Fully Automatic Coffee Machines are easiest way of brewing high quality coffee in a short time. In Today’s City life, more and more busy people prefer that super easy coffee machines to make their coffee. They are not only super easy but also very skilled Coffee machines. Most of them does more than an espresso. Consequently, their prices changes from cheapest £250 to above £2000-£3000. Here you will find best budget coffee machines with detailed reviews.
Do I Need a Fully Automatic Coffee Machine?
Before searching for a Fully Automatic Coffee machine, you should ask yourself a basic question: Do I need a Fully Automatic Coffee Machine? Many people may answer as “Of course, why not?”. But some times it is not the case.
Many Coffee lover want a full control over the Coffee they drink. They want to customize and make fine tuning of Coffee strength, heat and brewing time which are very important for a delicious Coffee. If you are one of them, Fully Automatic Coffee Machines might not be for you. Because, that kind of customization options are usually limited at fully automatic Coffee machines. For this reason it is a good idea to find a manual or semi-automatic Coffee machine or a simple moka pot. They have more fine tuning options in the expense of quick “best” standard coffee taste.
Bean-To-Cup Coffee Machines
Fully automatic Coffee machines are known as Bean-To-Cup Coffee machines (BTC Coffee Machines). Usually you give bean Coffee and water as input and at the end you get delicious espresso Coffee and espresso derivatives in a few seconds. Coffee machine grind your coffee beans, take water from water tank and heat it to a proper temperature and combine grounded coffee and hot water with high pressure. That high pressure extracts coffee aroma and you get your coffee. Total process occurs in just 30-40 seconds. You just press a button at the beginning and don’t need to do anything.
Although bean-to-cup Coffee machines are usually pre-programmed easy to use machines, most of them give you some customization options. In some of the BTC Coffee machines, you can adjust Coffee strength, grinding level, temperature and some other options. Most of them have built-in Coffee functions, like espresso, latte, cappucino, amaricano etc. Similarly, you just press Coffee function button and get that coffee in a few seconds.
Although fully automatic coffee machines good for home use, they are extremely useful at office also. In an office environment, usually there is no one dedicated to prepare coffee. For this reason Bean-To-Cup Coffee machines are very common at office. They don’t need a dedicated person, usually they are easy to clean, require less maintenance and best of all, they usually prepare near the coffee shop quality Coffee at the expense of bean coffee and water!
De’Longhi Magnifica S Automatic Coffee Machine (Editor’s Choice for Tight Budget)
De’Longhi Magnifica S is one of the most stable Coffee machine on the market. Magnifica S doesn’t have a display. But this is not a big problem. You can do all the operations with soft buttons easily. De’Longhi Magnifica S can use both ground coffee and bean coffee. This is big plus!
There are many customization options at Maginifica S. like, adjustable coffee temperature, strength, volume and grinding settings. Especially, adjustable temperature is a superb feature. Many people like hot coffee, but some people prefer mild. Especially if you are in a cold place this feature ensures a hot coffee. Other customization features are also enough for a BTC Coffee maker.
This Coffee machine has a 1.8 Liter water tank capacity. This capacity is enough for a regular home use. Fully automatic Coffee makers consumes water more than you expected. Reason is simple: they consume too much water for self cleaning. This is something good, otherwise you must clean it manually.
De’Longhi Magnifica S has a builtin 250g capacity container for bean coffee. This is fairly enough also. Grinder noise level, while grinding, is 71 dB and this can be considered as silent, compared to similar competitors. Grinder has 13 rotary settings. Actually this is too much, since it is a fully automatic coffee machine. But no problem, some people might use it.
De’Longhi Magnifica S ECAM22.110.B doesn’t have a builtin milk tank. Instead it has a steam wand for milk frothing. In order to prepare a milky coffee, you first pour some milk to a cup, then put the cup under the steam wand. When you press the button, coffee machine produce steam and you get frothed milk. This can be a bit difficult, but with little practice, it is not a problem. Good thing with this external steam wand system, milk is not entering coffee machine. In that case, you must deal with cleaning of milk, after all. For hygienic reasons, external milk system is better.
In short, De’Longhi Magnifica S has many great features for the price. It is very easy to use and prepare tasty espresso (and derivatives). Self cleaning process works great. For this reason, this coffee maker require less maintenance. It is not so big and fits almost every where. It is one of the best automatic coffee machine for the price especially for very tight budget.
Siemens EQ3 Automatic Coffee Machine (Editor’s Choice for Budget)
Siemens makes high quality Coffee Machines like other home appliances. They name their Coffee machines with EQx, where x is a number (like Siemens EQ3 EQ5 EQ9). As the number rise, complexity and features of Coffee machine rise. Siemens EQ3 Espresso machine is entry level Coffee machine of Siemens. Although it is an entry level Coffee maker, it has many great features that similar price ranged competitors doesn’t have. For this reason Siemens EQ3 can be considered as one of the best Espresso Machine at this price range.
Siemens EQ3 is a classical bean-to-cup coffee machine. You can make many different preset coffee types with just a button. Siemens EQ3 combines right amount of coffee with right amount of water with suitable temperature and at the end you get a great coffee. EQ3 integrates all components of coffee maker to make a delicious coffee. Siemens call this feature as “iAroma”. As long as you use same coffee and water, you get same great taste.
Unlike De’Longhi Magnifica S, Siemens EQ3 has a big LCD display and big control buttons. All operations and customizations are carried out by this control buttons. When you chose or change something, you see it on LCD display. That makes coffee machine extremely easy to operate.
Siemens EQ3 use only bean coffee. It has a 250 gr capacity bean container. Usually a single shot espresso weight around 6-7 grams and you can make around 30+ cups of coffee with full container. This is fairly enough for home and small office use. But, EQ3 has a relatively small water tank (1.4 Liter) which is a bit small. Since most of the automatic bean-to-cup machines uses much water for self cleaning, you must add water as need.
Unlike similar priced automatic coffee machines, Siemens EQ3 has a ceramic grinder, not stainless steel grinder. Stainless-steel grinders easily heat as it is used. Then, coffee beans start to burnt and you get ruin flavor from any coffee you made. This is something common at stainless-steel grinders. Fortunately, Siemens EQ3 has ceramic grinder and you will not meet such a thing. Grinder has 3 rotary settings which are enough for an automatic coffee machine. But changing rotary settings is a bit difficult. Small tip: You can change settings while operating or better when the container is empty.
Siemens EQ3 has a moveable and removable external milk nozzle. It is very easy to use and clean. You can easily remove milk nozzle and wash it by hand or dishwasher. Since there is no internal milk tank there is no internal milk pipeline. So, there is less part to clean. This is much more hygienic than internal milk tank models, usually. In Siemens EQ3 milk nozzle is external and removable. No internal pipeline = Very easy cleaning + Hygiene.
In short, Siemens EQ3 is one of the best entry level fully automatic Coffee Machine at that price range. Has moderate amount of customization features, like customizable coffee strength, customizable coffee volume, customizable grinder level. You can make easy, fast and delicious coffee at home comfort with reasonable price. Siemens guarantee that you can make 15.000 cups of coffee in its guarantee period for personal use (not for commercial use) with EQ3.