01) DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar
3 used from $155.93
The DeLonghi EC155 dishes out 15 bars of pressure for optimal flavor extraction from the pods or ground coffee of your choice. You can make your coffee very easily for under $100 with this solid espresso machine that always brews at the right temperature, thanks to its two thermostats that let you control water and steam pressure separately.
You control that pressure with a steam dial, which you can keep closed when you’re not using the frother. The unit itself is made of high-quality stainless steel that ensures durability and longevity. The simple on-off switch and self-priming operation gets rid of any hassle with any sort of start-up preparation.
02) Hamilton Beach Espresso Machine (40792)
The Hamilton Beach Espresso Machine gives you a commercial-grade espresso machine for your own home for under $100, making it an amazing value for coffee lovers. You can make cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and straight-up espresso from either pods or ground coffee easily with a 15-bar Italian-made pump for the best flavor extraction possible.
You can set it up quite easily with easy access to all the parts and a slide-and-lock portafilter that doesn’t take much effort to attach and detach. The swiveling steam wand lets you steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes with no fuss. Once you’re done making your drink, you can set it on the cup warmer to keep it from getting cold until you’re ready to serve.
03) WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine
The WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine is for those who want to take their coffee-making a step further down the artisanal route by doing it manually. That means this espresso machine doesn’t need batteries or electricity, just some physical effort and a willingness to learn how to do it yourself.
The new patented pumping system makes it possible for you to make espresso on your own with this machine, being able to create up to 18 bars of pressure for maximum flavor extraction from your ground coffee beans. You don’t need that much force to operate it, and all components are easily detached for cleaning.
04) Bialetti Kitty Coffee Maker
2 used from $39.20
The Bialetti Kitty Coffee Maker is great for those who are used to using Moka pots to make their coffee and just happen to want to transition to a much better one. For one thing, it’s made of stainless steel, which is safer to make coffee with compared to other metals like aluminum.
Whether you’re going for a regular cup or a strong one, the Bialetti Kitty can make that for you. It can make 10 ounce of coffee at one time, which should be enough for your morning. Even if you’re the biggest fan of Moka pots, you’ll find yourself switching to this once you learn how much better making coffee with this actually is.
05) Cuisinart DCC-3200
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a solid value espresso machine from one of the most trusted names in premium kitchen equipment. This has the same state-of-the-art technology you may expect from other Cuisinart products. It gives you hotter coffee without bitterness, only bringing out the unctuous and sophisticated flavor from your beans.
It has brew-strength control to further let you get the flavor you want, whether you’re going for a regular coffee or a bolder flavor profile. This espresso machine even has 24-hour programmability that makes it fully automatic, so you can get your coffee at the same time as you need it every morning. It can then self-clean and auto-shutoff for more hands-off functionality.