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Last updated: December 22, 2023

Quick Answer: I recommend getting a Breville machine if you are buying a machine for your home. I recommend getting a Jura machine if you are buying a machine for an office.

The main difference between Breville and Jura machines is that a Breville machine requires you to dose up your coffee with a portafilter before you brew your espresso, whereas a Jura machine lets you brew an espresso by just pressing a button.

In this comparison of Breville vs Jura, I’m going to explain why I think that Breville machines are better than Jura machines in every respect except for the fact that they look a bit more intimidating to use than Juras.

I’ll also give my top picks on the best Breville and Jura machines.

Let’s get started.

Should I Get a Breville or Jura Espresso Machine?

I recommend getting a Breville machine instead of a Jura machine in every situation except if you are buying a machine for an office.

Breville machines are better than Jura machines in almost every respect:

  • Breville machines make better-tasting espresso than Jura machines.
  • Breville machines steam milk to a more consistent texture and to a greater range of temperatures than Jura machines.
  • Breville machines are easier to keep clean and well-maintained than Jura machines.
  • Breville machines cost way less for what you get than Jura machines.

If you’re considering getting a Jura machine because you want to make espresso and lattes without the fuss of messing around with tamping and manual milk steaming, then I’d recommend getting the Breville Barista Touch Impress instead of a Jura.

The Breville Barista Touch Impress automates puck prep and milk steaming. All you need to do to make a coffee is move the portafilter from the machine’s grinder to its brew group and press a button.

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Breville Barista Touch Impress
$1,499.95
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The only advantage that Jura machines have over Breville machines is that it’s more immediately obvious how to use a Jura machine than a Breville.

Assuming that a Jura machine has coffee beans and water in it, you just need to press a button to make an espresso or milk drink.

Even the most automated Breville machine still needs you to press a button to grind your coffee, press another button to brew your coffee, and then press another button to steam your milk. 

You will need to show someone how to do this if they’ve never done it before (although you’ll probably only need to show them once).

So if you’re buying a machine for an office breakout room and you don’t want to have to teach everyone in your office how to use the machine then Jura is the better option.

The best Jura machine for this type of situation is the Jura S8 – it has a touch screen and gives you a good range of available drinks without being ridiculously expensive.

Best for Offices
Jura S8
$2,600.00
Anyone can go up to the Jura S8 and make a coffee without someone showing them how to use it. The same cannot be said for Breville machines.
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What Are the Differences Between Breville and Jura Espresso Machines?

Breville  Jura
Learning Curve
Slightly steeper learning curve
Lower learning curve
Espresso Quality
Makes coffee shop-quality espresso
You’d be disappointed if you got this in a coffee shop
Steamed Milk Quality
Can make microfoam for latte art
Inconsistent milk texture
User Interface
Touch screen on more expensive models
Touch screen on more expensive models
Price
Relatively inexpensive for what you get 
Relatively expensive for what you get

Workflow and Ease of Use

Although Jura machines are easier for someone to just go up to and make a coffee with, Breville machines are quicker and less effort to use once you have learned how to use them.

Breville machines seem more intimidating to use because you need to dose up a portafilter with ground coffee before brewing.

To people who have never made espresso before this can seem like something that you need some sort of “barista training” to do. I always have to show my friends how to make an espresso with my Breville Barista Pro (see my Breville Barista Pro review for more information on this machine), but once I show them they’re always surprised by how easy it is.

This is how it’s done – it is better to do it with two hands but I had to film this

Jura machines, on the other hand, just have a screen with a selection of drinks and you just press the button that corresponds to your drink to make it.

This seems much more inviting than a portafilter

This means that anyone can go up and use it even if they have never used an espresso machine before.

However, once you know how to use each machine, you’ll quickly find out that Breville machines are quicker and easier to make a coffee with than Jura machines.

This is mainly down to the fact that Jura machines require far more cleanup after you brew than a Breville machine.

With a Breville machine, all you need to do is knock the puck out the portafilter (I smack it straight into the bin), give the portafilter a wipe, and then spray the steam wand for a second and give that a wipe if you use it.

The whole process takes about 10 seconds.

With a Jura machine, you need to:

  • Have the machine run a rinse cycle before you make a drink (this takes about 15 seconds).
  • Have the machine run a rinse cycle after you make a drink (this often catches me off guard and it ends up flooding my drip tray).
  • Run a milk cleaning cycle after you make a milk drink (this takes about a minute – here is a video on how it works).
  • Empty out and rinse the machine’s used coffee grounds container (it gets moldy in there if you leave it for more than a day).

