Combi coffee makers, or combined coffee makers, are perhaps more prevalent in Central Europe than in the UK or USA, but even so they still have their market share, and a growing acceptance. They are practical devices because they save space and pots and pans in kitchens -which is not bad, since we don’t usually have plenty of room- and they also tend to work very well as gifts.
For a new couple or a special friend, giving a coffeemaker of this type is synonymous with success. These are very original, efficient and high-quality appliances — a top-of-the-range gift, without a doubt.
On the other hand, they are also very peculiar coffee machines, obviously more expensive than a conventional coffee machine. Before buying a combi, we must be very sure that we are going to take full advantage of all its options. If this is not the case, we will be wasting the money, and we would do better to value the purchase of an ordinary individual coffee maker.
Do you know how many types of combi coffee machines there are? Well, there isn’t an exact definition in any dictionary, but generically we call any coffee machine that combines at least one coffee service with another or other different services (coffee or any other function).
Thus, we can find in the market two significant subgroups of combi coffee machines: breakfast centres and espresso and drip combi.
When we talk about breakfast centres, we are not referring to your favourite cafeteria or to the corner bar where all the workers go en masse on office mornings.
This type of combined coffee machines offer a coffee service -usually by drip-, a water kettle, and a toaster with bread heating. That is to say, everything you need for a tasty breakfast (coffee, toasts, infusions) compacted and integrated in the same appliance.
- Your complete coffee making station includes a pump espresso portion for coffee shop favourites and a filter portion to brew pour-over style coffee
- Create all your coffee shop favourites With the complete Barista experience at home
- Filter: prepare up to ten cups (1. 25L) of smooth, filtered coffee using coarse-ground coffee
- Espresso: prepare and deliver your ideal espresso and americanos with fresh, finely-ground coffee
- Espresso: make cappuccinos, lattes and more by frothing fresh milk with the steam wand and adding to your espresso
Of course, you can also go to our store and look at the toaster separately.
Combi Espresso Drip Coffee Maker
Apart from breakfast centres, there are other types of combi coffee machines that integrate various methods of extracting coffee in the same piece. They usually consist of an espresso and a filter coffee service, which allow us to cover a wide range of needs with just one coffee maker.
Faster espresso coffee, filter coffee with the capacity to prepare many cups at once, steamer to emulsify the milk instantly, the possibility in some cases of using coffee capsules, in short, very versatile coffee machines designed to meet different demands without having to occupy double the space or spend twice as much money.
In this type of combi coffee machines, we can establish two ranges; one where even the service of espresso machines is replaced by a less powerful one of hydro pressure. And another one where the design is more robust (finished of stainless steel, in many cases) and the service of espresso coffee does not differ in anything of which can give us a manual espresso machine that we used separately.
Best Combi Coffee Maker 2020
Combi coffee machines or combined coffee machines are a little-known area in the world of domestic coffee machines on the Internet. They are very popular in Central Europe, although users who try them get so used to their advantages that they can no longer find a remedy in other coffee machines.
What is certain is that combined coffee machines, as well as kits or breakfast centres, have very particular characteristics that make them ideal for certain circumstances (large families, several coffee consumers in the same house but with different tastes), but very impractical in other situations.
So before buying a combi coffee maker, you should think carefully about whether it suits you or not. And that’s why we’ve put together this article.
Before you start, you can read all the analyses we have made of combi coffee machines on our website.
However, as in any branch of trade, within the combi coffee machines, there are specific models which, due to their quality, price or popularity, are particularly recommendable.
If you are starting to look at options within this type of coffee machines, and you are not sure where to start, coffeemaker.com comes to your rescue: we recommend that you first read our Buying Guide on Combi Coffee Machines, and secondly that you review these three models, which in our opinion are the best-combined coffee machines on the market.
Let’s go with the ranking!
The 3 Best Combined Coffee Maker of 2020
We have chosen three models, because of their popularity, their performance, or their excellent value for money. Even so, bear in mind that there are combined coffee machines for all tastes and different from each other (some with espresso and drip, others with toaster, others with varying functions for coffee and infusions) and in the end you will have to choose the one that includes the set of functions that you are going to use at home.
1º – De’Longhi BCO431.S
De’Longhi BCO431.S is the leading coffee machine in this segment on the Internet, and for many years as well. Undoubtedly, it’s a very personal body in grey and black, and the prestige of a well-known brand, such as De’Longhi, are part of this success.
It is a coffee machine that combines two services: espresso and drip, both with high capacity. It also has a steamer, a heating plate, a permanent filter and the most competitive price in the sector — a reasonable sum of virtues for the best-selling combined coffee machine on the Internet.
Why did we choose the De’Longhi BCO431.S? For its exceptional value for money.
2º – De’Longhi BCO 411.
Our ranking of combi coffee machines would not be complete without this De’Longhi BCO 411, the model with the highest quality and performance on the market, which holds a place of honour in this classification in its own right.
Against it, of course, is the high price. It is a quite expensive coffee machine compared to other combi, such as the De’Longhi BCO 411, and if you are not going to take full advantage of its capabilities then perhaps the investment will not be profitable for you.
Budget aside, this De’Longhi BCO 411 is a real wonder. Wholly made of stainless steel, the espresso service water tank is transparent, 19 bar pressure and compatibility with water filters.
Why did we choose the De’Longhi BCO 411? Because it is the highest quality and best performance combi coffee machine on the market.
3º – Cooks Professional 2-1
And to conclude our ranking, an appliance that transcends the limits of the traditional concept of coffee: The Cooks Professional 2-1. When it comes to preparing coffee, this breakfast centre offers us an extraordinary filter coffee service and 2 slice toaster with extra-wide slots for bagels and speciality breads.
Why did we choose the Cooks Professional 2-1? Because in addition to making coffee, it includes a toaster, all in the same appliance.