Last Updated: 02-08-19

5 Best Integrated Coffee Machines 2019

Built-in coffee machines are perfect for kitchens with a similar range of appliances and products all hidden away for the clean, simplistic look, or for anyone who wants to save a bit of countertop space without compromising on coffee quality.

The best integrated coffee machine for you all depends on your budget, the coffee you drink and the usability. The style is also a big factor for such appliances – you will want it to complement both the other electricals in the kitchen, as well as the layout.

To find the best would take a lot of work. Luckily, we have reviewed some of the best finds to fit every possible need and help you on your way to a new coffee machine:

 

The Best Integrated Coffee Machines

1.
Bosch CTL636ES6 – Best Smart Coffee Machine

Specifications

  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.4L
  • Power: 1600W
  • Dimensions: 37.5 x 59.4 x 45.5 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

Combining the space-saving benefits of an integrated appliance with the time-saving benefits of smart appliances, the Bosch CTL636ES6 is easily controlled, super quick and an all-in-one automatic.

It doesn’t only provide smart technology, but there are also aspects which will boost the flavour of your coffee. SensoFlow precisely heats your coffee to the optimum serving and brewing temperature, so not only will you never have a cold brew again, but the flavour is full of impact.

Aroma DoubleShot gives you the option to have an extra strong coffee, with a specialised grinding and brewing process that won’t make the coffee bitter with the added strength. Perfect for those mornings where you struggled to make it out of bed.

The OneTouch function means there is no extra programming or changing settings required to make a cappuccino or latte compared to a standard espresso, as the interface means they are all there as pre-sets. You can also select to make two coffees at the same time – and SensoFlow means they will both arrive at the perfect, consistent temperature time after time.

Now for the ‘Smart’ bit. Home Connect means you can connect it all up to your smartphone, and brew a cup of coffee when you’re in bed which will be ready for when you reach the kitchen. No waiting around or missing your favourite TV show, as long as the water/coffee/milk is all kept topped up.

Cleaning the machine is even made easy. Steam Blast will flush the internal workings with steam and hot water after every single use to keep everything in working order and hygienic. Better still, it is automatic, so no panicking that you’ve forgotten to do it for a while.

The price means it is at the higher end of the scale, but for the technology and efficiency you get, it will be well worth it after only a few weeks.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great temperature control
  • Smart control
  • Generous water tank capacity
  • Automatic – can grind coffee beans

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

2.
Whirlpool ACE 010 IX – Best Budget

Specifications

  • Type: Ground Coffee/Semi-Automatic
  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Power: 1000W
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 28.5 x 38.2 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

The cheapest inbuilt coffee machine option in our rundown, the Whirlpool ACE 010 IX is a stylish, simple to use machine for anybody looking for a built-in coffee maker which can handle a lot.

It can make two cups of coffee at any one time, so perfect for those busy mornings where everyone needs their caffeine at once. Able to prepare plain filter coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, americanos and lattes, it is a real all-in-one without the need for extra gadgets and improvisation. You can control the level of steam with a handy turn of the dial, offering precision.

There is stylish halogen lighting integrated into the machine, which will fit into any kitchen but particularly those with similar built-in appliances. Thanks to the 15 bar pump pressure, the coffee produced is as close to coffee-shop quality you’ll get without passing through your front door.

We loved the hot water spout, which gives you on-demand boiling water without the use of a kettle or waiting around for it to heat – great if you want to make a cup of tea or prepare some instant noodles. The entire thermos block system gives you a good level of control over the heat of the machine.

No plumbing is required, with water coming from a tank which you have to refill manually. This is great for anyone who doesn’t want the hassle of altering the layout of their kitchen to fit it all in.

Stainless steel can sometimes be a bit of a pain to keep on top of cleaning-wise, showing up fingerprints and the slightest of spills. However, this is anti-fingerprint stainless steel, so hopefully, the marks will be kept at bay for a little while longer at least.

