Top 10 Espresso Machines
Espresso makers are complicated machines that deliver on three levels: taste, foam, and aroma. To find the perfect balance you need to look at fully automatic, semi automatic, combination, and steam based espresso machines. Only one is perfect for you and we have reviewed a diverse range of espresso makers to find the best ten available.
Our Top Espresso Machines
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Best Single Cup Espresso Machine
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Easiest To Use Espresso Machine
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Best Overall Machine
Our list starts with the classic, and retro looking, De’Longhi ECO310R. This highly acclaimed espresso machine has standard features like a 15 bar pump, pod or grind capability, separate thermostats, and self-priming. It makes for an affordable and easy to make cup without sacrifice to flavor.
Here is the simple, functional, affordable, and reliable Capresso EC100. Super popular with young professionals, this espresso machine has stainless steel parts, and has been designed for extremely easy frothing and steaming of the milk. Perfect for lattes or cappuccinos.
Nespresso’s D60 Pixie is the odd machine out in our list. It does not take pods or grinds, but ONLY Nespresso’s custom cups. However, that does make life very easy. If you are in it for convenience and you do not want the true barista experience, then this is the perfect espresso machine for you.
Breville’s 800ESXL is one of the most expensive machines our list, and one of the more expensive semi-automatic machines on the market. However, that cost comes with incredible quality and features. A thermo block heating system and dual wall crema system provide you with precise control over your coffee. Throw in a 15 bar Italian made pump and auto-purge functionality and suddenly the price becomes less intimidating.
Krups’ XP5280 allows even the beginner to create a perfect cup. Simple front panel controls, beautiful looks, and automatic tamping with E.S.E pod compatibility are perfect for someone who doesn’t want to take their entire morning creating a lovely cup of coffee.
The Breville Infuser espresso machine actually increases pressure over time automatically to provide perfect distribution across the grinds. It reduces gaps, and therefore extracts all of the flavors. On top of that is known for lasting a lifetime and having a beautiful design.
The Poemia is absolutely perfect for convenience. It takes up small amounts of counter real estate and warms your cups while the stainless steel broiler and 15 bar pump allow you to concentrate on one thing, making the perfect cup of espresso.
The Gaggia 14101, also known as the Gaggia Classic, is a beautifully designed machine from Italy. It includes two stainless steel baskets for single or double shot espresso, along with forged brass parts to keep temperatures where they should be and last a lifetime. Slightly more expensive than other semi-automatics, but for the serious Barista it offers everything you need.
The Bar32 pump espresso maker is convenient for the use of pods or ground coffee and comes with easy to use dual function filter holder for each. It includes a built in swivel jet frother and a 15 bar pump. The stainless steel broiler will last a long time, and this machine does not break wallets.
The De’Longhi EC155 provides espresso enthusiasts with a very high quality experience at a reasonable price. Unlike extremely expensive super-automatic espresso machines, this easy to use semi-automatic machine comes at a fraction of the cost. It includes two separate thermostats, swivel jet frother, stylish design, and more. The EC155 is our most highly recommended espresso machine.
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