Guide to buying a small coffee machine (2021) - Caffe2go

A small coffee machine that also makes great coffee is hard to find, I know. That's why I've listed the best small coffee makers, each with its specialities.

You can find a small coffee maker for all types of coffee on this list. You will find coffee makers with a bean grinder, coffee makers that work with the new Vertuo cups, piston machines and much more. You're bound to come across an appropriate small coffee maker on this list.

With each small coffee machine, I will tell you everything you need to know so you know everything you need to know about perhaps your future coffee maker. In doing so, I will also provide the dimensions for each device so you know exactly which coffee makers will and will not fit in your kitchen.

1. Nespresso Essenza Mini - Small coffee maker cups

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The Essenza Mini is known as the smallest coffee maker from Nespresso. However, this does not make it any less powerful than the other coffee makers from Nespresso.

The Essenza Mini works with Nespresso capsules and B brands thereof.

Making coffee with the Essenza Mini is easy, as is the maintenance of the device. The only thing you will have to pay attention to is emptying and cleaning the drip tray, as this, like the machine itself, is very small. To avoid dirt you will have to do this after 6 cups.

The water tank has a capacity of 0.6 L which is good for about 4 cups of coffee. This will also soon need to be refilled.

This machine also has an automatic shut-off function, the device will turn itself off 9 minutes after use. For most devices on this list, this is only after 30 minutes or more.

The most striking thing about the Essenza Mini is its design. At 33 cm long, 9 cm wide and 20 cm high, Nespresso can call this one of the smallest coffee makers on the market.

This machine may be small, but it still manages to produce a
pump pressure of 19 bar.
With this coffee machine, you have the choice of 2 coffee sizes, the espresso (of course) and the Lungo.

By using a thermoblock you can quickly make several cups of coffee in a row. Because the system stays warm you will not have to wait endlessly for that one cup of coffee in the morning. It takes about 25 seconds to make a hot cup of coffee.

The Essenza Mini is perfect for very small households with little space. Think especially of students and households with less than 2 people.
It is also handy for anyone who has little time in the morning but still wants to have a cup of white coffee.

The Essenza Mini is available for £ 89.

2. Presso X - Small coffee maker for travelling

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A small coffee maker should be both small and easy to use. This small machine knows how to fulfil these tasks. What makes the Presso X special is that it runs on a rechargeable battery. This means that you can make coffee not only in the kitchen but also in the car or whilst you are on vacation.

The Presso X works with ground coffee as well as with Nespresso capsules (and b-brands thereof). This is possible because this device comes with interchangeable adapters. These are easy to attach to the device.

Maintenance of the Presso X is a piece of cake: just rinse the adapters under the tap and you're done. You will have to dispose the capsule after each cup of coffee that is made.

This small coffee maker has a length of 22 cm and a diameter of no less than 6 cm! And that makes the Presso X the smallest coffee maker on this list.

And I can already hear you wondering "if this machine is so small, then it must not be so strong". Nothing could be further from the truth, because the Presso X can produce a pump pressure of up to 18 bar.

With this small coffee machine, you can make 4 to 5 hot cups on a full battery. And when it is used with water that is already hot, you can make up to 100 cups on a full battery.

Many people like to visit a gas station for a cup of coffee on the way in the car. The Presso X can save you a lot of money here. At a gas station, you easily pay 1-2 Euros per cup of coffee, you can save up to 70% of these costs by using the Presso X. If you calculate this over the period of a year, it adds up.

The Presso X is available for £ 89.95 and then you can not only make coffee at home but also outside.

3. Tefal Dialog CM340811

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Compact and simple, that's what the Tefal Dialog CM340811 is all about.

The Tefal Dialog is equipped with a 0.6 liter water reservoir that allows you to make up to 6 cups of coffee. Very handy for a larger family, or the big coffee drinker of course.
The Tefal Dialog CM340811 is a small filter coffee maker and works only with ground coffee.

