If the energising aroma of coffee is all you need to keep you in the zone, then, your happy place is probably any of the cool coffee shops in the city. But if you’re a homebody, or for some reason, you’re forced to stay home, the quickest, easiest way to get that coffee shop vibe at the comfort of your home is to get yourself an excellent coffee capsule machine. Coffee capsules have become increasingly popular not only because of the convenience they provide, but because of the consistent, great-tasting café-level espresso one gets to enjoy every morning or every time the hankering for it strikes.
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The basic rule in choosing your coffee capsule machine is to choose one that uses your favourite coffee blend. For example, if Nespresso coffee capsules are a staple in your pantry, opt for the coffee maker that processes it. There are also some good-to-have features that you need to consider so that you can find one that’s most suitable for your needs and lifestyle. To give you a few remarkable choices, we’ve shortlisted the most recommended coffee capsule machines in Singapore. Check them out below!
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Nespresso is one of the most well-sought coffee capsule brands in the world. That said, a must-include in this list is a top-recommended coffee capsule machine that uses it. Our best pick? The Nespresso Vertuo Plus Special Edition by Magimix. For those who love the excitement of trying out different varieties, this coffee capsule machine is perfect for you as it’s capable of processing different sized pods. Sizes available are Espresso, Double Espresso, Gran Lungo, Mug, and extra-large Alto. The cup support is adjustable to different positions, so you can conveniently secure different cup sizes in place.
Consistent to what a coffee capsule machine is all about, this no-fuss coffee maker does not require you to have basic barista skills. Its intuitive design only involves a one-touch operation as the machine automatically adjusts the brewing parameters depending on the type of coffee. The patented centrifusion extraction technology, on the other hand, creates a deep, rich, silky crema that’s perfect even when the cup is large. And so, this easy-to-use coffee capsule machine allows you to enjoy authentic espressos you’ll experience in any café.
Why buy this:
- Gives an authentic coffee shop espresso experience at the comfort of your home
- Deep, rich, silky crema in different cup sizes
- Huge water reservoir
- Intuitive design with its one-touch operation
If you’re a weekend warrior who loves to hike up the mountains or go camping by the beach or in the woods, you don’t have to miss your favourite brews with the Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker. This travel-friendly, sleek, stylish, and compact coffee maker is compatible with both fine coffee grounds and Nespresso capsules, so even when you’re out of coffee capsules, you can still use the device for other convenient coffee options. It’s also perfect for those who are habitual breakfast eaters on the go, or for those who prefer to have a personal coffee maker at the workplace.
While some may frown about the need for strong finger muscles to pump coffee from the Wacaco Nanopresso, you can simply think about it as a good strength exercise for your hands. Its compact, highly portable design, and excellent quality far outweighs what others might think of as a bit of a downside.
Why buy this:
- Versatile coffee capsule machine that can process both Nespresso pods and fine coffee grounds
- Compact, highly portable design is travel-friendly
- Great for on-the-go breakfasts
Ask any coffee lover to rank the best coffee blends known globally, and he’d tell you without any hesitation that ILLY is one of the most favourite household coffee brands out there. But if you haven’t experienced yet what an authentic ILLY espresso is like, we bet, you’d like to do it the no hassle, no fuss way. That said, we’re sure you’d love the ILLY Y3.2 IperEspresso Espresso & Coffee Machine which is a superb espresso maker that uses the well-sought ILLY coffee pods. Equipped with a patented two-stage process, this coffee maker creates an intense, aromatic espresso that has a silky, rich, lasting crema that you can enjoy without going to a coffee shop. It’s definitely going to give you that liquid productivity you need on any workday.
With its sleek, modern, and compact design that’s actually one of the slimmest one in the market, this coffee pod machine isn’t only going to squeeze out your daily joe but will also add an interesting aesthetic on your counter, whether at your home or office, while saving space.
Why buy this:
- Makes intense, aromatic espressos with silky, rich texture and lasting crema
- Uses ILLY coffee pods, a favourite household coffee brand
- Sleek, modern and counter space-saving design
- Comes with one-year local distributor warranty
The Nespresso Creatista Sage is the perfect proof that you need to realise you don’t need to leave your home just to enjoy a barista-style coffee. Well, the look and feel of the coffee maker itself speaks for it. Just a glance, and we feel like we’re in our favourite coffee shop downtown. But don’t get intimidated. This coffee pod machine is easier to use than it looks, and perfect even for those who love quality coffee but have zero barista experience. We owe it to its intuitive LED display which allows us to easily swipe, select, and create eight barista-quality espresso and milk recipes that all have an amazing level of thick, creamy, and smooth texture.
Also, if you dream of creating those Instagram-worthy latte arts, you’ll be pumped to notice that the Nespresso Creatista Sage has a built-in automatic milk steam wand that allows you to whip up that beautiful swan, heart, or leaf on your coffee. Now, who says you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning when this is something to wake up for?
On top of these, the machine can process two cappuccinos at a speedy rate of 75 seconds! I’m not sure who else can make coffee this fast! It’s ideal for couples who are always in a rush, and also for those who can’t stand long waiting times for their cup of joe.
Why buy this:
- Classy, high-end, café-style coffee capsule machine
- Provides a variety of espresso and milk recipes
- Comes with a remarkable automatic milk frother that allows you to create your own latte art at home
- Equipped with intuitive controls
- Gets two cups of cappuccino ready in as fast as 75 seconds
This coffee capsule maker sets the bar high for any homemade coffee that you can imagine. With its 19-bar pressure pump system, you get an incomparably thick and smooth crema that would compete against any barista-style coffee. It’s also equipped with a fast heat-up system which achieves the ideal temperature at an incredible speed of 40 seconds!
