The ultimate post on espresso machines by Alicia-Online. You made it to what some may refer to as the only important piece of information on the internet! It’s quite astonishing how essential coffee has become in our rushed little world but, after all, caffeine has its perks. I, for one, am guilty of consuming caffeine at almost a daily basis.
Nonetheless, on this article of automatic espresso machines, I deemed that it’d be neat to break it down into 5 categories (which can orderly be found below). Get ready to dive into the world of espressos and caffeine as you can find the top few machines in each subheading.
The Best Espresso Machine Under 1000
It goes without saying that all of the espresso machines on this page will be below $1000. However, I’ve divided it into ranges. You may put $999.99 as your budget for an espresso machine and buy one for that exact price but, there are times where your needs can be satisfied with a more inexpensive alternative. Why not save money and get the same quality? Nonetheless, below will be the top 3 espresso machines under $1000.
Delonghi ECAM23210SB – You’ll see Delonghi espresso makers all over this article. They’re well-known for what they provide at such a great cost (though this one is on the more expensive side). This particular one has a 60 ounce removable water tank, 15 bars of pressure, a hot water spout so you aren’t limited to only espressos, and an adjustable coffee spout so cups of various sizes can fit. You’ll only receive the freshest cup of espresso considering it grinds the coffee beans (with the stainless steel conical burr grinder) before brewing.
Rancilio Silvia – It’s not common to find an espresso machine with an ergonomic porta filter. This commercial grade espresso maker has superb heat stability, great coffee bean extraction quality, a steam wand that offers a full range of motion, and a professional steaming knob so you’re in full control of the steam. It can contain up to 2 quarts of water in the reservoir and has a chrome plated brass boiler which heats everything up in a matter of seconds! When purchasing the Silvia you can expect to also receive a plastic tamper, single and double filter baskets, and a 7 gram coffee scoop.
Jura Ena Micro 1 – As long as you choose the Micro 1 and not the Micro 5 this is still under $1000. The compact design is meant to save space and look slick at the same time. It also saves plenty of energy with its preheating system, has a bean-to-cup design so you’ll always be given the freshest shot of espresso, and has an aroma preservation cover so the coffee beans stay fresh as well. If you’re looking to not spend over $1000 and only need a machine for 1 cup of espresso at a time, this it it.
The Best Espresso Machine Under 500
Breville BES840XL – As it just barely fits the criteria of being priced under $500 I had to ensure it was listed. A 1600w thermocoil heating system and integrated water coil will maintain that ideal water temperature so you don’t need to worry about a cold brew. It comes with many things including: a single and dual filter, stainless steel jug, coffee scoop, and more! You also have complete control over the 15 bar Italian pump.
Gaggia 14101 – Capable of holding 72 ounces of water in the tank the 17 and a half bar pump also has a high-voltage boiler. That means the right amount of pressure and heat will be exerted coordinately to get you your shot of espresso (or 2). It comes with 2 filters – one commercialized and one that’s pressurized, a 7 gram measuring scoop, and a tamper for coffee. This classic design may even bring back some memories!
Gaggia Brera – Ever hear about the Mavea Water Filter? It’s a 4 stage filtering system which gets the job done and the Gaggia Brera has it. Get it in silver or black and be ensured that this is energy-efficient considering it goes on stand-by mode after not being used for an hour. It’s also space considerate due to its compact design – another bonus. The pre-infusion feature, which you will love once trying, provides you with the best flavor and aroma extraction.
The Best Espresso Machine Under 300
Capresso 118.05 – With two espresso filters the game has changed. Brew 1 or 2 espressos at the same time with the 15 bar pump. The boiler ensures that the water is heated at a perfect temperature so not only can you master the barista skills but also enjoy the fruits of your labor (metaphorically of course). This is a commercial grade machine so who knows, maybe you’ll be able to start your own coffee shop with it!
Breville ESP8XL – The last on the list. Similar to the others, it has a few of the same qualities. You can only get this in stainless steel and well, if you ask me, I think it looks nice. It has a removable drip tray so you can easily clean it, a 15 bar thermoblock pump which will easily heat up the water. Speaking of water, the tank is easy to fill up and has an indicator to let you know when it’s running low. Additionally, you also get 2 espresso cups and a frothing jug for free.
DeLonghi EC680M – Whether you want the exterior to be black, stainless steel, or red it’ll most likely fit the decor of it’s environment. The sleek design allows it to only take up 6 inches of space and it has many features – as it should considering it cost more than $200! The water can reach its ideal temperature in less than a minute with its “thermo block technology”. Also keep in mind that you will get quality foam with its frothing system. There’s more to know though, the EC680M is highly advantageous for your home or business.
The Best Espresso Machine Under 200
DeLonghi EC702 – 15 bar pump driven espresso machine under $200. What a mouthful to say. The EC702 is a great option considering it automatically self primes. A water tank is something that should always be looked at and this espresso maker’s tank can hold 1.3 liter and 43 ounces of it. Though it just barely fits the range, the features and advantages make up for it.
Mr. Coffee ECMP1000 – Pick your dose of single or double shot espressos, cappuccino, or latte.The milk reservoir can easily be removed and cleaned and the milk frother is automatic so you have to put in less effort. The water reserve is also easy to fill up and you can adjust the cup tray so any size cup (within reason) can fit. Also included is a coffee recipe for you to try out new things and possibly find a new favorite.
Nespresso Pixie – Preheating in just 30 seconds the Nespresso Pixie also has a stylish design (at least it does in my opinion). Put in or take out as many capsules as you need with very little effort and never run into a “no-water” situation since you have LED indicators to tell you when it’s low. Speaking of water, the water tank is removable and holds up to 24 ounces. There are many, many more features that can be discussed but why spoil the fun? Take a look yourself!
The Best Espresso Machine Under 100
Mr. Coffee ECMP50 – Feeling low on energy? The ECMP50 can pour out two espresso shots at once! It has a 15 bar pump system that exerts a lot of pressure to get you that rich brew that is just as fast as a barista. Capable of holding up to 40 ounces of water to keep your caffeine coming shot by shot, a thermal heating system is also built-in to make it’s delivery hot. On the chance that spills happen, the drip catcher is removable and can be taken out for easy cleaning. That’s not all though, though it’s a great espresso machine under $100, it also works wonders for cappuccinos and lattes.
DeLonghi EC155 – A simple espresso, latte, and cappuccino maker. With 15 bar’s, the De’Longhi never fails to impress. This authentic, brewed coffee makes you wish you can foam it the way you’d like. That you can! The EC155 surely wouldn’t let you have your deliciously, barista-made, indulgence as it overlooks one key component many coffee-lovers always consider. The 3-in-1 filter holder and 35 ounce water tank delivers your espresso just how you like it.
Bella Personal – The most inexpensive espresso machine there is in this whole article! Though it only has 5 bars of pressure it’s easy to use and can brew up 1 to 4 cups of espresso in the pouring glass. With a built-in steam wand you can froth or steam milk to make some other great beverages (such as cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and whatever else your creativity conjures). The permanent filter basket keeps your drink clean, and obviously, filtered. Though this is fairly cost-effective, the drip-tray is still removable and it’s easy to clean.