Swiss-based automatic coffee machine artisans, Jura, have been dominating the automated espresso game since releasing their first super-automatic machine back in 1994. Jura won a plethora of awards and has been held in high acclaim in the luxury market and beyond.
Jura has expanded their range to give you luxury options at a multitude of price points, offering a mix of menus, conveniences, and innovations that all extract espresso just as well. All of these machines use Jura’s exclusive Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) to optimize extraction time to strict pro barista standards to best develop the nuances of your coffee with a thicker crema and ideal temperature.
These intelligent machines are also gorgeous. Jura makes some of the best-looking machines on the market in our opinion, so it’s no wonder you’re interested in owning one.
Here are our top choices for Jura espresso machines on the market right now:
We’ve pulled 5 machines that we feel best represent each price point to help you decide which Jura model will satisfy your needs at your budget.
Comparison Table: Jura A1 vs. Jura D6 vs. Jura E6 vs. Jura E8 vs. Jura Giga 6
The following compendium of Jura is to illustrate the dimension, capacity and conveniences you’ll receive at each budget level. The key functions for each machine are covered under the review section after this comparison table.
Common Features found in these 5 Jura models:
- P.E.P. Brewing System.
- High Performance Integrated Grinders.
- Unmatched Consistency.
- Gorgeous Luxury Look & Feel.
- Multiple Coffee Strengths & Dosing Options.
- Make Espresso & Coffee.
Which Jura model should you get?
Now that you know what is consistent among all five of these models, let’s look at what sets them apart and what use they are best suited to.
1. Jura A1
- ONE TOUCH: Prepare 3 barista quality specialties including ristretto, espresso and coffee at the touch of a button...
- PERFECT ESPRESSO: Ultimate coffee quality thanks to JURA's exclusive Pulse Extraction Process
- CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Fast and precise AromaG3 grinder grinds whole beans to the optimum fineness
- ECO FRIENDLY: JURA is always freshly ground, not capsuled - fresh taste with very limited waste - single serve...
The A1 model is Jura’s entry-level automatic espresso machine that has a solid classic black coffee drink menu: espresso, ristretto, and coffee. You can adjust between two strengths and three sizes.
Color Options: Piano White, Piano Black
Housing: Plastic and Chrome
User Interface: Touch panel buttons
Adjustable Spout Height: 5.6”
Coffee Strengths: 2
Number of specialty drinks: 3
Dreg Box Capacity: 9
You can work through 9 brew cycles before you need to empty the dreg box, and the bean hopper and water reservoir will likely need to be refilled around the same time, as they are on the smaller side at 4.4 ounces and 36.8 ounces respectively.
This machine does not have a milk component, which makes it an easier to maintain option for the office breakroom or front end of a small business. Considering its smaller capacities, we recommend it for a low-foot traffic office if you do not have a dedicated assistant refilling it.
Jura A1 is an excellent option for black coffee beverage lovers at home. We love the sleek, high-end look of this machine and it’s our favorite style on this list.
The integrated grinder is Jura’s Aroma G3 grinder, which performs 50% quieter than average at double the speed.
You also get a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee.
Another huge plus is its compact footprint at just 9.4 inches wide and 12.7 inches tall, making it the smallest option on the list. Still, it’s adjustable drink spout is able to accommodate coffee mugs up to 5.6 inches in height. You’ll get all the essential drinks and conveniences at the best price point.
2. Jura D6
- VERSATILITY: Cappuccino, espresso and coffee maker
- OPERATION: Plain text display or Smart Connect App control
- CUSTOMIZATION: Adjustable water level, coffee strength and temperature
- GRINDER: Fast and precise AromaG2 integrated grinder
For just under $200 more than the Jura A1 you can get into our top pick for Jura’s entry-level super automatic with a milk option, the Jura D6. The key new drink added to the menu is the cappuccino, which also adds the ability to get a portion of milk foam for cocoas. You also get 2 additional coffee strengths as compared to the A1.
Color Options: Black, Platinum
Housing: Plastic and Stainless Steel
User Interface: Rotary Controls & Digital Screen
Adjustable Spout Height: 4.3”
Coffee Strengths: 4
Number of specialty drinks: 7
Dreg Box Capacity: 16
The milk solution specifically focuses on cappuccino foam, so there is no option for lattes, but it does double as a hot water spout for Americanos and long blacks or tea.
