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The 10 Best Espresso Machines Under $2,000 | Ultimate Guide for 2020

The 10 Best Espresso Machine Under $2,000 | Ultimate 2020 Guide

Best espresso machine under 2000

In my years of coffee sipping and exploration, I’ve gone through a lot of different machines. From drip to percolate, french press to pour over, and now a really great semi-automatic that I love.

If I’m not looking for a better-tasting cup, I’m replacing a broken machine. Admittedly, early on this is my own fault because I wasn’t ready to invest in a quality machine until I moved on to my Breville.

Sub-par coffee and machine replacement is always a serious disappointment. When you add up what I’ve spent over the years, it almost certainly equals or surpasses some of the machines we’re looking at here.

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The Final Shot: The Jura Impressa E8 is our top pick for the under $2,000 budget range. The Swiss-made quality, fully automated brewing system, extra quiet and speedy grinder and range of customization options put it on another level.

While all of the options on this list are definitely not in the average budget, if you’ve saved or if you just have the extra cash to spend, you’ll find each of the machines here will offer a unique and incredibly satisfying espresso experience.

Why spend $2,000 on an espresso machine? For those of us to whom coffee is not just a beverage but a way of life, a one-time investment in any of the following machines will pay for itself in convenience and superiority.

I also dare you to add up what you spend at your local coffee shop each week, month and year. It might really surprise you.

Top 10 Espresso Machines Under $2000 in 2020

  • Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine
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  • Jura E8 Espresso Coffee Machine
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  • Saeco Xelsis SM7684/04 Super Automatic Espresso Machine
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#1 Choice – Jura E8 Espresso Coffee Machine Review

First off, let’s take a look at the Swiss-made Jura E8. This by far one of the best engineered and thoughtful espresso machines on the market, and truthfully, while I love my Breville, it’s my dream machine.

Why? It’s a little like an espresso butler. All the guesswork is removed from the process and what you’re left with is simple: a perfectly made cup of your favorite latte or cappuccino.

There’s no need to be intimidated by foaming techniques or ratios of milk to espresso as the Impressa is a fully automatic espresso machine and takes care of all of that for you.

It also comes with all the tech a modern espresso lover could want: TFT color screen integration along with easy programming to customize and save your favorite beverages. For new drinks, you can use the buttons to scroll through brewing options, and press the button to select your beverage of choice. It includes up to 16 drink varieties so there’s a little something to satisfy everyone.

It can be tricky to master the perfect micro-foaming technique with a traditional steam wand (I’ve spent years perfecting my technique), but the Jura eliminates the need to monitor your milk foam. It acts as your own personal barista by running cold milk through the machine and turning it into perfect foam on demand.

Another favorite feature: If you’re playing host and taking coffee orders for your guests and one of them asks for a decaf, you don’t have to spend extra time cleaning out the grinder. The E8 comes equipped with  an additional powder chute that allows you to pour pre-ground coffee directly into the machine, so you can go from caffeinated to decaffeinated instantly. This is also a great feature if you like to bounce between different bean varieties and want to have them pre-loaded.

I also appreciate that the grinder on the E8 also features 6-level Aromag3 technology to preserve the integrity of the bean, reduces noise and also grinds 2 times faster than most conventional stand alone grinders. If you’ve read more than a few of my articles, you know I’m a stickler for grind quality and convenience, the Jura really outperforms most everyone else on both counts.

This model from Jura  also comes equipped with an adjustable spout that can accommodate glasses of all heights, even travel mugs, which is essential if you’re on your way out the door. My Breville doesn’t do this and it’s one of my biggest gripes about it.

Customizability is also a major sweet spot with the E8. You can select both your brew strength and volume to tailor your drink to your specific preferences before milk foaming and frothing. The PEP (pulse-extraction process) is intelligently designed to maximize the flavor of the bean during the extraction process and deliver a more perfect shot.

The Jura E8 is a premium designed machine that is a bit like owning a Ferrari – you enjoy all the bells and whistles, beautiful stylish and a fast and seamless end result: perfect espresso with no work from you. If you have the budget, this is the ultimate in luxury coffee at home.

