It’s been a couple of weeks since I got my coffee machine so I thought I would do something a bit different and do a review for you. When I was first looking to buy a coffee machine I envisioned it being something we would only use at weekends. However, like most things in my life I tend to get carried away and it is now being used on a more regular basis, which is not a bad thing, but obviously the more you drink the more you have to buy.
The main requisitions when it came to buying this machine were that it was compact, easy to clean and that there was a good selection of drinks to choose from which are easy to get hold. However, I’m not going to lie the biggest reason for getting this particular model was the fact that it was red as I wanted it to match my other kitchen appliances. This model is slightly bigger than I wanted, but I was happy to make a compromise on size rather than colour. And on the whole I’m really pleased with the machine and I’ve been having fun trying out lots of different drinks.
- Cheap to buy
- Good selection of drinks to choose from
- Easy to get hold of most drink choices
- Nice design
- Machine not as small as I would have liked
- You drink too much coffee
The machine also came with a £20 gift voucher which was a pleasant surprise, but probably not as generous as you may think. When placing your order you can only use £10 at a time which is not great because you have to spend a minimum of £25 on each order and then if you want free delievery you have to spend £35. So with your voucher this is a minimum of £15, plus delievery or £25, which is a lot to spend on coffee. That said, delivery was very quick so I can’t complain on that front.
Also it would have been nice to get a desclaling tablet included in the box as there’s no way of knowing when you need to descale the machine and if you’ve already placed your order when the light starts flashing up then I can imagine it being incrediably annoying.
As you can tell from the pictures we’ve managed to try quite a few different drinks and so I have discovered a few favourites along the way.
- Jacobs Latte Macchiato (less sweet option)
- Kenco Caffè Crema
- Petit-Déjeuner (online only)
- Carte Noir Cappuccino
- Costa Caramel Latte
- Chai Latte (online only)
Unfortunately not all of my favourite drinks can be bought locally so I’ll probably stock up on these when I use my £10 voucher, but for the majority I’ll just buy them when they’re on offer in the supermarket.
I bought my machine in the sale for £74.95 and I think it’s still available at John Lewis. However, you can buy other brands for around £50 if you don’t want to spend that much… or you’re not limited by colour.