Having to do this after every drink you make, or even at the end of every day, takes far more time than grinding coffee into a Breville machine’s portafilter before each drink.

So while there is a very small learning curve with Breville machines, they are far easier to use than Juras in the long run.

Workflow and Ease of Use Winner: Breville (although it has a sharper learning curve at first)

Espresso Quality

Breville machines make much better espresso than Jura machines.

Breville machines allow you to make as good an espresso as you’d get in a coffee shop.

If we’re getting super technical, Breville machines can struggle to extract lighter roast beans. However, if you’re not a big-time espresso nerd then this really isn’t an issue.

Jura machines on the other hand don’t really make “proper” espresso. 

Instead, they make a strong coffee with a head of crema.

Their coffee isn’t bad, but if you are used to drinking espresso at coffee shops where you have a barista using commercial equipment (this includes chain coffee shops) then you’ll probably be disappointed with Jura machine’s espresso.

Espresso Quality Winner: Breville

Milk Steaming Performance

Breville machines steam milk to a better consistency and a wider range of textures and temperatures than Jura machines.

The table below shows how the two manufacturers vary in their milk steaming performance:

Breville Jura
Milk system
Steam wand with a hands-free mode
Automatic milk frother
Can you make microfoam for latte art
Yes
No
Milk temperature settings
Can control your temperature to the nearest 5 degrees Celsius
One setting
Milk texture settings
Up to 10 available textures
Up to two available textures
Required clean-up afterward
Purge and wipe down steam wand (takes 10 seconds)
Run a milk rinse cycle (takes at least 30 seconds)

This is particularly true if you get a Breville model with an automatic steam wand. These include the Breville Bambino Plus, Breville Barista Touch, and Breville Oracle Touch.

Steaming milk with these machines just involves putting milk in a pitcher, sticking your steam wand in, and turning the steam wand on.

Hands-free milk steaming with my Breville Bambino Plus

Breville’s steam wands can also be used manually like a traditional steam wand if you want more control.

Pretty much all Breville machines in the same price bracket as a Jura machine have an automatic steam wand.

Breville machines can create microfoam which you need to make latte art with. They can create this milk texture regardless of whether you steam your milk automatically or manually.

Jura machines simply don’t steam milk as well as Breville machines. You’ll never be able to make latte art with a Jura machine, for instance.

Jura machines use an automatic milk frother, consisting of a milk container that attaches to the machine via a rubber tube.

The automatic milk frother on my Jura E8

These automatic milk frothers don’t get your milk foam as consistent as a steam wand can. You always end up with some large bubbles and some milk that has barely been textured at all.

A bit like with its espresso, you’ll find the Jura’s milk drinks underwhelming if you’re used to drinking lattes and cappuccinos from a high-end coffee shop.

I also don’t like how much cleanup you have to do after making milk drinks with Jura machines.

After every milk drink you make you need to attach the milk system to a palette filled with water and Jura’s cleaning pellets and then have it run a rinse cycle. This takes about a minute.

This is a much longer process than purging and wiping down a Breville’s steam wand, which takes no more than 10 seconds.

This is all you have to do to clean a Breville machine’s steam wand

Milk Steaming Performance Winner: Breville

Drink Options and Customizations

Jura machines give you more control over how your black drinks (espresso, Americano, etc) are brewed. Breville machines give you more control over how your milk drinks are brewed.

Jura machines give you the option of making drip-style coffee in addition to making espresso. They call drip coffee “coffee” on their menu.

Higher-end Breville machines make espresso, ristretto, and lungo, but don’t give you the option to make drip-style coffee.

Personally, I don’t think that there’s much benefit to Jura’s ability to make drip-style coffee.

Espresso machines brew too quickly to make a good drip coffee. You’d get MUCH better drip coffee from a $10 V60 than you would from a $2000+ Jura machine.

Higher-end Breville machines (which are still generally cheaper than Jura machines) let you control your steamed milk’s texture and temperature.

They generally give you 10 milk texture settings and the ability to control your steaming temperature from the nearest five degrees Celsius to the nearest one degree Celsius depending on your model.

So while Jura and Breville machines both offer a similar range of milk drink menu items, there is much more variation between Breville’s milk drinks than Jura’s.

