Greetings and another question that has come up numerous times across the community is how to buy an Espresso Machine or how do you go about choosing an Espresso Machine so if you need some help with this, take a quick read through this post which will outline all the main points to need to take into consideration.
Points to Consider when Buying an Espresso Machine…
What space how you available on your countertop? The first thing you should do is take out your measuring tape and take note of the dimensions available to you and write these down in a safe place as you do your browsing and research.
Always make sure to buy from a recognized brand that is trusted within the industry and the brand names are that are generally known as household names. If you have used a particular brand before and you got good results, then you should also consider sticking to that trusted brand that you are already familiar with.
If you need a variety of programmable settings, then make sure to select an Automatic model with several programmable buttons available. Likewise, if you need to avoid doing the manual work yourself, choose a model that have these built in Automatic settings already.
What warranty is available for the machine? Always make sure to check the warranty available on the Espresso machine as the length of time can vary considerably from model to model.
The cheapest is not always the best – likewise the most expensive models are not necessarily the best either as they may have additional features and functions but may not be reliable. Take a look at the budget you can allow for in purchasing a new Espresso Machine and then be flexible by approx. $20 higher or lower than the budget you set.
Always make sure to go further into the detail – not just the features but read also the positive and negative reviews from a customer feedback point of view. You should never choose a model that has a plethora of negative reviews or where the star rating is 2 or less.
How difficult is it to clean the machine? Are the parts easily accessible? You should make an effort to find out how difficult or easy it is to clean the machine and also how difficult it will be to maintain on an ongoing basis. Make sure to look out for these in the customer reviews or feedback forums.
If you are experiencing problems with the quality of the water in your area, then choose a machine that has a water filter built in to make sure that the water being used in the overall process is the best quality possible.
Select on your preferences based on the operation capabilities be it manual, Semi-automatic, Fully Automatic or Super Automatic Espresso Machines. If you are prepared to do a lot of the hard work yourself and master the techniques of making the Espressos with the spring piston lever or the manual levers, then the Manual Model is the one for you. If you are going to be too busy to do the manual work, then go down the road of one of the Automatic models.
1, Manual – You operate the process, it gives great tasting espressos but you need to have experience in using them or you will need to get proper training to master it.
2, Semi Auto – Much easier to use than the manual, you still have a percentage of the control but the price will be somewhat higher so be prepared for this
3, Fully Auto – This includes the pump and also the automatic addition of water which makes them easier again to use than the Semi Auto version and be aware again that the price will be higher again generally.
4, Super Auto – this type of Espresso machine takes full control of the entire process and all you have to do is press a few buttons. It is the perfect option to select when Espressos need to be pumped out quickly, efficiently and with little clean up required afterwards and little work needed on your behalf. It is the simplest and easiest version to work with and will have a wide selection of programmable settings available to choose from.
Service Back up:
What happens if the machine gets broken down or needs to be repaired? Buying from a reputable brand and supplier with a customer service back up is significantly important in the event that repairs need to be done down the road.
If you have limited space – choose a model that has a built-in grinder which also adds a lot of convenience for you and your colleagues.
While you are here, feel free to view popular Espresso Machines in more detail by clicking on any of the images provided below…
Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own favorite brands or models of Espresso Machines and the reasons why by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that people in the community can learn also!