Many would question investing so much money into a Jura coffee machine. That is until they taste the results. Then, calculating how much they would spend on quality coffee, or the time, effort, and cost it takes to brew coffee at home, it soon becomes clear why these automatic coffee machines are some of the best. That being said, you want to make sure your money is going to be well-spent. We are going to look at the Jura E6 vs S8 to decide which coffee machine is best for you.
Jura E6 vs S8 – Comparison
Coffee Machine Design
Side by side, the coffee machines are practically identical. In terms of size, they are the same. Both measure 11 x 13.8 x 17.3 inches and weigh 22 pounds. The only difference is the color options. The Jura E6 comes in platinum or piano white. The Jura S8 is available in chrome, moonlight silver, or piano black.
There is a fraction of difference between the capacities but not enough to influence a final decision. The Jura E6 has a water tank capacity of 63.6 ounces while the Jura S8 holds 64 ounces. The coffee bean containers hold 9.9 ounces and 10 ounces respectively.
The Jura S8 can make single or double shots of ristrettos, espressos, and coffee, and single macchiatos, café lattes, flat whites, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos, portions of milk, milk foam, hot water for green and herbal teas, and hot water for other hot drinks. That’s 15 specialties compared with the Jura E6’s 11 types of drink. This includes single or double shots of espresso and coffee, a café barista, lungo barista, espresso doppio, espresso macchiato, cappuccino, milk foam, and hot water.
The coffee sizes aren’t listed in the product information for the Jura E6, but we can assume that considering the similarities, they will be the same. The Jura S8 can brew 1-, 2-, 5-, and 8-ounce coffees.
The professional aroma grinder that comes with the Jura E6 and the Jura S8 is a conical burr grinder. This allows for consistent grinding results for each of the specialty drinks.
With each of the specialties, you can program the Jura E6 and the Jura S8 exactly to your preferences. You can set the coffee strength, brewing temperature, and hot water temperature with the Jura E6. The Jura S8 can be programmed for coffee strength and volume with a slightly bigger range of settings. You can program the Jura E6 with buttons and a color screen display. The Jura S8 has a larger color touchscreen.
Both of the automatic coffee machines come with Jura’s Pulse Extraction Process so which guarantees the perfect extraction times. They are compatible with Jura’s J.O.E. app but the dongle to connect your smartphone or tablet comes separately.
The dual spouts of the Jura E6 and the Jura S8 can be adjusted to fit different cup sizes on the drip tray.
The Jura S8 has Jura’s Professional Fine FrotherG2. There are screen animations to follow, helping you to create foamy hot drinks. There is no information about the specific type of frother with the Jura E6, but it does come with an interchangeable milk spout that helps keep the coffee-making process hygienic.
To make life easier, the Jura E6 and the Jura S8 have integrated maintenance cycles. The automatic coffee machines will prompt you when they need cleaning, descaling, and when the CLARIS smart filters need changing.
The Jura E6 and S8 come with Jura’s standard 2-year limited warranty.
These are truly stunning coffee machines and considering their capabilities, the size is also ideal. Neither one stands out when considering the design. The only difference is the color options and even then, all five options look elegant. Every part of the Jura E6 and the Jura S8 is made with quality in mind, that includes the burr and the consistency of the bean grind, and the technology that comes with the coffee machines.
There are some features that make the Jura S8 a better coffee machine. The touchscreen is more convenient, and we do like the animation. The milk foamer is also easier to use as it is integrated rather than the milk tube. This upgraded milk foam system can be noticed in specialty coffees. On the one hand, the milk tube makes it slightly easier to clean. Speaking of cleaning, both coffee machines need regular maintenance and cleaning, especially if you are making creamy drinks.
Speaking of drinks, the Jura S8 once again stands out for having more options. The question is, how much do you need for the two extra double shots, portions of milk, and different hot water? This is an important question along with how much of a perfectionist when it comes to your milk foam and how important a touchscreen is. If these elements are crucial, you will need to be prepared to pay around $1000 more for the Jura S8. If not, the Jura E6 is the perfect automatic coffee machine for you.