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Jura E6 Review

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Last updated: December 28, 2023

I recommend the Jura E6 if you mainly drink plain espresso and black drinks. If you mainly drink milk drinks then I’d instead recommend getting the Delonghi Dinamica Plus.

The Jura E6 is Jura’s most affordable espresso machine with a milk frother.

In this Jura E6 coffee machine review I’ll explain why I only recommend the machine if you’ll primarily make black drinks (like plain espresso and Americano) with it.

I’ll also explain why you’d get better value with the Delonghi Dinamica Plus if you mainly drink milk drinks.

Let’s get started.

Should I Buy the Jura E6?

I only recommend the Jura E6 if you will mainly drink plain espresso and other black espresso drinks.

The Jura E6 makes one of the best-tasting espresso of all super-automatic espresso machines. Its espresso quality far outperforms its price tag.

Excellent Value for Plain Espresso Drinkers
Jura E6
$1,399.95
The Jura E6 makes as good an espresso as super-automatic espresso machines twice its price.
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Espresso Quality
10/10
Milk Steaming Performance
6/10
Functionalities
5/10
User Friendliness
8/10
Design and Durability
8/10
Value for Money
9/10

Jura E6 Pros

It’s the most affordable Jura machine that steams milk.

It makes as good an espresso as espresso machines twice its price.

Lets you customize drinks on the fly as you make them.

Jura E6 Cons

It only steams milk to one texture.

It does not have enough cup clearance to accommodate taller mugs.

If you’ll mainly drink milk drinks then I’d recommend the Delonghi Dinamica Plus instead of the Jura E6.

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus can froth milk to three distinct textures, whereas the Jura E6 can only froth milk to one texture. So the Delonghi Dinamica Plus can create a much greater variety of milk drinks than the Jura E6.

Best for Milk Drinks
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Jura E6: Key Features

Here are the things you need to know about the Jura E6.

User Interface and Workflow

The Jura E6 is controlled by a button-operated TFT screen that allows you to make an espresso, drip-style coffee, and a cappuccino at the touch of a button.

The Jura E6 is a super-automatic espresso machine.

This means that you just need to fill up the machine with whole coffee beans and water and press a button to make an espresso. The machine will dose, tamp, and pull your espresso shot for you.

The Jura E6 has a 2.8″ color display screen which you control with buttons on either of its sides, you can see a photo of this below

Three buttons to the left and right of the Jura E6’s screen

This control panel lets you access all the machine’s features, from brewing and customizing your drink to having it perform its cleaning and descaling cycles.

While this display screen control panel is easy to use, I would prefer it if its buttons had a bit more give to them. Instead of feeling like standard buttons, they feel like plastic tabs that don’t really yield when you press against them.

They work perfectly well, they’re just not nice to press, and you’d expect better buttons on such an expensive coffee maker. 

Espresso Brewing System

The Jura E6’s espresso brewing system means that it makes the best-tasting espresso of any super-automatic coffee machine (along with other Juras).

The Jura E6 makes a better-tasting espresso than other super-automatic espresso machine manufacturers for two reasons:

  • It has a larger than normal brewing basket: The Jura E6 can brew up to 16 grams (0.56 oz) of ground coffee at a time. This is almost 50% more ground coffee than the next biggest manufacturer (Gaggia). Brewing with more coffee allows you to make a stronger-tasting espresso or a bigger coffee without it being watery.
  • It brews your espresso more slowly than other machines: The Jura E6 uses Jura’s patented “Pulse Extraction Process” which pushes water through your ground coffee in short bursts (pulses) rather than in one go. This means that the Jura E6 brews your espresso in around 22 seconds. The next slowest manufacturer (Delonghi) only brews your espresso in around 15 seconds. Slower brewing creates a more complex-tasting espresso as your ground coffee has more time to extract into your brewing water.

Jura machines are one of the few espresso machines that can actually get tasting notes from specialty coffee.

You should bear in mind that all of Jura’s E series (E6, E8, S series (S8), and Z series (Z8, Z10) have these characteristics so they all make identical-tasting espresso.

This is why I recommend the Jura E6 if you’ll just drink plain espresso and black drinks. 

It brews espresso as well as any Jura machine, despite being one of the cheaper Juras on the market.

Milk Steaming System

The Jura E6 can steam milk to one fairly thick texture.

The Jura E6’s milk frother works by plugging a rubber hose into the right side of its coffee spouts. The other end of the hose goes into a milk container.

The machine on the right is the Jura Z10 which uses the same milk system as the Jura E6

The milk is then dispensed through a spout that sits just behind the coffee spout.

There’s a rotary switch on the right of the E6. If the switch is in the 9 o’clock position it will dispense hot water out of its milk spout.

Turn to the left if you want to dispense hot water

The Jura E6 can only steam milk to one texture – so the only difference between its two milk drinks (cappuccino and macchiato) is the quantity of milk used in them, not their texture.

