5 of our favorite coffee makers and espresso machines for iced java this summer

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Our favorite coffee makers and espresso machines for iced java this summer.
Our favorite coffee makers and espresso machines for iced java this summer.

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Do the rising temps outside make you swap your morning hot coffee for a cooler alternative? While you may be tempted to pour your regular joe over ice, doing so may get you a bitter, watered down version, and we strongly suggest you don’t do it.

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Instead, turn to our editors favorite coffee makers and espresso machines that deliver iced coffee drinks with intention.

Between our personal experience with these coffee makers in our own testing lab and star reports from consumers who use them every day, we’ve gathered a list of five coffee makers you’re guaranteed to love, whether you like your cold brew straight up or you prefer iced lattes all summer long.

The Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers

The Best Nespresso Machines

1. For cold brew coffee lovers: Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The Takeya is our favorite cold brew coffee maker.
The Takeya is our favorite cold brew coffee maker.

Our tested favorite cold brew coffee maker is easy to use, easy to clean, and easy on the wallet. You’d likely spend more on Starbucks cold brew in a week than on this entire machine, which will last you for years.

In our lab testing, the steeping method produced the best-tasting cold brew coffee, and this model took top prize for its ability to simply steep coffee grounds in an air-tight, spill-proof carafe.

Its unobtrusive size makes it easy to keep in the fridge all summer, and store away in a cabinet when the season ends. In 1- and 2-quart sizes, as well as three color options, you can choose the version that’s perfect for you.

2. For those who enjoy an afternoon iced espresso martini: Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Espresso Machine by Breville

The Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville is our favorite pod coffee maker.
The Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville is our favorite pod coffee maker.

As the winner of our favorite pod coffee maker, this Nespresso machine is a go-to for all types of coffee drinks, from black coffee to double espresso. And, with its variety of pod choices you can also make iced coffee in a flash.

Nespresso offers pods made specifically for brewing over ice, so you don’t have to sacrifice flavor in the warmer months. The type of capsule dictates the type of brew and size, so all you have to do is select your pod, brew, add ice, and enjoy.

We also favored Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville’s compact design, which makes it easy to keep on your countertop or store where space is limited.

3. For the DIY latte lovers: Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Espresso Machine with Aeroccino by Breville

A Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Espresso Machine that comes with one of our top-rated milk frothers.
A Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Espresso Machine that comes with one of our top-rated milk frothers.

For those who like to turn their iced coffee into an iced latte, opt for the upgraded Nespresso VertuoPlus package that also comes with the Nespresso Aeroccino 3, which just happens to be one of our top-rated milk frothers.

In addition to easy-to-brew iced coffees, you can froth any type of milk you choose for a customized iced latte at home.

For a super-upgrade to your countertop coffee bar, choose the unique and sophisticated Titan colorway.

4. For those who want a different latte drink every day: Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso Machine by Breville

Our favorite single-serve espresso maker.
Our favorite single-serve espresso maker.

If you’re exclusively a latte drinker and want to make professional-style lattes at home, without professional barista know-how, the Nespresso Creatista Plus is for you.

Our favorite single-serve espresso maker comes with all the ease and variety of the Nespresso pods along with precision steaming to create an assortment of coffee beverages.

Select a pod especially made for iced lattes one morning, and a hot double espresso the next.

Since this machine is not specifically an iced coffee maker, you can use it year-round for all of your espresso needs, making it well worth the splurge.

5. For the French press coffee fans: Espro P3 French Press

The Espro P3 French Press and Instant Milk Frother.
The Espro P3 French Press and Instant Milk Frother.

If you’re not a fan of espresso drinks and want a multi-purpose coffee maker for hot and cold options, this winning French press is your go-to.

It’s a lot easier than making cold brew coffee in a mason jar, and if you need to know how to make it in a French press, we’ve got you covered.

Pair it with our favorite milk frother, the Instant Milk Frother, and you can create endless cold-brew-latte combinations.

Whether you’re looking for cold foam or light foam, with whole milk, oat or almond milk, this frother will help you create the perfect coffee drink in the comfort of your own home.

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