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If you’re shopping for an espresso machine, then you are most likely overwhelmed by the choices out there. Not to mention, all machines deem themselves to be ‘The Best’… well, it’s true that a lot of machines are really great, but the question is – which one is the right one for YOU? Here are some really great descriptions we’ve found at which will help you understand espresso machines better.

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What Kind of Espresso Machine Is The Right One For You?

Read these descriptions along with the pros and cons to help you decide. Be honest about what’s important to you and buying a home espresso machine will be a great experience.

Pump Espresso Machine:

Typically what you will find in a coffee shop, a pump espresso machine are usually made for commercial purposes, but can be used in your home. Be prepared to expand your budget if you are looking to purchase a pump espresso machine, since they are typically the priciest of the bunch. Also, pump espresso machines are usually the largest, heaviest, and noisiest of the options, but it produces a fantastic cup of espresso. These machines work by using a pump to keep the water pressure at an appropriate level.


  • Fantastic quality espresso, coffee shop-like quality
  • Pump keeps consistent pressure
  • Low maintenance
  • Come in semi-automatic and automatic varieties


  • Can be bigger, bulkier (but not necessarily)
  • Noisier
  • Higher price

Piston Espresso Machine:

If you are looking for a great, low maintenance espresso machine, consider those than run on a piston or lever system. Instead of a pump to create pressure, these machines use a lever that must be maneuvered in order to create steam. Although a piston espresso machine is very quiet, they may require a great deal of arm strength to continually pull on the lever. Furthermore, the piston espresso machine is capable of making a great cup of espresso, but it may take practice to get the hang of the process.


  • Quality machines
  • Low maintenance
  • Quiet
  • Can produce excellent espresso


  • Manual process, lever can be some labor
  • Takes most practice
  • Higher price

Steam Espresso Machine:

Using steam to create pressure to make the espresso, these steam powered espresso machines are typically the type found in the home. With smaller machines that occupy less space and cost less money, steam espresso machines are quite quick and easy to use. However, keep in mind that the steam produced may not provide the appropriate level of pressure, so the steam level should be constantly maintained.


  • Smaller, take up less space
  • Lower price point
  • Quick and easy to use


  • Steam pressure needs to be consistently regulated
  • Quality not as good as lever or pump machines

Moka Pots:

Moka Pots are a stovetop method to producing espresso. The process is simple and easy, although the final product may be less than professional. Using specially designed two-part pot, the steam produced by the water boiling in the bottom of the pot is forced into the top part of the pot, where the coffee is boiling. It requires a great deal less pressure than the other types of home espresso machines, but there is no milk frothing or foaming attachments, so you may have to sacrifice that feature for price and size.


  • Process is simple / easy
  • Requires less pressure
  • Inexpensive


  • Quality ay be less than professional
  • Manual process
  • No milk frother or foaming attachements…

Read more at Which Type Of Espresso Machine Is Right For You? –

Now, to give you some examples of the machines mentioned above – let’s look the some of the espresso machines we’ve featured on our site:

Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machinean example of the Pump Espresso Machines are the Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machine which a fantastic choice for a super-automatic pump espresso machine under $500 (those normally cost over $1000). And there’s the very small and manual pump espresso machine De’Longhi BAR32 Retro 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. It does not have a lot of features, but it’s a good basic starting machine for under $100.

– We have not featured a Piston Espresso Machine on the site yet, our recommendation though goes to the Presso Espresso Machine, which is a high rated and cheap Piston machine that you can start with.

– For a steam espresso machine, you have to really consider the Breville BES900XL Machine. Keep in mind though, it is on the pricey side and is targeted toward more advanaced users. But you can easily get a hang of it with practice.

– Lastly, Moka pots are the least advanced and most manual way to make a cup of espresso. It’s hardly a ‘machine’. It’s a pot, and it can make a decent cup of espresso but that’s all you get. Click here to see some moka pots.


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