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Jura E8 Hot Features:
  • Chrome with black accents with TFT color display
  • 12 programmable specialties and 8 programmable levels of Coffee strength
  • 6-Level Aromag3 grinder
  • Pulse extraction process (pep)
  • Intelligent pre-brew aroma system
  • Energy Save Mode

#2 Choice – Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine Review

If you’ve spent any time on this site you know a few things about me: 1) I’m passionate about coffee, 2) I’m constantly making lattes for my wife, and 3) I love the Breville brand.

While my budget doesn’t extend to the Oracle, if you’re looking for a slightly less super-automatic machine (is that a new technical term?) without the butler service level of the Jura, this is the perfect pick for a similar price point.

What’s to love? Most functions are hands-free and automatic: the built-in conical burr grinder automatically grinds, doses and tamps the necessary amount of coffee for whatever beverage you’re brewing right into the portafilter. You’re still transferring the portafilter before extraction, but there’s no skill required and its a quick changeover.

For automation, The Oracle also offers programmed hands-free milk frothing, similar to the Jura. While you’ll still need to fill your pitcher with milk and place it under the spout, instead of using an integrated milk system, it’s easy and there are no skills to learn before enjoying the perfect latte or cappuccino. And the best part? The wand is self-cleaning so you’re not stick chiseling dried milk off before enjoying your drink.

The tech side of the Oracle isn’t quite at the Jura level – you’re still using a black and white LCD display with buttons and rotary dials. Though more basic, it’s intuitive and easy to use, allowing for more user control over variables like temperature, espresso volume and dose.

The Oracle also includes a one-touch Americano button that pulls a perfect shot with hot water for a quick and easy Americano-style beverage.

On the internal side, Breville packs dual stainless steel boilers and Italian-made pumps with digital temperature control technology for extraction that is ideally balanced for an optimal, consistent shot.

If you’re interested in being a little more hands on with your morning coffee ritual, the Breville Oracle is a great, nuanced machine that lets you tinker with key settings but avoid any of the hassle of a less automated machine.

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Gaggia Accademia Hot Features:
  • Automatically grinds, doses & tamps the required amount of Coffee for mess Free, barista Quality Espresso
  • Programmable hands Free milk texturing with automatic purge; Water tank Capacity : 84 ounce;Voltage: 110 to 120 Volts
  • Dual stainless steel boilers & dual Italian pumps with PID; Boilers can be descaled by user; Power:1800 Watts; Not compatible with capsules
  • One Touch Americano delivers Water directly into the cup after extraction; 3 preset & 6 customizable settings
  • Programmable shot temperature from 190 Degree 205 Degree; Displays in either Degree Fahrenheit or Degree C; over Pressure Valve: This commercial feature limits the 15 bar Italian pump pressure throughout the extraction, preventing bitter flavours in the shot; Bean Hopper Capacity:1/2 pounds

#3 Choice – Saeco Xelsis SM7684/04 Super Automatic Espresso Machine Review

Another excellent top-tier machine, the Saeco is a super-automatic machine in line with the Jura in terms of automatic and ease.

Like the Jura, this machine is fully programmable with favorite coffee drink preferences. You can customize everything from espresso and milk volume to dose, temperature and milk texture. Fave drinks and calibrations can be saved to individual user profiles (up to 6) so it’s easy to select your go-to beverage each morning. The machine is also capable of 15 different drink styles for loads of versatility.

The major perk of this machine is the 3.5” LCD touch screen display. It’s as simple and easy to use as a smart phone with great graphics and intuitive organizational design. The graphics are beautiful and thoughtful enough to make selections easy to understand.

For milk frothing, the Saeco comes with a refrigerated milk carafe that hooks into the machine and allows for an automatic feed, no frothing pitcher needed. The HygieSteam system allows full control over texture with an automatic purge and clean cycle once it’s done. This is incredibly simple and eliminates any washing up on your part.

Internally, you’re looking at double thermoblock pumps for brewing and steaming with finely tuned temperature management for perfect extraction and frothing.

Another unique feature of this machine that I really love is the front-access water tank. The tank on my Breville is situated at the rear and is a little cumbersome to refill. I love that this machine is designed to facilitate ease of use in all aspects.

The grinder on the Xelsis is ceramic, which is a favorite over conical burr options for a high quality grind as it eliminates extra heat and can produce a more nuanced range of grind coarseness.

