If you are fed up of spending a whole lot of money for espresso at coffee shops, it is time for you to invest in a good espresso machine for home. For those of you looking to buy an espresso machine in this year, we bring to you the best home espresso machines of 2015, as selected by The Edge. Before that, let us see what makes an espresso machine of high quality. Firstly, a good espresso machine will always be durable and strong, with parts that can be easily replaced. The quality of the boiler, or boilers if it is a double boiler machine, makes a lot of difference as it is essential to attain the right temperature and distribute the temperature evenly to brew a good cup of espresso. Being user friendly and easy to clean and maintain is always important for home espresso machines. The time a machine takes up to brew a shot is also considered a factor for determining the quality of an espresso machine.
Keeping these in mind, here are the top rated espresso machines of 2015, as rated by our consumers.
The DeLonghi EC155 is a good semi automatic machine under $100. Perfect for students who are looking to buy an espresso machine at a tight budget, this machine just makes those all nighters easier. The steam wand is short and only can be used with a small pitcher of milk. But who needs milk coffee in the middle of the night when you have to stay awake desperately?
The Gaggia 14101 Classic espresso machine is value for money. It is easy to use and brews consistent cups of espresso. On the downside, the machine heats up a bit and you need to wait in between brewing shots for it to cool down. But when you glance at the price, I guess you can forgive that much.
Rancilio Silvia is a trusted name in the world of espresso machines. Though a little more expensive than the former two, this one brews professional quality espresso at home in short duration. The steamer wand is amazing and makes unbelievably smooth frothed milk. People who get used to this machine seldom wish to switch.
If you enjoy your coffee as much as others, but would prefer to put in less manual labor, the Nespresso Citiz Automatic Espresso Brewer is perfect for you. This automatic espresso machine uses pre-packed Nespresso coffee pods for brewing espresso. So there isn’t any hassle of grinding, dosing and tamping. It is as functional as any super automatic machine, and yet it costs much lesser than any of those coffee making robots. So if you are not a fussy coffee drinker and is satisfied with pod espresso, this machine should be your poison.
The Nespresso C100-US-AERO Essenza is a made to tailor automatic pod espresso machine for those who love their lattes and mochas. This machine is easy to maintain and handy and brews a good enough cup of espresso. But most of all, this machine comes with a separate milk frother. This frother lets you heat, steam and froth milk, just as you want. The machine is easy to clean and is very decently priced, given its quality.
If you do have some bucks to spend and you are lazy coffee loving type, go for a super automatic machine. Though expensive, these machines are easy to use and will be your best friend through those periods of procrastination. We recommend the DeLonghi ESAM3300. This machine literally makes your coffee for you. You just have to load the beans and fill the water from time to time. It grinds doses and tamps and brews a perfect espresso shot with cream on top. Cleaning it is easy and it makes lovely frothed milk.
The Jura Capresso J6 is another brilliant super automatic machine and some say it brews better quality espressos than some of the best coffee shops in the world. The brewed espresso is rich and thick with a beautiful layer of cream on top. It makes nice frothed/steamed milk for espresso based milk coffee drinks. Easy to use and easy to maintain, this one sure has got it all.
But if you are looking for a super automatic espresso machine on a budget, then safely go for the Philips Saeco Vienna Plus. It might not have all the features of a more expensive espresso machine, but the quality of the espresso is just as good. It is small, pocket friendly and is easy to use for every couch potato.
So now, take your pick considering your budget and your lifestyle.