Recommended Espresso Machines

Espresso Machines are very popular, but many coffee lovers struggle when it comes to choosing the best models. Seeing as there are so many choices it’s easy to see why! Here’s a list of our recommended espresso machines, followed by a guide to choosing the best model for you and your kitchen. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as the “best” espresso machine though – different models have features which suit different people.

Is there an espresso machine that you think should be listed here? Have you tried any of our recommended models? If so, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Top 5 Espresso Machines

1. Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Maker

The Delonghi EC152 is one of the most popular espresso machines on Amazon at the moment. It has 15 bar pressure, traditional frother and a one litre tank.

2. Delonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 Bean To Cup Espresso Maker

If you want the true Espresso experience, ESAM4200 bean to cup is a good choice. It has a 15 bar pressure pump and simple one touch operation.

3. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Piccolo by Krups KP100240

The Krups KP100240 has one of the highest ratings amongst mid-range espresso makers on Amazon at the moment. With 15 bar pressure, ability to make 18 different drink varieties and a unique design, it’s easy to see why.

4. Gaggia Classic RI8161 Coffee Machine
The Gaggia Classic RI8161 Coffee Machine is a high quality model with 15 bar water pump pressure, removable tank and a professional filter holder and ring. It has received very good reviews online.
5. De’Longhi EC710 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker
Another high quality espresso maker from Delonghi is the De’Longhi EC710 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker. It has a 15 bar pressure pump, can use ESE pods and has a built in arm for milk frothing.

Brief Guide To Choosing An Espresso Machine

This is far from a comprehensive guide, but here are a few tips to get you going when choosing an espresso machine.

  • The grinder is something that many people overlook, but it’s often vitally important. Make sure you budget for a grinder. It’s not an exaggeration to say that a good grinder makes all the difference between a great cup of coffee and a bitter, disappointing one.
  • It’s important to know which type of espresso machine you’re buying. Pump espresso machines use a pump (surprisingly) to force the water through the coffee and make a good cup of coffee. The downside is that they are often expensive and require more maintenance. Lever machines, on the other hand, require manual force in order to make the coffee and often produce inferior espresso. They do, however, require little maintenance and are cheaper. Steam powered espresso machines are smaller and easy to use, but the coffee can be weaker.
  • It’s usually a good idea to set an overall budget for your espresso machine (grinder included) before you start looking, as there is a huge range in price between expensive pump models and cheaper lever ones.

One thing to keep in mind is that an espresso machine is only part of the equation – in order to make great coffee you need to know how to use it! The type of machine you buy will determine how much skill is required to produce the perfect cup of coffee, but it’s always important to take the time to learn how to use the machine. Many people are disappointed with their coffee machines – or even return them – when the problem can sometimes (but not always) lie with the person making it!

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