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

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

If you're anything like me, you're short on two things each morning:

  • Time
  • Caffeine

Sound familiar?

Then you're in the right place.

This guide breaks down everything you need to know when choosing the best super-automatic espresso machine for you:

  • Top picks in several categories
  • Accurate reviews with ratings, pros/cons, key features, and the technical specs that matter
  • Buying tips with everything you need to know before you buy

But first, there's one thing we should clear up before you go any further...

These machines aren't cheap.

  • You can easily find yourself spending $500 on a solid machine that does its job without much fanfare.
  • At the top end, $2,000 or more isn't out of the question.

But you know what?

Forking over $4 to your local coffee shop each morning adds up too.

And quickly.

That $4 latte you savor every morning?

Yeah, it actually costs $1,460 per year.

Suddenly, those $500 super-automatic espresso machines look like a bargain!

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

Let's get started.

Why You Can Trust The Coffee Maven

Quick Picks
Best Automatic 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 Super-Automatic Espresso Machines by category:

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

3 Tips When Buying A Fully-Automatic Espresso Machine

  1. High-quality shot or high-quality foam. Which is more important? Some machines are great at both (like the Jura E8, S8, and Z8) but they're definitely more expensive. If you're shopping for a reliable fully-automatic espresso machine without breaking the bank (say, under $1,500?), then you may need to decide which is more important.
  2. Which type of frothing system do you want? Most super-automatic espresso machines have one of three types: (1) Pannarello wand, which you insert into a standalone milk pitcher. The machine froths for you, and you combine the milk foam with your coffee. (2) Integrated carafe, also called "Milk Island" (seriously), which sits next to the coffee exit nozzle. You fill the carafe with milk, and the machine froths and combines it with your coffee. (3) Carafe-less milk nozzle, which looks like a small spout — usually next to the coffee exit nozzle. You attach a tube to the milk frothing nozzle and insert it into any container of cold milk. The machine pulls milk from the container and froths it on-demand. There are pros and cons to each, which are explained at the bottom of this guide.
  3. How high-tech should your machine be? Some machines have all sorts of modern features, such as colorful touchscreen displays or Bluetooth-enabled mobile apps that allow you to customize and save new recipes, brew remotely, monitor water tank levels, or initiate cleaning cycles. Other machines have barebones interfaces seemingly stuck in 2005 that somehow pull A-quality espresso shot after shot. Which is more important to you? (Of course, you can find machines that do both, but prepare to pay a premium.)

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

Overall
94
Jura Z8

Jura Z8

Jura Z8

Jura Z8

It doesn't get more premium and luxurious than the Jura Z8. With 21 pre-programmed recipes, an eye-catching 4.3" color touch display, dual Thermoblock boilers, and plenty more, it's the no-brainer pick — if you can afford it.
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 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 Magnifica, done and done.
Overall
92
Jura E8

Jura E8

Jura E8

Jura E8

The latest model in Jura's best-selling line of fully-automatic machines, the E8 is a near-perfect combination of price, performance, and quality with 17 pre-programmed drinks, 10 strength levels, and 3 water temp levels.
Overall
92
Jura S8

Jura S8

Jura S8

Jura S8

The Jura S8 carves out a whole new segment in the fully-automatic market: mid-luxury. It combines the best of Jura's compact models, like the best-selling E8, with a few "wow" factor features found on the truly premium Z8.
Overall
91
DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465

The DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 is an easy-to-use, super-automatic model that brews bean-to-cup beverages with the push of a button. Even easier, remove the milk container and store in your fridge until your next use.
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
91
Jura ENA 8

Jura ENA 8

Jura ENA 8

Jura ENA 8

Priced the same as the best-selling Jura E8, the Jura ENA 8 offers a more luxurious experience (touchscreen, anyone?) at the expense of water and bean hopper volumes plus a few nice-to-have brewing features.
Overall
90
Jura A1

Jura A1

Jura A1

Jura A1

An entry-level, fully-automatic espresso machine from an industry leader, the Jura A1 doesn't have any fancy bells or whistles (it doesn't even have a milk frothing system) but it's built to last and won't let you down.
Overall
89
DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020

A very popular, mid-range model, the DeLonghi Dinamica is a sleek, compact super-automatic with 20% more hopper volume than competitors. Its simple design belies its strong build quality, making the Dinamica a great value.
Overall
89
Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47

Saeco's mid-range super-automatic espresso machine, the PicoBaristo brews a 9 preprogrammed, one-touch coffee drinks (from ristretto to double espresso and milk-based beverages) with a great combo of price and build quality.
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
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, it's very easy to use. Durability may be a concern.

