What to Consider When Buying an Espresso Maker
Different people want different things when it comes to their espresso maker. Thankfully, we have an entire range of these machines available today. Knowing which one to buy requires making a few vital considerations.
Ease of Use
If you’re one for convenience above all else, choose an automated espresso maker with 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. Besides ease of use, look into ease of cleaning. An easy-to-use machine may not be all that convenient if cleaning it is a pain.
In terms of espresso makers, price issues come down to the quality of espresso flavor you’re looking for. If the taste of your espresso is a big thing for you, then invest in a higher-end model. Three other issues to consider are temperature, using steam pressure to make espresso (not advised), and how many boilers are in the machine, where more is better. 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.
Spend a few minutes to check out online reviews of various brands (on reputable consumer websites only to ensure credibility). Check whether they are happy with their machines or regretted buying them, or if the manufacturers offer good customer service. But remember, all companies or brands receive bad reviews from time to time. Just try to get the general vibe of the reviews.
Pricey models come with a warranty, so this will give you a picture of what level of durability you can expect. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. And with more electric components in automated models, you can expect a more frequent need for repairs.
Some espresso machines have features that may not be necessary but will surely make your espresso experience more fun and convenient. Examples are a built-in coffee grinder, a cup warmer and a frothing wand. Obviously, it’s up to you to decide if you want any of these additional features. And as expected, more features means a higher cost.
When people buy the wrong espresso maker, it’s not usually because of quality problems; it’s usually because they didn’t take time to figure out which machine is really right for them. So don’t rush into a choice. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.