5 Best Espresso Machines Under $100 (Beans on a Budget) [2018 Update]
Love your morning coffee breaks? Who doesn’t, right?
Well, you won’t have to stand in line at the local café if you have a great coffee maker or an espresso machine at home or workplace.
You can buy a cheap coffee maker for less than $20. But these machines will not make the perfect velvety espresso you like.
If you want a good-quality espresso maker that will last years, you should up your budget to about $100.
If you’re willing to shell out a little more than $100 on a coffee machine, you should check out our top picks under $200 as well.
You will be able to get a high-quality budget product. So, here is a list of best espresso machines under $100 to consider:
|1||Cuisinart DCC-1200MR 12CUP Programmable Coffeemaker 12 Cup Metallic Red||693 Reviews||$100.30||CHECK PRICE|
|2||Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, Black||8126 Reviews||from $90.02||CHECK PRICE|
|3||Mr. Coffee Automatic Dual Shot Espresso/Cappuccino System||7277 Reviews||$74.99||CHECK PRICE|
|4||De'Longhi BAR32 Retro 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker||1033 Reviews||Currently out of stock||CHECK PRICE|
|5||Bialetti 06853 Moka Stovetop Coffee Maker, 12-Cup, Silver||7455 Reviews||from $20.97||CHECK PRICE|
5 Best Espresso Machines Under $100 – 2018
This coffee maker has a beautiful red metallic exterior that went really well with our décor.
It has a 12-cup carafe, a dripless spout, and a knuckle guard on the handle.
We were impressed by how well designed this machine was. It’s durable too. It has 24 hour programmable features.
We found the machine to be really easy to program. There really was no need to fumble around with the buttons.
It comes with auto shutoff after about 4 hours so it’s safe too. It can brew a really strong pot of coffee in the morning just when you need it.
The handle for the carafe is very ergonomically designed as well. It came with gold toner filter that was really sturdy.
This coffee machine has auto on/off and programmable features well balanced.
The machine has a cup setting button that goes from 1 to 4.
There’s also a double heating feature, which we never had to use because the machine is really good at what it does.
One minor inconvenience was that the clock display is not backlit so the numbers are not visible in the dark. Also, the water reservoir was a bit narrow.
- Sturdy and appealing construction
- Large pot for 12 cups
- Ergonomically designed
- Brews well
- Display not backlit
- Narrow water reservoir
This is a classic style espresso machine that is really well designed with coffee drinkers’ needs in mind.
Using this machine is really easy. The brewer turns on with a push of the power button. Then it will take a minute or so to heat up.
There is an LCD light display that indicates everything from the heating to the brewing. The lights turn blue when it’s ready to brew.
There are three cup sizes to choose from—small (5.25 ounces), medium (7.25 ounces) and large (9.25 ounces).
Once the setting is chosen, just add water and the machine will brew the coffee.
The water reservoir can hold 48 ounces of water so it’s generously large. There’s no need to add water every time you need a refill.
We found this espresso machine really easy to clean as well. The drip tray is removable and can be wiped down with a damp cloth.
You can clean everything with some vinegar too. This machine also uses K-cup pods, which are commonly available.
But we had success with similarly sized non-K Cup pods as well.
This brewer is great for making flavored coffee as well. We didn’t notice any flavor differences between sessions.
The only complaint is that it’s a bit bulky, so it will take up some space on a countertop.
- Multiple cup sizes
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
This is definitely one of the best espresso machines under $100 in our opinion.
This machine comes with a pressurized portafilter, which makes this safer to use than non-pressurized portafilters.
Also, the pressurized version makes more delicious coffee.
The machine doesn’t release the coffee until a certain pressure point has been reached in the basket, which releases denser flavors.
If you are into authentic, strong espresso, this is definitely the machine for that.
You can make good espresso regardless of the type of coffee grain, which only matters when the machine is not pressurized.
But we will say that this machine makes the best espresso with coarse grounds.
We recommend that you don’t use fine grounds made for drip machines because those can clog the portafilter.
Also, the crema in the pressurized basket can dissipate and end up flavorless. The crema we got was a bit oily, which some people may like.
This machine is great for making Americano. The milk steamer, however, works fine.
But the quality of any cappuccino you make will depend on your skill for steaming milk.
The carafe has a rather short spout which can be annoying. Other than that, everything worked great.
- Perfect for making dense espresso
- Pressurized basket extracts more flavors from coffee
- Milk steamer included
- Cream ends up bubbly
- Fine grounds clog the portafilter
This is a machine suitable for making espresso and cappuccino. It’s very simple to use, and comes with a dual function filter holder.
It has a swivel jet frother, so we managed to make lattes too. The best feature of this machine, in our opinion, is the self-priming operator.
It eliminates all annoying startup operations that most coffee makers have to deal with.
This machine also has two separate thermostats to monitor both water and steam pressure. These can be controlled separately.
The stainless steel boiler is made from really high quality material. The bar bump can manage 15 times pressure.
It’s easy enough to make a regular cup of espresso using the machine. There’s an auto brewing function.
But if you want a really good cup of espresso, then we recommend reading the manual and watching the videos.
We wished that this machine could work faster. The brew mode takes forever to drip out coffee. Also, crema can run out quick so be aware.
We recommend using a slightly coarser grind with this machine for the best results.
- Advanced features for brewing
- Can make lattes and cappuccino
- Works with coarser grains
- Drip function can be slow
- Crema runs out fast
5. The Original Bialetti Moka Express Made in Italy 12-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker with Patented Valve
This is an original espresso maker made in Italy. So you know you are getting a good product.
This machine can make 2 ounces of espresso per cup in less than 5 minutes.
And it’s not just any espresso either. You can get really rich and dense velvety espresso with this machine.
The boiler has a generously large capacity of 775 ml (25 ounces) too.
It has a patented safety valve. It can be removed for cleaning, which we thought was impressive.
This espresso machine is made from high quality, polished aluminum.
It’s not stainless steel, so with prolonged heavy use, the machine will experience some corrosion.
Brewing the perfect cup of espresso is relatively easy.
Use cold water for velvety texture, not warm water. Don’t put this on a big flame, use a small flame and let it work. It won’t take longer than 5 minutes.
Make sure the coffee grounds are not too coarse so the water can pass through quickly.
Freshly ground beans are the best.
This has to be manually tamped, and it will take some time for a user to learn how to tamp property so the coffee oozes out from the top, and doesn’t gush out.
- Original Italian product
- Perfect for making velvety espresso
- Classic operation
- Aluminum will corrode with time
How to Buy an Espresso Machine on a $100 Budget
You’ve got only $100 in hand. So here are some tips for making sure you end up with the right espresso machine that suits your needs:
Decide whether you want a classic espresso machine, like the Bialetti Moka mentioned above, or automated one.
Classic espresso makers require a stove and some manual work. Auto machines can be plugged in and don’t require manual input.
Auto machines are surely more convenient, but classic machines are better at making espresso.
You can also pick a semi-automatic espresso machine, like the De’Longhi BAR32 mentioned above.
If you prefer simplicity, you can choose an automatic coffeemaker that can also make espresso, like the Cuisineart mentioned above.
These machines are multipurpose and can even make lattes. It’s the most convenient option for offices.
No matter how good the espresso machine is, the espresso it can produce will depend on the quality of the beans you choose too.
Do your research and learn what type of grounds are the best to use with the machine to make the best coffee.
Pump driven espresso machines are superior to electronic steam ones.
A true cup of espresso needs at least 5 bars of pressure. Steam never reaches that level of pressure, and is usually limited to about 1.5 bars.
So, if you are a true espresso enthusiast, choose a pump machine.
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