The 10 Best Espresso Machines Under $1000 of 2019 | Ultimate Guide

The 10 Best Espresso Machines Under $1000 of 2019 | Ultimate Guide

best espresso machine under 1000

Features are the name of the game for espresso machines in the under $1,000 range.

What you’ll find with machines at this price point is that most of the manual tasks of the lower-priced options are handled seamlessly in the process.

You will also notice a difference in construction quality and ease of maintenance of the machine itself.


The Final Shot: The Breville Barista Express my top pick for the under $1,000 range. I use this machine every day and the built-in conical burr grinder is a huge bonus. The self-priming and auto-purge functions are also highlights, but in general, this is a solid machine for the home barista that enjoys being involved in pulling the shots and dialing in some of the brewing options.

You’re probably thinking, what’s the big deal about a grinder? Honestly? It was absolutely worth it. I’ll tell you why.

I was originally considering the Breville Infuser, which is priced around $500, but I really value convenience as well as quality and the perfect combination of those two fell in the under $1,000 price point.

My favorite machine from this group is the Breville BES870XL Barista Express. First and foremost, it makes really really good espresso, every time. I can say that with certainty because this is the machine I own and use everyday. You know, the one with the magical built-in bean grinder.

My breville Barista

Me making my morning latte on my Breville Barista Express

Basically, every morning, I whip my wife up the most delicious latté she’s ever had, and I enjoy doing it. I’m actually excited to use the Breville every day.

And about that grinder…I can’t tell you enough how nice it is having the added convenience. You push a button and the perfect amount of grounds are measured and drop into the portafilter for a single or double shot. This really beats using a separate grinder and measuring on my own. The consistency of the grounds is key and the measuring is also more precise when automated. It was a pretty easy choice.


My Breville Barista Express brewing up one of my favorite coffee beans, Koffee Kult Dark Roast

The Best Espresso Machines Under $1000 of 2019

  • Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine
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  • Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine
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  • De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Espresso/Coffee Machine
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1. Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine

Breville’s the Barista Express Coffee Machine is the best automatic espresso machine listed in my guides and has one of the highest overall ratings. The Barista Express Coffee Machine is the least expensive coffee machine on this list, but like the other options we share, it comes with a wide array of useful and luxurious features for a dream espresso experience at home. If you want to be your own home barista and tinker with some different settings without the full-on lever action experience of a coffee shop barista, this is a great option for you.

To start, the Barista Express weighs in at 23 lbs and 13.2” x 12.5” x 15.8”, making it similar in size to most other coffee machines currently being sold commercially. I can tell you from experience, it is well-designed to fit comfortably on a kitchen counter without dominating the space.

Some of my favorite and most notable features of this machine that really characterize the $500-1,000 group are: an integrated conical burr grinder with stainless-steel conical burrs, enabling the machine to fully extract flavor from every coffee granule, a locking 1/2 lb hopper for convenient bean storage, a 54 mm stainless-steel portafilter with commercial-style spouts, a pressure gauge monitoring the pressure generated during flavor extraction, a Thermocoil heating system, which controls the temperature of the water with a great deal of accuracy, and an auto-purge function, which adjusts the temperature of the water after steaming automatically to the optimal temperature for full flavor extraction.

You are also able to select filter size, which indicates whether you’re using a single or double-wall filter basket for single or double shots, which tells the grinder to dispense the desired amount of ground coffee beans. The machine also has easily removable drip and dreg trays, which I know from personal experience are super easy to clean and pop back in.

Not surprisingly, the Barista Express received a stellar rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5 on Amazon. I’m a huge fan, and my personal rating would be a solid 5 of 5.


Breville Barista Hot Features:
  • 15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system
  • Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lb. sealed bean hopper
  • 67 fl.oz (2L) removable water tank with handle
  • Newer model of the Breville BES860XL Barista Express

2. Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine


The Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine is one of the mid-range options for this price point.  It is also one of our favorite overall machines and is listed as one of the best super automatic espresso machine and great for smaller scale commercial use. We love all the features this powerhouse comes equipped with and that is was inspired by Rancilio’s line of large-scale commercial machines used widely in coffee shops and restaurants.

