Different people want different things when it comes to their espresso maker. Thankfully, we have an entire range of these machines available today. To know which one to buy, it’s good make a few prior considerations.
If convenience is your top priority, get an espresso maker with automated functions and programmable settings. 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. 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. 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 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 totally clueless about your preferences, get a mid-range model first and try to experiment.
Take time to read online reviews about all the different brands available to you (for credibility, stick to popular consumer websites). Pay attention to how happy or unhappy they are with the performance of their machines, and of the customer service they receive. But remember that all brands or companies will have both good and bad things said about them. Just try to get the general vibe of the reviews.
Expensive machines provide warranty, so you should have a fairly good idea of the durability of these products. Generally, those made of metal hold heat better and are longer lasting. And the more electric components come with automated models, the more often they will likely require repairs.
There are espresso makers that have unnecessary but handy features that make your experience more satisfying and convenient. Examples are a built-in coffee grinder, a cup warmer and a frothing wand. 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.