Best Espresso Machine: Top Models RANKED (Updated For 2021)

Best Espresso Machine: Top Models RANKED (Updated For 2021)

Americans love coffee, so much that 34% of women and 14% of men name espresso, cappuccinos, or lattes their coffee beverage of choice according to a 2015 Zagat survey.

But at an average price of $3.28 at the coffee shop, your daily coffee habit could be costing you $1,200 or more per year.

Yikes!

Just pull your own shot at home, right?

Yup!

No matter your budget, there’s a home espresso machine that checks all of your boxes.

Really, it just comes down to what you’re looking for:

  • Top-notch shot
  • Decadent foam
  • Do-it-all super-automatic functionality
  • Something a bit more budget-friendly

No matter your budget, experience, or needs — this list of the best espresso machines has a model for you.

Let's get started.

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Quick Picks
Best Espresso Machines

What's best for us may not be best for you. Let's expand upon the Top Picks above and highlight a few more of the Best Espresso Machines by category:

Not sure which is right for you? The next section should help...

3 Tips When Buying

Before we get to the individual Best Espresso Machine reviews, let's take a look at the rankings.

Overall
94
Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio Silvia

A heavy-duty, durable, semi-automatic machine, the Rancilio Silvia is one of the most popular mid-range espresso machines because of its cafe-quality performance and extreme reliability.
Overall
93
Saeco Incanto HD8911/47

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47

An elite super-automatic espresso machine with quality parts and a ton of functionality, the Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Super-Automatic sacrifices little in the way of quality for its incredibly well-designed functionality.
Overall
93
DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300

If you’re shopping for an espresso machine, what’s the most important thing to you? If you’re like us, it had better pull a damn good shot. After that, it had better be reliable. With the DeLonghi ESAM3300, done and done.
Overall
93
Nespresso Creatista Plus

Nespresso Creatista Plus

Nespresso Creatista Plus

Nespresso Creatista Plus

The Cadillac of Nespresso's universe, the Creatista Plus lets you customize your favorites with a digital display panel that offers size selections from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures for a luxurious experience.
Overall
92
Ascaso Dream PID

Ascaso Dream PID

Ascaso Dream PID

Ascaso Dream PID

The Ascaso Dream PID's calling card is its extreme precision: adjust brew temps in 1°F increments, program volumes for preinfusion, single, and double shots, and enjoy silky foam with the Dream PID's electronic steam wand.
Overall
91
Gaggia Brera

Gaggia Brera

Gaggia Brera

Gaggia Brera

A super-automatic model with a price tag that's easier on your wallet, the Gaggia Brera has a 15 bar Italian-made pump, Pannarello frothing wand, and true, one-touch brewing for quality drinks.
Overall
91
DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110

The smaller version of the DeLonghi Magnifica, this Magnific XS is more compact and a little more basic, sacrificing the dual-boiler system for a single boiler. Still, few super-automatics are better values than the XS.
Overall
90
Jura ENA Micro 9

Jura ENA Micro 9

Jura ENA Micro 9

Jura ENA Micro 9

The Jura ENA Micro 9 brews B+ coffee with A+ convenience. Enjoy true one-touch brewing of espresso, long coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos using this super-automatic model with an integrated grinder, dose sizing, and more.
Overall
89
Nespresso CitiZ & Milk

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk

Notable for its 34 oz reservoir, the largest among mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines, the CitiZ & Milk is a compact, durable, and reliable brewer with a powerful boiler and integrated Aeroccino3 frother.
Overall
88
Ascaso Dream ZERO

Ascaso Dream ZERO

Ascaso Dream ZERO

Ascaso Dream ZERO

If you want fancy features, look somewhere else. If you want durable construction from high-end components and reliable performance from a proven brand, the Ascaso Dream ZERO belongs on your shortlist.
Overall
88
Breville Bambino Plus BES500

Breville Bambino Plus BES500

Breville Bambino Plus BES500

Breville Bambino Plus BES500

An entry-level, semi-automatic espresso machine equipped with a powerful Thermocoil heating element that goes from cold start to 200°F in a just 3 seconds, the Breville Bambino Plus is no-fuss espresso at its finest.
Overall
88
Gaggia Anima Prestige

Gaggia Anima Prestige

Gaggia Anima Prestige

Gaggia Anima Prestige

The flagship model of Gaggia's Anima Series, the Prestige super-automatic couldn't be easier to use. Want an espresso? Push the button. A latte? Push a different button. From grinding to frothing, the Prestige does the rest.
Overall
86
NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2

A compact version of NESCAFE's more robust Esperta 2, the Genio 2 has a 21 oz reservoir and NESCAFE's signature futuristic design that brews 7 sizes of coffee and specialty drinks using NESCAFE brand pods.
Overall
85
DeLonghi Dedica EC680M

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M

A slim, sleek-looking, inexpensive espresso machine from DeLonghi, the Dedica EC680M is designed for compact espresso convenience. Its narrow profile tucks away easily and its two-button operation is easy to use.
Overall
85
Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma

An inexpensive entry-level espresso machine from Breville, the ESP8XL Cafe Roma is a serviceable model most notable for its durability. But you'll need to upgrade for more consistent extraction and better foam.
Overall
84
DeLonghi EC702

DeLonghi EC702

DeLonghi EC702

DeLonghi EC702

An inexpensive, low-risk model for aspiring home baristas who want to get their feet wet without breaking the bank, the DeLonghi EC702 has everything you need in a no-fuss, no-frills espresso machine.
Overall
83
DeLonghi EC155

DeLonghi EC155

DeLonghi EC155

DeLonghi EC155

An inexpensive, semi-automatic machine for beginners, the DeLonghi EC155 is all about value. Unlike similarly-priced steam espresso machines, its 15 bar pump yields authentic espresso as a stepping stone to better models.
Overall
80
Capresso Ultimate PRO

Capresso Ultimate PRO

Capresso Ultimate PRO

Capresso Ultimate PRO

The Capresso Ultimate PRO is an entry-level espresso machine that brews single and double shots at the push of a button and includes an integrated steam wand. Overall, it's not a great machine. Value-wise? Another story.
Overall
79
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000

The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 is designed to brew specialty beverages with 2 things in mind: cost and convenience. With button-push controls and a hands-off frother, its very easy to use. Durability may be a concern.
Overall
78
DeLonghi ECP3420

DeLonghi ECP3420

DeLonghi ECP3420

DeLonghi ECP3420

Espresso machines don't get much cheaper than the DeLonghi ECP3420. While these machines often are as good as their price tag, not everyone wants to break the bank to see if espresso is for them. If that's you, look here.