Via the water level indicator, you can easily check if there is still enough water in it for a cup of coffee.
The Tefal Dialog is a 600 watt coffee machine. This is not much compared to other coffee makers. Since a campsite does not free up a lot of electricity, this unit could serve well as a camping coffee maker.

This device features a drip-stop feature, this allows you to stop brewing coffee whenever you want. Useful for brewing very large cups of coffee, and very small cups. But most importantly, you can make exactly the amount that meets your needs.

The Tefal Dialog is 13 cm wide, 18 cm long and 26 cm high.

A small filter coffee machine that is nice for a bigger family or a family looking for a small coffee machine for camping. I must say, though, that this device is meant for coffee lovers who are not very critical when it comes to the taste of the coffee. For an attractive price, the Tefal Dialog gives several nice features.

The Tefal Dialog is available for £ 31.95.

4. Philips Senseo Switch HD6592/60

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If you are looking for a small coffee machine with a luxurious look, many functions and a fair price, then this device might be for you.
Not only does this device have a beautiful innovative design, but it is also small and easily finds a place within the kitchen.

The Philips Senseo Switch is 15 cm wide, 40 cm long and 27 cm high.
This is one of the larger coffee machines on this list especially in length, however, should it be able to find a spot in your kitchen, it is definitely something to look at.

One of the useful features that this small coffee machine has is the ability to adjust the intensity of your coffee. If you like a strong cup of coffee then this is easy to make with a push of the intensity button, and of course, this also applies to a milder cup of coffee.

If you want to make a cup of coffee with your whole family then this is possible. With this small coffee machine, you can make up to 7 cups of coffee at once. You can do this by using the included thermal jug and then pressing the coffee jug button (on the machine).

Since this thermal jug can retain heat, it is also possible to drink the coffee at a later time. In case you use only 2 cups, it is also possible to make 2 cups of coffee at the same time.

This machine uses Crema plus technologies. This gives your coffee that delicious crema layer that everyone enjoys.

The Philips Senseo Switch also makes use of DualBrew technologies. This ensures that you can use both Senseo pads and filter coffee to make coffee. In doing so, this technology ensures that both the Senseo pads and the ground coffee are brewed with their own pump pressure and water quantity.

This device features an automatic shut-off function. This keeps you safe and also saves you some electricity costs every month.

The water reservoir of this device is good for 1 liter, which is good for 7 large cups of coffee.

This small coffee machine will automatically indicate when it needs to be descaled, so you will no longer encounter unpleasant surprises. Philips itself indicates to do this at least every 3 months.

This is a device with many functions for a reasonable price. I can recommend this device for larger families and if you have some space left in the kitchen.

The Senseo Switch is available for £ 149.95.

5. Nespresso Magimix Vertuo Plus

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Are you already familiar with the new Vertuo capsules from Nespresso? If the answer is no, here is a brief introduction. Nespresso has released new capsules. These are a lot larger than the well known Nespresso capsules. Therefore they no longer fit in the current Nespresso machines, and you will have to buy a special Vertuo machine to use the Vertuo capsules.

Don't worry, if you would like to try out the Vertuo capsules but don't have room in the kitchen for a large coffee maker, I have a small Vertuo coffee maker for you here.

The Magimix Vertuo Plus features a slideable 1.2 liter water reservoir. The fact that you can slide the water tank to the side ensures that you can put it down in the way that is most practical for you. For example, do you have limited space along the length of your countertop? Then simply slide the water tank to the side, and your space problem is solved in no time.

The Magimix Vertuo Plus knows exactly which setting to use for each type of coffee.
For example, if you want to make an espresso, then this machine knows exactly the right water quantity, temperature and rotation speed to make the best espresso.

You can choose from 5 different coffee sizes. So you can enjoy both a mild alto or a strong espresso. The machine is easy to keep clean. The Magimix Vertuo Plus has its own cleaning and decalcification programs.

A disadvantage is that the Vertuo capsules are quite expensive, it is also not possible to buy B-brands of these. The cups range from £ 0.45 for an espresso capsule to £ 0.70 for an alto capsule. This alto capsule is then good for 414 ml of coffee.

