Quick Answer: You should only buy the Jura Z10 instead of the Jura E8 if you plan to make iced milk drinks with your machine. If you won’t make these drinks then you should get the more affordable Jura E8.
The Jura Z10 is typically $1,200 more than the Jura E8.
In this comparison of the Jura Z10 vs E8, I’m going to explain why I only think that the Z10 is worth this extra price if you are going to make iced lattes with the machine.
Let’s get started.
Should I Get the Jura E8 or the Jura Z10?
I only recommend getting the Jura Z10 instead of the Jura E8 if you’re going to make iced lattes and other iced milk drinks with your machine.
Although the Jura Z10 has a few upgrades from the Jura E8, the only one that I think is worth paying over $1,000 extra for is the ability to make cold milk foam.
This allows you to make iced lattes without hot milk melting all your ice. You simply cannot do this with the Jura E8.
So I recommend getting the Jura Z10 instead of the Jura E8 if you want to make iced lattes and other iced milk drinks (iced cappuccinos, iced flat whites, etc).
If you’re not going to make iced lattes (or other iced milk drinks) then I think you get much better value from the Jura E8 than the Jura Z10.
The Jura E8 makes just as good espresso and hot milk drinks as the Jura Z10.
Yes, it does not have as many menu items as the Z10, but you can recreate all the Z10’s menu items (other than its cold drinks) with the E8 by playing around with its drink customizations.
What Are The Differences Between the Jura E8 and Jura Z10?
Number of Black Coffee Drinks:
Number of Black Coffee Drinks:
Number of Milk Coffee Drinks:
Number of Milk Coffee Drinks:
Milk Temperature Settings:
Milk Temperature Settings:
Button-operated digital display screen
Touchscreen and rotary dial
Product Recognising Grinder:
Product Recognising Grinder:
The differences between the Jura E8 and Jura Z10 are:
- The Jura Z10 can make cold milk foam. The Jura E8 cannot.
- The Jura Z10 can make cold-brew coffee. The Jura E8 cannot.
- The Jura Z10 has a touchscreen control panel and rotary dial. The Jura E8 is operated by a button-controlled digital display screen.
- The Jura Z10 has 13 more menu items than the Jura E8 (a lot of these are just cold versions of the Jura E8’s drinks though).
- The Jura Z10 has a “product recognizing grinder”. The Jura S8 does not have this feature.
Let’s go through how these different features affect the two machines’ performance, functionality, and usability.
Jura Z10’s Cold Milk Foam
The Jura Z10’s cold milk foam allows you to make iced lattes and cappuccinos. You cannot do this with the Jura E8.
The Jura Z10 gives you ten milk temperature settings. However, I think that the vast majority of people will just use its highest setting for hot drinks and its lowest setting for iced drinks.
The Z10’s lowest milk temperature is just above room temperature. This means that you can make a milk drink over ice without all your ice melting.
You cannot do this with the Jura E8.
If you try to make a milk drink over ice with the E8 then all your ice will melt and you’ll just end up with a lukewarm watery mess.
So if you want to make iced lattes then get the Jura Z10 instead of the Jura E8. Only the Jura Z10 can make these drinks.
Jura Z10’s Cold Brew Coffee
I don’t think the Jura Z10’s cold brew coffee is alone enough to justify you spending $1,200 more on the Z10 than the Jura E8.
The Jura Z10 brews its cold brew coffee by dripping room temperature water through coarsely ground coffee for around 60-90 seconds.
You can see a video of the machine brewing a cold brew espresso below (watch from 5:51-6:40):
Since the Z10’s cold brew comes out at room temperature, I assume that it’s meant to be drunk over ice. Drinking a room-temperature coffee seems a bit weird.
I don’t think that it’s worth paying a premium just to have the Jura Z10’s cold brew feature because you can make iced black drinks with the Jura E8 by brewing its hot espresso over large ice cubes.
Since espressos are small, there just won’t be enough hot liquid to melt larger ice cubes.
Although the Jura Z10’s cold brew does have a different flavor profile to the Jura E8’s espresso (you can see a Reddit thread of someone describing the drinks’ different flavor profiles here), I still think that you can get 90% of the same effect as a cold brew by brewing the Jura E8’s hot espresso over ice.
If you want longer black drinks, say an iced Americano or iced drip-style coffee, then the Jura Z10 may be better for you than the Jura E8.
