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The 10 Best Espresso Machines Under $100 of 2019 | Ultimate Guide

The 10 Best Espresso Machines Under $100 of 2019 | Ultimate Guide

best espresso machine under 100

Want to know a secret that took me years to figure out?

You DON’T need an expensive machine to get high quality espresso.

Even in the $100 range you can find a solid machine that will make delicious espresso with a great frothy crema. But how do you separate the well-priced beginner model from the cheap rip-offs? By benefitting from my research and checking out the recommendations in this article, of course.

For $100, you are looking to get an entry level machine. It is not going to automatically grind the beans, tamp, brew, froth the milk and hand you a cappuccino in a tiny italian cup. You will have to do a little bit of the work yourself. BUT, that doesn’t mean you are doomed to get a bad machine because you have a smaller budget to work with.

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The Final Shot: The De’Longhi 155 is the clear winner. The dual thermostats and self-priming operation set it apart from the other options in this range. This is the best pick for smaller budgets and novice home baristas.

My favorite in the $100 and under price range is the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR. This little guy is a beast and produces some truly delightful espresso. De’Longhi is also known for producing high-end models and is a giant in the espresso industry.  The EC 155 is a quality machine that just cannot be beat for the price.

If you at all are serious about getting machine for $100 or less, THIS IS THE ONE TO BUY. It has over 5,500+ reviews on Amazon. That is CRAZY. Products are usually lucky to have 100 reviews. You know when that many users are crazy about the machine that it is amazing and something worth owning.

Honestly, you could search all day and compare endless lists of features, but at this price, the EC155 is the clear winner. We also include a couple back-up options worth a look that are similar to the deLonghi and will serve you well if this machine just isn’t speaking to you.

The Best Espresso Machines Under $100 of 2019

  • Philips SAECO Poemia Espresso Machine
    Product Name
  • 3.5Rating
  • $Price
  • Semi-AutomaticMachine Type
  • De'Longhi 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
    Product Name
  • 4.0Rating
  • $Price
  • Semi-AutomaticMachine Type
  • Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker
    Product Name
  • 3.9Rating
  • $Price
  • Semi-AutomaticMachine Type

1. De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Review

Weighing just 9 lbs and measuring 8” x 11” x 10”, the De’Longhi 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is a great compact espresso and cappuccino maker that will fit comfortably on your kitchen countertop, coffee bar, or breakfast nook for convenient brewing. You can use it in the comfort of your home or at the office. This is one of the top machines from any price range and makes our best espresso machine list, especially for a limited budget.

If you prefer espresso made quickly and with the utmost convenience, the De’Longhi allows you the option of brewing easy-serving espresso (ESE) pods with its patented dual-filter holder. If you prefer cappuccino, this espresso and cappuccino maker comes with an easy-to-use jet frother that swivels, enabling you to make cappuccino topped with deliciously foamy steamed milk every time.

If you loathe tongue-burningly hot coffee, this espresso and cappuccino maker allows you to brew using 2 separate thermostats, ensuring you enjoy espresso shots and cappuccinos at the temperature you’re most happy with.

The other features we really like on this machine include: self-priming operation, which makes start-up preparation easy; a durable, high-quality, stainless steel boiler with 15-bar pump pressure; a 35 oz. removable water tank with indicator light and a removable drip tray, both of which can be cleaned easily; and a bonus cup warmer, which ensures that your cup of espresso or cappuccino stays warm even if you leave it on the tray for several minutes.

Even with all of its useful features, the espresso and cappuccino maker isn’t perfect. There are a few small downsides to it, as pointed out by some especially savvy users. They complained about the grounds basket and the frothing wand. According to their experiences, a broth-like liquid is left in the grounds basket after each cup of espresso is made, producing a wetter puck; the grounds basket is just slightly too close to the tray (2 1/2 inches); and the frothing wand is a little too short, extending only 3 ¼ inches.

In my opinion, these are minor irritations from especially particular brewers, none of which really affect the quality of the espresso and the overall ease of use.

The De’Longhi, not surprisingly, received a stellar rating of 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon, with over 4,600 reviews. This is also one of the best seller’s for semi-automatic espresso machines, making this one of the best espresso machines under 100 dollars.

