Jura Z6 coffee machine review
Quick verdict: Jura’s Z6 makes espresso that can rival a manual coffee machine at the touch of a button, but it’s bulky, expensive and doesn’t offer a frothing wand for complete control of milk-based coffee.
- Makes 22 drink options with customisable strength and temperature settings
- Built-in replaceable filter eliminates the need to descale the machine
- Automated hands-free milk frothing
- Not cheap
- Takes up a decent amount of counter space
- Brew unit can’t be removed for maintenance
The team at Finder has tested several different Jura coffee machines over the last year, so when we put the Jura Z6 to the test, we had high expectations. Falling somewhere in the middle of Jura's product line, the Z6 isn't as feature-rich as Jura's most premium models.
However, with a built-in burr grinder and more drink options than the average person would need, it has a lot to offer. If you're a heavy coffee drinker with a decent amount of counter space and a few thousand dollars to spend, the Jura Z6 is definitely worth considering.
- Comes in black or aluminium
- Has a large water tank
- Built-in conical burr grinder has 6 adjustable settings
- Milk frothing system isn't as customisable as using a wand
The Jura Z6 has a similar design to other Jura coffee machines with a boxy exterior coming in two colours: black or aluminium. I find Jura's machines to be more functional than they are aesthetically pleasing, but it's definitely not the worst looking coffee machine.
It also isn't small. Measuring 32cm x 37.5cm x 45cm, it takes up a decent chunk of counter space. At 12 kg, it's heavy enough that you won't want to move it around once it's set up.
However, if you're switching over from a more manual set-up, the Z6 could save you space since it has a built-in conical burr grinder. The grinder is adjustable with six different settings that you can change using a dial on the top of the machine.
It has a large 2.4-litre water tank on the left side. You can pull the water tank out to refill it, or simply lift up the lid and pour water inside, which is much easier if you (like me) have a small sink. The water tank uses a smart filter that automatically alerts you when it needs to be replaced and eliminates the need to descale the coffee machine. While this is convenient, replacing the filter will add cost to the Z6 over time.
The bean container, on the other hand, is a little small for the size of the machine. I found myself refilling the beans much more often than I had to refill the water tank.
The Z6 has an LCD display with eight buttons and a rotary dial that allows you to adjust your coffee settings. It can produce 22 different drinks including coffee and tea options with customisable settings for strength, amount of water and a whopping 10 different milk foam temperature settings so you can make your perfect cuppa.
If you drink your coffee with milk, the Z6 will handle the entire foaming process for you. Instead of using a frothing wand, the Z6 has an attachable auto-frothing system. If you want the convenience of a cup of delicious coffee at the touch of a button, this is ideal, but if you like more control over your milk foam or want to practice your latte art, a more manual coffee machine will be a better option for you.
- Makes rich, espresso-based drinks in seconds
- Automatically features your most ordered drinks on the home screen
- Can't program multiple settings for the same drink under different profiles
- Brew unit can't be removed
The sheer number of coffee options the Z6 can make means it takes a little trial and error to get your perfect cup. However, once you've figured out your preferred settings, the Z6 couldn't be easier to use. In just seconds, you can get rich coffee straight from whole beans without having to do any of the work yourself.
The Z6 uses Jura's Pulse Extraction Process (PEP) system to pulse water through the coffee grounds to give you a richer flavour. However, you can change this setting if you prefer continuous water flow.
If you're looking to switch from a capsule coffee machine to something more premium, you won't be disappointed with the Z6. It's just as convenient to use as coffee pods but it makes much richer espresso-based coffee, especially if you use quality coffee beans. The machine is also compatible with coffee grounds if you prefer to drink decaf or already have some pre-ground coffee floating around your kitchen.
The Z6 uses AI to learn your favourite coffee orders and move the six drinks you make the most to the front screen so you won't have to scroll through all the options to choose your drink. This adjusts pretty quickly. After only a few days of use, my favourite drinks were all on the home screen.
The settings for each coffee drink are completely customisable. However, unlike some other Jura machines, you can't save multiple settings for the same drink under different profiles. For example, if you like a weak, extra hot flat white and your partner prefers a strong, medium-temperature flat white, you can only save one of your preferred settings so the other person will have to manually adjust the strength and temperature every time they make a cup.
Like other Jura models, the Z6 has a built-in brew unit that can't be removed. Cleaning it is easy enough, all you need to do is insert cleaning tablets and run the cleaning cycle. However, if something goes wrong with the brew unit you'll have to send the whole machine back to Jura to see what's wrong since you can't access the unit yourself.
You'll also need to manually clean the milk frother, drip tray and coffee grind container regularly.
The Z6 has an auto-off feature that turns the machine off when you're not using it. When the machine turns off, it automatically rinses so make sure the drip tray isn't about to overflow, or place a cup under the spouts to catch the excess water after you've had your last cup for the day.
Should you buy the Jura Z6?
- Buy it if you want the convenience of bean-to-cup coffee at home and have a high budget.
- Don't buy it if you have a small kitchen, don't drink milk-based coffee or want complete control over your milk foam.
The Jura Z6 is an automated espresso machine with all the bells and whistles you could want, and a high price tag to match. The espresso it makes rivals that of much more expensive manual machines, and it offers the speed and convenience of a pod coffee machine.
However, at $3,950, the Z6 definitely isn't for everyone. It falls somewhere in the middle of Jura's product line in terms of price. If you mostly drink espressos or long blacks and won't use all the settings the Z6 offers, the Jura E6 can make delicious espresso for half the price.
On the other hand, if you have several people in your household or office and want to be able to program a profile for each of you with your preferred settings, the Jura Giga 6, Jura's most premium machine, might be a better fit.
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