You don’t need to cut your teeth at a trendy cafe to deliver an impeccable cup of steamy espresso; you can just buy a machine. Whether you’re a novice looking to buff up redeye-making skills or confident making a macchiato, most machines will be able to meet you where you are. The best ones, however, are easy to use and clean, powerful, and swift. After all, they’re there for you when you most need them: sleepy, staying at home, and often in the first waking hours of your day. Below are a range of machines, which are built for any experience level, at different price points.
This lightweight pick fits on a crowded or small counter space. Amazon
This machine is prompt and efficient: it heats up in 25 seconds or less, and it’ll also power down after nine minutes of idle time to ensure you’re conserving energy. Depending your mood, you can choose to brew two sizes: 1.35-ounce espresso or 2.75-ounce Lungo. The included Aeroccino will also do the heavy lifting of frothing milk for the drinks of your choice, and the foldable dip tray will allow you to use most mugs.
Brew a potent shot every time. Amazon
If you’re looking to give the impression that your espresso-making skills are top-notch, this brushed, stainless steel machine is the one for you. Beyond its professional-grade quality, this machine has simple switch controls and a portafilter that you’d likely see at your corner coffee shop. It comes with single-and double-shot baskets, and its 2.1-liter water tank will probably save you some trips to the sink for refills. And for aesthetics, the commercial steam wand will allow you to create latte art for Instagram, if that’s your scene.
Can whip up an americano in even the smallest spaces. Amazon
You could hardly be intimidated by this machine for one key reason: it has a single knob to start brewing espresso or making milk foam, pause, or end. It’s compact enough to fit on most countertops, and its 3.5-bar pressure will deliver a tasty cup every time. It comes with a carafe, spoon, filter, and funnel.
This one brews a bold cup of coffee. Amazon
This 15-bar-pump machine is programmable by button and boasts a 34-ounce removable water tank. It’ll look sleek on your countertop without taking up too much space, yet still offers some storage and a heating platform to support a hot cup. Speaking of heat, this machine warms up fast and is also great for making tea.