A good espresso can change a day. Today’s consumers have access to more and more information and are becoming very demanding when it comes to coffee. Do you want to? It’s only natural. But once you know how to choose a good quality coffee, you need the right tools.
Italian coffee makers have only one role: to sublimate the coffee’s aromas. The objective is therefore above all quality. Although it is possible to make an honest drink by yourself or with less sophisticated equipment, the taste is far beyond what can be achieved by using the best espresso machines.
These machines are designed for two categories of people: coffee lovers who want to be able to discover different flavors in the best conditions, and all those who want to improve their daily life by enjoying, in the small moments of slower pace, a really refreshing espresso.
Moreover, the time saved daily thanks to a coffee maker is significant, especially if you are a very regular consumer. And when you receive guests, it is more pleasant to be able to offer them different coffee references and to be able to really let them enjoy the aromas.
Italian coffee makers are the best way to really enjoy coffee. The brands have understood that consumers need this quality and convenience in their everyday life, and therefore offer a very large number of products with their qualities and defects.
To help you make the right choice, we analyzed and compared 44 machines over a period of almost 58 hours, taking into account the opinions of 794 consumers.
If you would like to choose our preferred model, we recommend the Breville Café Roma.
Breville Café Roma ESP8XL
Breville’s product is very complete, and is distinguished by a very good price-performance ratio and simple use. It is generally possible to store for it for approximately $175-200$ on commercial platforms. It is a model to be recommended to all those who want a machine that is both efficient and easy to access.
What we think of Breville Café Roma ESP8XL
First of all, the product has a certain presence that comes from its particularly successful stainless steel design. This makes it a very elegant object in your kitchen, while ensuring excellent solidity. The sobriety of the whole may displease some consumers, but gives it a lot of class.
The machine measures 23.5 * 22.9 * 29.8 cm for a weight of 5.9 kg. In other words, it fits very easily on your kitchen countertop, and is light enough that you can easily change its place if you feel like it. In addition, the pomace container is removable, as well as other parts for cleaning.
The power delivered by the appliance is 1000 watts. This is more than enough if you use it for your personal consumption and not for the organization of events. Thanks to a pressure of 15 bars, the aromas of the ground coffee are well released during the percolation process.
The capacity of the water tank of the coffee maker is in accordance with the power delivered, at 1.2 L: this is too light to use this device in large receptions, but it is more than enough for your home.
You have a switch that you can set to espresso mode or milk emulsifier mode.
A 16-ounce stainless steel milk jug is included. You also have two filters: one to make a single espresso, and one to make a double espresso.
In the box you will also find a measuring spoon that also serves as a coffee press.
For those who wish to use coffee beans, be careful because the coffee grinder is not included. One of the rare defects to be noted when making your coffee is that the appliance is rather noisy.
This coffee maker is not the most complete in terms of options, but it produces excellent coffee, is solid and will suit the majority of consumers. That’s why we put it at the top of our list.
- Excellent value for money.
- Accessories included.
- Water tank: 1.2 L.
- 32.5 * 22.9 * 29.8 cm
- 5.9 kg
- Very good value for money
- Accessories included
- No coffee grinder
Are you a coffee lover who wants to enjoy a great espresso or cappuccino on a regular basis without the need for advanced features? Then the Breville Café Roma ESP8XL is an option that should suit you perfectly: affordable, high-performance, and no frills.
Breville Barista Express BES870XL
You can only tolerate exceptional coffee, and you know exactly how to do it, but you need the right machine? Then the Breville Barista Express BES870XL should be just right for you. It offers real control over the design of your coffee, and is typically sold for around $570 on the internet.
What people think of Breville Barista Express BES870 XL
It takes less than a minute for this machine to produce exceptional coffee. You select your coffee beans, place them in the dedicated tray, and thanks to the high-performance conical coffee grinder built into the machine, they are quickly transformed into an intense and subtle espresso.
Note that you can avoid waste, since you can choose precisely the quantity of beans you want to grind and the size. It is therefore a tool for true coffee connoisseurs, who will know how to use the machine to release the best of their products.
