If you're a coffee lover who dreams of waking up in the morning to an authentic espresso, but can't quite stretch to an at-home machine, then a Moka pot is the perfect way to go. These stovetop espresso makers are a staple in every Italian household, and offer an affordable way to enjoy a barista-style coffee without breaking the bank.
We've ranked 10 of the best Moka pots in the UK, available online from Amazon and John Lewis, for electric, gas and induction hobs. With reviews and recommendations, whether you're a coffee fanatic or simply enjoy the occasional macchiato, there's something for everyone!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of Moka pots available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
The London Sip Store
Pulcina Stovetop Coffee Maker
9090 Stovetop Coffee Maker
Stove Top Espresso Maker
Induction Stovetop Coffee Maker
Stovetop Espresso Maker
A Classic Design From the Inventor of the Moka Pot
An Extra Small Pot That's Induction and Dishwasher Safe
Minimalist Design for an Unbelievable Cup of Coffee
A Reliable 6 Cup Moka Pot for Induction Hobs
The Perfect Gift in a Large Variety of Colours
Impressive Quality for a Reasonable Price
A Budget Option for a Quick Morning Espresso
An Induction Friendly Option From Bialetti
A Cute Design that Makes a Great Double Espresso
Stainless Steel Moka Pot for a Cleaner Espresso
|Material||Aluminium||Stainless Steel||Aluminium||Stainless Steel||Aluminium||Stainless Steel||Aluminium||Aluminium, stainless steel||Aluminium||Stainless Steel|
|Capacity||6 cups||2 cups||6 cups||6 cups||3 cups||6 cups||3 cups||4 cups||3 cups||3 cups|
One of the most important things to keep in mind when picking a Moka pot is the type of stove you have at home. You won't have to worry about the material if you have an electric hob, and for gas hobs, you'll just have to make sure the Moka pot sits comfortably over the flame.
When it comes to induction hobs, however, not all Moka pots will be compatible. Generally, stainless steel Moka pots will work with an induction hob, while those with aluminium bases won't.
That said, aluminium Moka pots are a better choice than stainless steel if you're after the best brew. This is because they conduct heat far more efficiently, for even heat distribution when brewing. They are also lighter and cheaper than steel, even if they are more difficult to clean.
Want to enjoy the taste of espresso without the jitters? Why not try decaf coffee instead?
Moka pots can be a bit of a pain to empty and keep clean, so you may want to consider choosing one that's dishwasher safe. If you're Moka pot isn't explicitly labelled as being suitable for dishwashers, it's important to carefully clean them by hand. Never scrub or use harsh detergents as they often have a coating on the inside that's crucial for making the best coffee!
You'll also notice that a Moka pot has quite a few different components when taken apart, so take time to ensure you have all the pieces when cleaning. For those that are dishwasher safe you can simply place them on the rack, but for those that aren't, you'll need to soak them in warm, soapy water to remove any particularly tough stains.
Whether you simply enjoy a small espresso in the morning, or need that double shot to really get going, you'll want to pick a Moka pot that has a capacity large enough for everyone in your household. If you're living alone, a 2 or 3 cup pot will likely suffice, but for larger households, you may want to consider one with a 6 cup capacity.
It's important to keep in mind that, as we're talking about espresso, you won't be filling up your mug with a Moka pot. Each "cup" is only 50ml of coffee, making a double 100 ml. If you don't take milk, you may want to invest in a small set of espresso mugs to go alongside your Moka pot!
Why not pick up a milk frother for an authentic Italian Cappuccino at home!
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Material||Aluminium, stainless steel|
Written and researched by David Sexton
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