Espresso Machines

Espresso machines, espresso coffee makers, espresso makers or espresso coffee machines. There are many ways to call the other great alternative to capsule machines. The truth is that there is a world beyond capsule machines, but many users prefer the more traditional espresso makers or espresso machines. Either because they don’t like the capsule system or because they prefer to control more directly what coffee they put in their machines.

For them is this section where we explain which are the most considerable advantages and the best-selling models of espresso machines on the market. You should also not miss this article: the five big questions about espresso machines. Or any of these other highly successful guides on our website:

  • The ten best manual espresso machines
  • High-end espresso machines

Espresso coffee machines have gained great popularity in recent years and have been installed in many homes. They make very similar coffee to that obtained in cafeterias with professional machines, and a tasty and suggestive foam to crown each cup.

Each preparation is limited to one or at most two cups (as opposed to the traditional Italian coffee machines in which you prepare as much coffee as you want).

How Does an Espresso Coffee Maker Work?

The following video-documentary summarizes perfectly how an espresso machine works, and how its internal elements behave when preparing our coffee. They are five precious minutes, if you like this world we advise you to see it because it is worth it:

Coffee Grinding

Let’s also talk about coffee grinding, an essential process to obtain a drink in conditions to which very few users pay attention. Did you know that each type of coffee maker requires a specific grinding? You can read more about this in our article Grinding Types: A Thickness for Each Coffee.

The case of an espresso machine is no exception.

Espresso coffee makers need a very fine grind, while Italian coffee makers need a fine grind. However, filter coffee machines (typical drip machines) require a medium grind. If we are going to prepare our coffee in a plunger or stew coffee maker, we will need the grind to be as coarse as possible. The capsule coffee makers are not included in this specification because they already incorporate the coffee they are going to use entirely conditioned in their capsules.

Moving on to the subject at hand, what does all this mean? Well, it is worth using coffee with the specific grind for our coffee maker (in this case, coffee as ground as possible for our espresso maker). Keep that in mind, when buying your espresso maker! And by the way, if we talk about grind, you will need a good grinder at home. Have you already reviewed our section of coffee grinders?

-Okay, that’s all very well, but, how do I know if the grind I’m using is the right one for my espresso machine?

Well, it’s elementary: take a good look at how long it takes for your coffee maker to prepare the coffee, and the result. The extraction speed of the coffee, once the water has been heated, should be between 20 and 30 seconds for each cup. If it takes longer or much less time, you have to check the grinding.

Here are a few clues: If your coffee is brewed very quickly, it’s normal that you’ve barely got any cream on top. It will mean that you have used too coarse a ground coffee. On the other hand, if the coffee takes longer than expected to come out, and has a very dark colour (almost black). Most likely, the ground coffee has been excessively fine. The good thing about this is that once you get the point and you have the coffee to your liking forever ?

Differences Between An Espresso Coffee maker and a Capsule Coffee maker

The main difference between an espresso machine and a capsule machine is precisely the coffee preparation. While capsule machines use pre-prepared single-dose coffees, an espresso machine allows you to put the ground coffee you like your favourite brand or blend, different experiment. An espresso machine is much less limited in this aspect than a capsule one.

Beyond this detail, there are many differences between espresso and capsule coffee makers, especially conceptual ones. But in our opinion the final consumer (that is to say, you) is fundamentally interested in three:

  • Cleaning: in an espresso machine, the filter has to be cleaned, while a capsule filter is much less complicated in this respect.
  • The price of drinks: in the long run, an espresso machine is always more profitable than a capsule machine. If you want to know exactly how much, take a look at this article: How much does it cost to have a capsule brewer at home?
  • The simplicity of use: it is not that espresso machines are challenging to handle by any means, but it is true that in a capsule coffee machine, you don’t have to pay attention to anything. Insert the capsule, press a button and drink your coffee. We must also say at this point that many espresso machines have a built-in grinder, and this prevents us from having to worry about the grinding process.
  • The flavour: in an espresso machine the coffee bean is ground just before use, and therefore the taste it offers is incomparable to that of a capsule.

All this apart from, logically, being able to use the coffee you want in an espresso machine. The capsule coffee machines also use their system to make other types of drinks such as infusions, chocolates or more sophisticated preparations.

