Whether you’re tired of paying café prices or if you just want to try your hand at making espressos at home, one of the best devices to add to your kitchen arsenal would be an automatic espresso machine. If you’ve done any research, then you know that “automatic” comes in two flavors: semi-automatic and super-automatic. Semi is for machines that still have one feature that’s manual, typically extraction, while super means the entire process is automated. All of the machines listed here are super-automatic, which is noted for consistent flavor and ease of use. You’ll marvel at how easy they are to use, and how great each homemade espresso tastes.
This espresso machine is sure to make a few checkmarks on your most wanted qualities list. It’s powerful, compact, comes packed with features and has an affordable price. Let’s talk about the major features first. You can easily froth milk with the Pannarello frothing wand, it can also be used as a hot water dispenser for tea and other hot drinks. Everything is loaded in the front, making it easy to reach all the important areas. You’ll find the water tank, drip tray and dregs drawers without having to move the machine from side to side.
While this isn’t the smallest automatic espresso machine on the market, it still qualifies as compact. Measuring only 15.5x10x11.5 inches, you should have no problem fitting this on any kitchen counter. On top you’ll find the hopper and grinder so that you can grind the coffee beans when you’re ready to use them. Experience the full flavor of espresso by only using freshly ground beans. The brew group can be removed for easy cleaning. Strength can be changed easily from the front panel display.
This espresso machine has fewer features than premium devices, but it’s perfect for those who just want a basic cup without any fuss. If you’re looking for an affordable unit that gives a lot for its price, then this is the perfect espresso maker.
For just a little more money, you can enjoy the additional control and features of the DeLonghi ESAM3300. This is easily one of the best automatic espresso machines because it gives you a ton of control without forcing you to be an espresso know-it-all. Much like the Gaggia Brera unit, this one is fairly compact with a footprint of 11x15x14, so you should have no problem fitting it in your kitchen.
A patented cappuccino system lets you easily froth milk and steam together to get that perfect texture that you love. A professional, built-in grinder ensures that you can enjoy coffee beans nice and fresh. A special little feature is that the grinder is low-pitch. This makes it easy to grind in the morning, and it’s perfect for those who hate loud noises.
On the front you’ll find push buttons and a rotary dial to control your drink. There are five different strength options, four espresso length levels, you can customize and program your favorite drinks, and you can brew either single or double cups simultaneously. Easy to understand icons are on the front so that you know what each button controls.
Extracting the brew unit for cleaning is a breeze. There are two red buttons that are easy to see and operate. Just pinch the buttons and you can remove the brew unit. Tired of waiting between each cup for the machine to be ready? This unit remains at a constant temperature, allowing you to brew cup after cup for you and your family or guests.
If you love espresso and other café-level coffee drinks, then the DeLongi ESAM3300 is going to be your new best friend. From a ton of features to a small footprint, this automatic machine does it all while giving you complete control.
Whether you’re looking for a unit with the most features possible, or if you need one for the whole home and family, the Breville BES870XL fits the bill. This premium espresso machine gives you all of the native benefits of a super-automatic machine with a lot of extras that you’re sure to love. While it’s bigger than the other units at 12.5 x 13.25 x 15.75 inches, it can still fit on the counter and it uses the space very effectively.
Let’s talk about beans and water. The bean hopper and grinder can hold about half a pound of coffee beans at once. No need to grind them all at once. Wait until you want a cup and get the grinder going. The Breville is capable of holding 67 ounces of water, or two liters. This gives you plenty of espresso, and the 1,600W thermo coil heating system ensures that high temperatures are maintained from one cup to the next.
On the front you’ll find pressure gauges to tell you how the procedure is going, grinding sizes so that you can adjust the strength of your drink and a hands-free portafilter that fills and dispenses on its own. A temperature gauge shows you the current heat in the machine, and volume controls allow you to brew one or two cups simultaneously. A swivel-action milk wand makes it easy to froth milk from any direction.
All areas of the machine can be easily removed when it’s time to clean, and there’s even a light showing you when the machine needs to be tidied up. This includes the hopper, brew unit, milk wand and everything in between.
If you’re looking to practice as a barista, you can change from dual-wall filters to single-wall, making it a little harder, but also giving you more control over the drink. This machine gives you everything you would ever need, and it’s only slightly more expensive that the mid-tier offer. While it’s size might be a turn off to some, it’s a benefit to others who need to make lots of espressos for themselves and others.