Choosing The Best Lavazza Coffee Machine

Consider a Lavazza coffee machine, ideal for espresso, lattes and beyond.

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by Piper Huxley |
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When deciding which Lavazza coffee machine would be the best addition to your kitchen, size and coffee format at the most important considerations. Amongst the many coffee machine brands out there on the market, Lavazza offers something different.

From humble beginnings as a small grocery store in Turin, Italy, Lavazza has become a household name due to its scintillating coffee beans. Because of this, Lavazza has made its mark on the world. Branded as 'Italy's favourite coffee', it's no wonder that this caffeinated favourite has a line of smart coffee machines. We're here to help you figure out which of the illustrious Lavazza coffee machine range would be the best fit for you.

Best Lavazza coffee machines at a glance:

Best for espresso lovers: Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG – View on Lavazza UK
Best for those on the go: Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy – View on Amazon UK
Best for recipe variation: Lavazza A Modo Mio Deséa – View on Lavazza UK

Lavazza has been around for quite a while, so naturally, we've been doing some digging into why Lavazza remains so popular today. Thanks to constant efforts in innovation, research and sustainability, Lavazza is taking the coffee industry by storm, revolutionising it. They have a range of coffee machines, including bean-to-cup models and coffee pod machines – and plenty of tasty coffee, too.

Lavazza has some history – it's been around since the late 1800s and it's been a family affair for four generations. Since 2004, Lavazza has been committed to improving living conditions in coffee-producing countries. 2012 saw a pledge for its commitment to sustainability. Now, they're on their way to carbon neutrality, hoping to achieve this fully by 2030.

What Does The Lavazza Coffee Machine Range Look Like?

Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG

Photo: Smeg

Wake up to the fresh aroma of your favourite coffee with this pod coffee machine from Lavazza. Ideal for espresso lovers, the Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG is a classic-looking coffee machine with an attractive design.

Rediscover the taste of Italy thanks to this unique machine, compatible with Lavazza capsules. SMEG combines cutting-edge technology, tradition and a one-of-a-kind design in a slick espresso maker.

Best for espresso lovers

First and foremost, we love this modern take on a classic. It's kitted out with newer features, such as an adjustable cup rest or the capability to give you different size coffees. Not only that, its iconic design is perfect for lovers of retro, available in black, beige and red. It's an elegant model, combining iconic style with advanced technology. Plus, it's compatible with all Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules.

Available in Red, Beige or Black, this SMEG and Lavazza machine is a wonder.

Customer review: "Fabulous machine and great coffee. Lavazza has the best pods I have found and we have now upgraded our machine to this."


  • Looks great
  • Smart and quick
  • Easy to use


  • Only takes pods

Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy

Photo: Lavazza

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to speak to our coffee machine? Well, with the Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy, you can. It's perfect for those of us on the go and who need a pick-me-up during the morning rush. According to Lavazza, Voicy is the first espresso machine with an Alexa built-in; it's been made to personalise your coffee routine.

Born to reinvent your coffee experience, Lavazza and Amazon are helping create the future. This smart coffee machine offers a new, innovative way to enjoy your morning cup (and the subsequent ones throughout the day).

Best for those on the go

This Lavazza, A Modo Mio Voicy coffee machine is one smart cookie. Simply download the Piacere Lavazza app and enjoy. Using your voice, you can personalise your settings - and even name your favourite espresso. You can even choose if you'd rather not use Alexa - but why miss out on the fun? You can ask for an espresso and control all the smart devices in your home. Whether music, news, weather or coffee, the built-in Amazon Alexa is here to help - all at your fingertips.

Make Lavazza part of your daily route with this smart coffee machine that'll look after you.

Customer review: "Awesome, the future has arrived. Not sure having an espresso maker with Alexa is a must-have but it could certainly hold its own in a kitchen as the built-in speaker is pretty decent. The voice integration works pretty flawlessly except occasionally when power has been off and it says 'I would if I could but I can't' when you ask it to make a coffee, then it remembers it as a coffee machine again when you ask again. Makes a lovely espresso and the machine is very sturdy, aesthetically pleasing and well designed."


  • Good alert system
  • DIshwasher-safe components
  • Smart, convenient, quiet


  • Temperamental for some

Lavazza A Modo Mio Deséa

Photo: Lavazza

Enjoy all your cafe favourites with Lavazza's Deséa model. Integrated with a milk frother, this compact and stylish appliance will fit onto any kitchen sideboard. Choose between an espresso, espresso lungo, long coffee or free flow, you're spoiled for choice. It comes hot with four milk frothing options - including cappuccino and latte.

So refreshing, this coffee machine is easy to maintain and comes complete with dishwasher-safe parts. Not only that, but it's super quiet, so you won't need to shout over it. It uses Lavazza's tasty coffee capsules, which are compostable.