Espresso coffee machines are divided into two main types: manual and automatic. Which one is best for you? Let’s look first at the differences between the two:

Differences Between A Manual and Automatic Espresso Coffee Maker

In a manual espresso machine, you control the entire process (from grinding, if you wish, to dosing and extraction). With automatic coffee machines, everything starts at the touch of a button; as long as the coffee machine has coffee, you don’t have to worry about anything else. You’ll see it very quickly if you look at the photos: the manual espresso machines have the classic front arm where the ground coffee is inserted and pressed. The automatic machines do not need a lever.

Logically, this affects the final result: The automatic espresso machines offer a good coffee, but they will never be able to match the nuances and personalization that a manual espresso machine allows us.

On the other side of the scale, of course, the simplicity of handling: if you go in a hurry or if you have to prepare many coffees a day, a manual espresso machine may not be your best option. Keep in mind that the coffee you use will be the same in one system as in another.

As you can see, some qualities play in favour of manual espresso machines, and others more in automatic ones. Think carefully about how you are going to use your coffee machine before you buy!

Espresso Coffee Makers Comparison

When it comes to buying an espresso machine, the number of options, brands and models is so high that the consumer has a hard time making up his mind. The range is much more extensive than in the capsule coffee machine sector. We thought it would be beneficial to bring together all the main characteristics and specifications of each model that we have analysed on the web (in a single espresso coffee machine comparison table).

Our comparative table of espresso machines can be a great buying guide for your coffee maker, and it will surely serve you to limit the amount of options that you deck. Besides, we will update it frequently each time we analyze data on new coffee machines.

List of Manual and Automatic Espresso Coffee Makers

We leave you with a compilation of all the listings of espresso machines (manual and automatic) that we have analyzed to date on our website:

  • All reviews of manual espresso machines
  • All reviews of automatic espresso machines

Best Selling Manual Espresso Machines

Do you want to know which is the best selling espresso machine on in at the moment? Here’s your answer:

