If you’ve ever gone to purchase an espresso machine, you’ve probably noticed that most of them are in the several-thousand-dollar range.
And, for those of us broke college students, that’s just not feasible.
Luckily, if you’re looking for something cheaper, I’ve done the research and put together an A+ roundup. Here’s a guide to getting the best espresso machine under $1000.
11 Best Espresso Machines Under $1000
- Rancilio Silvia (Best Overall)
- Jura A1 (Best Espresso Machine With Built-in Grinder)
- Illy X1 (Best for Beginners)
- Delonghi Dedica Espresso Machine (Best for Small Kitchens)
- Illy E.S.E. Pod Espresso Machine (Best for Energy-Saving)
- Capresso EC100 Espresso Machine (Best for Cappuccinos and Lattes)
- Illy X7.1 (Best for Coffee Pod Loers)
- Jura D6 (Best for Big Families)
- Capresso Ultima Pro (Best for a Thick Crema)
- Delonghi Dinamica (Best for Iced Beverages)
- Jura ENA Micro 5 (Best for Pre-Ground Coffee)
1. Rancilio Silvia
The Rancilio Silva is a semi automatic espresso machine that’s actually been around for about twenty years. Don’t let that deter you, however. That just means the brand has had plenty of time to perfect the machine.
The Rancilio Silva is made of stainless steel panels and has an iron frame. Its interior has a lead-free brass boil burner. As a result, it’s a pretty sturdy device that really does last for quite a while.
The machine’s best feature, however, is its adjustments. This machine allows users to adjust the brewing pressure using the OPV valve. That gets you the ideal pressure for a delicious espresso.
As a former barista, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this feature. It lets you really hone your espresso to a T, and makes for coffee-shop-worthy beverages.
The one downside is that Rancilio Silvia is also a single-boiler espresso machine. This means you cannot brew and steam at the same time.
- Flexible steaming wand, so you get a full range of motion when steaming milk
- The commercial-grade interior regulates heat, so your coffee is always at the right temperature
- Can brew hot chocolate or teas, so you’re not just limited to coffee
- Versatile portafilter, so you get excellent extraction
- Large water capacity, so you can brew multiple beverages before refilling the machine
- There’s no built-in grinder, so you’ll have to purchase that separately
- It is a single-boiler machine, so you can’t steam milk and brew coffee at the same time
2. Jura A1
If you love pouring your coffee into a tall mug or tumbler, you need an espresso machine with a high spout. The Jura A1 is one of these machines.
On top of that, the machine gets the job done without taking up too much space on your countertop. In fact, it only weighs 20 pounds!
Another benefit of this machine is its built-in Aroma G3 grinder. Not only is it just handy to have a built-in grinder, this grinder, in particular, helps preserve your coffee beans’ aroma.
While it does have a built-in grinder, it doesn’t have a built-in milk frother. So, you’ll have to purchase that separately if you want anything other than americanos and espresso.
- Easy to use without a learning curve, so it’s great for beginners
- Features an auto-cleaning feature, so it’s easy to clean
- Compact and lightweight, so it works well for small kitchens
- Has a high spout, so it works well for tall cups
- Comes with a built-in grinder, so you can get extra-fresh and aromatic coffee
- It can only accommodate a single shot, so it can take a while to brew lots of espressos at a time
- No frother or steamer, so you can’t brew milk-based beverages
3. Illy X1
The Illy X1 has a futuristic one-touch design. It’s super-automatic, so you don’t need to interfere with the machine’s process.
Another thing I personally like about this machine is that it comes in a variety of colors (black, chrome, and red). Although that’s not essential, it’s nice to pick something that looks good in your kitchen.
In terms of more essential features, this machine can hold up to 1 liter of water. Just beware: the tank pulls out backward. This means you can’t sit the coffee machine flush against your kitchen wall.
Coffee lovers also love that Illy X1 has an adjustable drip tray. You can freely use whatever cup sizes you prefer because any size can fit right under the spout.
And finally, this automatic coffee machine features an iperEspresso capsule system. It’s a two-stage brewing method that helps your coffee intensify with full-bodied flavors.
Just note that the capsule system only works with Illy iperEspresso capsules. That can make it a bit inconvenient if you don’t usually use these pods.
