Last Updated: 25-11-19

5 Best Lavazza Machines 2019

The fight for the title of Best Pod Machine company is a very competitive one, with Nespresso, Tassimo and Dolce Gusto all competing with Lavazza for the crown.

So why should you choose Lavazza? Well, many fans say that they are the best when it comes to the actual coffee quality, with the closest taste resemblance to freshly ground bean-to-cup machine coffee, which other pod machines can struggle with.

While there are fewer models and pod varieties available, the fact that they now make compostable pods which can break down in six months may draw in those concerned about waste.

We have reviewed all of the models available and selected our best five to help make your decision easier.

Our Top Picks

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Lavazza Fantasia
  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 36.7 x 29.6cm
  • Capacity: 1.2L
  • Power: 1200W
  • Warm-Up Time: 35 Seconds
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Lavazza Jolie 18000007
  • Dimensions: 21 x 12.4 x 33cm
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Power: 1250W
  • Warm-Up Time: 20 Seconds
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The Best Lavazza Pod Coffee Machines

1.
Lavazza Fantasia

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 36.7 x 29.6cm
  • Capacity: 1.2L
  • Power: 1200W
  • Warm-Up Time: 35 Seconds

A Lavazza machine which can prepare both milk and coffee, which is ideal for anyone who likes to go a bit barista when it comes to their brews.

Don’t be put off though – the milk requires no barista-style training, as it just sits in the jug where you can leave it to work its magic. As Lavazza says, just Plug And Play.

There’s an adjustable cup rest so you can use your favourite cup, with three settings to choose from. A touch control interface gives you all of the machine’s possibilities at the press of a finger, and the overall look is very stylish so perfect if you want something modern yet impactful in your kitchen.

It is one of the more expensive Lavazza machines because of the milk addition, but this will come in handy if you do like frothing your milk.

Reasons to Buy

  • Froths milk
  • Very modern design – doesn’t look like a pod machine
  • Quick start up

Reasons to Avoid

  • The priciest Lavazza

2.
Lavazza Jolie 18000007

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 21 x 12.4 x 33cm
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Power: 1250W
  • Warm-Up Time: 20 Seconds

One of the lowest priced pod machines around, but that in no means suggests it can’t compete with the big guns.

If you are worried about purchasing a pod machine because you feel that it will be quite restrictive in terms of the types of drinks you can have and the style, then the Jolie can really jazz things up. With a height-adjustable drip tray to accommodate longer cups and a special button to allow you to choose how strong the drink is, you have much more flexibility.

There is a relatively powerful wattage, so you don’t have to wait for long until you have your coffee in your hand. It shuts off after nine minutes of inactivity so won’t waste energy or stay on while you’re at work, and the handy descaling programme sorts out the cleaning side of things.

Reasons to Buy

  • Smaller size
  • Fast to heat
  • Free dose button

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small water tank

3.
Lavazza Idola 18000280

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 42.3 x 18.8 x 35.2 cm
  • Capacity: 1.1L
  • Power: 1500W
  • Warm-Up Time: 35 Seconds

One of Lavazza’s newer machines, which means they have taken everything from the previous models which really worked and added a few handy extras for good measure.

Despite there being more ways to use it, it is still very intuitive and pretty self-explanatory. Espresso lungo or ristretto, caffè lungo or unrestricted portions – the choice is yours, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out how to change the settings.

One thing we love about it is how quiet it is. Many coffee machines, pod options included, make quite the racket when preparing the grounds and extracting the water, but the Idola is almost silent. Lavazza goes as far as to say it is the quietest of its kind.

Coffee can be ready in around 35 seconds altogether, which makes it an ideal coffee machine for anyone who is always in a rush in the morning and doesn’t want to mess about too much.

Reasons to Buy

  • Super quiet
  • Three different espresso sizes

Reasons to Avoid

  • Choice of water size means it is not fully automated

4.
Lavazza Desea 18000290

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 28 x 14.5 x 41.7cm
  • Capacity: 1.1L
  • Power: 1500W
  • Warm-Up Time: 25 Seconds

A height-adjustable tray, choice of four strengths and a warning light which lets you know when it needs cleaning and tending to. But that is all just the very tip of the iceberg.

The Desea actually contains a milk frother, one of the few pod machines out there to do so, so if you love a cappuccino but frankly can’t be bothered to pull an espresso, separately froth the milk and everything in between, it could be the ideal answer.

There are five milk settings to pick between, which leaves you spoilt for choice. You aren’t just restricted to using it with the pods either, as you could froth milk separately for hot chocolates or topping other drinks.

It automatically stops when done, and 10 bar of pressure perfectly extracts your choice of drink.

Reasons to Buy

  • Warning light for cleaning and descaling
  • Fully cooperative milk frother built-in

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price (but could save you money when you look at what you get)

5.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Tiny

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 18.7 x 32.1 x 31 cm
  • Capacity: 0.75L
  • Power: 1450W
  • Warm Up Time: 25 Seconds

As the name would have you guess, this is the smallest machine in the A Modo Mio range. Pod coffee makers have a brilliant ability to save some space in your home, and this one takes the winner’s medal.

We are pleased to say it is not only small but mighty, too. A single button turns it on, turns it off and extracts the coffee so there is no fussing around, and the thermoblock technology will have the water warmed in just 25 seconds, giving you just enough time to get the pods and cup ready.

The cup rest is removable in case you want a larger mug, and the pod is really easy to load which is great for anyone who believes it may be too fiddly for them. While the water tank doesn’t hold the most out of them all, it is transparent so you can clearly see when it will need a top-up.

Reasons to Buy

  • Smallest on market
  • Decent sized water holder
  • Adjustable height cup rack

Reasons to Avoid

  • Very loud for its size

Lavazza Machine Buying Guide

How to choose the best Lavazza coffee machine

You will need to think about a few issues which are particular to your habits, such as:

  • How many cups do you drink in one day?
  • How much do you want to have to maintain the machine?
  • Do you want to be able to froth milk?
  • How long do you want to wait for the coffee to be ready?

While all capsules will make one cup at a time, some machines will hold more water than others so you don’t need to fill up the tank as often. The same applies to the number of used pods a machine can hold – some with around five, some over ten, so the frequency the holder needs emptying can differ.

There are Lavazza machines available with milk frothers built-in, whereas others will require a separate frother if necessary.

FAQs

How much should I spend on a Lavazza machine?

While they tend to be slightly more pricey than some rivals, a great value Lavazza machine can still be found for around £40. This can go up towards and over the £100 mark, but these ones at the higher end will likely have milk frothers, self-cleaning modes and larger water capacities.

It all depends on what you need. Those at the lower end are just as great in terms of performance, but it just depends on how you want your coffee to be.

Are Lavazza pods compostable?

Yes! As of the end of 2019, Lavazza became the first big coffee manufacturer to ensure all of their pods were made from compostable material.

This is a big step in the fight to combat waste. Nearly ⅓ of Brits own a pod coffee machine, and as 95 million cups of coffee are drank per day in the UK, this means that tens of millions of pods are likely ending up in a landfill. They take around 50-100 years to break down if made from plastic or aluminium, so this is a big deal and could bring a lot of people over to Lavazza’s side.

They won’t cost any more either, which is good news for your purse.

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