I probably don’t have to tell you that there are a ton of coffee machine brands out there right now.
And sorting through all the different options will take forever.
Luckily for you, I’ve spent the better part of five years in and around the coffee world. And in that time, I’ve picked up a thing or two about most of these brands.
In this article, I’m going to give you a brief overview of the best coffee machine brands out there.
And I’ll even tell you who each brand is best for.
Let’s get to it!
Best Coffee Machine Brands: Top 11 Picks
In no particular order, let’s take a look at the top 11 coffee machine brands on the market right now.
They range from espresso-specific to multi-cup brewers and everything in between.
DeLonghi is a company with an astonishing number of coffee machines.
DeLonghi has everything. It has manual consumer-style espresso machines. But the lineup goes all the way to super-automatic machines that even froth milk for you.
I know that it can seem daunting to look through all the different models that DeLonghi has available. But when it comes down to it, there are a handful of DeLonghi machines that stand out above the other ones.
That’s where I recommend you start your search for a DeLonghi machine.
DeLonghi’s strength? They do super-automatic espresso machines better than most. If you’re looking for a machine that fits your budget but also creates a latte at the push of a button, then DeLonghi is the place to go.
The bad? DeLonghi’s competitors do consumer-level manual espresso machines better. If you like the feeling of pulling your own shot and controlling many of the variables of espresso-making, look elsewhere.
Someone who wants a super-automatic espresso machine. If you want a latte or cappuccino with the push of a button, DeLonghi is your brand.
While Breville has a small range of drip coffee makers, its bread and butter are in espresso.
Breville has a number of top-end espresso machines on the market right now. The Breville Barista Pro actually has a bit of a cult following among dedicated home baristas.
What does that mean exactly? It means that Breville makes really high-quality espresso machines.
However, you’ll need to be pretty dedicated to get the most out of your Breville espresso machine. Most of Breville’s machines are manual espresso makers.
The Breville espresso machines are aimed a little more at the prosumer instead of the casual espresso drinker. However, if you are dedicated to your espresso and have the spare cash on hand, Breville machines are really hard to beat.
The dedicated home barista with a bit of spare cash. If you want to learn a little bit about how to pull a great shot of espresso, Breville has great options for you.
Like Breville, Gaggia has a cult following.
Gaggia is an older Italian brand that gained a reputation as espresso royalty.
After all, Gaggia has been making espresso machines for a long time. And the reputation is undoubtedly worth it.
Gaggia has machines in the full spectrum. It has totally manual espresso machines. And it has super-automatic machines that pretty much make espresso for you.
The good part? You’re sure to find an espresso maker that meets your exact needs. And that includes the budget. Gaggia has a machine that fits just about any budget.
The bad part? If you’re on the extreme budget side of espresso machine shopping, Gaggia might not be the best choice. They make a great middle-ground machine for home enthusiasts.
A home enthusiast who wants a high-quality espresso maker with specific functions.
Keurig specializes in single-serve style brewers.
Actually, Keurig pretty much single-handedly popularized the pod-style brewers.
Now there are hundreds of K-Cup styles and coffees out there. In fact, there are K-Cups for more than just coffee. You can get pods for teas, hot cocoas, and even apple cider.
Plus, Keurig has a wide range of coffee makers. You can get small, single-cup brewers all the way up to industrial brewers that are best for offices or events.
In all honesty, the quality of coffee you can get from Keurig machines lags a little behind some of the other brands on this list. But the convenience of single-serve pods is why Keurig has staying power in the market.
People who want a coffee pod machine. Someone who needs convenience and doesn’t mind sacrificing a little bit of coffee quality.
When it comes to coffee machines, you might know Nestle by a different name: Nespresso.
But yes, Nestle’s line of coffee machines is Nespresso.
Nespresso is a great line of machines that use single-serve coffee pods to make doses of coffee.
You might be thinking of another single-serve coffee pod brand right now. Stop it.
Nespresso is actually a lot different from that company. Instead of focusing on cups of brewed coffee, Nespresso actually focuses on espresso.
That’s right. Nespresso’s main focus is on creating delicious and tasty single-serve espresso coffees.
And while Nespresso’s lineup might be a tad short on actual models, they make up for it in variety. There’s a machine for every need. For straight espresso lovers to a latte and iced coffee lovers, there’s a machine in Nespresso’s lineup that fits your needs.
The one downside is that there isn’t a third-party capsule market at the moment. That means you’re stuck buying capsules from Nespresso itself and not third-party roasters.
An espresso coffee lover who wants the convenience of single-serve pods. If you love a quick espresso and don’t mind sacrificing a touch of quality, Nespresso is a great choice.
6. Mr. Coffee
Mr. Coffee is a filter coffee machine brand that has been around for a long time. But longevity doesn’t always mean weight in the coffee world.
