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Espresso Machines Prices, Reviews and Specifications


An espresso machine creates a highly concentrated shot of coffee by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water through finely ground coffee beans (although some machines may also use prepackaged espresso pods). Some machines use steam for this process, but most use pump pressure, which is considered more effective.

Breville Barista Express BES860XL
The Breville Barista Express BES860XL is a top-of-the-line espresso machine that both grinds and brews. A conical burr grinder with an 8 oz. capacity is built into the top of the machine and has a variety of grind settings. There is a built-in espresso tamper and the machine comes with both single- and double-shot portafilters. Breville advertises this as a machine that is good for beginners and is able to make a good cup of espresso right out of the box. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Capresso 303.01 4-Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine
The Capresso 303.01 espresso and cappuccino machine is a basic steam-powered machine with few frills. It is capable of brewing up to four cups of espresso simultaneously, which is about twice the capacity of most espresso machines. From start to finish, it takes about five minutes to brew coffee and froth milk for lattes and cappuccinos. The espresso maker also allows users to select brew strength. The machine has a removable drip tray to facilitate an easy clean-up and the glass carafe is dishwasher-safe. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
DeLonghi EC5 Steam Espresso Maker
The DeLonghi EC5 Steam Espresso Maker is a basic model that can brew espresso directly into one or two cups or into a 4-cup carafe that is included. It also has a short frothing wand for streaming milk for lattes and cappuccinos. It has an on/off indicator light and DeLonghi touts the easy cleaning with a removable drip tray. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
DeLonghi EC702 Pump Espresso Maker
The DeLonghi EC702 Pump Espresso Maker is a stainless steel espresso maker that can use either ground coffee or espresso pods for brewing. It also has a built-in frother and steamer for warming milk. It uses 15 bar pump pressure to brew the drinks, relatively standard for espresso machines. DeLonghi advertises a self-priming function that handles all the start-up functions, getting coffee ready to brew faster. The top panel of the machine works as a warming tray for cups. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
DeLonghi Lattissima EN680
The DeLonghi Lattissima EN680 is a pump espresso maker with an integrated frothing system. The machine engages a high pressure pump system to brew the espresso and create a frothy crema layer. Instead of using ground coffee, Nespresso coffee capsules are used to brew drinks; the capsules cost about $1 each but are sold in bulk quantities. When the brewing process is completed, the capsule is sent to a used capsule collection bin which can be easily emptied. An integrated frothing system shoots foamy milk into cappuccinos; the milk container can be removed when not in use to keep milk fresh in the refrigerator. The Lattissima EN680 is packaged with a "welcome kit" that includes a latte mug, an espresso demitasse cup, a saucer and a sample pack of Nespresso capsules. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500
The DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500 is a high-end automatic espresso maker packed with features. From the 13-setting coffee grinder to the cup warmer mounted atop the espresso maker, the Perfecta ESAM 5500 offers features that other espresso makers do not. A digital panel allows control of size of cup brewed (from 3oz to 12 oz), strength of coffee(5 settings) and brewing temperature. A statistical tracker shows the user how many cups of coffee have been brewed over the lifetime of the machine and how many ounces of water have been used. A decalcification indicator light shows when the machine needs to be cleaned. The milk frothing system is integrated within the machine, including a 25-ounce removable milk container. It also has a hot water spout. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
DeLonghi Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker EC155
The DeLonghi EC155 is a well-rated pump espresso maker. With a dual function filter holder, it is capable of brewing either coffee pods or ground coffee. It is capable of up to 15-bar pump pressure (higher bar numbers mean higher pressure level), so it is capable of producing a frothy crema on top of the shot of espresso. The high pressure also works to power the jet frothing wand for steaming milk for lattes and cappuccinos. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Gaggia Classic
The Gaggia Classic is a stainless steel pump espresso maker that offers versatility. The espresso machine comes with two filter holders -- one for a single shot and one for a double shot, as well as a tamper for packing both. The filters accept ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods or ground coffee. The machine also has a hot water dispenser for tea and a frothing wand for milk. The water reservoir on the Gaggia Classic can hold more than 70 ounces of water, capable of brewing more than a dozen cups before needing a refill. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Krups XP5240FR
The Krups XP5340 is a pump pressure espresso maker capable of making single and double shot drinks in a matter of minutes. Krups says its Precise Tamp system as engineered to tamp down espresso grounds the ideal amount for single and double shots. The Krups XP5240 is simple to use with a rotating knob to select brewing, frothing or coffee grounds extraction. The Krups espresso maker comes with a two-year limited warranty, twice as long as most other models. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Mr. Coffee ECM160
The Mr. Coffee ECM160 is a best-selling basic steam espresso maker that sells for about $50. It is capable of brewing up to four shots at once, which is dispensed into a small glass carafe. It has a frothing wand for steaming milk that comes with a detachable nozzle. The unit comes with a coffee measuring cup. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso and Cappuccino Maker BVMC-ECM260
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-ESM260 is a no-frills steam espresso maker at a very affordable price -- usually less than $50. The best-selling machine can brew up to four cups of espresso at once, which is brewed into a glass carafe. It has a frothing wand for steaming milk for cappuccinos and lattes. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Rancilio Silvia
The Rancilio Silvia is a top-rated espresso machine with plenty of features and simple controls. The components of the machine are made of brass and housed in stainless steel exterior. Cups can be warmed atop the Rancilio Silvia. The machine brews espresso with ground coffee, but an adaptor kit is sold separately, to allow uses of ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods. After brewing coffee, use the built-up pressure to steam to make frothy milk for lattes and cappuccinos; the wand can also be used to dispense hot water for tea or Americanos. Single and double shot portafilters come included with the machine, as well as a coffee tamper and a scoop. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]