The best espresso machines under $1,000

Become your own barista with these home espresso machines. (Photo: Amazon)

Addicted to that morning latte from your favorite coffee shop? Well, you can recreate these coffee drinks at home whenever the urge strikes. There is, however, one device you will need: an espresso machine. They can be a little intimidating at first, but with a little trial and error, you can become your own barista. Here, we offer our research on espresso machines for both beginners and experts so you can find the machine that’s right for you.


Bambino Plus espresso machine


$514 on Amazon

The Breville Bambino Plus is a compact yet capable espresso machine that is ideal for beginners. The water heats up quickly and the automatic steam wand adjusts the temperature and texture of the milk to your liking.

This reviewer on Amazon absolutely loves it: “Oh my gosh (that needed to be clarified)! My title said, ‘Should, but Be Careful.'” The thing is, once you get this espresso machine and learn how to do it right, you’ll never be able to drink just coffee again. Plain coffee is just too bad compared to the great brew that comes out of this espresso machine. Also, going to stand in line to get a cappuccino or latte will no longer be a thing that you’re going to be willing to do. So just know if you get this machine you’ll never be the same.”


Barista Express espresso machine


$750 on Amazon

For those who want an all-in-one machine, the Breville Barista Express is for you. It has a built-in grinder! You can grind the coffee directly in the portafilter for maximum freshness and in perfectly measured doses.

This machine is so good, even the pros love it! “After four years of working as a barista, the thought of leaving the coffee shop to go to high school was upsetting. As an early birthday gift for leaving the coffee shop, my mom bought this machine for me. It does everything I need it to do. to prepare any cafe drink! Perfect single or double espresso (even with double wall filters to give decent espresso from pre-ground coffee), steam wand with acceptable pressure and good heat for milk texture (latte art is a must for me and this machine allows me to achieve it 7/10 times)…. I really like this machine.”

Another barista weighs in: “It’s a fantastic little machine that makes great tasting espresso, great steamed milk and saves you a ton of money and time. Get it! Very easy to use! Not like the industrial ones I used when I worked at Starbucks but still it’s really easy and I make great tasting espresso. I got it as a Christmas present and have been using it almost every day for about a month now.”


Classic Pro Espresso Machine


$439 $448 on Amazon

Gaggia is for espresso lovers who want to take their love of coffee to the next level. You can pinch it to your heart’s content to get the coffee the way you like it. This is a professional grade machine for the home.

“If you’re serious but not obsessed with your espresso, this is the machine for you!” said a five star review. “Over the years I’ve spent more than the cost of this machine while searching for the perfect ‘prosumer’ espresso machine. Wish I’d bitten the bullet right now? U betcha! Classic Gaggia lives up to its hype And so much more!” I must warn you that…once you get the hang of it and learn how to make a more than decent shot of espresso, going to Starbucks will be a thing of the past!”


Silvia espresso machine


$830 on Amazon

Want to take your espresso to the next level? Then consider the Rancilio Silvia, a machine designed for those who think of espresso as a hobby and passion. It is commercial grade but compact enough for a home kitchen.

A former barista vouches for it: “This machine is fantastic and easy to use. The coffee quality is top notch with a little practice — you could do worse with a cheaper machine, or you could pay more for something more automatic, but it won’t get better espresso… When I’m super lazy, I make a generous double wedge (American) and pour it into milk in the microwave, and it’s a killer coffee in ~3 minutes — including time for the machine to warm up. .. this machine works great.”

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The reviews listed above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.

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