After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best semi-automatic espresso machines for 2018 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
Any professional barista will let you know, how important it is to brew coffee off freshly grounded beans just before use. To limit the time between the extraction and grinding, the Breville Barista Express comes with a built-in grinder to fulfill the purpose.
The machine comes with a patented razor… dosing tool trims, that puck for consistent extraction, while PID digital temperature allows maximum control to provide accurate water temperatures throughout the extraction procedure.
It comes with a dedicated hot water outlet, powerful steam pressure action and dual and single wall filters, making you from an amateur to a barista level expert in no time at all.
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista automatically pulls shots of espresso, steams milk, and creates cafe-style coffee drinks at the push of a button. The coffee maker also has a removable milk reservoir that’s refrigerator-friendly for easy storage.
Like many entry-level home espresso machines,… the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista has trouble brewing at consistent temperatures and coaxing pleasant flavors from lightly roasted beans. The machine also gets clogged easily by very finely ground coffee.
Making lattes and other cafe-style drinks is hard work, and the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista successfully automates much of the process, but consistently pulling straight shots of quality espresso is out of this machine’s reach.
Nespresso Pixie Original Espresso Machine by Breville
The Nespresso Pixie series comes in so many colors: titan, steel, aluminum, electric lime, carmine and brown are only a handful of options. This espresso machine is small and compact, perfect for places with limited space like apartments and dormitories. It is also small enough to keep in your office for a quick afternoon pick-me-up.
The removable water tank… only holds enough liquid for 3 ounces. The drip tray is removable, so you can take it off for easy cleaning. Removing the tray also allows you to make a taller latte, or lungo. Flip the tray around and reattach it to the machine and it doubles as a cup holder to keep your cup from tipping while brewing.
The Pixie is a par bump cappuccino maker, so it is a little noisy when being used. You can still have a conversation while testing this espresso maker. It uses less power than other units on our espresso machine review, so it takes a little longer to heat up and be ready for brewing. The crema comes out light and thick and rests on top of the espresso for several minutes before dissolving into the rest of the drink.
Delonghi EC680M DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine
Compact and attractive, the De’Longhi Dedica reliably and automatically pulls tasty espresso shots. The coffee maker also steams milk for cafe drinks and has a handy cup warmer.
The De’Longhi Dedica costs a lot… more than budget home espresso machines yet gets clogged by extra-fine coffee grounds and can’t brew light roasts as well as premium products.
If you’re willing to take your home espresso game up a few rungs then the De’Longhi Dedica is worth the money, but you’ll have to spend a lot more for this chance to pull shots like a pro.
Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso Machine
For many coffee aficionados, the Nespresso brand is the way to go for a quick shot of good tasting coffee with minimal hassle. So much so that for the first time ever the world coffee consumption was lower than the previous year. All thanks to coffee pods wasting less coffee, even if we see new coffee shop pop everywhere all the time.
Taking cues from the very successful Citiz,… the machine hides the water reservoir in the back. You can’t swivel it to the side like the Nespresso U though. The drip tray and capsule container are in the front as usual; you basically just pull the whole black plastic part to take it out. The lever mechanism is front centre on the top and allows you for a quick open and close gesture. There are no milk foaming machine, this machine is the simplest Nespresso expression. In terms of sound, the extraction mechanism has to reach a pressure of 19 bars before releasing the water into the pod, therefore you can expect a fair amount of noise. However, it’s not as noisy as a coffee grinder and if you ever used one of the earlier Nespresso machines, this one does a lot less noise than these machines.
Espresso and lungo are as always, tasty and evenly pulled. This is one of the strong suit of the Nespresso line of machines, they are consistent like an atomic clock, extracting an espresso shot the exact same way as each and every time. I do not know of a faster way to get a great double espresso in the morning that is as tasteful, make zero mess and now with more power efficient machines, an eco-mode that turns off the water heater after 9 minutes.
De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
The DeLonghi EC155 Pump Espresso is compact, affordable and makes very tasty espresso-based drinks paired with steamed milk.
Unfortunately the DeLonghi EC155 lacks the power and temperature control to pull consistently delicious espresso shots. The machine also has trouble… extracting flavor from medium and lightly roasted beans.
If all you seek in a home espresso machine is the odd cappuccino or latte, then the budget-minded DeLonghi EC155 Pump Espresso is tempting. However aficionados won’t be impressed by its erratic coffee quality.
Nespresso CitiZ Original Espresso Machine
Like the entire Original line, it uses Nespresso’s capsule system of “grand crus” offered in different strengths, flavors and styles. All their capsules can be recycled, reducing the carbon footprint so you don’t have to feel guilty after popping one into the machine.
The beauty of the capsule system… is that every user can enjoy their own flavor and strength of coffee, whenever they choose. They also produce a CRAZY amount of crema. I couldn’t believe it the first time I used the machine. It’s really cool.
The CitiZ, like the base nespresso models, offers two brew strengths: espresso and lungo. Espresso will be your standard shot and lungo will be a longer pull, a little closer to an Americano from this machine. The capsules are targeted for the different brewing options and will give you a different strength, lungo is usually a little less intense. Espresso is a bit stronger. If you’re making a latte, using the stronger espresso is a good choice.
Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System (CF112)
The outlier of the 4 Ninja models, the CF112 also has the “Cafe Forte” setting and can brew the XL Cup and XL Multi-Serve sizes (just like the CF097 above), but it doesn’t have carafe compatibility and thus can’t brew the half or full carafe.
Ninja has engineered… the warming plate with a pretty cool feature — their Precise Temp Technology. The name is just a fancy way of saying they adjust the temperature of the warming plate depending on the volume you brewed — single cup and full carafe will have different temperatures. For anyone who’s burned their coffee on an overly hot warming plate, this is a simple but much appreciated feature.