Different people have varying opinions about what makes a good espresso maker. Good things there’s an entire variety of these machines out there. To know which one to buy, it’s good make a few prior considerations.
Ease of Use
If convenience is your top priority, get an espresso maker with automated functions and programmable settings. All buttons should also be intuitive, meaning you don’t have to spend an hour knowing where they are or how they work. Aside from ease of use, consider ease of cleaning. An easy-to-use machine may not be all that convenient if cleaning it is a pain.
When you talk about espresso makers, price boils down to the quality of the espresso flavor you want. If you’re very meticulous about the taste of your espresso, then go for a higher-end model. Three other issues to consider are temperature, using steam pressure to make espresso (not advised), and how many boilers are in the machine, where more is better. If you’ll mainly be making cappuccinos or mochas and other drinks similar, then you should be happy with a lower-end machine. If you’re totally clueless about your preferences, get a mid-range model first and try to experiment.
Spend a few minutes to check out online reviews of various brands (on reputable consumer websites only to ensure credibility). Pay attention to how happy or unhappy they are with the performance of their machines, and of the customer service they receive. But remember, all companies or brands receive bad reviews from time to time. You just want to get the overall vibe of the reviews.
Expensive models provide a warranty, so this should give you an idea of their durability. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. And with more electric components in automated models, you can expect a more frequent need for repairs.
Some espresso machines have features that may not be necessary but will surely make your espresso experience more fun and convenient. For example, cup warmer, coffee grinder, inbuilt coffee grinder and the like. It’s obviously for you to decide if want these extra features or not. And naturally, if you want more features, you have to pay a higher price.
Many people end up buying the wrong espresso maker, not because the product itself is low quality, but simply because they didn’t spend enough time preparing for the purchase. So be careful not to make the same mistake. Take your time and practice good judgment when deciding to buy an espresso maker.