The best affordable espresso machines you can buy in 2019

For intense flavor and maximum caffeine, nothing can surpass the richness of an espresso. To help you start the day right, we’ve sought out the best affordable espresso machines available today.

The best affordable espresso machines you can buy in 2019
  • Why should I buy an espresso machine? It allows you to enjoy great coffee at speed, without the coffee shop mark-up.
  • Are pod-based machines better or worse? Using disposable pods is easier than handling grounds. However, it’s also more expensive in the long run and less eco-friendly.
  • How much should you pay for an espresso machine? While professional machines can cost thousands, we think that $1,000 is enough to get a good-quality brewer for home use.

Coffee connoisseurs say that the espresso is the highest form of caffeinated enjoyment. We’re not here to argue — only to assist you in brewing your tiny cup of java.

While some coffee makers sell for ridiculous prices, it’s not actually necessary to empty your bank account for good coffee. Here are some of the best affordable espresso machines we’ve stumbled across this year.

Breville Nespresso Creatista

Retailing at under $350, the Breville Nespresso Creatista offers exceptional value for money. This pod-based espresso machine gives you complete control, with a built-in touchscreen for selecting your ideal brew.

Price: $349.88 USD

Breville Bambino Plus

If you prefer grounds over pods, the Bambino Plus should float your boat. This thing can match the performance of machines twice the price, thanks to a ThermoJet heating system.

Price: $479 USD

Nespresso Prodigio Smart Espresso Machine

The Prodigio was one of the first connected espresso machines, and it’s still going strong. Through the app, you can select the size and style of your coffee, check the water tank level, and even order more capsules.

Price: $399.98 USD

Nomad Espresso Machine by UniTerra

Can’t be without your coffee? You should pack the Nomad. This tiny machine lets you brew the perfect espresso without the need for any electricity — perfect for camping and road trips.

Price: $299.99 USD

ROK Espresso Maker

This stunning manual espresso maker adds a slice of style to any kitchen. It also produces a great cup of coffee, thanks to a high-pressure seal. In addition, this machine is made from durable engine-grade metal.

Price: $154.99 USD

NowPresso Portable Espresso Machine

Don’t have access to hot water? No problem with NowPresso. This compact device automatically heats the water and brews your coffee. It even has a built-in cup for enjoyment on the go.

Price: $199 USD

De’Longhi Magnifica S

Thanks to a built-in conical burr grinder with 13 adjustable settings, the Magnifica S lets you enjoy fresh coffee every morning. This machine is also very compact, and much easier to clean than many competitors.

Price: $900 USD

Breville Barista Express

This countertop beast gives you the full coffee-shop experience at home. The Barista Express has a 15-bar Italian pump and a 1600W thermo coil heating system. You also get fine control over the grinding process, and micro-foam milk texturing.

Price: $499.96 USD

Bonus: Breville Oracle Touch

If you’re willing to spend more for the best possible cup of coffee, the Oracle Touch is worth every cent. This machine lets you adjust the strength and temperature of your coffee, and save your settings. You can actually store eight customized coffees, with quick access through the built-in touchscreen.

Price: $2,499.95 USD

The best affordable espresso machines

While you can always get your caffeine fix at Starbucks, brewing coffee at home is much cheaper in the long run. In addition, you can adjust the settings to your exact taste and experiment with different beans. We hope this round-up will help you make the leap, no matter your starting budget.

Do you already own an espresso machine? Leave a review in the comments for your fellow coffee drinkers!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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