Different people have varying opinions about what makes a good espresso maker. Good things there’s an entire variety of these machines out there. 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. Besides ease of use, look into ease of cleaning. If a certain model is simple and intuitive to use but a chore to clean, then it may not be so convenient after all.
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. Three other issues to consider are temperature, using steam pressure to make espresso (not advised), and how many boilers are in the machine, where more is better. 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’re not sure about your preferences, buy a mid-range model for starters and experiment.
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. You just want to get the overall 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. In general, those made of metal last longer and are better in maintaining heat. 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 example, cup warmer, coffee grinder, inbuilt coffee grinder and the like. It’s obviously for you to decide if want these extra features or not. And as you’d expect, the more features you want, the higher the machine’s price will be.
Many people end up buying the wrong espresso maker, not because the product itself is low quality, but simply because they didn’t spend enough time preparing for the purchase. So be careful not to make the same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.