The 9 Best Coffee and Espresso Machine Combos of 2020

Why choose between coffee and espresso when you can have both?

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker CM401 at Amazon

"Customers offer high praise for its ease of use, value for money, and, of course, the rich taste you’ll find in every sip."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Nespresso Lattissima Pro at Amazon

"The Lattissima Pro uses a 19-bar pressure pump system to pack maximum flavor into every espresso shot."

Best for Beginners: De'Longhi BCO430 at Amazon

"On one side, the machine has a café-style portafilter and a milk frother; on the other, a 10-cup glass carafe for drip coffee."

Best High-End: Miele CM5300 Countertop Coffee System at Amazon

"The Miele CM5300 has nine preset drink options and offers unparalleled convenience, versatility, and taste."

Best for Pods: Keurig K-Café at Amazon

"Along with brewing standard drip coffee, this machine can turn K-Cups into delicious lattes and cappuccinos."

Best Portable: Wacaco Nanopresso at Amazon

"Measuring less than 7 inches long and weighing not even a pound, the Wacaco Minipresso GR is the ultimate travel companion."

Best Stovetop: Bialetti Moka Express at Amazon

"The stovetop design uses steam to push boiling water up through coffee grounds and then into your cup."

Best Space Saver: Nespresso VertuoLine Bundle at Amazon

"The VertuoLine itself measures just 8.3 x 11.91 x 11.93 inches, and the milk frother can be stored separately."

Most Versatile: Philips 3200 Fully Automatic Espresso Machine at Amazon

"Adjust everything from the size of your drink to its strength and temperature, making this one of the most versatile brewers."

Many groggy workday mornings involve the same routine. The phone alarm, the hurried shower, down to the same cup of coffee. But like hitting snooze for another ten minutes of bliss, it feels good to shake things up.

Combination coffee-and-espresso makers come in many forms, from manual to automatic, but they all have the versatility to make multiple kinds of drinks. A handful of options (including ones on this list) can brew drip coffee, pull a shot of espresso, and even froth milk for lattes and cappuccinos. There are some drawbacks to consider—these machines tend to be pricier and take up more space than standard brewers—but variety is an essential part of why we love coffee.

For the best of both coffee worlds, here are the top combination coffee-and-espresso machines. 

  • 01 of 09

    Best Overall: Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker CM401

    Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System
     Courtesy of Target
    What We Like
    • Highly versatile

    • Choice of glass or thermal carafe

    • Removable water reservoir

    • SCA certified

    What We Don't Like
    • Coffee concentrate, not real espresso

    • Not fully programmable

    From frothy lattes to your standard cup of coffee, the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker can whip up a wide array of delicious drinks. The item has received glowing reviews online, with customers offering high praise for its versatility, ease of use, and value for money.

    After packing the filter with freshly ground coffee beans, you can choose from six different brew sizes, ranging from a single cup to a full carafe. There’s even an option for iced coffee drinks—a feature that sets the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker apart from many other machines. Keep in mind, however, that the item produces a rich coffee concentrate to make specialty drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos, rather than using true espresso.

  • 02 of 09

    Runner-Up, Best Overall: Nespresso Lattissima Pro

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    Courtesy of Wayfair
    Excellent
    What We Like
    • Multiple functions for coffee and more

    • Nearly hands-off operation

    • Compact design

    What We Don't Like
    • Small servings

    • Fairly expensive

    • Milk is sometimes lukewarm

    This automatic coffee-and-espresso maker can brew all of your favorite drinks with the touch of a button. Simply pop in a Nespresso capsule and choose from seven pre-programmed options: espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, ristretto, lungo, hot water, or warm milk froth. If any of these drinks are unfamiliar, check out our guide to espresso terms. 

    Our product tester reviewed the Lattissima Pro and wrote that it is "ridiculously easy to use" and called it "about as hands-off and automated as you can get." The machine uses a 19-bar pressure pump system to pack maximum flavor into every espresso shot, and its integrated milk frother provides a café-worthy texture to lattes and cappuccinos. Post-coffee cleanup is also easy thanks to a sliding drip tray and an auto-clean function for the milk container. 

    "Just about the only thing this machine doesn’t do is produce coffee in large volumes," our reviewer wrote. The small serving sizes and fairly high price tag are among the few drawbacks to this otherwise excellent coffee maker.

