How Long Does a Fully Automatic Coffee Machine Last?

Updated:
22. April 2024

How long does a fully automatic coffee machine typically last, and what can you do to make it last longer? That’s what we investigate in this article.

How long does a fully automatic coffee machine last? According to studies, a fully automatic coffee machine has an average lifespan of 5 years. However, many factors influence the lifespan of a coffee machine, including how much you use it, its quality, and how well you maintain it.

Studies on lifespan

Below, we review the studies conducted on the lifespan of fully automatic coffee machines.

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Stiftung Warentest 2018

In 2018, Stiftung Warentest examined the lifespan of fully automatic coffee machines. The study found that fully automatic coffee machines have an average lifespan of 5 years. However, the expected lifespan among manufacturers varies from 5 to 20 years, depending on the manufacturer.

Miele is the manufacturer that expects its fully automatic coffee machines to last the longest, with a lifespan of 20 years, equivalent to 25,000 brews. For comparison, DeLonghi expects its machines to last for 7 years, and Melitta expects it to last for at least 15,000 brews.

In the study, Stiftung Warentest also found that it often pays off to have your fully automatic coffee machine repaired by a workshop, and the three most common reasons for repair are:

  1. The coffee machine no longer heats up.
  2. The machine leaks due to worn valves.
  3. Defective pump causing the coffee not to flow through.

You can read the report here.

What affects lifespan?

  1. Usage: One of the biggest factors that affect lifespan is how much you use the coffee machine. There is a big difference in how long it can last depending on whether you make 3 or 10 cups daily.
  2. Quality: What materials have been used for the coffee machine, and how solidly is the machine built? Typically, you can expect good quality from reputable brands such as Miele, Jura, DeLonghi, etc.
  3. Maintenance: How good are you at maintaining the machine? A fully automatic coffee machine that is descaled regularly and the broken parts replaced will last longer.
  4. Water hardness: If you live in an area with a lot of lime in the water, you can expect your coffee machine to be more stressed and to become lime-scaled quicker. Here, it may be a good idea to choose a coffee machine with a good water filter.
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