Best for recipe variation

Coming with five recipes, this coffee machine comes prepared with an intuitive user experience. Prepare your favourite coffee at any time with a quiet machine - no disturbances in the kitchen. Plus, you can choose between four different sizes. Remember to listen out for a gentle sound alert when your coffee is hot, steaming and ready to drink. Not only that, but this coffee machine comes with foam and temperature control at the touch of a button.

Enjoy five milk-based recipes or four different coffee sizes with a single touch.

Customer Review: "Bought this to replace my old Lavazza Fantasia machine. A much better product, as it looks sleek and modern. All you do is put your required amount of milk in the frother, pop in a pod of your choice, and select what drink you want with a press of one button. The machine does the rest. It looks great when the espresso filters down through the milk."


  • Easy to use and clean
  • Comes with a frother
  • Sleek and modern style


  • Not hot enough for some

Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie

Photo: Lavazza

Perfect for indulging in authentic Italian coffee at home, this mini Jolie model is a marvel. It's the smallest and quietest of the bunch. It adapts perfectly to every setting. Whether you prefer an espresso or lungo, it's no problem. Here, you can enjoy crisp Italian coffee from this efficient and compact coffee machine that doesn't break the bank.

Your ideal coffee will be ready in no time at all with this Jolie machine. Not only does it have a quick heat-up time, but it's elegant and comes in three colours: red, black and white it's elegant. You can even choose the size of your drink. It's a great choice if you're after a budget coffee machine.

Best budget buy

In true Lavazza style, the Modo Mio Jolie offers versatility at its finest, as you can explore a variety of intense and deep flavours. If you opt for the red machine, you've got that pop of colour in the kitchen - and your appliance will stand out amongst the others. Or, if you prefer, you can tuck this one away neatly; its compact size means you can pop it in the favourite corner of the house with no problem. This is where authentic Italian experience meets Italian design.

If you're looking for a budget buy to save some dosh, this mini Jolie model is your answer.

Customer review: "For a small inexpensive coffee machine, this is a good buy. Coffee is quickly brewed, provides a good crema, warms up very quickly, and is pretty hot straight off (in addition, it takes 30 seconds to run the machine without a pod installed - and warm your cup with hot water - then run the machine with pod - then it is definitely hot!). Pod container bin is a nuisance as it needs emptying frequently - but so what? If you want a diddy little machine that gives good espresso at a budget price, I'd happily recommend this."


  • Great value machine
  • Sleek and stylish
  • Quick and efficient


  • Small water tank capacity

Lavazza A Modo Mio Jolie&Milk

Photo: Lavazza

On the prowl for a coffee-shop standard velvety latte at home? Look no further. We recommend this updated Modo Mio Jolie mode, complete with a built-in milk frother. Convenient, this model is stylish, compact and quiet, too. It's ideal for your morning coffee and will be ready in no time at all. So, no queuing at the coffee shop, just take a breather.

Using 10-bar pressure, this machine extracts a perfect crema-topped single or double espresso from one of Lavazza's capsules at the push of a button. As well as its pre-set feature, the Jolie Plus also has programmable settings.

Prepare yourself for the best part of this revolutionary and compact machine.

Best for frothy coffee

With Jolie and Milk, you can get ahead on the day with a delicious recipe to enjoy. Coming with the best design that Lavazza has to offer, this coffee machine is versatile and adapts to every style. Not only that, but it's notoriously easy to use, and all removable parts are dishwasher-safe. Handy, we know. Pair your frothy milk with any of Lavazza's pod range with its wide variety of flavours - pleasing to the palate and good value, too.

Customer review: "This is very easy to use, especially if you don't want the hassle and fuss of grinding up beans, and if you are only making a coffee treat for one or two people. The good thing about this version is that the milk frother already comes installed with it, so you can make your cappuccinos easily. The Lavazza pods are also recyclable, so a bonus for the environment. If you want a larger cup of coffee, I would recommend using two pods. My only criticism is that the milk frother could heat the milk to a higher temperature. Otherwise, it's an excellent little coffee machine that is simple, smart and effective to use."


  • 10-bar pressure
  • Plenty of variety
  • Pre-set options


  • Tricky to clean the frother

SMEG Bean-To-Cup

Photo: Lavazza

Smeg appliances are iconic, and if you already have any of the brand's products in your kitchen, then it's a no-brainer to add the bean-to-cup coffee machine to your kitchen. As for the Smeg BCC02, it features a milk frothing and steaming function, which is ideal for milk-based drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and flat whites.

Stylish and compact, this Smeg Lavazza collaboration comes in red, white, black or taupe - for you to choose a machine right for your preferences in style. It also has three different settings for your espresso, long coffee or ristretto coffee.

Premium Lavazza coffee machine

With just one touch, you can select your beverage using the intuitive soft-touch button menu, and within seconds, your coffee is ready. This Smeg appliance is smart with an innovative design, featuring a removable water tank, adjustable cup stand and a sophisticated thermoblock heating system. Plus, it has a convenient built-in coffee grinder for a fresh taste. Not only that, it'll fill your kitchen with a rich aroma. Perfect to wake up to, if you ask us.

