Best Espresso Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2018
Fast, delicious, convenient and genuine! This is all about the perfect coffee you can make with help of espresso machine. In this review, we'd like to focus on the key features that make for great espresso machines. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Control Type
Type
Power/Pressure
Single Beverage Preparation Time
Number of Cups
Temperature control
Сappuccinatore
Burr grinder
Functions
Convenience
Warranty
 
PROS
The grain milling control feature allows you to experiment with your coffee recipes.
CONS
It might look a bit bulky in a small kitchen.
OUR VERDICT
It`s an excellent machine for making the best home espresso and cappuccino with plenty of built-in programs and manual control options. A sophisticated steel casing of the machine looks very attractive.
detailed parameters
Control Type
Semi-automatic
Type
Pump-driven
Power/Pressure

1600 Watts / 15 Bars

Single Beverage Preparation Time
~ 1/2 min
Number of Cups
8
Temperature control
Automatic
Сappuccinatore
Panarello
Burr grinder
Built-in
Functions
Variable grain milling and cup dosing, Frothing wand
Convenience
Exchangeable charcoal water filter, Clean indicator, Auto steam shut-off after 5 min of continuous steaming, Removable water reservoir.
Warranty

1 year

PROS

A fully removable brewing group is a Saeco innovation that makes the unit maintenance and cleaning a breeze. Meanwhile, an automatic decalcification option will keep the rest of the machine components clean, this way prolonging the brewer service life.

CONS

Pretty low dispenser, not suitable for tall cups.

OUR VERDICT

The Saeco X-small is a professional-grade unit allowing you to brew cafe style espressos and make amazingly delicious coffee drinks right at home. Notably, following the operation principles applied in commercial machines and delivering coffee shop results, the unit is times less expensive than professional brewers. 

detailed parameters
Control Type

Automatic 

Type

Pump-driven

Power/Pressure

1400 Watts/ 15 Bars 

Single Beverage Preparation Time

~ 1/2 min

Number of Cups

2

Temperature control

Automatic 

Сappuccinatore

Panarello

Burr grinder

Built-in

Functions

Variable cup dosing, Automatic cleaning and descaling procedures

Convenience

Removable water reservoir, Removable drip tray, Indicator on the waste container, Compatible with Brita Intenza water filter

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

This espresso machine can be fully customized to your brewing needs so that you can prepare the coffee that you like the best.

CONS

Pretty loud in work.

OUR VERDICT

This ultra-compact and user-friendly espresso machine from a famous Delonghi company enables you to prepare the best-ever cups of coffee literally in mere seconds.

detailed parameters
Control Type

Semi-automatic

Type

Pump-driven

Power/Pressure

1450 Watts / 15 Bars

Single Beverage Preparation Time

~ 35 sec

Number of Cups

2

Temperature control

Manual

Сappuccinatore

Panarello

Burr grinder

No

Functions

Programmable water hardness, Variable cup dosing

Convenience

3-in-1 filter holder, Auto shut off, Built-in cup warmer, Removable water reservoir

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A handy LCD display along with mechanical controls significantly facilitate the unit operation and adjustment including coffee strength, drink size, water temperature, and even hardness. Besides, you can save your preferred settings for future uses.

CONS

A coffee grounds container is a bit small. 

OUR VERDICT

A fully automated espresso machine from Krups stands out for usability and convenience. Designed for brewing a great number of cups daily, it will perfectly satisfy not only home needs but also the needs of a small office. Fitted with a built-in milk frother, it will make a variety of coffee drinks at a single touch of a button. 

detailed parameters
Control Type

Automatic

Type

Pump-driven

Power/Pressure

1450 Watts/ 15 Bars

Single Beverage Preparation Time

~ 1/2 min

Number of Cups

2

Temperature control

Automatic / Manual

Сappuccinatore

Milk carafe with an opportunity to regulate milk foam thickness. 

Burr grinder

Built-in

Functions

Variable coffee strength and cup dosing, Programmable water temperature and hardness, Automatic cleaning and descaling procedures

Convenience

LCD-display, Removable water reservoir, Removable drip tray, Adjustable dispenser, Indicator on the waste container, Compatible with water filter cartridge 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

An opportunity to regulate the milk frothing allows you to make cappuccino and latte according to your taste.

CONS

Because there isn't much space for a cup, it may be quite tricky to prepare two portions of espresso simultaneously.

