But do you know what espresso really is?
Maybe you do. If so, skip this section and check out our top 5 Krups espresso machines below
If you don’t, consider this your crash course.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Espresso?
- 2 Steam vs Pump Espresso Machines
- 3 Krups Espresso Machine XP1000 Review
- 4 The Coffee Maven Rating: 9.1 of 10
- 5 Top 5 Krups Espresso Machines
What is Espresso?
Pop quiz: What defines espresso? Choose one or more of the following:
- Type of bean
- Grind size
If you answered anything other than “Process” you’re not alone! In truth, any type of coffee, roast or grind can be used to make espresso. Some make better espresso than others, but what makes espresso espresso is the process of extracting.
For true espresso, the following conditions should be met:
- 200ºF water temperature
- 9 bars of pressure during extraction
- 25-30 seconds of extraction time
Adhering to those benchmarks will give you true espresso. Coming close will give you something close to espresso.
With that in mind, let’s quickly look at the two main types of espresso machines: steam and pump.
Steam vs Pump Espresso Machines
Our #1 Krups espresso machine, the XP1000, is a steam machine. Number 2-5 are pump espresso machines.
What’s the difference?
Steam espresso machines are essentially electric versions of stovetop espresso machines, such as Bialetti Moka Pot. Because they don’t have pumps, pressure is generated by creating steam in a confined space.
Unfortunately, this pressure is below the aforementioned 9 bars for a true cup of espresso. The XP1000 below is able to generate 4 bars of pressure.
Pump espresso machines are able to meet all of the criteria above and produce a true espresso with a rich crema.
So, how could we rank a steam espresso machine #1?
Price and performance.
The XP1000 is an inexpensive entry-level espresso machine and will produce a very espresso-like beverage. While it isn’t true espresso, and I’ll detail some shortcomings in the Quality of Espresso section below, it gets you almost all the way there for a fraction of the price.
If you truly want the best Krups espresso machine, try our #2 ranked machine.
Krups Espresso Machine XP1000 Review
- Easy to operate and very compact 4-bar steam espresso machine
- 3 way switch knob and convenient steam nozzle to froth milk easily
- Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
- Safety valve in cap
- 4-cup glass carafe; measuring spoon included; 750 watts; 2-year worlwide warranty
The Coffee Maven Conclusion
While not the tip-top best Krups espresso machine, the XP1000 Steam Espresso Machine is the best combination of performance and price.
Brewing a consistent espresso beverage requires precision, as you have to control the amount of water you add for each brew and adjust for whether you want to steam milk, but in the end that really gives you total control over the end result.
The Verdict: Get a rich espresso-like beverage, albeit without a good crema, for almost half the price of an entry-level pump espresso machine.
The Coffee Maven Rating: 9.1 of 10
- Design & Performance: 9.3
- Appearance: 9.1
- Durability: 9.1
- Quality of Coffee: 8.3
- Ease of Cleaning: 9.2
Krups Espresso Machine XP1000: Product Images
- 8 oz glass carafe
- 14 oz water reservoir capacity
- 4 bar pressure
- 3 way selector knob for espresso, steam, off
- On/off indicator light
- Removable drip tray for 9″ clearance
- Comes with measuring spoon
- 2 year warranty
Design & Performance: 9.3
The Krups XP1000 Espresso Machine is designed for simple, compact brewing. It heats up quickly, is incredibly quiet, has a capable built-in frother and won’t set you back half-a-grand.
OK so I suppose simple is a relative term. Without a doubt, the Krups XP1000 is more complex than a Nespresso machine that runs on capsules. You’ll need to measure out your coffee beans, grind and tamp them properly and add the right amount of water.
Related: Read The Coffee Maven’s Nespresso Pixie review.
Oddly, though, the Krups XP1000 doesn’t come with a tamper. Krups says you can use the back of the included scoop to tamp your grounds, but it doesn’t work too well if you only have enough for one serving.
For all but the most seasoned home baristas, it’ll take some time to master this machine. The good news? There aren’t a ton of hard-to-use features. Really the only inputs are the volume of water, the type of grind, the volume of grounds and the degree of tamping.
And because this Krups espresso machine brews the volume of water you add to the tank and not some pre-set amount, you really do get total control over your beverage.
The trade-off is that you need to be precise to get the same brew over and over. This isn’t a pod coffee maker, like a Keurig or Nespresso machine. Make sure your grind size, volume of water and grounds and degree of tamping are consistent each time to ensure similar results.