Commercial Content Editor, Natalie Corner, reviewed the Smeg Bean-to-Cup Machine - if you need more information.

Read the full SMEG BCC02 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine review here.


  • Ready with one touch
  • Includes hot steam wand
  • Integrated bean grinder


  • Needs replenishing often

VERDICT: Which Lavazza Coffee Machine Is Best?

It was a tough decision, but A Modern Kitchen has ruled in favour of the Lavazza A Modo Mio Deséa. It's mid-range price-wise, reliable and comes with many options for your drink. Foam or not to foam that is the question. Plus, it earned this top spot by being very user-friendly, perfect for a coffee machine rookie. We couldn't think of a better way to start our morning.


How Do I Clean A Lavazza Coffee Machine?

Before you clean, there is something you should think about. Check your coffee machine's manual to ensure that cleaning with vinegar is recommended by the manufacturer. After all, some brands do not, as a few of their parts are made of metal.

If the manufacturer permits the use of vinegar, you will need to create a mix of white vinegar and water - and run it through your machine. Need more advice? Lavazza has a detailed page with instructions on cleaning your Lavazza.

How To Descale A Lavazza Coffee Machine

Limescale is perfectly normal to see in many of your kitchen appliances. As for your coffee machine, a build-up of this will reduce water flow or even cold coffee. Not ideal if you're craving a steaming-hot cup. For this reason, you'll need to descale your Lavazza coffee machines every three months. However, if you live in an area where hard water is prevalent, then descaling should be frequent.

Lavazza has laid out simple instructions on descaling a Lavazza coffee machine with no vinegar in sight. However, we'd refer to the instructions manual as every model is different. However, for upkeep, Lavazza recommends using a non-toxic descaling product to help prolong your coffee machine's life.

We recommend this Lavazza coffee machine descaler, which packs a punch and will keep your appliance in line.

Best Lavazza descaling liquid

Lavazza Descaling Liquid is formulated to be gentle yet effective at removing limescale from coffee machines. This is especially important if you live in a hardwater area as it will prolong the life of the machine and ensure you have great tasting coffee.


  • Designed to be used on Lavazza machines
  • Effective at removing limescale


  • Needs to be used every three months

Which Lavazza Coffee Pods Are The Best?

Lavazza has been synonymous with quality Italian coffee for a long time - and the brand boasts an enormous range of coffee products, expanding to include some speciality world coffees. So, what are Lavazza's coffee pods like?

First, we would love to mention one of Lavazaa's steps to becoming carbon neutral. After all, there is little ambiguity about the composability of their 'eco caps'. They go into your household food waste for council collection and go through industrial compost. How cool is that? Your coffee goes back to the Earth. In addition, Lavazza has partnered with TerraCycle to provide a recycling service. So unlike paper-based pods, the pods cannot be turned into mulch.

If you're on the hunt for a coffee machine subscription, you can save 25 per cent when you commit to a regular order on Lavazza's website. Alternatively, Amazon offers an enormous range of pack sizes and also offers a convenient Subscribe and Save service. Here are some of our favourites:

Our Favourite Lavazza Coffee Pods

Best Lavazza coffee pods

Lavazza A Modo Mio Rossa Coffee Capsules
Price: £23.50

Lavazza A Modo Mio Rossa Coffee is a medium roast blend with an intense flavour. If you love that classic Lavazza taste and aroma, this is the coffee pod for you.


  • Convenient
  • Compostable
  • Great Lavazza taste


  • Strong coffee

Best compostable Lavazza coffee pods

A blend of coffee from Africa and Central America this A Modo Mio ¡Tierra! for Planet comes in compostable pods. Experience a unique and earthy blend.


  • Speciality coffee
  • Compostable pods
  • Fruity notes


  • The unusual flavour notes may not be to everyone's taste

Best Lavazza pods for espresso

If you love the kick of a small ristretto or espresso, this intense Espresso Maestro Ristretto is for you. Savour chocolate and caramel tasting notes.


  • A must for espresso lovers
  • Intense coffee


  • Pods are not compostable but are recyclable aluminium

Can Lavazza Coffee Machines Take Other Pods?

Lavazza coffee machines have been designed to use Lavazza coffee pods, which are readily available in a variety of blends and flavours. You can sip a multitude of coffees to your heart's content. While it is possible to use other coffee pods in a Lavazza machine, it is not recommended. It may damage the machine or cause poor-tasting coffee.

Are Lavazza Coffee Machines Compatible With Nespresso?

Some Lavazza capsules are compatible with some Nespresso machines, so you don't have to miss out, including some of the zany Maestro Espresso range. However, Nespresso pods are not compatible with Lavazza machines.

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Gardens and Wellness Product Writer for A Modern Kitchen, specialising in cookware. When she’s not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, Piper is re-watching a TV show or listening to a podcast.

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