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The best espresso machines for you, from budget to lavish

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Shots and espresso drinks feel like a delicacy compared to the average cup of coffee. They are wonderfully flavorful, thick and rich.

But if you’re spending a fortune on Starbucks lattes and cappuccinos, it might be a good idea to forego this expensive convenience and invest in your own home espresso machine. We’ve found one for every budget, from an easy-to-use Nespresso machine that makes creating lattes a snap to the Rolls Royce of espresso machines – a machine that would make any barista in Italy jealous. .


Top products in this article:

Nespresso capsule machine rated 4.6 stars: Nespresso Vertuo Plus, $150

Best espresso machine for small counters: Breville Bambino espresso machine, $300

Top Rated Self-Foaming Espresso Machine: Philips 3200 Series Espresso and Latte Maker, $795


Preparing an espresso can be more complicated than traditional filter coffee and requires a powerful machine. Espresso machines use a small amount of hot water, combined with 9 to 10 bars of pressure, to extract espresso from finely ground beans. Some even offer methods for steaming milk — or, in the case of Philips 3200 Series Espresso and Latte Machinedo all the milk frothing work for you.

Once prohibitively expensive for the masses, the market for high-quality espresso machines has expanded and you’ll now find models at every price point, from budget to luxury. Whether you want a simple, easy-to-use espresso capsule machine, a smart gadget that makes every espresso drink imaginable at the push of a button, or a machine that lets you pull your own shots, we’ve rounded up the best espresso note. machines on the market.

Nespresso Vertuo Plus

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Nespresso


Nespresso’s latest offering, the sleek, space-saving VertuoPlus brews rich, barista-quality espresso drinks and coffee from capsules in less than a minute. Simply drop in a capsule and the gadget adapts the coffee size, temperature, pressure and brewing time with the touch of a button. Worried about excess waste? Nespresso offers a recycling program for all its customers, so that used aluminum capsules do not end up in a landfill.

Nespresso Vertuo Plus, $150


Keurig K-Cafe Single Serve Coffee Maker, Latte Maker and Cappuccino Maker

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Keurig


Those with little espresso experience might appreciate the Keurig version. It brews four sizes of hot and cold espresso drinks and even froths milk. However, keep in mind that it uses Keurig pods instead of beans, which tends to get expensive for those who consume multiple caffeinated beverages a day.

Keurig K-Cafe single serve coffee maker, latte maker and cappuccino maker, $190


Breville Bambino Espresso Machine

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Breville


The best-selling, top-rated, and often hard-to-find Breville Bambino is an affordable, well-made espresso machine. More compact than the average espresso machine, it delivers single and double shot servings, extracting the most from the grind. It’s also equipped with a steam wand and pitcher, which froths milk and heats water for lattes and Americanos, so barista-style drinks are easily achievable. Plus, its small size makes it a great choice for those who don’t have a lot of counter space.

Breville Bambino espresso machine, $300


Café Bellissimo semi-automatic espresso machine

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This powerful espresso machine from Café impressively offers the ability to customize the flavor with 15 grind settings from coarse to fine. It also has an integrated 180 degree rotatable steam wand. A huge added benefit? It looks stunning sitting in your kitchen with its sophisticated and elegant look. It is available in white, matte black and stainless steel, all with copper accents.

Café Bellissimo semi-automatic espresso machine, $579 (was $679)


Philips 3200 Series Espresso and Latte Machine

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Make a latte, cappuccino, Americano or other barista-style coffee drink from whole beans with just the touch of a button. The Philips 3200 Series espresso machine and grinder are professional, feature-rich, easy-to-use gadgets. Equipped with a milk frother dubbed “LatteGo”, it mixes milk and air at high speed in a round frothing chamber, then adds it to a brew for a cafe-worthy drink. Amazon reviewers rave that it performs better than models two to three times more expensive and praise the easy-to-clean technology.

Philips 3200 Series Espresso and Latte Maker, $795


Breville Touch Oracle

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Breville


If you’re looking to invest more seriously in your lifelong espresso habit, order the Breville Oracle Touch. Easy to use with an automated touchscreen, the premium gadget brews barista-worthy drinks. Similar to a commercial machine, an integrated conical grinder does all the work for you, grinding, proportioning and tamping the beans to maximize strength. Everything can be personalized, from the strength of the coffee to the texture of the milk. Once you’ve whipped up the perfect coffee drink, it saves up to eight custom recipes.

Breville the Oracle Touch, $2,700


Jura Giga 6

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Jura


Think of the Jura Giga 6 as a robot barista – and the Rolls Royce of espresso machines. Powerful and fast enough for commercial use, the Swiss-made device features two grinders that automatically adjust for precision; a unique pulse extraction process; a smart filter that removes chlorine, lead, aluminum and copper from tap water; and even a companion app for remote control. Choose from 10 strengths and brew 28 specialty beverages at the touch of a button, via dual pumps and a state-of-the-art ThermoBlock heating system.

Jura Giga 6.5,999$


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