While looking like a sophisticated coffee maker that only certified baristas can figure out, the Nespresso Lattissima Pro is super easy to use with its simple, intuitive digital touchscreen display. The interface allows you to select among different types of coffee and milk recipes, and with just a touch of a button, you’ll get to make and enjoy a cup of cappuccino, latte macchiato, or your typical, go-to espresso. The options also include preparing warm milk, froth, or hot water. If you wish your kitchen to exude that cosy coffee shop vibe, this coffee capsule machine must be the focal point of your counter.
Why buy this:
- Makes barista-quality coffees, thanks to its 19-bar pressure pump system
- Fast heat-up system of only 40 seconds
- Variety of coffee and milk recipes you can program
- Intuitive controls
- Equipped with energy saving function
- Sophisticated design would look perfect on your counter
While for some it’s not the most sophisticated coffee capsule machine out there, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 is highly recommended for those who are looking for a coffee maker on the budget-friendly range. Plus, it features one button operation which means you don’t have to take hours reading the manual just to figure out how it works. Also, designed for tight apartments where extra counter space can be a luxury, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 is compact.
What we love about this coffee machine is that it’s not built for coffee alone. Rather, it is a versatile hot drinks maker that can process a variety of options including tea and hot chocolate. To be exact, it’s design to process over 40 well-known brands like Twinings, Cadbury, Costa and more, instead of just using Tassimo coffee pods. And so, it’s perfect for those not-so-coffee-afficionados who crave for a variety of hot drinks from time to time. Or if someone you’re living with doesn’t drink coffee, then this machine is a win-win for everyone.
The height-adjustable cup stand can perfectly accommodate different cup sizes, so whether you’re in the mood for just a little boost or a full-on mug, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 will come in handy for what you need.
Why buy this:
- Affordable and easy to use
- Versatile machine that can process not just coffee but also a variety of hot drinks like hot chocolate and tea
- Doesn’t take much counter space, perfect for small apartments
- Can accommodate different cup sizes
Similar to the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2, the Keurig K-Café Special Edition lets you brew a variety of drinks, whether coffee, tea, or chocolate. But if it is the sophistication that you’re after, it’s the Keurig K-Café Special Edition that will give your kitchen counter a swanky coffee shop vibe. Perfect for a big family of six, its huge water reservoir allows you to brew six cups without needing for a refill in between, making everyone’s morning routine quick and convenient.
In terms of controls, this coffee capsule machine is pretty simple and easy to use. The buttons are kept to a minimum and each has been clearly labelled for quick and intuitive access. With the simple button controls, you can opt to make creamy lattes or frothy cappuccinos in no time. And oh, to complete those authentic coffee shop staples, the coffee machine also comes with a removable, dishwasher-safe milk frother that’s compatible with a variety of fresh milk options including plant-based ones like soy and almond. Now, who’s excited for a creative latte art session this afternoon? Count on this stunning coffee pod machine for that!
Why buy this:
- Makes multiple drink choices
- Equipped with simple and intuitive button controls
- Comes with dishwasher-safe milk frother
- Large water reservoir suitable for a family of six
- Has energy efficient feature
- Sophisticated barista design
While some of us have the budget to afford a bigger coffee maker that would compete against those of coffee shops, we might not have the luxury of space in our small apartment space. For newlyweds renting a small apartment, a practical option would be the Chulux Single Serve Coffee Maker. But hey, don’t underestimate this compact coffee pod machine. Who would have thought that a coffee machine as functional and as space saver as this can whip up velvety smooth lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, hot cocoas and more? Thanks to its handheld milk frother that comes with the package, you can surprise your significant other with creative barista-level coffee creations whenever you feel like it!
The downside though is that you have to refill its water tank on a more frequent basis since it has a small reservoir given its compact built. But if you talk about affordability, this one’s a steal, considering the many possibilities it can do. On top of that, it’s so easy and simple to use, being consistent with its no-fuss, straightforward design.
Why buy this:
- Practical compact design meant for small spaces
- Whips up barista-level beverage creations, thanks to its handheld milk frother
- Simple and easy to use
Make mornings more efficient and productive with this coffee capsule machine. Designed to make multiple cups of coffee at once, the Hamilton Beach 49976 will speed up your morning routine. You can even set your coffee making task on autopilot, thanks to its easy-touch programming feature. This feature allows you to program the machine the night before, so you can have your coffee ready the moment you wake up. We love that this modern feature is consistent with its sleek, sophisticated modern look.
The machine is pretty versatile as it allows you to brew either coffee capsules or ground coffee. You can also customise the brew options depending on your preference, whether regular or strong.
Why buy this:
- Versatile coffee maker that can process both coffee pods and ground coffee
- You can set it on autopilot for up to 24 hours so you can have your coffee ready the next morning
- Sleek, sophisticated, modern design that adds a touch of aesthetic to your counter
Reminiscent of traditional coffee shop machines, this coffee machine is indeed going to take you to a traditional espresso and cappuccino experience without leaving your kitchen counter. Equipped with 15-bar pressure system, it creates espressos with deep, rich aroma and crema that you will be excited to wake up for. It’s also equipped with an adjustable milk frother that you can use to manually froth milk for your latte art or thick, rich, creamy cappuccino.
While it has a barista kind of appeal, it is sleek and compact, so it won’t crowd your limited kitchen counter space. It’s the coffee machine you’ll be drooling to add to your cute coffee nook at home.
Why buy this:
- Equipped with 15-bar pressure system that creates deep, rich aroma and crema
- Comes with an adjustable milk frother
- Sleek, stylish design reminiscent of traditional coffee shop machines
- Space saver
I hope that this article has helped you to choose the perfect coffee capsule machine for your home or office. Please also share this with other coffee afficionados out there!