While the Jura E6’s milk texture is decent, I’d recommend an espresso machine that can steam milk to multiple textures if you are going to make a lot of milk drinks.

Your best option here at a similar price to the Jura E6 is the Delonghi Dinamica Plus.

Available Drinks

The Jura E6 can make nine coffee drinks: six black drinks and three milk drinks.

Here are the Jura E6’s menu items along with their descriptions on Jura’s website:

Drink Description
Espresso
1.0 oz (30 ml) coffee brewed with one coffee puck.
2 x Espresso
2 oz (50 ml) coffee brewed with two coffee pucks.
Coffee
5 oz (150 ml) coffee brewed with one coffee puck.
2 x Coffee
10 oz (300 ml) coffee brewed with two coffee pucks.
Caffe Barista
3 oz (90 ml) coffee brewed with one coffee puck topped with 2 oz (60 ml) plain water.
Americano (called “Lungo Barista” in Europe)
5 oz (150 ml) coffee brewed with one coffee puck brewed with 3.5 oz (100 ml) water.
Espresso Macchiato
2 seconds of milk foam (milk dispensed first) followed by 1 oz (40 ml) coffee brewed with one coffee puck.
Cappuccino
14 seconds of milk foam (milk dispensed first) followed by 3 oz (90 ml) coffee brewed with one coffee puck.
Cappuccino Extra Shot
14 seconds of milk foam (milk dispensed firs) followed by 6 oz (180 ml) coffee brewed with two coffee pucks.

I love how the machine gives you the option to make a cappuccino with two shots at the touch of a button. 

Coffee shops always make their cappuccinos with a double shot of espresso so if you want to make a cappuccino like they do in a cafe then go with this option.

Although three milk drinks might seem a bit stingy, it’s worth bearing in mind that most Juras (all except the Jura S8) only steam milk to one texture so all their milk drinks can be recreated by playing around with your coffee and milk size settings.

This is why I argue that the Jura E6 is the best value for money Jura machine in my roundup of the best Jura coffee machines.

Drink Customizations

The Jura E6 lets you customize your drink’s size, strength, and temperature. Its customizations are really easy to make.

Here are the ways that the Jura E6 lets you customize your coffee:

  • Coffee size: Customizable to the nearest 0.5 oz (14 ml).
  • Coffee strength: This is the amount of ground coffee you brew with. 10 settings from 5 grams to 16 grams.
  • Milk volume: Customizable to the nearest second dispensing time.
  • Coffee temperature: Three settings (affects coffee and hot water only – not milk)

The Jura E6 gives you two ways of customizing your drink

  1. On the fly: As your drink is brewing its size, strength, and milk volume will flash up and you can press buttons to change it. Changes will not be saved for next time.
  1. Before you make a drink: You can hold down a drink’s button for two seconds and this will let you cycle through its various settings. 

I really like how the machine gives you the option to adjust your milk length on the fly as you’re making your drink. This means you can make the drink exactly how you want it without overriding your current settings. 

This functionality makes up for the machine’s lack of user profiles.

Rinsing, Cleaning, and Maintenance

The Jura E6 requires a bit more cleaning than other super automatic machines because its milk system needs to be cleaned at the end of every day.

The Jura E6 has the following rinsing and cleaning cycles:

  • Rinsing out its coffee spouts when turning on and off: All fully automatic espresso machines do this. I always keep a cup under my spouts after making a coffee as the Jura E6 automatically turns off after 15 minutes of being on and will rinse when it does this.
  • A milk system cleaning cycle after each day that you make a milk drink: This video shows you how to clean the Jura E6’s milk system. While you do not have to do this after every milk drink you make, you will want to clean the milk system after every day you use it to prevent it from crusting up with sour milk.
  • A deep clean using Jura’s cleaning tablets after every 180 drinks: The Jura E6 will prompt you when you need to do this and will walk you through how to do this on its screen. The machine comes with some cleaning tablets.
  • Descaling every three months if you don’t use Jura’s CLARIS water filters:  Again the E6 will prompt you and walk you through this process. If you use Jura’s smart Clearyl smart water filter then you don’t need to descale. The machine senses these filters and this disables its descaling warning system. 

Like with all super automatics, you’ll need to empty the Jura E6’s drip tray and used coffee grounds container every few days.

One annoying thing about Jura’s descaling is that if the machine’s descale warning light goes off then you won’t be able to continue brewing coffees with the machine until you descale it. 

This can be a problem if you don’t have any descaling solution to hand. 

So I’d always recommend using Jura’s Clearyl water filters – it prevents this problem from ever happening.

The Jura E6 requires a bit more cleaning and maintenance than other super-automatic espresso machines because you need to run a rinse cycle for its milk frother every day that you use it.

