It can be difficult to identify which coffee machines offer the highest value and best features for your dollar. Coffee machines vary significantly in price, brewing time, grinder quality, capacity, user interface, and maintenance and cleaning requirements. Let’s compare the Jura E8 and We8 coffee machines on all these counts to best determine which machine meets your individual needs.
Overview of the Jura E8
The Jura E8 is a medium-priced automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. Its design is modern and aesthetic, with a stainless steel body and a 10.45” TFT color display. It has a slim profile, standing just over 15” tall and taking up around 6.2” of counter space. It has an EnergySave mode that uses just 0.9 watts of power in standby.
This machine features an eight-level Aroma G3 grinder and 15-bar pressure pump. It uses a five-button user interface for you to select from the preprogrammed drinks. It takes about 45 seconds for the E8 to preheat its built-in thermoblock before being able to start brewing. It can take up to 2.4 liters of water for each cycle.
The Jura E8 also has a hot water spout for tea and other hot drinks. It has a built-in rinsing and cleaning program that can be activated with the press of a button. The machine also has a descaling program to help keep it running smoothly. It has a two-year warranty and is easy to use and maintain.
Overview of the We8
The We8 is an advanced model from the same manufacturer as the Jura E8, characterized by its black and stainless steel body with a touchscreen display panel. This device has a wider array of customizable settings and capabilities than the E8, and a larger water tank capacity of up to 4 liters. It has fifteen preprogrammed drink options, but you can adjust the grind, strength, temperature, and quantity of each drink.
The We8 has a more powerful fifteen-bar pressure pump and unique rotary switch that replaces the five-button menu on the E8. Its Aroma G3 grinder has ten grinding settings so you can get an even finer grind when desired. It uses similar energy saving mode as the E8, allowing it to reduce power consumption in standby by 92%.
Whether the Jura E8 or We8 is best for you boils down in large part to your budget. The E8 is typically cheaper, with a street price of about $1500 to $1600.
For twice the cost of the Jura E8, you can buy the We8. At its retail price of around $3000, it is one of the most expensive machines in its class. However, the increased capability and processing power that you get with the We8 may make up some of these costs in the long run.
Brewing Time Comparisons
Both machines are ready to brew almost instantly when powered on. The We8 preheats quicker than its counterpart, taking only 20 seconds compared to 40 – 45 seconds of the E8. Consequently, it can also brew coffee faster than its predecessor when using its fifteen bar pressure pump.
Grinder Quality Comparison
The coffee grinders in both machines are equipped with the Aroma G3 grinder which is known to produce excellent coffee results. However, the We8 takes grinding capabilities to another level with its adjustable ten-level grinder system allowing you to tailor grind size for espresso purposes or regular coffee.
The Jura E8 has an internal storage capacity of 300 grams of beans that can be used for up to 20 cups of coffee. The We8 boasts an even larger storage capacity of 400 grams that can provide up to 25 cups of espresso or coffee.
User Interface Comparison
The Jura E8 uses a five-button menu that allows you to pick from a list of preprogrammed drinks while the We8 relies on touchscreen technology with a rotary switch at its center. Both user interfaces are easy to use but the We8 offers more customization options when determining the strength, temperature, quantity and other features of your beverages.
Maintenance & Cleaning Requirements Comparison
Maintaining both machines is easy and straightforward due to their automated cleaning processes. The E8 has a visible cleaning indicator that alerts you when it needs to be cleaned while the We8 comes with an automatic rinsing cycle that clears any left-over residues in its system. The we8 also has a low-maintenance integrated milk carafe that dispenses fresh milk and is easy to clean.
Pros and Cons of Each Machine
The main differences between the Jura E8 and We8 are the price, brewing time, grinder quality, capacity and user interface. The E8 is cheaper and easier to use while the We8 is more expensive but offers more sophisticated features such as customizable drink settings, larger water tank capacity and an integrated milk carafe.
Summary and Conclusion
We have compared the Jura E8 and We8 coffee machines across various criteria such as price, brewing time, grinder quality capacity, user interfaces, maintenance & cleaning requirements. Taking into account all these points, it seems that for users who want a cost-effective solution with standard capabilities the E8 is probably the better option whereas those in search of more adjustable features should go with the We8.