A Breville’s cappuccino will be light and fluffy, its latte will be smooth and silky. Jura’s milk drinks will instead all have the exact same mouthfeel and only vary in their proportions of coffee and milk.

So I strongly recommend getting a Breville machine instead of a Jura if you’re going to mainly be making milk drinks.

Drink Customization Winner: Breville

Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance

Breville machines are easier to keep clean and maintain than Jura’s because you don’t have to empty a used coffee grounds container or run rinse cycles after every drink.

Trust me, knocking a ground coffee puck out of a portafilter is MUCH easier than having to take out a drip tray, take out a used coffee grounds container, throw out the used coffee, and then wash the container.

Any convenience that you save from a Jura tamping and dosing your coffee inside the machine is lost (and then some) by you having to clean out the inside of the machine of used coffee grounds.

Cleaning this out takes more time than knocking 100 coffee pucks out of a portafilter

The two manufacturers are similar in terms of longer-term maintenance. Both require rinse and descaling cycles every few months.

However, I think that since Jura machines have more internal moving parts than Breville machines, there’s just more that can go wrong with a Jura machine so you’re going to likely have more maintenance headaches over its lifetime.

Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance Winner: Breville

Value for Money

You get way, way more for your money with a Breville machine than with a Jura machine.

To emphasize this point, you can get a Breville machine with a touch screen and automatic milk steaming for $1,000 (the Breville Barista Touch).

The cheapest Jura machine, the Jura ENA 4 does NOT have any milk steaming capabilities and only has a basic button and icon user interface.

Hell, you can get a Breville machine with automatic milk steaming for $500 (the Breville Bambino Plus.)

The highest-end Breville machine (the Breville Oracle Touch) costs the same as a mid-priced Jura (the Jura E8) and the Breville Oracle Touch makes better espresso, gives you more control when you’re steaming milk, and has a nicer user interface than the Jura E8.

This just emphasizes how much more you get for your money with a Breville than with a Jura.

Value for Money Winner: Breville (by a long way)

So Which Specific Machines Do I Recommend?

If you’ve been struggling to choose between a Jura machine and a Breville machine, you’re probably looking for an espresso machine that can make a drink without you having to dose and tamp a coffee puck and steam milk manually.

Your best bets here are the Breville Barista Touch Impress if you’re buying an espresso machine to use at home and the Jura S8 if you’re buying a machine to use in an office.

Breville Barista Touch Impress: Best for Home

The Breville Barista Touch Impress doses and tamps your coffee puck for you at the pull of a lever.

It also steams your milk hands-free. 

So you can make an espresso or milk drink with a couple of button presses and attaching and detaching a portafilter. This makes it no harder to use than any Jura machine, and you get a much better drink at the end of it.

Best For Home
Breville Barista Touch Impress
$1,499.95
The Breville Barista Touch Impress tamps your coffee puck and steams your milk automatically. This means that it makes drinks as well as a semi-automatic machine but has the convenience of a super-automatic machine.
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User Interface & Workflow

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is operated by a touch screen and makes drinks with just a few button presses.

The Barista Touch Impress’s touch screen allows you to:

  • Select what drink you want to make
  • Choose your grind size
  • Choose the temperature and texture you want to steam your milk to
  • Save preferences as the default going forward.

The machine is fitted with a grinder and an automatic tamper which you control with the touch screen. This allows you to get a flat puck of coffee ready for brewing without any fiddling around with a tamp.

You can see a video of this automatic tamping system in action below (watch from 4:13- 4:33)

The machine’s steam wand is equally as automated. All you have to do is pour milk into a pitcher, use the touch screen to select the type of milk you’re using (it will steam differently if you use non-dairy milk), and select your temperature and texture.

The machine then steams your milk hands-free. You can see a video of how this works below (watch from 6:37 – 7:05):

This level of automation makes the Breville Barista Touch Impress as easy to use as any Jura machine. 

It’s actually much easier to use than Jura machines when you take its post-coffee cleanup into account.

Espresso Quality

The Breville Barista Express Impress makes better espresso than any Jura machine.

Its espresso is on par with what you’d get in most coffee shops.

Its limiting factor, as far as espresso quality goes, is its grinder. 

If you get a similar espresso machine with a separate, high-end grinder, then you can make slightly better espresso than what the Barista Express Impress can do.

However, these differences are marginal and far smaller than the gulf between the Breville Barista Express Impress and Jura machines’ espresso quality.

