#1 Mr. Coffee Café Barista
The first thing you should know about the Mr. Coffee Café Barista is it’s far from the perfect machine. Its temperature can be inconsistent, it can get a bit messy and the quality of its espresso varies from shot to shot.
That said, it’s great for people who love coffee but don’t want to bust the bank for a machine that costs hundreds of dollars more.
What makes this espresso machine stand out above other similarly priced models is it’s relatively simple to use. It has a three convenient preprogrammed drink buttons on the front: one for espresso, one for cappuccino and one for latte. Once the portafilter is in place, just set your cup underneath and the machine does the rest for you.
The Café Barista’s milk frother is unique in that it’s part of the machine itself, rather than the standard jug and wand setup. The milk compartment fits neatly next to the portafilter and froths at the push of a button. When it’s done, you simply slide the nozzle over and froth pours right into your cup. It’s very convenient – even if the quality of the froth leaves a little to be desired.
#2 Breville BES870XL Barista Express
Breville BES870XL Barista Express is your best option if you want great café-quality espresso in the comfort of home. This machine is power-packed with important commercial-grade features giving you the convenience of in-home use without compromising your brew’s quality.
The BES870XL model is the latest upgraded version of the Breville BES860XL Barista Express. It is available in the following colors: stainless steel, cranberry red, and black sesame.
It has a sleek design with easy-to-understand front panel controls.
It’s a semi-automatic machine and the only manual tasks that you need to learn to operate it are to load up the coffee beans and replace the water reservoir.
#3 Nespresso CitiZ & Milk
Of the two pod espresso machines we reviewed, the Nespresso CitiZ&milk is the best by a mile. And it’s not only the best pod machine we tested, but it’s also the easiest and fastest way to get your morning cup. In our tests, we found that it takes less than a minute from when you turn on the machine to when you have your espresso, latte or cappuccino.
This is thanks to the machine’s great design – all you have to do is place a pod (or capsule) in the top of the machine, close the lid and press one button, and you’ll have a flavorful espresso shot in short order.
The coffee the CitiZ&milk made was among our testing team’s favorites. And the crema was as good as or better than that made by the ground-based espresso makers we tested.
This machine also comes with the best automatic milk frother we saw. It’s a handsome thermos-style jug that fits on a base connected to the machine itself. Simply fill the jug with milk, place it on the base and hit the start button. The CitiZ&milk’s specially designed spring swirls the milk around to frothy perfection. It’s truly the best froth produced by any espresso machine we tested.
#4 Delonghi EC680M DEDICA
DeLonghi are a household name in the coffee industry producing award-winning products at a half-decent pricepoint.
This ultra-slimline machine is finished in a sleek stainless steel. You can enjoy prime espresso without a hulking unit dominating your kitchen. It’s ideal for anyone with a smaller kitchen.
Whether you want single or double shots of espresso or perhaps a frothy cappuccino, the DeLonghi has you covered.
Heating up in less than a minute and including a nifty cup warmer, making espresso couldn’t be easier. The 15-bar pressure will give you coffee-shop quality drinks without needing to leave the comfort of home.
This machine is a breeze to use and very dependable so it makes a fantastic investment if you want to avoid hitting Starbucks every day but you are not prepared to give up quality coffee. Check it out today!
#5 Mr. Coffee ECMP1000
One of the top sellers in super-automatic espresso machines (under $200), the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is easy to use and even easier to clean. It’s the kind of product that will simplify a chaotic kitchen or busy break room.
irst up is its built-in milk frother.
Not every espresso machine has an automatic milk frother that will deliver smooth, creamy drinks like a high-end coffeehouse, but the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista does.
It also comes with single- and double-shot options for cappuccinos and lattes of all sizes.
Next is the one-touch control panel. There’s no use having customization options on your espresso machine if you can’t understand its settings without a technical manual, but the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista makes it simple.
The buttons even come with pictures so that there’s no confusion over what you’re doing!
If that isn’t enough convenience for you, you’ll also receive a tamper, measuring scoop and single- and double-shot filters with your order. The company will even throw in free coffee recipes at no extra charge. With the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista, everything that you need to get started will be right there in the box.
#6 De’Longhi 15 Bar Pump
Another De’Longhi creation is the 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. It is a bestseller in the field of semi-automatic espresso machines.
What sets De’Longhi’s model EC155 apart is its 15 bar pressure pump. This means optimal brewing pressure is used to make your espresso.
It comes with a small built-in tamper and a frothing wand.
This model is suitable for those who want to experiment on getting an espresso machine, but are not serious or knowledgeable enough to get a more expensive automatic machine.
Most user reviews online report that they’ve had their De’Longhi espresso makers for 5 years or more.
#7 Cuisinart EM-100
While it’s definitely not *the* cheapest espresso machine on this list, it does remain quite affordable for almost anyone. At the same time, it packs in many of the features espresso lovers look for in a quality machine. Its 15 bars of pressure ensures the perfect coffee drink every time and it includes a steam nozzle, frothing cup, tamping tool and a drip tray so there is no fuss and no mess. A great affordable option for espresso lovers and really the perfect option for anyone looking to expand their coffee drinking at home without breaking the bank in the process.
#8 Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia Brera Black Super Automatic Espresso Machine with Frother. Ramping things up on the price front, the Brera is towards the upper end of the legendary Gaggia’s starter range. This means you can get the brand heritage without needing a PhD to operate the machine.
With a sleek stainless steel finish, this compact unit is a pleasure to use. Fill the water tank and bean hopper, hit a button and let the machine do its work.
Hand frothing of the milk might seem inconvenient but it affords you more control over your drink. All other aspects of your coffee making are fully automatic.
Cleaning and maintenance is a cakewalk. You also need to make sure you descale it from time to time.
If you have a generous budget and you want a high-end espresso machine with the capacity to make other types of coffee when required, road test the Gaggia Brera. It delivers in fine style.
#9 Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
The most notable feature of the Rancilio Silvia is its volume capacity. Holding 12oz in its boiler and 62oz in its water reservoir, it’s one of the largest espresso machines in its price range, and it can produce cup after cup without slowing down or straining its resources.
It’s well-suited for both personal and professional settings where you need more than one mug in the morning.
The Rancilio Silvia is also popular for its steaming capabilities. A steaming knob helps you adjust the pressure in incremental degrees, and an articulating steam wand gives you a full range of motion. You’ll get the froth exactly right when you have these kinds of tools at your disposal.
You might also be attracted to the Rancilio Silvia for its size and strength. With iron frames, stainless steel side panels and a chrome-plated boiler, this espresso maker could survive the apocalypse. It won’t break down like some of the flimsier models on the market. It’s a steady, durable machine that will last as long as you take care of it.
#10 Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
The Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine(model 14101) is a semi-automatic espresso and coffeemaker combination machine. It is notable for its durability and is among the top bestsellers in its category. Gaggia is known for being one of the first coffee-maker manufacturing companies in the country. This is the main reason why you can still find many coffee lovers using the company’s older models after ten or so years.
Even if there are some complaints over cosmetic changes in recent models, old time users of the machine agree that the machines still produce the same great-tasting coffee.
The Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine weighs a hefty 20 pounds and is notably heavier than its counterparts from other brands. The machine’s weight is due to its brushed stainless steel finish and built. It also boasts all the typical features needed for a great espresso machine.