Different people want different things when it comes to their espresso maker. Thankfully, we have an entire range of these machines available today. Knowing which one to buy requires making a few vital considerations.
If your main requirement is convenience, buy an espresso maker that is automated and programmable. All buttons should also be intuitive, meaning you don’t have to spend an hour knowing where they are or how they work. 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.
When you talk about espresso makers, price boils down to the quality of the espresso flavor you want. If the taste of your espresso is a big thing for you, then invest in a higher-end model. Other important factors include the number of boilers in the machine (more is better), the use of steam pressure to make the espresso (not good), and achieving the right temperature and temperature stability. If the idea is just to make mochas or cappuccino and the like, then a lower-end machine will probably be okay. If you’re not sure about your preferences, buy a mid-range model for starters and experiment.
Spend a few minutes to check out online reviews of various brands (on reputable consumer websites only to ensure credibility). Check whether they are happy with their machines or regretted buying them, or if the manufacturers offer good customer service. But note that no brand or company hasn’t received bad reviews about them. Just try to get the general vibe of the reviews.
Expensive models provide a warranty, so this should give you an idea of their durability. Generally, those made of metal hold heat better and are longer lasting. And with more electric components in automated models, you can expect a more frequent need for 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. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which features you want. And as expected, more features means a higher cost.
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 take it slow and don’t make that same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.