Best Espresso Machines:
For sophisticated coffee lovers, nothing beats the taste of a hot cup of espresso or cappuccino. Getting one at a restaurant or coffee shop is easy, but making your own at home takes a little more work and equipment. We looked into reviews of the best espresso machines for home use. Automatic espresso machines are the most popular since they do all the work for you. Espresso machines need to be solidly built to stand up to pressure since they rely on built up steam and heat to create espresso and cappuccino. A solid home espresso machine will cost about $200. The best espresso machine as noted by reviewers was the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine - New 2014 Model V3
($500) with good espresso quality, professional quality stainless steel construction, and is easy to use. It has a 12-ounce forged brass boiler capacity a 3-way solenoid valve and can be steam ready in around 20 seconds. The Rancilio Silvia can steam eight ounces of milk in 45 seconds and produce a shot of espresso in 20 seconds.
Other top rated espresso machines in the comparison were the the Delonghi BAR32
($170), the Gaggia Coffee ($300), and the Saeco Via Veneto ($200). The Saeco Via Veneto, made of plastic, is a pump driven machine which isn't considered as durable as the other stainless steel machines. It does, however have a stainless steel boiler with a 5 ounce capacity which can make a shot in 18 seconds but lags in steaming 8 ounces of milk (2 minutes). With a pressurized portafilter and crema enhancer, pod adapter, froth aid, and removable water tank, the Saeco is a great home espresso machine. One other top rated machine was the Briel ES15BF Lido Pump Espresso Machine in black. Retails for $135 and compares well to other machines in quality flavors and ease of use. If you are ready to buy online, we recommend Amazon.com. We are always impressed by their competitive prices (often the lowest), fast shipping, and customer service -- plus almost everyone already shops with them and trusts them. You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling espresso makers here
Compare the best valued Espresso Machines:
Looking for a good value in your espresso machine, then we suggest the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso
. You are not going to get a brass boiler or adjustable steam pressure, but the stainless steel construction makes up for it. The Breville gets an excellent rating for quality of espresso. Although it's not considered as durable or easy to use as the Rancilio, at 1/2 the price you can't lose. In espresso machine reviews, the Breville was considered a great buy. Other top buys include the Gaggia Baby ($450), Saeco Classico ($400), and the Solis SL70.
Commercial Espresso Machine - Jura - Capresso:
If money is not so much an issue, then the closest thing to a commercial espresso machine we found was the Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic. At around $1400, it's not cheap but the automatic espresso machine is great for home or office. Built with stainless steel, the Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic has a 1.5 liter copper boiler and produces instant steam. The programmable unit has a 3-way solenoid valve and boiler pressure gauge. You can brew a shot of espresso in 20 seconds and steam 8-ounces of milk in 25 seconds. The unit produces great quality espresso and is recommended as a semi-professional espresso machine. Other high end espresso makers are the Francis! Francis! X1 ($800), Francis! Francis! X5, and the latest X6 Trio. Another popular top-tier model is the Nuova Simonelli Oscar ($1170). Capresso's newest models -- the metallic Jura Impressa S-9 Avantgarde ($2,400) and black Jura Impressa S-7 Avantgarde ($2,000), along with the less expensive Jura Impressa F-9 ($1,800) can do everything. See the Gaggia 90951 (in the picture to the right) - this automatic espresso machine features touch screen controls, 15-bar pump pressure, a stainless steel lined boiler, and a built in ceramic burr grinder. The Pannarello steam wand and Milk Island are included in this professional espresso machine. Reviews are very positive (5 out of 5 stars) on this model. You can view the top rated high end espresso machines here
Steam Espresso Maker:
Krups offers a cheap entry level espresso machine that uses steam instead of a pump system and its features are limited. The Krups Allegro FND111 sells for about $50, but consider the fact that technically you can't make "true" espresso from this machine since it can't maintain the right pressure to produce a quality shot. Other top Krups machines are the Krups XP 4000 and Krups XP 4050 ($300). RECOMMENDED
- We suggest you view the most popular steam espresso machines online here