In order to obtain a coffee that perfectly matches your taste, there are numerous buttons that allow you, for example, to set the machine to directly produce a double espresso, or to directly serve two cups. A comfort that comes at a cost, but which is indispensable for true aficionados.
The coffeemaker is capable of emulsifying milk. The temperature of the water is managed by a digital system, which keeps it continuously at the best possible level. The pressure during extraction is 9 bars, optimal, which ensures you get a smooth and pleasant coffee that will concentrate the potential of the selected beans.
The power of the heating system is 1600 watts while the pressure displayed by the appliance is 15 bars. The water tank is 2L, and has a handle that makes it easy to grasp and refill it. The capacity is sufficient for a fairly large production of coffee.
With its 10.4 kg, and measuring 33.7 * 31.8 * 40 cm, this machine is not really intended to be changed frequently. It will please the amateurs, but its grey style and its many buttons can surprise in a kitchen.
Finally, it comes with a really useful cleaning kit. It’s simple, if you love coffee and are really invested in the search for an intense flavor, this is the most interesting product on our list. On the other hand, if you just want a good espresso once in a while, it’s a little too much of an expense.
- Allows you to exploit the full potential of coffee beans.
- Highly configurable.
- Integrated conical grinder
- Thermocoil heating system
- Micro-foaming texture of the milk
- Volumetric controls
- Water tank: 2 L.
- 33.7 * 31.8 * 40.
- 10.4 kg.
- Professional coffee quality
- Can be set up as desired
Do you have serious espresso requirements and want to be able to set up your machine the way you want to get the best possible coffee? Then if you’re willing to spend a large budget on it, the Breville Barista Express BES870XL is an excellent choice that will meet your expectations.
Without being an amateur, you appreciate a good espresso, and you would like to have an efficient coffee machine without being ready to devote a very large budget to it? The De’Longhi EC155 is a simple model, which produces good quality coffee, and is generally available for around $145.
What people think of De’Longhi EC155
In its price range, the De’Longhi EC155 stands out first and foremost for its remarkable longevity, as many consumers point out that they have been able to keep their device for many years before encountering a problem. All that is required is maintenance of the machine, which remains very simple.
Please note that the appliance does not include a coffee grinder, neither directly integrated nor attached. If you wish to use coffee beans, you will therefore have to grind them yourself separately. This is not extremely constraining in practice, and will only be of concern to a part of the purchasers.
Another detail to note before making your choice: the machine cannot accommodate a large cup, so you will have to stick to a small model. Depending on your consumption and taste, this can be unpleasant. As for the filter holder, it is “3 in 1”: espresso, double espresso, or capsule. This is often the case today.
The De’Longhi EC155 measures 20.3 * 25.4 * 27.9 cm and weighs 3.03 kg. It is therefore a rather small machine that takes up very little space. You can easily find a convenient location for it. Its design is rather sober and unpretentious, but it finally looks rather good with its matte grey and black.
The pressure is 15 bars, a standard in coffee machines that ensures the release of aromas during brewing. The water tank can hold 1L of liquid. This is convenient, especially given the price of the machine. You will simply have to agree to add water frequently to the coffee maker.
Finally, an emulsifier for milk is present. The machine is also capable of producing espressos, but also cappuccinos and lattes of good quality. Although in terms of efficiency and flavor it does not reach the higher end models, the performance delivered is more than honest for the average price.
- Very good value for money.
- Surprising durability for this price range.
- No coffee grinder.
- Water tank: 1 L.
- 20.3 * 25.4 * 27.9 cm.
- 3.03 kg.
- Easy to use and clean
- No integrated coffee grinder
- Too limited for real amateurs
De’Longhi’s EC155 was designed for those who drink coffee in a family context and still want to enjoy good quality beverages, but are not looking for perfection. Its price and durability make it a very attractive choice for modest budgets.
Breville Dual Boiler
Are you tired of bland espressos and would like to start your day with a really tasty, perfectly extracted coffee? In this case, the best solution for you is to buy a top-of-the-line espresso coffee maker, similar to the models used in shops. The Breville Dual Boiler could meet your requirements.