Weighing 34 lbs and measuring 9.2” x 11.4” x 13.3” inches in dimensions, the silvia is luxurious in size and meant to accommodate the needs of the serious home espresso brewer. It’s housing is made of an iron frame and stainless-steel side panels for a really stylish look and long-lasting durability.

Rancilio offers some great, top-quality features that really put this machine in the stratosphere for quality coffee brewing. Most notably are Rancilio’s commercial-grade grouphead, which ensures that the heat generated during brewing remains stable and that full extraction is achieved, the 58 mm patented, ergonomic portafilter, which is also optimized to achieve full extraction, the single boiler of the Silvia also has the largest volume capacity of any home espresso machine in its class. Holding 0.3 liters (12oz) the Silvia’s chrome plated brass boiler produces outstanding steaming power and remarkable recovery time between shots for quick, timely production, great for parties and for multiple espresso drinker households.

This machine also comes with an articulating, stainless-steel steamer, which allows for a complete range of motion for producing perfectly steamed milk. The steam knob is also of commercial grade and allows a range of adjustment for power. The rest of the espresso maker’s features include: a 7 g coffee scoop, a plastic tamper, and filter baskets (single and double), all of which enable you to brew with precision.

The espresso machine received a stellar rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5 on Amazon.


Rancilio Sivia Hot Features:
  • Ergonomic porta filter handle same as the proven design of Rancilio commercial machines
  • Commercial grade group head for superb heat stability and extraction quality
  • Articulating steam wand offers complete range of motion and professional steaming knob precisely controls steaming pressure
  • Classic linear design fits most decors
  • Optional pod and capsule adaptor kit available

3. De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

The De’Longhi is the most expensive espresso machine on this list. It meets every expectation you could possibly have for an $800+ espresso machine.

Let’s start by assessing the De’Longhi with its weight and dimensions. It comes in at 28 lbs and 15” x 11” x 14” inches. It is also beautifully designed with a clean, modern aesthetic and quality materials, ensuring its long-term durability.

Simply, the De’Longhi is a powerhouse. It is equipped with all the best features and is made from all the best materials. This model comes with a unique beans-to-brew system that, like the Rancilio and Breville, grinds coffee beans right before brewing, enabling the machine to make espresso with a heady aroma and ultimate freshness, it also uses 2 stainless-steel boilers to distribute heat evenly, an instant reheat function, which maintains the espresso/coffee machine at an ideal temperature, a quiet burr grinder that not only grinds coffee beans automatically, but can also be set to a specific grinding level of fineness, De’Longhi’s patented “Cappuccino System” frother that carefully mixes steam and milk to produce an especially rich, creamy froth, and an easy-to-use rotary and push-button control panel with programmable menu settings.

The rest of the espresso/coffee machine’s features include: a sizable and easily refillable water tank and coffee bean container, Magnifica’s coffee spigots, with height adjustment to accommodate cups of different sizes; a cappuccino system that rotates 180 degrees to accommodate a milk container of virtually any size; a cup warming tray similar those you would find at cafés that let you leave your cup on it for several minutes to keep it toasty warm; and a stylish, intuitive front panel, making use of the espresso/coffee machine pretty hassle-free.

Consumer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with the De’Longhi being a star appliance for most, receiving a solid rating of 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.


De’Longhi Magnifica Hot Features:
  • Patented “Cappuccino System” frother that mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth
  • Easy-to-use rotary and push button control panel with programmable menu settings
  • Grinds beans instantly with the patented, compact and easy-to-clean “Direct-to-Brew” system
  • No waiting between preparing espresso and cappuccino with the double boiler system
  • Professional-quality, conical low-pitch burr grinder with adjustable grind fineness

4. Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine

I am a huge fan of the Jura brand and there are SO many superior options at this price point that the Impressa C65 had to fall toward the top of the round up.

The C65 is a top pick for quality and overall ease of brewing. This is a super-automatic machine, which means little interference from the user is required – Jura handles it all. You will see one-switch operation, a height adjustable dispenser, and a fine foam frother for smooth microbubbles. This machine is nothing like the lower-end Keurigs and Nespressos – think of the Jura as being more akin to your favorite craft coffee shop barista.