The Magimix Vertuo Plus is 14 cm wide, 42 cm long (this length can be shortened by sliding the water tank to the side) and 32 cm high. With these dimensions, you can still enjoy the new Vertuo capsules even with little space in the kitchen.

The Magimix Vertuo Plus is nice for small households who would like to try out the new Vertuo capsules. I do not recommend this device for larger households or if you have visitors very often. Because this device works with standard coffee sizes and you cannot determine the quantity yourself, this will take a lot of time.

The Magimix Vertuo Plus is available for £ 158.99.

6. TEFAL Smart'n Light CM6008

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With the Tefal Smart'n Light, you wake up with the smell of coffee. The Tefal Smart'n Light comes with a unique function, you can use this device namely 24 hours in advance to plan what time a cup of coffee must be made.

The device has a unique and modern design and features an innovative display. Here you can set the time and that's not all. On this display, you can also set the amount of aroma.

The Tefal Smart'n Light has a water tank with a capacity of 1.25 liters.
With this capacity, you can make up to 15 cups of coffee at once. And if you can't finish all these cups with your friends and family at once, this machine will keep the coffee warm for at least 30 minutes.

The Tefal Smart'n Light is a filter coffee maker and only works with ground coffee.

Furthermore, this machine has an automatic shut-off function and drip stop.
The mix of the scheduling function, the ability to set the amount of aroma and the drip stop provide all the control you want whilst brewing a cup of coffee.

This small coffee machine is great for anyone who likes these extra features and likes to wake up to the smell of coffee. Also, this small coffee machine is good for large households and households with many visitors. Also with this device, it is less practical when you want to drink coffee with fewer people.

The Tefal Smart'n Light is available for £ 34.


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The Philips Senseo Up is a good alternative to the previously mentioned Philips Senseo Switch. The Philips Switch was useful for larger households, unlike the Philips Up which is very useful for smaller households.
If you are still not completely convinced by the Switch, then it is definitely worth reading up on this device.

This device has an innovative design that should be able to find a place in any modern kitchen. If you are not entirely sure whether this device fits your interior, then it is possible to see in an App how this device will fit in real life.

The Senseo Up has 2 coffee sizes, espresso and lungo. The device does not have an on or off button, you will make a cup of coffee when you press one of the coffee size buttons. This also comes with the fact that if the device does not make coffee, it will automatically shut itself off.

This small coffee maker has a descaling indicator, which ensures that you can significantly improve the life of the device.

The Senseo Up only works with Senseo Pads and the water reservoir is good for about 0.7 L.

The device is 11 cm wide, 35 cm long and about 23 cm high. This is one of the larger devices on this list, especially in length. So it might be that it will stick out very much on your countertop. If you're not sure about this, I can definitely recommend checking it out on the App first.

The Senseo Up is a good fit for small households. This device is useful for small households, students, and families who only make a cup of coffee a few times a week.

The Senseo Up is available for £ 79.99.

8. Siemens TC3A0303 - For large households

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If you have a large family but little space in the kitchen, you should definitely take a look at the Siemens TC3A0303. This machine has a beautiful glass jug of 1.25 liters which can hold 10 to 15 cups of coffee at a time!

The device features a swing-out filter. This may sound redundant to bring up, but trust me, with filter coffee makers, this is a must.

This device also features an auto shut off function. This little coffee maker also features a drip-stop which I had told you about earlier. And also has a leak-stop when removing the jug.
And that leak-stop makes sure that you don't have to empty the drip tray as quickly.

This device is 17 cm wide, 24.5 cm long and 33.5 cm high. Since height is often not a problem in a kitchen, this appliance still falls into the category of small coffee machines.
Do you take this small coffee machine with you when you go camping, for example? Then the cables can be easily stored in the extra storage space.

The Siemens TCV3A0303 is useful for larger families with little space or a smaller family that often has visitors. Unfortunately, in the latter case, the device is not practical for when the visitors are away. The Siemens TC3A0303 is also recommended for use as a camper or caravan coffee maker.