What we think of Breville Dual Boiler
The first thing you notice about this product is the quality of its design. The brushed stainless steel exterior, in addition to being elegant, ensures an excellent durability. Breville also offers a 2-year warranty.
The name Dual Boiler comes from the two boiler system. Also made of stainless steel, they ensure accurate water heating to within 1°C. Water and milk can be heated simultaneously. The Italian 15 Bar pump has a suppression valve: the maximum extraction pressure corresponds to the recommended value of 9 Bar.
This ensures that your espresso is always delicious, with rich and subtle aromas.
For best results, use freshly ground coffee. Preheating the cup is also recommended: simply pour hot water into the cup with the dedicated nozzle. The second nozzle can be used to inject steam into the milk, making it smooth and creamy for a delicious cappuccino.
In the box you will find a stainless steel milk jug with a capacity of 480 ml, or 16 oz. A dosing tool, a cleaning kit, a filter holder and other tools are also provided. Everything you need is included. You can store some of these accessories in a tray located directly under the machine.
The default settings provide very good results. However, if they do not suit you, you can adjust the temperature or extraction time, and many other parameters. You can easily control what you drink.
You can make 2 cups at the same time, and delayed start is possible.
- The most subtle coffee.
- Two-boiler system, extraction temperature always optimal.
- Possibility to heat the cup, to foam milk.
- Functions 1 cup or 2 cups, adjustable doses, timer, delayed start.
- Solid construction, boilers and main structure in stainless steel.
- Storage tray for tools provided.
- Includes: filter baskets, filter holder, milk jug, tamper, etc.
- 110-120V, 1700 watts, 15 Bar (suppression valve pump).
- Water tank: 2.5 l / 85 oz.
- Dimensions: 37.4*37.5*37.4 cm / 14.7*14.8*14.7 in.
- Weight : 6 kg / 30 lb.
- Warranty: limited, 2 years.
- Espresso the way you want it
- Excellent manufacturing quality
- Numerous tools provided
Fairly high average purchase price
The Breville Dual Boiler is an advanced machine that gives you absolute control to prepare an espresso, americano or cappuccino. Its two boilers, its customization possibilities, its sturdiness and its ease of use make it a zero concession choice. However, you will have to be prepared to invest a certain amount of money.
De’Longhi La Specialista
In your opinion, espresso is best enjoyed when it is prepared quickly and easily? Professional machines offer many advanced features, but sometimes lack ease of use. There is, however, one reference that has managed to combine high quality and intuitiveness: the De’Longhi La Specialista.
What people think of De’Longhi La Specialista
The best thing about this machine is that it starts fast. Very fast, even: it takes 1 second to light up, and it is immediately usable. If you are often in a hurry in the morning, it is particularly comfortable.
This coffee maker has the special feature of having an integrated grinder. You can therefore place beans in the hopper, and always enjoy a fresh grind, the thickness of which can be adjusted on 6 levels.
A filter holder is included. The tamping is done in one simple gesture: you only need to operate the dedicated lever. It’s hard to make it more intuitive.
The machine contains two heating units that can operate at the same time. One is responsible for bringing the water to the optimal temperature. The other will allow you to froth milk. The De’Longhi La Specialista is ideal for cappuccino and latte art aficionados, as you can choose between fine or thick foam.
In addition to the milk nozzle, there is another one for pouring hot water into your cup. This allows you, for example, to make tea for a guest who is not an espresso enthusiast. The water tank has a capacity of 2 l, or 68 oz.
A wheel allows you to choose between 3 types of coffee, including americano and espresso. A “my” button is provided if you want to change the length of the cups.
Solid, stainless steel, the coffee maker is guaranteed for 2 years, or 3 years after registration.
Some users might be disappointed by less extensive customization options than some competitors, but it is a logical counterpart to enjoy a fast and intuitive appliance.
De’Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
- The best way to prepare an espresso quickly and effortlessly.
- Ultra-fast start and simple tamping: just operate the lever.
- Bean hopper, integrated grinder, always fresh coffee and adjustable grind.
- Dedicated hot water and latte nozzles: 2 choices of froth, fine or thick.