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De’longhi EC155 Hot Features:
  • 15 bar professional pump pressure
  • Self-priming operation for shorter wait times
  • Stainless steel boiler
  • Swivel jet frother
  • Three in one function filter holder, including ESE pod option
  • Easy to clean drip tray
  • Two separate thermostats
  • 35 oz. removable water tank
  • 1 year warranty

2. Philips SAECO Poemia Espresso Machine Review

The Philips SAECO Poemia Espresso Machine is not the cheapest espresso machine on this list, but when it comes to variety of features, this espresso machine isn’t one to be overlooked.

Coming in at a compact weight and build of 10.1 lbs and 11.7” x 10.4” x 7.9”, the Philips espresso machine could easily be the shiny centerpiece of your kitchen countertop, island or coffee bar as it is both aesthetically pleasing and wonderfully functional.

If you’re an avid espresso drinker, you can rest assured that this espresso machine comes equipped with Philips’ patented portafilters that enable the espresso machine to use the brewing pressure generated most effectively, resulting in proper, deliciously-brewed espresso every time. These portafilters come with an Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pod adapter with filter basket, which allows you the option to also brew using prepackaged, single-serve shots for a quick and easy experience.

If you are a fan of frothy lattes or even well-balanced cappuccinos prepared in the traditional style, the Philips espresso machine comes with a Pannarello steam wand, which gives you a great deal of control over how the frothed milk turns out, creating seriously delicious beverages for sipping.

Like the De’Longhi, the Philips machine comes with a warming tray that makes sure your cup stays warm, which is a nice bonus feature. I like to warm my cup a  bit before I start brewing to make sure my lattes start off extra hot.

The Philips is also a great choice when it comes to ease of clean-up. This machine comes equipped with several features that make cleaning it quick and easy: a removable frothing tip, filter, drip tray, and frothing nozzle.

Have consumers shared any negative comments about this espresso machine? Not much, surprisingly. Most have found it reliable, a joy to use, and especially convenient.

The espresso machine received a solid rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

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Philips Saeco Poemia Hot Features:
  • 15 Bar pump
  • Stainless steel cup warmer
  • Pressurized filter and 15-bar pump for high-quality extraction
  • Pannarello steam wand for milk frothing
  • Compatible with ground coffee or single-serve ESE shots
  • Removable drip tray and water tank for easy cleaning
  • 11.7 x 10.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Imported

3. Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker Review

Designed to maximize space at 9 lbs and dimensions of 11.4” x 13.7” x 13”, the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker would be a welcome addition to your countertop that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional, ranked not only as top pick under $100, but as a best automatic espresso machine.

If you’re a brewer that is exacting regarding froth and latter-making capability (this is totally my wife!), the Mr Coffee espresso and cappuccino maker comes with a built-in, powerful milk frother that allows great control over how the froth turns out.

The Mr. Coffee also comes with a thermal block heater that enables it to brew quicker than most other espresso and cappuccino machines, making your morning coffee prep quick and easy. I love this feature for espresso drinkers that need a quick, no fuss option.

You also don’t have to worry about whether cleaning the espresso and cappuccino maker is going to be a time-consuming ordeal, because it comes with a removable water tank and drip tray, both of which make maintenance of the machine a cinch.

Last but not the least, this espresso maker comes equipped with the 15-bar pressure pump that ensures it provides you with well balanced and perfectly brewed espresso.

The Mr. Coffee espresso machine received a seriously commendable rating of 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

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Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Hot Features:
  • Thermal block heating system
  • Dual-shot brewing
  • Removable 40 ounce water reservoir
  • Powerful milk frother
  • Removable drip tray
  • One-Touch brew and steam controls
  • Lighted on/off switch
  • Made in USA

4. De’Longhi EC220CD 15-Bar Pump Driven Espresso Maker

Anytime you see a De’Longhi product, especially in a budget category, you should take notice. De’Longhi makes some of the very highest quality machines available and their lower cost options are always the most feature-rich and durable with solid construction.

While the EC220CD didn’t snag the top spot in this category, it is still a solid pick if you’re trying to keep to the $100 and under range. So what can you expect from this little guy? It comes with the standard 15 bar pressure pump, a swivel jet frother for making lattes and cappuccinos, a generously sized 35-ounce water tank, and a built-in tamper.

This is a solid pick if you’re looking for a reliable machine that can make espresso at home, without a lot of calibration or a steep learning curve.