It is less practical to use a glass jug instead of a thermos. The coffee will now stay hot for less time after it is brewed. So this takes away a nice advantage.

The Siemens TCV3A0303 is available for £ 50.99.

9. De'Longhi Dedica Style EC 685.BK - Small Piston Machine

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Are you looking for the feeling of a real barista and do you have a slightly bigger budget? If so, this small coffee machine might be perfect for you.

Very striking is the appearance of this device. This piston machine has an elegant and modern design. In most cases, it will be a good addition to your interior and in addition, it can also serve as a showpiece.

Besides this beautiful design, the De'Longhi Dedica Style also has several nice features to offer, so be sure to read on.

Among other things, this machine is designed to give you the feel of a barista. And that's not the only thing. A lot of thought has gone into the design of this machine as well.
You can quickly see this in the appearance of the machine. Everything is made of metal, even the filter.

The De'Longhi Dedica Style features thermoblock technology. This ensures that you can quickly brew hot cups of coffee in a row and that you do not have to wait again and again. This can be very convenient for when you have visitors.

This device features a water tank with a capacity of 1 L. And the drip tray has a handy indicator that shows when it should be emptied.

The De'Longhi Dedica Style works with both ground coffee and the classic ESE pads.

A nice extra is the steam pipe on the side of this piston machine. This ensures that you can also try out different milk specialities. Without the need for an external milk frother.

The De'Longhi Dedica Style also features an automatic shut-off function and a descaling system.

This piston machine is 15 cm wide, 31 cm long and 33 cm high. This is one of the larger coffee makers on this list, however, for a piston machine, it is a very small machine.

The De'Longhi Dedica Style is a nice piston machine for coffee lovers who would like to know what it feels like to make coffee like a barista. Or for the coffee lovers who are curious about new brewing methods. This machine is suitable for smaller households. The device is of good quality and has great durability.

A disadvantage of this device is the more expensive price tag.
The De'Longhi Dedica Style EC 685.M is available for £ 189,99.

10. De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro EN750 - Luxury small coffee maker 

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Do you have a big budget, and are you looking for a small luxury coffee maker with endless functions and possibilities? If so, this machine might be for you.

An espresso, lungo or ristretto, you make it all with one push of a button.
This machine has a large water tank of 1.3 L with which you can easily make 10 cups in a row. The machine also has a thermoblock, which makes it possible to quickly make several cups in a row. This makes the device not only suitable for small households with many visitors but also larger households.

Of course, this device also has an automatic shut-off function. The device will turn itself off after not being used for 9 minutes.

This coffee machine is easy to operate via the display. It may be bigger than some of the other machines from Nespresso but this machine compensates with the endless possibilities.

A lot of thought has gone into the durability of this little machine. With a steel design, automatic cleaning systems and a little attention, the machine will last a long time.

Maintenance on the Lattissima Pro EN750 is minimal. You will have to empty the drip tray after about 15 cups. This already saves you 3 times the work compared to the previously mentioned Nespresso Essenza Mini.

Enjoy different milk specialities. This machine has a steam pipe, of which you can adjust the milk quantity via the dial.
The milk system will not get dirty easily because you can clean it quickly with the automatic-clean button on this device.

This machine only works with Nespresso capsules and B brands thereof.

With this device, you can quickly enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. This device heats the water within 25 seconds. This is very useful for anyone who has to go to work early but still wants to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

This device is 19 cm wide, 33 cm long and 27 cm high. These are small dimensions for a device with so many functions and such a large water tank.

The Lattissima Pro EN750 is suitable for both small households and larger households. This device is suitable for anyone who is looking for a device with many features and diversity. It is also a dream device for anyone who wants to try out different milk specialities.

The downside to all this luxury and capability is the price. The Lattissima Pro EN750 costs £ 330. 

11. AEG KF3300

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Are you looking not only for a small coffee maker but also for a small price? Then the AEG KF3300 might be just the machine for you.
This device offers nice features and functions for an affordable price. Thus, this device in the past has been chosen several times for the best buy by the Consumers' Association.