    "Efficiency is where this machine shines. It heats quickly and leaves you with virtually no cleanup." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

  • 03 of 09

    Best for Beginners: De'Longhi BCO430BM Combination Espresso and Coffee Machine

    Delonghi BCO430 Coffee and Espresso Maker
    What We Like
    • 24-hour programmable timer

    • Modern design

    • Simultaneously makes drip coffee and espresso

    What We Don't Like
    • Long setup

    • Requires thorough cleanup

    • Brews average-tasting coffee

    This semi-automatic coffee-and-espresso maker is a great way for beginners to test out the true barista experience. De’Longhi has been one of the most trusted names in coffee for over a century and this is one of the company's most popular products.

    On one side, the machine has a café-style portafilter for espresso and an adjustable milk frother; on the other, a 10-cup glass carafe for drip coffee. The item is also equipped with an active carbon filter to ensure fresh, healthy water and a warming plate at the base of the machine to keep coffee piping hot up to two hours after brewing.

    Our product tester reviewed the De'Longhi BCO430 and wrote that the machine is best "for a newbie getting into espresso drinks, but for a more advanced coffee connoisseur, this wouldn’t be our number one pick." She found the taste of both the espresso and drip coffee to be adequate but not spectacular. While prices vary, there might be "less expensive options...that brew better tasting coffee."

  • 04 of 09

    Best High-End: Miele CM5300 Countertop Coffee System

    coffee and expresso maker

    Miele 

    What We Like
    • Built-in burr grinder

    • Automatic cleaning

    • Customizable drink options

    • Extremely versatile

    What We Don't Like
    • May require learning curve

    • Can get pretty noisy

    Intuitive touch controls. A sleek, space-saving design. And rich, barista-worthy coffee. The Miele CM5300 Countertop Coffee Machine packs luxury into every sip. 

    While customers should expect to pay a hefty price, this product offers unparalleled convenience, versatility, and taste. The Miele CM5300 has nine preset drink options, ranging from must-haves like lattes and cappuccinos to more exotic drinks like ristrettos and macchiatos. Users have the power to adjust drink size, coffee temperature, and create individualized coffee profiles for each member of the family. Further separating it from most coffee-and-espresso machines, the Miele CM5300 automatically froths and pours the milk for your drinks. A built-in burr grinder and automatic cleaning system, along with easy-to-remove parts, makes the coffee process simple from start to finish.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Pods: Keurig K-Café

    What We Like
    • Highly versatile

    • Easy to use

    • Large water reservoir (60 ounces)

    What We Don't Like
    • Not programmable

    • No iced coffee setting

    • Oddly shaped

    No surprises here. Keurig is the original coffee-pod manufacturer, and its K-Café offers the taste and convenience that you know and love but with a twist. Along with brewing standard drip coffee, this machine can turn K-Cups into lattes and cappuccinos. These drinks are "not at the same level as what an expensive espresso machine can make," our product tester wrote, "but it’s definitely a close second." She added that the dishwasher-safe milk frother produces a "full, foamy milk froth" but is better suited for an "amateur latte or cappuccino."

    The K-Café lets users adjust coffee strength and offers a choice between 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce brew sizes. It’s the ideal coffee-and-espresso maker for customers who want their caffeine fix quick and hassle-free. Just hit a button, grab your favorite mug, and enjoy.

    "Makes quality coffee and espresso beverages with the added benefit of being very low maintenance."Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

  • 06 of 09

    Best Portable: Wacaco Nanopresso

    What We Like
    • Affordable

    • Compact

    • Durable

    • Good crema

    What We Don't Like
    • Messy and lots of cleanup

    • Significant effort for single espresso shot

    Measuring less than 7 inches long and weighing not even a pound, the Wacaco Nanopresso is the ultimate travel companion. You can store the item inside a suitcase, backpack, or purse and use it in any situation, whether you’re in a national park or an airport. No batteries. No cords. Just good coffee, whenever and wherever. 

    The Nanopresso uses ground coffee beans, offering the utmost control over the strength and taste of your espresso—although, Wacaco does manufacture portable coffee makers that take coffee pods, for customers who prefer that style. The product is reasonably priced, especially when compared to countertop coffee-and-espresso makers, and backed by hundreds of positive customer reviews. Make sure to clean the Nanopresso frequently, however, as some users note that the product’s durability can decline if not properly cared for.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Stovetop: Bialetti Moka Express

    expresso maker

    Bialetti 

    What We Like
    • Available in multiple sizes

    • Easy to use

    • Classic design

    • Great budget option

    What We Don't Like
    • Clean after every use (hand-wash only)

    • Not real espresso

    Few coffee makers have been around as long as the Bialetti Moka Express. The iconic stovetop gadget was made in 1933 by Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti and has been a beloved source of coffee for the near-century since. Its simple but timeless design pushes boiling water up through the coffee grounds and then into your cup. While it doesn't produce true espresso, the item brews coffee with more pressure than normal, putting it closer to espresso as far as taste and consistency. You can also purchase a separate milk frother to whip up lattes and cappuccinos.

