Choosing the Best Espresso Machine for Your Needs

An espresso machine used to be something that was limited to high end coffee shops and houses. This is not the case anymore. Now everyone from families to singles is buying espresso machines for their homes, apartments, condominiums, etc. In order to make the best choice for your coffee needs, here are three things that you will want to consider in your shopping.

First of all, the prices for espresso machines range from very low to exorbitantly high. And in truth, the more you pay for an espresso machine, the better the results. But since not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend, you will want to determine how much you are willing to spend and then look around in the price range for the machines that consistently rate high in consumer tests and reviews.

Next, you will want to look at the actual espresso machine in order to get a feel for its quality. The heavier the actual portafilter or basket for the espresso, the better, for example; the more metal parts the espresso machine has, the stronger and more durable it will be. You need to recognize that the sum of the parts of the espresso machine much add up to quality. Look for machines that seem sturdy and that can take the constant use. These machines will be heavier and have parts that are made of stainless steel or other materials.

You will also want to consider just how often you will be making espresso when you are looking at machines. If you are trying to start a small coffee shop business, you will need a higher quality machine than someone that is trying to have a latte in the morning. Think about how often the machine is going to be “working” for you.

Another thing that many people forget in terms of selecting an espresso machine is the actual steam wand. When you are trying to make lattes and cappuccinos, this piece of the machine will need to be easy to use and durable. When you’re looking at the machine itself, be sure to move the wand to see how it works and then also test it out, if possible.

An espresso machine is an investment in your coffee routine, but it’s all in how you select the machine itself that will make your mornings all the better. Take your time and research your options before heading to your local store or online shop.


  1. Johnny says

    Hello Mike! I am in the process of opening up a coffee house. What is your advice for me regarding buying a high quality espresso machine that can also meet my relatively low budget! Thank you!

  2. Mike says

    Since there is so many commercial espresso machines to choose from (brands) you should list some brands that are known for producing a good espresso machine for commercial use. Even have bistros comment on what machines they like.

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