Different people have varying opinions about what makes a good espresso maker. Thankfully, we have an entire range of these machines available today. To know which one is right for you, it’s important to make a few important considerations.
If your main requirement is convenience, buy an espresso maker that is automated and programmable. The buttons should be intuitive too, meaning you’ll naturally know where they are and how they function. 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.
In the world of espresso makers, an acceptable price is only as good as the quality of the espresso flavor it can give you. If the taste of your espresso is a big thing for you, then invest in a higher-end model. The number of boilers of a machine (the more, the better), temperature issues and whether the espresso is made using steam pressure (this is not recommended) are three other important points to consider. 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 have no idea about own your preferences, a mid-range model will be good to start with.
Spend time to read online reviews about different brands (stick to trusted consumer websites for credibility). Focus on how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with their machines and the customer service provided by the manufacturer. But note that no brand or company hasn’t received bad reviews about them. Just try to get the general vibe of the reviews.
Pricey models come with a warranty, so this will give you a picture of what level of durability you can expect. Generally, those made of metal hold heat better and are longer lasting. And the more electric components come with automated models, the more often they will likely require repairs.
Some espresso machines have features that may not be necessary but will surely make your espresso experience more fun and convenient. For instance, frothing wand, cup warmer, water filter, and so on. 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.
When people end up buying the wrong espresso machine, it’s usually not an issue of quality more than it is an issue of getting the one that meets all their needs. So be careful not to make the same mistake. Take your time and practice good judgment when deciding to buy an espresso maker.