We all love that burst of energy that we get from drinking an espresso or cup of cappuccino. Or maybe you just love the incredible taste of mocha. Whatever your pleasure is, it can be a waste of time having to drive out to a coffee shop, wait in line and then have to wait even longer for it to come out.
So for those looking for the best home espresso machine it helps having a guide. Because if you are a novice looking at the plethora of options that you find with a simple espresso machine search it can be overwhelming.
Do you want the 15 bar pump or the steel boiler versus a thermo block, is there a difference between dual filters and single ones, what does it all even mean. Basically what I’m saying is, it’s nice to have someone who went through all of that already.
Below you will find a brief intro to each of the products we will be discussing before we get to the real meat and potatoes of the information and features.
The De’Longhi is compact and saves counter space while still giving a great cup of rich and flavorful. The big selling point of this one is the space efficient machine but it also features a fast heating system to add onto the value.
Breville has made a fast and efficient cappuccino and espresso maker. They engineered it to have the best output while remaining delicious. To do this they installed a burr grinder inside of it, which usually is purchased separately.
The Breville 15 bar espresso machine is a very aesthetically appealing machine that is a great addition to the kitchen. It also is functional with a wide range of features.
So now that we have a general introduction to each of the three products, let us take a closer look at each of them.
The De’Longhi Dedica
De’Longhi makes it capable to have a cafe quality drink in your home with the Dedica espresso machine and without waiting in line or complicating the process. Because it only takes up about 6 inches of your kitchen counter, this adds to the convenience of this little dependable machine, not to mention the quick time of the heating process. The small espresso maker has a lot more to offer.
Features To Consider
The De’Longhi Dedica is pretty darn fast. The specially installed thermoblock technology can heat up the water to the perfect temperature in about 40 seconds, which is great considering we all want our coffee as fast as possible and you don’t have to wait for it for too long.
You can decide between single or double espressos with the simple to use ‘flow stop’ feature. The feature makes it possible for a personal customization of a drink and preference for flavor.
It has a 15 bar system put in for the perfect cup of espresso. For those of us non-baristas this is really good and combining it with the above perfect temperature feature it will brew probably your favorite cup of espresso in no time.
There is a manual system for rich and frothy milk the you want to switch to cappuccinos. It’s always good to switch it up a little bit.
- Cup warmers
- Easy interface
- Low counter real estate
- Flow Stop
The thing that will immediately catch your eye is the compact design of the machine. It really does save a lot of space on your kitchen, especially compared to other machines. But with the compact design it doesn’t sacrifice quality espressos. It is also a very basic system with three buttons and an added lever or two. So it’s easy to navigate and get your espresso going.
There is a limited amount of customization with this. While, sure you can decide between one or two shots or having a cappuccino, you can’t choose the intensity of each shot. You all can’t reprogram preferences when you being making changes so watch out for that. You will need to spend some extra money to make a great cup of coffee, so this is like the start pack for a lot of attachments. And the you make a purchase like this, having to buy more equipment will always be a con.
For a home based espresso maker this is a great machine with a few exceptions. Like I said the need to buy more equipment is a negative. But beyond that it is a great machine. The biggest thing to me is the compact design, and since this is for your home it make a huge difference between 6 inches of space and up to 20 inches. Overall I would recommend this machine for beginners and those who just want a nice addition to their kitchen.
Breville Espresso Express
The company immediately introduces this product as an espresso maker that will be able to get you a richly flavored cup of espresso fast, so it doesn’t lose any of the flavor. They don’t believe that the taste has should be sacrificed for convenience. They obviously focused on the quality paired with speed, but what else does it have to offer?
Features To Consider
The selection panel is very easy to navigate, which is surprising because it looks so cluttered to begin with. But figuring out what the right button or lever is is laid out very easily for those who are just adjusting to the world of espresso. It’s not just for beginners however as the machine invites seasoned users as well.
A 360-degree swiveling wand gives your milk the texture you prefer with a simple twist. Frothing the milk is just a part of the wonderful experience of the homebound barista.
They achieve their fast and flavorful results with a burr grinder. It promises a cup quick, as in less than a minute, and easily.
