There’s nothing like a coffee from one of the best espresso machines to jump-start your mornings. With many people now spending more of their days at home, it’s the perfect time to invest. The best espresso machines can create barista-style brews with ease, and save you big money in the process. This is because you can buy coffee beans or coffee grounds and create double or single shots of espresso without having to pay those coffee shop prices. What’s more, you get to enjoy your coffee from the comfort of your couch.
Makes smooth espresso
Brilliant for making smooth and tasty espresso, the Breville Infuser features a milk frother that performed well in our testing. This machine creates a decent crema on top and because it is semi-automatic, this model is easier to use than a manual espresso machine. The Breville espresso machine comes with a tamper for compacting coffee grounds before brewing.
Heats up quickly
The Nespresso espresso machine comes with a built-in milk frother and produces a beautiful crema on top of the espresso. This model really does stand out for its usability and how little effort you need to put in to make a great quality drink. While purchasing the premade pods can be expensive, they are very good at creating delicious drinks with very little effort or mess.
For espresso, cappuccino and lattes
This machine uses a 15-bar pressure system, just like professional baristas, to make excellent espressos. You can also make cappuccinos and latte. The frother is strong to make perfect, creamy foam on top of your drink. The De'Longhi espresso makers work with booth tampered beans or with pre-measured pods. It's designed to fit taller cups by adjusting the bottom tray.
Use with ground coffee or pods
The Cuisinart espresso machine uses a bar pump to create a delicious espresso that is smoother than you’d get with a steam pump. This model offers programmable and manual controls to create the exact coffee you want. Other features include a switch that keeps the filter in place so that you can get rid of your coffee grounds without losing the filter and compatibility with both coffee grounds and pods.
Exceptional milk frother
The DeLonghi EC-685 espresso machine has a sleek design and is fairly compact, meaning it won’t take up too much space on your countertop. It’s very easy to use and makes a tasty cup of espresso. What really sets this machine apart from others is its great milk frother that froths near to a coffee shop’s standard. The auto shut-off on this model is also very helpful and adds to its safety aspects.
Know before you buy
We’ve found the best espresso machines from top kitchen brands, so you can create that perfect espresso maker at a price that suits you. If you’re willing to pay a little more you can get an espresso machine with all the bells and whistles, like a coffee grinder, cup warmer, and even milk-steaming functions built-in. Making hot drinks like this does take an element of skill, but it’s one you’ll pick up quickly and will turn to time and time again to impress guests and treat yourself.
We’ve also found the best pod espresso machines you can buy. Very easy, these machines take pre-made coffee pods and extract espresso with the push of a button. They offer a fail-safe method of achieving quality coffee without any barista skills whatsoever, but because coffee pods will usually cost more than coffee beans, they will cost you more in the long run.