No wonder we love our coffee (in the morning for a pick-me-up and in the evening for a delicious decaf). Another thing we love: barista-style espressos.
Even better, espressos at home can save you a lot of time frolicking from coffee to coffee (and a very precious coin). That’s why we’ve rounded up the 15 best espresso makers for every budget and kitchen size.
No need to be scared either – these bad boys aren’t hard to use. Much like your favorite coffee maker or coffee grinder, it can take a little time to perfect your brew the way you like it.
Whether you choose a new espresso machine from Amazon or Williams Sonoma, we’re sure you’ll love your freshly brewed creations.
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If you want a big chunk of machine, grab the top-rated Breville Barista Express. It has nearly 20,000 Amazon reviews, has a built-in precision conical grinder to grind on demand, and even includes different settings for steaming milk.
Plus, it features a low-pressure water system that gradually increases water pressure at the start to ensure all coffee flavors are evenly extracted during the brewing process. It’s phenomenal madness, and an even more phenomenal gift.
We love our De’Longhi Nespresso machine, and their Stilosa manual espresso machine is just as fabulous. Specifically, it automatically makes lattes, cappuccinos, and lattes in the comfort of your home and doesn’t take up too much space on your counter (which is valuable real estate, as we all know).
Its 15 bar pump extracts a single or double espresso so your drink is exceptionally rich. Plus, its heavy-duty stainless steel boiler is ergonomically designed and fairly priced considering the investment kitchen item.
For an espresso machine under $100, Mr. Coffee has you covered (and caffeine). Lovingly, its steam heating feature forces the hot stream through its filter for that dark, rich espresso brew we know and love. Its included carafe also serves up to four shots of espresso.
This model also has a removable and washable drip filter to collect residual coffee drips and ensure your kitchen is as tidy as possible. It’s a great value for the price.
A personal favorite: the Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine. It takes “small but mighty” to a whole new level, much ado for its innovative ThermoJet heating system to achieve the pristine level of flavor for your roasts. Not to mention, it’s a more affordable option than its sister machine, the Barista Express.
Sometimes we just want a basic, no-frills espresso machine to keep us caffeinated and on our way (without spending over $1,000). To achieve this, the Primula Stovetop Espresso Machine does the trick under $20 and with nearly 24,000 Amazon reviews.
Namely, it has a durable cast iron design with a temperature resistant button for added safety. Even better, it’s easy to use: just fill the bottom chamber with water, add ground coffee or espresso to the filter, and place it on your stovetop. Done and done.
The Jura E6 Automatic Espresso and Coffee Machine is the heavy-duty kitchen appliance you need if you’re serious about your coffee game. It’s “life-changing,” says one Amazon reviewer (which makes sense, since there’s nothing quite like an exceptional coffee just steps from your bed).
If you want a machine with top levels of filtration and water churning, this is it. You’ll never have to buy another coffee maker again, TBH.
For luxury on a budget, KRUPS saves the day with its Bar-Pump Espresso & Cappuccino coffee maker. Its sleek black look goes perfectly with your modern space, but that’s not all.
You’ll have supreme flavor extraction (thanks to the bar pump) without any bitterness – giving you that rich, aromatic taste right from the jump. Impressively, it has a steam wand to create those creamy cappuccinos, so the value is certainly evident with this snag-worthy machine.
How cute is the Lavazza Expert Coffee Classy Plus espresso and coffee machine? It’s the perfect addition to your home office coffee station (if you can’t live without your morning cup) and works just as well on your counter.
What’s great about this miniature machine is – drum roll please – its double-hit feature. With adjustable heights (to fit any cup or mug you choose), you’ll be using Lavazza capsules every day of the week.
The Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine is a great purchase for the coffee drinker who loves quality. It features a 12-stage grinder setting to perfectly contain your espresso roast and blend, as well as an aroma seal to help keep your beans fresh longer. Plus, its intuitive touchscreen is everything our high-tech hearts yearn for.
If you want a quality espresso machine for under $300, the Brim 19 Bar Espresso Machine is the answer. Oh, and the brand puts it best: “by pre-infusing ground coffee with low, constant water pressure, it gently expands the grind before beginning high-pressure extraction. The result is a flavor of richer and more balanced coffee, shot after shot.
Uniquely, you can choose between one or two shot volumes at the push of a button, and with its Dry Steam technology, you can create a rich, creamy, and frothy lather that deserves a spot on your Instagram story.
Nespresso by Breville knows what’s going on with its Essenza single-serve mini espresso machine. Affordably priced at less than $200, it doesn’t take up much space on your counter and still works with great efficiency.
Notably, it has a 19 bar high pressure pump and heats up in less than 30 seconds (which will come in handy when you’re about to run out, just saying). With a removable water reservoir and auto shut-off, it offers convenience as well as an expertly crafted espresso drink.
All hail the stovetop espresso maker to save the day. When we’re in a hurry, we turn to none other than the Grosche Milano Stovetop Espresso Machine which costs less than $30 and comes in the color of your choice. Not to mention, it’s easy to use (and easy to store).
If you like that all-white look (perhaps to match your kitchen cabinets), we wholeheartedly recommend the Gevi White Espresso Machine. For less than $150, its 20-bar pressure system is impressive – for getting that rich, bold taste – and has two separate thermostats to adjust the temperature of the water and milk froth, respectively.
High-tech espresso machine madness is unlocked. With the Terra Cafe TK-01 White Espresso Machine, rest assured you’re getting an amazing cup of coffee.
Its automatic bean-to-cup design grinds fresh beans and brews with unparalleled ease. With a pre-ground bypass chute, it helps to create the most perfect cup that you always prefer. Oh, and it’s self-cleaning (a major score!)
We love the Café Single-Drip coffee machine we reviewed, and its Affetto automatic espresso and frother machine is exactly what we like to associate with it. Specifically, it features built-in bean storage to keep them contained and fresh, a five-level adjustable burr grinder for efficiency, and includes a stainless steel frothing pitcher and wand to complete your experience. He also has a gorgeous see.
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