Sale
De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
3,338 Reviews
De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
  • INTEGRATED GRINDER: Includes an integrated Coffee burr grinder with 7 adjustable coarseness levels; the beans are ground instantly for fuller flavour and a fresher cup of Coffee
  • MILK FROTHER: Be your own barista and prepare your perfect Cappuccino with the adjustable MILK FROTHER - warm-up milk or easily prepare a creamy and dense foam
  • CUSTOMISE Coffee: Make all your Coffee shop favourite drinks with the Magnifica ESAM 4200; whether you like a strong espresso or long frothy cappuccino, this machine will deliver the perfect drink
  • HOME COMFORT: Slim and elegant design of a coffee machine for barista-quality coffee at home, Dispensing level minimum/maximum: 80/110, Frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Automatic cleaning with Descaling, cleaning and rinsing programs; the Tray and the Ground Container are dishwasher safe
Francis Francis X7 Coffee Machine in White
3 Reviews
Francis Francis X7 Coffee Machine in White
  • Coffee machine with 1-touch brewing cycle and 15 bar pump pressure, exclusively designed for illy iperEspresso capsules
  • No contact between machine and coffee inside the capsule for a clean system
  • Traditional steam wand for thick, frothy cappuccino and latte
  • Auto-stop feature to control cup volume, automatic descaling programme and brass boiler with automatic refill
  • 1 Litre removable water tank (approx. 22-30 servings)
De'Longhi Coffee Machine EC221.B
569 Reviews
De'Longhi Coffee Machine EC221.B
  • 15 bar pressure
  • For use with ground beans and easy serving pods
  • Built-in swivel steam pipe for frothing milk and 2-in-1 Crema holder
  • 1 Litre water reservoir, removable metal drip tray
  • Simple 3-button operation
De'Longhi Pump Espresso Coffee Machine - Black
343 Reviews
De'Longhi Pump Espresso Coffee Machine - Black
  • Make and enjoy espressos, cappuccinos and lattes
  • Thermoblock heating system makes this machine ready to use in just 40 seconds
  • 15 bar professional pressure
  • High gloss finish with chrome detailing
  • Works with ground coffee or ESE pods
Sage BES870UK the Barista Express Espresso Machine - Silver
295 Reviews
Sage BES870UK the Barista Express Espresso Machine - Silver
  • Inbuilt grinder takes you from whole beans to espresso in under a minute
  • Automatic hands free dosing, delivers a consistent volume of consistently ground coffee into your filter with one-touch
  • Low pressure pre-infusion gently soaks the coffee allowing it to expand prior to its high pressure extraction for a balanced taste
  • High pressure steam output for barista quality milk texturing
  • Separate hot water wand for pre-heating cups or making a long black or an Americano
De'Longhi EC680.BK Dedica Coffee Machine with 15 Bar Espresso Pump - Black
526 Reviews
De'Longhi EC680.BK Dedica Coffee Machine with 15 Bar Espresso Pump - Black
  • Thermoblock heating systems
  • 15 bar professional pressure
  • Ready to use in 35 seconds
  • Manual milk frother
  • Anti drip system
Delonghi ECOV311.AZ Icona Vintage Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine
45 Reviews
Delonghi ECOV311.AZ Icona Vintage Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine
  • Use ESE pods or ground coffee with the patented dual function filter holder.
  • Cappuccino system means it mixes steam, air and milk producing a rich creamy forth
  • 2 separate thermostats to control water and steam temperatures
  • Self priming system means is always ready for use
  • Anti drip system
Oster Prima BVSTEM6601R Latte Espresso cappuccino Coffee Maker Machine - Red
108 Reviews
Oster Prima BVSTEM6601R Latte Espresso cappuccino Coffee Maker Machine - Red
  • Coffee options: espresso, cappuccino and latte.
  • 1238 watts.
  • 15 bar pump pressure.
  • Water capacity 1.5 litres.
  • Size H22.6, W27, D21.4cm.
Sage the Oracle Coffee Machine and Grinder, 2.5 L, 2400 W - Black
118 Reviews
Sage the Oracle Coffee Machine and Grinder, 2.5 L, 2400 W - Black
  • AUTO GRIND AND TAMP: Fully integrated conical burr grinder automatically grinds, doses and tamps 22 g of coffee straight into the portafilter
  • PRECISE ESPRESSO EXTRACTION: Dual stainless-steel boilers and heated group head controlled by digital temperature control (PID), brings water to precisely the right temperature to extract maximum...
  • MICRO-FOAM MILK TEXTURING: Self-cleaning steam wand, powered by a dedicated boiler, textures milk to your liking and delivers Barista-quality micro-foam that enhances flavour and is essential for...
  • FLEXIBLE SHOT CONTROL: Choose between one shot, two shots or manual control over how much espresso ends up in your cup for the perfect dose every time
  • LCD DISPLAY: LCD provides you all the information you need to make coffee exactly the way you like it, every time
LIVIVO Professional Espresso Cappuccino Coffee Maker Machine with Milk Frothing Arm for Home and...
361 Reviews
LIVIVO Professional Espresso Cappuccino Coffee Maker Machine with Milk Frothing Arm for Home and...
  • The LIVIVO Professional Espresso Maker lets you indulge in exceptional coffee, espresso, cappuccino or latte brewed to a high standard without the need to pay the inflated prices at coffee houses and...
  • SUPERIOR COFFEE - Capable of making four Espresso cups (240ml) of strong coffee in as little as five minutes, the LIVIVO Professional Espresso Maker is packed with features and the tools needed to...
  • STYLISH, SIMPLE AND SAFE - With its Sturdy Stainless Steel Construction and Choice of Eye-Catching Colours, The LIVIVO Professional Espresso Maker is designed to deliver exceptional results, while...
  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – 800W Power, 230V/50Hz Power Supply, GS/CE/EMC/RoHS certified, Standard 3-Pin UK Plug. 2.7Kg Weight, Choice of Black/Silver or Red/Silver Colour, Stainless Steel and...
  • DIMENSIONS – W20CM x D32CM x H33CM / W8” x D12.5” x H13” (approx)
Sage SES875BKS The Barista Express Machine, Black Sesame &  BES100GBUK the Knock Box Mini Coffee...
1,069 Reviews
Sage SES875BKS The Barista Express Machine, Black Sesame & BES100GBUK the Knock Box Mini Coffee...
  • Product 1: Dose-control grinding: integrated conical burr grinder grinds on-demand to deliver the right amount of freshly ground coffee directly into the portafilter for your preferred taste with any...
  • Product 1: Precise espresso extraction: digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal espresso extraction.
  • Product 1: Micro-foam milk texturing: the steam wand performs at the level that allows you to hand texture micro-foam milk that enhances flavour and enables creation of latte art.
  • Product 1: Grind Size dial: simple and intuitive, giving you control over the grind size no matter what type of bean you're grinding.
  • Product 2: Removable Knock Bar-For easy cleaning

Latest News In Manual Espresso Coffee Makers

This is a sector of the coffee industry that is continually evolving, so it is always good to know which are the latest models of espresso coffee that have appeared on the market:

