Espresso Machines Buying Guide

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Espresso machines are for serious coffee aficionados. Machines range from super easy to operate to more-involved manual operation that creates your own small cup of perfection. Many espresso machines are made in Italy with quality details and equipment.

Types of Espresso Machines

Types of Espresso Machines

Sorting through espresso machine options can be daunting. Four main machine types exist and product features vary with each type. Many times key features are compared to those of a commercial machine, because the whole intent of a personal espresso maker is to produce the same flavor as that of the espresso brewed by your favorite barista.

Manual

A manual lever exerts the pressure on this low-maintenance machine. Although the machine is quiet, the espresso quality varies with the espresso machine purchased.

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De'Longhi
$99.95

15 bars pump-driven machine. Frother makes cappuccinos lattes or any other frothy milk beverage with ease. Patented filter holder ...can use ground coffee or pods. 35-ounce 1-liter removable water tank. Stainless-steel boiler quickly heats water. 2... read more

ROK
$199.99

ROK ROKMAKER Manual Espresso Maker lets you unleash the power you already had inside for superior hand-made espresso.

De'Longhi
$199.95

15 bars pump-driven machine. Stainless steel boiler for quick and accurate temperatures. Patented Sempre Crema dual-function filte...r holder. ESE Easy Serving Espresso filter can be used with pods or ground coffee. 44-ounce 1. 3-liter removable water... read more

La Pavoni
$1576.99

38oz, boiler capacity makes 16 2oz, cups of espresso, Steam pressure, piston operated, Two frothing systems, included, Solid brass... boiler is gold, plated and lacquer coated, All rosewood, handles, Volt 110, Watts 1000, Height 12, ETL listed,... read more

Semiautomatic

A semiautomatic machine features an automated pump, automated temperature controls for the boiler, and an activation switch that controls the pump. As the controller, you turn the pump on and off.

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Breville
$1999.95

Be your own barista with this innovative espresso machine that combines the convenience of one-touch operation with the control an...d fine adjustment of a manual brewer. Designed to tackle the most difficult tasks in espresso brewing—dosing, grinding, and tamping the coffee and steaming the milk for just the right amount of texture—the Oracle turns even amateur coffee enthusiasts into seasoned professionals.With groundbreaking automatic dosing, grinding and tamping, hands-free milk texturing, and a one-touch Americano button that adds heated water to brewing espresso without moving the cup, the Oracle makes it easier than ever to create flawless espresso drinks at home.Every aspect of the Oracle—from the dual boilers and revolutionary triple-heat system to the dedicated Americano spout—has been engineered to deliver the ultimate in home espresso: rich, bean-to-cup perfection in under a minute. read more

Gaggia
$379.00

Consumers Best Buy! The Gaggia Classic is one of our best sellers for several reasons. Commercial grade quality: Rugged constructi...on of heavy duty materials for longevity. High performance: Forged brass components to stabilize temperature with a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve. Gaggia is in the process of rolling out a new Turbo-Frother wand replacing the metal frothing wand and sleeve. The Gaggia Classic turns anyone into a "Barista" in their own home. Includes two stainless steel filter baskets (single and double shot), coffee tamper and 7g measuring scoop read more

Automatic

Automatic espresso machines include a pump, automated temperature controls for the boiler, and automated (and frequently programmable) preset water volumes selected by pressing a button.

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La Pavoni
$637.49

Napolitana! The latest addition from la Pavoni is not only beautiful but built to last. The entire body is made of 18/8 stainless ...steel then polished to a gloss finish. This unit is semiautomatic, (you manually start and stop the flow of coffee via a b read more

Saeco
$1999.00

Only the Saeco Exprellia EVO espresso machine delivers the ultimate milk experience thanks to the new H2 Technology Milk Carafe an...d the full bean to cup customization. read more

Saeco
$1999.99

With Xelsis Evo espresso machine every family member can enjoy his or her favorite coffee. Thanks to the unique multi-user functio...n up to 6 personal user profiles can be created and for each profile up to 9 beverages can be personalized. read more

Gaggia
$599.00

Gaggia’s Anima is an automatic coffee machine and the most modest entry in a series known by the same name. This sleek machine can... produce an espresso or long coffee at the touch of a button. The variable brewing unit at the heart of the Anima allows you to choose between one of five strength settings (6.5 – 11.5g) and is compatible with pre-ground coffee (for decaf drinkers). Beverages can be further customized with one of three temperature settings (Min/177.5 °F, Med/182.9 °F, Max/184.5 °F) and by adjusting the grind fineness of the 100% ceramic burrs to one of five levels to speed up or slow down your extraction. For specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, the rapid steaming Pannarello wand makes it easier than ever to froth and texture milk like a professional barista. When entertaining you’ll appreciate the 60oz water reservoir and the dreg drawer which can hold up to 15 spent pucks of coffee. For freshly ground beans, the hopper can hold up to 8.8oz of whole bean coffee. Programming and maintenance are a breeze thanks to the crystal clear blue LED display which lets you navigate the various settings and to customize the brew buttons to make your drink just the way you like it. At under 9” wide, the Anima is slim, chic, and guaranteed to be the envy of the espresso drinkers in your life. read more

Super Automatic

One press of a button allows you to grind, dose, tamp, brew, and eject the spent espresso. Experts agree this is as hands off as you can get to brew espresso at home.