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.

Jura Z8
Overall Rating
94
Coffee Quality (40%)
95
Design & Features (20%)
96
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
It doesn't get more premium and luxurious than the Jura Z8. With 21 pre-programmed recipes, an eye-catching 4.3" color touch display, dual Thermoblock boilers, and plenty more, it's the no-brainer pick — if you can afford it.

Jura Z8 Pros

  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 21 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, cortados, and more
  • Blue water reservoir illumination light makes water volume easy to see
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely plus additional remote maintenance features

Jura Z8 Cons

  • Stylistic choices (gaps/crevices around water tank and drip tray) look great but are difficult to keep clean
  • Lacks several brew options available on less feature-rich Jura E8: cortado, macchiato with extra shot, cappuccino with extra shot, and flat white with extra shot
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Jura Z8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir81.3 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeDual Thermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons21 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves3.2"-6.0" coffee and milk foam spouts
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer20 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions12.6"W x 17.7"D x 15.0"H
Weight29.5 lbs
Power1500W

Jura Z8 Pros

  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 21 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, cortados, and more
  • Blue water reservoir illumination light makes water volume easy to see
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely plus additional remote maintenance features

Jura Z8 Cons

  • Stylistic choices (gaps/crevices around water tank and drip tray) look great but are difficult to keep clean
  • Lacks several brew options available on less feature-rich Jura E8: cortado, macchiato with extra shot, cappuccino with extra shot, and flat white with extra shot
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Jura Z8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir81.3 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeDual Thermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons21 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves3.2"-6.0" coffee and milk foam spouts
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer20 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions12.6"W x 17.7"D x 15.0"H
Weight29.5 lbs
Power1500W
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 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 Magnifica, 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
Jura E8
Overall Rating
92
Coffee Quality (40%)
92
Design & Features (20%)
91
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The latest model in Jura's best-selling line of fully-automatic machines, the E8 is a near-perfect combination of price, performance, and quality with 17 pre-programmed drinks, 10 strength levels, and 3 water temp levels.

Jura E8 Pros

  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 17 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, cortados, and more
  • Optional Smart mode sorts drinks based on the display based on how often you select them
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura E8 Cons

  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Doesn't offer ristretto or double ristretto brew options
  • Can't personalize and save your own custom beverages
  • Color display is not touch-compatible and requires you to push corresponding buttons
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Jura E8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir63.6 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons17 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.6"-4.4" coffee spout, 4.4"-6.2" milk foam spout
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer16 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions11.0"W x 17.5"D x 13.6"H
Weight21.6 lbs
Power1450W

Jura E8 Pros

  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 17 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, cortados, and more
  • Optional Smart mode sorts drinks based on the display based on how often you select them
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura E8 Cons

  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Doesn't offer ristretto or double ristretto brew options
  • Can't personalize and save your own custom beverages
  • Color display is not touch-compatible and requires you to push corresponding buttons
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Jura E8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir63.6 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons17 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.6"-4.4" coffee spout, 4.4"-6.2" milk foam spout
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer16 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions11.0"W x 17.5"D x 13.6"H
Weight21.6 lbs
Power1450W
Jura S8
Overall Rating
92
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The Jura S8 carves out a whole new segment in the fully-automatic market: mid-luxury. It combines the best of Jura's compact models, like the best-selling E8, with a few "wow" factor features found on the truly premium Z8.