Is This Guide For You?

Our editors have rated and ranked each option. Without further ado, here are our official reviews in this all-encompassing buying guide.

Rancilio Silvia
Overall Rating
94
Coffee Quality (40%)
94
Design & Features (20%)
93
Durability (20%)
95
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
A heavy-duty, durable, semi-automatic machine, the Rancilio Silvia is one of the most popular mid-range espresso machines because of its cafe-quality performance and extreme reliability.

Rancilio Silvia Pros

  • Commercial quality brew group allows you to make expert espresso
  • Steam wand is effective and allows you to make quality microfoam
  • Super durable

Rancilio Silvia Cons

  • No dedicated grinder, if that’s a requirement for you
  • A little bit of a learning curve to truly master

Rancilio Silvia Features & Specifications

  • Type: Semi-automatic pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 67 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: 30 minutes
  • Unit Size: 9.2″W x 11.4″D x 13.3″H
  • Unit Weight: 31 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

Rancilio Silvia Pros

  • Commercial quality brew group allows you to make expert espresso
  • Steam wand is effective and allows you to make quality microfoam
  • Super durable

Rancilio Silvia Cons

  • No dedicated grinder, if that’s a requirement for you
  • A little bit of a learning curve to truly master

Rancilio Silvia Features & Specifications

  • Type: Semi-automatic pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 67 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: 30 minutes
  • Unit Size: 9.2″W x 11.4″D x 13.3″H
  • Unit Weight: 31 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
Saeco Incanto HD8911/47
Overall Rating
93
Coffee Quality (40%)
93
Design & Features (20%)
93
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
An elite super-automatic espresso machine with quality parts and a ton of functionality, the Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Super-Automatic sacrifices little in the way of quality for its incredibly well-designed functionality.

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Pros

  • Adjustable exit nozzles accommodates larger cups
  • Simple to use with consistent result
  • Great milk frother
  • Comes with water hardness test strips and adjustable setting for your water’s hardness

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Cons

  • Adjustable exit nozzle doesn’t accommodate short demitasse cups
  • Doesn’t come with a water filter
  • Plastic exterior

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Features & Specifications

  • 15 bar Italian-made pump
  • 60 oz water reservoir
  • 8.8 oz bean hopper
  • Ceramic, flat/disc grinder
  • Pannarello steam wand
  • Removable brew group
  • Easily programs shot volumes
  • Bypass doser for pre-ground coffee
  • Comes with water hardness test strips to adjust for your water (4 different settings)
  • Thermoblock boiler made of stainless steel-lined aluminum
  • Capacity for 15 spent pucks
  • User Guide: Click here
  • Warranty: 1 year however Saeco offers an additional 4 years on the brew group if you register your machine and opt-in for email communications
  • Cup Clearance: 4.5″ – 6.3″
  • Dimensions: 8.8″W x 18.0″D x 13.3″H
  • Weight: 21.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1400W

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Pros

  • Adjustable exit nozzles accommodates larger cups
  • Simple to use with consistent result
  • Great milk frother
  • Comes with water hardness test strips and adjustable setting for your water’s hardness

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Cons

  • Adjustable exit nozzle doesn’t accommodate short demitasse cups
  • Doesn’t come with a water filter
  • Plastic exterior

Saeco Incanto HD8911/47 Features & Specifications

  • 15 bar Italian-made pump
  • 60 oz water reservoir
  • 8.8 oz bean hopper
  • Ceramic, flat/disc grinder
  • Pannarello steam wand
  • Removable brew group
  • Easily programs shot volumes
  • Bypass doser for pre-ground coffee
  • Comes with water hardness test strips to adjust for your water (4 different settings)
  • Thermoblock boiler made of stainless steel-lined aluminum
  • Capacity for 15 spent pucks
  • User Guide: Click here
  • Warranty: 1 year however Saeco offers an additional 4 years on the brew group if you register your machine and opt-in for email communications
  • Cup Clearance: 4.5″ – 6.3″
  • Dimensions: 8.8″W x 18.0″D x 13.3″H
  • Weight: 21.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1400W
DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300
Overall Rating
93
Coffee Quality (40%)
93
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
94
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
If you’re shopping for an espresso machine, what’s the most important thing to you? If you’re like us, it had better pull a damn good shot. After that, it had better be reliable. With the DeLonghi ESAM3300, done and done.

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Pros

  • Proven design with low failure rates and high reliability
  • While lack of digital interface could be a con, it leads to better durability
  • 60 oz front-removable water reservoir
  • Dual heaters for espresso and steam means fast heating
  • Pulls an awesome shot every time

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Not compatible with water filters
  • Can’t brew and steam at the same time
  • Steaming uses water quickly

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Features & Specifications

  • Integrated grinder: Integrated conical burr grinder
  • Bean hopper: 12 oz capacity
  • Bypass doser: Located on top
  • Water reservoir: 60 oz removable, accessed from front of machine
  • Brew sizes: 1.5 oz - 8.0 oz in 0.5 oz increments
  • Specialty beverage buttons: Single or double serving; no cappuccino or latte buttons
  • Adjustable exit valves: Yes
  • Dose size selector: 8 sizes
  • Temperature control: No
  • Auto-Off: Adjustable up to 3 hours
  • Spent puck drawer: Yes
  • Frother: Pannarello frother with separate heating element
  • Drip tray: Removable
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Dimensions: 15.0″W x 11.0″D x 14.0″H
  • Weight: 27.7 lbs
  • Watts: 1350W

