Besides a quick shot of espresso, some can also make cappuccinos and lattes at the touch of a button with either a built-in milk frother like some of the Nespresso Breville capsule coffee machines, or an accompanying milk frothing unit. Some will have either a single-serve or a multi-serve milk jug or container. For models without, you could always opt to purchase a milk frother separately.
Consider the Bar Pump Pressure of the model you’re keen on, with many quality options with a 15-19 Bar pressure – perfect for creating full bodied and aromatic espresso. You’ll also find that most machines come with lights to alert you when it’s time to descale, empty the capsule drawer, or to refill the water tank.
Also keep the cost and variety of pods or capsules in mind. The price varies, but it is more expensive than buying coffee beans for use with a manual or automatic coffee machine. Although capsule coffee machines are relatively cheaper to buy, their running costs will be higher. Consider how cheaply you can buy pods that are compatible with a machine before buying.
Aesthetics wise, capsule machines look great on the kitchen bench with various sizes and colours to choose from - even in stylish red like the Lavazza Smeg capsule coffee machines in the popular 1950’s retro aesthetic.