Espresso Machine Comparison Chart

Espresso Machines - Under $300

Decent starter machines. Good if you don't drink espresso and/or cappuccino on a regular basis, or if you don't want to spend much money. Generally feature more plastic, smaller boiler, etc., than pricier machines, but still produce a decent drink. No automatic or super-automatic machines at this price level.

Model Color (Housing) Price Origin Type* Boiler Pressure (Bars) Pods or Grounds Water Tank Size (oz) Special Features
Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine Black (ABS Plastic) w/ metal accents 299.95 Italy Semi-Auto Stainless 15 Either 80 -
Saeco Nina Bar Espresso Machine Black and Silver ABS plastic 299.95 Italy Semi-Auto Stainless Either 50

Espresso Machines - $300 to $500

Solid machines. If you are going to drink espresso and/or cappuccino on a regular basis, this is a good place to look for a machine. These machines will stand up better to everyday use. Better controls mean a more consistent drink.Most machines are semi-automatic at this price level.

Model Color Price Origin Type* Boiler Pressure (Bars) Pods or Grounds Water Tank Size (oz) Special Features
La Pavoni Espresso Si Espresso Machine Black
(ABS Plastic)
469.00 Italy Semi-Auto Brass - Either 36 -
Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine - Stainless Steel Stainless
(Metal)
349.95 Italy Semi-Auto Stainless 15 Either 80 -

Espresso Machines - $500 to $1000

Very good machines. These machines should make excellent espressos and cappuccinos for years to come. Many are semi-automatic and super-automatic, which include grinders - all you do is press a button. Also featured are the lever models by La Pavoni.

Model Color Price Origin Type* Boiler Pressure (Bars) Pods or Grounds Water Tank Size (oz) Special Features
La Pavoni Lusso Espresso Machine Chrome
(ABS Plastic)
529.00 Italy Semi-Auto Brass - Either 36 -
La Pavoni Napolitana Espresso Machine Stainless
(Metal)
649.00 Italy Semi-Auto Brass 16 Grounds 100 Burr Grinder
La Pavoni Europiccola Espresso Machine Chrome & Black
(Metal)
709.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 20 -
La Pavoni Europiccola Espresso Machine Chrome
(Metal)
759.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 20 -
La Pavoni Professional Espresso Machine Chrome
(Metal)
979.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 38 -
La Pavoni Professional Espresso Machine Chrome & Black
(Metal)
939.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 38 -
La Pavoni Stradavari Espresso Machine Chrome
(Metal)
869.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 20 -
La Pavoni Stradavari Espresso Machine Chrome & Wood
(Metal)
979.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 20 -
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Stainless
(ABS Plastic)
645.00 Italy Semi-Auto Brass 15 Grounds 67 Brass boiler
Saeco Odea Go Espresso Machine Black & Silver
(ABS Plastic)
599.95 Italy Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 50 Ceramic Grinder
Saeco Odea Giro Espresso Machine Black & Silver
(ABS Plastic)
699.95 Italy Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 50 Control Ring/Ceramic Grinder
Saeco Talea Giro Espresso Machine Silver
(ABS Plastic)
999.95 Italy Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 57 Control Ring/Ceramic Grinder
Saeco Incanto Espresso Machine Steel 1099.95 Italy Super-Auto - 15 N/A 68 Burr Grinder
Solis Master 5000 Espresso Machine Black
(ABS Plastic)
899.00 Switzerland Super-Auto - 15 N/A 64 Burr Grinder
Solis Master 5000 Espresso Machine Silver
(ABS Plastic)
899.00 Switzerland Super-Auto - 15 N/A 64 Burr Grinder

Espresso Machines - $1000 - $5000

These are commercial machines suitable for office and restaurant environments. Pricing generally includes installation and training.

