Not all coffee is the same, milk foam is not the same as milk foam, and fully automatic machines are not all fully automatic machines. Which fully automatic coffee machines dispense delicious drinks? Which models are worthwhile? GIGA gives an overview of test winners and price-performance tips.
Many people cannot get up in the morning without coffee, their eyes only open after the first sip. What use is a portafilter machine when you have to laboriously do everything yourself? No, such coffee drinkers need a fully automatic coffee machine that serves the desired creation at the push of a button. Whether espresso, cappuccino or latte macchiato, thanks to the integrated milk frother, such a device can even mix complex coffee beverages. Here are the test winners among the fully automatic coffee machines and recommendations from the editorial team, followed by some tips on buying a fully automatic coffee machine. We made the article clearer in August 2020, updated the prices contained in the text and therefore republished the article.
The best fully automatic coffee machines 2020: an overview of all test winners
|Price-performance tip||Test winner Stiftung Warentest||Test winner further tests||Price tip fully automatic coffee machine|
|product||Melitta Caffeo Passione OT||Law ENA 8 (2019)||De’Longhi Dinamica Plus ECAM 370.95.T||Philips 2200 series EP 2200/10|
|price||from around 500 euros||from approx. 900 euros||from approx. 750 euros||from approx. 300 euros|
Price tip fully automatic coffee machine: Melitta Caffeo Passione OT
- produces very good coffee beverages
- ten different specialties
If you want to spend significantly less on your fully automatic machine than the test winner costs, you don’t have to do without delicious cappuccino. The machines are price stable, but with Melitta Caffeo Passione OT we have found an attractive model at a good price. The Stiftung Warentest awarded the fully automatic coffee machine in December 2017 the overall grade “good”. In the sensory assessment it even surpasses the test winner of 2019 with a grade of 1.6. In other words: The drinks are great!
Perhaps a secret lies in the good taste in the special sealing of the coffee beans. In addition, only as much is ground as is needed. The fully automatic machine can prepare 10 different coffee variations. In addition to an automatic switch-off, there is a “0-watt” switch, which prevents standby consumption. Despite the extensive equipment and 15 bar pump pressure, the price is attractive.
Test winner fully automatic coffee machines: Jura ENA 8 (2019)
- Produces very good coffee drinks
- Milk foam is great!
- Many (10) different specialties
- Energy efficient
- Removing the brewing group is laborious
According to the manufacturer Jura, the ENA 8 fully automatic coffee machine aims to be a “superlative one-cup machine”. That was at least successful insofar as it took first place in the test of Stiftung Warentest 12/2019 landed. The model from 2019 (not the older version!) Convinced in all disciplines, even though the barista had something to complain about in the taste test: The cappuccino was “without special features”. And yet: According to the product testers, the Jura ENA 8 is the best fully automatic coffee machine.
He serves ten different coffee specialties, including espresso, cappuccino, ristretto, latte macchiato – and tea drinkers get hot water. The height of the spout can be adjusted from 55 to 138 millimeters for different cups. The pump pressure is 15 bar. So that the fully automatic machine cuts a fine figure when it is not in use, you can choose between different housing colors at MediaMarkt, for example.
Another test winner: De’Longhi Dinamica Plus ECAM 370.95.T
- produces good coffee beverages
- Different specialties, even larger quantities of coffee can be cooked
- large bean and water container
- App does not work with every mobile phone
Other tests with different devices and different weightings than the tests by Stiftung Warentest selected a different winner: ETM Testmagazin 12/2018 and Haus & Garten Test 05/2019 (both also readable via the Readly subscription) highlighted the De’Longhi Dinamica Plus ECAM 370.95.T on the winners podium. The fully automatic coffee machine has a 13-stage conical grinder and a patented milk frothing system for fine-pored milk foam. The brew group can be completely removed. According to the manufacturer, cleaning the interior of the machine should also be easy. Haus & Garten Test emphasizes the understandable operating concept, the quiet and quick way of working and the perfect coffee temperature.
