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The best bean to cup coffee machines under £ 300
Our test has shown: Even bean to cup coffee machines under 300 pounds prepare very good espresso and fine milk foam.
Of course, its features are a bit more concise than those of its expensive rivals. Still, you don’t have to spend a lot for good drinks.
Which is the best cheap bean to cup coffee machine?
We have tested 12 affordable bean to cup coffee machines so far. Our recommendation is the Philips EP2220/10. It prepares intense espresso and very fine milk foam. It is also easy to use and clean. A very good alternative is the DeLonghi Magnifica S.
What to expect of a bean to cup coffee machine for under 300 pounds?
Inexpensive bean to cup coffee machines only prepare espresso and coffee at the touch of a button. For all milk foam drinks, you have to use the integrated milk foam nozzle:
Bean to cup coffee machines for under £300 usually have a few simple buttons . Thus, the setting options are rather limited, but also kept simple. They are quite clear in their operation, from which especially beginners benefit.
They are also relatively easy to clean. You can simply pull off the milk frothing nozzle and rinse it. More expensive bean to cup coffee machines usually have a milk containers that are more difficult to clean.
The best bean to cup coffee machine for under £300 is the Philips EP 2220. In our test, it prepared the best milk foam. The frothing of the milk succeeds here at the first go.
Rating: 85 % (very good)
In our bean to cup coffee machine test the Philips EP 2220 is the best affordable bean to cup coffee machine. It is small and compact and therefore ideal for small kitchens. The bean to cup coffee machine prepares intense espresso and aromatic coffee at the touch of a button. For cappuccino and the like, you can use the integrated frothing nozzle . The milk foam of the Philips EP 2220 was the best. Even on the first try – perfect for beginners!
The modern touch display makes the bean to cup coffee machine easy to operate. You can set the coffee strength and beverage quantity in 3 levels. You can choose from 12 levels for the grinder setting.
Cleaning is particularly easy. At the touch of a button, the milk foam nozzle cleans itself with hot water. Then you can simply pull them off and rinse them or put them in the dishwasher. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
Overall, the Philips performs well in all test categories and is our top favorite among the devices with a milk frothing nozzle. Even more so it offers a very good value for money. You can read an in-depth review in our detailed test report of the Philips EP 2220 or watch our video.
For many years, the De’Longhi Magnifica S has been an absolute bestseller among the bean to cup coffee machines up to £300. It prepares very good espresso and creamy fine milk foam.
Rating: 83 % (very good)
The De’Longhi Magnifica S has been the bestseller among bean to cup coffee machines up to £300 for over a decade. It was already rated “good” by Stiftung Warentest in 2012 (grade: 2.5). In our testthe bean to cup coffee machine was also convincing. It prepares very good espresso and creamy fine milk foam.
Due to its age, the display is not quite as modern as on the Philips EP 2220. Nevertheless, the device is easy to operate. You can even adjust the coffee strength over 20 levels and the grinder setting in 13 levels. This gives you a lot of leeway in taste and allows you to experiment. The beverage quantity is set at the factory and can be reprogrammed if required.
Overall, this affordable bean to cup coffee machine from DeLonghi is a proven evergreen and definitely one of our favorites. You can find out even more details about the device in our test report on the Magnifica S or in our video.
Among the bean to cup coffee machines without milk frother, the Melitta Caffeo Solo is the best. It prepares very good espresso and coffee crema.
Rating: 83 % (very good)
If you are looking for a bean to cup coffee machine without a milk frothing nozzle, we recommend the Melitta Caffeo Solo. Here you get espresso and coffee at the touch of a button. In terms of taste, both could really convince. Especially the espresso is beautifully intense and full-bodied. A real sensation!
The bean to cup coffee machine is compact and just 20 cm wide. We find the wide range of colors very nice, which makes the Caffeo Solo a real eye-catcher in any kitchen.
The device is easy to operate. You can set the coffee strength in 3 levels. You have 5 levels to choose from for the grinder setting. The beverage quantity is continuously adjustable via a dial.
The same device is also available with cappuccinatore for milk foam drinks: the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk. However, this model could not convince in our test. The Milk foam had quite coarse bubbles and was only lukewarm . Other bean to cup coffee machines are much better here. For espresso and coffee, however, there is an absolute recommendation from us.