Model Color (Housing) Price Origin Type* Boiler Pressure (Bars) Pods or Grounds Water Tank Size (oz) Special Features
BOSCH B20 Gourmet Coffee Machine Black &
Silver
(ABS Plastic & Metal)
1199.95 Switzerland Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 64 Grinder/Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine
BOSCH B30 Gourmet Coffee Machine Black &
Silver
(Metal & ABS Plastic)
1449.95 Switzerland Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 64 Grinder/Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine
La Pavoni Stradavari Espresso Machine Chrome
(Metal)
1139.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 38 -
La Pavoni Stradavari Espresso Machine Chrome & Wood
(Metal)
1259.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 38 -
La Pavoni Professional Espresso Machine Brass
(Metal)
1339.00 Italy Lever Nickel-Plated Brass N/A Grounds 38 -
Nuova Simonelli Oscar Espresso Machine Black
(ABS Plastic)
1050.00 Italy Semi-Auto Copper - Grounds 75  
Nuova Simonelli Oscar D Espresso Machine Black
(ABS Plastic)
1305.00 Italy Semi-Auto Copper - Grounds 75 Hooks up to waterline
Pasquini Livia 90 Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine Stainless
(Metal)
1520.00 Italy Semi-Auto Copper & Brass 15 Either (must purchase pod basket) 118 1.5 L Copper Boiler
Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic Espresso Machine Stainless
(Metal)
1640.00 Italy Automatic Copper & Brass 15 Either (must purchase pod basket) 118 1.5 L Copper Boiler
Saeco Incanto Espresso Machine Steel 1099.95 Italy Super-Auto - 15 N/A 68 Burr Grinder
Saeco Royal Professional Espresso Machine Silver &
Dark Blue
(Metal & ABS Plastic)
1599.95 Italy Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 82 Burr Grinder
Saeco Primea Touch Plus Espresso Machine Silver
(ABS Plastic)
2399.95 Italy Super-Auto Stainless 15 N/A 68 Touch Screen/Ceramic Grinder
Solis Master 5000 Espresso Machine - Digital Black &
Silver
(Plastic)
1049.00 Switzerland Super-Auto - 15 N/A 64 Burr Grinder
Solis Palazzo Automatic Espresso and Coffee Center Silver & Black
(Metal & ABS Plastic)
1199.00 Switzerland Super-Auto - 15 N/A 64 Grinder/Coffee Maker/Esspresso Machine

Espresso Machines - $5000 +

The best. Great controls for consistency and brewing lots of cups in succession. Very high quality materials and workmanship. Lots of super-automatic models, which means less work - just button-pushing.

Model Color (Housing) Price Origin Type* Boiler Pressure (Bars) Pods or Grounds Water Tank Size (oz) Special Features
Bunn Tiger M-1 Espresso Machine Black 9999.99 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 1 Grinder/Button Control/Internal Milk Storage
Bunn Tiger M-2 Espresso Machine Black 10249.99 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Button Control/Internal Milk Storage
Bunn Tiger XL Cool Froth EXT (120V) Silver 10749.95 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Hot & Cold Drinks
Bunn Tiger XL Cool Froth EXT Super-Auto Espresso Machine (208V) Silver 10749.95 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Hot & Cold Drinks
Bunn Tiger XL Cool Froth Super-Auto Espresso Machine w/Milk Drawer (120V) Silver 11,469.95 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Hot & Cold Drinks/Internal Milk Storage
Bunn Tiger XL Cool Froth Super-Auto Espresso Machine w/Milk Drawer (208V) Silver 11469.95 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Hot & Cold Drinks/Internal Milk Storage
Bunn Tiger XL-S 2 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine Silver 11795.95 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Hot & Cold Drinks/Steam Wand
Bunn Tiger XL-S 2 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine (208V) Silver 117959.95 - Super-Auto - - N/A Hooks up to Waterline 2 Grinders/Hot & Cold Drinks/Steam Wand
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*Type

Moka or Steam
Steam provides pressure to push water through a bed of coffee grounds. No real controls on pressure or temperature. Length of brewing time is controlled by operator.

Semi-Automatic
Pump provides pressure. Operator grinds, doses and tamps coffee into a portafilter. Brewing pressure and temperature are set and controlled by machine. Length of brewing time (and, therefore, volume) is controlled by operator.

Automatic
Pump provides pressure. Operator grinds, doses and tamps coffee into a portafilter. Brewing pressure and temperature are set and controlled by machine. Machine automatically brews to a predetermined volume.

Super-Automatic
Pump provides pressure. Machine automatically grinds, doses, tamps, brews to a predetermined volume, and ejects the spent puck, all with the push of a button. Some commercial super automatics can also steam milk automatically, depending on your brew selection.

Lever
Lever pushes down a piston to provide pressure. Lever pushed down manually by operator. Lever espresso machines are harder to operate, but provide greater control over shot.