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Pros

  • Proven design with low failure rates and high reliability
  • While lack of digital interface could be a con, it leads to better durability
  • 60 oz front-removable water reservoir
  • Dual heaters for espresso and steam means fast heating
  • Pulls an awesome shot every time

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Not compatible with water filters
  • Can’t brew and steam at the same time
  • Steaming uses water quickly

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Features & Specifications

  • Integrated grinder: Integrated conical burr grinder
  • Bean hopper: 12 oz capacity
  • Bypass doser: Located on top
  • Water reservoir: 60 oz removable, accessed from front of machine
  • Brew sizes: 1.5 oz - 8.0 oz in 0.5 oz increments
  • Specialty beverage buttons: Single or double serving; no cappuccino or latte buttons
  • Adjustable exit valves: Yes
  • Dose size selector: 8 sizes
  • Temperature control: No
  • Auto-Off: Adjustable up to 3 hours
  • Spent puck drawer: Yes
  • Frother: Pannarello frother with separate heating element
  • Drip tray: Removable
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Dimensions: 15.0″W x 11.0″D x 14.0″H
  • Weight: 27.7 lbs
  • Watts: 1350W
Nespresso Creatista Plus
Overall Rating
93
Coffee Quality (40%)
92
Design & Features (20%)
94
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
92
The Bottom Line
The Cadillac of Nespresso's universe, the Creatista Plus lets you customize your favorites with a digital display panel that offers size selections from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures for a luxurious experience.

Nespresso Creatista Plus Pros

  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • Frothing pitcher gives you more control
  • Fully stainless steel exterior
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules

Nespresso Creatista Plus Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • No cold frothing option
  • Fewer features and options than the top-of-the-line Creatista Pro

Nespresso Creatista Plus Features & Specifications

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville
  • UK Partners: Sage by Heston Blumenthal
  • Brew Sizes: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 50 oz
  • Milk Container: Comes with frothing pitcher
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Swivel frothing arm included with one-touch settings for foam
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Fully stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 6.7"W x 12.2"D x 16.1"H
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs
  • Watts: 1500W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes, 3-second heat-up time, 3 texture levels and 3 milk temps, LCD digital display with easy-to-use rotary dial control, pre-programmed drinks include ristretto, espresso, lungo, flat white, cappuccino, cafe latte, latte, macchiato, and hot milk, programmable water hardness

Nespresso Creatista Plus Pros

  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • Frothing pitcher gives you more control
  • Fully stainless steel exterior
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules

Nespresso Creatista Plus Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • No cold frothing option
  • Fewer features and options than the top-of-the-line Creatista Pro

Nespresso Creatista Plus Features & Specifications

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville
  • UK Partners: Sage by Heston Blumenthal
  • Brew Sizes: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 50 oz
  • Milk Container: Comes with frothing pitcher
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Swivel frothing arm included with one-touch settings for foam
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Fully stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 6.7"W x 12.2"D x 16.1"H
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs
  • Watts: 1500W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes, 3-second heat-up time, 3 texture levels and 3 milk temps, LCD digital display with easy-to-use rotary dial control, pre-programmed drinks include ristretto, espresso, lungo, flat white, cappuccino, cafe latte, latte, macchiato, and hot milk, programmable water hardness
Ascaso Dream PID
Overall Rating
92
Coffee Quality (40%)
92
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
94
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The Ascaso Dream PID's calling card is its extreme precision: adjust brew temps in 1°F increments, program volumes for preinfusion, single, and double shots, and enjoy silky foam with the Dream PID's electronic steam wand.

Ascaso Dream PID Pros

  • PID temp control has easy-to-read digital display
  • Adjustable OPV (over-pressure valve)
  • Thermoblock group comes with a 5-year warranty and is made from aluminum with stainless steel circuits that resist limescale build-up
  • Three-way solenoid valve relieves grouphead pressure by directing it back to the water tank
  • Manufactured in Spain

Ascaso Dream PID Cons

  • Boiler insulation is so effective that it can take a while to purge the machine from steam temp to brew temp
  • Drip tray can be tricky (and messy) to remove if not emptied regularly.
  • Slow 3-minute warmup time if not kept on 24/7

Ascaso Dream PID Features & Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 48 oz
  • Portafilter size: 58mm
  • Portafilters included: Pressurized, non-pressurized, bottomless, E.S.E. soft pods
  • Boiler type: Thermoblock
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: Yes
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: Digital PID control in 1°F increments
  • Auto-off: Yes
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 years on Thermoblock and brew group, 1 year on everything else
  • Case material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 13.5"D x 13.5"H
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs
  • Power: 1100W

Ascaso Dream PID Pros

  • PID temp control has easy-to-read digital display
  • Adjustable OPV (over-pressure valve)
  • Thermoblock group comes with a 5-year warranty and is made from aluminum with stainless steel circuits that resist limescale build-up
  • Three-way solenoid valve relieves grouphead pressure by directing it back to the water tank
  • Manufactured in Spain

Ascaso Dream PID Cons

  • Boiler insulation is so effective that it can take a while to purge the machine from steam temp to brew temp
  • Drip tray can be tricky (and messy) to remove if not emptied regularly.
  • Slow 3-minute warmup time if not kept on 24/7

Ascaso Dream PID Features & Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 48 oz
  • Portafilter size: 58mm
  • Portafilters included: Pressurized, non-pressurized, bottomless, E.S.E. soft pods
  • Boiler type: Thermoblock
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: Yes
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: Digital PID control in 1°F increments
  • Auto-off: Yes
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 years on Thermoblock and brew group, 1 year on everything else
  • Case material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 13.5"D x 13.5"H
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs
  • Power: 1100W
Gaggia Brera
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
91
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
A super-automatic model with a price tag that's easier on your wallet, the Gaggia Brera has a 15 bar Italian-made pump, Pannarello frothing wand, and true, one-touch brewing for quality drinks.

