Who doesn’t love a bold shot of espresso first thing in the morning, after dinner, or literally any other time throughout the day? While coffee shops are great for satisfying that all-too-common craving, the cost adds up. Plus, that velvety smooth espresso or frothy cappuccino just hits the spot better when you lovingly craft it yourself.
High-end espresso machines are quite an investment, though, especially if it’s something like a Breville – which start at around $500, but can also go for upwards of $2,500. Thankfully, there are plenty of much cheaper options out there that get the job done just as well.
Below, check out these affordable alternatives to a pricey Breville espresso machine, all of which will set you back no more than $300.
1. Calphalon Temp iQ Stainless Steel Espresso Machine
Create incredible coffee concoctions like lattes, cappuccinos and more with this deluxe stainless steel espresso machine. It has all of the elaborate features you need to transform your kitchen into a cafe.
The Temp iQ system distributes heat evenly during espresso extraction, and an auto shot volumetric control dispenses the perfect amount of water for a single or double espresso shot, making the perfect coffee each time.
For creamy cappuccinos and lattes, a powerful steam wand froths and heats milk to the perfect foamy consistency. And a cup-warming tray keeps your coffee nice and toasty until you’re ready to sit back, relax and sip away.
The Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine also comes with a stainless steel milk jug, tamper, cleaning disc and free shipping or curbside pickup where available.
2. DeLonghi 10-Cup Coffee Maker and Espresso Maker
This 10-cup coffee maker and espresso machine meets all your java needs in one compact appliance. On one side, this versatile machine has a coffee brewing system with a 24-hour programmable timer that lets you schedule it to brew a fresh pot of joe exactly when you want it. The other side makes exceptionally rich espresso with a 15-bar high-pressure pump.
Other features include a steam wand for frothy cappuccinos and lattes, an active carbon filter to keep water fresh, a warming plate and a removable water tank and drip tray.
3. Illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine
Add a touch of retro Italian flair to your countertop with this beautiful Illy espresso machine. It uses the iperEspresso capsule system to brew bold, full-bodied espresso with long-lasting crema at the touch of a button. And if you’re in the mood for a cappuccino or latte, the Pannarello steam wand quickly froths and foams milk perfectly.
The Illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine comes in a dramatic red, sleek black or classic chrome that all look equally striking paired with the iconic 1960s design. And you can get it with free ground shipping.
4. EspressoWorks 7-Piece All-In-One Espresso Machine & Cappuccino Maker Barista Bundle Set
Behold, everything you need to make your favorite complicated coffee-based beverage at home in one neat little package. The EspressoWorks Barista Bundle Set comes with all the bells and whistles. You’ll find a coffee bean grinder, a spoon and tamper for filling and tamping the basket, a single and double shot filter basket, two ceramic espresso cups and a milk frothing pitcher to help you craft your latte creations.
What’s more is that this machine is ready to go in mere seconds thanks to the Thermoblock fast heating system that brews coffee and produces steam almost instantly. The water tank is conveniently removable for easy refilling and cleaning. And the steam wand and drip tray are also detachable for hassle-free maintenance.
All in all, you really can’t beat the price for all of the accessories and features included with this set.
5. Keurig K-Café Special Edition Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker
Sale Price: $189.99 | Reg. Price: $219.99
If you enjoy the ease and simplicity of a Keurig, you’re sure to love this Keurig K-Café, which makes a steamy, frothy latte or cappuccino in the blink of an eye. All you need to do is brew a coffee shot with the special “shot” button using any K-Cup pod. Then froth your milk with the dishwasher-safe frother. That’s it!
Alternatively, you can simply pop in an Espresso Roast K-cup capsule and brew it with the “shot” option, and voila! A shot of espresso awaits.
The Special Edition model has a lustrous nickel-colored finish, metal handle and drip tray, and a large 60-ounce removable water reservoir that allows you to brew six cups of coffee before refilling. Plus, it accommodates large mugs and glasses up to 7.2″ tall.
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