Jura S8 Pros

  • Hybrid model that combines compact design of Jura A1, E8, and ENA 8 with large touchscreen and other features from Z8 and Giga models
  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 15 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, flat white, and more
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura S8 Cons

  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Max 4.6" cup clearance on coffee spout is about 1" less than comparable Jura models
  • Lacks Smart mode that reorders beverages on display screen based on selection frequency (which Jura E8 and Z8 have)
  • Lacks several brew options available on similarly-priced and spec'd Jura E8: cortado, macchiato with extra shot, cappuccino with extra shot, and flat white with extra shot
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Jura S8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir63.6 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeDual Thermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons15 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.8"-4.6" coffee spout, 4.4"-6.2" milk foam spout
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer16 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions11.0"W x 17.5"D x 13.7"H
Weight22.1 lbs
Power1450W

Jura S8 Pros

  • Hybrid model that combines compact design of Jura A1, E8, and ENA 8 with large touchscreen and other features from Z8 and Giga models
  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 15 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, flat white, and more
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura S8 Cons

  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Max 4.6" cup clearance on coffee spout is about 1" less than comparable Jura models
  • Lacks Smart mode that reorders beverages on display screen based on selection frequency (which Jura E8 and Z8 have)
  • Lacks several brew options available on similarly-priced and spec'd Jura E8: cortado, macchiato with extra shot, cappuccino with extra shot, and flat white with extra shot
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Jura S8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir63.6 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeDual Thermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons15 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.8"-4.6" coffee spout, 4.4"-6.2" milk foam spout
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer16 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions11.0"W x 17.5"D x 13.7"H
Weight22.1 lbs
Power1450W
DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
91
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
The DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 is an easy-to-use, super-automatic model that brews bean-to-cup beverages with the push of a button. Even easier, remove the milk container and store in your fridge until your next use.

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 Pros

  • Memory system remembers what you like
  • Simple and awesome lattes with the patented Single Touch Lattecrema system
  • Large 12″ cup clearance
  • Tons of programmability, including water hardness

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 Cons

  • It isn’t cheap
  • Super-automatic espresso machines offer supreme convenience but at the cost of hands-on customization

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Super-automatic
  • Boiler: Dual stainless steel thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: 8.8 oz
  • Bean Grinder: Yes
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 68 oz removable
  • Portafilters: None
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: No
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Unit Size: 17.3″W x 11.8″D x 14.9″H
  • Unit Weight: 26.5 lbs
  • Watts: 1450
  • Warranty: 2 years

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 Pros

  • Memory system remembers what you like
  • Simple and awesome lattes with the patented Single Touch Lattecrema system
  • Large 12″ cup clearance
  • Tons of programmability, including water hardness

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 Cons

  • It isn’t cheap
  • Super-automatic espresso machines offer supreme convenience but at the cost of hands-on customization

DeLonghi Prima Donna ECAM28465 Features & Specifications

  • Type: Super-automatic
  • Boiler: Dual stainless steel thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: 8.8 oz
  • Bean Grinder: Yes
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 68 oz removable
  • Portafilters: None
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: No
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Unit Size: 17.3″W x 11.8″D x 14.9″H
  • Unit Weight: 26.5 lbs
  • Watts: 1450
  • Warranty: 2 years
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 8
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
89
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
Priced the same as the best-selling Jura E8, the Jura ENA 8 offers a more luxurious experience (touchscreen, anyone?) at the expense of water and bean hopper volumes plus a few nice-to-have brewing features.

Jura ENA 8 Pros

  • Hybrid model that combines the Jura A1's compact size with many of the S8 and E8's features
  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Compatible with Jura's CLEARYL Smart Water Filters with RFID technology to track usage and alert when filter needs to be changed
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura ENA 8 Cons

  • Doesn't brew double long coffees like the Jura E8, S8, and Z8
  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • HP1 milk system includes the basics (latte, cappuccino, macchiato) but can't make nice-to-haves like cortados and flat whites
  • 2.8" color touch display is smaller than the 4.3" display on other Jura models
  • Small 36.8 oz water reservoir, which is even more limiting if you use Jura's in-tank water filter

