The Best Espresso Machine Under $200

Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by in Articles

$200 is an interesting price point when it comes to espresso machines because when you factor in a decent discount you are able to find one or two models that include some really solid features.

You can find plenty of Nespresso and other Pod style coffee machines for under $200 but they are fairly restricted as to what you can do with them, so we won’t include those styles of machine in our analysis today. However if you are interested in Nespresso machines specifically then pleaseĀ take a look here.

To save you time figuring out which might be the best espresso machines for your $200 budget, we have narrowed our analysis down to two of the most popular and best selling models for this price. The DeLonghi EC702 and the Cuisinart EM-200.

Let’s take a quick look at them side by side before we delve deeper into their features.

DeLonghi EC702 VsĀ Cuisinart EM-200

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

15 Bar Pump Pressure

Frothing / Steam Wand

Separate Water And Steam Thermostats

Cup Warming Plate

44 Ounce Removable Water Tank

Takes Ground Coffee Or Pods

Around $175

(Click here for up to date price)

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Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel

15 Bar Pump Pressure

Frothing / Steam Wand

Single Thermostat

Cup Warming Plate

64 Ounce Removable Water Tank

Takes Ground Coffee Or Pods

Around $200

(Click here for up to date price)

 

So, on the face of it there are one or two slight differences between the two models. The standouts being that the Cuisinart has almost a 50% larger water tank, meaning you will be able to pump out more coffees without needing to refill as often. This may or may not be a problem for you.

The other main difference looking at the list above is the individual thermostats for the water tank and the steam wand that the DeLonghi has. This can offer more control over your espresso making process because you will be able to precisely control both separately.

Thirdly, at the time of writing this, the DeLonghi is around $25 cheaper based on heavy Amazon discounts. The Cuisinart does have a much higher RRP however at $450 compared to $350 for the DeLonghi, so you are actually getting a bigger discount on the Cuisinart.

So whilst this is all well and good, what we’ve told you so far probably hasn’t helped you make up your mind, so lets take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of both of these models based on the heaps of customer feedback these espresso machines have received online.

What’s good about these espresso machines?

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

Solid and stylish construction

Easy to clean

Good auto tamping feature

Heats up quickly

Great frother

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel

Excellent consistency in temperature

Steam wand is great (with a little practice)

Automatic shut-off

Automatic pressure relief valve

Programmable

We didn’t include “great tasting coffee” in the lists above because taste is subjective and the quality of your coffee depends on so much, including following the instructions of the espresso machine correctly. So we think that these two machines have the ability to create equally great coffee if all else is equal. The benefits really come down to convenience and not taste.

What’s bad about these espresso machines?

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

Included tamper is useless (buy a separate one)

Low clearance means only small cups can be used

Frothing wand is a little awkward to position right

May have reliability issues

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel

Steam wand may leak while making coffee (if you don’t follow the instructions and shut it off correctly)

May have reliability issues

 

 

 

The Best Espresso Machine Under $200 Is…..

Well, there’s really not much between these two machines and they both come with their own set of great benefits and as you might expect for a machine as complex as this at a bargain price point, they also have their own drawbacks.

But, based on what we have found and factoring in the sentiment of all of the existing users who have provided feedback on both of these machines our verdict is that the best espresso machine under $200 is…

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