Last Updated: 09-11-2020

7 Best Integrated Coffee Machines 2020

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.

Our Top Picks

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Rangemaster Eclipse ECL45CFBL
  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.1L
  • Power: 1300W
  • Dimensions: 45.4 x 59.2 x 47.4
  • Plumbing Required: No
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Fisher & Paykel Designer Companion EB60DSXB2
  • Type: Beans or Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.5L
  • Power: 1200W
  • Dimensions: H45.8 x W59.6 x D48
  • Plumbing Required: No
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Bosch CTL636ES6
  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.4L
  • Power: 1600W
  • Dimensions: 37.5 x 59.4 x 45.5 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No
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The Best Integrated Coffee Machines

1.
Whirlpool W Collection W11CM145

Specifications

  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Power: 1350W
  • Dimensions: 45 x 56 x 55cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

Stylish and able to handle your drink of choice every morning, this coffee machine will make sure that even if you haven’t quite woken up yet, you will still get your caffeine hit.

You can use both beans and ground coffee, which is great if you currently have a preference, or if you like to mix things up. A height-adjustable spout will comfortably pour an espresso just as well as a tall latte and the steam wand will craft luxurious fluffy milk froth.

A two-litre water capacity will mean less filling and more pouring, and it will comfortably fit into an eye-level cabinet. Handy touch controls on the LCD screen mean everything is clear and in one place, too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Milk frother
  • Adjustable pour spouts

Reasons to Avoid

  • No auto cleaning function

2.
Rangemaster Eclipse ECL45CFBL

Specifications

  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.1L
  • Power: 1300W
  • Dimensions: 45.4 x 59.2 x 47.4
  • Plumbing Required: No

At the touch of a button, you have four pre-programmed coffees to choose from as well as the option of beans or grounds.

Actually, both grounds and beans can be loaded up at the same time if you want to keep the option for two varieties always open without any extra work. A height-adjustable spout means that espressos are just as easy as long lattes, and you can also pick your go-to mug if you love a large cup on a weekend.

It will also show an alert on the control panel when it needs cleaning and it comes with a handy function to flush it out with limescale remover in case blockages are building up.

The Rangemaster range is always high-end, with plenty of appliances to choose from such as cookers and refrigerators, so you have plenty of choices if you want to match up everything and have a properly set up kitchen.

Reasons to Buy

  • Low water indicator
  • Memory function

Reasons to Avoid

  • No water filtration automatically

3.
Bosch CTL636ES6

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

4.
AEG Mastery KKE884500M

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

5.
Fisher & Paykel Designer Companion EB60DSXB2

Specifications

  • Type: Beans or Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.5L
  • Power: 1200W
  • Dimensions: H45.8 x W59.6 x D48
  • Plumbing Required: No

Thanks to the variable temperature, grinding level, cup size and strength options, the amount of coffees available with a few setting selections is huge with this Fisher & Paykel.

It is primarily designed to fit at eye level, so the dimensions should be perfect for most kitchen setups. As it will make two cups at once, it will make those busy mornings a lot easier, and serving coffee to your guests a lot quicker.

The automatic cleaning cycle will immediately get rid of any milk or coffee residue before it reaches the chance to build up, so each cup will taste clean and it will all be bacteria-free. This will improve not only the working of the machine but also its lifespan.

We liked the interior light, which is a warm glow but illuminated both the machine and the surrounding area, as well as adding some atmosphere.

The grinding coarseness has a huge 13 options to choose from, so whether you want the impact in flavour of finer grounds or prefer something a bit more subtle, you are bound to be able to settle on the right one with a bit of experimentation.

You are free to make anything from espressos and Americanos to lungos, macchiatos and flat whites so there won’t ever not be an option for your tastes. We loved the little storage area hidden away behind the interface too so that you can keep your cups out of view yet within easy reach. The water reservoir and tank were both some of the easiest to remove, too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great drink options
  • Auto clean and auto switch off

Reasons to Avoid

  • The front of the machine gets marked easily

6.
NEFF N90 C17KS61H0

Specifications

  • Type: Coffee Beans or Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.4L
  • Power: 1600W
  • Dimensions: 59.6 x 37.6 x 45.5 cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

If you are one for personalisation and liking your cups of coffee in a very specific way, then the MyCoffee function on this Neff model will surely make it a frontrunner in your eyes.

It basically means you can save eight different blends and beverages as presets, so they can be automatically selected when the time comes without you having to adjust any quantities and strengths each and every time. They can be saved under personal names, so whether you prefer to have different coffees throughout the day or everyone in the house has their favourites, it is easy to distinguish them all.

SensoFlow technology maintains the perfect standard temperature throughout the machine for every stage, so the brewing temperature is just under boiling point for maximum taste, and it is served hot enough to enjoy without going cold within minutes.

OneTouch preparation means all the standard coffees are available immediately, from cappuccinos to lattes and ristrettos. Furthermore, you can adjust the temperature to suit; there are three grades for coffee, and four for hot water.

The grinding unit will automatically adjust to the variety of bean used, and when it is working, it is all pretty quiet compared to a lot of other automatic and bean to cup machines we have reviewed.

The milk, water and coffee bean containers are all hidden behind the machine which acts as a door, so they aren’t visible, and everything will blend seamlessly into your kitchen. They are still easy to access though, simply opening it up. A warning will show when the bean and water tanks are nearly empty too, so you don’t constantly have to open the door to check the levels manually.

Overall, it is easy to use, and the child lock is great for busy homes. Price-wise though, there are models which offer pretty much similar for a bit less money.

Reasons to Buy

  • MyCoffee function
  • Quiet grinder
  • Adjustable dispenser height between 7 and 15cm

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey for what it offers

7.
Siemens IQ-700 CT636LES6

Specifications

  • Type: Coffee Beans and Grounds/Automatic
  • Capacity: 2.4L
  • Power: 1600W
  • Dimensions: 45.5 x 59.6 x 37.7cm
  • Plumbing Required: No

Another clever Wi-Fi connected coffee machine here, which is great if you like to make your coffee from the comfort of the bed on a chilly winter morning.

There are five pre-programmed coffees ready at the touch of a button, which is great if you haven’t the faintest idea of how a macchiato is made. If you fancy a bit more milk or less water, there is a playlist so you can save your specific tastes to the machine too. This playlist is accessible through your smartphone as well, so you always get the end result you desire.

Every brew is ideal thanks to the SensoFlow technology, which gets the exact length and flow of water for the selected drink. Temperature is also maintained, so the beans don’t develop a burnt taste. If you do fancy that stronger taste however, AromaDouble Shot will pop your beans through the distilling process twice so you get a real impact when drinking.

It will work with your Amazon Alexa, so just ask her to make the coffee and she will listen. No need to even reach for the phone when you want an extra five minutes of shut eye. It’s pricey which is why it doesn’t feature higher, but it is packed with enough gadgetry to make it worthwhile.

Reasons to Buy

  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Can work with smart speakers
  • Everything, including filling, is accessible from front of machine

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cleans itself before every coffee which can be timely

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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