With everyone staying at home far more this year, having access to a decent coffee machine that can recreate your morning coffee shop drink has become increasingly popular.
There’s a massive array of coffee machine types and brands that can offer everything from an espresso to a frothy latte, and using various styles of coffee including beans, pods and ground coffee.
Don’t get bamboozled by claimed discounts and artificially high ‘before’ prices on retailer websites. Get straight to the best Black Friday deals with our round-up below.
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Best Black Friday deals on Nespresso coffee machines
Nespresso Vertuo Plus by Krups – was £179.99, now £69.99 (61% off, according to Amazon)
We like: Quiet operation
We don’t like: Limited to Nespresso Vertuo capsules
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is available in a range of colours, but the best deal we’ve seen on it is for the white version – something to bear in mind if you have a certain colour scheme for the small appliances in your kitchen. You’re limited on the type of pods you can use (unlike machines that use standard Nespresso-compatible pods), but the extra bonus with purchasing this deal is that you’ll be able to claim 100 free coffee capsules and two months’ coffee subscription free (1st and 6th months).
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee Maker by Magimix – was £143, now £74 (48% off, according to John Lewis)
We like: Makes a decent espresso
We don’t like: Can be noisy
This is a relatively new Nespresso machine, a compact version of the Nespresso Vertuo pod machine. It uses the same dome-shaped pods, and makes a wider range of drink sizes using centrifugal technology. While this is a good deal, it was discounted to this price a couple of months ago, so if you’re not in a rush for a coffee machine, you could wait to see if it’s discounted again.
De’Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch – was £279.99, now £154.99 (45% off, according to Amazon)
We like: Good espresso and cappuccino
We don’t like: Bit slow to pour out coffee
The Lattissima Touch takes Nespresso Original and Nespresso compatible capsules and has a built-in automatic milk frother for a one-touch brew. It can make a range of coffees including an espresso, long coffee, milky latte, cappuccino, latte macchiato and hot milk. We reckon this deal price is pretty good and it’s the cheapest we’ve seen it.
Best Black Friday deals on Dolce Gusto coffee machines
Dolce Gusto machines tend to be on offer quite regularly, so there’s no need to pounce on a deal, and it’s worth thinking about whether the model on sale has the features you’re keen on. Plus, check our reviews, as some make better coffee than others.
However, you are likely to see some price drops at this time, so if you’re keen on one, it could be a good time to get the best price.
Krups Dolce Gusto Oblo – was £89.99, now £28 (68% off, according to Currys PC World)
We like: Good cappuccino
We didn’t like: Drips quite a bit
The Oblo is available in four different colours and uses Dolce Gusto capsules. There’s no steam pipe or milk frother option, but it comes with milk pods for drinks such as cappuccinos. It’s an older model, and we’ve frequently seen it sold for £35 to £50 throughout the year, so this deal isn’t as spectacular as it looks, but £28 is still pretty much as cheap as it gets for this or any coffee machine.
(A recent Which? investigation into Currys PC World suggests the firm has an issue with how it handles complaints about faulty products. So do consider this before making a purchase.)
Best Black Friday deals on Tassimo coffee machines
As with Dolce Gusto machines, regular price drops are a feature of Tassimo machines, so don’t get swept off your feet by a deal.
Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 – was £126.93, now £49.99 (61% off, according to Tassimo)
We like: Quiet
We didn’t like: Very slow
Coffee machines that use the Tassimo coffee pods can be good for fuss-free milky drinks as they have everything you need in the capsule (as long as you don’t mind milk pods over fresh milk).
Each disc has a barcode that’s read by the machine, and tells it the length, brew time and temperature that’s required. The coffee machine on its own is currently selling for £29.99, which isn’t a particularly special deal – you’ll see it at this price at regular points during the year. However, Tassimo is doing a bundle deal that includes the machine and a range of the T discs for £49.99 which might be worth considering.
Best Black Friday deals on Lavazza coffee machines
Lavazza Tiny – was £59, now £35 (41% off, according to John Lewis)
We like: Quiet and compact
We don’t like: Pods are pricier than other coffee types
Tiny by name, tiny by nature – this compact little coffee pod machine is also light enough to move easily around your kitchen if needed. It’s pretty simple – there’s one button that controls the on/off and start/stop function, and it’s also pretty speedy.
It’s dropped in price before, but this is about as cheap as it gets for an espresso machine, and if you’re a fan of Lavazza coffee, it’s a good option. Plus, Lavazza’s pods can be composted via kerbside food recycling services.
Lavazza Jolie Coffee Machine – was £79.99, now £49.99 (37% off, according to Lakeland)
We like: It’s easy to use
We don’t like: Descaling takes a long time
The Jolie uses Lavazza’s A Modo Mio capsules. The water tank holds 0.6 litres of water and you’ll need to switch off the machine when it’s filled your cup as it doesn’t stop automatically. We’ve spotted the Jolie cheaper in other shops, but stocks had already sold out. However, £49 is still a good deal as it typically retails for around £60 to £70. Read the review to find out if it’s also a good coffee machine.
Lavazza Jolie Plus with Milk Frother – was £128.99, now £64.50 (50% off, according to John Lewis)
We liked: Easy to use
We don’t like: Cappuccinos aren’t quite as good as with previous models
The Jolie Plus comes with an automatic milk frother so you can make milky coffees, and like the model above, uses the A Modo Mio capsules from Lavazza. There’s no ignoring that this is a big saving – though we’ve seen it on offer at around this price before, this compact capsule espresso machine usually retails at double this price. It’s easy to use and clean, and the milk frother is a nice addition.
For those wanting an authentic coffee experience at home, this is a great deal.
How to buy a coffee machine
The right coffee machine will depend on several factors, and it’s important that you consider these before deciding on the type of machine for you. These include:
- Your budget – how much are you prepared to spend on your coffee machine? Costs range from £30 to £1,000, but you don’t necessarily need to spend big to get great coffee – we’ve found some pricey models that disappoint, and some cheaper ones that make a brilliant brew.
- The type of coffee you like to drink – do you like your coffee short, dark and strong? Or long, milky and frothy?
- The control you want over the coffee-making process. For some, making the coffee is as much a part of the experience as drinking it, while others just want to bung in a coffee pod and press a button.