But if it were my money I’d still stick with the Jura E8 and make iced Americanos by brewing an espresso over ice and then topping it up with cold water from the tap (since that’s all an Americano is anyway).
Jura Z10’s Touch Screen Control Panel vs Jura E8’s Button-Operated Display Screen
The Jura Z10’s touch screen does NOT make it significantly easier to use than the Jura E8.
Although the Jura Z10’s touch screen was clearly designed to be an upgrade of the Jura E8’s button-controlled display screen, the two machines have the exact same workflow for making a drink.
I’ve actually found that the Jura E8’s buttons are more responsive and reliable than the Jura Z10’s touch screen.
I think that smartphones have raised the bar so high for touch screens that all other devices with a touch screen seem lackluster in comparison. The Jura Z10 certainly falls foul of this problem.
That being said, this lack of responsiveness is made up for by the fact that the Jura Z10 has the names of each of its menu items under its drinks.
The Jura E8 does not have this as default (you need to add these names yourself in the machine’s settings menu). So you are left guessing what drink is what when you first use the Jura E8.
Despite this, I still don’t think there’s enough between these two machine’s user interfaces to justify you spending more on the Jura Z10 than the Jura E8.
Jura Z10’s 28 Menu Items vs Jura E8’s 15 Menu Items
The Jura Z10’s extra items are almost all just cold versions of the Jura E8’s drinks. The Z10’s only exclusive drinks are the pot of coffee and the caffe latte.
You can recreate the Jura Z10’s caffe latte with the Jura E8 by having the E8 make a cappuccino and then just turning up its milk foam.
While you cannot recreate the Jura Z10’s jug of coffee with the Jura E8, I think you can make a much better pot of coffee with a $20 French press than you can with the Jura Z10.
So if you want an espresso machine, and also want a pot of coffee here and there, then I’d recommend getting the Jura E8 and then just getting a separate French press (and save yourself a grand in the process).
So by far, the biggest benefit of having the Jura Z10’s additional menu items is that you can make iced drinks with the machine.
This again reaffirms my wider point that the choice between the Jura Z10 and Jura E8 hinges on whether you want to pay an extra $1,200 to make iced drinks or not.
Jura Z10’s Product Recognising Grinder
The Jura Z10’s “product recognizing grinder” means that it automatically changes your grind size when you select a different drink.
So, for example, if you switch from espresso to drip-style coffee the Z10’s grinder will automatically change to a coarser setting.
With the Jura E8, you’ll need to change the grinder’s settings manually. You need to remember to do this each time you change your menu selection.
I think that Jura included this feature on the Z10 because cold brew needs a really coarse setting. If you try to make a cold brew with coffee grounds for espresso, your brewing water won’t drip through your coffee, and nothing will come out of your spouts.
So while the product-recognising grinder is a necessary addition to the Jura Z10, I don’t think you’ll miss it on the Jura E8 as it doesn’t brew cold brew coffee.
What Do the Jura Z10 and Jura E8 Have in Common?
The Jura Z10 and Jura E8 have the following in common:
They Both Make Espresso and Milk Drinks at the Touch of A Button
The two machines have the same basic workflow, allowing you to make an espresso or milk drink with the touch of a button.
Just fill the machine up with coffee beans and water and select the drink you want.
Both machines flash up how much coffee and milk (if applicable) is going into the drink, and you can adjust these on the fly as it’s brewing.
They Both Have Milk Systems That Attach to A Separate Container
Both machines use a milk steaming system where a separate milk container attaches to the machine with a rubber tube.
I don’t like this design for two reasons:
- It takes up a lot of space on your counter as you need space for the espresso machine and a separate milk container.
- When you remove the rubber tube from the milk container it will inevitably drip milk onto your counter.
This is an equally annoying system on both machines so no reason to get one over the other.
They Both Have the Same Internal Brewing System
Both machines have the same heating and brewing system, meaning that they both make the same standard of coffee and should last you an equal amount of time.
Both machines are powered by a thermoblock heating system and use just one of these thermoblocks to power their espresso brewing and milk steaming mechanisms.
They also both have the same brew group (the part of the machine that doses and tamps your ground coffee) and their grinders use the same burrs.
This means that:
- The two machines make the same standard of espresso as their brewing systems are identical.
- The two machines should last you the same amount of time and their internal build quality is the same.
