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How to Buy an Espresso Maker

Different people want different things when it comes to their espresso maker. Fortunately, these machines have the variety to accommodate everyone. To know which one to buy, it’s good make a few prior considerations.

Ease of Use

If convenience is your top priority, get an espresso maker with automated functions and programmable settings. The buttons should be intuitive too, meaning you’ll naturally know where they are and how they function. Besides ease of use, look into ease of cleaning. A simple model with an intuitive design may not be that convenient if it’s such a challenge to clean.


When you talk about espresso makers, price boils down to the quality of the espresso flavor you want. If you’re very meticulous about the taste of your espresso, then go for a higher-end model. Three other issues to consider are temperature, using steam pressure to make espresso (not advised), and how many boilers are in the machine, where more is better. If you’ll mainly be making cappuccinos or mochas and other drinks similar, then you should be happy with a lower-end machine. If you’re totally clueless about your preferences, get a mid-range model first and try to experiment.

Customer Service

Take time to read online reviews about all the different brands available to you (for credibility, stick to popular consumer websites). Check whether they are happy with their machines or regretted buying them, or if the manufacturers offer good customer service. But remember that all brands or companies will have both good and bad things said about them. Just try to get the general vibe of the reviews.


Pricey models come with a warranty, so this will give you a picture of what level of durability you can expect. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. And the more electric components come with automated models, the more often they will likely require repairs.

Additional Features

Some espresso makers have features that are not necessary but will certainly make your experience more convenient and pleasurable. Examples are a built-in coffee grinder, a cup warmer and a frothing wand. Obviously, it’s up to you to decide if you want any of these additional features. And as expected, more features means a higher cost.

When people end up buying the wrong espresso machine, it’s usually not an issue of quality more than it is an issue of getting the one that meets all their needs. So take it slow and don’t make that same mistake. Know your needs and practice good judgment before purchasing an espresso maker.

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