- Two heating units to extract coffee and foam milk simultaneously.
- My” function to change the length of the cups.
- 120V, 1450 watts, 19 Bar pump.
- Water tank: 2 l / 68 oz.
- Weight: 13 kg / 28.7 lbs.
- Warranty: 2 years, 3 years with product registration.
- Particularly easy to handle
- Built-in grinder: coffee always fresh
Could have been more customizable
The De’Longhi La Specialista is a top-of-the-line espresso coffee maker that is the ideal accompaniment to your mornings, because it starts fast. Moreover, its use does not present any difficulty. If you love coffee but don’t want to get in your head, this is a good choice. However, you will be a little limited in terms of personalization.
Oster Prima Latte One Touch
You like to enjoy an espresso or cappuccino to relax, but don’t have the use of a highly customizable machine? If what you’re looking for is immediacy and comfort, the Oster Prima Latte One Touch, an accessible coffee maker, should be able to convince you.
What we think of Oster Prima Latte One Touch
The name of this machine contains two promises, which seem to us to be kept.
“One Touch” refers to the ease of use of the product. In fact, most of the time, all you have to do is just… press a button. Then your drink is prepared automatically or semi-automatically, so there’s almost no chance of error.
If you wish, a few manual settings are still possible.
“Prima Latte” means greater efficiency in the preparation of milk drinks, including cappuccinos. Here, too, the contract is fulfilled with a system that is as simple as it is ingenious. In addition to the conventional water tank, you have a milk tank connected to a nozzle, which allows you to froth the milk directly on your cup!
It is also possible to choose the thickness you prefer.
However, let’s note a small flaw in this system: for it to work over the long term, it is important to clean the machine well, fairly regularly, following the instructions in the manual.
This is an acceptable concession in view of the average price charged. All the more so as you benefit from a rather solid machine, which proves to be elegant. The dimensions remain reasonable, and you will be able to find a place for it even if you lack a little space.
Finally, this espresso coffee maker can be a real eye-catcher for creative people: it allows you to create original recipes, and a booklet with a few suggestions is included.
- The best milk management.
- Two tanks: one for water, one for milk, automatic frother.
- Very easy to use: you press the right button, the machine does the rest.
- Elegant and space-saving profile that fits even in small spaces.
- Recipe book included for making original creations.
- 1040 watts, pump 15 Bar.
- Dimensions: 22.5*28.5*32 cm / 8.9*11.2*12.6 in.
- Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.4 lb.
- Milk tank
- Semi-automatic operation
- Space-saving device
Regular cleaning required
With its one-touch controls and ability to automatically froth milk, the Oster Prima Latte One Touch is ideal for beginners. It’s perfect if you’re a moderate drinker and prefer creamy, gourmet beverages. In order to enjoy it for a long time, you should get into the habit of cleaning it well.
An espresso machine is often cumbersome. This is even more true if you already have multiple appliances at home. Nevertheless, one manufacturer wanted to offer a compact appliance that could make a really delicious coffee. This resulted in the Philips HD8651/14.
What people think of Philips HD8651/14
This coffeemaker is clearly intended for coffee lovers who are short on space.
It adopts an elegant and discreet profile, and its controlled dimensions will allow you to easily position it on a shelf or a shelf designed for this purpose.
Lightweight, it can be moved whenever you want.
Despite its compactness, you can prepare 2 cups at the same time, which is useful if you are entertaining. You can even offer your guest a cappuccino: a milk frothing nozzle has been provided. It is cleverly placed at the front of the machine, like the controls, which saves space.
You will enjoy a truly comfortable grip. You can easily choose between the three available drinks. A grinder is integrated to ensure that you always have a freshly ground drink. It is made of ceramic and allows the machine to accompany you over the long term. Philips estimates a service life of 20,000 cups.
The bean container has a capacity of 180 g or 6.35 oz. As for the water tank, its capacity is 1 l, or 33.8 oz.
This means that water and grains will have to be replaced frequently. In the same way, the pomace must be drained frequently. This was obviously necessary to reduce the size of the machine. The compromise seems acceptable to us, as it is compensated by a contained price compared to the competition.