Jura ENA 8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper4.4 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir36.8 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherHP1 milk system with interchangeable spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to long coffee (8 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons10 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.7"-5.4" coffee and milk foam spouts
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions10.7"W x 17.5"D x 12.7"W
Weight20.7 lbs
Power1450W

Jura ENA 8 Pros

  • Hybrid model that combines the Jura A1's compact size with many of the S8 and E8's features
  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Compatible with Jura's CLEARYL Smart Water Filters with RFID technology to track usage and alert when filter needs to be changed
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura ENA 8 Cons

  • Doesn't brew double long coffees like the Jura E8, S8, and Z8
  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • HP1 milk system includes the basics (latte, cappuccino, macchiato) but can't make nice-to-haves like cortados and flat whites
  • 2.8" color touch display is smaller than the 4.3" display on other Jura models
  • Small 36.8 oz water reservoir, which is even more limiting if you use Jura's in-tank water filter

Jura ENA 8 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper4.4 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir36.8 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherHP1 milk system with interchangeable spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to long coffee (8 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons10 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.7"-5.4" coffee and milk foam spouts
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions10.7"W x 17.5"D x 12.7"W
Weight20.7 lbs
Power1450W
Jura A1
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
87
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
An entry-level, fully-automatic espresso machine from an industry leader, the Jura A1 doesn't have any fancy bells or whistles (it doesn't even have a milk frothing system) but it's built to last and won't let you down.

Jura A1 Pros

  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Adjustable coffee spout accomodates mugs up to 5.5", which is more than almost all other Jura models
  • Made from better internal components than similar entry-level super-automatic models for reliable, long-term use
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura A1 Cons

  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Doesn't include a milk frothing system
  • Small 36.8 oz water reservoir
  • No "hot water only" brew mode
  • No color touchscreen display

Jura A1 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper4.4 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir36.8 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherNone
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz), espresso (1.35 oz), and long coffee (5 oz)
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons3 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.3"-5.6" coffee spout
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature controlNone
Strength control2 brew strength levels
Auto-off30 min, 1-2 hour options
Spent puck drawer9 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic
Dimensions9.4"W x 17.5"D x 12.7"H
Weight20.3 lbs
Power1450W

Jura A1 Pros

  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Adjustable coffee spout accomodates mugs up to 5.5", which is more than almost all other Jura models
  • Made from better internal components than similar entry-level super-automatic models for reliable, long-term use
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely

Jura A1 Cons

  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Doesn't include a milk frothing system
  • Small 36.8 oz water reservoir
  • No "hot water only" brew mode
  • No color touchscreen display

Jura A1 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper4.4 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir36.8 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherNone
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz), espresso (1.35 oz), and long coffee (5 oz)
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons3 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.3"-5.6" coffee spout
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature controlNone
Strength control2 brew strength levels
Auto-off30 min, 1-2 hour options
Spent puck drawer9 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic
Dimensions9.4"W x 17.5"D x 12.7"H
Weight20.3 lbs
Power1450W
DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020
Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
89
Design & Features (20%)
88
Durability (20%)
91
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
A very popular, mid-range model, the DeLonghi Dinamica is a sleek, compact super-automatic with 20% more hopper volume than competitors. Its simple design belies its strong build quality, making the Dinamica a great value.

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020 Pros

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020 Cons

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderStainless steel conical burr grinder with 13 grind size settings
Bean hopper10.6 oz
Bypass doserNone
Water Reservoir61 oz
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherAutomatic frothing via carafe-less milk nozzle + tube to external milk pitcher
Brew sizesEspresso (0.68-2.7 oz) to long black (3.89-8.45 oz)
Pre-infusionYes
DisplayLED indictors + 8 buttons
Specialty beverage buttons3 programmed, one-touch recipes (espresso, double espresso, long black)
Adjustable exit valves3.5"-5.5"
Dose size selectorVia grind size and drink volume selections
Temperature control4 brew temp levels
Strength control5 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, 1-3 hours
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years + 1 additional year upon machine registration
Case materialPlastic
Dimensions9.3"W x 16.9"D x 13.7"H
Weight20 lbs
Power1250W