- Features a two-stage brewing method, so you get strong and aromatic coffee
- It has a one-touch operation, so it’s easy to use
- It has an adjustable drip tray, so it accommodates various cup sizes
- It comes in multiple colors, so you can pick something that looks good in your kitchen
- It’s a pretty basic machine, so it’s not ideal for advanced baristas
- It only works with Illy iperEspresso capsules, so you can’t use your own beans or other capsules
4. Delonghi Dedica Espresso Machine
The Delonghi Dedica Espresso Machine is a compact device made out of stainless steel. Thanks to the stainless steel exterior, it’s scratch-resistant and fairly durable.
I love that the machine’s interface is straightforward. There are just a few simple buttons you should press to make a cup. That makes it great for those who want a simple machine without too many bells and whistles.
Delonghi Dedica Espresso Machine may be small and compact, but don’t underestimate it. Its water tank can hold up to 35 ounces. Plus, both the drip tray and steam wand have a good chunk of clearance, so it works for a number of different cup sizes.
The machine is pretty quick, too. That means that you can actually pull an espresso shot in less than a minute. If you’re impatient like me, that’s definitely a perk.
The one downside is that the steam wand is super manual. That means you’ll have to have a bit of experience before trying your hand at cappuccinos and lattes.
- Quick machine warm-up, so you can make espresso in under a minute
- Compact design can fit anywhere, so it works in small kitchens
- It has an automatic flow stop, so it’s easy to use
- Its drip tray and steam wand have a good amount of clearance, so you can use multiple cup sizes
- Needs steaming skills at first, so it can be a bit tricky to make cappuccinos and lattes
- The seals break pretty quickly, so you’ll have to replace them fairly often
5. Illy E.S.E. Espresso Pod Machine
The Illy E.S.E. Espresso Pod Machine offers energy-saving features, which are what make the device stand out. If you care about saving the environment (or your energy bill), this is a good pick.
Besides its energy-saving feature, this machine’s pre-warm setting heats the water evenly before brewing your espresso. That way, it maintains the espresso’s optimal temperature.
This machine also comes with a one-liter water tank. That’s fairly large, so it’s good for brewing multiple cups of coffee in a row.
One thing to note is that, as the model’s name suggests, this espresso machine only uses E.S.E. pods. These are a bit pricey and aren’t the easiest to find in your grocery store.
Still, the pods are compostable and sustainable, making this machine one of the few eco-friendly pod espresso makers out there.
Plus, it’s a super easy-to-clean machine. It has a built-in descaling function plus removable reservoirs.
- Has a built-in descaling system, so it’s easy to clean
- Energy-saving espresso machine, so it’s good for conserving power
- Utilizes sustainable and eco-friendly E.S.E. coffee pods, so it’s environmentally friendly
- Quick pre-warm setting, so it keeps your coffee at the right temperature
- Needs to be flushed out a few times before each use, so it’s a bit inconvenient
- Only uses E.S.E. pods, so you can’t use pods from other brands
6. Capresso EC100 Espresso Machine
The Capresso EC100 Espresso Machine features two frother positions. The frothing sleeve on the top of the machine is for cappuccinos. The steam tube is for steaming lattes.
The machine also has a thermo-block heating system. This ensures that the water quickly heats up and that it has the right temperature for optimal espresso extraction.
What makes this machine really great at brewing espresso is the 15-bar pressure pump. This intensity can extract the beans’ deepest flavors and aromas.
The water tank stores as much as 46 ounces, so you can brew several cups before refilling it. And, thanks to its clear and transparent body, it’s easy to check whether it’s time to fill it up with water.
Another great feature of the water tank is that it’s completely removable, which means easy cleaning. Just a heads up, though: it’s not dishwasher-safe, so you’ll have to clean it out manually.
What I don’t like about this machine is that the brewing cycles aren’t very consistent. As a result, your coffee can be great in one cup and mediocre in the next.
- Has a dual frother, so you can make both steamed and frothed milk
- Comes with a large water tank, so you don’t have to constantly refill it
- Thermoblock heating system keeps your coffee hot
- The indicator lights make it easy to tell whether the machine is turned on or off
- The frothing wand is short, so it can be a bit tricky to use
- Brewing cycles are inconsistent, so you don’t get very consistent espresso flavors
7. Illy X7.1
The Illy X7.1 Coffee Pod machine has a cool, futuristic design and comes in off-white, red, or black. However, my personal favorite thing about this machine is that you get a detachable cup warmer and a few pods for free to help you get started.
One thing to know is that this machine only works with coffee pods. However, it’s compatible with both Illy pods and Nespresso pods, which is a nice twist for an Illy machine.
