People have varied preferences concerning 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.
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. Aside from ease of use, consider ease of cleaning. An easy-to-use machine may not be all that convenient if cleaning it is a pain.
In terms of espresso makers, price issues come down to the quality of espresso flavor you’re looking for. If the taste of your espresso is a big thing for you, then invest in a higher-end model. 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 you’ll mainly be making cappuccinos or mochas and other drinks similar, then you should be happy with a lower-end machine. If you have no idea about own your preferences, a mid-range model will be good to start with.
Spend a few minutes to check out online reviews of various brands (on reputable consumer websites only to ensure credibility). Pay attention to how happy or unhappy they are with the performance of their machines, and of the customer service they receive. But remember, all companies or brands receive bad reviews from time to time. 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.
Some espresso makers have features that are not necessary but will certainly make your experience more convenient and pleasurable. Examples are a built-in coffee grinder, a cup warmer and a frothing wand. Obviously, it’s up to you to decide if you want any of these additional features. And naturally, if you want more features, you have to pay a higher price.
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 take it slow and don’t make that same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.