Another major upgrade is its two-at-a-time black coffee drinks. You can now get two espresso or two cups of coffee at once, which is ideal for entertaining at home or for more efficient office use.
The Jura D6 also has a better water tank than the A1 with nearly double the capacity.
It has an Intelligent Water System compatible with Jura’s Smart Filters that make it so that you never have to descale your machine again. This is a huge added convenience as compared to the A1.
We love the added capacities on this machine, but one thing we wish the Jura D6 had retained from the A1 model is the adjustable drink spout height. The D6 gives you 1.3 less inches of clearance. You also lose the option for ristretto, which we miss.
Another upgrade the Jura A1 has that the Jura D6 does not is the G3 grinder, the Jura D6 has the G2. Still, the Aroma G2 Grinder has great performance, its just not as quiet as the G3. There unfortunately is no bypass doser on this machine, so you have to use whole beans.
The design on the D6 is simple, but it’s probably the plainest of all of the machines on this list. The rotary control system and small digital display is intuitive and user friendly, which is great for guests or clients that come to use it.
3. Jura E6
- Makes 6 specialty drinks including: cappuccino, Coffee, two coffees, Espresso, two Espresso, milk foam
- Controls make it easy to find, customize and brew your favorite drinks
- Pulse extraction process brews Coffee with a full, rich bouquet and delicious flavor
- Eight Coffee strength levels allow you to fine tune each drink
For almost $500 more than the D6, the Jura E6 gives you a ton more option, and brings in an ideal blend of returning features we love from the A1 and D6 to make it well worth the price upgrade.
Color Options: Piano White, Piano Black, Platinum.
Housing: Stainless Steel and Plastic.
User Interface: TFT color display with buttons.
Adjustable Spout Height: 4.4”.
Coffee Strengths: 8.
Number of specialty drinks: 7.
Dreg Box Capacity: 16.
With the E6 you will get the smart filter and improved capacities from the D6 and the amazingly quiet and efficient G3 Grinder from the A1. You also get an increased bean hopper capacity, now at nearly 10 ounces.
Jura doubles the coffee strengths for the E6 as opposed to the D6, now offering an astounding 8 strengths.
Another major improvement in the design is a new, easy to use full color TFT display. Similar to the D6, the Jura E6 has a cappuccino foam only milk system that doubles as a hot water spout. There is also no bypass doser on the E6.
This is the first machine on the list with Smart Connect capabilities. With Smart Connect, Jura’s J.O.E. (Jura Operating Experience) smartphone app will expand the recipes your machine can do and add custom profiles and drinks to be made on command right from your phone or Apple watch.
You will have to purchase the $50 Jura Smart Connect accessory (view on Amazon), but you don’t even have that option with the previous entries on this list.
If you want more customization with coffee strength as well as temperature and a more updated display and compatibility with a mobile app, but you aren’t fussed with lattes, then the E6 would be a great choice for you. Read our full review on the feature-rich Jura E6 for the home barista.
4. Jura E8
- SIX-LEVEL AROMA: True and authentic coffee results are attributed to the Jura E8 Espresso Coffee Machine...
- PULSE EXTRACTION PROCESS: Jura borrowed from some of the world's best baristas to engineer the Pulse Extraction...
- CROWNING GLORY: Featuring Jura's own innovative Fine Foam Technology, the Jura E8 Espresso Coffee Machine invites...
- INTELLIGENT WATER SYSTEM: For automatic filter detection, the Jura E8 Espresso Coffee Machine is equipped with a...
For almost $800 more than the E6, the Jura E8 greatly expands the drink menu. It adds a much-needed bypass doser, increases the spout height to 6 inches for milk drinks, improves the milk system to the G2 Fine Foam for precision micro foam.
The E8 maintains the best qualities of the E6 like the Smart Filter, Smart Connect compatibility, full color TFT display, and the quiet and fast Aroma G3 Grinder.
