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Best moka pot 2023

No expensive espresso maker? The best moka pots are a great stovetop alternative to make espresso-like coffees at home.

Forget your fancy coffee machines, landfill clogging plastic coffee pods and daily trips to your local barista: the best moka pot is all you need for a stand-out quality morning coffee. Invented in the 1930s by Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti, the moka pot (named after the Yemeni city of Mocha), is a simply designed stove-top coffee maker that continues to endure, producing strong, great-tasting coffee without the faff of filters or any machinery.

Nowadays there are a plethora of different styles to choose from, which can make finding the right moka pot for your needs and budget a little tricky. While they all look fairly similar and mostly work in the same way, they aren’t all the same and there are a few things you should take into consideration, such as size, price and design.

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Best moka pots: At a glance

How to choose the best moka pot for you

How does a moka pot work?

Moka pots all share the same design system; usually a jug shaped pot that screws apart into two pieces. The bottom section should be filled with water up to the line indicated, while the funnel is filled with ground coffee, then screwed back together tightly and heated on the stove top. The boiling water pushes extracted coffee into the top chamber, giving you fresh, ground-free coffee ready to pour.

While all moka pots do essentially the same thing, there are tricks to getting the most out of them. For a really high quality coffee; we asked Stuart Wilson, founder of independent speciality coffee brand Lost Sheep Coffee, for his top tips.

He says: “Moka pots are good at making strong coffee, even with lighter roasts. Coffee should be ground medium fine and filled to the top of the funnel but never tamped, like you would for espresso – just use your finger.

Using boiling water will aid better extraction and stop you getting sour coffee; you should also take the pot off the heat once it starts to spit as letting it heat too long at this stage can make for a bitter taste. Pour straight away and enjoy, or water it down for a longer Americano-style coffee.”

What key things should you look for in a moka pot?

Look for a moka pot made with quality materials, like stainless steel or aluminium for a purchase that will last. Consider the size too, as you’ll need to fill the pot in order to produce your coffee, buying a moka pot too large for your requirements will prove wasteful when it comes to coffee – and energy. Moka pots are available in one-cup (60ml) to 12-cup sizes, but for one or two coffee drinkers a three-cup pot is usually about right. You’ll also have to check that the moka pot you have in mind is suitable for use on your particular stove – not all pots are compatible with induction hobs.

How much should you spend?

Most moka pots are inexpensive. A three-cup pot tends to cost around £25; larger pots are of course more expensive, so too are those specifically designed for use on induction hobs. Designer coffee pots can command higher prices too. It all comes down to what you’re willing to pay.

How we test moka pots

We know that the most effective way to test kitchen equipment is to get straight down to business and put the item to use, so we brew up a significant amount of coffee on our quest to find the best moka pots. For fairness and quality control we use the same coffee in all our testing (the delicious Lost Sheep Get To The Hopper blend) and brew according to manufacturer’s instructions where given, taking note of how hot, smooth and grain-free the final coffee is.

In our testing, we also look for ease of use – specifically how easy the pot is to assemble, wash and unscrew – along with how quickly the pot takes to produce the coffee and how well it pours. Other design features are also taken into consideration, such as cool-touch materials, ergonomic handles and how stylish the moka pot looks on the worktop.

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The best moka pots you can buy in 2023

1. Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Pot: The best original moka pot

Price: £34 | Buy now from Amazon

This is the original moka pot as designed in Italy in 1933. Made from long lasting aluminium with a durable stainless steel pressure valve and the iconic octagonal design, it’s testament to the “if it aint broke don’t fix it” school of thought.

We’ve had our Bialetti for ten years and it’s still going strong, producing hot, aromatic coffee in around four minutes. There’s a flip lid with a little knob to help you lift it when hot and the cool to the touch black handle allows for safe and easy pouring. Be sure to handwash and this will last and last. It’s not suitable for induction though, sadly.

Keys details – Size: 3 cup; Material: Aluminium; Induction-safe: No

2. Lavazza Moka Carmencita Classic: The best designed moka pot

Price: £30 | Buy now from LavazzaThis sleek moka pot from coffee experts Lavazza is a great addition to any kitchen. It veers slightly from the traditional design, with its slim conical shape and clean lines, for a contemporary take on the classic styling. This Italian-designed pot has a smart satin finish from aluminium, with a pop of coloured detailing – we love the cherry red – or stick to understated black for an all-round winner.

Either way, all the necessary bits and pieces stay cool enough to handle the pot easily and it’s worth noting that the handle on this moka pot is cleverly positioned at 90 degrees for a slightly easier grip than traditionally designed pots. With a three cup capacity and a nice clean pour, this pot does everything you need it to and looks great too.

Keys details – Size: 3-cup; Material: Aluminium; Induction-safe: Yes

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3. ProCook Stovetop Espresso Maker 9 Cup: The best large moka pot

Price: £18 | Buy now from ProCookThis large moka pot is a standard take on the classic design, so you’ve got the traditional shape and two-part design made from high-performing polished aluminium – but it’s at a bit of a bargain price. Suitable for all hobs bar induction, this ProCook stovetop pot will extract enough coffee for around nine cups and we found it to be speedy, fragrant and pleasingly free from stray grounds in the cup.

Easy to assemble and hand wash, we also like that this moka pot is still lightweight and compact enough to pop in your suitcase for your travels.

Keys details – Size: 9 cup; Material: Aluminium; Induction-safe: No

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4. Stelton Collar Espresso Maker: The best looking moka pot

Price: £86 | Buy now from Nordic NestAnd now for something a little different. Moka pots are an altogether Italian endeavour, but this pot has Scandi styling written all over it. Designed by Daniel Debiasi and Frederico Sandi, this espresso maker from the Stelton Collar range of kitchen accessories combines Italian craftmanship with cool, Scandinavian design for a practical and beautiful piece.

Made from stainless steel in a striking matte black, which is set off by the natural oak wood handle, this moka pot is sure to be a talking point. It boasts a 240ml capacity (four cups) and is suitable for gas, electric and ceramic hobs. One niggle: we’d have liked a wooden knob on the lid to help access it when boiling hot.

Keys details – Size: 4 cup; Material: Stainless steel; Induction-safe: No

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5. Bialetti 4 Cup Moka Induction Hob Espresso Coffee Maker: The best induction moka pot

Price: £50 | Buy now from John LewisThis is the updated version of the original Bialetti moka pot. It features all of the traditional quality, styling and design but has been brought bang up to date with technology to work compatibly with induction hobs. Materials are still the same aluminium and stainless steel, with handy keep-cool plastic parts for the ergonomic handle and lid knob. We’ve plumped for this bright and cheery glossy red colour, but other varieties are available.

Performance-wise, the coffee produced is just as rich, aromatic and smooth and you’d expect and with a four cup capacity, this is ideal for family coffee rounds.

Keys details – Size: 4 cup; Material: Aluminium; Induction-safe: Yes

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