The ease of maintenance of a fully automatic machine
|Guidance during descaling||In the best case scenario, you will be guided through the display or an app with an automatic program that indicates step by step what you should do. This way you don't have to deal with manuals.|
|How often should you descale the machine?||Some machines need to be descaled more often than others. With the use of a smart water filter, descaling is even unnecessary for some coffee machines. That saves you a lot of work.|
|Cleaning the milk system||On a coffee machine without a milk system you have a lot less cleaning to take care of. But when we look at machines with a milk system, a coffee machine without milk tubes and individual parts has the most convenience.|
|Brew group maintenance||Many coffee residues and fats remain in the brewing group and you therefore need to clean them on a weekly basis. The easiest way is to do this with an automatic cleaning program.|
|Dishwasher-safe parts||A fully automatic machine consists of a number of separate parts, such as; a drip tray, coffee grounds container, water reservoir, and a milk reservoir. It saves you a lot of cleaning when these individual parts are dishwasher safe.|
Top class ease of maintenance [little work]
You don't have a lot of work to do with a fully automatic espresso machine that comes in top class maintenance. These machines have an automatic program with which you can easily clean the brew group. Since the brewing group must be cleaned weekly for proper operation, this saves you a lot of work. In addition, these espresso machines have a special smart water filter that keeps the machine lime-free. This means you no longer have to descale the machine yourself. So you have more time to enjoy your cup of coffee.
A fully automatic machine with top class maintenance has at least 70% of the maintenance specifications shown in the table above.
Mid-range ease of maintenance [average work]
A coffee machine with a middle class maintenance distinguishes itself from the basic class models in the way the machine guides you during the descaling process. Via the display, or in some cases via an app, you get step by step which actions you need to perform. This is a lot easier than if you always have to take the manual for this. These machines also have dishwasher-safe parts. The spout and coffee grounds container in particular become quite dirty and you therefore need to clean it regularly.
A fully automatic machine with middle class maintenance has at least 50% of the maintenance specifications from the table above.
Basic maintenance class [a lot of work]
You have more work on maintaining a fully automatic coffee machine when it falls into the basic class. These machines take a lot of work to maintain the brew group. You should rinse these by hand, clean them with a brush, and possibly also grease them. In many cases, you also have to carry out a cleaning program to remove coffee residues and fats. The machine does not guide you, or less well, during the performance of these operations. These coffee machines are often priced lower, but on the other hand you spend a lot of time and attention on maintenance.
A fully automatic machine with top class maintenance has less than 50% of the maintenance specifications from the table above.
We recommend that you at least choose a fully automatic coffee machine with a middle class ease of maintenance. These machines are in fact much easier to maintain than a basic class model. Do you want to spend as little time as possible on maintenance and do you not feel like hassle? Then you go for a fully automatic machine that scores top class on maintenance.