In addition to the larger water tank, the De’Longhi device scores with a modern feature: the fully automatic machine is available with app control. According to the manufacturer, this allows you to access all functions, i.e. make all of the beverage settings. You still have to put the mug down yourself … According to reviews in the app stores, there are connection problems with some devices – but you can also use the large touch display on the machine.
Price tip and test winner manual: Philips EP2220 / 10
- Produces good espresso and coffee
- Milk has to be frothed manually at the nozzle
But it can be even cheaper with just as good coffee – namely if you froth the milk yourself. If you are not afraid of it or if you usually drink espresso anyway, the Philips 2200 series EP2220 / 10 should be shortlisted. It is a fully automatic coffee machine with a manual milk frother: As with some portafilter machines, you hold the glass so that the nozzle on the front of the device protrudes into the milk. This is how the milk is heated and frothed.
The Philips machine can dispense coffee and espresso. The manually foamed milk also makes cappuccino, latte macchiato and the like. At Stiftung Warentest, this model achieved an overall rating of 2.2 “good” and was therefore ahead of the competing model in the fully automatic machine with manual milk frother category.
Fully automatic coffee machines in the test: This is how it was tested
In its test, the Stiftung Warentest examined several aspects that were responsible for the final grade different degrees were weighted. The most important sub-rating with 35 percent was the sensory assessment. The taste was assessed by eight trained people in a blind test. During the technical test (25 percent), the heating-up time and serving time, espresso temperature and foam consistency were examined carefully. Instructions for use, filling the fully automatic machine, cleaning, etc. were included in the “handling” sub-rating (weighting: 20 percent). In addition, the Stiftung Warentest examined the safety, environmental properties and pollutants.
Buying a fully automatic coffee machine: You should also know that
Fully automatic coffee machine, coffee maker, portafilter machine – what is the difference?
Under one coffee machine (see buying tips) one generally understands a machine for the preparation of filter coffee. A paper filter is inserted into the funnel above the jug, in which the ground coffee goes. Here the hot water trickles in and down to the jug. The devices can have a relatively simple technical design, and they are correspondingly cheap. Alternatively, there are 1-cup coffee machines with capsules or pods.
Anyone who ordered an espresso in a cafe or restaurant must have seen the barista on one Portafilter machine. The ground coffee or espresso powder comes in a small metal mold above the cup. The hot water is pressed through here. Many portafilter machines have a nozzle for frothing milk. In terms of price, they are between coffee machines and fully automatic machines.
Coffee machines are a great addition to portafilter machines. You grind the beans, fill the metal mold, you can often also heat and froth milk and put everything into the cup in the right order.
Can a fully automatic coffee machine make coffee?
Sounds like a stupid question at first, but it isn’t: fully automatic coffee machines usually make espresso. It generally forms the basis for cappuccino, latte macchiato and the like. Many fully automatic coffee machines cheat with coffee, it is actually a stretched espresso. It still tastes good.
How automatic are coffee machines?
Dispense a coffee drink at the push of a button, grind coffee and froth milk, run the washing program – the machines can do that. But it doesn’t work without care: refilling with water and beans, and getting milk (or milk container) from the refrigerator is not spared. In addition, the fully automatic machine has to be dismantled and cleaned every now and then, regardless of the automatic rinsing processes. Otherwise mold can form. After all, the drip tray of many models can simply be put in the dishwasher.
Some machines now even offer app control or even a smart home connection:
Offers: When are fully automatic coffee machines particularly cheap?
We checked the price history of some products. We did not notice a uniform trend. The rule is: You cannot expect a major drop in prices in 12 months. Over time, some low prices even rose slightly after a few months. It is still worth comparing, there are always offers. In our price widget above, several dealers are stored, of which the cheapest price is displayed and linked.
Is Coffee Unhealthy?
For more details on this question, see our guide to coffee enjoyment. In short: coffee currently has a worse reputation than it deserves. Regular drinkers will stay a long way from the levels of coffee and caffeine that the World Health Organization considers critical. On the contrary, coffee actually has positive effects on the body.
Well then: open your eyes and good morning!