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A Guide to Getting The Best Home Espresso Machine

Updated on November 21, 2012

How to Choose the Best Home Espresso Machine

With so many options available in the market, choosing the best home espresso machine can be quite an overwhelming task requiring much time and effort. The wide range of features and varied prices make it difficult to choose whether to go for a manual, semi-automatic or an automatic machine.

Remember, purchasing a good espresso machine is an investment; after a one-time payout, you are guaranteed to savor that frothy and scrumptious cup of espresso every time for years to come. Some of the points that you might want to consider when going for the best home espresso machine are as follows:

De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

Considerable Factors in Selecting Best Espresso Machine

Your Type: You can either go for the traditional espresso machines that are operated with a hand-lever and contain a piston, or automatic ones with pump-driven action. It is solely upon you to decide which type of espresso machine best suits your needs and requirements.

Your Purpose: Do you plan to purchase an espresso machine for use on a daily basis to serve coffee to friends and family? If yes, then you should probably spend a few more bucks and go for the Italian one, having a grinder, which is able to produce an above-average cup of coffee.

Your Budget: As with everything else, the price quality relationship applies to espresso machines as well. The more you are willing to spend, the higher the quality you can expect. However, when spending big bucks, you still need to make sure that you get an espresso machine that suits your needs and has good user reviews.

Frequency of Usage: The speed of making coffee also depends on the type of espresso machine you are purchasing. If you intend to make several cups of coffee from time to time for a large gathering, then you need to pay attention to the speed with which you can come up with decent cups of coffee for everyone around. For that, you need to consider the boiler pressure of a machine; some machines do not have large enough boilers to quickly come up with several cups at a time. Sub $1000 espresso machines fall in this category. However, again, if you are willing to spend extra cash, then you can get both the speed and the quality at that price.

Best Home Espresso Machines Between $100-$500

Below is a list of some of the best home espresso machines to guide you in your search for the optimal one for that perfect cup of coffee:

Saeco Aroma

Saeco Aroma is an Italian stainless-steel espresso machine for approximately $350 that comes with several accessories including cups, book, espresso pods and an instructional video.

Breville Barista Express BES860XL Machine with GrinderBUY NOW

Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker, BlackBUY NOW

La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine, ChromeBUY NOW

De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

This best home espresso machine offers 15-bar of pressure and comes with a detachable water container which has a capacity of 1 litre, allowing you to produce a lot of coffee in a single go. Along with that, it also has a turning jet which quickly and easily adds a touch of foam to your coffee. All this is for an affordable price of $140.

Krups xp4000 Espresso Machine

This automatic espresso machine is priced around $200 with pump-generated pressure and fast heat-up and water filtration functionality, producing thick cream every time you make a cup of coffee.

Saeco Aroma Espresso & Cappuccino Pump MachineBUY NOW

Nespresso C60 Pixie Espresso MakersBUY NOW

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso MakerBUY NOW

Jura-Capresso Espresso Pro

With 18 bars of pressure along with a milk container attachment at the side for easy milk frothing, this espresso machine is a good bargain at around $300 that is guaranteed to produce a great cup of espresso for you.

Saeco Spidem Villa

This simple and easy-to-use espresso machine is the perfect choice for getting freshly ground coffee every time with the beans getting grounded right in front of you for a price of around $500.

What's your Best Home Espresso Machine

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      lastblast 4 years ago

      De-longhi offer the best range

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The best one for me is De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker can beat that price with those features.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome for home use... I need to get one for me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dont like drinking coffee from machine, prefere to make it in old fashion way... but i guess not all people are the same :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When i look for coffee machine, first thing i always check is if it is easy to clean. For me that is most important factor.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah, i guess people many times buy something they actually dont need, and just waste their money on it. So i agree with you, it is important to think about what we need before jumping into it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was just about to get expresso machine, which is how i stumbled upon this lens... I just wanna say thank you for useful advices.

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      nebby 4 years ago from USA

      We had a 15 bar De'Longhi, but we used tap water instead of bottled or filtered water and our tap water is very hard so it kind of mucked up the workings. We will probably get another De'Longhi since we loved the one we had but this time we'll be smart & use filtered water. There is nothing like having your own espresso machine - it tastes so much better than from a coffee shop!

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      t2000q 4 years ago

      I never knew there were so many types of Home Espresso Machines

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      athrunzala 4 years ago

      i want one of those

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great info about How to Choose the Best Home Espresso Machine!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have ECMP50 Espresso machine and I love it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like this lens, great job!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very useful Guide! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great Espresso Machine!