best espresso machines under $500

“What is the best automatic espresso machine to buy?”

Since there is not only ONE good answer to this question, we must first start by thinking about the budget we are willing to allocate to this purchase. Because for every budget, there is a good choice to make.
Let’s start by defining your budget before deepening our top machines to buy. It’s up to you :

The best Coffee machines under $500
Best espresso machines between $500 and $1000
The best coffee makers over $1000
Practical information: our tips for a successful purchase

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Efficiency and Robustness: the best machines at less than $500

Here is our selection of machines under $500, combining efficiency and quality.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica
delongi esam 3300 MagnificaThe DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica has 2 big advantages: a perfectly controlled espresso and a proven robustness.

This version of the Magnifica is ultra compact and will take “roughly” the same place as your old machine.
And despite its small size, it has very interesting containers for autonomy on 8-10 coffees per day.

Simple use and double coffee nozzle
The interface of this De’Longhi machine is practical with its direct access keys – few – thus avoiding any confusion.
Easily adjust the cup length, as well as the amount of coffee chosen with the two buttons on the control panel.
In addition, the machine is always ready for use. It does not matter the lapse of time between two cafes.

CRF technology
The tubeless system ensures the freshness of the coffee with each cup. The coffee is ground on demand and is instantly used without leaving any residue in the device.
The ground coffee does not oxidize and preserves all its aromas.

This machine has a ground hatch that will allow you to vary the pleasures.

Removable Coffee Group
Both mobile and removable, the brewer is easily extracted. It is simply cleaned under water once a week and thus limits residues.
A guarantee of quality for a coffee with intact aromas.


Saeco HD8645/47 Vapore Automatic Espresso Machine, X-Small, Black

Saeco HD8645/47 Vapore

Refine the richness of coffee thanks to the 5 levels of the mill
When it comes to the fineness of the grind, this machine still satisfies. Different coffee blends require different levels of granularity in order to fully taste all the flavors.
The grinding granularity of this machine is thus equipped with five adjustable parameters: from the finest grind for a full-bodied espresso, to the coarsest for a light coffee.

Optimize flavors with 100% ceramic grinders
The mills 100% robust ceramic, guarantee a moment of pure pleasure for the years to come.
The ceramic creates the ideal grinding, which allows the water to flow continuously, and to extract the purest essence of the grains. Unlike other “regular” mills, the ceramic prevents the coffee from overheating, thus avoiding a burning taste.

The fully removable brew group can be cleaned at a glance
Efficiency and ease of use were Saeco’s main sources of inspiration in the invention of the first brew group 30 years ago.
Today, this jewel of technology is still ingenious and powerful. Nothing has changed for its cleaning: just remove it and wash it with tap water for a few seconds, then reinsert it just as easily.


Breville BES840XL/The Infuser Espresso Machine

Breville The Infuser The Breville BES840XL offers, like all espresso machines worthy of the name, a 15 bar Italian pump. Where it stands out most is its heating system, which uses a steel coil rather than a simple heating block. This system provides a constant temperature for a continuous amount of up to one cup of water. It should be known that with a standard system, the temperature varies from the beginning of the infusion.

This characteristic is particularly advantageous for lovers and lovers of double espresso, elongated and Americanos. The unit is also equipped with a steam heating system with an automatic purge system, which keeps the steam at a constant temperature, which can not be a problem for cappuccinos and Viennese cafes. It may be noted, however, that the steam nozzle is pivotable, but that it is only slightly vertically, which is rather problematic for the use of large cups. The clearance offered is 14 centimeters, a little less than six inches.


To win in options: machines between $500 and $1000

The multiplication of options on automatic coffee machines will allow you (mainly) 2 things:

  1. Increase the number of drinks on offer
  2. Easy use and daily maintenance

Our selection in this price category favors coffee machines (obviously effective) offering choice in the drink’s menu, precision and greater personalization.

KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria

KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria  If you are a fan of espresso (as us), you will not be disappointed: the crema (mousse of espresso) is beautiful and very greedy.

+ Excellent espresso
+ Quality materials
+ Intuitive settings
+ Really simple maintenance
– Steam nozzle that requires mastering

A machine made in France (cocorico!) And it is for me a real plus. Krups does not deny its place in the world of coffee and imposes itself in the control of machines with grinder.
Basic settings but a formidable efficiency! Tests to support! Everything is simple and very intuitive. During our tests, the espresso totally convinced us! we recommend it warmly.