The AEG KF3300 makes fine coffee, not the best, but the coffee that you can enjoy just like the price. The water tank has a capacity of 1.4 L.
Therefore, you can use this machine to make up to 12 cups of coffee at once. This can be handy for visitors, but it is less practical when they are not there.

Avoid the stress with the automatic shut-off function. The device will turn itself off after 40 minutes of inactivity. This way you can save energy and you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn it off.

The AEG KF3300 features an anti-drip valve. When you remove the coffee pot from under the machine, no coffee will fall onto the heating plate. This prevents the terrible smell of burnt coffee.

This small coffee machine has a heat retention plate that keeps your coffee warm for up to 40 minutes.
The AEG KF3300 is a filter coffee maker and works only with ground coffee.

Furthermore, this device features a drip-stop, a dishwasher-safe glass jug, a water level indicator and an extra storage space.

The AEG KF3300 is 19 cm wide, 28.5 cm long and 31.5 cm high. These dimensions make the AEG KF3300 a small coffee maker, not to mention that you can make up to 12 cups with this machine.

This device does have a few drawbacks. For example, the coffee does not heat up quickly. I will not recommend this device to anyone who has no patience.

The AEG KF3300 is available for £ 52.

12. Melitta Aromafresh - Small coffee maker with bean grinder

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If you can't get enough of freshly ground coffee from coffee beans, but can't find a small coffee maker with a built-in grinder, I'd like to introduce you to the Melitta Aromafresh.

You can adjust the bean grinder to your personal taste. You can choose from different grinding degrees so you can both choose a fine grind or a grind that is coarse. Not only the grind but also the coffee strength can be adjusted. You have the choice of a mild, medium or strong intensity.

All these settings can be adjusted on the handy LED display. Which, by the way, has even more functions. For example, you can also use the timer function, so that your coffee is made when you want it. So you can wake up by the delicious smell of coffee.

Furthermore, you can also read on this display when you need to carry out the decalcification program.

Unlike the other coffee makers on this list, this machine uses fresh beans. This, therefore, makes a positive difference in the taste of the coffee.

With the Melitta Aromafresh, you can make up to 10 fully personalized cups of coffee. This coffee will stay warm for a while thanks to the glass jug that comes with it.

To avoid stress and high electricity bills, the Melitta Aromafresh also has an automatic shut-off function.

The Aromafresh is 23 cm wide, 26 cm long and 44 cm high. This is a fairly tall device. Since the height of the appliance is usually not a problem within the kitchen, for us this still falls under the category of small coffee makers.

A disadvantage of the Melitta Aromafresh is that the water tank is not removable. This means that you will have to bring the water to the device in a way. You can easily drop water in the process, and it will take extra effort.

A device that takes more effort but then you have something. The Melitta Aromafresh is useful for larger households, consisting of real bean lovers. And lovers who are also willing to put energy into obtaining delicious coffee.

This small coffee maker with a built-in grinder will cost you £ 125.99.

13. Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS

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No worries Dolce Gusto lovers, I haven't forgotten about you.
The Piccolo XS is the smallest Dolce Gusto machine on the market today.

The Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS is easy to use and maintain. You simply put a capsule in the machine pull the lever, and start enjoying one of the many coffee specialities. Because Dolce Gusto also has milk capsules, it has never been easier to enjoy a latte macchiato or cappuccino.

For those who love colder coffee drinks, it is possible to prepare cold drinks with this machine.

This machine features an automatic shut-off function that will turn itself off after just 1 minute of not being used.

This machine does not use a standard coffee size button. This small coffee machine has a manual flow of coffee. You can stop making coffee yourself whenever you want, or when the water tank is empty of course. This does require that you always stay near the machine when making a cup of coffee.

Because the machine uses capsules, maintenance is minimal and the machine does not need to be descaled.

The Piccolo XS is 14 cm wide, 27 cm long and 28 cm high.

