Which espresso machine should I get?

NotAPoser Asked: Which espresso machine should I get?

I’ve been looking for a cheap, entry-level, espresso machine.
So far, I have found the following three:

1: Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine

2: Mr. Coffee ECM250 4-Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker

3: Capresso 303.01 4-Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

Which one do you think is best? If you know of any other ones that are under $100 please tell me.

EDIT: I will be using this just abut every morning.


singletrack65 Answered:
This may be a coffee snob answer, but none of those is a true espresso machine. Enough people like them that I’d say they make an OK cup of coffee, but that’s about all. 

I’ve found the best coffee comes from the simplest devices.  For the best espresso without spending a fortune, I’d recommend either a:

I use the Kontessa as it’s stainless steel, but the Bialetti will actually make espresso with crema.

For some of the richest coffee, I’d recommend a Bodum.


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