OUR VERDICT

This compact and affordable espresso machine prepares really fantastic coffee! Due to automatic milk frothing, the process of making coffee is almost effortless. Enjoy your favorite morning beverage and stay upbeat during the whole day!

detailed parameters
Control Type

Semi-automatic

Type

Pump-driven

Power/Pressure

1040 Watts / 15 Bars

Single Beverage Preparation Time

~ 1/2 min

Number of Cups

2

Temperature control

Automatic

Сappuccinatore

Milk carafe with an opportunity to regulate milk foam thickness.

Burr grinder

No

Functions

Variable cup dosing, Automatic cleaning and descaling procedures, Cup warming

Convenience

Removable water reservoir, 1-cup and 2-cup filters, measuring spoon for ground coffee

Warranty

1 year

Breville BES870XL

Type

This espresso machine boasts the pressure of 15 bars. We assure you that this pressure is more than enough to extract the coffee from the filter quickly and leave no traces of bitterness and extraneous flavor. The pressure-gauge on the side of the casing will show you when the machine has reached the right pressure and is ready to brew. Your craved shot of espresso will be ready in half a minute after the start.

Review of Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Number Of Cups

Breville BES870XL espresso machine lets you prepare up to 8 cups of best quality espresso. It`s perfect for using at home and in a small office. We also advise people who often have guests to buy this espresso machine, so that nobody has to wait for their cup to be prepared. What can be better than to enjoy your favorite coffee in the big company? Purchase this machine and invite as many guests as you like.

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine in the use

Functions & Convenience

The versatility of the machine will please both professional barista and beginner. Not only this machine can prepare fine espresso, but it can also make any drinks that include frothed milk like cappuccino, latte, macchiato, etc. So, you can experiment with different recipes to your taste by adjusting grain size and dosing. You'll discover the whole new sensations with this fantastic unit and no doubt that you will never want to revert to the old habits of brewing. It also comes with a set of cleaning tools which can be stored in a special area underneath the unit.
Detailed review of Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Automation

This high-performance semi-automatic espresso machine can make the process of extracting simple and quick. Due to the dual-wall pressurized filters the necessary water pressure is automatically controlled. There is a built-in thermocouple heating system, which keeps the temperature at the right level, however, you can adjust it manually above and below the factory set point. It helps you to achieve the desired taste of golden espresso.
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine application

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VIDEO
The Barista Express Espresso Machine (BES870)

What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

Overall it's a great sturdy machine and after daily usage for over a month, it still works great!!!

Key Specs

The espresso itself is nice and creamy, very powerful, lots of pressure, and works very well. The way it makes the espresso, it really soaks up all the grounds and pushes out just the right amount of liquid.

Controls

It has temperature control, pressure monitor, and shot volume adjustment to tweak one's skills to barista competence.

Features

The pressure gauge. Absolutely invaluable in making good tasting espresso. I would not recommend buying any machine without one. It really helps with learning and getting it right!

Details

The hopper is designed to feed the beans nicely even with just 7-10g of beans in it, you can put beans whenever you pulling shots, no left over beans no heated beans.
 

Philips Saeco HD8645/47

Professional Brewing for Home Needs

What makes a good cup of espresso? A pure and rich multifold aroma with distinct undertones and a whole bouquet of aftertastes ranging from bitter chocolate to floral savors and sweet caramel. These are the things that coffee nerds appreciate about really good espresso and this is exactly what you will get with the X-small espresso machine from Saeco.

Brewing coffee is not an easy task but rather a kind of art. Even though professional baristas use electric coffee grinders and half-automated coffee makers, they still have to rely on their own skills and knowledge to adjust the grind, water temperature, and jet pressure. That's where the Saeco machine comes in. It will do the entire job for you, taking the guesswork out of coffee making process and bringing professional brewing to your home kitchen. It's one of those sophisticated models in which both grinding and brewing processes are fully automated so all you need to do is just select a grind setting and push a single button on the front panel. A moment later, your cup will be filled with a perfectly tasting hot drink with thick crema on the top.

The Saeco X-small offers you the choice of 5 grind settings to meet different tastes and preferences. This way you can go for the finest grind to extract the maximum out of coffee beans and make a strong full-bodied espresso or choose a coarse grind for a milder flavor and lighter coffee. There's also an option to make one or two cups of drink at a time depending on your needs. Finally, we'd like to mention that the Saeco X-small machine comes with a classic milk frother wand which allows you to complete your coffee with creamy and velvety pleasure and create a variety of delicious coffee drinks similar to those you normally buy in coffee houses.

