We got our hands on the Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker. Is it an instant success or a bit of a frothy faff?
Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker Review
Ease of Use
Coffee in a jiffy!
Make yourself a delicious hot beverage in an instant, all for a very reasonable price.
In theory, the Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker (model number VCF041) is a brilliant idea. A small, compact machine that allows you to make a variety of hot beverages for the whole family that also comes with a decent price tag of only £45.00? Sold!
But is it all that? Is the Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker the ideal machine for the caffeine addict on a budget? We put the machine through its paces to see whether it deserves a place in your kitchen.
The Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker has a sleek design that looks good on your kitchen worktop.
It’s mostly made from plastic but has a good build quality and can be easily taken apart and put back together again when cleaning. The drip tray is also easily removable and cleaned.
There’s a 400ml water boiler and a separate 500ml compartment that you can fill with fresh milk to make your cappuccinos extra frothy. You can place any normal sized mug on the drip tray, though you’ll struggle to fit taller glasses under the dispenser (if that’s your preference).
What can it do?
The Breville VCF041 does exactly what it says on the box. It’s a hot drinks maker that allows you to make great tasting cafe lattes or cappuccinos in under a minute.
It can also create a variety of delicious hot milky beverages such as hot chocolate, mocha, babyccino and malted milk drinks. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t need those expensive coffee capsules used in Nespresso machines. You can use any ground coffee or milk you like, the choice is yours.
Ease of use
The Breville VCF041 is incredibly easy to use. Simply fill the water compartment at the back and turn the control lever at the side to boil the water, which should take no more than 3 to 4 minutes. Then you fill the the milk compartment and add your choice of ground coffee or cocoa in the mixing chamber that comes at the front. Once all that’s done, set the lever to dispense and you’re good to go!
As mentioned earlier, the VCF041 is incredibly easy to take apart and clean. It’s even dishwasher friendly to make life easier!
What we didn’t like
While we enjoyed using the VCF041, we found that the machine had a few annoying niggles.
For starters it’s quite messy to use as it left a lot of coffee spatters on the kitchen worktop. There’s no level indicator for the water tank, which is odd and a bit annoying. Also, the mixing chamber isn’t attached securely to the main housing unit and felt a bit flimsy.
It has to be said that the Breville VCF041 is not the most practical machine to use. If you have a guest over who wants to have a different hot drink to you, you’d have to clean the mixing chamber in between making drinks which can be time consuming.
According to Breville, you can make hot drinks for the entire family using the VCF041. However, we found that it wasn’t all that ideal when it came to making several drinks in one go as the boiler is quite small. Added to this is a safety feature that prevents you from removing the water boiler cap until it’s cooled down. This results in a bit of a delay if you want to make more than a couple of mugs.
The Breville VCF041 Moments Hot Drinks Maker is a great little bit of kit that deserves a spot on your kitchen worktop, though it’s not without its flaws.
If you want a machine that can help you start your day with a delicious hot beverage made in a jiffy and help shave a few minutes off your morning routine, then it’s a solid buy.