Honestly, for the amount you pay for the Jura Z10, I’d want a double thermoblock system where the espresso brewing and milk steaming systems have their own heating units.
This would increase the machine’s longevity, thereby making its high price tag easier to swallow.
They Both Let You Customize Your Drinks in the Same Way (Other Than Milk Temperature)
Both machines let you customize your drinks in the following ways:
- Coffee Strength: This refers to the amount of ground coffee you brew with. Both machines have 10 strength settings ranging from 5-16 grams of ground coffee per drink.
- Coffee Size: Both machines let you customize your drinks in the following ways.
- Milk Volume: Both machines let you adjust your milk volume in increments of one second dispensing time.
- Brewing Temperature: Both machines have three brewing temperature settings (but the Jura Z10 also has cold brew mode).
Both machines let you make these changes on the fly as you’re brewing your drink and also let you change each menu item’s default settings separately.
They Both Look Similar
The two machines have the same basic design and look.
I would not choose one machine over the other purely for aesthetic reasons.
They Both Require the Same Cleaning and Maintenance
Both machines require the following cleaning and maintenance:
- They both need to have their drip tray and used coffee grounds containers emptied every few days.
- They both run a rinse cycle turning on and off.
- They both need to have their milk spout cleaned after every milk drink. Here is a video on how to do this.
- They both need to have their brewing system cleaned using cleaning tablets after every 180 drinks that they make.
- Neither machine needs to be descaled if you use Jura smart Claris water filters.
- They both need to have their rubber milk pipe changed every 3 months.
They Can Both Be Controlled By Your Smartphone
Both machines can be controlled by your phone using the Jura J.O.E. app.
The app is poorly designed and often has trouble connecting to your machine, so I’d give it a miss entirely.
But at least it’s equally as bad on both machines.
I’m now going to evaluate these two espresso machines across the following criteria:
- Espresso quality
- Milk steaming performance
- Design and durability
- Value for money
Both machines use the same brewing system so make an equal standard of espresso.
They both use Jura’s patented Pulse Extraction Process (often abbreviated to P.E.P.) which means that they brew better-tasting espresso than other super-automatic espresso machine manufacturers.
If you’re just going to use the machine to make the espresso then I’d recommend the Jura E8 instead of the Jura Z10 as you won’t reap any benefit of paying more for the Z10.
Espresso Quality Winner: Draw
Milk Steaming Performance
The Jura Z10 can create cold milk foam. The Jura E8 cannot do this.
The two machine’s hot foamed milk are identical, so if you’re not going to make iced milk drinks then I’d recommend sticking with the cheaper E8.
However, the ability to make the cold foam makes the Jura Z10 overall a better option for milk drinks.
Milk Steaming Performance: Jura Z10
The Jura Z10 can make cold coffee and milk drinks. The Jura E8 does not do this.
So the Jura Z10 is the clear winner, functionality-wise.
Just remember that the only real difference between the two machines is the Jura Z10’s additional functionalities.
The two machines are identical in how well they brew espresso and steam milk – the Jura Z10 just offers a greater range of drinks.
Functionalities Winner: Jura Z10
Although the two machines have different user interfaces, one is not significantly easier to use than the other.
For me, a touch screen is not significantly easier to use than a button-controlled screen (in the context of an espresso machine anyway).
The actual workflow (and hence usability) of the two machines is identical.
User Friendliness Winner: Draw
Design and Durability
The two machines use the same external and internal components so should last you the same amount of time if they are used in the same ways.
Honestly, given the Jura Z10’s price hike compared to the Jura E8, I’d expect a bigger difference in their build quality.
So while this is technically a draw, for me it’s really a point for the Jura E8.
Design and Durability Winner: Draw
Value for Money
The Jura Z10 only offers better value than the Jura E8 if you think it’s worth paying an extra $1,200 to make iced milk drinks.
I think most people don’t think this, so the Jura E8 offers better value for money for the majority of people.
Value for Money Winner: Jura E8
Jura E8 vs Z10: Final Verdict
Choosing between the Jura E8 and Z10 is deciding whether it’s worth it to spend $1,200 extra to be able to make iced milk drinks with your machine.
If you think it is worth this extra money then get the Jura Z10.
If you think it’s not worth it then get the Jura E8.
If you’d like to find out about other Jura machines then check out my roundup of the best Jura machines.