Tall mugs aren’t great at fitting under the pourer so it may not be an option for anyone after long drinks. Espresso cups, standard mugs and wider cappuccino mugs are perfect though.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great price
  • Stainless steel silver looks modern
  • Great choice of coffee varieties

Reasons to Avoid

  • On the noisier side
  • Small water tank

3.
Hotpoint CM 5038 IX H

Specifications

  • Type: Ground Coffee/Semi-Automatic
  • Capacity: 1L
  • Power: 800W
  • Dimensions: 29.1 x 59.5 x 38.2 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

This modern, easy to control and clean machine is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

Featuring a semi-automatic cleaning function and programme, the inside of the machine is kept clean and in full working order with the combined use of steam and hot water. The outside is easy for you to clean too, thanks to the durable stainless steel which can simply be wiped if any marks appear.

There are simple push-button controls to choose which function you would like (coffee/hot water or steam), and the force of the steam is simply altered with the turn of a dial. This opens up the possible coffee varieties, making it easier than ever to produce cappuccinos, lattes and Americanos as well as standard milk coffee.

The filters used are paper, so easy to replace and readily available both online and in the shops when the time comes. Even though this means a bit more waste, it does cut down on cleaning time.

The 19 bar maximum pressure is perfect for creating powerful, strong tasting coffees, but it will also adapt for those smoother milk-based offerings to offer something a bit more mellow.

With a 1L water tank, you have enough to make around 8 cups of espresso coffee without refilling or approximately 3 or 4 larger cups. It is easy enough to refill, with a wide enough slot to ensure the water doesn’t go everywhere but the tank.

Looks-wise, you may think it isn’t much different to the Whirlpool ACE 010 IX, but the depth and power are slightly different so make sure you get the right one.

Reasons to Buy

  • Looks neat and modern
  • Easy to use interface and controls

Reasons to Avoid

  • Takes a bit longer to pour than some others reviewed

4.
Whirlpool ACE 102

Specifications

  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Power: 1350W
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 52.5 x 45.5 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

A lovely touch control unit which will bring any kitchen bang up to date in terms of modernity. It is fully automatic, so you barely have to lift a finger before your coffee is ready.

An integrated coffee bean grinder ensures that your coffee is as fresh as can be. Or, you can use pre-ground if you’re in a bit of a rush or already have your favourite blend. It has been designed to accommodate every cup size, from espressos to mugs, and two cups can sit alongside each other if you want to make two drinks at once.

A double thermos block system gets the water to the perfect temperature. It also keeps it there throughout the pouring, giving you the best cup possible. This also gives you consistent pressure, so the coffee is extracted for optimum flavour. If you like your milk frothy, the system is included and fully adjustable to get the right consistency. There is also a vapour and hot water dispenser if you prefer herbal teas every once in a while.

To round it off, the brewing unit, water tank and drip tray are all accessible from the front of the unit. This means no tricky dismantling. iXelium anti-scratch coating on the polished steel will keep it looking mighty fine too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Straightforward to install
  • Easy to use
  • Simple to keep clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Touch controls can be a little slow to respond

5.
AEG Mastery KKE884500M – Best for Large Households

Specifications

  • Type: Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Power: 1350W
  • Dimensions: 45 x 56 x 55 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

Able to fit best into an eye-level cabinet, this AEG pick has those who regularly entertain into mind.

The MultiCup feature will prepare up to 6 coffees at one time, with the thermal jug able to keep everything at the perfect temperature before serving. This will also please anyone who has a household full of coffee lovers who all have to negotiate timings in the mornings.

For those who like tall coffees, this is also a great pick. The special programme will adjust the height, pouring pattern and pressure of the drink, ensuring it is served evenly and consistently.

There is no auto clean function like with some of the other machines in the same price bracket, but it is easy enough to keep on top of manually. To help the outside looking clean as well, there is a mark resistant coating which seems to keep fingerprints, grease and splashes at bay quite effectively.

Preparing your coffee is made easier and hassle-free thanks to the 7 pre-set coffee varieties which can be selected with OneTouch operation. The touch controls keep everything looking smooth, and the settings are easy to choose.