Its pod system is also a bit different in that it features a portafilter that locks the coffee pods into a capsule holder.
Despite those perks, just note that the device only lets you make one drink: a single espresso shot. Still, with a bit of handiness from the steam wand or hot water, you can easily turn that into an americano or latte. You’ll just have to do the legwork yourself.
- Comes in multiple colors, so you can pick a design that matches your aesthetic
- Has a locking portafilter, so it helps you avoid spills
- Has a simple interface, so it’s easy to use
- Works with multiple types of coffee pods, so you have more variety in what types of pods you brew
- Only makes espresso, so you can’t automatically get lattes or americanos
- Not as quick as other coffee machines, so you’ll have to wait a bit for your drink
8. Jura D6
The Jura D6 is an automatic espresso machine with a big water reservoir. The water tank is removable and can hold up to 64 ounces of water. So I would say that this machine is a good choice for big families or those who make a lot of espressos.
One thing that this machine has going for it is its built-in G3 grinder. The grinder helps preserve the beans’ aroma, making for an extra-aromatic cup of coffee. It can also hold up to seven ounces of coffee beans at a time.
Probably the best feature of this espresso machine, however, is the PEP brewing system. This is pulse extraction process technology, which forces hot water through your coffee grounds in short bursts. This pulls the maximum flavor out of the coffee bean.
Despite all these good features, you should note that the machine makes a limited number of drinks. And, you can’t add pre ground coffee to the machine. I would expect more versatility at this price point.
- Has a rotary dial, so it’s easy to use
- Comes with a pulse extraction process technology, so it creates rich espresso
- Has a built-in grinder, so you get extra aromatic coffee
- Has a large water tank, so you can brew lots of coffee before refilling it
- You cannot add pre-ground coffee, so you’re limited to using whole beans
- Coffee drink selections are limited, so you won’t be able to brew more than the espresso basics
9. Capresso Ultima Pro
The Capresso Ultima Pro is an affordable espresso machine that features a self-tamping portafilter. This makes it easy to whip up your favorite espresso beverages.
Aside from the self-tamping portafilter, it also features programmable shot sizes.
Speaking of the machine’s shot sizes, all the buttons come in bright lighting. That makes it easy to navigate and use.
Capresso Ultima Pro also has a cup warmer tray. It helps keep your coffee at optimal serving temperature. Plus, its 15-bar high-pressure pump ensures full flavor extraction of the coffee beans.
In terms of downsides, you should know that the water reservoir is small. So if you want to brew a lot of espressos without having to fill the reservoir often, better search elsewhere.
Another thing that I don’t like about this machine is that it doesn’t have many removable parts, so it’s tough to clean.
- Has a self-tamping portafilter, so it’s easy to prep your espresso for brewing
- Comes with a built-in cup warmer, so it keeps your cups at the ideal temperature
- Shot sizes are programmable, so you can choose your preferred size
- Has a 15-bar pump, so it extracts your coffee to the right degree
- The water reservoir is small, so you can’t brew a ton of coffee before refilling it
- The machine doesn’t have a lot of removable parts, so it’s not the easiest machine to clean
10. Delonghi Dinamica
The Delonghi Dinamica is a fully-automatic machine that works with just the push of a button. It even has a built-in grinder that works with both pre-ground and whole bean coffee.
Delonghi Dinamica also has a built-in water filter. The filter ensures your espresso tastes excellent and high-quality because it removes the hard minerals from the water.
What’s really great about this machine, however, is that it can brew iced coffee and drip coffee as well as espresso shots.
To make iced coffee, you just need to put ice in a glass and let Dinamica work its magic. Hit the iced coffee setting, and you’re off to the races! Just note that the brewing process may take longer than brewing a standard espresso.
All considered, there is only one downside of Delonghi Dinamica. The machine’s single boiler means you cannot brew your coffee and steam milk at the same time. But, I’m always ready to spend a bit more time on a great cup of coffee.
- Can brew iced coffee as well as espresso and drip coffee, so it’s versatile
- Has a built-in water filter, so it maintains the quality of your espresso
- Has a built-in grinder, so you can guarantee the freshness of your coffee beans
- Has one-touch functionality, so it’s easy to use
- It’s only got a single boiler, so you can’t brew coffee and steam milk at the same time
11. Jura ENA Micro 5
The Jura ENA Micro 5 is one of the easiest espresso machines to operate. Plus, it’s got a simple design and is pretty small, so it fits well into your home no matter how small your kitchen is.