It’ll also take time to complete your extraction process. While the machine heats up quickly, that’s only one part of the process:
- Add water and allow machine to heat
- Extract your espresso
- Froth your milk
- Relieving built-up pressure
All told from start to finish, you can expect to take 12+ minutes for a full 8 oz espresso.
Note: The instructions say to froth the milk before making your espresso, but that will leave your steamed milk sitting/cooling for longer than I’d recommend.
The 14 oz water reservoir feeds both the espresso maker and steaming wand, which means you’ll need to add 1-2 oz of water for steam in addition to the volume for your brew. For example, for a 6 oz espresso you should add about 8 oz of water.
Note that for best frothing performance, you should only use 1% or 2% milk.
Compact and attractive, I love the look of the Krups XP1000 espresso machine. Its matte design is easy on the eyes and easier to keep clean, and the rounded, well-built look gives it the appearance of a reliable espresso machine — which it is.
The plastic exterior is fairly scratch resistant and durable enough to take a beating, and I had no issues with it over several weeks of use.
In my supplemental research about the worst complaint I came across was the on/off indicator light going out after 18 months.
Should something happen Krups offers a 2 year warranty on the XP1000, which is pretty good for a kitchen appliance these days.
Quality of Espresso: 8.8
As mentioned in the intro, the Krups XP1000 is a steam espresso machine. That likens it to a stovetop espresso pot, such as a Bialetti, meaning you won’t get true espresso because it can’t get to 9 bars of pressure.
However, the XP1000 gives you a rich, great tasting espresso-like beverage that rivals many of the four-figure machines on the market, but it struggles to get a good crema. Of course, if you’re brewing a cappuccino or latte, the lack of crema isn’t a big deal at all.
Tip: You can try to get a better crema by using a finer grind. It still won’t be great, but you may be able to achieve better results.
Experiment with different grinds, water/ground volumes and degrees of tamping to figure out which combination produces the best beverage for your tastes.
Ease of Cleaning: 9.2
Prior to first use you’ll want to run 1 or 2 full water-only cycles to flush the internal components. Sometimes you get that plastic or rubbery smell for a couple early extractions, but that’ll dissipate quickly.
The steam wand creates a ton of condensation, which collects on the machine. If anything, this gives you a good reason to wipe the unit down regularly. The wand can also get clogged fairly easily, but the cleaning process is pretty straightforward:
- Remove the plastic casing on the wand tip
- Unscrew the nozzle tip
- Remove any milk particles, possibly using a sewing needle or other similarly shaped object
- Put everything back together
It’s also advisable you never run a cleaning agent through a Krups espresso machine. Instead, you can and should descale with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Fill the water reservoir with 8-10 oz and run through with a full cycle. Then run 2 or 3 water-only cycles to rinse. Keep rinsing if the taste of vinegar is still present.
Water reservoir lid can be tough to remove
I love the look of the dome-shaped cap to the water reservoir but man, is that thing hard to remove. During the brew process the combination of high heat and pressure and the water being suctioned out of the water reservoir really seals the cap on good. The rounded shape makes it difficult to get a good grip.
Knob can be troublesome
I have two small complaints about the settings knob:
- It can be difficult to grasp and turn
- Turning it from Espresso to Froth requires passing over the Off position, which the instructions say not to stop on while the machine is hot and under pressure
- Dimensions: 9.8″W x 14.1″D x 12.0″H
- Weight: 4.4 lbs
- 750 watts
- User manual
Top 5 Krups Espresso Machines
With The Coffee Maven’s top-ranked espresso machine detailed above, allow me to unveil the rest of our top 5.
2. Krups EA9010 Super Automatic Espresso Machine
This model is the best Krups has to offer, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. As a super automatic espresso machine, the Krups EA9010 is for those that crave the utmost convenience. These espresso machines do it all:
- Measure, grind and tamp your coffee beans
- Use the optimal amount of water
- Extract the espresso shot
- Froth your milk
- Self-clean when the process is done
- Additionally, they have programmable settings for complete customization
Just about all you have to do is make sure the machine is filled with coffee beans, select the brew you want and pour your milk into the frother.
The EA9010 comes with a 56 oz water reservoir and a Claris water filtration system, and it’s made in France with a 2 year warranty.
Who is this machine for? Anyone looking for a do-it-all super automatic espresso machine.
Click here to read the user manual.
