In today’s article, we will present a list of the cheap Italian coffee machines that we think are the most relevant in the current market. It is a fundamental segment in the coffee machine business, as this type of coffee machine is the most popular and is presented in many homes. It is so common due to its low price and allows you to make a coffee-like your whole life in a couple of minutes.
The Italian coffee machines or Moka of the medium-high range also have their public. Still, in many countries, they are less appreciated than in Italy, so their market share is lower. Alessi, Cilio and Bra are good examples of this.
We have drawn up this list of the best cheap coffee machines of 2022 following criteria of popularity, price and considering their position on the sales lists in recent years. So, if you’re considering buying a cheap Moka pot, this guide will come in handy.
Although all of them have as a common denominator that they are cheap Italian coffee makers, we can establish a clear division between them. Those that are made of aluminium (more affordable) and those that are made of stainless steel and therefore valid for induction cooking (slightly more expensive). If you want to know more about the coffee machines suitable or not suitable for induction, you will be interested in reading the following article:
NOTE: In almost all cases, to indicate the prices and the purchase links, we have taken as reference the coffee machines with a size of 9 cups for that of unifying. Most are also available in 3, 6 or 12-cup sizes, with the consequent variation in the final price.
Cheap Italian Moka coffee makers: features
- We can fit the cheap Italian Moka in the range of 10-15 pounds.
- They do not correspond to the big brands or manufacturers in the sector. Sometimes you will find yourself with semi-unknown brands.
- These are Italian aluminium coffee makers.
- The bigger they are, the higher the price, so the smaller Italian coffee makers will always be cheaper.
- It’s difficult to find a very cheap Moka pot suitable for induction.
Brands of cheap Italian coffee machines
What is the best brand of cheap Italian coffee makers? Well, it’s hard to say because there are “good” brands that are usually quite expensive, but they always have cheaper models that can compete with the rest.
We can list cheap Moka coffee maker brands, which are always in the range of 10-15 pounds we are looking for. Any of these can be a good starting point to start:
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Let’s go there with this review of what are, in our opinion, the best cheap Moka pots:
The Italian coffee maker from Orbegozo par excellence has been best-selling in many countries for years. Here we present it in its 9-cup (900 ml) version or Orbegozo Kfi960. Following the same terminology, the Orbegozo Kfi660 is the 6-cup version; the Kfi12600 is the 12-cup version, and so on. The fundamental difference between this Italian Orbegozo coffee maker with its more economical version (the Orbegozo Kf900) is that it is made of stainless steel and, therefore, valid for induction cooking. And on top of that it has a modern and elegant design for only 15 pounds it’s hard to ask for more.
And here it is, the traditional Orbegozo Kf900 made of aluminium. The only difference with the Orbegozo Kfi960 is the material and design, which has somewhat more conventional lines and the price. Well, that and the “i” that Orbegozo adds to the name of the Orbegozo Kfi960 indicate that it is inox; in conclusion, the Orbegozo Kf900 is not suitable for induction cookers.
Like its stainless-steel sister, this Orbegozo Kf900 is marketed in several sizes. It’s the cheapest Italian coffee maker you’ll find around.
Monix Vitro Noir y Vitro Express
The Monix Vitro Noir is an aluminium coffee maker (unsuitable for induction). It stands out above all for its dominant black colour, moving away from the traditional metallic look of traditional Italian coffee makers.
More classic is the exterior appearance of the Monix Vitro Express, a coffee maker the same as the previous Monix but without the black coating. The Noir and the Vitro Express have a non-stick coating inside the boiler. This interior is also polished and has no edges or ridges, making it very easy to clean and wash by hand.
Bra is another powerful brand in Europe within the Italian coffee sector. Their Bra Titanium model covers the economic range. It is made of aluminium, so it is unsuitable for induction cooking and has a heat-resistant silicone handle.
The boiler has a non-stick coating that prevents the coffee from sticking if the temperature inside exceeds a certain level. And, of course, the most striking feature of this Bra Titanium model is the exterior finish that simulates the robust effect of titanium.
Bialetti Moka Express
Bialetti and Italian coffee makers are practically synonymous. The Italian firm is indissolubly linked to this type of coffee maker, and the Bialetti Moka Express on this list only confirms this. It is a primary coffee machine made of aluminium, with a removable water tank—a standard in this segment of coffee machines.
We’re going with one of the least-known coffee machines in many countries, although it’s also a big seller because its price is one of the lowest on this list. The Ibili Bahía is sold in various sizes and two colours: metallic and black. It is made of aluminium and guarantees no less than 19 years, courtesy of the Ibili firm.
Bra Deluxe 2
The new appearance of Bra in our collection of cheap Italian coffee machines. This time it does it with the Bra Deluxe 2, a very affordable coffee maker with a silicone handle and polished aluminium exterior finish. It is not suitable for induction cookers, but at least it includes the non-stick coating inside the boiler.
Quid is another of the brands in this ranking that is not very well known in many countries but with a successful trajectory in Europe. The Italian coffee machine Quid Messina, with an elegant design of very traditional lines but a striking brown colour, could not be more appropriate. Also noteworthy is the curious ergonomics of the handle, which, like the top knob, is made of Bakelite. The brown paint is heat resistant, and the full coffee pot is dishwasher safe.
TV das original Coffeemax
This TV Das Original CoffeeMaxx is possibly the cheapest Italian electric coffee machine on the market. It is the only coffee maker with an electric base in this ranking and stands out for its striking red colour. It is cordless and has a safety valve and a transparent plastic top cup, so you can see when the coffee comes up. A real bargain, in our opinion.
The Italian coffee maker from Oroley is suitable for induction. However, the manufacturer warns us, and we quote: “for the induction plate to detect the coffee maker, it needs to have a cooking area for elements with a small diameter, no more than 14 centimetres”. Apart from that, the Oroley Ecofund is a beautiful coffee maker that stands out from the rest thanks to its red colour, a detail that makes its final price a little more expensive.
This Monix Cream coffee maker stands out because of its attractive brown colour, which is suitable for induction kitchens. Also, it has a slightly wider base than usual, which makes the coffee maker very stable, mainly if you use it on gas stoves with grills. The interior has a non-stick coating, and the handle, as usual, can completely insulate the temperature.
Bialetti Brikka Elite
We finish our review of the best cheap Italian coffee makers with this Bialetti model: the Bialetti Brikka Elite. It is made of stainless steel and therefore valid for induction hob. The water tank is removable. It’s a small coffee maker (only 2 or 4 cups), but that’s precisely why its results are the closest thing to a professional espresso machine if you can skillfully handle the quantities and proportions of water and ground coffee. Ideal for demanding palates.
Related: Bialetti Troubleshooting.