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La Pavoni
$637.49

Napolitana! The latest addition from la Pavoni is not only beautiful but built to last. The entire body is made of 18/8 stainless ...steel then polished to a gloss finish. This unit is semiautomatic, (you manually start and stop the flow of coffee via a b read more

Saeco
$1999.00

Only the Saeco Exprellia EVO espresso machine delivers the ultimate milk experience thanks to the new H2 Technology Milk Carafe an...d the full bean to cup customization. read more

Saeco
$1999.99

With Xelsis Evo espresso machine every family member can enjoy his or her favorite coffee. Thanks to the unique multi-user functio...n up to 6 personal user profiles can be created and for each profile up to 9 beverages can be personalized. read more

Gaggia
$599.00

Gaggia’s Anima is an automatic coffee machine and the most modest entry in a series known by the same name. This sleek machine can... produce an espresso or long coffee at the touch of a button. The variable brewing unit at the heart of the Anima allows you to choose between one of five strength settings (6.5 – 11.5g) and is compatible with pre-ground coffee (for decaf drinkers). Beverages can be further customized with one of three temperature settings (Min/177.5 °F, Med/182.9 °F, Max/184.5 °F) and by adjusting the grind fineness of the 100% ceramic burrs to one of five levels to speed up or slow down your extraction. For specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, the rapid steaming Pannarello wand makes it easier than ever to froth and texture milk like a professional barista. When entertaining you’ll appreciate the 60oz water reservoir and the dreg drawer which can hold up to 15 spent pucks of coffee. For freshly ground beans, the hopper can hold up to 8.8oz of whole bean coffee. Programming and maintenance are a breeze thanks to the crystal clear blue LED display which lets you navigate the various settings and to customize the brew buttons to make your drink just the way you like it. At under 9” wide, the Anima is slim, chic, and guaranteed to be the envy of the espresso drinkers in your life. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Beware when getting ready to purchase an espresso machine. The price can be as much as an inexpensive refrigerator. Plus you need a number of extras to get a great shot of espresso. Espresso experts know a quality bean grinder is the first step for proper espresso making. Several required accessories allow for proper cleaning of the machine and quality sipping of shots.

Type

Only you can decide how involved you want to be in making your espresso shots. If you’re easily frustrated, an automatic or super automatic machine will ease your frustrations. If you’re a hands-on person and want to control the espresso-making process, a manual machine will be best for you. For those who fall somewhere in between, a semiautomatic machine provides some control without much effort.

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KitchenAid
$119.99 $99.99

Features: Refined Brew Process Variable Brew Strength Selector 1-4 Cup Feature Removable Water Tank 24-hour Programmability Pause ...and Serve Feature Self-Clean Cycle with Clean Alert Product Includes: One (1) Replaceable Charcoal Filter One (1) Gold-Tone Filter Specifications: Capacity (oz.): 112 Depth: 12-1/2" Height: 14.6" Product Weight: 8 lbs Width: 8.8" read more

KitchenAid
$99.99 $79.99

Features: Optimized Brew Process for Superior Coffee Extraction Removable Top Load Water Tank with Integrated Handle One-Touch Bre...wing Product Includes: One (1) 18 oz. thermal mug with lid One (1) Gold-tone filter Specifications: Capacity (oz.): 18 Depth: 12-1/2" Height: 14.6" Product Weight: 8 lbs Width: 8.8" read more

Cuisinart
$185.00 $99.95

Cuisinart's programmable coffee maker satisfies the most discriminating coffee lover with pure coffee flavor, from one cup to a do...zen - and now adds a hot water system for tea lovers, too. The state-of-the-art contemporary design combines a squared vertical shape and upscale, professional look with the latest brewing technology. Charcoal water filter keeps out calcium and chlorine, while the gold-tone filter locks in coffee flavor; carafe temperature control offers three heat settings. Hot water system operates independently, dispensing hot water on demand for tea, cocoa or soup. Removable drip tray allows plenty of room for taller travel mugs. Mail-In Rebate Purchase $99 or more of Cuisinart products and receive a $25 Crate and Barrel Shop Card with mail-in rebate. Ends December 31. View all Cuisinart products Cuisinart and other Wedding Registry offers • Brushed metal housing with black accents • 24-hour programmable brewing setting • 12-cup glass carafe with dripless pour spout • read more

