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The favorite drink in every household | The top 5 of the best fully automatic coffee machines

The favorite hot drink of the Germans: coffee.

Fully automatic coffee machines have been particularly popular in recent years. Why not? After all, they are very versatile. In the restaurant, at the bar, in the office or simply for private use.

The only disadvantage: Most models are less suitable for the narrow wallet. There are no upper limits to the pricing. But we have found a few inexpensive models, tested them and show you their advantages and disadvantages here.

What is important in a fully automatic coffee machine?

Before we look at the individual models, we would like to explain to you what is really important in a fully automatic coffee machine:

★ As a rule, the machine is at least able to brew espresso and froth milk. A good espresso is made under high water pressure. A good fully automatic machine must therefore be able to brew a good espresso with high water pressure.

★ Depending on the size and scope, the machine is also able to brew coffee specialties such as latte macchiato, cappuccino or cocoa ready to drink.

★ In addition to the pressure, factors such as the fineness of the coffee powder or the water temperature are also of great importance. Since you cannot have any direct influence on this with a fully automatic machine, you should pay attention to a high-quality machine whose settings are set appropriately for your coffee.

★ Another quality feature: The milk foam. It depends on your preferences. Do you prefer to drink your coffee with or without milk foam?

The best fully automatic coffee machines

The quality and suitability for everyday use must always be right in order to be able to offer you the best possible coffee enjoyment. We have tested the best brands for you and show them to you:

De'Longhi ECAM 22,110

Advantage: Anyone who is possibly a beginner or is simply looking for an uncomplicated process with high-quality coffee enjoyment is well advised with the De'Longhi. The machine can do everything you expect from a good fully automatic coffee machine:

  • Brew a creamy espresso,
  • Create convincing milk foam
  • Save your preferences for aroma, coffee and milk quantities
  • Height-adjustable coffee spout for cups of different sizes
  • Detailed control of the grinding degree

Disadvantage: There is no display that shows the coffee level or other functions. Only a few buttons and a large wheel in the middle are used to control the functions and look a bit old-fashioned.

Another model from the company is the De'Longhi ESAM 3000.

Advantage: Thanks to the special milk frothing nozzle, this machine prepares perfect milk froth results for you, from creamy cappuccinos to perfect latte macchiatos. Otherwise, it offers you the same advantages as the above model and is perfect for beginners who are expecting their first fully automatic coffee machine.

Disadvantage: However, it cannot be operated with a water filter. Of course, you can pre-filter the water, but that means a little time and effort.

► Tip: If you are already experienced and are looking for a new enjoyment experience when it comes to coffee machines, you should consider a portafilter machine to live true to the Italian saying "La dolce vita".

Melitta Caffeo Solo

First and foremost, the “Melitta Caffeo Solo” from the traditional Melitta brand impresses with its modern, metallic design.

Advantage: Due to its rather narrow design, it fits comfortably in every kitchen. The aroma intensity of your coffee is individually adjustable with a 3-stage system, whereby the amount of coffee is automatically regulated. With the help of the companion app, you will regularly receive helpful tips for delicious moments of pleasure as well as numerous service features directly on your smartphone.

Disadvantage: The machine comes without a milk foam system. However, if you are not a fan of milk foam anyway and prefer to drink your coffee straight, that shouldn't be a problem for you.

Melitta Purista

The successor model from Melitta also impresses with the look and quality of the coffee.

Advantage: The machine comes with a large and clear control panel without a lot of frills and the grinder is significantly quieter than the previous model. It even saves your preferred amount and strength of coffee so that you only have to press a button and enjoy your favorite drink.

Disadvantage: This machine also dispenses with a milk foam system. Although the Melitta Purista is around € 100 more expensive than its predecessor at around € 360, it offers just the right amount of filling for an optimal coffee experience.

Tchibo Esperto Caffé

There is also a comparable model from the competition "Tchibo".

Advantage: The Tchibo Esperto Caffé also has few buttons and is easy to use. The amount of drink can be programmed for cups of different sizes, so you can enjoy your coffee optimally!

Disadvantage: The strengths in design and operation are unfortunately diminished by taste. Despite the correct setting, the espresso appears slightly watery, which makes it a rather mediocre model in the lower price range.


All in all, it can be said that many factors lead to perfect enjoyment with a fully automatic coffee machine. In addition to the right bean and filtered water, there are also the Grind and Milk foam of great importance.

If you are new to the world of fully automatic coffee machines and want to offer your guests good quality coffee specialties, we recommend the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110which definitely stands for a good price-performance ratio.

If you are interested in other coffee machines, you can find out everything from classic filter machines to high-quality portafilter machines in our overview.