The only thing feature this machine doesn’t include that the Jura offers is a secondary bean hopper for decaf beans or a different flavor. This is a pretty small convenience feature, but worth keeping in mind at this price point.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • Premier programming – the xelsis lets you program everything. From milk and espresso volume to dose, temperature, and texture only thing holding back your morning drink is you
  • User profile – and, once you have your favorite drinks dialed-in, you can save them to your dedicated profile for easy access
  • Touchscreen control – The xelsis showcases its programming prowess with an accurate 3. 5″ Touchscreen
  • Hygiesteam system – An upgrade to the steam systems of old, the xelsis’ Fridge-ready milk carafe packs in texture control and automated purge and clean cycles
  • Double thermo blocks – dedicated for both brewing and steaming offer accurate temperature controls for every drink in your recipe book
  • Refined ergonomics – from a front-access water tank to adjustable spouts and a scratch-resistant drip tray, The xelsis brings the best from Saeco design options

#4 Choice – Delonghi ECAM45760B Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine with Latte Crema System Review

When it comes to espresso machines, Delonghi is another top level brand that earns it’s spot on any short list.

This particular model has a lot of features comparable to our top picks but it falls a little short on styling, quality of materials and the lack of tech when it comes to the display and selection. It’s just a little clunky and less streamlined than our fave options.

Like the Breville, the ECAM comes with a built-in conical burr grinder with adjustable settings to customize your grind coarseness. A nice second chamber allows you to store a pre-gorund option, like the Jura, so you can have a stash of decaf or another variety if you want to spice things up.

Next up, the milk frother: Their LatteCrema system is not unlike the Jura and sauce where the milk is maintained in a canister and is automatically drawn through the machine for steaming and frothing. The wand is self-maintaining and refilling is easy.

The LED screen on this machine is pretty tiny and there are a ton of different buttons to control temperature, volume, frothing and bean grind. Drink choices are limited to 11 and there is no pre-programming favorites and saving them for later. It’s not intuitive and can feel pretty dated in comparison to the Jura and Saeco screens in particular.

Internally, it also has two themoblocks so heat up is instant and switching between extraction and frothing is easy.

This is a great machine that has a lot of solid super-automatic features that make a morning coffee ritual simple and easy.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • FRESH ESPRESSO FOR EVERY CUP The integrated burr grinder with adjustable settings grinds fresh beans every time to ensure maximum freshness. You can also use pre-ground in the second chamber – your choice of regular, specialty or decaf.
  • The De’Longhi LatteCrema System creates perfectly layered espresso beverages, with dense, rich, long-lasting foam in every cup from start to finish. Maximum cup height- 5.5 inches
  • CONSISTENT BREWING EVERY TIME Each cup is automatically brewed to the perfect temperature, richness and density. And, you can customize the settings to ensure it’s always just the way you like it.
  • MAINTENANCE: De’Longhi machines require half the cleaning time of other brands, unlike competitor machines, which require chemical cleaning tablets monthly.
  • Warranties may not apply to purchases from an unauthorized retailer.

#5 Choice – Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica Smart Espresso & Cappuccino Maker Review

We’re sticking with Delonghi for #5 and had to include the Magnifica based on the price alone.

While it doesn’t have all the frills the upgraded ECAM offers, it has all the essential super-auto features we can’t live without but at a much more budget-friendly price point.

So what is different here? Instead of 11 drink styles, you’ll find a solid 6, with 6 one touch options, the display is rotary control instead of touch and the bean container is about half the size.

The most important features: the second hopper for pre-ground coffee and the automatic milk frothing system with self-cleaning wand, remain the same. The Magnifica also has 2 thermoblocks, so your not sacrificing on speed of heat up or temperature control.

The differences between this machine and its slightly upgraded version are pretty minor and if you’re trying to stick to a slightly smaller budget, this is a great alternative option.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • The double shot feature makes your preferred drink, Just taller It doubles the amount of Coffee and milk
  • Integrated STAINLESS steel burr grinder with 13 adjustable settings for whole beans and second chamber for pre ground Coffee
  • Maintenance: de’longhi machines require half the cleaning time of other brands, unlike competitor machines, which require chemical cleaning tablets monthly
  • 60oz water tank with water level indicator and filtration system
  • Warranties may not apply to purchases from an unauthorized retailer
  • Utilize De’Longhi’s specialized call center for help in setting up and maintaining your machine at 866 528 8323 (LatteBest)

#6 Choice – Gaggia RI9700/64 Babila Espresso Machine Review

Another solid pick, the Babila from Gaggia is a great super-automatic machine with sleek styling and most of our favorite features.

