Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker Review

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by in Product Reviews

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We recently reviewed the big brother to the EM-100 in our feature on the best espresso machine under $200, but today we’ll take a look at the EM-100 to find out what the differences are between the two and why you might want to choose one over the other.

Both machines have the ability to make a pretty decent espresso, as you would expect from two machines so similar. There are a few differences in how the machines look and operate however, as seen below.

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Cuisinart EM-100

Espresso Pressure: 15 Bar

Reservoir: 53 Ounce, removable

Non Programmable

Single or Double Espresso

Size: 8.2 x 10.9 x 12.6 inches ; 16 pounds

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Cuisinart EM-200

Espresso Pressure: 15 Bar

Reservoir: 64 Ounce, removable

Programmable

Single or Double Espresso

Size: 10.6 x 9.2 x 12.8 inches ; 9 pounds

 

So, what are the differences between the EM-100 and the EM-200?

The two differences that are first noticeable are simply the price and the size of the machines. The EM-100 is around 30% cheaper than the EM-200 and somewhat more compact in size.

Functionally though, the biggest difference, and the thing you will most likely be making your buying decision based upon is that the EM-100 is not programmable and the EM-200 is.

What this means is that the EM-200 has the ability for you to just use it’s own pre-programmed cup sizes plus you can tweak them to your own preferences. If you want to let the water run for a fraction longer than what the machine thinks it should for a double-shot, then you can create your own setting to make it so. Then next time you can just press the button for your own user-defined cup size and it will remember what you set it to last time.

The EM-100 does not have any programmable functions meaning that you have to manually stop the espresso from pouring yourself.

What others say

Despite not being programmable, the Cuisinart EM-100 is still a great espresso machine and can make a really tasty coffee. In fact, it has an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 from customers on various online stores, which is pretty decent.

The general consensus among users is that it’s good value for money and can compare with many much more expensive machines in terms of quality of coffee. However there are a number of downsides.

Here are some of the good and bad things people have said:

The Good:

  • Easy to use and comes with instructional DVD
  • Easy to clean
  • Great tasting coffee

The Bad:

  • Some people warn that you must really keep on top of keeping it clean however as the EM-100 has a tendency to clog up a bit if you are not careful.
  • Like the EM-200, it only has a single thermostat for controlling the temperature of the coffee water and the steam (see this page if that is important to you).
  • Pressure relief on the portafilter is not the best
  • Steam wand has no intensity control – it’s either off, or on full blast

Conclusion

If you are looking for a “decent” basic espresso machine that has the ability to make a good shot but only if you can work around the little quirks of using it – then you should take a closer look at the EM-100. Otherwise, if you want something a little more reliable and with more control then for this price range you should definitely think about taking a look at the DeLonghi EC702 instead.

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