An espresso machine is a basic machine that lets you make all your favorite espresso drinks in the comfort of your own home. Designed for residential use, these machines are easy enough for beginners to use. You usually add hot water to the tank or reservoir, add your ground beans or powdered coffee to the machine and let the water steam. Some machines come with other features that let you steam milk and make specialty drinks.
1. DeLonghi ECAM28465M Prima Donna Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
This DeLonghi model is easily the best espresso maker we came across. It comes with a housing made from stainless steel and a digital display on the front surrounded by simple buttons. Those buttons let you pick the number of cups you want to make, the strength of those cups and even the type of drink. Switching from an espresso to a latte, cappuccino or another drink is as easy as pressing a new button, and you can then use the arrow buttons to increase or decrease the strength of the drink. The tank in the back can hold up to two liters, but it also has a separate tank for storing milk. You can froth, steam or just gently heat up that milk with one touch of a button. This machine will even instantly add the milk to your cup to make a specialty drink in just a few seconds.
2. CM6310 Countertop Coffee System
The sleek look of this model is what made it our number two choice. It’s the type of espresso machine that you might expect to see in a hip coffee shop, but it’s so easy to use that you’ll wonder why you wasted time on regular coffee machines in the past. It actually lets you create your own profile and save that profile under your own name. When you press the right button, it uses your settings to automatically make you the perfect cup. You can also add up to three other user profiles too. An included cup warmer slowly heats up your cup to keep your coffee warmer for longer, and it also cups with a light that helps you keep an eye on your cup in lower light settings. Users will also appreciate its bright LCD display that shows them what the machine does as it brews.
3. Jura E8 Automatic Coffee Machine
Jura makes some of the best espresso machines in the world. The E8 is no exception. This machine comes with a patented Pulse Extraction Process that determines the exact amount of time needed to press and pulse your beans to provide you with the richest aroma and the most delicious flavor possible. It also comes with an Intelligent Water System that alerts you when you need to replace the filter inside. That filter does a phenomenal job of removing any impurities from your water that might change the flavor of your coffee and lets you use water right from the tap instead of distilled water. You can use a number of different drink settings to make a flat white coffee, espresso, cappuccino or even macchiato. Though it has two coffee spouts on the front, you can brew a single cup at a time. The included milk reservoir and steaming wand make it easy to experiment with different drink types.
4. DeLonghi Magnifica S Black Smart Automatic Cappuccino Machine
When you pull out this espresso maker, your dinner guests might feel like they’re in Italy. It comes with a set of six shot glasses that let you make traditional Italian espresso for everyone in your home. Thanks to the adjustable cup panel though, you can also make a larger cup of espresso in the morning to start your day off on the right foot. One of the more unique aspects of its design is that it has both push buttons and a rotary knob. You can turn the knob to jump between settings or press the buttons. Like some of the other espresso machines from DeLonghi, this one also comes with a separate tank for holding your milk with an attached nozzle. When you make a cappuccino or a macchiato, it will automatically heat and steam the milk before adding it to your cup.
5. Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine
If you love espresso but are on a budget, this Breville model will help you enjoy delicious coffee at home. Its water tank holds more than two liters of water, and while you can fill the tank while it’s inside the machine, you can also remove it for fast and easy cleaning. A purge function adjusts the temperature of the water you place inside to extract more flavor from your beans and to ensure that your drink has the flavor you want. The selector dial on the front lets you easily choose between brewing espresso or producing steam for your cappuccino. You can also use one of the two buttons on the front to get hot water out of the machine for making hot chocolate or tea. We also like that this machine has a separate area on the side that can accommodate a small pitcher for steaming milk.
Best Espresso Machine
After looking at hundreds of different espresso machines, we just kept coming back to the DeLonghi ECAM28465M Prima Donna Fully Automatic Espresso Machine. We love that its automated design turns all coffee lovers into professional coffee makers and that it’s easy enough for those with limited knowledge to use. It comes with a reservoir that will both hold and steam your milk while frothing it, and with one button, the machine with instantly add that frothed milk to your espresso to make it a cappuccino. It also comes with an impressive two liter-tank for making all the drinks your crowd wants and needs.