Last Updated: 17-12-2018

10 Best Moka Pots 2019

Moka pots have been around since 1933 when Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti patented the first ever traditional octagonal design. Broadly described as stovetop espresso makers, they work by forcing boiling water upwards through the coffee and into a separate compartment.

Not all require a stove to work, as some electric versions have emerged in recent years which use the same method but can keep the coffee warm without overbrewing it.

Moka pots only require water, coffee grounds and a stove top or similar heat source to work. Sometimes confused with percolators, they are actually two very individual appliances as percolators work in a slightly different way, and only have two chambers rather than three.

If you know it is a Moka pot you are after after reading our guide, here are our top picks for the best available.

 

The Best Moka Pot Coffee Maker

1.
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker – Best Overall

Bialetti is the biggest name in the world of stovetop Moka pots, with their founder being the original inventor of the appliances, so they know what they are doing.

Every one of the seven models in this range is the traditional octagonal design first formulated by Bialetti and is made from aluminium for efficient heat transfer. The ergonomic handle is easy to grip and hold, but you need to use a low heat/flame to ensure it doesn’t get too hot to grasp and possibly melt.

It is suitable for all cooktops bar induction hobs. The beauty of stovetop moka pots is that you can change the water volumes and amount of coffee easily to suit your own tastes, and we found altering the quantities for just one cup of strong coffee was simple enough.

The coffee made tastes great, so if you’re only thinking of getting a moka pot for using when going camping or on holiday, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear it is great enough to use every day at home too. In fact, the taste of the coffee definitely rivalled that of machines worth hundreds of pounds.

However (and it isn’t just this brand which this applies to), the coffee in the smaller-sized pots generally tasted better than that from the larger pots. This does make sense in a way, as smaller pots probably give the coffee more chance to infuse, but is something to bear in mind if the 18 cup design appeals to you the most.

Just remember to read the instructions fully before you start with this machine – the coffee produced is easy to burn, and it is quite strong as well so you may need less powder than you’d think.

Reasons to Buy

  • Traditional octagonal design
  • Loads of sizes to choose from

Reasons to Avoid

  • Has to be cleaned thoroughly and dried due to shape

+ Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Power: Stovetop
  • Cups Produced: 1/2/3/4/9/12/18

2.
Alessi Moka Espresso Coffee Maker

With what feels like one of the sturdiest, long lasting Moka pots we have reviewed, this Alessi model has a few standout components.

First of all the handle material, made from thermoplastic resin. Even though it is shorter than some other models, it was by far the one which got the least hot out of the entire selection – even more so than the ones that listed this as a selling point.

The knob on the lid is also made from this material, and unlike a lot of the other designs, it is flat rather than prominently rounded, so feels easier to grip. However, what is rounded is the overall shape of the Moka pot, which we loved as it just gives it a different feel and makes it stand out from the majority of others on the market.

As well, the pouring spout seems to be ever so slightly larger on the Alessi. This could mean it is more unreliable when pouring when in effect the opposite appears to be the case, and liquid dripped down the side a lot less than most other models.

It can be used on all heat sources, bar induction hobs, so whether it is for the home, as a spare or for the caravan, it is one of the best choices you can purchase.

Reasons to Buy

  • Rounded shape
  • Shinier finish

Reasons to Avoid

  • Capacity is smaller than suggested

+ Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Power: Stovetop
  • Cups Produced: 3

3.
The London Sip Company Espresso Maker – Best for Induction Hobs

Barista-style Italian coffee with a British design twist, which makes this product rather unique and well designed for use especially in the home.

This 6 cup device is generously sized so there is no risk of you pouring and not getting as much as you expected. The resulting coffee is clean-tasting with no metallic hints like you’d find with some cheaper stainless steel models, and it also seems to stay surprisingly stain free with a simple wipe if it gets splashed.

The completely heatproof handle sticks well out from the pot itself, so you won’t risk your knuckles being burnt on the steel compartment, or your hand getting hot over the hob. It is also a lot longer than a lot of other handles, ensuring safety and a secure grip.

Here is the big selling point – if you have an induction hob, you’ll know how frustrating it is trying to find a set of saucepans that are compatible. It is even harder finding extra bits and bobs, such as woks. This coffee Moka pot is completely compatible for induction hobs, in fact being created with them in mind. Don’t worry if you have a traditional electric hob, though, as it still works just as well.

It is recommended you don’t use this in the dishwasher as it can leave behind a slightly detergent taste, so just hand wash with warm water. A little bit of soap could be used, just make sure it is well rinsed. Although if all your prayers have been answered by finding an induction-suitable coffee maker, this is probably the last of your worries!

The price is also a massive plus – the other decent inductions we have found all retail for at least double the cost, and don’t look near as bonny either.