Milk frothing is done via the arm and Cappuccinatore jug, so you have more control over the milk and pouring as well as just how much froth is created. Two separate heaters for the coffee and the hot water means it can act as a kettle as well, and will always be able to reach the perfect temperature.

There isn’t a warning to let you know when the beans are running low, which isn’t a massive problem but feels like a big thing to miss out if it is something you are used to with an old model.

Reasons to Buy

  • Multi-cup preparation
  • Surface keeps clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Missing the auto-clean and low stock warnings

Integrated Coffee Machine Buying Guide

Which is the best built-in coffee machine for me?

The best coffee machine for you won’t necessarily be the best for somebody else. There are a lot of things to take into consideration, to ensure you make the correct investment. You will need to bear in mind:

  • Size of the area

  • Type of coffee you use and drink

  • Your budget

  • Settings and control

Most machines have a milk frother to open up the variety of coffee available to you, but some are better at this than others so if you much prefer a cappuccino every morning to an espresso. The vast majority of those reviewed will allow the user to use either beans or ground coffee, but there are some cheaper options which only accept ground coffee as there is no integrated grinder. This could be worth considering if you’re looking to get a lower-priced model, if you already have found your favourite ground coffee with a cafetière and won’t be bothering with the beans anyway, or have a separate grinder and prefer to be able to choose your grinding level.

Concerning settings, some are easier to control than others. A lot have a screen on which the coffee you have selected is displayed, chosen with buttons or dials. Some have pre-set options, and some give you a chance to save your favourite coffees, so they’re available at the touch of a button. You may even fancy a smart coffee machine, which you can control from your bed, the sofa or when you’re in the garden without having to wait around for it to be ready.

Price

Automatic machines, which grind the beans for you, will be more expensive than semi-automatics which will only use pre-ground coffee. This is understandable with the technology that goes into it all.

Think about whether you want to have a machine which will use beans, or are happy just using grounds. A basic semi-automatic could be purchased for under £500, whereas most bean to cup machines will go over £1000.

Size

Most of the machines will be quite a standard sizing across the board. However, there are some which come in less tall or wide to fit smaller spaces.

If you have an already existing space for an in-built coffee machine or other appliance, then it will be essential to get the exact measurements and sizing to ensure there are no gaps. If you’re thinking of getting an entire kitchen redesign, there may be scope to pick your favourite machine and adapt it into the build.

 

FAQs

Are integrated coffee machines any good?

The majority of built-in coffee machines are just a form of filter machine or bean to cup machine but don’t take up room on your kitchen worktop. There isn’t much to separate the two in terms of efficiency, as most will deliver a similar taste.

The only limitation may be the cup size you can use. As they are built-in, the space to put your cups will be pretty enclosed rather than sitting on an open drip tray. For this reason, standard sized cups are the best option, and taller or broader mugs may be difficult to negotiate.

How do I clean a built-in coffee machine?

The water, coffee bean and milk container will likely all be removable for easy refilling, so can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher if they are dishwasher safe.

Some of those we reviewed are self-cleaning, so every time they are turned on and off, they will clean themselves by circulating hot water and steam throughout the internal parts and the milk frother. There may still be the need to programme a clean in every so often, however.

Those which aren’t self-cleaning will have their own settings you can manually choose; it is just a matter of remembering to do it pretty much daily if it is used all the time.

Like any other electrical coffee machine, it will need descaling periodically too. How often this needs doing depends on the device, how it works and what kind of water you are using. Hard tap water will allow limescale to build up faster, and filtered bottled water could prolong the build-up.

Do I need to plumb my integrated coffee machine in?

All of those we have reviewed do not need plumbing in, so there is a removable water tank which you refill with tap or bottled water. This makes installation easier, and may also open up the options for positioning of the coffee machine if you’ve not yet decided on placement.

Those which need plumbing in are usually a bit more restricted in terms of placement, but it could be an option if you don’t want to refill a tank every few uses.

Tanks are available ranging from a 1L capacity to almost 3L, so if refilling is an issue or you make a lot of coffee, a large capacity tank may be easier than getting a plumbed-in device.

 

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