as to the types of drink you can make, with this being designed to exclusively make espresso. Some people also find that using an espresso machine is much more hard work than other types which is not ideal when you’re in a rush to get your morning caffeine hit!

However, personally I find an espresso maker super convenient, and I use mine along with a milk frother to create dozens of different coffee-based drinks. An espresso base is used as the coffee ingredient in many drinks including cappuccino, latte etc. You can learn more about this on our milk frother recipes page.

Price wise even though the premium models can be expensive the cost for a basic espresso maker start quite low and you’re bound to find a bargain or two this Black Friday.

Top three best-selling espresso machines

SaleBestseller No. 1
De'Longhi Dedica Style, Traditional Pump Espresso Machine, Coffee and Cappuccino Maker, EC685M, Silver
  • Create all your coffee shop favorites with a real barista experience at home
  • Prepare and deliver your perfect espresso with fresh ground coffee
  • Adjustable milk frothing steam device for frothy cappuccino and silky smooth latte
Bestseller No. 2
Sage Barista Express Espresso Machine - Espresso and Coffee Maker, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, BES875BKS, Black Sesame
  • The Sage Barista Express delivers third wave speciality coffee at home using the 4 keys formula...
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: Integrated precision conical burr grinder grinds on demand to deliver...
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and...
Bestseller No. 3
Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Grey, 15 Bars of Pressure, Milk Frother, 1.2L Tank, SK22110GRN
  • High performance - 15 Bars of pressure and a self-priming system means the Swan Retro espresso...
  • Generous 1.2 litre detachable water tank and with room to make either one or two cups at a...
  • Compatible with easy serve espresso (ESE) pods and ground coffee, using the professional spoon...

Pod machine

In recent years, we have seen the pod coffee machine skyrocket in popularity. These coffee machines from companies like Nespresso offer a quick and easy to make coffee without having to mess around with complex equipment. They feature a small receptacle for the coffee pod and when activated, the machine will pump water through this to make your drink.

The pods contain ground coffee, and it is possible to buy various flavours and types giving you a great level of diversity without having to learn how to make each drink. Moreover, the coffee is preserved in the pods and so you can always guarantee a fresh cup.

coffee pods

Pod machines are relatively affordable, and this is one of the main reasons that so many people are jumping on this bandwagon though prices for the premium brands are high. They offer efficiency and don’t produce a lot of waste with many pods now being biodegradable, they are also good for the environment.

However, the cost per cup can be high as some of the pods are expensive though you can find compatible pods for most in your local supermarket.

Pod machines are probably the most convenient way of making a range of different coffees. Coffee snobs may turn their noses up at using pods but if you’re in a rush and don’t really care about grinding your own beans a pod machine will be a great bet for you.

Top three best-selling pod coffee machines

SaleBestseller No. 1
De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Mini Me, Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine Starter Kit, Including 6 boxes of Coffee Pods, EDG155.BG, Black & Grey
  • Compact designed machine with six boxes of pods included
  • Easy to use - all you need is the machine, some water and pods
  • Easy to clean - as all the coffee grounds stay in the pods there is no mess, no fuss
SaleBestseller No. 2
DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS Pod Capsule Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino and more, EDG210.B, Black & Red
  • Over 40 beverage varieties including Nescafe Dolce Gusto or starbucks coffees
  • Hot and cold drink capability for hot and cold beverages prepared with one easy move of the...
  • Easy to clean as all the coffee grinds stay in the pods there is no mess, no fuss
SaleBestseller No. 3
Tassimo by Bosch Suny 'Special Edition' TAS3102GB Coffee Machine,1300 Watt, 0.8 Litre - Black
  • EASY TO USE, ONE BUTTON OPERATION: Simply pop your chosen drink pod in to the coffee machine,...
  • COFFEE SHOP FAVOURITES: Indulge in your favourite Costa Latte, Cappuccino or tasty Cadbury’s...
  • SLEEK AND STYLISH COFFEE POD MACHINE: The compact size fits easily on any worktop; Special...