This machine is suitable for smaller households. If you have a large thermos jug, you could keep it under the machine (as there is enough space for it). In that case, it could also suit larger households.

So the manual flow of coffee has advantages, but it also has disadvantages. It can be quite annoying to constantly keep your mind on your coffee maker when you could have been doing something else during that time. Especially in the morning, this is not practical.

Otherwise, it is a fine and convenient device. Definitely a must for lovers of Dolce Gusto who are looking for a small coffee maker.

The Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS is available for £ 62.99.

14. Smeg ECF01BLEU - 2 Cup Small Piston Machine

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If you were already interested in the previously mentioned De'Longhi Dedica Style but you live in a large household, then you should definitely read on. In fact, this machine offers more control, options and is better suited for large household as opposed to the De'Longhi Dedica Style.

This machine uses both ground beans and coffee pods. The coffee pods can come in handy especially when you are in a hurry and need to get the coffee ready quickly. And if you have time, you can make a completely personalized cup of coffee with your preferred coffee beans.

The SMEG ECF01BLEU features a hot plate so there's no rush behind your cup of coffee and you can enjoy your delicious espresso later on the day.

This small piston machine also features a steam nozzle so you can also try out all kinds of milk specialities.

The piston machine has an indication for when it needs to be descaled, so you won't get any unexpected surprises. The 1 L water tank is removable, making the whole machine easy to clean.

The Smeg ECF01BLEU is a good alternative to the De'Longhi Dedica Style. However, unlike the De'Longhi Dedica Style, this device is better suited for larger households. This is because this is a 2-cup coffee maker, so you can share the coffee of a piston machine with your whole family. In addition, the De'Longhi Dedica Style does not offer the ability to adjust the temperature of your coffee.

The Smeg ECF01BLEU is 15 cm wide, 33 cm long and 30 cm high. And will easily find a place in your kitchen with these dimensions. This device is available in 6 different metallic colors so this device will undoubtedly match the rest of your interior.

This small piston machine is nice for larger households that want the feeling of a barista.
Furthermore, this small coffee maker offers many personal adjustments that give you complete control over your cup of coffee.

The Smeg ECF01BLEU is available for £ 349.

Which small coffee maker suits you?

You've read a lot about all kinds of different small coffee makers in these articles. Some worked with the new Vertuo capsules, others you could even take with you on trips. There is a small coffee maker for every need.

You will have to ask yourself some simple questions to find out which small coffee maker suits you. The questions are as follows:

Do you live in a large household? If yes then you can ask yourself: what type of coffee am I looking for?
If the answer is Nespresso, then the Nespresso Essenza Mini is suitable. Are you looking for a small coffee maker that works with Dolce Gusto? Then the Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS is right for you. And so you can ask yourself further, and you will automatically arrive at the perfect device.

If you live in a small household, you can first ask yourself, do I often have visitors who like coffee? If the answer is yes, then you can move on to the machines for larger households. Or if you have no problems with the long waiting times, then you can move on to the small coffee machines for small households.

From there you can ask yourself again, what type of coffee am I looking for? If you are perhaps interested in brewing coffee with freshly ground beans, then you can look at the Melitta Aromafresh.

And finally, there are the small coffee makers on this list with unique features.
You may want to ask yourself if you have a need for these. For example, do you travel often or are you often in the car with the need for coffee? Then the Presso X is perfect for you.

Maybe you would really like to wake up to the wonderful smell of coffee. Then you could look at a small coffee maker with a timer function. The two small coffee makers on this list with a timer function are the TEFAL Smart'n Light CM6008 and the Melitta Aromafresh.

And then perhaps the most important question, how big is your budget? I have put in this list many small coffee makers with different price ranges, so that everyone can find a suitable coffee maker.

And so you can go on and on with the questions, to find the small coffee machine, that suits you best.

What do you think?

After you've read up on all these small coffee machibes, you probably already have a preference for a particular machine. Now I'd like to hear back from you, which small coffee maker do you prefer? Or are you already thinking about buying one?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment.

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