Bestseller No. 1
De'Longhi Dedica Style, Traditional Barista Pump Espresso Machine, Coffee and Cappuccino Maker,...
6,932 Reviews
De'Longhi Dedica Style, Traditional Barista Pump Espresso Machine, Coffee and Cappuccino Maker,...
  • 15 BAR PRESSURE to create your perfect espresso with a rich aroma and a nut coloured cream on top
  • MILK FROTHER: Froth or steam milk with the Adjustable Cappuccino System to create frothy cappuccinos, macchiatos or caffè lattes
  • CUSTOMISE ESPRESSO: Thanks to the professional barista technology, you can control every step of the Coffee-making process, from tamping your ground Coffee to setting the temperature and length
  • HOME COMFORT: At only 15 cm wide, it’s our slimmest design yet, offering a small footprint and big features
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Manual descaling system will keep your machine running smoothly so you can always enjoy your favorite beverages
SaleBestseller No. 2
De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
3,338 Reviews
De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
  • INTEGRATED GRINDER: Includes an integrated Coffee burr grinder with 7 adjustable coarseness levels; the beans are ground instantly for fuller flavour and a fresher cup of Coffee
  • MILK FROTHER: Be your own barista and prepare your perfect Cappuccino with the adjustable MILK FROTHER - warm-up milk or easily prepare a creamy and dense foam
  • CUSTOMISE Coffee: Make all your Coffee shop favourite drinks with the Magnifica ESAM 4200; whether you like a strong espresso or long frothy cappuccino, this machine will deliver the perfect drink
  • HOME COMFORT: Slim and elegant design of a coffee machine for barista-quality coffee at home, Dispensing level minimum/maximum: 80/110, Frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Automatic cleaning with Descaling, cleaning and rinsing programs; the Tray and the Ground Container are dishwasher safe
Bestseller No. 3
Kenwell Espresso Machine with Portafilter, 15 Bar Coffee Machine for Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte...
  • ✔【HIGH QUALITY COFFEE】A powerful 1,450 watts of power and 15 bar pressure level, it pushes hot water through the ground coffee, unleashing its full aroma which includes espresso, cappuccino and...
  • ✔【EASY TO OPERATE】Pressure relief box and overheating protection device, safe and reliable. POWER switch, button for controlling the coffee steam and 2 cups of filter make coffee hygienic and...
  • ✔【EASY TO CLEAN】AS transparent removable water tank for easy cleaning and refilling, capacity 1.25L which avoid add water many a time. Dismountable water connection tray for easy...
  • ✔【UNIQUE DESIGN】The fully automatic machines give every kitchen or office room a shine. The stylish design has a brushed stainless steel finish and a unique design that looks fantastic...
  • ✔【SERVICE】Consumers will get ONE-YEAR Promise of this Espresso Machine. If you have any problem of this machine, Please feel free to contact with us, we will give you the best solution as soon...
SaleBestseller No. 4
De'Longhi ECP31.21Traditional Barista Pump Espresso Machine, Coffee and Cappuccino Maker, Black
1,777 Reviews
De'Longhi ECP31.21Traditional Barista Pump Espresso Machine, Coffee and Cappuccino Maker, Black
  • Sophisticated black ABS paint finishing
  • Advanced milk frother for maximum results
  • Ability to use E.S.E pods as an alternative to ground coffee
  • 1 litre water tank
  • Made by De'Longhi
Bestseller No. 5
7 Pc All-in-One Espresso & Cappuccino Maker Machine Barista Bundle Set w/Built-in Steam Wand (Inc:...
230 Reviews
7 Pc All-in-One Espresso & Cappuccino Maker Machine Barista Bundle Set w/Built-in Steam Wand (Inc:...
  • ✅ READY FOR USE IN 45 SECONDS - Just Add Beans! With the advanced Thermoblock fast heating system you can always expect precise temperature and instant steam from the EspressoWorks All-In-One Set.
  • ✅ CLEAR VIEW REMOVABLE WATER TANK - Conveniently monitor water levels of clear view transparent tank (1.25L capacity). Handle included on tank for easy removal for cleaning and refilling.
  • ✅ EASY TO CLEAN 15 BAR PUMP PRESSURE SYSTEM - Detachable frothing device and removable drip tray to ensure hassle-free cleaning. Enjoy great tasting Italian Espresso, Americano & Macchiato....
  • ✅ CUSTOMER CARE & WARRANTY - We want you to get the most out of your machine and provide detailed instructions (available in the carton and on our website) on how to make the best coffee. For...
  • ✅ SINGLE SHOT OR DOUBLE SHOT - Two stainless steel portafilter baskets included for the option of pulling a single shot or a double shot during each brewing.