Reasons to Buy

  • Safe for use with inductions
  • Rounded design makes it easy to clean and dry
  • Great price or what you get

Reasons to Avoid

  • Other sizes would be a welcome addition

+ Specifications

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Power: Stovetop/Induction
  • Cups Produced: 6

4.
Bialetti Alpina Espresso Maker – Best for Travel

As the name suggests, this little pot is the perfect camping companion – even right down to the quirky, unique design.

Made from varnished metal to ensure it is extra sturdy and hard-wearing, the top is shaped like an Alpini’s hat, and there is even a characteristic little feather.

But how it looks is probably low on your list of priorities, so we will get down to its usability. First of all, it isn’t just for use when camping, and can be placed over an electric or gas stove too. It makes three decent-sized shots of espresso, perfect for a small team of explorers (or glampers, if more your style).

The coffee it produces tastes great, absolutely no different to any other stovetop coffee makers we reviewed despite the style and its suggested design as a camping ‘backup’ rather than a home go-to.

The handle is nylon, for safety when using over heat. It didn’t get hot, even when over a flame, nor did it seem to become warped in any way when cooling.

Every part is detachable from the main portion for easy cleaning, even the feather which we thought was a real novelty aspect. If you’re after a traditional Italian Moka pot, then the patriotic design will surely be a winner in your eyes.

Reasons to Buy

  • Design
  • Rounded upper shape for easier cleaning

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not safe for dishwasher cleaning

+ Specifications

  • Material: Varnished
  • Aluminium Power: Stovetop
  • Cups Produced: 3

5.
Andrew James Moka Pot

As the name suggests, this little pot is the perfect camping companion – even right down to the quirky, unique design.

Made from varnished metal to ensure it is extra sturdy and hard-wearing, the top is shaped like an Alpini’s hat, and there is even a characteristic little feather.

But how it looks is probably low on your list of priorities, so we will get down to its usability. First of all, it isn’t just for use when camping, and can be placed over an electric or gas stove too. It makes three decent-sized shots of espresso, perfect for a small team of explorers (or glampers, if more your style).

The coffee it produces tastes great, absolutely no different to any other stovetop coffee makers we reviewed despite the style and its suggested design as a camping ‘backup’ rather than a home go-to.

The handle is nylon, for safety when using over heat. It didn’t get hot, even when over a flame, nor did it seem to become warped in any way when cooling.

Every part is detachable from the main portion for easy cleaning, even the feather which we thought was a real novelty aspect. If you’re after a traditional Italian Moka pot, then the patriotic design will surely be a winner in your eyes.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great price
  • Easy to clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Leaks slightly when you pour coffee if not tightly secured enough

+ Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium and Stainless Steel
  • Power: Stovetop
  • Cups Produced: 3

6.
G3Ferrari G10045 Moka Electric – Best Electric

Electric Moka pots are becoming an ever-popular choice, but not all feature an auto-switch off like this one from G3Ferrari.

When the pot is removed, the base automatically turns off for a safety element. The insulated bottom means it can be placed on any surface even when it has just boiled, so it perfectly portable if you want to have breakfast in bed.

Another great feature is that you can keep the coffee warm for up to 30 minutes after it has been brewed, which is seen as a bit of a luxury even amongst the filter coffee machines at the high-end of the market.

The pot can also be programmed to prepare the coffee for when you rise in the morning, and indicator lights will tell you when these factors are all in use. With an adjustable filter, it is easy to make either one, two or three cups at the same time, cutting out the guesswork needed with a lot of other models.

The only flaw is that the upper, made of plastic, feels a lot flimsier than the other electric Moka pot we have reviewed. While we don’t think this would be much of an issue short-term, it may become one with frequent use.

However, it is transparent so you can see how the coffee brewing process is getting on, and splash guard technology means it won’t become overly boiled and start to burn.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great safety features
  • Clean design
  • Perfect for small kitchens despite being electric

Reasons to Avoid

  • Time will tell if it is as sturdy as metallic stovetop versions

+ Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Power: Electric
  • Cups Produced: 3

7.
La Cafetiere Classic Espresso Coffee Maker – Best for Colour Choice

Available in pistachio and red as well as polished silver and black, this classic espresso Moka pot is the one for anyone who loves their appliances to feature a pop of colour.

The ergonomic handle is easy to grip, conforming to your natural hand placement. Design-wise, it has been based off the traditional octagonal shape of the original Bialetti models, and it is hard-wearing, so isn’t only an economical option but also environmentally sound with no unnecessary heat escaping. It can’t be used on an induction hob.

Washing it after use has to be done by hand, but with the rounded lower compartment and softly angled upper, it is easy enough to get into all the corners and allow it to dry it naturally.

