Our Pick of the Best Automatic Espresso Machines After 2015
Unless you pride yourself on knowing all of the espresso machine brands available, it’s difficult to know which brands offer the best fully automatic espresso machines. There are countless models to choose from, and all of them sound like they have a plethora of features every espresso machine must have.
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino
Our favorite for 2017
Gaggia Brera Superautomatic Espresso Machine
A very close runner-up
Delonghi ECAM22110B Super Automatic Espresso
A unique, compact size espresso machine
A quick glance at the machine’s features and specs can be equally as difficult to assess – most machines are fairly similar.
But just like automobiles, there is a big difference between one instant espresso machine and another, despite both doing the same thing: brewing shots of espresso.
We’ve done the hard work for you and chose the five best automatic espresso machines on the market in 2017. All of these machines excel where others seem to completely fail. The end result is a delicious shot of espresso that is filled with flavor.
A few key points to consider before you make a final decision are:
- Water Filtration: Fresh water that is free of impurities ensures the freshest-tasting coffee. This is a must-have with any espresso machine.
- Burr Grinder Options: Beans that are freshly ground are the best tasting. The burr grinder that has a variety of grind fineness levels will be the best bet because it allows you to control the taste of your espresso.
- Cup Adjustments: If the coffee spout can be adjusted, this allows you to make a large cappuccino or even a cup of coffee. Cup adjustments allow you to have more drink options, and this is great when entertaining, too.
Reviews of The Top Automatic Espresso Machines
Gaggia 90500 Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine – The Gaggia 90500 is an automatic espresso machine that is as robust as they come. A 15 bar pump is responsible for extracting all of the flavor from your freshly-ground coffee beans. The beans are ground immediately before brewing, with the built-in conical burr grinder featuring 18 grind settings.
Water is held in the 60-ounce reservoir. Cups can be warmed on top of the unit, while the frothing steam wand features a no-wait design.
Dual spouts allow you to brew two separate shots of espresso at once, and there are three coffee volumes and five temperatures available. For a true aficionado, this is a great espresso machine.
Gaggia Brera Superautomatic Espresso Machine – The Brera by Gaggia is great for an espresso lover that wants the best taste, but may not be able to afford a high-end model. This unit is mid-ranged, and it comes packed with a variety of features, too.
A Mavea water filter removes impurities in your water through a four-stage system, while the unit notifies you when care is needed.
Pre-infusion technology extracts more flavor out of your grounds, and the froth wand can be used to top off the perfect cappuccino. Dual spouts are present for quick, two-cup brewing, and the top of the unit warms your cups, too.
The bean hopper is large, but the machine itself is compact, which makes this is a great choice for even the smallest kitchens.
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact – The DeLonghi ECAM22110SB is small and compact, but it doesn’t skimp out on features. Brew espresso, lattes and cappuccinos with the click of a button, and don’t be afraid to use tap water – a water filtration system is built-in.
Aroma buttons allow you to saturate coffee beans for optimal flavor extraction, and a built-in froth wand allows you to top off the perfect cappuccino with cream.
Whole or ground beans can be placed in the hopper, and the direct-to-brew option is a personal favorite. This allows the beans to be ground seconds before brewing. Coffee grounds start to lose their flavor within days of being ground – so you lose a lot of flavor with pre-ground beans.
DeLonghi ESAM3500.N Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic – If you’re looking for a high-end unit. The Magnifica Digital is the choice for you. This model has a patented cappuccino system that mixes steam and milk to create one of the tastiest cream froths on the planet.
Push button and rotary controls allow for easy use, while the machine grinds the beans using the direct-to-brew technology needed for a truly flavorful espresso.
A double boiler system allows for quick brewing as you adjust the fineness of your grounds using the conical burr grinder. You can even brew cups of up to 12 ounces. The water reservoir holds 60 ounces of water.
Delonghi ECAM22110B Super Automatic Espresso – Fully black in color, this espresso machine has all of the features of a full-sized model packed into a compact unit. There is no waiting between espresso and frothing, as the unit features a rapid cappuccino system for those days when you’re short on time.
Stainless steel, low pitch burr grinders will grind up fresh coffee beans right before brewing.
The reservoir holds 60 ounces of water, and the coffee spouts are adjustable to allow for larger mugs to be used when brewing.
With 5 coffee strength settings, you’ll be able to brew the perfect cup of coffee time and time again. A cup warmer is built-in, and there’s a water filtration system, too. This is a great all-around espresso machine.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Automatic Coffee Machine for You
The right automatic coffee machine will allow you to enjoy an abundance of flavor each time you brew espresso or coffee. No one likes watered down coffee that tastes okay, but really lacks any form of flavor.
You’ll know the difference between a high-end coffee and a low-end coffee.
But you might not be a professional barista, and you certainly don’t know all of the features and options available. Buying just the most expensive model also isn’t viable because prices can fluctuate drastically from low-end to high-end models.
When trying to choose the right machine, it’s important to keep the following three points in mind:
- Price: How much can you really spend? A low-priced super automatic model will be a mid-range appliance. And this is really the starting point for a coffee maker with filtration and a built-in grinder. If you have a much lower budget, you may want to choose a regular espresso or coffee maker.
- Size: The biggest espresso machines can take up half a counter. Always consider the size of a unit before purchasing. Compact models are the best option for small counters, and many of them, as listed above, are available with a list of features to brew the best espresso.
- Control: If you’re very picky, you may want to look for a model that offers more overall controls. This can be anything from coffee strength to grind settings and temperature options. These models will cost more, but they give you more control over the brewing process, which is priceless.