Gaggia Brera Pros

  • Significantly lower price point than other models listed
  • Smaller and lighter with lower energy consumption
  • Easily removable brew group (side panel) aids in cleaning
  • One of the best user manuals I have ever seen (seriously, this is a major plus for me)
  • Despite lower-quality build, Italian-made pump

Gaggia Brera Cons

  • A lot of plastic components; pretty much only the frother is made of metal (stainless steel)
  • Due to small size, all storage compartments are undersized and require frequent filling/emptying
  • Can't adjust for water hardness
  • Doesn’t come with a water filter

Gaggia Brera Features & Specifications

  • 15 bar Italian-made pump
  • 34 oz water reservoir
  • 8.0 oz bean hopper capacity
  • Bypass doser for pre-ground coffee
  • Ceramic, conical grinder
  • Pannarello frothing wand, which doubles as hot water dispenser
  • Separate espresso and steam boilers allows you to switch quickly between the two modes
  • Pre- and post-brew rinse is automatic
  • Auto-off after 1 hour of inactivity
  • Spent capsule drawer with 8 capsule capacity
  • User Guide: Click here
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cup Clearance: 4.0″
  • Dimensions: 10.0″W x 15.5″D x 11.5″H
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Watts: 1400W

Gaggia Brera Pros

  • Significantly lower price point than other models listed
  • Smaller and lighter with lower energy consumption
  • Easily removable brew group (side panel) aids in cleaning
  • One of the best user manuals I have ever seen (seriously, this is a major plus for me)
  • Despite lower-quality build, Italian-made pump

Gaggia Brera Cons

  • A lot of plastic components; pretty much only the frother is made of metal (stainless steel)
  • Due to small size, all storage compartments are undersized and require frequent filling/emptying
  • Can't adjust for water hardness
  • Doesn’t come with a water filter

Gaggia Brera Features & Specifications

  • 15 bar Italian-made pump
  • 34 oz water reservoir
  • 8.0 oz bean hopper capacity
  • Bypass doser for pre-ground coffee
  • Ceramic, conical grinder
  • Pannarello frothing wand, which doubles as hot water dispenser
  • Separate espresso and steam boilers allows you to switch quickly between the two modes
  • Pre- and post-brew rinse is automatic
  • Auto-off after 1 hour of inactivity
  • Spent capsule drawer with 8 capsule capacity
  • User Guide: Click here
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cup Clearance: 4.0″
  • Dimensions: 10.0″W x 15.5″D x 11.5″H
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Watts: 1400W
DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
96
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
The smaller version of the DeLonghi Magnifica, this Magnific XS is more compact and a little more basic, sacrificing the dual-boiler system for a single boiler. Still, few super-automatics are better values than the XS.

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110 Pros

  • Extremely intuitive controls and user interface
  • Easy to see water level, which seems like a small convenience until you have a machine that doesn’t offer this
  • Brews both espresso and coffee
  • Programmable water hardness setting

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110 Cons

  • Frothing wand requires you to combine espresso and milk
  • Sometimes beans don’t fall into grinder and need a little help
  • Louder than most espresso machines

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Super-automatic
  • Boiler: Single stainless steel thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: 8 oz
  • Bean Grinder: Yes
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 60 oz removable
  • Portafilters: None
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: No
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Unit Size: 13.8″L x 9.4″D x 17.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 20.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1250
  • Warranty: 2 years

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110 Pros

  • Extremely intuitive controls and user interface
  • Easy to see water level, which seems like a small convenience until you have a machine that doesn’t offer this
  • Brews both espresso and coffee
  • Programmable water hardness setting

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110 Cons

  • Frothing wand requires you to combine espresso and milk
  • Sometimes beans don’t fall into grinder and need a little help
  • Louder than most espresso machines

DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Super-automatic
  • Boiler: Single stainless steel thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: 8 oz
  • Bean Grinder: Yes
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 60 oz removable
  • Portafilters: None
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: No
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Unit Size: 13.8″L x 9.4″D x 17.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 20.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1250
  • Warranty: 2 years
Jura ENA Micro 9
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
87
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The Jura ENA Micro 9 brews B+ coffee with A+ convenience. Enjoy true one-touch brewing of espresso, long coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos using this super-automatic model with an integrated grinder, dose sizing, and more.

Jura ENA Micro 9 Pros

  • True one-touch brewing
  • Comprehensive, intuitive user interface
  • Customize 5 different settings with myriad combinations to create 100s of slightly different recipes
  • Compact, sleek design
  • Frothing attachment is compact and easy to use

Jura ENA Micro 9 Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Wish it had better temperature control
  • Pre-warming your cup is required for a really hot beverage
  • Requires routine maintenance (as do all super-automatic espresso machines)

Jura ENA Micro 9 Features & Specifications

  • Integrated grinder: 5 grind sizes with easy adjuster knob
  • Bean hopper: 4.4 oz lined with rubber to keep your coffee beans fresh
  • Water reservoir: 37 oz rear-seating and removable reservoir
  • Brew sizes: 5 programmable buttons for beverages including espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and latte macchiato
  • 15 bar pump: To extract a proper espresso shot
  • Custom brew size selector: Select water volume, hi/normal brew strength, milk volume
  • Adjustable exit valve: Accommodates up to 5.4″ cups/mugs
  • Dose size selector: Available as programmable hi/normal brew strength
  • Temperature control: Program brew buttons for hi/normal temp (shot only, not milk)
  • Auto-Off: 15 min - 9 hours
  • Spent puck drawer: 9 puck capacity
  • Frother: Nifty attachment to bottom of coffee exit valve (doesn't come with frothing pitcher)
  • Drip tray: Slides out from base of machine
  • Dimensions: 9.0″W x 17.5″D x 12.7″H
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Power: 1,450W

