Things to Consider When Shopping for an Espresso Maker
People have varied preferences concerning their 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.
Ease of Use
If convenience is your top priority, get an espresso maker with automated functions and programmable settings. All buttons should also be intuitive, meaning you don’t have to spend an hour knowing where they are or how they work. Aside from ease of use, consider ease of cleaning. An easy-to-use machine may not be all that convenient if cleaning it is a pain.
In the world of espresso makers, an acceptable price is only as good as the quality of the espresso flavor it can give you. If you’re particular about the taste of your espresso, then a higher-end model will be a good buy. 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 you’ll mainly be making cappuccinos or mochas and other drinks similar, then you should be happy with a lower-end machine. If you’re totally clueless about your preferences, get a mid-range model first and try to experiment.
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. You just want to get the overall vibe of the reviews.
Expensive machines provide warranty, so you should have a fairly good idea of the durability of these products. Generally, those made of metal hold heat better and are longer lasting. And with more electric components in automated models, you can expect a more frequent need for repairs.
Some espresso makers have features that are not necessary but will certainly make your experience more convenient and pleasurable. For example, cup warmer, coffee grinder, inbuilt coffee grinder and the like. It’s obviously for you to decide if want these extra features or not. 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 don’t rush into a choice. Know your needs and practice good judgment before purchasing an espresso maker.