- Up to 17 recipes at the touch of a button with the exclusive Automatic steam nozzle cleaning and the 2-step frothing technology
- 15 bar high pressure pump and Metal conical burr grinder with exclusive automatic grinder setting
- One-touch digital screen allows for complete customization of drinks from programming of favorites and profiles to customizing drink strength
- Automatic parameter settings according to the selected recipe (quantity of coffee, grinding fineness, water temperature.).Made in France
- 100% frontal operation for direct access to key functions and compact design
3. Krups XP5220 Pump Espresso Machine
Though the Krups XP5220 isn’t super automatic, it is compatible with E.S.E and soft pods and can be had for much less than the XP9010. As a pump espresso machine, it also extracts a true espresso with a rich crema.
The Precise Tamp system adds a degree of convenience and works as advertised — no hand tamping necessary.
Of note, this machine does not come with a built-in grinder and does not have a large water reservoir. Instead, it has a cube-shaped “bucket” with a handle that you lift out, fill with water and lower back into place. It doesn’t have a large capacity.
Who is this machine for? Anyone who wants true espresso for an affordable price and doesn’t mind the lack of an included grinder.
Click here to read the user manual.
- Pump espresso machine with 15 bar pump, 1400-watt thermoblock heating system, removable filter tank
- Universal filter holder accommodates ground coffee, E.S.E. pods, and soft pods
- Precise foolproof tamp system can be set for 1 or 2 cups at a time
- Selector knob for brewing or frothing, mess-free cake-ejection system
- Measures 12-3/5 by 10 by 14-2/5 inches, 2-year worldwide limited warranty
4. Krups XP4600 Pump Espresso Machine
The Krups XP4600 shares many of the same features as the XP5220 above, but it’s part of Krups’ Silver Art Collection series and boasts 100% stainless steel components.
The XP4600’s 1450 watt thermoblock heating element is 50 watts higher than that of the XP5220, but both get the job done equally well, making the XP5220 a touch more efficient.
Overall the XP5220 and XP4600 are nearly the same, so I’d go with whichever is less expensive.
Who is this machine for? Anyone looking for the classic stainless steel look or, like the XP5220 above, anyone who wants a true espresso for an affordable price but doesn’t mind the lack of an included grinder.
Click here to read the user manual.
- Pump espresso machine with exclusive design of stainless steel, chrome and wood optics
- Patented KRUPS Precise Tamp System for uniform tamping and even flavor extraction; programmable auto flow-stop system
- Thermoblock system with 15-bar pump for faster preheating and reduced limescale build up
- Multi directional frothing nozzle creates delicious cappuccinos and lattes
- Universal filter holder accommodates ground coffee, E.S.E. pods, and soft pods; mess-free cake-ejection system; measuring spoon included; 1450 watts; 2-year worldwide warranty
5. Krups EA8250 Super Automatic Espresso Machine
The Krups EA8250 is a super automatic espresso machine at a regular pump machine’s price. That means you’ll be cramming a ton of functionality into a less expensive build, and that just doesn’t sit right with me. I’ve owned enough kitchen appliances — and coffee machines in particular — to know this hard-and-fast rule:
You get what you pay for.
- Brews standard coffee as well
- Cleaning mode for internal components
- Large 60 oz water reservoir
I’ve used this machine and enjoyed the espresso it makes, but I didn’t put it through years of regular use. My supplemental research with those who have noted a grinder that quits after about 2-3 years.
If I’m buying super automatic, I’m going for a four-figure, top-of-the-line machine. In this price range give me a high-quality, metallic pump espresso machine and I’ll do the grinding on my own. That said, this is a popular Krups espresso machine and there are people for which it’s the right machine.
Who is this machine for? Anyone who wants affordable super automatic performance, probably those who have never owned a super automatic espresso machine before and want to test run the Cadillac of coffee convenience.
Click here to read the user manual.
- Fully automatic 1450-watt espresso/coffee machine in a convenient compact size.Water tank capacity 1.8 L
- Built-in metal conical burr grinder captures full flavor; adjustable grind setting; large sealed bean hopper
- User-friendly control panel with intuitive LCD screen and knob for simple operation.Max distance coffee nozzle - drip tray 10.5 cm. Check the temperature setting of the selected coffee and change it if necessary and heat the cups by rinsing them in hot water to avoid creating thermal shock with cold cups. The coffee quality obtained will be even better
- Thermoblock heating technology, 15-bar high-pressure pump, and hydraulic automated tamping system for professional results
- Steam nozzle; 60-ounce removable water tank; removable drip tray and cake container for easy cleaning; made in France; 2-year warranty