Jura ENA Micro 9 Pros

  • True one-touch brewing
  • Comprehensive, intuitive user interface
  • Customize 5 different settings with myriad combinations to create 100s of slightly different recipes
  • Compact, sleek design
  • Frothing attachment is compact and easy to use

Jura ENA Micro 9 Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Wish it had better temperature control
  • Pre-warming your cup is required for a really hot beverage
  • Requires routine maintenance (as do all super-automatic espresso machines)

Jura ENA Micro 9 Features & Specifications

  • Integrated grinder: 5 grind sizes with easy adjuster knob
  • Bean hopper: 4.4 oz lined with rubber to keep your coffee beans fresh
  • Water reservoir: 37 oz rear-seating and removable reservoir
  • Brew sizes: 5 programmable buttons for beverages including espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and latte macchiato
  • 15 bar pump: To extract a proper espresso shot
  • Custom brew size selector: Select water volume, hi/normal brew strength, milk volume
  • Adjustable exit valve: Accommodates up to 5.4″ cups/mugs
  • Dose size selector: Available as programmable hi/normal brew strength
  • Temperature control: Program brew buttons for hi/normal temp (shot only, not milk)
  • Auto-Off: 15 min - 9 hours
  • Spent puck drawer: 9 puck capacity
  • Frother: Nifty attachment to bottom of coffee exit valve (doesn't come with frothing pitcher)
  • Drip tray: Slides out from base of machine
  • Dimensions: 9.0″W x 17.5″D x 12.7″H
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Power: 1,450W
Nespresso CitiZ & Milk
Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
87
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
92
The Bottom Line
Notable for its 34 oz reservoir, the largest among mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines, the CitiZ & Milk is a compact, durable, and reliable brewer with a powerful boiler and integrated Aeroccino3 frother.

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Pros

  • Comes with integrated Aeroccino3 frother
  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • One-touch sizing system lets you adjust brew size by pressing and holding brew buttons
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • Need to combined milk foam and espresso, which are made separately, unlike the Lattissima series

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Features & Specifications

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville, DeLonghi
  • UK Partners: Krups, Magimix
  • Brew Sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 34 oz
  • Milk Container: None
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Included
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 8.1"W x 14.6"D x 10.9"H
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Watts: 1720W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Pros

  • Comes with integrated Aeroccino3 frother
  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • One-touch sizing system lets you adjust brew size by pressing and holding brew buttons
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent
  • Need to combined milk foam and espresso, which are made separately, unlike the Lattissima series

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Features & Specifications

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville, DeLonghi
  • UK Partners: Krups, Magimix
  • Brew Sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 34 oz
  • Milk Container: None
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Included
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 8.1"W x 14.6"D x 10.9"H
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Watts: 1720W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes
Ascaso Dream ZERO
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
83
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
If you want fancy features, look somewhere else. If you want durable construction from high-end components and reliable performance from a proven brand, the Ascaso Dream ZERO belongs on your shortlist.

Ascaso Dream ZERO Pros

  • Steam wand is almost fool-proof and swings out of the way for easy clean-up
  • Three-way solenoid valve relieves grouphead pressure by directing it back to the water tank
  • Thermoblock group comes with a 5-year warranty and is made from aluminum with stainless steel circuits that resist limescale build-up
  • Beautiful retro design
  • Manufactured in Spain

Ascaso Dream ZERO Cons

  • Machine offers little assistance and requires an experienced (or patient) barista
  • Boiler insulation is so effective that it can take a while to purge the machine from steam temp to brew temp
  • Drip tray can be tricky (and messy) to remove if not emptied regularly.
  • Slow 3-minute warmup time if not kept on 24/7

Ascaso Dream ZERO Features & Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 48 oz
  • Portafilter size: 57mm
  • Portafilters included: Pressurized, non-pressurized, E.S.E. soft pods
  • Boiler type: Thermoblock
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: No
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: Manually via temp dial
  • Auto-off: No
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 years on Thermoblock and brew group, 1 year on everything else
  • Case material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 13.5"D x 13.5"H
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs
  • Power: 1050W

Ascaso Dream ZERO Pros

  • Steam wand is almost fool-proof and swings out of the way for easy clean-up
  • Three-way solenoid valve relieves grouphead pressure by directing it back to the water tank
  • Thermoblock group comes with a 5-year warranty and is made from aluminum with stainless steel circuits that resist limescale build-up
  • Beautiful retro design
  • Manufactured in Spain

Ascaso Dream ZERO Cons

  • Machine offers little assistance and requires an experienced (or patient) barista
  • Boiler insulation is so effective that it can take a while to purge the machine from steam temp to brew temp
  • Drip tray can be tricky (and messy) to remove if not emptied regularly.
  • Slow 3-minute warmup time if not kept on 24/7

Ascaso Dream ZERO Features & Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 48 oz
  • Portafilter size: 57mm
  • Portafilters included: Pressurized, non-pressurized, E.S.E. soft pods
  • Boiler type: Thermoblock
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: No
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: Manually via temp dial
  • Auto-off: No
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 years on Thermoblock and brew group, 1 year on everything else
  • Case material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 13.5"D x 13.5"H
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs
  • Power: 1050W
Breville Bambino Plus BES500
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
An entry-level, semi-automatic espresso machine equipped with a powerful Thermocoil heating element that goes from cold start to 200°F in a just 3 seconds, the Breville Bambino Plus is no-fuss espresso at its finest.

