Different people have varying opinions about what makes a good espresso maker. Fortunately, these machines have the variety to accommodate everyone. Knowing which one to buy requires making a few vital considerations.
Ease of Use
If convenience is your top priority, get an espresso maker with automated functions and programmable settings. The buttons should be intuitive too, meaning you’ll naturally know where they are and how they function. Besides ease of use, look into 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 particular about the taste of your espresso, then a higher-end model will be a good buy. 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 the idea is just to make mochas or cappuccino and the like, then a lower-end machine will probably be okay. 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). Check whether they are happy with their machines or regretted buying them, or if the manufacturers offer good customer service. 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.
There are espresso makers that have unnecessary but handy features that make your experience more satisfying and convenient. For instance, frothing wand, cup warmer, water filter, and so on. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which features you want. And as expected, more features means a higher cost.
When people buy the wrong espresso maker, it’s not usually because of quality problems; it’s usually because they didn’t take time to figure out which machine is really right for them. So be careful not to make the same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.