Drip/filter coffee machine

The drip coffee machine, sometimes called a filter coffee machine is perhaps one of the most common types of coffee maker and most of us will have one at home. This is largely because they are so affordable and so they quickly became a staple in homes around the world. But much more than this, the drip coffee machine is also able to make several cups of coffee at once and so is ideal for families and entertaining.

The way that these machines work is incredibly simple. Coffee grounds are placed over a filter and then hot water is gradually ‘dripped’ through. This doesn’t create such a strong cup of coffee as an espresso maker, for example, but is ideal for those who just like a ‘normal cup of coffee’

While these machines are super easy to use, there is one major downside. The water drips down into a pot or jug which sits atop a hot plate to keep it warm. However, this can, in effect, ‘cook’ the coffee which distorts its taste.

Drip coffee machines can be very cheap and to be honest you don’t need a Black Friday sale to find one for less than £20 ($27). But, if you’re a coffee enthusiast, I’d look for something a little more versatile.

Top three best-selling filter coffee machines

Bestseller No. 1
Morphy Richards 162501 Equip Filter Coffe Machine Pour Over Technology for Fuller Flavour, Glass, 1000 W, 1.2 liters, Silver
  • Pour over technology shower head to create a fuller flavour
  • The permanent filter is easy to clean and no need to buy filter papers
  • The Heat resistant glass carafe and hotplate allows you to keep your coffee warm
SaleBestseller No. 2
Coffee Maker, Filter Coffee Machine with Timer, 1.8L Programmable Drip Coffee Maker, 40min Keep Warm & Anti-Drip System, Reusable Filter, Fast Brewing Technology, 900W, by Yabano
  • ☕【Programmable Timer】 Do you need a coffee but no time to wait? Now you can wake up in...
  • ☕【Adjustable Mode】Precise control to achieve the best taste, Non-stick Warming Plate can...
  • ☕【Ultra-resistant glass carafe】 Yabano drip coffee machine with the ultra-resistant glass...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Russell Hobbs 20680 Buckingham Filter Coffee Machine, 1.25 Litre, Black/Silver
  • The advanced showerhead technology ensures flavour is fully extracted from your coffee grains,...
  • Eliminate the need to buy costly paper filters as this coffee machine has a permanent filter...
  • Make up to ten cups of coffee at once with a 1.25 Litre capacity glass carafe or choose to set...

Moka pot

Not a machine as such but a moka pot is still a very popular way to make coffee. These humble little pots are placed on the stove / hob to brew their coffee. You can find them in different sizes from small pots which make a couple of cups of coffee to larger 9 cup capacities.

The coffee produced by moka pots sits somewhere between the intense flavour of espresso and the regular strength of filter coffee. Making a brew with a moka pot can be tricky and it might take a few goes before you nail the technique. If you haven’t used one of these awesome little coffee makers before read this article on how to use a moka pot.

Top three best-selling moka pots

SaleBestseller No. 1
Bialetti Moka Express Aluminium Stovetop Coffee Maker (3 Cup)
  • Invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, a symbol of Made in Italy all over the world
  • The only one with 8 faces, with the unmistakable little man with a mustache
  • High quality: made of aluminum, with ergonomic handle
SaleBestseller No. 2
Bialetti Moka Express Caffettiera in Alluminio, 6 Cups, Acciaio Inossidabile, Argento
  • Invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, a symbol of Made in Italy all over the world
  • The only one with 8 faces, with the unmistakable little man with a mustache
  • High quality: made of aluminum, with ergonomic handle
Bestseller No. 3
Vinekraft Espresso Maker Moka Pot Stove Top Coffee Pot 6 cups/300ml -Grey
  • Classic Italian espresso moka style, spend your time with a cup of good coffee.
  • Quality life with a simple and safe operation, each family should have one.
  • Coffee maker with durable and high quality aluminium structure, good to the last drop.

What coffee pot machine should I buy?

For coffee lovers, there are so many appliances to choose from but knowing which is the best for your needs might be a little tricky. It is important to weigh up the pros and cons of the different machines as well as looking at what fits in with your budget.

Whether you want a high-end barista machine with all the mod cons or an affordable drip coffee machine, our introduction to these appliances will help you make the most informed decision and don’t forget your milk frother this Black Friday either.

 

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