Elegant espresso machines for the perfect shot

Make your favorite coffee drinks at home, anytime you want.

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If you’re serious about drinking espresso at home and eschew a pod-based brew, a barista-level espresso machine with a milk steamer is a smart investment. Instead of being disappointed whenever your favorite barista is on vacation, enjoy your coffee exactly how you want it each day. You may not be able to multitask as you weigh your beans, tamp your grounds, or steam your latte, but that’s kind of the point of the art of coffee. Here are our favorite machines to pull you out of the daily grind.

Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine
Microfoam that’s latte art quality.Amazon

This stainless steel espresso machine delivers delicious crema with the control you need for superior steamed milk. Turn on the machine about five minutes before brewing your grounds, and turn on the steam wand about 30 seconds before you are ready to heat your milk. Connoisseurs will love commercial-grade features like the 58mm portafilter and the single and double shot filter baskets. Coffee fans with a tight schedule will appreciate the option of using easy serving espresso pods (ESEs) with the pressurized basket.

The Barista Express by Breville
Discover how late you can have a shot before it’s an all nighter.Amazon

With this popular espresso machine, there’s no need to buy a separate grinder: a conical burr grinder is built in that allows you to dial in the right setting for any kind of bean. It comes with a tamper and a tool for getting rid of excess grounds, as well as a cleaning kit, filter baskets, and a stainless steel jug for steaming and frothing your milk. The brewing process begins with a low pressure soaking of your grounds to extract a rich and consistent shot. You can also adjust the boiler temperature for a customized pull.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
Made in Italy.Amazon

Take some of the work out of pulling a shot with this fully-automated machine, which even saves your extraction preferences so you don’t have to start over if you get distracted in the middle. There’s an integrated steel burr grinder, but if you’d rather use a different grinder or make the occasional decaf drink, you can use the bypass chamber for pre-ground beans. A streamlined design and push button controls make it easy to get dependable lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos all by yourself.

Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
Treat friends and family to first-rate coffee drinks.Amazon

Do you regularly keep up with coffee culture buzz about the latest grinders? With this espresso machine, forgo a built-in grinder, experiment all you want, and go for a gorgeous dual boiler great for seamlessly making multiple drinks and creating latte art. Don’t be tempted to compromise on steam at the wrong temperature just because your espresso is sitting there waiting—the steam boiler is ready on demand while you’re pulling your shot. Take charge of the brew temperature, pre-infusion pressure, and extraction time, or get one or two shots at the touch of a button. The dual boiler also features an over-pressure valve to limit maximum pressure and avoid bitterness in your cup.