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 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. Aside from ease of use, consider ease of cleaning. A simple model with an intuitive design may not be that convenient if it’s such a challenge to clean.
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. 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’re totally clueless about your preferences, get a mid-range model first and try to experiment.
Spend time to read online reviews about different brands (stick to trusted consumer websites for credibility). Pay attention to how happy or unhappy they are with the performance of their machines, and of the customer service they receive. But remember, all companies or brands receive bad reviews from time to time. Just try to catch the overall vibe of the testimonials.
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.
Some espresso makers have features that are not necessary but will certainly make your experience more convenient and pleasurable. 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.
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 don’t rush into a choice. Know your needs and practice good judgment before purchasing an espresso maker.