Breville Bambino Plus BES500 Pros

  • Compact yet powerful with a lightning-fast, 3-second warm-up time from cold start thanks to Thermocoil heating element (faster than Thermoblock)
  • PID temperature control and pre-infusion yield a consistently well-extracted shot
  • Large 64 oz water reservoir, especially for an espresso machine this size
  • Frothing wand has both automatic and manual modes
  • Stainless steel-lined thermocoil and circuit elements resist limescale build-up

Breville Bambino Plus BES500 Cons

  • Doesn't come with non-pressurized portafilter baskets
  • Compact, lightweight build makes it more challenging to secure and remove portafilter without tilting the whole machine
  • Can't change extraction temperature
  • Water tank isn't compatible with any type of water filter

Breville Bambino Plus BES500 Features & Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 64 oz
  • Portafilter size: 54mm
  • Portafilters included: 2 dual-wall pressurized filter baskets (1 cup and 2 cups)
  • Boiler type: Thermocoil
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: Yes
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: PID temp control at 200°F for extraction plus 3 heat settings for frother
  • Auto-off: Yes
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Case material: Stainless steel, plastic
  • Dimensions: 7.7"W x 12.6"D x 11.8"H
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Power: 1560W

Breville Bambino Plus BES500 Pros

  • Compact yet powerful with a lightning-fast, 3-second warm-up time from cold start thanks to Thermocoil heating element (faster than Thermoblock)
  • PID temperature control and pre-infusion yield a consistently well-extracted shot
  • Large 64 oz water reservoir, especially for an espresso machine this size
  • Frothing wand has both automatic and manual modes
  • Stainless steel-lined thermocoil and circuit elements resist limescale build-up

Breville Bambino Plus BES500 Cons

  • Doesn't come with non-pressurized portafilter baskets
  • Compact, lightweight build makes it more challenging to secure and remove portafilter without tilting the whole machine
  • Can't change extraction temperature
  • Water tank isn't compatible with any type of water filter

Breville Bambino Plus BES500 Features & Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 64 oz
  • Portafilter size: 54mm
  • Portafilters included: 2 dual-wall pressurized filter baskets (1 cup and 2 cups)
  • Boiler type: Thermocoil
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: Yes
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: PID temp control at 200°F for extraction plus 3 heat settings for frother
  • Auto-off: Yes
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Case material: Stainless steel, plastic
  • Dimensions: 7.7"W x 12.6"D x 11.8"H
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Power: 1560W
Gaggia Anima Prestige
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
84
Design & Features (20%)
93
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
96
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
The flagship model of Gaggia's Anima Series, the Prestige super-automatic couldn't be easier to use. Want an espresso? Push the button. A latte? Push a different button. From grinding to frothing, the Prestige does the rest.

Gaggia Anima Prestige Pros

  • Push one button for everything from short espresso shots to full-sized cappuccinos
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive display
  • Simple custom shot size selector
  • Compact design
  • Makes better espresso than any other model in the Gaggia Anima series

Gaggia Anima Prestige Cons

  • As a semi-automatic machine with no manual operation, the ceiling is capped on how amazing your espresso can be
  • Bean hopper lid isn’t airtight
  • Grinder doesn’t handle oily beans very well and requires frequent cleaning if that's your bean of choice

Gaggia Anima Prestige Features & Specifications

  • Integrated grinder: Flat ceramic grinder with 5 grind size settings and bypass
  • Bean hopper: 8.8 oz capacity
  • Water reservoir: 60 oz removable with water filter compatibility
  • Brew sizes: Espresso and lungo buttons, which can be programmed for custom size
  • Specialty beverage buttons: Additional buttons for cappuccino and latte
  • Adjustable exit valves: Accommodates cups or mugs up to 6″ tall
  • Dose size selector: 6.5-11.5g
  • Temperature control: 177.5°F, 182.9°F, 184.5°F
  • Auto-Off: 15 min - 3 hours
  • Spent puck drawer: Holds up to 15 pucks
  • Frother: Automatic frother with attached milk carafe
  • Drip tray: Removable with 24 oz capacity and full tray indicator button
  • Removable brew group (internal assembly) for easy cleaning
  • Low-energy standby mode after 1 hour of idle time
  • Digital display
  • Stainless steel paneling on front with plastic body
  • 2-year warranty

Gaggia Anima Prestige Pros

  • Push one button for everything from short espresso shots to full-sized cappuccinos
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive display
  • Simple custom shot size selector
  • Compact design
  • Makes better espresso than any other model in the Gaggia Anima series

Gaggia Anima Prestige Cons

  • As a semi-automatic machine with no manual operation, the ceiling is capped on how amazing your espresso can be
  • Bean hopper lid isn’t airtight
  • Grinder doesn’t handle oily beans very well and requires frequent cleaning if that's your bean of choice

Gaggia Anima Prestige Features & Specifications

  • Integrated grinder: Flat ceramic grinder with 5 grind size settings and bypass
  • Bean hopper: 8.8 oz capacity
  • Water reservoir: 60 oz removable with water filter compatibility
  • Brew sizes: Espresso and lungo buttons, which can be programmed for custom size
  • Specialty beverage buttons: Additional buttons for cappuccino and latte
  • Adjustable exit valves: Accommodates cups or mugs up to 6″ tall
  • Dose size selector: 6.5-11.5g
  • Temperature control: 177.5°F, 182.9°F, 184.5°F
  • Auto-Off: 15 min - 3 hours
  • Spent puck drawer: Holds up to 15 pucks
  • Frother: Automatic frother with attached milk carafe
  • Drip tray: Removable with 24 oz capacity and full tray indicator button
  • Removable brew group (internal assembly) for easy cleaning
  • Low-energy standby mode after 1 hour of idle time
  • Digital display
  • Stainless steel paneling on front with plastic body
  • 2-year warranty
NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2
Overall Rating
86
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A compact version of NESCAFE's more robust Esperta 2, the Genio 2 has a 21 oz reservoir and NESCAFE's signature futuristic design that brews 7 sizes of coffee and specialty drinks using NESCAFE brand pods.

