Let Our Guide Help You Find the Best KRUPS Coffee Maker for You
When you think of espresso, it’s easy to envision sitting in a small café in Italy or France, drinking a strong shot of espresso that gives you a jolt of energy that lasts for what feels like a day. The crema is perfect, the aroma is divine, and the flavor is smooth and bold.
KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder
Our favorite for 2017
KRUPS XP1000 Steam Espresso Machine with Frothing Nozzle for Cappuccino
A very close runner-up
KRUPS XP5240 Pump Espresso Machine with KRUPS Precise Tamp Technology and Stainless Steel Housing
An excellent quality espresso machine
The good news is that you don’t need to take an expensive trip to Europe to enjoy the pleasures of espresso.
You can make a great double or single shot right in the comfort of your home. Sure, the charm won’t be the same, but the aroma and flavor will be the same. KRUPS offers affordable espresso machines that will extract every last drop of flavor from finely ground coffee beans.
We’ve had the pleasure of writing five reviews of espresso machines made by KRUPS. The issue is how to compare each model – they all seem to do the same thing on the outside. A few criteria that we recommend considering are:
- Capacity: Some models list their capacity, while others do not. If you need to make espresso for a lot of people at one time, a larger capacity is recommended.
- Grinder: If you have the money for it, a machine with a built-in grinder will always produce the freshest espresso possible.
- Filter: Portafilters are almost always included, but you also want one that is able to produce double and single shots for the most versatility possible.
If you like cappuccino or lattes, also consider a model that comes with a frothing wand or option.
The Top KRUPS Espresso Machine Reviews
KRUPS XP1000 Steam Espresso Machine – The XP1000 is compact, easy to operate and offers a 4-bar steam system that is a breeze to use. The three-switch knob makes espresso brewing effortless, and a steam nozzle provides you with delicious frothed milk, too.
The glass carafe is able to hold up to 4 cups of espresso, and the drip tray is removable for easy cleaning if any coffee drips after the carafe is removed.
A measuring spoon and filter are included. It only takes 3 – 4 minutes in total to go from adding the espresso into the filter, and brewing. Small in size, this is the right espresso maker for smaller homes and kitchens.
KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic – Offering revolutionary technology, the EA8250 has a compact thermoblock system, LCD display, 60-ounce water tank and it also has a large bean hopper. This machine is a premium model, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find an espresso maker that is this robust.
Empty water tank detection alerts you when to refill, and 15-bar pump pressure works to brew an authentic shot of espresso.
Cleaning tablets are included as well as a water filtration cartridge that filters water prior to brewing. When you want the purest, boldest flavor possible, this is the right espresso machine for you. The coffee beans are ground seconds prior to brewing for the utmost in flavor.
KRUPS EA8442 Falcon Fully Automatic – If you’re looking for super automatic espresso machines reviews, this is the closest thing to “super automatic” as you’ll get. The EA8442 offers a 58-ounce water container and 15-bar pump pressure to provide the same level of extraction found in high-end cafes.
The color touchscreen allows for quick drink selection, while the conical burr grinder has a variety of settings so that you can have the freshest espresso in town.
You can choose between: ristretto, espresso, coffee, steam and hot water drink options. If you like tea, the hot water option is invaluable. Adjustable settings allow for a variety of drink sizes, and there is even a pause feature to stop a brew if needed.
KRUPS XP1020 Steam Espresso Machine – The XP1020 is on this list because it’s so affordable. This robust machine is very much a budget to mid-price unit. Steam-driven, flavor is extracted efficiently, while the 4 cup capacity allows you to make espresso for the entire family.
Single and double shot options are available, too.
A removable drip tray allows for fast cleaning, and a metal portafilter is also included. The 7-gram coffee scoop allows for precise brewing with just the right amount of grounds each and every time.
Small and compact, this affordable model is what I recommend to anyone on a tight budget or that has the occasional espresso.
KRUPS XP5240 Pump Espresso Machine – The XP5240 is priced at a mid-range market and offers precision temperature control, uniform tamping and evenly extracts flavor from grounds. A 15-bar pressure pump is able to pull out the utmost in flavor, while the frothing nozzle helps you create lattes and cappuccinos in an instant.
Coffee grounds can be placed in the universal filter, or you can use soft pods and E.S.E. pods.
Double and single shot options are available, too. The drip tray can be removed to be cleaned, and the stainless steel exterior is sleek. With the turn of a knob, you’ll be able to make espresso effortlessly from the very first brew.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right KRUPS Coffee Machine for You
We haven’t been disappointed with a KRUPS machine yet. The company may not be perfect, but they sure have mastered the art of making espresso machines. If you want a flavorful shot of espresso at home, this is one of the best investments you can make.
The biggest issue is which model to choose.
Since KRUPS makes all of these espresso machines, they use a similar extraction technique and often offer a combination of the same technologies in each machine. If you’re not sure which model to pick, the following points should help make your decision a little easier:
- Price: As our list demonstrates, you can spend a lot of money on an espresso maker. Budget models will not include burr grinders or a lot of the “extra” features, but if you aren’t an aficionado, this may not be a major concern for you.
- Brewing Options: Like coffee, tea and lattes, too? Numerous models will be able to brew more than espresso. If you want an all-in-one machine, it will cost more money, but save you from having to own multiple appliances.
- Bar Pressure: The bar pressure refers to the pressure at which water is forced through the coffee grounds. The norm is 15 bar pressure, but this figure can and does vary. You’ll also find models that use steam methods to extract flavor. Bar pressure is the industry standard and what will be found in most high-end cafes.
And once you start brewing espresso, you can experiment with the brewing process to find the perfect tamp, flavor and aroma for you.