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Krups espresso machines usually sport a longer than average operating lifespan so do consider the brand if reliability is an important factor. This mid-priced bean-to-cup machine has a much smaller footprint than the Gaggia and most other similarly-styled models in this roundup so bear that in mind if worktop space is an issue.

 

This machine is excellent on all fronts. It’s just so easy to use and the interface is a dream to navigate. Everything is self evident, from the simple mode selection button to the plus/minus signs when making various adjustments, like how many milliliters of espresso you require per cup and whether or not you live in a soft or hard water area. Above all, it produced consistently excellent espressos time after time and some pretty impressive cappuccinos, too. A top three position is assured.

£550, krups.co.uk

Krups EA8150