Review of Philips Saeco HD8645/47 X-Small Vapore Espresso Machine, Black

Excellent Quality Coffee Every Time

All coffee lovers know that the taste of coffee drink largely depends not only on the coffee blend and bean roast but also on the grind quality, water temperature, and the amount of water passing through a coffee pad. The Saeco X-small was created with all those aspects in mind. Since most often we use ready-made pre-roasted coffee bends, it is highly important not to overheat coffee beans when grinding. A built-in ceramic grinder that this model comes complete with won’t let you do it. It will perfectly grind beans fresh on the spot preserving the sophisticated blend aroma and infusing it into your drink. Besides, ceramics stands out for durability and long-lasting service life. At the same time, a super-fast boiler will heat up the water just to the right, nearly boiling, temperature, and the pump will press it through a coffee pad, slowly enough to squeeze the most out of coffee beans and quickly enough not to make your wait for too long.

Philips Saeco HD8645/47 X-Small Vapore Espresso Machine, Black in the use

No-sweat Maintenance and Cleaning

Functional and easy-to-use, the X-small coffee brewer is also a breeze to clean and maintain. While many other similar models require professional maintenance, the Saeco HD8645/47 machine can be cleaned and descaled without expert help. The manufacturers equipped this model with a removable brewing group that can be easily cleaned under running water. It’s the company innovation, and a distinguishing feature of the latest models by Saeco, that can help take the strain off out of the cleaning process and ensure that you have a consistently fresh ground every time you make yourself a cup of coffee. On top of that, the Saeco HD8645/47 features an automatic decalcification option that will keep the rest of the machine components clean this way prolonging the serviceable condition of the brewer.

Taking all of these features into account we can conclude that the Saeco HD8645/47 espresso machine will become a sound choice for all those of you who need a compact, professional-grade machine that won't take up a lot of kitchen space yet will allow making café style espressos in the comforts of your own home.

Detailed review of Philips Saeco HD8645/47 X-Small Vapore Espresso Machine, Black

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Delonghi EC 680.MB

A Stylish Addition to Your Kitchen Interior

This espresso machine by DeLonghi is without a doubt a masterpiece of kitchen appliances presented on the modern market that combines elegance with high performance and user-friendly controls in one compact design. Despite the fact it's half the width of most other pump-driven espresso machines, the EC680M features a very capacious water tank and boasts of a good-sized cup warmer located at the top of the housing. Still, it is small enough to fit very confined spaces. And it is very beautifully designed, with the silver housing and chrome elements glittering in the sunlight. Coffee connoisseurs will surely appreciate a full body espresso that the EC680M can brew and will definitely be pleased with the option to use a frother for making milky cappuccinos and lattes.

Review of Delonghi EC 680.MB DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine

Straightforward Controls

The location of the control buttons at the top of the housing isn't quite typical and yet, very convenient, as you will have all controls right before your eyes. This isn't the only convenience that you get with this espresso machine. It also enables you to brew several cups of coffee at a time. This way, depending on the option you select, you can make a Single portion and a Double portion, and adjust the drink temperature and the size of a cup in the menu you'll see upon holding the Steam button for several seconds. If you have any difficulty adjusting the settings, feel free to consult the manual included with the appliance.

Delonghi EC 680.MB DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine in the use

3-in-1 Filter Holder

The espresso machine comes fitted with three replaceable filters - a single, double and coffee pod filter, each being marked on the underside to avoid confusion. Single and double filters are used for ground coffee; a coffee pod filter is designed for capsules conforming with the ESE standard.

Detailed review of Delonghi EC 680.MB DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine

Choose Your Color

The DeLonghi EC 680 is available in 3 colors: stainless steel, black and red. Thus, you can choose the finish that will blend perfectly into your kitchen interior and will match your other kitchen appliances and utensils.

Delonghi EC 680.MB DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine application

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VIDEO
De'Longhi Dedica EC680 Introduction

What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

Just two weeks with the machine and I'm impressed, small size (perfect for small kitchen) nice espresso shots

Key Specs

I highly recommend this machine! It needs only 45 sec to warm up from being powered up and the espresso that comes out is hot and perfect.

Controls

It heats up fast and the controls are easy to read.

Features

The steam wand produces excellent foam. I generally use whole goats milk, but have produced excellent foam with different varieties of cows milk and coconut milk as well.
 