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2 Pros

  • 7 different brew sizes up to 12 oz
  • 15 bars of pressure
  • Energy saving mode with 5 minute Auto-Off
  • Very compact and more affordable than the larger Esperta 2

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2 Cons

  • Meager 21 oz water reservoir is a pain to remove
  • Not a ton of settings and features
  • Compatible with NESCAFE pods only

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2 Features & Specifications

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2 Pros

  • 7 different brew sizes up to 12 oz
  • 15 bars of pressure
  • Energy saving mode with 5 minute Auto-Off
  • Very compact and more affordable than the larger Esperta 2

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2 Cons

  • Meager 21 oz water reservoir is a pain to remove
  • Not a ton of settings and features
  • Compatible with NESCAFE pods only

NESCAFE Golce Gusto Genio 2 Features & Specifications

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M
Overall Rating
85
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A slim, sleek-looking, inexpensive espresso machine from DeLonghi, the Dedica EC680M is designed for compact espresso convenience. Its narrow profile tucks away easily and its two-button operation is easy to use.

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M Pros

  • Super slim design
  • 3 temperature settings
  • Additional programmable functionality

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M Cons

  • Lightweight and has a hard time staying on the countertop when inserting portafilter
  • Small water reservoir unseats rather easily and jostles around, so you have to re-push it down
  • Frother is a little inconsistent
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 34 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: 9 min, 30 min, 3 hours
  • Unit Size: 6.8″W x 13.0″D x 13.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 9.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M Pros

  • Super slim design
  • 3 temperature settings
  • Additional programmable functionality

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M Cons

  • Lightweight and has a hard time staying on the countertop when inserting portafilter
  • Small water reservoir unseats rather easily and jostles around, so you have to re-push it down
  • Frother is a little inconsistent
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters

DeLonghi Dedica EC680M Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 34 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: 9 min, 30 min, 3 hours
  • Unit Size: 6.8″W x 13.0″D x 13.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 9.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma
Overall Rating
85
Coffee Quality (40%)
83
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
93
Ease of Use (10%)
83
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
An inexpensive entry-level espresso machine from Breville, the ESP8XL Cafe Roma is a serviceable model most notable for its durability. But you'll need to upgrade for more consistent extraction and better foam.

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Pros

  • Lots of stainless steel, both outside and in
  • Small and compact
  • Capable of making rich espresso with high-quality crema

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Cons

  • Espresso temp could be better
  • Frother doesn't create microfoam very well
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters
  • No Auto-Off feature
  • Double-shot attachment for portafilter is a little undersized, so E.S.E. pods may need to be trimmed

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 40.6 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Unit Size: 9.0″W x 9.0″D x 12.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 13.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Pros

  • Lots of stainless steel, both outside and in
  • Small and compact
  • Capable of making rich espresso with high-quality crema

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Cons

  • Espresso temp could be better
  • Frother doesn't create microfoam very well
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters
  • No Auto-Off feature
  • Double-shot attachment for portafilter is a little undersized, so E.S.E. pods may need to be trimmed

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 40.6 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Unit Size: 9.0″W x 9.0″D x 12.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 13.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
DeLonghi EC702
Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
83
Design & Features (20%)
81
Durability (20%)
87
Ease of Use (10%)
86
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
An inexpensive, low-risk model for aspiring home baristas who want to get their feet wet without breaking the bank, the DeLonghi EC702 has everything you need in a no-fuss, no-frills espresso machine.

DeLonghi EC702 Pros

  • No muss, fuss, or confusing extra features
  • Pressurized portafilters and Pannarello steam wand require no skill to use
  • Pulls a very hot shot
  • Sturdy build with some stainless steel components
  • Compact, lightweight, attractive machine

DeLonghi EC702 Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • For more experienced home baristas, the pressurized portafilters put a ceiling on how great your shot can be
  • Can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to heat up
  • No Auto-Off feature

DeLonghi EC702 Features & Specifications

  • Pump: 15 bar pump
  • Heating element: Stainless steel boiler, self-priming
  • Water reservoir: 44 oz removable, which slides in on right side for convenience
  • Frother: Easy-to-use Pannarello steam wand with 180° swivel action up and down
  • Integrated grinder: No
  • Bean hopper: No
  • Brew sizes: Single and double shots
  • Control panel buttons: Settings for coffee, hot water, and steam
  • Pod compatible: Yes, ESE soft pods and ground coffee both work
  • Portafilters: Comes with 2 pressurized portafilters for single and double shots
  • Built-in tamper: Affixed to left of filter basket attachment
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: No
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Spent puck drawer: No
  • Warming tray: Yes, on top of machine
  • Hot water only: Pannarello steam wand doubles as hot water dispenser
  • Drip tray: Removable and very large for a machine this size
  • Dimensions: 11.0″W x 9.1″D x 11.6″H
  • Weight: 11.0 lbs

DeLonghi EC702 Pros

  • No muss, fuss, or confusing extra features
  • Pressurized portafilters and Pannarello steam wand require no skill to use
  • Pulls a very hot shot
  • Sturdy build with some stainless steel components
  • Compact, lightweight, attractive machine

DeLonghi EC702 Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • For more experienced home baristas, the pressurized portafilters put a ceiling on how great your shot can be
  • Can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to heat up
  • No Auto-Off feature

DeLonghi EC702 Features & Specifications

  • Pump: 15 bar pump
  • Heating element: Stainless steel boiler, self-priming
  • Water reservoir: 44 oz removable, which slides in on right side for convenience
  • Frother: Easy-to-use Pannarello steam wand with 180° swivel action up and down
  • Integrated grinder: No
  • Bean hopper: No
  • Brew sizes: Single and double shots
  • Control panel buttons: Settings for coffee, hot water, and steam
  • Pod compatible: Yes, ESE soft pods and ground coffee both work
  • Portafilters: Comes with 2 pressurized portafilters for single and double shots
  • Built-in tamper: Affixed to left of filter basket attachment
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: No
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Spent puck drawer: No
  • Warming tray: Yes, on top of machine
  • Hot water only: Pannarello steam wand doubles as hot water dispenser
  • Drip tray: Removable and very large for a machine this size
  • Dimensions: 11.0″W x 9.1″D x 11.6″H
  • Weight: 11.0 lbs
DeLonghi EC155
Overall Rating
83
Coffee Quality (40%)
84
Design & Features (20%)
82
Durability (20%)
82
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
An inexpensive, semi-automatic machine for beginners, the DeLonghi EC155 is all about value. Unlike similarly-priced steam espresso machines, its 15 bar pump yields authentic espresso as a stepping stone to better models.

