As we head into colder mornings, having just the right coffee maker that produces powerful, gourmet coffee is a must for getting going at the start of each day. For many, a built-in, luxury coffee maker adds the modern touch that they are looking for in their kitchen. So if you're in the market for a new, high-quality coffee machine that does everything from cappuccinos to espressos, you're in luck, because we've put together this expert-picked list of the best built-in coffee systems of 2023.
Our choice for best built-in espresso machines is this 24-in. smart machine from Miele's PureLine Series. The unique CupSensor automatically senses the height of your cup and adjusts the height of the central spout accordingly to avoid splattering and ensure the best possible temperature. If you need to fill two cups at once, use the OneTouch for Two function, and if you use milk, the EasyClick milk system lets you slide the transparent milk container into place and remove it just as easily. Get the freshest cup of coffee thanks to the AromaticSystemFresh, which is an innovative conical grinder that grinds coffee beans in a flavor-preserving way, and it's quiet, so you can drink your espresso in peace.
This Miele coffee maker is also one of the best low maintenance coffee machines. The ComfortClean feature ensures virtually every component of the coffee maker is dishwasher-safe, including the water container, drip tray, and coffee grounds containers. By using the AutoClean function you can enjoy the time-saving ease of automatic cleaning of the milk pipework and brew unit.
Next on our list is this 24-in. unit from Fulgor Milano's Distinto Series, which allows you to prepare cappuccinos, lattes, and more right in your kitchen. Choose from five coffee strengths and three temperature settings to have your coffee just the way you like it quickly and easily. You can also select from five different mug sizes.
This Italian-designed luxury coffee machine performs a variety of functions, including milk frothing, milk warming, water heating, and steaming. It also contains a coffee grinder that will grind your beans to just the coarseness that you prefer. The two sliding telescopic rails make it easy and convenient to access the machine to refill the coffee bean and water containers.
For those concerned about energy costs, its stand-by mode will help keep your power bill down. Similarly, its energy-efficient LED lighting helps illuminate the coffee machine without driving up your spending on energy costs.
This 24-in. unit from Smeg's Classic Series will allow you to make your cup of gourmet coffee with ease, thanks to its high-tech features and easy-to-use controls. It also features a color TFT soft touch-screen display, making interaction with this unit a true pleasure.
This coffee maker's automatic switch-on feature allows you to program it to turn on and begin brewing at whatever time you set, meaning that's one less thing you'll need to think about when you get up in the morning. You can also grind your beans in the machine with a coarseness set just to your liking and choose from 5 different levels of coffee strength to ensure your coffee is just right. If cappuccinos are your thing, this machine's got you covered, thanks to its automatic device that will whisk the cappuccino's milky foam directly into your cup. If cappuccinos are not your thing, the milk frother allows you to make a variety of other coffee drinks. It can even heat water for other types of hot drinks, such as tea or cocoa.
Maintenance is a breeze with its descaling function which will remove limestone deposits in the tank. Thankfully, its automatic reminder system will also let you know when this maintenance needs to be performed.
If you’re a fan of American-made luxury, we recommend this 24-in. JennAir coffee machine from their NOIR Series. Its 2.4 L water reservoir eliminates the need for plumbing, which means you can place it anywhere amongst your kitchen cabinetry. The removeable brewing unit can accommodate ground coffee or whole beans to suit your preference. An integrated cup tray nestles your cups securely while this high-end coffee machine dispenses coffee while the drip tray prevents messes from ending up on your floor or lower cabinets. When brewing is complete, coffee grounds are collected into pucks for easy disposal. When it’s time to fill the water tank, fill the bean container, and empty waste, this unit has specialized alerts for each issue. You can even plan for the next morning thanks to an Auto-Start mode which ensures the unit is on and preheated at a time you pre-set.
When less is more, go with this 24-in. built-in coffee maker from Fisher Paykel's Minimal Series, which is designed to beautifully match the minimalist design of other Fisher Paykel kitchen appliances. This coffee machine has 13 options to choose from, such as Americano, Macchiato, or Latte. A conical burr grinder delivers a consistent grind for the perfect cup of coffee. Using the intuitive controls, program your favorite coffee to be made at a certain time in the morning, so it is ready when you wake up, and don't worry about cleaning up. This coffee maker has a self-cleaning function, making clean-up very simple.
The best plumbed espresso machine comes from Thermador's Masterpiece Series. This 24-in. smart built-in coffee system has customization settings that allow you to store up to eight personalized beverages with names so family members and house guests can program their favorite drinks. The color TFT display shows your beverage selection, including size and temperature control, while convenient sensor alerts let you know when the water level is low and when the bean container needs refilling. Get amazing flavor thanks to the ceramic disk grinder system, which delivers high-quality performance for a smooth, consistent texture.
This plumbed espresso machine features AquaStop® Plus protection, so you won't ever have a mess from water overflow. Speaking of messes, the automatic cleaning program uses hot water and steam to rinse out the machine at turn-on and turn-off, so you can depend on fresh-tasting coffee every time.
Not only can you connect this ADA-compliant Thermador coffee maker to your Home Connect app for remote access to the controls, you can also set it to Child Lock for added safety.
What is the difference between espresso machines and coffee makers?
A coffee maker relies on gravity to pull water through its filters to produce a hot pot of coffee. Espresso makers, on the other hand, use high pressure to drive water through the coffee beans in a matter of seconds. Built-in units are some of the best espresso machines thanks to a water line that always provides a consistent amount of water without the need to refill a reservoir.
How long does an espresso machine last?
An espresso machine can be expected to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Maintenance is often a driving factor in how long the machines last, as is the frequency with which they are used.
Why are built-in coffee machines so expensive?
Wall-mounted coffee makers are so expensive because they are some of the fanciest, most high-tech coffee machines you’ll ever own. They are made with extremely durable components since they should be expected to last many years of use being built into your walls. Many come with a streamlined appearance to blend seamlessly with the rest of your built-in appliances and cabinetry. Some even offer direct plumbing lines so you don’t need to constantly refill a reservoir. Best of all, they’re typically coffee machines that do everything - espresso, cappuccino, you name it!