I am hardcore espresso fan. No fancy lattes, no fancy cappuccinos or anything of the like! I get goose bumps solely when I hear someone order a low fat semi tall latte…for me there are only two ways to drink your coffee: single espresso or double espresso!! So, I have been in a quest to find the best home espresso machine. I actually have been quite obsessed with it, reading everything that is written online about espresso machines, pressure, warranty, water temperature, grinder. So, having said that, I am putting this little buying guide, ensuring that you guys can also buy the best home espresso machine.
Below are reviews on the best espresso machines I got to try before buying mine. It is not extensive, but rather based on real life use of the machines with some online crosschecking for features:
Breville Espresso Machine (Barista BES870XL) – this is by far my favorite and the one I bought. I loved everything about this machine, from the amount of settings, to the water temperature controller, to the integrated grinder. Even the price is something that I consider to be very reasonable. This is the kind of machine that can take you from a newbie to a seasoned barista!
Philips Saeco RI9376/04 Aroma Espresso Machine – this was my second place! It still is an amazing machine. I got to try and play with it at a friend’s place and the espresso was delicious. The price is also very reasonable. For me personally, I did not go with this machine because it lacked the integrated grinder and it had less adjustable settings. Still, having less adjustable settings can be a good thing (depending on the type of user that you are), so make sure to also check this model!
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine – this machine has all the features you could possibly want in a mess free setting! You press the button and you have you espresso or your cappuccino! For me, this was both the good and the bad about this machine. The espresso was top notch, however, for me personally, this machine lacked all the adjustable settings that I wanted to have – the temperature, the pressure, the grind. So, in short, this is a really good machine if you want a great espresso, without the mess or the complications!
The Classic Espresso Machine, Gaggia 14101 – From the manufacturer: Rugged construction with tough durable materials. High performance: Stabilizes temperature as is composed of brass with a three-way valve solenoid valve and sole expansion valve. I really liked the feel of this machine, however going through Amazon reviews I really got the feeling this model was either hit or miss in terms of build quality, so, trying not to risk my chance, I discarded this model.