Just note that when I say small, I mean small. It only has a 36.8-ounce water filter and a 4.4-ounce bean hopper. The result is that you’ll have to refill them pretty regularly.
Still, that’s not to say they’re not well-built. For instance, the bean hopper has a unique aroma preservation lid. This helps to keep your coffee super flavorful and aromatic.
You will also love the water tank’s built-in Clearyl Blue water filter. This piece of the machine helps filter hard minerals out of your water, enhancing the flavor of your espresso.
Another feature of this machine is that its coffee spout can rotate while choosing single or double espresso shot options. The spout is also height-adjustable, so the machine can accommodate various cup sizes.
Just note that this machine doesn’t come with a milk frother. So, you can’t make lattes and cappuccinos.
- Straightforward coffee machine, so it’s ideal for beginners
- It has an adjustable spout, so you can accommodate multiple cup sizes
- Can accommodate pre-ground coffee, so you have versatility with which beans you use
- Coffee spouts can rotate, so it’s easy to use
- There’s no cup warmer, so your coffee can cool down pretty quickly
- It cannot froth milk on its own, so it’s not ideal for lattes and cappuccinos
Best Espresso Machines Under $1000: The Ultimate Buying Guide
Now that you know what some of the options are for espresso machines under $1000, how do you pick the right one?
Well, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.
Here’s what to consider when choosing an affordable espresso maker.
Manual vs. Semi-Automatic vs. Fully Automatic
Espresso machines come in three main types: manual, semi-automatic, and super-automatic. Choosing the best type depends on your coffee-making skills and preferences.
With manual machines, there’s a lot of work expected from you. However, they give you complete control you have over the coffee’s brewing process. That makes it great for highly experienced baristas.
If you want something less involved, you can choose a semi-automatic machine. These machines normally have a portafilter, a boiler, and a switch for starting extraction. For the most part, you’ll just have to worry about steaming the milk.
Finally, the most advanced machines are the super-automatic espresso machines. They will practically do everything for you. All it takes is the push of a button, and you’ve got your favorite espresso drink.
Big, Small, or In-Between
Espresso machines come in various sizes. Before looking for options, analyze your kitchen space. Figure out where you’ll likely place the espresso machine and measure the space.
If you’ve got a large kitchen with lots of space, you can probably go for a bulkier device. On the other hand, if you have a teeny kitchen, you’re better off looking for a compact option.
Plus, think about how much coffee you’ll be making. If it’s just you, chances are a small machine will do the trick.
On the other hand, if you make coffee for the whole family, you’re likely to need a bigger machine with a larger water reservoir.
Keep Quality in Mind
Part of choosing an espresso machine is finding a device that guarantee’s your espresso’s quality.
In general, you’re going to want to look for:
- Temperature: a coffee maker that heats the water quickly and maintains the temperature helps preserve the flavor of the coffee
- Water pressure: Nine to fifteen pressure bars are ideal for fully-extracted espresso
- Grind: an even and appropriate grind size helps ensure your coffee is aromatic and not too weak or strong
Look for these factors in your future coffee machine to help you find a device that makes quality espresso.
To Froth or Not To Froth
When it comes to finding an espresso machine, make sure to check out the milk frothing options.
If you like to whip up lattes and cappuccinos, look for a device that includes a milk frothing system or a steam wand.
The super automatic espresso machine will do the frothing for you, so don’t need any milk frothing knowledge.
On the other hand, steam wands require some skill, but with a bit of practice, you will be able to tweak your milk froth just the way you like it.
The Ease of Cleaning
Unfortunately, cleaning your machine is part of ensuring it lasts for a long time.
As a result, you want to look for a machine that’s easy to clean.
In general, you want to look for machines that have removable parts. This makes it easier for you to detach each piece and rinse.
Another thing to look for is machines with descaling systems. Descaling systems help you remove mineral deposits from your device.
This keeps your machine clean and your coffee tasting great.
If you’re looking for a home espresso machine under $1000, the Rancilio Silva is your guy.
Not only does it make great-tasting espresso, but it’s also compact, so it fits in any kitchen. Plus, it has a built-in steaming wand that makes rich milk for creamy cappuccinos and lattes.
Now that you know what the best espresso machine under $1000 is, you’re ready to pick one up yourself and start brewing your own great espresso drinks for cheap.
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