5. Mueller Espresso Machine for Nespresso Compatible Capsule

The Mueller is a great lower-cost option on our list and boasts some nice features for the price point. We also love that it’s Austrian designed and offers some nice aesthetics in addition to solid performance.

The most notable feature about the Mueller is that it is pod-based and you can enjoy all your favorite Original Line Nespresso capsules with it. It also has a 20bar Italian pump, a 25 second preheat, super easy one-touch operation with options for both short and long espresso and a 27-ounce water tank.

The main disappointment with the Mueller is that it doesn’t offer a steam wand for making lattes and cappuccinos so it is best suited to an espresso purist. We also recommend ordering the detached Nespresso frother if you love this machine but absolutely have to have a milk option.

6. Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine by Breville

I’m a big fan of the futuristic styling of this little efficiency-machine. It is sleek, minimalist and effective at what it does: quickly produce a shot of espresso with no hassle and absolutely no user skill.

Like all Nespresso products, this is a pod-based brewing machine so it really is as easy as dropping in your favorite blend, pushing a button and watching the machine do the work. It is the smallest single-serving unit on the market from both Breville and Nespresso and is a great pick for an apartment or office. It has a 19 bar pressure pump, and reaches ideal extraction temperature in about 25 seconds.

The Essenza also offers two programmable cup sizes: espresso and lungo. It does not come with a frother, so it is a strictly espresso-based machine and not the right pick if you’re hoping to enjoy lattes or cappuccinos.

7. Hamilton Beach 40792 Espresso Maker

This model from Hamilton Beach is efficient, easy to use and of decent quality for the amateur home espresso drinker.

What we like about this machine: It comes equipped with the standard 15 bar pump and produces a decent crema, it has a removable portafilter so you can measure and tamp your own grounds, the swivel steam wand is great for making lattes and cappuccinos and it has a low temp cup warmer to prep your ups before brewing.

This machine also works with both pods and ground espresso, which is a nice feature for those looking to enjoy a little versatility.

8. Aicook 3.5Bar Espresso Coffee Maker

 

The Aicook is a smart pick for the casual coffee lover who wants to enjoy the option of espresso at home, but isn’t especially concerned about a barista-level experience. This machine is best selected for the layman, not necessarily the connoisseur.

The Aicook offers just 3.5 bars of pressure, a huge difference from some of the other options on the list and therefore needs a more medium size coffee grind. It does include a steam want and offers a compact, slim profile that is great for small spaces. Most of the parts are plastic so you do sacrifice on construction quality for the lower price tag.

9. Bella (13683) Personal Espresso Maker

The Bella personal machine falls toward the lower end of our list simply because the brand isn’t synonymous with fine coffee making and isn’t a great pick if you’re after durability. However, it still makes the list because it is so affordable.

In terms of features, the Bella has a permanent filter so there is no tamping or grounds measurement for the user to deal with, it does come equipped with a steam want to froth milk for quick lattes and cappuccinos.

Overall, it has the key features of some of the higher-end options but at one of the most affordable price points. This is a worthy option to consider if you’re looking for a base model to hold you over until you’re ready to upgrade.

 

10. STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Plus

I always like to include a non-traditional option for espresso making on my round-ups for those who like to experiment and try something a little different. The Staresso is a stand out for it’s unusual styling and operation. It sort of resembles a grenade/spaceship and is a favorite new release.

This is not an espresso machine we recommend for easy daily use. It does require some extra effort to operate, but it produces a quality cup of espresso with the intent of being used on the go.

The Staresso is manually operated and requires the user to pump by hand to extract espresso using the pop-out lever. It has a teeny tiny water tank to keep it compact and portable. The design is really meant for those espresso drinkers with a love for travel or camping.

Wading through the endless sea that is the wide variety of espresso products being sold commercially can be a pain for people who just want an affordable, but reliable espresso machine. I hope I have helped you sort through the endless options a little faster to find the best espresso maker for you.

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About the Author Michael York

I am a die-hard espresso fan. I love every form of the drink from straight espresso shots to lattes and cappuccinos. I currently use a Breville BES870XL Barista, it is an awesome machine. BUT, my dream machine is definitely an Italian Quickmill Andreja. Those bad boys make badass espresso. I love answering your questions, leave a comment or question below!

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