Planning to Buy Espresso Machine

Which Type of Espresso Machine is Right for You?

Right, so you are thinking about getting your own espresso machine. Making your own espresso shots at home sounds really great - but where do you start when there are so many different types of espresso machines around? Well, I will try to help you by pointing out a few things that you will need to consider before you decide which espresso machine to buy.

The most important decision you need to make is what type of espresso machine you want. Broadly speaking, there are 5 different types of espresso machines - let's have a look at them one by one:

Which type of espresso machine should you choose

Now that you understand what types of machines are available, let's talk a bit about how to decide which one is best for you. First of all, I would recommend that you stay clear of steam espresso machines unless you drink only milk based coffee drinks. A manual espresso machine is also not the best choice for most first time buyers - if you get one of these machines then be prepared for quite a number of poor espresso shots and some frustration before you learn get things right (the results are well worth it in the end if you don't give up).

Semi-automatic machines and automatic machines are very similar in concept, so I will treat them as one group for the purpose of this discussion and refer to them as semi-automatic machines. That leaves us with semi-automatic and super automatic machines - so your decision really boils down to a simple question: "Do I want a super automatic espresso machine?". Let's have a look at some of the major pros and cons of these bean-to-cup machines:

Still not decided which way to go? Maybe a semi-automatic espresso machine with an option to take ESE pods (as well as ground coffee) may be the answer. You can start with the pods and then quickly progress to using your own coffee.

Further Reading

If you want to buy an espresso machine, here are some relevant articles that will help you to make the right choice.

Buy Espresso Machine: What Form of Coffee Do You Want to Use?
Best Espresso Machines: Manual Models
Best Espresso Machine: Semi-Automatic Models