Espresso Machine Reviews 2013

Posted on 31. Jul, 2013 by

Welcome to the Espresso Machine reviews section of Coffee Lovers 101. (New and updated for 2013!)

There is a vast range of options for you to dig through when it comes to choosing your next espresso machine. We are here to help you figure out your pods from your steam wands and your double-shots from your espresso pumps, so take a look below at some of the machines that we have reviewed so far.

This list is regularly updated to make sure we are bringing you the most relevant espresso machine reviews based on whats new, popular and also which ones to avoid!

Before you get into the reviews of the individual machines, you may find it useful checking out our guide to choosing the best espresso maker first which shows you the main differences between the various types of machine and which style might be best for you. To do this just scroll a little further down the page now.

If you have already read our guide, or if you just want to get stuck straight into the reviews please take a look below at the machines we have reviewed so far.

Espresso Machine Reviews

Espresso Machines Over $400

Espresso Machines $200 – $400

Espresso Machines Under $200


Espresso Machine Buying Guide

We’ve already written about the basics of how to choose an espresso maker in our article here, but to summarise here are the main points you should look out for.

  • How involved do you want to be in your coffee making process? Do you enjoy actually making the drink, or would you prefer to just hit a button and wait for the machine to do all the work?
  • How much money do you want to invest in your new machine? Various models of espresso machine can range from less than $100 all the way up into the $1,000’s, so this will also need to be a big part of your decision
  • Espresso machines come in a wide range of sizes too. In general, the more the machine can do, the bigger it will be.
  • How much coffee do you need it to make? Will you be making just one or two cups at a time or do you need to feed a large group?

Types of espresso machine

Fully Manual

Fully manual espresso machines work by using a pump through which you exert manual force and pressure to push the steam through your coffee grinds. This is the most basic and fundamental way to make an espresso but also requires a lot of skill.

Single serve / pod and capsule machines

A really quick and simple way to grab a coffee for one. You’ve probably seen George Clooney advertising the famous Nespresso brand on the TV! Whether pod or capsule, the idea behind these machines is that you place one unit into the machine, hit a button and let the machine do the rest.

Pods are like tea bags but with coffee in, whereas capsules are usually foil-sealed packets (a lot like those little single-serve milk foils you get in your hotel fridge) and as a results tend to remain a lot more freshness than pods.


One of the most popular coffee machines on the market as it is kind-of midway between manual and fully automatic and is also priced in the middle of the spectrum. Load up your coffee and water into the machine and then control how much steam passes through the grinds and into your cup. You get a lot more control with one of these machines than you would with a fully automatic machine which is another reason they are popular amongst consumers.


Semi-pro, or “prosumer” espresso machines do everything a semi-auto can do but a bit more. For example, some can be plumbed into the mains water supply and many will have programmable features including cup size for example. They are also more sturdily constructed, but you will pay for the privilege as the price tag is a steep hike from the semi-auto.


Super-auto machines will do just about everything, including grinding your beans, filtering your water, making your espresso and even frothing your milk. As you might expect, you will pay a premium for this type of machine but what you gain is your invaluable time back in the morning as you are rushing around getting ready for work or packing the kids off to school.

Just hit a button and literally everything is done for you!


As previously mentioned, this is just a snippet from our espresso machine buyers guide, so for further information on how to choose an espresso machine please click this link.

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