Most super automatics have milk frothers that come completely apart from the machine. This means that you can rinse them quickly under the sink or put them in the dishwasher.

Having to clean the Jura E6’s milk frother while it’s still attached to the machine’s main body is a bit more effort than just running a few components under a tap.

Grinder

The Jura E6 uses a stainless steel conical burr grinder with five grind size settings.

While five grind settings are less than Gaggia, Philips, and Delonghi espresso machines, the Jura E6 still gives you plenty of grind size options within the espresso range.

In all honesty, coffee grind fineness, and uniformity are less important when brewing with a super-automatic espresso machine than with a semi-automatic machine. Your inability to tamp your coffee puck means that you can’t get the most out of brewing with super finely ground coffee beans.

So the Jura E6’s grinder is more than adequate to make a good espresso with.

The Jura E6’s grinder is also noticeably quieter than these other manufacturers which is another added bonus.

Design 

The Jura E6 is large by super-automatic espresso machine standards which, combined with its separate milk container, means it will dominate most kitchen counters.

The Jura E6 is 11.5 inches wide. This makes it wider than almost all non-Jura espresso machines. 

This width is further increased when you connect it to a separate milk container. You want to have at least 18 inches of countertop width to accommodate the Jura E6 with a milk container.

The Jura E6 also has an annoyingly low drip tray to spout clearance of only 4.4 inches. This is barely enough to accommodate a standard-size coffee cup. You’ll have to buy smaller espresso cups with this machine.

This standard-sized coffee cup will barely fit under the Jura E6’s spouts

App Connectivity

The Jura E6 can be controlled by your phone using Jura’s JOE smart connect app. However, you have to buy a separate adaptor to access this feature.

I’m really not impressed that Jura makes you buy a separate adaptor to control the E6 with your phone.

Delonghi’s premium super automatics (like the Delonghi Dinamica Plus) come with a phone connection out of the box and they are significantly cheaper than Jura machines.

So while the Jura app works well, I wouldn’t buy the adaptor (and therefore have the app connectivity) just out of principle.

The table below shows the Jura E6’s key specifications:

Specification Jura E6
Description
Super-automatic espresso machine with automatic milk frother
Milk Steaming System
Sperature milk container attached by a rubber tube
User Interface
Button-controlled TFT screen
Available black coffee drinks
6
Available milk based coffee drinks
3
Coffee length settings
To the nearest 0.5 oz (15 ml)
Coffee strength settings
10 (5 grams – 16 grams ground coffee per shot)
Milk length settings
None
Available milk textures
Stainless steel conical burr grinder
User profiles
None
Grinder type
Stainless steel conical burr grinder
Grind size settings
Yes
Bean hopper capacity
9.9 oz (280 grams)
Bypass doser
Yes
Water tank capacity
67 oz (1.9 litres)
Heating system
Single thermoblock
App compatible
Yes (you need to buy a separate adaptor)
Maximum cup clearance
4.4 inches
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
11.5″ W x 13.8″ D x 17.6″ H

Espresso Quality

The Jura E6 brews some of the best-tasting espressos of all super-automatic espresso machines.

The Jura E6’s exceptional-tasting espresso is because of its larger-than-average brew basket and its ability to brew your espresso more slowly than other manufacturers’ machines.

While the Jura E6 makes better-tasting espresso than other super automatics, its espresso is on par with other Jura machines. 

Espresso Quality Rating: 10/10

Milk Steaming Performance

The Jura E6 steams milk to one pleasant texture.

While the Jura E6 does a decent job of milk frothing, the fact that it only steams milk to one texture means that it cannot create much of a variety of milk drinks.

Its espresso macchiato and cappuccino vary only in the amount of coffee and milk used in them, rather than in texture.

If you want to make a lot of different milk drinks I’d recommend the Delonghi Dinamica Plus over the Jura E6. The Dinamica Plus can steam milk to three distinct textures so your cappuccino, flat white, and latte all have a noticeably different mouth feel.

Milk Steaming Performance Rating: 6/10

Functionalities

The Jura E6 makes a few drinks really well rather than trying to make every coffee drink under the sun.

The Jura E6 has a relatively small menu for a super-automatic espresso machine in its price tag.

Its nine available coffees are dwarfed by the Delonghi Dinamica and Dinamica Plus’s fifteen menu items.

The main upgrade that more expensive Jura machines have compared to the Jura E6 is a larger menu.

Although the Jura E6 might not offer the widest variety of drinks, the drinks it does make are really good – especially its espresso.

The machine also offers so much drink customization that you can pretty much make whatever drink you want. For example, if you want a latte you can just have the machine make an espresso macchiato but add more foamed milk.

So I think that the Jura E6’s functionality is clipped by its lack of available milk textures rather than its lack of menu items.

