One of the best espresso machines you can routinely find for under $100, the DeLonghi EC155 is a great starter model.
But let me restate what I said in the intro:
Espresso machines truly are a product where you get what you pay for, and there’s no chance this $100 model will seriously challenge machines pushing (or exceeding) $1,000.
It just isn’t going to happen.
But that doesn’t mean the DeLonghi EC155 doesn’t deserve mention.
First, it pulls a great shot for its price point. Sometimes the shot varies in quality, ranging — almost a random — from slightly watery to slightly over-extracted, and it’s near impossible to control for that.
Second, it’s very small but still has enough heft to sit firmly on your countertop when you’re twisting in the portafilter.
Third, it costs less than $100.