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. All buttons should also be intuitive, meaning you don’t have to spend an hour knowing where they are or how they work. Apart from ease of use, ease of cleaning is also important. 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. The number of boilers of a machine (the more, the better), temperature issues and whether the espresso is made using steam pressure (this is not recommended) are three other important points to consider. 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.
Take time to read online reviews about all the different brands available to you (for credibility, stick to popular consumer websites). Pay attention to how happy or unhappy they are with the performance of their machines, and of the customer service they receive. 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. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. 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. For instance, frothing wand, cup warmer, water filter, and so on. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which features you want. And as expected, more features means a higher cost.
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 don’t rush into a choice. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.