Best Espresso Machine Reviews of 2021

If you’re looking to buy an espresso machine, the first thing you need to figure out is if you want a semi-automatic espresso machine or a super-automatic espresso machine.

Semi-automatic

While they conveniently automate some steps, semi-automatic espresso machines give you ultimate control in producing a consistent, high-quality shot. They automatically regulate boiler water temperature and pressure. But you fine tune the water and steam flow, and determine when to activate and turn off the pump.

Semi-automatic machines don’t include a built-in grinder, and require that you manually fill the hopper with a pre-measured amount of ground coffee and tamp the grounds. You can purchase coffee already ground. But if you want to make the best-tasting shot of espresso, we recommend you purchase a grinder and grind your own fresh coffee beans.

Semi-automatic machines may require a measure of skill to operate, but they give you the ability to fine tune the process and make an espresso shot that meets your precise, individual preferences.

Super-automatic

These machines are engineered to perform nearly all of the steps required to brew espresso. They’re the “set it and forget it” espresso models. Machines in this category include a mechanism that automatically grinds, tamps, and extracts the espresso shot. You only need to fill the coffee bean hopper and (if the machine isn’t connected to a water line) add water. With the touch of a button, you can produce consistently good espresso shots. Some of the higher-end models also automatically froth and dispense milk for making caffé latte-type drinks.

Recommendations

Semi-automatic espresso machines

Best value semi-automatic espresso machine

Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia espresso machine

Best overall semi-automatic espresso machine

Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler semi-automatic espresso machine

Best budget semi-automatic espresso machine

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, brushed stainless steel

Super automatic espresso machines

Best value super-automatic espresso machine

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Best overall super automatic espresso machine

Jura Impressa Z9 One Touch TFT

Best budget super-automatic espresso machine

Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine