For anyone who wants to be able to enjoy affordable specialty coffee at home, the best cheap espresso machine is a good choice.
This appliance will let you make your own espresso, cappuccino and latte. So, you don’t need to go visit your nearest Starbucks for your coffee fix.
The best thing about the products at these prices is they offer value for your budget. They also let you control the coffee the way you want it.
To take your coffee up the next level, get a matching grinder. This will let you grind fresh beans for use with your machine.
Best Cheap Espresso Machine Reviews
For anyone looking for a cheap espresso machine, this is a good choice. It is compact, easy to use and gives you solid espresso. We like that for a low price you can enjoy your own espresso at home anytime.
The De’Longhi EC155 is a semi-automatic espresso maker. This means it gives you the ability to control the brewing process. It also comes with a built in manual milk frother so you can make cappuccino and other drinks.
This espresso machine is self-priming. This saves you time and effort when you want to enjoy a shot or two. It also comes a tamper that you can use to pack in coffee grounds. The unit uses 15 Bar pump pressure to give you a good espresso flavor.
For its price, it is hard to beat. The unit uses a single boiler to brew your coffee and steam milk. It takes:
- About 1 minute and 45 seconds to warm up for brewing.
- Around 40 seconds to warm up for steaming milk.
This makes it easy and quick to use.
You also get a convenient 35 oz. water reservoir that’s removable. This makes reloading the tank with water much easier.
The unit measures 12.2 inches long and is 19.3 inches wide. It stands 15 inches high and weighs around 7 pounds.
Hamilton Beach 40792 Espresso & Cappuccino Maker
This is another low cost option for home use. The unit is easy to use gives you solid espresso and cappuccino. As you’d guess, it won’t match the products in the higher priced categories. But, you still get to enjoy good espresso and cappuccino without going to your local coffee shop.
The unit is very similar to the De’Longhi above. It gives you 15 Bars of pressure. This lets you get good extraction from the espresso grounds.
We like that the unit gives you the option to choose between using espresso grounds and pods. This lets you switch between the two depending on your mood. Pods are convenient and fast. Plus, they offer a variety of flavors you can enjoy.
We also like that it is very easy to use.
- Just put the espresso grounds into the tamping tool and pack them in.
- Next, slide the tamper into the machine and lock it in place using the lever on the left side. This ensures that the tamper is always set tightly in place during brewing.
- Finally, just press the button on the top and set the switch to brew.
You can also froth milk using the steam wand on the right side of the machine. This lets you enjoy different kinds of beverages as well.
The device does take a bit longer than the De’Longhi above to make coffee.
Overall, this is another affordable, easy to use espresso maker.
Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Automatic Dual Shot Espresso/Cappuccino System
If you like being able to make single or double shots of espresso this is a good choice. We like that it lets you make double shots at the same time.
As with the others in our review, it is cheap. This makes it something coffee lovers can get for themselves.
The unit uses a similar 15 bar pressure system. This lets you extra that rich espresso flavor. It also comes with a frothing arm. This lets you make lattes as well as cappuccinos at home.
This espresso maker uses a thermal block heating system. This allows it to reach the proper temperatures needed to get good espresso. It also makes for even heating.
We like that using the device, including refilling the water reservoir is easy to do. There are very few controls and LED lights tell you what’s happening. The unit indicates when the machine is ready for brewing. Then, all you need to do is select brew.
For preparing milk based coffee drinks, just set the device to steam when it’s ready. This will let you get frothing action from the steam wand to make the milk ready.
Delonghi EMK6 Alicia Electric Moka
The cheapest among the picks in our review. This device is a bit different from the other products above. It does make espresso. But, it isn’t a semi-automatic machine.
Instead, it is like a stovetop espresso maker with its own heating element. It doesn’t give you the convenience of just pushing a button then waiting for the coffee to drip. But, it’s pretty close.
We do feel though that this gives you much better espresso than the cheap semi-automatic units like those above.
To use it:
1. Place water into the boiler. This is the bottom part of the device. The boiler also serves as the espresso maker’s base.
2. Then, put the desired amount of espresso grounds into the filter.
3. Once both are ready, attach the top part of the unit over the filter. This is the coffee container where you’ll pour the finished beverage from.
4. Finally, turn the espresso maker on by pushing the on button.
Overall, this is a great low cost espresso maker. It is smaller than the other machines. And it will let you make 3 to 6 cups of espresso. It is easier to maintain and clean. And, you can control the brewing process better.