One of the best early inventions in human history is coffee. Okay, some of you may not agree with that statement. But if you are like me, coffee is the fifth food group in your diet. Did you know that in the U.S. we drink 400 million cups of coffee every day! Wow, no wonder you see coffee shops around every corner. Roughly we spend 20 billion dollars a day on coffee in those shops. Those numbers are mind blowing. But you could save over $1,000 a year by making your favorite coffee drinks at home. To help you do that I have put together this review of the best espresso machine under $300.
- Best Espresso Machines under $300
- 1. The Editor's Pick - Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
- 2. 7 Pc All-In-One Espresso/Cappuccino Machine Bundle Set
- 3. Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino by De'Longhi
- 4. Nespresso Pixie D60 Espresso Machines
- 5. The Espresso machine over $300 - Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine
Best Espresso Machines under $300
I have a few reasons why this Mr. Coffee espresso maker is my first choice. For one, I love how you can make numerous types of coffee drinks. Not only does it make espresso, but you at the push of a button you can also make cappuccinos and lattes. It only takes a few seconds to heat up, and everything is controlled by its own button. You can choose how frothy you want your milk and how strong you crave your coffee. Even cleaning it is done by just pushing the buttons. Making a delicious cup of coffee has never been easier.
This bundled set is a great buy for first timers. I loved how easy it was to assemble the machine, every part was clearly labeled and took me about 10 minutes. The espresso maker heats up quickly and I appreciated the fact the light turns green when it’s ready to go. Like the previous one, this also makes multiple types of coffee drinks. The machine has 2 filter baskets so you can control how many shots of espresso you want in your cup. But the primary reason this is my second choice is it comes with an electric coffee grinder, an accessory that most do not include.
With the previous espresso makers on my list, the one thing I had trouble with was figuring out the precise amount of grounds and pressure needed. If you want to take the guess work and practice out of the equation, this may be a good choice for you. The Nespresso uses premade “pods”, you get a sampler of 12 with the machine. This eliminates a number of steps in creating a superb cup of espresso. I did like that you could choose between cold or hot milk, depending on what type of beverage you want. The machine heats up quickly and takes just seconds to brew one cup of coffee that is not too hot to drink right away.
The Nespresso Pixie might be the ideal machine if you are only looking to brew the occasional espresso. Just like the previous Nespresso, the machine only uses coffee capsules made by the company. Included with it are samples of 16 flavors and strengths, including decaf, capsules. What I did like about this one is the size, it’s much smaller than any of the others, so it takes up very little counter space. As it does make quite a bit of noise, I liked the volume control function. It also turns off automatically after nine minutes.
This Breville espresso maker may be a good purchase if you are just starting out making them at home. Unlike the previous two listed, this machine basically just makes espresso. It does come with an accessory to froth the milk for cappuccinos. But I found that to be a little messy, as the milk kept overflowing from the pitcher before it reached the ideal temperature. Nevertheless, it works great for just steaming the milk. Since the grounds tend to be wet after brewing, cleanup is not as easy unless you allow them to dry out a bit first. I did observe it to be louder when in use than the others listed here.
After testing out these five different espresso makers the Mr. Coffee is my favorite. I love having multiple choices in the types of beverages I can create, I do love variety. I liked that it came out of the box pretty much ready to go. Compared the other four machines listed here, I found this one to be the quietest. And, besides the delicious espresso, I love the push button cleaning on this machine. If you are planning on making your own coffee drinks at home, this may just be the best espresso machine under $300.