Mr. Coffee isn’t a bad brand by any means. But it is a budget brand. And when it comes to coffee makers, you usually get what you pay for.
These coffee machines are all drip coffee machines. That means they all brew multi-cup pots without many features or special functions.
However, while these machines look and feel cheap, they are actually pretty reliable.
Back in college, my roommates and I had a Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker that we used daily for two years without cleaning once. (I know, I know.) But it worked perfectly for those two years.
So the good news is that these machines run forever because they are so simple.
But they still look and feel cheap. If aesthetics are your thing, find another brand.
Someone looking for a budget-friendly but reliable coffee machine. I hope you don’t care too much about how your machine looks, either.
BUNN does have mid-level consumer coffee machines. And those machines are solid.
The consumer machines work great. They look good. They are reliable.
I don’t have much to say about BUNN’s consumer coffee makers because BUNN doesn’t really focus that much on them.
BUNN is more traditionally a commercial coffee shop brand. BUNN is pretty much the industry standard for commercial batch brewers.
Chances are if you’ve ever been to a diner, family-style restaurant, or older coffee shop, you’ve seen plenty of BUNN coffee makers.
They are the iconic steel-plated coffee machines that look like they are from a different era but are actually pretty new.
And, by the way, they are almost industry standard for a good reason. They are reliable, durable, and fairly controllable in terms of the taste of the filter coffee they brew.
If you’re looking for a commercial coffee machine. BUNN is one of the few choices you have that’s actually legitimate.
8. Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach makes a lot of different home and kitchen appliances. So, it makes sense that they have a small line of coffee makers.
There’s a lot to like about Hamilton Beach. The coffee makers are affordable, generally durable, and fill a niche that many other brands don’t.
Hamilton Beach has a couple of single-serve coffee makers. But the kicker is that those single-serve coffee makers aren’t pod-style brewers.
Instead, you scoop a single serving of ground coffee into the brewer at a time.
It’s perfect for someone who wants the convenience of a single-serving brewer without relying on pods or capsules.
The only downside to Hamilton Beach is that they just don’t have that many options. You pretty much have only a handful of brewers to choose from.
Someone who wants the convenience of a single-serving brewer but wants to use coffee grounds instead of pods or capsules.
Panasonic isn’t really a coffee maker brand. But it has a few models of coffee makers in its appliance lineup.
The real winner in the bunch is the NC-ZA1.
It’s an automatic machine. It has programmable drinks and features and even has a milk frother built in.
But in all honesty, Panasonic isn’t known for its coffee makers.
If you’re serious about buying a great coffee maker, it’s probably best to look at other brands first.
If, however, you’re looking for an affordable super-automatic espresso machine, then Pansonic should still be on your list.
Someone looking for a super-automatic espresso machine. Or an espresso machine with a built-in milk frother.
Okay, so the bottom line is that Melitta literally has a style of a coffee brewer named after it. So, it’s a pretty safe bet to say that Melitta has a big reputation.
I will say, though, that Melitta is known mostly for the pour-over brewers and not as much for the electric coffee machines.
But you cannot overlook the importance of the brand. After all, Melitta coffee filters are pretty much the industry standard at this point.
And the Melitta pour-over is iconic. Full disclosure, I have one and use it regularly and adore it.
But Melitta also has a handful of electric coffee makers that are worth considering if you’re in the market for a multi-cup brewer.
Melitta’s coffee makers are elegant, reliable, programmable, and easy to use.
In fact, I might say that Melitta has one of the better reputations.
The pour-over home brewer. Or someone looking for a reliable multi-cup coffee maker from a well-known and respected brand.
Jura is an interesting brand because they specialize in super-automatic style coffee machines.
What does that mean exactly? Well, it means that Jura’s machines create specialty drinks at the push of a button.
Jura’s machines will grind the coffee bean, choose the best brewing time and temperature, and even froth milk for you.
You can literally have a latte poured for you by Jura’s machines.
All that technology comes at a price, though. And unfortunately, Jura has a relatively high price tag.
But in all seriousness, Jura machines are awesome. But with the high price tag, I’d recommend them to business or gathering spaces.
The machines are a little cumbersome for home use unless you have a big kitchen to fill.
Businesses or gathering spaces. The machines are simply too big and expensive for most consumers.
My Final Thoughts
This list is a great starting point for beginning your search for a new coffee maker.
There are brands that specialize in espresso coffee, like Gaggia, DeLonghi, and Jura.
And there are brands that are known more for their simple design and multi-cup brewers, like Mr. Coffee or BUNN.
What you should really ask yourself is which type of brewer you need, and go from there.
Interested in your first espresso machine? Check out our article on the best espresso machines for beginners!
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