DeLonghi EC155 Pros

  • Very good shots for the price, including a solid crema
  • Everything disassembles easily for cleaning
  • Incredibly small countertop footprint

DeLonghi EC155 Cons

  • Very noisy with noticeable vibrations
  • Very low demitasse cup clearance, about 2.5″
  • Only a 1 year warranty (but it does cost much less than the others with 2 year warranties)

DeLonghi EC155 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Boiler: Single stainless steel boiler; not thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: None
  • Bean Grinder: None
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 35 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Unit Size: 7.5″L x 11.1″H x 9.5″D
  • Unit Weight: 16.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1100
  • Warranty: 1 year

DeLonghi EC155 Pros

  • Very good shots for the price, including a solid crema
  • Everything disassembles easily for cleaning
  • Incredibly small countertop footprint

DeLonghi EC155 Cons

  • Very noisy with noticeable vibrations
  • Very low demitasse cup clearance, about 2.5″
  • Only a 1 year warranty (but it does cost much less than the others with 2 year warranties)

DeLonghi EC155 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Boiler: Single stainless steel boiler; not thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: None
  • Bean Grinder: None
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 35 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Unit Size: 7.5″L x 11.1″H x 9.5″D
  • Unit Weight: 16.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1100
  • Warranty: 1 year
Capresso Ultimate PRO
Overall Rating
80
Coffee Quality (40%)
80
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
80
Ease of Use (10%)
82
Brand Reputation (10%)
80
The Bottom Line
The Capresso Ultimate PRO is an entry-level espresso machine that brews single and double shots at the push of a button and includes an integrated steam wand. Overall, it's not a great machine. Value-wise? Another story.

Capresso Ultimate PRO Pros

  • Programmable shot sizes
  • Tamps your shot when you insert the portafilter
  • Comes with hot water only function
  • Convenient top storage compartment

Capresso Ultimate PRO Cons

  • Small 34 oz water reservoir
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters
  • Steam wand foaming attachment sometimes makes lukewarm foam
  • Can be messy with water to clean up
  • Some people report issues with the pump after around 4 months

Capresso Ultimate PRO Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 34 oz
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: 30 minutes
  • Unit Size: 8.0″W x 10.0″D x 11.8″H
  • Unit Weight: 12.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

Capresso Ultimate PRO Pros

  • Programmable shot sizes
  • Tamps your shot when you insert the portafilter
  • Comes with hot water only function
  • Convenient top storage compartment

Capresso Ultimate PRO Cons

  • Small 34 oz water reservoir
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters
  • Steam wand foaming attachment sometimes makes lukewarm foam
  • Can be messy with water to clean up
  • Some people report issues with the pump after around 4 months

Capresso Ultimate PRO Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 34 oz
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: 30 minutes
  • Unit Size: 8.0″W x 10.0″D x 11.8″H
  • Unit Weight: 12.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000
Overall Rating
79
Coffee Quality (40%)
75
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
78
Ease of Use (10%)
88
Brand Reputation (10%)
78
The Bottom Line
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 is designed to brew specialty beverages with 2 things in mind: cost and convenience. With button-push controls and a hands-off frother, its very easy to use. Durability may be a concern.

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 Pros

  • Compatible with E.S.E. soft pods
  • Comes with tamper and frothing pitcher
  • Above average 55 oz water reservoir
  • Brews 1.5-15 oz beverages
  • Built-in automatic frother

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 Cons

  • Frother requires plenty of maintenance, needing cleaning at least every few weeks
  • Cappuccino and latte settings aren’t very different
  • Durability concerns

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 55 oz removable
  • Unit Size: 12.0″W x 12.0″D x 14.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 9.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 Pros

  • Compatible with E.S.E. soft pods
  • Comes with tamper and frothing pitcher
  • Above average 55 oz water reservoir
  • Brews 1.5-15 oz beverages
  • Built-in automatic frother

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 Cons

  • Frother requires plenty of maintenance, needing cleaning at least every few weeks
  • Cappuccino and latte settings aren’t very different
  • Durability concerns

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 55 oz removable
  • Unit Size: 12.0″W x 12.0″D x 14.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 9.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
DeLonghi ECP3420
Overall Rating
78
Coffee Quality (40%)
75
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
78
Ease of Use (10%)
83
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
Espresso machines don't get much cheaper than the DeLonghi ECP3420. While these machines often are as good as their price tag, not everyone wants to break the bank to see if espresso is for them. If that's you, look here.

DeLonghi ECP3420 Pros

  • Pump espresso machine for the price of a capsule machine
  • Compatible with espresso soft pods
  • Built-in frother

DeLonghi ECP3420 Cons

  • Water reservoir is finicky and must be pushed all the way down or the espresso machine won’t work
  • More cleaning required than capsule-based systems, particularly with the frother
  • Frother doesn’t make the best foam

DeLonghi ECP3420 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 37 oz
  • Unit Size: 9.6″W x 7.2″D x 11.9″H
  • Unit Weight: 11.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

DeLonghi ECP3420 Pros

  • Pump espresso machine for the price of a capsule machine
  • Compatible with espresso soft pods
  • Built-in frother

DeLonghi ECP3420 Cons

  • Water reservoir is finicky and must be pushed all the way down or the espresso machine won’t work
  • More cleaning required than capsule-based systems, particularly with the frother
  • Frother doesn’t make the best foam

DeLonghi ECP3420 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 37 oz
  • Unit Size: 9.6″W x 7.2″D x 11.9″H
  • Unit Weight: 11.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!