This machine reminds me of the Delonghi. Its a classic Italian brand and has all the key features of the big boys, but just falls short on the interface and some of the bells and whistles we’ve gotten used to for this budget level.

The milk-frothing system is a bit of a hybrid on the Gaggia – it offers a milk carafe for automated frothing, but the system isn’t quite sophisticated enough to handle all the nuance of lattes and macchiatos so a manual wand is included for some textured drinks that the automated system can’t handle. This requires a little more skill and maintenance than most of the other machines on our list.

Total number of drink options is 8, which is still respectable but not the range of out top picks. Selection is one touch, which is a nice ease-of-use features.

The extraction process customization is a little more manual with an adjustable flow-knob, rather than digital calibration.

It does feature a great conical burr grinder with a bypass dose so you can switch between whole bean and pre-ground coffee as needed. The telescopic coffee dispenser is reminiscent of the Jura set up and will allow you to brew right into a travel mug if needed.

The screen is a little more basic, offering a black and white LED with some pre-programming options. It tries to keep up, but it falls far short with the beauty of the Saeco display and personalization options.

In terms of drink quality, it brews just as beautifully as the other options on our list. You’re not sacrificing overall drink quality, just some of the bells and whistles that accompany it.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • One touch brewing and frothing: bean-to-cup feature. Milk carafe includes automatic milk frothing for cappuccinos, and milk froth. Manual steam wand doubles as a hot water dispenser
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: 1 bottle of Gaggia Descaler, 1 AquaClean Water Filter, 1 Water Hardness Test Strip, 1 Tube of Brew Group Lubricant, 1 Brew Group Brush, 1 Coffee Scoop/Grinder Key
  • PROGRAMMABLE: 8 Programmable brewing options for espressos, espresso lungos, coffee, ristrettos, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiato, flat whites and milk foam
  • Easy access to water reservoir: features a top Loading removable 50.7oz water reservoir; Brew Boiler Wattage: 1400
  • 2 year warranty: hassle free 2 year warranty handled by Gaggia USA directly. For Gaggia usa’s call center, call 888-389-4123

#7 Choice – Quickmill Alexia Espresso Machine Review

I really enjoy the old school Italian design of this machine. It is BEAUTIFUL to look at and made with all commercial grade components.

The Quickmill also stands out from the other options on our list as it is not a super-automatic machine. This one is all manual switches, timing and skill.

If you are interested in having more control over your espresso brewing process and finessing the extraction and frothing, this is the pick for you.

So what does it have to offer? A PID brew temperature adjustment, easy access expansion valve, a manual frothing wand, three position power switch, easy pull out drip tray, and cup warmer.

Using this machine is an old school experience. It is mechanical art and designed for only the most serious espresso drinker. This is not the machine to act as a concierge for your morning coffee. This is the machine if you want to be the Italian barista of your own home, enjoying only the best components and materials.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • Hinged Cover – No need to remove the cup warming tray to refill the water tank
  • Easy Access Expansion Valve – No need to remove the outer shell to adjust
  • Three Position Power Switch (left – power on for initial fill, center – power off, right – power on and heating)
  • High-quality stainless steel construction #304
  • .75 liter single boiler

#8 Choice – Jura 15075 Automatic Coffee Machine J90 Review

This list wouldn’t be complete without another Jura to round out the line up. The J90 has a lot of similar features to the E8 with a few small differences. Either one is an amazing addition to your kitchen.

The display is rotary TFT with full color and easy selection of pre-programmed options and saved favorites. The J90 offers a range of 13 drink options, just a  few less than the 16 offered with the E8. It does not and the one touch functionality the E8 comes with, but otherwise is pretty comparable.

Both the J90 and the E8 offer the pulse extraction process technology and intelligent preheating.

The grinder is also the same on both Juras, but the J90 doesn’t offer the extra capacity for the pre-ground beans that you find with the E8.