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020 Pros

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020 Cons

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM35020 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderStainless steel conical burr grinder with 13 grind size settings
Bean hopper10.6 oz
Bypass doserNone
Water Reservoir61 oz
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherAutomatic frothing via carafe-less milk nozzle + tube to external milk pitcher
Brew sizesEspresso (0.68-2.7 oz) to long black (3.89-8.45 oz)
Pre-infusionYes
DisplayLED indictors + 8 buttons
Specialty beverage buttons3 programmed, one-touch recipes (espresso, double espresso, long black)
Adjustable exit valves3.5"-5.5"
Dose size selectorVia grind size and drink volume selections
Temperature control4 brew temp levels
Strength control5 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, 1-3 hours
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years + 1 additional year upon machine registration
Case materialPlastic
Dimensions9.3"W x 16.9"D x 13.7"H
Weight20 lbs
Power1250W
Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47
Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
91
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
Saeco's mid-range super-automatic espresso machine, the PicoBaristo brews a 9 preprogrammed, one-touch coffee drinks (from ristretto to double espresso and milk-based beverages) with a great combo of price and build quality.

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47 Pros

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47 Cons

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderCeramic burr grinder with 10 grind size settings
Bean hopper8.8 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir60 oz
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherIntegrated carafe ("milk island") for automatic frothing and one-touch beverages
Brew sizesVariable brew sizes from 0.67-7.77 oz on all espresso beverages (min 1.35 oz for double espresso) + 1.7-10 oz for hot water
Pre-infusionYes
DisplayBacklit LCD display + brew buttons
Specialty beverage buttons9 programmed, one-touch recipes (espresso, lungo, ristretto, caffe crema, double espresso, cappuccino, baby cappuccino, flat white, latte macchiato) + milk froth and hot water
Adjustable exit valves3.0"-6.5"
Dose size selectorNone
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control5 brew strength levels
Auto-offYes
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty1 year
Case materialPlastic, stainless steel
Dimensions8.5"W x 16.8"D x 13.0"H
Weight15.9 lbs
Power1400W

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47 Pros

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47 Cons

Saeco PicoBaristo HD8927/47 Features & Specifications

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderCeramic burr grinder with 10 grind size settings
Bean hopper8.8 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir60 oz
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherIntegrated carafe ("milk island") for automatic frothing and one-touch beverages
Brew sizesVariable brew sizes from 0.67-7.77 oz on all espresso beverages (min 1.35 oz for double espresso) + 1.7-10 oz for hot water
Pre-infusionYes
DisplayBacklit LCD display + brew buttons
Specialty beverage buttons9 programmed, one-touch recipes (espresso, lungo, ristretto, caffe crema, double espresso, cappuccino, baby cappuccino, flat white, latte macchiato) + milk froth and hot water
Adjustable exit valves3.0"-6.5"
Dose size selectorNone
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control5 brew strength levels
Auto-offYes
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty1 year
Case materialPlastic, stainless steel
Dimensions8.5"W x 16.8"D x 13.0"H
Weight15.9 lbs
Power1400W
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
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, it's 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frothed Milk vs Steamed Milk: What's the Difference?

Most amateur home baristas use the terms frothed milk and steamed milk interchangeably, but they're actually different products made by different processes with different profiles and uses.

Frothed Milk

  • What it's like: Airier and less dense than steamed milk due to the incorporation of air bubbles. Also called foamed milk, the ideal final product is called microfoam, which is achieved when the air bubbles are so small that they're nearly imperceptible. Badly frothed milk looks like a bubble bath.
  • How it's made: The frothing wand simultaneously heats the milk and injects it with air, which incorporates tiny air bubbles to create a milk foam. If using a manual frothing wand, the barista places the tip of the wand at the surface of the milk to work air into the milk. If using an automatic frothing wand, such as a Pannarello frother, the wand sucks air in through the top of the Pannarello attachment and works it down into the milk pitcher.
  • When it's used: Recipes such as cappuccinos, which are 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 frothed milk.