Milk Steaming Performance

The Breville Barista Express Impress can steam milk to any temperature and texture hands-free.

This includes being able to make microfoam for latte art. It even has specific settings for non-dairy milk.

The machine’s ability to steam milk to this quality hands-free is knock-your-socks-off impressive.

Value for Money

The Breville Barista Express Impress is far better value for money than any Jura machine and is the best-value Breville machine if you want the convenience of a super-automatic.

If you’re going to spend what the Barista Express Impress costs on a Jura, then you’d get a machine that could only make espresso.

Similarly, you could spend double what the Impress costs on the Breville Oracle Touch (Breville’s highest-end machine) and the only upgrade you’d get is the ability to pull an espresso shot and steam milk simultaneously. 

This is nowhere near being worth an additional $1,000, in my opinion.

So if you want to brew espresso and make lattes without learning how to prep a coffee puck or use a steam wand then the Breville Barista Express Impress is the best value machine out there.

If you want to see what else Breville has to offer then check out my roundup of the best Breville machines.

Jura S8: Best For Offices

The Jura S8 is Jura’s most affordable espresso machine with a touch screen. This touch screen means that anyone can go up to it and brew whatever drink they want.

Best for Offices
Jura S8
$2,600.00
Anyone can go up to the Jura S8 and make a coffee without someone showing them how to use it. The same cannot be said for Breville machines.
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User Interface & Workflow

The Jura S8 is operated by a touch screen and can make an espresso or milk drink at the touch of a button.

Unlike with a Breville machine, there’s no portafilter involved at all with the Jura S8. You literally just press a button to make a drink.

Most of the work with the Jura S8 is in the cleanup after making drinks. You need to empty the machine’s used coffee grounds container at the end of each day, which involves taking the entire drip tray out of the machine.

You also need to run a rinse cycle of the machine’s milk system which involves getting out some cleaning pellets and a tray and having it run a cleaning solution through the machine.

This will be an annoying job for someone and makes the machine more work overall than the Breville Barista Express Impress.

Espresso Quality

The Jura S8 makes passable but not great espresso.

If you’re used to drinking espresso in a coffee shop then you’ll be underwhelmed by it. But it’s still better than a Nespresso.

This is why I think that if you’re buying a machine for home then you’re better off with a Breville. 

At home, you probably have the time to load up a portafilter. It’s well worth taking these extra seconds to get a much better-tasting espresso.

Milk Steaming Performance

The Jura S8 can steam milk to two textures – hot milk and milk foam. You cannot create a true microfoam for latte art with this machine.

The Jura S8 has an automatic milk frother that attaches to a separate milk container by a rubber tube. This automatic milk frother has a dial that you can turn to change it from dispensing hot milk or milk foam.

The Jura S8 is the only Jura machine to have this milk adjustment dial. All other Juras just make milk foam rather than milk foam and hot milk.

The machine’s steamed milk is average. You can do much better with a steam wand.

Again, it’s adequate for an office, but if you’re at home it’s worth taking a tiny bit of extra time to make a proper latte with microform.

Value For Money

The Jura S8 offers decent value for money by Jura standards. You get much better value with a Breville machine, however.

The Jura S8 is the most affordable Jura machine with a touch screen. I recommend it instead of the more expensive Jura Z10, as the Z10 makes you pay over $1,000 more just to make iced drinks, a feature that I think most people won’t use.

Still, the Jura S8 is over twice the price of the Breville Barista Touch Impress, despite being inferior to it in every way save for the fact that it seems easier to use at first glance.

Breville vs Jura: Final Verdict

I recommend that you get a Breville machine if you are buying a coffee machine for your home.

If you want a Breville machine with the automation of a Jura then get the Breville Barista Touch Impress.

Best For Home
Breville Barista Touch Impress
$1,499.95
The Breville Barista Touch Impress tamps your coffee puck and steams your milk automatically. This means that it makes drinks as well as a semi-automatic machine but has the convenience of a super-automatic machine.
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Only get a Jura machine if you are buying a machine for an office. The one advantage that Jura machines have over Breville machines is that someone can use a Jura without prior instruction. 

With a Breville, you’ll likely have to show someone how to use it first.

The best Jura machine for an office is the Jura S8.

Best for Offices
Jura S8
$2,600.00
Anyone can go up to the Jura S8 and make a coffee without someone showing them how to use it. The same cannot be said for Breville machines.
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