It seems to not be very ‘precise’ with the measurements, in the fact that the three cup model makes the perfect amount for more like two cups and the six model for around four cups etc. For this reason, we would say to try and get the upper size of the one you’d need – the larger 9 cup model is perfect for a full mugful of coffee, but this all depends on how strong you like your coffee, of course. Also, bear in mind it is only meant to be an espresso maker.

Reasons to Buy

  • Colourful options
  • Pours perfectly

Reasons to Avoid

  • Smaller than some similar sized models

+ Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Power Source: Stovetop
  • Cups Produced: 3/6/9

8.
Jocca Italian Electric Coffee Maker

With a metallic lower section and clear plastic upper, the design of this coffee maker is very different from traditional Moka pots, which we love.

Operated by plugging it into the mains and using the on/off switch, this is one of the easiest ways to make coffee, and perfect for smaller households or those who simply don’t have room for large electric coffee makers in their kitchen. The striking red colour also makes it a standout.

A benefit of using an electric coffee maker is that it keeps the coffee warm for longer, as it doesn’t have to be taken away from the heat source as such. Only the base needs to be plugged in, and the maker needs to be sat on this plate only to boil or keep warm, so in effect is wireless at other times.

It can turn 360 degrees on its platform like most kettles, so it easy to access for safety. The handle keeps cool, and despite the fact the upper is plastic, it doesn’t get too warm to comfortably use.

We also liked the fact that the handle stuck out further away from the base like a tilt, unlike a lot of other Moka pots whose handles are perfectly vertical, which means your knuckles are less likely to feel the heat. Great for anyone with large hands who finds ordinary jugs difficult.

Reasons to Buy

  • Electric powered
  • Clean design
  • Good tasting black coffee

Reasons to Avoid

  • Is only enough for one large cup

+ Specifications

  • Material: Metal/Plastic
  • Power Source: Electric
  • Cups Produced: 6

9.
Pezzetti Stove-Top Moka Coffee Maker – Best for Ceramic Hobs

Like the traditional Bialetti model and design, the eight-sided shape of this Pezzetti model allows the heat to diffuse completely through the Moka pot and enhance the aroma of the coffee.

Simply fill the base with water, the middle with coffee grounds and place on your gas flame, stove or electric hob. Then it is just a case of letting the maker do its job, which is signalled by a faint whistling sound. To wash, just use hot soapy water by hand.

The reason we say this is best for ceramic hobs is that the base is completely flat. With other models, as they are designed to be used on gas rings or over flames, they sometimes have a slight curve at the edge which means they can seem slightly unsteady on ceramic plates.

This also makes it slightly quicker to heat up, which is great if you feel that a Moka espresso pot may be too time-consuming, but you still want the traditional Italian methodology.

It won’t work on an induction hob due to being aluminium but is substantial over every other source. It feels strong, but generally provides fewer cups than it suggests, so if you’re after making 3 espressos at any one time we would recommend you go for the 6 model.

Reasons to Buy

  • Well built

Reasons to Avoid

  • Handle sits very close to hot coffee tank
  • Are cheaper models available which aren’t much different

+ Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Power Source: Stovetop
  • Cups Produced: 1/2/3/6/9/14

Moka Pot Coffee Maker Buying Guide

What is a Moka pot?

A Moka pot is a form of coffee maker which brews coffee by passing boiling water through the grounds. The water is pressurised by steam, caused by the heat source.

The traditional Moka pot is a stovetop design, which sits on top of your hob or stove and acts like a boiling pan of water. Most can also be used over a naked flame, too. There are now electric Moka pots available as well, which act more like a kettle.

How does a Moka pot work?

Each pot is usually made up of three chambers: one for the water, one for the grounds and one for the end result.

The bottom third is the water compartment, with the grounds held in the middle. The boiling water rises up through a funnel to the compartment with the grounds, pushes the grounds upwards, and into the third which holds the newly formed coffee liquid.

Price

As expected, electric Moka pots are generally more expensive but can actually be of similar pricing to the higher-end stovetop variants.

Moka pots are cheaper than purchasing models such as bean to cup, filter or even pod machines, and the continuing price of using them isn’t as much either thanks to the fact they only use coffee granules/grounds and hot water.

 

FAQs

What is the best coffee for Moka pots?

As long as your coffee is ground, it will work in a Moka pot.

Illy, Lavazza, Lyons, Taylors of Harrogate and Carte Noire are some popular pre-grind coffee brands you can purchase, and are widely available for a range of prices from supermarkets and other shops, as well as online on Amazon.

Is my stove suitable for a Moka pot?

You will have seen that the majority of Moka pots will not work with induction hobs. This is due to the materials, so if you do have an induction, be sure to buy a dedicated model such as the one we have featured above.

If you have any other type of hob or even a gas/alcohol burner for travelling, any pot should be fine but always double check with the instructions and materials.

 

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