Crate&Barrel
$139.95 $99.95

The Braun coffee maker's Pure Flavor brewing system yields great flavor from first to last drop. The uniquely designed carafe keep...s coffee warmer longer and the anti-drip feature let's you put brewing on pause for a can't wait cup. Accented with black, the stainless steel coffee maker has an extra-large digital control panel and LED indicators. • Plastic and stainless steel construction • Glass carafe • Programmable clock • Automatic on/off • 1-4 cup function • Digital display and LED indicators • Carafe is dishwasher-safe • Made in China read more

Cuisinart
$185.00 $99.95

This 14-cup programmable coffee maker provides hotter coffee without sacrificing taste. Strength control brews regular or bold wit...h a brew-pause function that lets you enjoy a cup before the brewing cycle has finished. Gold-tone coffee filter means no paper filters and easy cleanup. Sixty second reset recalls your setting in case of a power outage. Mail-In Rebate Purchase $99 or more of Cuisinart products and receive a $25 Crate and Barrel Shop Card with mail-in rebate. Ends December 31. View all Cuisinart products • Stainless steel and plastic • Glass carafe with stainless steel handle • 24-hour programmable brewing setting • Charcoal water filter and gold-tone permanent filter included • Brew pause • Auto shut-off, programmable up to 4 hours • 1-4 cup settings • Decalcify alert • Self-clean function • Adjustable keep-warm temperature • Carafe, lid and filter basket are top rack dishwasher-safe • Clean base with a damp cloth • Made in China read more

Cuisinart
$185.00 $99.95

Stylish in brushed stainless steel and white, this 14-cup programmable coffee maker provides hotter coffee without sacrificing tas...te. Strength control brews regular or bold with a brew-pause function that lets you enjoy a cup before the brewing cycle has finished. Gold-tone coffee filter means no paper filters and easy cleanup. Sixty second reset recalls your setting in case of a power outage. Mail-In Rebate Purchase $99 or more of Cuisinart products and receive a $25 Crate and Barrel Shop Card with mail-in rebate. Ends December 31. View all Cuisinart products • Stainless steel and plastic • Glass carafe with stainless steel handle • 24-hour programmable brewing setting • Charcoal water filter and gold-tone permanent filter included • Brew pause • Auto shut-off, programmable up to 4 hours • 1-4 cup settings • Decalcify alert • Self-clean function • Adjustable keep-warm temperature • Carafe, lid and filter are top rack dishwasher-safe • Clean base with a damp cloth • Made in read more

Chemex
$43.95 $41.95

Get back to coffee-brewing basics with the Chemex, originally designed by a chemist and inventor and found in the collections of s...everal major museums. Simple engineering in glass no corrosive elements produces pure drip coffee with less bitterness-to the extent that the coffee can be refrigerated and reheated without sacrificing flavor. May also be used for tea, iced coffee and beverage infusions.View all Chemex products • Lab-quality glass • Not for microwave, oven or stovetop use • Use with Chemex filter circles, sold separately • Made in USA read more

Crate&Barrel
$189.99 $179.99

The Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1900TS is a smart one-touch coffee maker is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. ...A powerful, precise 1500-watt heater maintains the optimal brewing temperature between 195 and 205 degrees, brewing into the double-walled thermal carafe with shatter-proof stainless steel lining to keep coffee hot for a longer time. The flat-bottomed filter basket and larger showerhead allow for more thorough saturation and uniform extraction, while an optional pre-infusion mode dampens freshly ground coffee, allowing degassing before brewing to extract maximum flavor. • Stainless steel, aluminum and plastic • BPA-free • 1500-watt heater • Carafe lid, filter basket and showerhead are dishwasher-safe read more

Krups
$149.99 $129.99

Great-tasting coffee is all about choices and this 12 cup coffee maker from Krups lets you choose brew strength, bold or small-bat...ch settings and two different start times. And it brews up in a hurry thanks to the turbo function that brews up to 35% faster. A thermal carafe keeps all that great-tasting coffee hot for up to four hours with minimal temperature loss. A water filtration system and included gold-tone filter no paper filters needed ensure optimal taste. • Stainless steel, glass and plastic • Thermal carafe • Adjustable brew strength • Dual auto-on start timer • Brew-pause function • Cleaning function • Gold-tone steel filter included • Wipe machine with damp cloth • Made in China read more

Nespresso
$199.00 $149.25

The first combination maker from Nespresso brews either an 8-ounce coffee or a 1.4-ounce espresso with equal precision and perform...ance using new centrifusion centrifugal heating element technology that brews gently and fully. Brewing your cup is as simple as ever with the signature capsule system, quick push-button delivery and adjustable cup holder. Exclusive VertuoLine coded capsules in two sizes are automatically recognized, telling the system exactly how much water to heat-in a mere 15 or 20 seconds-for your desired beverage. This system creates rich naturally forced crema during espresso brewing. Capsules eject automatically without leakage. Accompanying starter pack includes 12 capsules designed exclusively for this line, including 8 coffee options and 4 espresso options. Nespresso Club Offer Now through January 15, take $20 off your first order of 50 capsules or more when you become a Nespresso Club Member. Go to nespresso.com for details.View all Nespresso products Nespresso read more

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