Maintenance is not very demanding.
Indeed, an assistance for descaling is provided, the steps are clearly indicated. In addition, an internal rinse is carried out each time the machine is switched on or off. The brewing unit can be removed from the main unit and washed in a sink.
- The ideal compromise between taste and size.
- Controls and milk frother all at the front to save space.
- Ceramic grinder for a longer life (20,000 cups).
- Customizable grind thickness and coffee length.
- Easy maintenance with descaling assistance.
- 15 Bar pump.
- Water tank: 1 l / 33.8 oz. Bean hopper: 180 g / 6.35 oz.
- Dimensions: 29.5*32.5*42 cm / 11.6*12.8*16.5 in.
- Weight : 7 kg / 15.4 lb.
- Quasi-pro machine at a controlled price
- Light, more compact than average
- Assisted cleaning
Small capacity tank and hopper
The compactness of the Philips HD9651 implies some constraints, including the need to fill the water tank often. But you get used to it quickly, since the machine allows you to enjoy tasty espressos and cappuccinos that are easy to make even in a studio. What’s more, it’s less expensive than the competition.
Cuisinart EM-100C coffeemaker
The EM-100C is usually available for around $240 on e-commerce sites. With few functionalities for its price range, it stands out for its remarkable ease of use, and will please those who essentially want to save time and effort.
What people think of Cuisinart EM-100C
Let’s first note a few flaws in the machine, starting with the functionality/price ratio. As a rule, machines in the same price range, or even slightly cheaper, have slightly more functionality than the EM-100C. However, it has other qualities, such as efficiency.
However, let’s stay on the points that may make you hesitate: the machine integrates no mill. However, using the filter holder and the 3 filters included, you can prepare an espresso or a double espresso with ground coffee, and you can also use a capsule.
Now that we have raised this, it should be pointed out that although the machine is quite expensive, it is ingenious, efficient and well designed. It is a bisphenol A free product, made of stainless steel. It is perfectly solid. Its appearance, with its big red lights and metal style, is a little less classy than other machines.
However, it is an extremely practical machine. First of all, above the coffeemaker you have a space to keep your cups of coffee hot. This may seem anecdotal, but once you get used to it, it’s very hard to give it up. A stainless steel cup for emulsifying milk is provided.
It is remarkably simple to use. You have an on/off switch, a button for emulsifying, and a control knob that you simply turn to make your coffee. The pressure is 15 bars, which is the standard of most coffee machines, so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises.
The water tank, 1.6L, like the coffee grounds collector, are both removable. The notable advantage of the machine’s limited functionality is that you will have absolutely no difficulty in maintaining it.
At its normal price, the Cuisinart coffee maker may seem a little expensive. But it makes really good coffee: once you’re prepared to deal with its little flaws, it’s a product that will last a long time and delight the family. What’s more, it can make a lot of coffee in a row thanks to a fairly large reservoir.
- Great efficiency to produce excellent espresso.
- Water tank: 1.6 L.
- 25.4 * 32.3 * 37.4 cm.
- 7.3 kg.
- Quality coffee
- Ease of use
- Warming tray
High price for too few functions
If you are looking for a coffee maker that is very easy to use but still allows you to prepare excellent espressos, the EM-100C is a product to consider. However, we would still advise you to wait for promotions: the base price is a little high considering the lack of features.
Breville Infuser Espresso Coffee Maker BES840XL/A
The Breville BES840XL is most often available for around $450 in online stores. This is a compromise coffee maker, which offers you a very close to high-end experience in exchange for a few concessions that allow you to lower the purchase price a little bit.
What people think of Breville Infuser Espresso BES840XL/A
It is a rather massive device whose dimensions are 31.8 * 31.8 * 33.7 cm and the weight of 7.71 kg. It is therefore a rather heavy coffeemaker, which requires little travel. The target is quite clear: coffee lovers on a tight budget.
This model is very comparable to the Breville BES870XL, but with a few less options. The most striking difference is that the Infuser Espresso BES840XL does not have a built-in coffee grinder, so you will have to use ground coffee or grind your beans yourself. Considering the difference in price, this can be worth it.