Functionalities Rating: 5/10

User Friendliness

The Jura E6 is slightly more time-consuming to keep clean than other super-automatic espresso machines.

This is because you need to run a dedicated rinse cycle to clean its milk cleaning system each day.

Most super automatics milk systems can be completely removed from the machine’s body so can be rinsed in the sink or put in the dishwasher.

Other than this the Jura E6 is really easy to use. Its on-the-fly drink customizations make it easier to make a drink exactly how you like it than other manufacturers.

I like its button-operated control panel. It’s easier to use than the majority of touch screen-operated espresso machines, the latter of which are often jumpy and oversensitive.

User Friendliness Rating: 8/10

Design and Durability

The Jura E6 offers a good level of durability for its price.

The Jura E6’s thick plastic exterior makes it feel a step up in quality from Philips and Delonghi machines – the latter often have flimsy components.

Jura claims that their machines last on average nine years, and I can find lots of reports on the super-automatic espresso machine subreddit of Jura machines making well over 10,000 drinks and still going strong. You can find an example thread about this here (scroll down to the comments to see the discussion about the machine’s longevity).

A lot of people have concerns about Jura’s longevity because you cannot remove its brew group. 

Several reviewers (of which I admittedly am not one) said that they opened up their machine and removed its brew group and found it spotless and in good working order after more than a year of daily use.

The only technical problem that I’ve seen people encounter with the Jura E6 is that its grinder sometimes “thinks” that it has no beans and then the machine will not brew because of this. 

This occurs even when the bean hopper is full of beans.

This problem tends to happen straight out of the box. I could find two instances of people reporting this in Amazon reviews, you can find them here.

Just to make it clear, the number of reports of the Jura E6 lasting for over five years far outweighs the number of reports of the machine breaking down within a year of ownership.

It’s a durable, reliable espresso machine.

Design and Durability Rating: 8/10

Value for Money

The Jura E6 offers good value for money if you mainly drink plain espresso.

The Jura E6 makes as good an espresso as premium Juras – the top end of which costs over double what the E6 costs.

It really is the best value for money super-automatic if you’re going to mainly drink plain espresso.

The only instance that the Jura E6 doesn’t offer brilliant value for money is if you’ll mainly drink milk drinks.

You can get cheaper machines that steam milk to a greater variety of milk textures. You’d get better value for money from these machines (such as the Delonghi Dinamica Plus) if you primarily drink lattes and cappuccinos.

Value for Money Rating: 8/10

Product Alternatives

Two commonly searched-for alternatives to the Jura E6 are the Delonghi Dinamica Plus. I’ll now give my opinion on how these machines compare:

Jura E6 vs Delonghi Dinamica Plus

I recommend the Delonghi Dinamica Plus over the Jura E6 if you primarily drink milk drinks.

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus can steam milk to three distinct textures. The Jura E6 can only steam milk to one texture. 

The Jura E6’s milk texture is closest to the Dinamica Plus’s thickest texture.

This means that the Delonghi Dinamica Plus can create a far greater variety of milk drinks than the Jura E6. The Dinamica Plus is also typically more affordable than the Jura E6.

The main downside that the Delonghi Dinamica Plus has compared to the Jura E6 is that it doesn’t create quite as nice an espresso. However, if you are mixing this espresso into a milk-based drink you won’t notice this difference.

Best for Milk Drinks
Delonghi Dinamica Plus
$1,479.99 $1,399.99
The Delonghi Dinamica Plus can steam milk to a far wider range of textures than the Jura E6. This makes the Dinamica Plus better for milk drinks than the Jura E6.
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Jura E6 vs Jura E8

The Jura E6 offers better value for money than the Jura E8.

The main difference between the Jura E6 and the Jura E8 is that the Jura E8 has seven extra drink options – one black drink and six milk drinks.

The Jura E8 costs around $800 more than the E6.

I personally don’t think it’s worth paying this extra $800, especially as you can recreate all the Jura E8’s additional drinks by customizing the E6’s existing menu items.

You can find out more about how these two machines compare in my comparison of Jura E6 vs E8.

Jura E6 Review: Final Verdict

I recommend the Jura E6 if you’ll mainly drink plain espresso and black coffee drinks.

The Jura E6 makes these drinks as well as any other super-automatic espresso machine, despite being only around the midpoint as far as these machines’ pricing goes.

Excellent Value for Plain Espresso Drinkers
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If you’re mainly going to drink milk drinks then I’d recommend the Delonghi Dinamica Plus instead of the Jura E6.

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus can steam milk to three textures, rather than the E6’s single texture. This gives you a much greater variety in the milk drinks you can make.

Best for Milk Drinks
Delonghi Dinamica Plus
$1,479.99 $1,399.99
The Delonghi Dinamica Plus can steam milk to a far wider range of textures than the Jura E6. This makes the Dinamica Plus better for milk drinks than the Jura E6.
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