Different people want different things when it comes to their espresso maker. Good things there’s an entire variety of these machines out there. To know which one is right for you, it’s important to make a few important considerations.
Ease of Use
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. Besides ease of use, look into ease of cleaning. A simple model with an intuitive design may not be that convenient if it’s such a challenge to clean.
In terms of espresso makers, price issues come down to the quality of espresso flavor you’re looking for. If you’re particular about the taste of your espresso, then a higher-end model will be a good buy. Other important factors include the number of boilers in the machine (more is better), the use of steam pressure to make the espresso (not good), and achieving the right temperature and temperature stability. If the idea is just to make mochas or cappuccino and the like, then a lower-end machine will probably be okay. If you have no idea about own your preferences, a mid-range model will be good to start with.
Spend time to read online reviews about different brands (stick to trusted consumer websites for credibility). Focus on how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with their machines and the customer service provided by the manufacturer. But note that no brand or company hasn’t received bad reviews 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. 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.
There are espresso makers that have unnecessary but handy features that make your experience more satisfying and convenient. 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.
Many people end up buying the wrong espresso maker, not because the product itself is low quality, but simply because they didn’t spend enough time preparing for the purchase. So take it slow and don’t make that same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.