Omorc therefore prefers its product to be used by large families and those who receive coffee on a regular basis. It is equipped with a very useful function for keeping food warm, as well as seven pre-set settings for meat, fish or cakes. It comes with a recipe book.
The equipment is rather simple to clean: all removable parts are dishwasher-safe. You can also simply use hot water and dishwashing liquid. If you cook every day for six to eight people, this can result in significant time savings over a week.
In order to be able to heat a large amount of food, the deep fryer has a higher power output than the standard of its competitors, 1800 watts. Despite this, it may seem very slightly slower to those who are used to fryers with lower capacity. But this is a compromise to be made because of the size of the tank.
Note that the machine’s LCD screen, which serves as the single user interface, is sometimes malfunctional: it has to be pressed down several times. This is not normal, and the brand has an efficient customer service, so do not hesitate to contact them.
If you regularly cook for more than four people, this is simply the best model in this list. However, if there are fewer of you most of the time, appliances that are a little cheaper or in the same price range may be faster and more comfortable.
- Really enhances the taste of coffee.
- Good compromise on the price for top-of-the-range coffee.
- Maintenance indicators
- Volumetric control
- Precise espresso extraction
- Micro-foaming texture of the milk
- Water tank: 2 L.
- 31.8 * 31. 8 * 33.7 cm.
- 7.71 kg.
- Very good high-end compromise
- Coffee quality
- Ease of adjustment
- Different colors
You don’t want to spend more than $500 in your coffee maker, you are ready to grind the beans yourself if you need to, but you still want to enjoy real espressos with an intense taste? Breville offers you this machine that is a kind of compromise to enter the world of high-end coffee.
Delonghi America Dedica Deluxe
Often, high-end devices are massive and bulky. With the EC685BK, Delonghi has taken the gamble of offering a coffee maker that is both powerful and compact. It is available on most e-commerce websites at an entry price of $300 and can reach a price close to $400 depending on the color chosen.
What we think of Delonghi America Dedica Deluxe EC685BK
Delonghi is a brand well known to coffee lovers who are aware of consumer demands. It therefore wanted to meet an unmet need: a machine that is both high-end and compact enough to be easily moved around or taken to events.
So did the gamble pay off? In terms of size and weight, undeniably since you have a 33 * 15 * 30.5 cm and 3.99 kg machine that fits easily on the kitchen counter. You can change its place or lend it to someone on a whim without any difficulty.
Does this imply sacrifices in terms of coffee quality? Not really: the pressure is 15 bars, as on almost all appliances, and the aromas are remarkably well released.
Not only is the quality there, but the machine is rather modular for a compact machine, capable of producing espressos as well as lattes or cappuccinos, equipped with a milk frother and devices that allow you to adjust your coffee to your taste.
What’s more, the coffee maker looks good in all the available colors. However, you can expect price variations of over $100 between the steel or white colors. No additional function. If you’re willing to spend more than $400, you might want to choose a more high-end machine.
Indeed, some concessions are difficult to accept: it can be a little disappointing to put more than $400 in a machine that doesn’t have an integrated coffee grinder and a water tank that is easy to clean and removable, but not exceeding a capacity of 1L.
Having said that, the manufacturer is very clear about his product: the compact side increases the price. If you have the means and little space, it is certainly one of the most relevant choices, especially if you really like coffee and want to have control over the final beverage.
Excellent coffee quality.
33 * 15 * 30.5 cm.
Weight and dimensions
Excellent coffee quality
The high-performance Delonghi machine brilliantly combines high quality and portability. However, its price can sometimes be very high while the best machines are accessible for little more, with much larger tanks. Therefore, you should consider buying it especially if the compact side is non-negotiable for you.
Before buying an Italian coffee maker
It is not the product itself but your needs that matter in the first place. In terms of coffee, not everyone has the same tastes or cravings, and some appliances will be a perfect match for some consumers and not at all for others. Here are the elements to consider.
Do you drink lattes or cappuccinos instead, or is it fine for you to have a machine that only really works when it comes to making espresso? The more eclectic and demanding you are, the more you will need a top-of-the-range, configurable coffee maker.
