Best Espresso Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 25, 2017
Fast, delicious, convenient and genuine! This is all about the perfect coffee you can make with help of espresso machine. We'd like to shed the light on the ideal espresso machines available. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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 Watt / 15 Bar
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

The built-in sensor in the coffee grinder automatically defines the size of coffee beans and their sort in order to grind an appropriate number of beans for the chosen type of coffee.

CONS

Cup warming is quite long.

OUR VERDICT

This espresso machine will become your favorite kitchen appliance: the front panel is furnished in special Iconic stainless steel which gives the device an exceptional elegance. Besides, the taste of coffee is beyond all praise!

detailed parameters
Control Type

Automatic

Type

Pump-driven

Power/Pressure

1850 Watt / 15 Bar

Single Beverage Preparation Time

~ 1/2 min

Number of Cups

2

Temperature control

Automatic / Manual

Сappuccinatore

Detachable hygienic milk carafe with a technology Latte Perfetto 

Burr grinder

Built-in with a technology Gusto Perfetto

Functions

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

Convenience

LCD display, Removable water reservoir, Adjustable dispenser, Indicator on waste container, Measuring spoon for ground coffee, Water filter Aqua Clean

Warranty

2 years

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 Watt / 15 Bar

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
The sequent filtration system gives you an opportunity to brew coffee of absolutely pure and fresh water.
CONS
The casing of this unit is made of plastic, so comparing with the other models this one would be less reliable in the long run.
OUR VERDICT
Easy-to-use, compact espresso machine with double-milling for true coffee drinkers. It is ideal for home use. You can prepare both espresso and cappuccino with this amazing unit.
detailed parameters
Control Type
Automatic
Type
Pump-driven
Power/Pressure
1450 Watt / 15 Bar
Single Beverage Preparation Time
~ 1/2 min
Number of Cups
8
Temperature control
Manual
Сappuccinatore
Panarello
Burr grinder
Built-in
Functions
Variable coffee strength and cup dosing, Frothing wand
Convenience
Auto limescale remover, Removable water reservoir, Dual nozzle for 2 cups
Warranty

2 years

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 Watt / 15 Bar

Single Beverage Preparation Time

~ 1/2 min

Number of Cups

2

Temperature control

Automatic

Сappuccinatore

Milk carafe with 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

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. Today, you have a chance to make homemade espresso and cut the time that you constantly waste in the queues. These machines are designed to deliver the whole new sensations of preparing espresso. The cappuccinatore can also come in handy if you're eager to surprise your guests and experiment with the 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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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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
The Barista Express Espresso Machine (BES870)
 

Philips Saeco HD8917/47

Coffeehouse in Your Kitchen

What attracts people to coffeehouses is an incredible aroma of fresh coffee and cinnamon, thick milk foam on latte which however hard you try can't be prepared at home, and of course a fantastic taste of a coffee beverage you order. All this now you can easily enjoy at home. Don't believe it? With the Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine, you can turn your cozy kitchen into the best coffeehouse of your own!

Due to an automatic control type, the process of making coffee is easy and fast. At the touch of a button, you can get delicious espresso, cappuccino or latte macchiato. Your coffee won't be overheated or burnt thanks to the ceramic grinder equipped with an innovative technology Gusto Perfetto that automatically sorts beans and selects the right number of them for a particular type of coffee. If you adore tasty fragrant cappuccino or latte, this Saeco Incanto espresso machine can give you this pleasure.

Review of Philips Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine

Exquisite Design

The Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine will fascinate you not only with the taste of produced coffee but also with its elegant design. The machine is made of a solid stainless steel. It gives the device a stylish look as well as enhances its durability. The display lets you choose the desired beverage, cup dosing, and strength. Despite being compact, the model offers you enormous capabilities for making your favorite coffee-based drinks.

Philips Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine in the use

All for Your Convenience

This high-quality espresso machine offers its users plenty of features that ensure easy and convenient work. The detachable hygienic milk carafe allows you to make creamy latte macchiato with a thick foam. A heating boiler technology enables you to make several cups of coffee immediately one after another, so you don't need to wait until the machine is ready to prepare the next aromatic drink. Due to the removable brew group, the Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine is simple to maintain since you can remove it for necessary cleaning with one click. In addition, the machine is equipped with a cup warmer, which can be rarely found in other models.

Detailed review of Philips Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine

Coffee for Everyone

Although coffee beverages are extremely tasty, because of caffeine they aren't suitable for everyone. For example, kids, pregnant women, and people with caffeine intolerance can't drink pure coffee and even coffee with milk isn't the best solution for them. Should they be deprived of delicious coffee then? Not with the Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine. This model features the Powder Option which allows you to make caffeine-free coffee beverages. Now everyone can get amazing coffee!

This espresso machine will fill your kitchen with the mouth-watering aroma of coffee and become your reliable appliance for a long time.

Philips Saeco HD8917/47 Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
De'Longhi Dedica EC680 Introduction
 

KRUPS EA8250

Type

The pump pressure of this outstanding KRUPS EA8250 espresso machine is 15 bars. The water under such high pressure will instantly pass through the ground coffee, and the hot beverage with thick foam-cream will come out in a second. The time required for brewing a single cup of espresso is just about half a minute. You wouldn't need to wait for ages in queues in the mornings but enjoy a delicious cup of coffee right at home.
Review of KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker

Number Of Cups

KRUPS EA82 espresso coffee machine can make up to 8 cups of espresso. It is suitable for home and small office use. The coffee portion can be customized to your liking. It is very helpful, especially when you try out different coffee recipes and you might want to add a bit less or a bit more water to your drink. So, feel free to experiment, we hope that you will have fun time making something special.
KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker in the use

Functions & Convenience

KRUPS EA82 will be a nice addition to your kitchen interior. Due to the dimensions of this machine, it can nicely fit in any design and look modern and fancy. It is extremely simple in use, the cleaning was never so easy with this device, since it automatically removes limescale. Moreover, it has a special water filtration cartridge that allows you to brew coffee from clean water. You can manually choose the coffee strength and other settings with a help of a vivid LCD display.
Detailed review of KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker

Automation

This automatic espresso coffee machine is specially designed to make you enjoy the high-quality coffee at home. You won't even notice the difference between this homemade espresso and the one served in the nearest coffee house. The whole process of preparing the drink is automatic, hands down it will take you by surprise. Since you don't even need to make any efforts - KRUPS EA8250 will do everything for you.
KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
KRUPS EA82 Full Automatic Coffee & Espresso Machine
 

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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso, Latte & Cappuccino Maker w/Grinder with Albany Irvin
Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000
Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000
 
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