What To Consider Before Buying a Home Coffee Machine

What To Consider Before Buying a Home Coffee Machine

If you’re on the verge of taking the plunge and buying a coffee machine for home, especially in light of the fact that we may be experiencing more lockdowns in future, and you may find yourself working from home on a more permanent basis, then we’ve got you covered today in terms of the considerations to make before swiping your card. By making sure you tick the boxes below, you’ll be able to make the right decision based on your individual needs, which will get you one step closer to getting your hands on your first (or next) coffee machine in the near future. Let’s dig in!

Defining Your Budget & Price Rangeh3
The first thing you should define is your budget, and what price range you’d be open to explore. This will help you to whittle down extensive catalogues, and to create a filter for choices that you’re able to afford. Allow yourself some leeway in your budget estimations, usually around R2500 upwards or the same in the other direction, so you don’t limit your choices too much. Expect to pay anywhere upwards of R10 000 to R20 000 for a home coffee machine, recognising that the more features you’re looking for, the more likely it is that you’ll be in the upper region of those figures. 

Assessing Your Needs at Home

Next, take a look at your specific needs at home. How big is your family? How many cups a day do you drink each day? How many cups does the household drink each day? These are important as they allow you to get a sense as to what type of machine you’ll likely need. If everyone drinks black coffee, and nobody has a need for anything fancier, then you won’t need something too extensive in the features department. Conversely, if you’re a cappuccino or espresso loving family, the machine you choose will need to have the right functionality to cater to your needs. Each home is different, but knowing what you’re looking for gets you halfway to the finish line for sure. 

Brand Preference

Now that you know your budget and the price range you’re working with, it’s good to ask yourself about the brands you’d like to look at. Perhaps, you need to do a Google search first, in order to see which brands fall within your price range. Alternatively, you can ask friends and family for their advice, as well as the machines that they have experience with. You can also find a lot of reviews online, if you’d like a realistic view of how a machine performs and what it’s capable of. Brand preference may be something that you inherently already have, or you may be flexible to try a few. Always go with the more reputable company, even if it means you can save a rand or two in the process. 

Rental or Purchase?

In 2020, future facing companies like Aquaspresso offers consumers the ability to buy or rent coffee machines, the former of which is a great way to give a model you are curious about a test run before you buy. This also helps with short-term cashflow if things are a little tight, giving you the chance to pay a monthly fee which is a fraction of the cost of the overall machine. Better yet, by going straight to a supplier that offers both, you gain access to specialists who will be able to point you in the right direction regarding the best choice for your lifestyle. Before you know it, you’ll be waking up to fresh, delicious coffee each morning. 

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