Likewise, if you are a connoisseur and only use coffee beans, you may be disappointed if your coffee maker is not equipped with a grinder, whereas capsule or ground coffee users will have nothing to do with it and will be better off aiming for cheaper models.
Do you need a machine that can serve the whole family and you easily consume large quantities of coffee at every dinner? In this case a 1L tank is a bit restrictive. But if on the contrary you are few in number, for example a couple, no need to pay more for nothing, take a small coffee maker.
However, we insist on the fact that if you drink a lot of coffee, or if you often have guests, for example, you will be quickly overwhelmed by the fact that you have to systematically change the tank. So don’t aim too high, but anticipating slightly more than you need is not a bad idea.
Coffee is a universal passion, and some appliances destined for markets other than North America can sometimes be purchased at low import prices. Remember to check that the electrical characteristics correspond to the network: 110 volts and 60 hertz.
Also, as with many products, you should get into the habit of being wary of prices that are too good to be true: most often these are imitation devices, of lesser quality and do not meet existing safety standards. In case of doubt, the opinion of Internet users can be very useful.
All the coffee machines in our list have an honest strength and life span in relation to their price. The rule is simple: the more you pay, the longer the durability. At the top end of the range, it’s exponential. Do you prefer a 5-year investment or 5 purchases that result in the same price?
Selection for buying an Italian coffee maker
Let’s face it: there are so many choices when it comes to coffee makers that it would be impossible to write a detailed guide to all the products. In fact, there is a plethora of products on offer, with some brands alone having an extremely large number of references. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop you from making up your mind.
Indeed, there is a series of parameters that can be taken into account when selecting the machine you need. By paying attention to them, you should be able to exclude very low-end coffee makers and poor quality/price ratios, to buy a product that suits you at a fair price.
We can see big differences on coffee makers, since while low-performance but still interesting models are available for around $50, others can reach much higher prices: in the high-end range, you can easily reach $500, and even more.
In general, above $500 to $700, you earn too few options to justify the price increase. Above these prices, you will find mostly machines addressed to professionals, which will be totally superfluous for your home. The offer for individuals therefore ranges from $50 to $700.
That’s what can make a coffeemaker the most expensive: the settings it allows. This is logical, since it is also what has a significant influence on the flavour of the coffee obtained. The vast majority of coffee makers are capable of producing good coffee, but not all of them can produce an exceptional espresso.
The most versatile machines are equipped with an integrated coffee grinder, allow you to choose precisely the size of the ground coffee, and can even offer adjustment possibilities for the pre-brewing temperature and the pressure during percolation. They are equipped with an emulsifier for milk.
The drip tray is usually removable, and some machines have a dedicated space to keep your cup warm while you go about other activities. Sometimes, specific buttons allow you to choose the type of coffee you want: ristretto, espresso or double espresso.
Many machines are delivered with a measuring spoon, which usually also serves as a coffee press. But quality is not always there, especially when you buy an entry-level product. So you may have to plan for extra expenses for a few items.
It is also a good idea to have a jug for milk. Of course, a filter holder and filters are also indispensable. Filters usually allow you to choose between espresso or double espresso and some are also compatible with capsules.
A good water tank is removable, easy to grip and easy to wash. These are the prerequisites. They are met on the vast majority of appliances, even at the lower end of the range. Of course, it must also not leak. Check out the opinions of Internet users to find out for sure.
Then, the capacity is important, and can make the price of the device go up. Generally, it is at least 1L, and can go up to 2L. 1L is very well suited for normal use, but if you are a very regular consumer or have many guests you will feel like you are always filling the tank.
Compatibility with different forms of coffee
The best possible coffee is obtained from the beans to the cup. Therefore, some machines are equipped with a bean container and an integrated grinder. Others, on the other hand, allow you to use only ground coffee: if you use beans, you will have to grind them yourself or with another machine.
Note that some machines can also work with capsules. What you need to take into account is simply the coffee you use most often at home: choose a machine that will fit the bill.
