While there are many great cheap and low-cost espresso machines on the market, there are still some factors you will need to take into consideration before you purchase. Some of the things you may want to ask yourself include:
How much tinkering do you want to do with your machine?
Some people like to tinker with their espresso machines, and others do not! Some want to be able to press a button and have espresso rather than fine-tuning the machine settings. If that is the case, you may want to consider a super automatic machine or even a machine that takes ese pods.
How versatile do you need your machine?
Some machines only take ese pods and don’t have many brew setting, while other machines have multiple brew settings (check the espresso maker reviews), can take grounds and pods, can brew double or single shots, can accommodate both large and small cups, and can even froth or steam your milk. The more versatile the machine, the more money you will likely pay. However, it is important that you get a machine that suits your needs even if you spend a little more money because you will thank yourself in the long run! (Related information: The best espresso machine to buy for coffee fanatic)
What special features do you want to have?
Espresso machines have slightly different features and generally, the more you pay, the more features you get. Some extra bells and whistles may include a larger water storage tank, a built-in steamer or milk frother, low water level indicators, ready-to-brew indicators, a heated tray, the ability to do a double shot, and even the ability to brew your espresso directly into a slightly larger cup. If not having a certain feature will be a deal breaker for you, make sure to check that out thoroughly before you swipe your credit card!
The Breville Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker is a beautiful stainless steel espresso machine with a 15 bar pump. Its dual-wall filter system allows you to get the most delicious crema, it has a built-in enhanced frother, and even has a cup warming plate. The drip tray is removable for easy cleaning, there is a large removable water container, and the water container even has an external water window so that you can see when the level is low. For the price, this espresso machine really packs in the features. Breville is a trusted brand on the market that continues to produce quality espresso machines that receive high user reviews. Oh yea, it also comes with a one-year warranty which is fairly standard among espresso machines. You will need to purchase your own tamper and frothing pitcher.
“All I can say is WOW! My teenage daughters and I love espresso & designer lattes, This machine made it a BREEZE for us to give up all the overpriced designer cafes in our area. My uncle is a snobbish coffee drinker and spent over $1,500 on a fully automated Capresso machine. You could buy a couple dozen of these Breville machines for the price of his.. and you know what? It’s a few seconds more work but the coffee is JUST AS GOOD!”