With a warning system to warn you when to clean the drip tray so you won’t have to deal with buildup and eventually residue. This is pretty nice to have if your forgetful, especially of such small things.
- Burr grinder
- Detachable tray
- Purging Function
- Grinding Cradle
- Warning lights
- Bean hopper
- Removable water tank
They offer very fast speed service, from the time you pick out want you prefer to the time you can start drinking that cup is quite impressive. Since they decided to make this the make feature means that they put quite a lot of time researching and developing how to implement it and make it last. With how complex the system is it is quite remarkable that they made it so approachable for beginners. Because let’s be honest, not everyone has experience working in a coffee shop.
Let’s say this first; it’s going to be loud because of the installation of the burr grinder in it. The vibrations from it caused Breville to install pads on the bottom of it so it wouldn’t move to much. If the vibrations will cause the machine to move imagine how loud it will be. Since you are looking to purchase this for home use you will have to accept that you won’t be able to make espresso if you also need to stay quiet.
If you are just looking to get into the espresso game than you should consider the Breville Espresso Express. It will be a great segue into home ownership of an espresso machine. There is a nice amount of customization that you can figure out for what a great cup of espresso you want for yourself. With the only real drawback being the vibrations this product comes with a recommendation as a solid product and purchase.
Breville 15 Bar Espresso Machine
Besides serving as a talking piece it has a wide range of features that include a purge function, 15 bar pump, and thermo block heater. If you want a functional and attractive machine this will be a great option to consider.
Features To Consider
The Breville 15 Bar espresso machine has an auto-purge function which will adjust the water automatically for the best quality espresso temperature. If you are looking for a machine that makes getting an espresso quickly this might be up your ally.
The thermoblock heating system is a way for the company to avoid the heavier duty steel boilers and in the end save money. For a home based espresso maker that will come in handy as you quickly churn out your favorite cup of cappuccino or espresso.
75-ounce detachable water tank will ensure that you will have a large tank for fueling yourself with espressos for days at a time. Just make sure to clean this out every once in awhile and don’t forget to change the water if it’s in there for a week or so without use.
- 75 oz water tank
- 15 bar pump
- Stainless steel build
- User-friendly interface
This is a very attractive machine, I know that sounds weird saying that about a machine, but it is. It will seamlessly fit into your kitchen and serve as a conversation point. For a home based cappuccino machine it is a good price and will be good for the occasional cup of mocha. It is great for a beginner or a casual drinker.
Replacing the steel boiler with a thermo block is usually a result of trying to lower the price and therefore a cheaper product. Which with this fits the profile because of the cost it is but it will also fail quicker. The emphasis on how attractive it is was distracting from some of the features that are slacking. The taste will be less than par for a little while until you break it in so you have to deal with that as well.
For those looking for a cost effective option for an espresso and cappuccino machine, the Breville 15 Bar espresso machine will be a good starter machine. But that’s all it will be, a starter machine because of the unfortunate faults of the cheaper cost of production. It really is a double-edged sword as far as that goes. But in the end I think you can probably do better.
Rounding Things Out
We all love to have an espresso, but we don’t always want to have to drive out to a coffee shop, stand in line to order, stand in line and wait for the barista to be done making it, and then finally enjoy it. It’s exhausting thinking about. And just incase you don’t work at the coffee shop you should consider purchasing an espresso machine for your home.
With these reviews the hope was to give you a comprehensive guide leading you through the complicated process of understanding and purchasing an espresso maker. Hopefully it gave you at least a general idea of what to look for in a home espresso machine. And if you still want some guidance between these three reviews then you can stay tuned for the final verdict.
The final verdict, see you didn’t have to wait that long! After reviewing each product the one that stands out as the best is the Breville Express Espresso maker. I understand that there were some minor drawbacks, specifically the vibrations from the burr grinder.
With a loud machine you expect quality at the very least and you get that with this product. There is no need to think otherwise. It is great for beginners and experienced espresso makers alike, and with its user-friendly design it is easy to see why I chose this one.
There it all is for you. I decided the Breville express is the best option out of the three but you have to keep in mind your needs and wants. So at least you have a healthy dose of information to give you the power of an informed purchase. Good luck bringing home the perfect machine for your house.