Dimensions and weight
Although coffee makers are primarily intended for use at home, it can be nice to be able to use them elsewhere or lend them to a friend or colleague. Unfortunately, as a rule of thumb, lighter weight and smaller size often go hand in hand with somewhat less sophisticated appliances.
However, one should not over-generalize: brands are aware of the varying demands of consumers, and some have begun to offer models that are both high-end and compact. If you don’t have a lot of space or want to move your machine around a bit, look into it.
The power of a standard coffee machine is generally between 1400 and 1800 watts. If the water tank is large and the functions are numerous, the power should also be higher. A smaller machine usually means fewer functions or less accurate brewing.
The optimum espresso is obtained at 9 bar pressure, but almost all machines have 15 to 19 bar pressure. That’s no mistake: this allows you to make coffee with ground coffee long in advance. Most coffee makers are designed to provide the best possible pressure during brewing.
Coffee is first and foremost a way of life, and we must admit it: having a presentable, even elegant coffee machine is a real plus. Manufacturers have understood this and now offer appliances that are both high-performance and beautiful, often available in grey, black or red designs that look good on the counter.
We hope that this guide will help you approach the purchase of your coffee maker with greater peace of mind. Don’t forget: it is by searching, reading the comments of Internet users and discussing with them that you can find the beads and avoid bad products. Good luck to you, after your espresso!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best espresso machine in Canada?
We analyzed and compared 24 models of espresso coffee makers sold in Canada for nearly 58 hours, taking into account the opinions of 394 consumers. Here are the best models of the moment: Breville Café Roma ESP8XL, Breville Barista Express BES870XL, Delonghi EC155, Cuisinart EM-100C, Breville Infuser Espresso BES840XL, Sunbeam and Delonghi America Dedica Deluxe. More details in our detailed comparison.
How to choose an espresso coffee maker?
You must pay attention to these criteria to buy a product that suits you at an honest price.
Price: Low performance but still interesting models are available for about 50$. At the top of the range, you can easily reach 500$, and even more. In general, above $500 to $700, you earn too few options to justify the price increase. Above these prices, you will find mostly machines addressed to professionals.
The available settings: The most modular machines are equipped with an integrated coffee grinder, allow you to choose precisely the size of the ground coffee, and can even offer adjustment possibilities for the pre-brewing temperature and the pressure during percolation. They are equipped with an emulsifier for milk. The drip tray is usually removable, and some machines have a dedicated space to keep your cup warm while you go about other activities. Sometimes, specific buttons allow you to choose the type of coffee you want: ristretto, espresso or double espresso.
Accessories provided: Many machines come with a measuring spoon, which usually also serves as a coffee press. But quality is not always there, especially at the entry level. You may therefore have to plan for extra expenses for a few items such as a milk jug, filter holder and filters.
The water tank: A good water tank should be removable, easy to grasp and easy to wash. Of course, it must also not leak. In terms of capacity, it is at least 1L, and can go up to 2L. 1L is very suitable for normal use, but if you are a very regular consumer or have many guests you will feel like you are always filling the tank.
Compatibility with different forms of coffee: The best possible coffee is obtained from the beans to the cup. Therefore, some appliances have a bean container and a built-in grinder. Others, on the other hand, allow you to use only ground coffee: if you use beans, you will have to grind them yourself or with another machine. Note that some machines can also work with capsules.
Pressure: The optimum espresso is obtained at 9 bar pressure, but almost all machines have 15 to 19 bar pressure. This is not a mistake: this makes it possible to deal with ground coffee long in advance. More details in our detailed purchasing guide.
Why trust us
All the recommendations we make on Achetezlemeilleur.com are the result of several weeks or months of research, tests, comparisons, analysis of consumer opinions and if necessary interviews with experts and scientists. You will quickly realize that the products we recommend here are not the most expensive or the most trendy: they are the ones that will best fulfill their daily task, passing all the safety, reliability and efficiency tests with ease and with a quality/price ratio that is interesting for you.
In the end, the products we recommend are the ones we would like to buy, and the ones we would also choose for our friends and family.
We do our utmost to offer you a comparison that will allow you to choose the best espresso coffee maker possible. If we have missed any information or new models, please feel free to leave a comment below or send us a message.