Saeco Incanto Plus Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

Saeco Incanto Plus Saeco Incanto takes advantage of the benevolent aura of Saeco, inventor of the automatic coffee machine. I like its size but also its stainless steel look.

It is a machine that has been mainly designed for fans of Italian coffees: ristretto, espresso with an intense and full-bodied coffee.
Very narrow, it was thought to fit between several elements in a kitchen.

+ Ceramic grinder
+ Screen and direct access keys
+ Large containers for family consumption
+ Accurate settings: intensity, lengths, temperatures
– Steam nozzle that requires practice

The tests on espresso were very conclusive, mainly with dark roasts, Italian style.
With a little practice, it is quite simple to mount a nice froth of milk to make cappucinos at home (me, I do that the weekend!).
Navigation through the menu is quite simple and this automatic machine is quickly taken in hand.


Jura 15006 Impressa C60

Jura Impressa C60 The Impressa C60 is a recent model from Jura. And it’s one of the best coffee machines. Its big advantage is taking the technical characteristics of high-end machines Jura, but at a low price!

  •  Connectable Smartphone and Tablet (SmartConnect optional)
  •  Fast and silent grinder
  •  2 cups simultaneously and in a single percolation
  •  Multi-Drinks: coffee, cappuccino, hot water for teas and herbal teas …
  •  New percolation process (PEP)


Performance, design and excellence: automatic machines from $1000

At this budget, we aim coffee machines with impeccable design, offering a complete map drinks perfectly mastered and intuitive use. Most brands compete.

Jura S8 Super automatic Touchscreen Espresso Machine

Jura S8 The Jura S8 is simply sublime! New this year, it makes us dream.

It offers a very complete range of hot drinks, made in one or two cups simultaneously.
At the touch of a single touch on its touch screen, realize up to 10 perfectly mastered specialties:
Ristretto, espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, hot milk, frothed milk, hot water … You will find your happiness.
Each drink is customizable according to your desires: length in cup, amount of coffee, temperature …
In addition, you can choose the display order, but also rename each drink to the name you want! And this with disconcerting ease.

Main features:

  • Large touch screen
  • Elegant ABS or Chrome design to choose from
  • 10 possible drinks
  • Coffee and hot temperature settings (green tea, black tea …)
  • The Top on Milky Beverages.


Siemens Espresso Machine EQ.9

Siemens Espresso Machine EQ.9 Discover the EQ.9, entirely in stainless steel from the German brand Siemens: a concentrate of technology and elegance serving the precision of aromas. A machine connected via Wi-Fi, full option that left nothing to chance: Double grain bin with 2 ceramic grinders, OneTouch for two, 6 temperatures to choose from, 10 user profiles, … For us, it is the quieter  automatic machine in the  market.

Main features

  • The most silent machine on the market!
  • Double Bean Tray: Coffee, Deca …
  • Connected Tablet & SmartPhone
  • Multi-drinks: coffees, teas, cappuccinos …
  • 10 user profiles
  • Large TFT High Definition and Color Display
  • Very simple use and maintenance
  • Stainless steel total look


Practical information: our tips for a successful purchase

In summary, the purchase of an automatic coffee machine is always a good choice: first taste, but also to save money.

We made our small calculations: for an average consumption of 5 coffees per day or 150 coffees per month or 1800 coffees per year !, it is a saving of $430 a year if you go to coffee beans compared to capsules. Take a look at our article on the price of coffee. Your automatic coffee machine is therefore profitable, on average, in 1 year.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start:

1. How many people will use the machine every day?
2. What kind of drinks will be consumed? espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, tea, chocolate …? and how often?
3. What place will I have in my kitchen?
4. Do you want a fast and functional machine or with many settings for more precision?
5. And especially: What budget am I willing to allocate to this purchase?

If you want to know more about the functioning of an automatic coffee machine, find our complete buying guide which will tell you more.

That’s it, we told you (almost) everything!
The coffee grinder robot can become your best friend in the morning (but not only) so take a little time to find the one that suits you best.
Last but not least, having a good coffee machine is not everything: consider choosing good coffee (and there is not only a good coffee), the good cup (exit the plastic cup), …

Enjoy a good coffee is a global experience that should not be taken lightly.

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