As a former barista, I'm a little bit obsessed with the finding the best espresso machines on the market. I started out using luxury, commercial machines, but in the past five years good espresso machines have become more accessible, reliable, user-friendly, and much more beautiful.
These hands-on machines vary significantly. You can spend thousands on huge, sparkling appliances with dials, gauges, gadgets, grinders, and other smart functions. However, there are some excellent compact, sleek, and small machines, perfect for every home.
I've taken all of these to our dedicated test kitchen and some have even come back to my home for a longer trial. I've seen the good, the bad, and the beautiful. You might recognise some of them from our buying guide for the best coffee makers on the market — it's no coincidence. Without further ado, here are the best espresso machines on offer.
Best for small spaces
The best for small spaces
This compact coffee machine comes without compromise. It's easy to use, makes delicious coffees, and won't wipe out your wallet. It doesn't come with a grinder though, so you'll need one.
Best for beginners
The best for beginners
Some espresso machines can be overwhelming, but this model simplifies everything. It comes in a range of colors and can make a killer coffee too. You'll need to buy a grinder separately though.
The best overall
De'Longhi means business with this machine. The shiny steel and impressive dials promise incredible coffee and La Specialista Maestro more than delivers. Although, it comes with a big price tag.
The best luxury
Breville didn't skimp on anything with this shiny machine. Available in a range of colors, it looks beautiful on the countertop. As for the coffees it makes, they're faultless. Look no further for luxury.
The best technical machine
This is one of the most beautiful coffee machines on the market, but it's also incredibly technical and quite expensive. It's perfect for geeks who want to devote days to coffee making.
Best portable machine
The best portable
Even though this is no bigger than a can of cola, it can pack a coffee punch. It comes in a luxury case with a satin finish, so it feels really premium. I think the flavors it extracts rivals bigger machines.
Best for style
The best for style
Smeg's signature retro style shines through in this espresso machine. It's not the most technical, nor is it the most practical, but it makes a true style statement.
The best value machine
You'll have seen the Casabrews all over TikTok. This comes with generous quantities of accessories and generally performs well. Although, it's not as slick as more premium machines.
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