What to Consider When Buying an Espresso Maker
Different people have varying opinions about what makes a good espresso maker. Good things there’s an entire variety of these machines out there. To know which one to buy, it’s good make a few prior considerations.
If your main requirement is convenience, buy an espresso maker that is automated and programmable. The buttons should be intuitive too, meaning you’ll naturally know where they are and how they function. Besides ease of use, look into ease of cleaning. A simple model with an intuitive design may not be that convenient if it’s such a challenge to clean.
In terms of espresso makers, price issues come down to the quality of espresso flavor you’re looking for. If the taste of your espresso is a big thing for you, then invest in a higher-end model. Three other issues to consider are temperature, using steam pressure to make espresso (not advised), and how many boilers are in the machine, where more is better. If the plan is just to make mochas or cappuccinos and the like, then a lower-end machine should be fine. If you have no idea about own your preferences, a mid-range model will be good to start with.
Spend a few minutes to check out online reviews of various brands (on reputable consumer websites only to ensure credibility). Pay attention to how happy or unhappy they are with the performance of their machines, and of the customer service they receive. But remember that all brands or companies will have both good and bad things said about them. Just try to catch the overall vibe of the testimonials.
Pricey models come with a warranty, so this will give you a picture of what level of durability you can expect. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. And highly automated models with so many electric parts are likely to need repair more often than their more manual counterparts.
Some espresso machines have features that may not be necessary but will surely make your espresso experience more fun and convenient. Examples are a built-in coffee grinder, a cup warmer and a frothing wand. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which features you want. And naturally, if you want more features, you have to pay a higher price.
When people end up buying the wrong espresso machine, it’s usually not an issue of quality more than it is an issue of getting the one that meets all their needs. So take it slow and don’t make that same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.