KRUPS EA8298

A Fully Automated Design for All Sorts of Applications

When choosing a coffee machine for home use, the main priority for many of us is to find a coffee machine that will allow you to make a delicious cup of Joe and to do it quickly with little to none hassle. The Krups EA8298 espresso machine is designed with those needs in minds. It is fully automated, and no side processes are involved. It has both grinding and brewing modes and it also offers a milk frothing function. It might take you some time to figure out how to use them, but you should be able to nail it quickly.

Now, the thing you'll like about Krups EA8298 espresso machine right away is its elegant and sleek design in a glossy black housing, making it a beautiful addition to any interior. The machine looks really stylish and modern and will nicely blend with your other kitchen appliances. Another thing you're sure to like about it is its intuitive controls ensuring every convenience and ease of use you expect from a coffee machine. While some other models of the same class have (predominantly) manual controls, Krups cleverly combine a digital LCD display with a mechanical dial and press buttons. The monochrome display is backlit so you can see it in the dark as well as in the daytime. There, you can see what programs and settings are available for your choice. The menu system is user-friendly and straightforward and you will quickly get the hang of it, even if you've never used any coffee machine before.

Other features you're likely to appreciate about the Krups EA8298 include an indicator on the waste container that will prompt you to discard the used grounds, an adjustable dispenser height allowing you to accommodate different cups and glasses, and an auto maintenance function that will automatically run a thorough clean cycle after some period of time to ensure a flawless brewing performance. Notably, the brewing system of the Krups EA8298 that includes a built-in metal conical grinder, forceful hydraulic pump, and a reliable thermoblock boiler is highly durable and meant for regular extensive use. Along with a capacious 60-oz water reservoir, it makes this brewer a great choice not only for home kitchens but also for offices and small cafes.

Review of KRUPS EA8298 Super Automatic Latte Espresso Compact Size Espresso Machine

Brew Your Coffee Your Way

Design features aside, the quality of coffee drinks you can make with Krups is second to none as well. And, at the end of the day, this is what matters most, since no design perks and conveniences can compensate poor quality coffee. With Krups, you’ll get an opportunity to customize the brewing process and brew your cup just as you want it. Thus, a small rotary dial in the bean reservoir allows selecting the grind coarseness to brew a stronger or milder drink. Via a digital display, you can also adjust the water temperature and even specify how hard the water in your region is. Several drink volume options are also there. So, whether you want a two-sip espresso shot to boost your energy or a long drink to spin out the pleasure, you can do it with Krups.

KRUPS EA8298 Super Automatic Latte Espresso Compact Size Espresso Machine in the use

More Than an Espresso Machine

Many espresso machines feature a frother wand or come with a frothing pitcher. The Krups EA8298 brewer is not an exception. Where it is different though is in that its frother is automated. Which means it will not only froth milk automatically but also feed it into your cup. Yes, that's right, the Krups EA8298 allows you to make creamy cappuccino topped with a nice milk foam effortlessly. Just attach a milk pitcher, press a separate cappuccino button on the front panel and enjoy you milky delight in less than a minute. With that said, it's worth noting that cappuccino is the only milk drink you can brew automatically. To prepare other coffee-based drinks, you'll have to wait until the machine froths milk and then pour it in your cup yourself. 

The Krups EA8298 is a functional and easy-to-operate bean-to-cup coffee brewer that will become a great choice for those who want to be able to enjoy a premium-quality cup of coffee without any fuss. Add to that the fact that you get not only an espresso machine but also a cappuccino maker and what you get is a real bargain you can't miss.

Detailed review of KRUPS EA8298 Super Automatic Latte Espresso Compact Size Espresso Machine

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Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000

It Will Make You a Real Barista

Coffee making is nothing less than art. Baristas in coffeehouses make incredible coffee masterpieces with caramel, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and various toppings. If you crave to master this art, the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker will help make your dream come true. This espresso machine allows you to prepare coffeehouse-quality drinks in no time. The device comes with a recipe book that includes about twenty delightful coffee beverages. Toffee latte, caramel macchiato, cafe mocha, espresso lungo are only a few examples of what you'll be able to make with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker. Become a coffee guru and impress your family and friends with something new and delicious every day.

Review of Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker

Quality Coffee at One Touch of a Button

If you overslept in the morning and worry that there isn't enough time for you to prepare a cup of coffee, don't start looking for a coffee stick. The Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker is so fast and easy in use that you won't notice how a cup of fragrant coffee will appear on your table. The device features a one-touch control panel that allows you to quickly get your drink. Choose between latte, espresso, and cappuccino, select the serving, push the button, and wait for a minute while the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker prepares your delicious beverage. You can start every day with coffee, no matter how much time you've got.

Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker in the use

Perfect Foam

The peculiarity of the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker is that it allows you to adjust milk frothing so that you can get an ideal amount of foam for your latte or cappuccino. Whether you enjoy beverages with thick foam or just with a bit on the top, this model will froth the milk according to your taste. Besides, if you simply fill your mug with frothed milk, add there a few teaspoons of cocoa powder, it may be a wonderful drink for your children. Yet, you also won't resist the temptation to drink this amazing beverage.

Detailed review of Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker

Uncomplicated Maintenance

Though this espresso machine will allow you to make excellent coffee as a real barista, it's very easy to use and maintain. Removable water and milk reservoirs can be cleaned in a dishwasher or by hands. Apart from that, the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker features a programmed cleaning cycle and allows you to carry out an automatic descaling. It's very convenient because a lot of coffee machine owners are bound to fight with scale.

This model is perfect for making various types of coffee. Make your friends and relatives feel like they do at the best coffeehouses!

Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Cafe Barista Espresso Maker application

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VIDEO
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso, Latte & Cappuccino Maker w/Grinder with Albany Irvin
 

How it works:

What Is an Espresso Machine?

Some people can't even imagine their mornings without a cup of espresso with pure golden crema. They need an extra boost to make their bodies and minds work. However, it is almost impossible to brew a real espresso at home without a special machine at hand. Today, you have a chance to make homemade espresso and cut the time that you constantly waste queuing in the coffee shops for your morning cup of Joe. Espresso machine designed for home use will let you experience the whole new sensations of preparing espresso without leaving your kitchen in the morning or any other time of the day. These are stylish and simple units that will turn you into a real barista and let you brew a perfect espresso at a single press of a button. The main function that sets espresso machines apart from other coffee makers is a grinding function. It means you will always enjoy your favorite drink made of freshly ground beans. In addition, a frothing wand will come in handy if you're eager to surprise your guests with home-made foamy lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and other milky coffee drinks.

Consumers who can't live a day without a cup of coffee may also get interested in one of the coffee machines that we've recently reviewed, while for those, who already own a coffee maker, we'd like to offer to take a look at the coffee grinders that may become a nice addition to the machine.

What Features to Compare

So, you’ve decided to get an espresso machine, but not sure what to start with, this is where you should find our recommendations handy and useful. The first thing you should definitely look into is the Type of the chosen machine. There are pump- and steam-driven espresso machines that work pretty much similar but heat up to a different temperature. Unlike steam-driven machines that use the water of about 90 degrees for brewing espresso, pump-driven machines release boiling water but under considerably less bar pressure (around 3-5 bar). Making the choice would certainly depend on your personal preferences. If you prefer a bitter taste of sprightly coffee, you would make more use out of steam-driven espresso machines while those, who prefer a milder drink, would surely like more espresso brewed with pump-driven coffee makers. Pump-driven machines are also considerably faster in brewing, halving the time required to make a cup of espresso.

When you choose the right espresso machine you should mark the Number of Cups it can make per one brewing. For example, you don't have to buy an 8-cup coffee machine if there are only a few people who drink coffee in your family. A 4-cup machine is viewed as the most popular for household usage.

The Control Settings have got to be considered as well. Coffee machines are classified according to their operation. There are fully automatic, semi-automatic and machines with a manual control. Automatic machines do the most tedious job for you; if you're looking for a device to brew espresso quickly and effortlessly, this is the one for you. Semi-automatic machines are good for more skilled coffee drinkers and baristas. They create the right pressure, so the process is still mostly controlled by the machine, however, you need to adjust the water and steam flow to make the perfect shot of espresso. The manual espresso machines are the ones you need to get accustomed to because mastering these units is a tough job for a newbie. Nevertheless, this manual machine will reward you in the long run. Not only will the machine help you sharpen your skills at the craft, it will also serve you for many years.

Furthermore, the other critical component you should note is the ability to automatically control the water and steam temperature. It is extremely convenient when a machine automatically sets the temperature for the optimal coffee extraction. 2 thermostats are the ones that help to extract the coffee properly, so you will get the nice flavor and the taste of genuine espresso in your cup.

Most of the models come with a bunch of Functions that determine the Convenience of the machine. These include a milk frother, a cup warmer, a strength control, automatic double-grinding, etc.

We hope that this review will help you choose the right espresso coffee machine that will suit all your needs and make the brewing process simple and quick.

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