If you end up purchasing, just keep in mind that super-automatics like the Jura perform best when they are not paired with a super oily bean. We recommend the Lavazza Super Crema.

5. Jura 13626 Ena Micro 1 Automatic Coffee Machine

I told you I love Juras! I’m including the Micro on this list as well for the simple reason that it performs like a champ and is streamlined for a single function at a very reasonable price point. This is a great pick if you’re looking to enjoy straight espresso, no lattes and no cappuccinos.

The Ena Micro 1 includes a top-level integrated grinder and micro-brewing unit. It has an easy to sue touch panel and three sizing selections to choose from. And that’s it folks. Quality build, simple purpose, exceptional delivery of a really tasty cup of espresso. If you’re a purist with a desire for ease and efficiency, this is the machine for you.

6. Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Maker

Next to Jura, Breville is our go-to brand for fine-quality espresso at home. The Barista Touch is an upgraded model from the one I swear by at home, enhanced with a good-looking and easy-to-use touch panel for quick selection of beverage preference.

Like the other Breville on this list, this machine will grind your beans, allowing you to customize the coarseness based on the coffee you’re using, it will also let you fine tune the extraction process to customize your beverage per your individual taste, and then save those settings with your name to quickly repeat the process again later.

The Barista Touch also has an especially fast ThermoJet system with a heat up time of just 3 seconds, one of the quickest on the market. The frothing wand is upgraded to produce perfect micro-foam automatically, without user interference. This is one of those top-quality machines designed to enhance the morning coffee ritual and endure years of daily use. If you have the budget for it, splurge on the Breville.

7. Saeco Incanto Plus Super-Automatic Espresso Machine w/Built-In Grinder

The Saeco is a strong addition to the list at a more reasonable price point than the Juras and the Breville mentioned above. If you’re looking to keep your spending between $500 and $1,000, this super-automatic machine should be a solid contender.

What we appreciate most about the Incanto is the integration of a ceramic grinder with controls to personalize the coarseness of the grind based on the bean being used. It also includes a stainless frothing wand, but unlike the Breville and Jura, you will need to froth the milk yourself. The overall styling is striking and clean with a slimmer profile than most of the other machines included on this list.

8. KRUPS EA89 Deluxe One-Touch Super Automatic Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

The Krups machine is another super-automatic machine that offers a similar experience to the Jura Impressa but at a lower price-point. Keep in mind, the overall experience quality and durability is a bit lower, but the price point is better suited to most budgets.

In terms of user-interface, the EA89 Deluxe offers a one-touch OLED screen with 15 fully customizable drink options available. The delivery spout, like on the Jura, is also adjustable, which we love if you prefer to brew directly into a bigger travel cup to take on the go.

The frothing is performed in a separate milk canister on the side of the machine, which can be a bit cumbersome and irritating to clean, which is the primary reason why the Krups doesn’t rank higher on our list.

9. Gaggia Anima Coffee and Espresso Machine


The Gaggia Anima is similar in feature inclusion and styling to the Saeco on this list and I consider the two to be pretty interchangeable aside from the price difference.

On the Anima, you’ll find programmable brewing options, a limited range of temperature control, and a manual panarello steam wand. Like the Saeco, it features a ceramic burr grinder and also offers the option of using pre-ground beans. Gaggia is a well-known maker of high end machines so the construction is of high-quality, but we are a little frustrated by an over-abundance of plastic parts.

The Gaggia is also several hundred dollars pricier than the Saeco and for the savings, we recommend the Incanto, given the nearly identical feature list and lack of stainless materials in the build.


10. Illy X1 Anniversary Espresso Machine

The Illy is by far the most striking LOOKING machine on this round up. The styling is total retro-futurism and resembles something the Jetsons would have had in their kitchen from the future (did I just date myself?).

This is not a super-automatic machine; it does require user effort for milk-based drinks. The frothing wand is made of plastic, which isn’t something I’m thrilled with, and it also requires a little skill on the part of the user. The machine is capsule based and only takes Illy pods, so freshly ground beans are not an option with the X1.

Overall, this is more of an aesthetic choice than a functional one. Many of the machines on this list are more feature-rich at the same price level, but the Illy has them all beat in the style category.


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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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