The last key difference is milk frothing. The E8 has an integrated milk container but the J90 requires a separate attachment, similar to the Saeco. Both offer automatic frothing and fine foam technology with integrated clean up.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • Visual brilliance – the front of the elegant automatic machine is finished with a high-quality double coat of metallic-look brilliant Silver lacquer
  • Tft display – The operating concept couldn’t be clearer, simpler and more intuitive. Simply turn the rotary switch and a list of specialty coffees appears on the TFT display
  • Aroma plus grinder now twice as fast for fully preserved aroma – by perfecting the cutting angle inside the grinding cone, the Jura engineers have managed to increase efficiency significantly
  • Foam of the finest – the height of the cappuccino spout for Latte macchiato and cappuccino and the Coffee spout can be adjusted on a continuous scale
  • The integrated fine foam technology from Jura ensures unique milk foam Quality with a fine, feather-light consistency
  • Only original Jura maintenance products complete hygiene and protection. Only our protective formulas have been carefully optimized to suit the programmed and materials used in Jura automatic machines.
  • Do not buy products from unauthorized Jura dealers. is an authorized dealer.

#9 Choice – KRUPS EA9010 Fully Auto Cappuccino Machine Espresso Maker Review

This option from Krups is a fully-automatic machine with a great tech set up and smooth styling.

It offers automatic adjustments for grind, volume, and temperature with options for 17 drinks recipes with the touch of a button on a clean, easy to navigate color display. It also includes the option to program in favorite drink specifications and strength preferences.

Frothing is 2-step and totally automatic, though you will need to add the milk directly to the cup as it doesn’t come with a separate milk container. This isn’t ideal for latte options, and is just a little less refined than some of the other systems we’ve reviewed. The wand does self-clean so that’s a major win for this unit.

The grinder is a solid metal conical burr style with a range of adjustment options to customize grind coarseness. It does not include a separate chamber for pre-ground beans.

The KRUPS is a solid performer without some of the extra features fo the higher priced options. If it’s in the budget, I  recommend splurging on the Juras, Breville or Saeco for a more curated experience.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • FULLY AUTOMATIC: Cappuccino machine offers powerful performance — from even grinding to proper heating; includes metal conical-burr grinder (with auto grinder setting and manual option), Thermo Block heating system, and 15 bar high-pressure pump
  • ONE-TOUCH DIGITAL SCREEN WITH 17 RECIPES: Make easy selections with the touch of a button; choose from espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, and more; fully customizable — from programming of favorites and profile to preferred drink strength
  • AUTOMATIC ADJUSTMENTS: Adjusts automatically (quantity of coffee, grinding fineness, water temperature) according to selected recipe to ensure the best results for every option
  • 2-STEP FROTHING: Automatically froths milk in 2 steps for making delicious milk-based coffee drinks like a pro; automatic steam-nozzle cleaning for ultimate convenience
  • USER-FRIENDLY DESIGN: 100% frontal operation for easy access to key functions; compact size with 8.8 oz. coffee bean container and 56 oz. / 1.7 L. water tank; Claris water filtration system; no need to ever clean inside of unit

#10 Choice – Miele CM6150 OneTouch Countertop Super Automatic Coffee & Espresso Machine Review

The styling of this little Miele is one of my favorites from the whole line up. It looks like a sleek apple product that just so happens to make amazing coffee.

It’s a bit pared down compared to some of the beasts on this list but it has all the core features you should expect in this price range.

Key components include: automatic customizable milk frothing for cappuccino drinks, 8 drink varieties, dual extraction for preparing two beverages at the same time, up to 4 programmable user profiles, customizable conical burr grinder, temperature and volume customization, pre-brewing technology and adjustable spout for preparing drinks in larger vessels.

This is a great little machine with a lot of fully automatic features that will really streamline a morning coffee experience.

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Breville Oracle Hot Features:
  • OneTouch for Two prepares two coffee drinks simultaneously with one touch of a button / DirectSensor control panel with 4-row text display is easy to navigate.
  • Choose single- or double-serving size / Coffee strength is selectable per cup.
  • Four user profiles allow you to set preferences for temperature, amount of coffee/water and fineness of grind / Height-adjustable central spout (3″ to 5 1/2″) fits taller glasses.
  • Built-in conical grinder with five settings / Metal splashguard offers sleek finish and added durability.
  • Drink Specialties: Espresso, Coffee, Long coffee, Ristretto, Cappuccino, Caffè latte, Hot milk and hot milk froth, Latte macchiato

You deserve a home brewing experience to rival the local coffee shop, and all of these machines will make next level espresso. Each one has unique features that require careful consideration, but once you make your choice, you’ll never go back to using any other machine again.

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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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