    The whole process takes about five minutes from start to finish. When selecting the grind size for your moka pot, Allie Caran, the Director of Education at Partners Coffee, recommends using "a fine to medium grind for a heavier body and stronger flavor.”

    The Moka Express is available in an array of sizes, ranging from 1 to 12 cups. Be aware that this figure can be a bit misleading, as each "cup" represents one serving of espresso; a 3-cup pot, for example, produces just 4.4 ounces of coffee. Nonetheless, the item is cheaper than standard combination coffee-and-espresso machines, even at its largest size, making it a great value-for-money option.

    "An outlier among all of the automated (and expensive) coffee-and-espresso makers, the Moka Express is a great option for those who prefer non-electric brewers."Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats

  • 08 of 09

    Best Space Saver: Nespresso VertuoLine Bundle

    What We Like
    • Fast brewing

    • High-quality coffee and espresso beverages

    • Beautiful, compact design

    What We Don't Like
    • Vertuo coffee capsules only

    • Coffee is on the stronger side 

    • Only makes individual cups

    The Nespresso VertuoLine is more than just a space saver. It makes downright tasty coffee, espresso, and (thanks to the separate Aeroccino milk frother) specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. 

    This bundle is highly reviewed, with the majority of customers awarding it five stars. Users particularly love the VertuoLine’s convenience (simply pop in a Nespresso capsule and press brew) as well as its durability and easiness to clean. Our product tester noted that brew time is "extremely fast," taking roughly 15 seconds. When compared to the Keurig K-Café, another coffee-and-espresso maker on this list, the VertuoLine "heats up significantly quicker."

    The machine itself is very slim, and many customers mention that the bundle saves even more space since the milk frother can be stowed away separately. 

    "Offering speedy prep, low maintenance, and excellent coffee and espresso beverages, the Nespresso Vertuo is a true bargain."Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

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  • 09 of 09

    Most Versatile: Philips 3200 Fully Automatic Espresso Machine EP3221

    What We Like
    • Built-in grinder

    • Adjustable coffee strength and temperature

    • Powerful milk frother

    What We Don't Like
    • Fairly expensive

    • Might require learning curve

    • Can be noisy

    With four preset drink options, a built-in bean grinder, and a bevy of customizable settings, the Philips Fully Automatic Espresso Machine is the type of item to transform your at-home coffee routine. It can brew espresso, Americanos, and black coffee with a single touch of the intuitive display, and the possibilities don't end there: an attached steam wand allows for lattes and cappuccinos too. You can adjust everything from the size of your drink to its strength and temperature, making this one of the most versatile brewers on the market.

    Despite the many options, customers generally say the machine is easy to use. It's also incredibly fast and gets high marks for the rich coffee flavor. It will certainly be larger than many coffee or espresso machines, so consider your counter space before purchasing. Philips produces other automatic coffee machines that are worth considering, but we chose the EP3221 model, a middle-tier option, because it stands out as the best value for your money.

Final Verdict

Combination coffee-and-espresso makers range widely in size, features, and price, and our top two picks showcase this variety. The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker (view at Amazon) is an all-around favorite because of its versatility and value for money, but keep in mind that it doesn't brew true espresso. Our Runner-Up, Best Overall pick, the Nespresso Lattissima Pro, is significantly more expensive but offers the convenience of pods and one-touch brewing.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He uses the Bialetti Moka Express (view at Amazon) to shake up his everyday coffee routine and make café-style drinks, like lattes and Americanos, right from home. It’s the perfect partner to his primary coffee maker, the Bodum BRAZIL French Press (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in a Coffee and Espresso Machine Combo

Primary function: Are you looking for a coffee maker that can pump out the occasional espresso shot, or do you want an espresso machine that can make the occasional pot of coffee? Even if a device does both, its look and feel might favor one over the other.


Pods vs. no pods: Pods (or capsules) are convenient when making coffee or espresso since you don’t need to grind coffee or measure grounds. Cleanup is also easy since you just remove and discard the pod. On the other hand, pod machines can limit your ability to use specialty coffee beans from a local roaster or your favorite online sellers.


Size: While a combo machine can save you space, it’ll still be taking up prime real estate on your countertop. Some combo machines are large, while others are as small as some of the most compact coffee brewers. How much space do you have?