What every best Espresso Machines has:
- Adjustable pressure.
- Stainless-steel housing.
- A movable steam arm.
The semi-automatic Breville BES870XL Barista Express brews espresso that's as good or better than even much more expensive machines. It's loaded with features, including an integrated steam wand for creating lattes and cappuccinos. While it's very easy to use, it's also highly "tweakable" so budding home baristas can experiment to their hearts content. The built-in burr grinder results in the freshest grounds possible -- key to a perfect cup. Every expert that tests it loves this machine. The only real disses we saw were that it has a bit of a learning curve. So learn, it'll be worth it. See our full review »Buy for $599.95
Want to dip your toe into the home espresso machine waters without the financial ripples destroying your budget? Then the Mr. Coffee Café Barista is a great starting point. It makes an espresso-style drink that scores just as well in taste-testing as much pricier machines that are also more difficult to use. In particular, the automatic milk frother comes in for a latte love from owners This Mr. Coffee also gives you the option of using pods when you're really in a hurry. It also comes in white, red and stainless, to match any kitchen décor.Buy for $147.99
It's not for the faint of heart -- or anyone in a hurry, but if you're patient and like the hands on experience of creating your own exquisite coffee drink, the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker is for you. Once you master the technique, you'll find yourself producing excellent espresso with a rich, velvety crema. Of course, since it's so hands on, you can tweak your brew to your heart's content. This espresso maker is attractive, well-built and durable. The ROK is a particularly good choice for travel, but you'll need access to a hot water source. See our full review »Buy for $150.30
If you want to customize your coffee drinks without having to acquire professional barista-level experience, then you'll want to consider the DeLonghi Magnifica. It gets raves from coffee lovers for its simple interface and big performance. Just choose the temperature, coffee strength and cup size, and enjoy delicious espresso-based drinks with the touch of a button. The integrated coffee grinder is a top performer as well, but there's a bypass doser if you just want a cup of pre-ground coffee. Even the generous, 60-ounce water tank is easy to access from the front.Buy for $525.70
Yes, Nespresso coffee machines are as easy to use as the commercials make them look. And as versatile. And yes, unless you're just a super-taster when it comes to coffee, the results are delicious. In the Nespresso line, experts agree that the small, very affordable Nespresso Essenza Mini is the best of the bunch. This espresso maker works exclusively with the Nespresso OriginalLine pods and makes two cup sizes, 1.35 and 3.72 ounces. It will also be an attractive addition to your kitchen counter as it comes in two different shapes, and both come in three colors.Buy for $108.77