Steamed Milk

  • What it's like: Much denser, creamier, and silkier than frothed milk. Although the major distinction between frothed milk and steamed milk is the amount of air incorporated into the milk, quality steamed milk still has some air incorporated (albeit a tiny amount), which makes for a more pleasing texture with a hint of sweetness.
  • How it's made: The frothing wand only heats the milk, though a small amount of air may be incorporated as well. If using a manual frothing wand, the barista places the top of the wand just below the surface to heat the milk without incorporating additional air. Heat causes tightly-wrapped milk proteins (casein and whey) to unwind and wrap around microscopic air bubbles in the milk, creating silky microfoam. It's important to steam milk to 140-160°F. Below 140°F is too cold for the milk proteins to unwind enough. Above 160°F causes the milk proteins to break down (called denaturing), which introduces additional air into the milk for final product that's too light.
  • When it's used: Most recipes call for steamed milk in some proportion with lattes the most popular at 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk.

Now that you know the difference between frothed milk and steamed milk, which do super-automatic espresso machines make?

Well, it depends on which type of milk system a machine uses.

3 Types of Super-Automatic Milk Systems

Most super-automatic espresso machines have one of three different milk systems:

  1. Pannarello frothing wand
  2. Integrated milk carafe
  3. Carafe-less milk nozzle

There are pros and cons to each.

1. Pannarello frothing wand

  • Example machine: DeLonghi Magnifica
  • What it makes: Mostly frothed milk by incorporating air into a stationary pitcher, though you can manually move the pitcher if you'd like
  • How it works: Insert the wand's tip into a pitcher of cold milk. The machine froths the milk automatically depending on which recipe you selected. You combine the milk froth with your coffee.
  • Note: Generally found on entry-level machines
  • Pros: Easy to clean; more control over your milk foam if you wanted to remove the Pannarello tip and move the wand manually (although that makes it less than "fully-automatic")
  • Cons: Can't achieve microfoam, which means the resulting milk foam is airier and less silky or creamy than it should be; better suited to cappuccinos than lattes

2. Integrated milk carafe

  • Example machine: Saeco Incanto
  • What it makes: Both frothed and steamed milk with the quality of either dependent upon the brand/model used
  • How it works: Remove the carafe from the machine, fill the carafe with cold milk, and reattach the carafe. The machine froths the milk and combines the milk foam with your coffee automatically, according to the recipe you selected.
  • Note: Saeco and Gaggia call this feature "Milk Island"
  • Pros: Don't need to combine milk foam and coffee like with a Pannarello wand
  • Cons: Most labor-intensive to clean; no compatible milk cooling accessories like the Jura Cool Control (see milk system #3 pros below)

3. Carafe-less milk nozzle

  • Example machine: Jura E8
  • What it makes: Both frothed and steamed milk with the quality of either dependent upon the brand/model used.
  • How it works: Attach a tube from the milk frothing nozzle and insert it into a container of cold milk. The machine draws the milk from the container into the nozzle, where it's frothed and combined with your coffee automatically, according to the recipe you selected.
  • Note: The milk frothing nozzle doubles as a coffee exit nozzle, so you'll place your cup under the milk frothing nozzle to create your compete drink. On many models, this dual coffee/milk frothing nozzle is in addition to a dedicated, coffee-only spot for milk-less drinks.
  • Pros: Don't need to combine milk foam and coffee like with a Pannarello wand; usually requires less dedicated real estate on the machine, which means a smaller overall footprint; compatible with milk coolers (like the Jura Cool Control) to keep the milk cool all day, which means no need to empty, clean, and refill your milk pitcher after each use; great for offices
  • Cons: Cleaning the narrow tube is a small annoyance; milk coolers are an additional expense

Best Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

The Coffee Maven's Top Pick

Jura Z8

Jura Z8

It doesn't get more premium and luxurious than the Jura Z8. With 21 pre-programmed recipes, an eye-catching 4.3" color touch display, dual Thermoblock boilers, and plenty more, it's the no-brainer pick — if you can afford it.

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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!