Color Options: White, Chrome, Piano Black
User Interface: TFT color display with buttons
Adjustable Spout Height: 4.4” Coffee, 6.0” Milk
Coffee Strengths: 8
Number of specialty drinks: 16
Dreg Box Capacity: 16
We especially love the addition of the G2 Fine Foam Frother, which has an automatic rinsing cycle and creates excellent milk texturing by drink, so you can easily make latte macchiatos and flat whites.
The drink menu now includes 16 beverages including ristretto, macchiatos, and espresso doppios. The Smart Connect accessory expands the drink menu even further, allowing you to make an infinite number of drinks.
You can even select hot water by the type of tea leaves you are using, and it will dispense it an optimal temperature for best drink flavor. Another unique addition is the ability to get a portion of milk that is not textured and simply hot so you can add it to your regular coffee or the “special coffee” recipe, which is a larger, bolder dose. All black coffee drinks can be made two at a time.
We love the design on the Jura E8 as well. The secondary coffee spout on the milk spout allows for all of your beverages to be truly one touch, and you do not have to flip a switch to get your milk like on the E6 and D6.
Check out the chrome paneling on either side of the main control center – it stands out from other brand models in its class. This is our second favorite design on the list after the A1.
The Jura E8 is Jura’s hottest seller and wins the crown for most machines sold year after year. We think the flexibility and versatility this machine offers truly is all that you need. This is our pick for the best overall machine on the list and we can’t recommend it enough.
5. Jura GIGA 6
- Offers 28 different specialties to choose from Prepares coffee and hot milk/milk foam simultaneously
We said the Jura E8 is all that you need, but what if you want more? Or maybe you have a large office you’re trying to supply with delicious specialty drinks. That’s where this top-of-the-line Jura machine, the GIGA 6, comes in. This super premium machine has so many unheard-of features, we might miss some in this quick overview, but let’s hit the highlights.
Color Options: White, Chrome, Piano Black
Housing: Stainless Steel body with Aluminum accent
User Interface: 4.3” Touch screen color display
Adjustable Spout Height: 6.2”
Coffee Strengths: 10
Number of specialty drinks: 28
Dreg Box Capacity: 20
The GIGA 6 has two stepless electronically adjustable ceramic disc grinders so you can keep two different kinds of beans for two different drinks at the same time or even mix the grinds for a unique flavor. It also has a higher capacity bypass doser if you want to use pre-ground.
The drink menu is expanded to 28 café beverages, and you can customize those and add more to your heart’s content with the Smart Connect that comes stock with this model, no additional accessory needed.
The customization on this machine blows everything else on this list out of the water, and you can save, copy, and personalize drinks right from the 4.3” touch color display. You have 10 programmable strengths and fully programmable milk functions with 10 temperatures and textures.
The milk system on the GIGA 6 can be used at the same time as the brew system with its dual boiler, and there are a ton of fancy combinations it can make by starting your drink off with finer milk and capping it with foam, changing the order, so on and so forth.
This is the best automatic milk frothing system with the most control we’ve ever seen.
The list of features on this machine goes on and on from the ability to use giant travel mugs with its 6.2+ inch height capacity, its Wi-Fi capabilities, active bean monitoring, intelligent preheating, smart mode, energy saving mode, programmable auto on and auto off times, its huge capacities, automated maintenance, one touch for two, and more.
The only drawback of this machine we can mention is that it has giant capacities for its bean hopper and water reservoir, but its dreg box was not proportionately increased and holds just 20 brew cycles.
If you want to impress a large office, service an apartment complex or hotel business center, or host a lot of events at your home, the Jura GIGA 6 is the best machine for the job.
The best part about these Jura machines is that they all use the same brewing system. No matter which machine you go with, you’ll be getting the same fantastic quality of coffee made with Jura’s unique patented P.E.P. extraction system.
The deciding factor will be your favorite drinks and the size of your household or office.
Three Tips: to choose the right one for your home or office:
- If you want to go minimalist with just the classic black coffee drinks, the Jura A1 will be your match.
- If you’re looking to pull out all of the stops for large groups with the ultimate convenience and options, the Jura GIGA 6 was made for you.
- If you fall somewhere in between, eye the middle three options carefully to see what features you’re willing to forego for your budget. We personally think the Jura E8 is the all-around best combination of features, luxury, and value for money of those three.