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Top 5 Espresso Machines For Under $150 to buy in 2019

What inspired me to write this article was a hunt for a good Espresso maker. I bought a cheap one which is number 5 on this list 4 years ago after taking a trip to Jamaica and trying real Blue Mountian Espresso for the first time.

It was a flavor rush with an amazing taste. Not to mention the kick I needed to start my morning. But after using a Steam Espresso machine for several months to no success in recreating that cup of coffee I had I was hooked on finding the best Espresso maker out there.

The only issue is an Espresso maker has a HUGE range in prices going from something cheap for about $80 to over $1000. I can not begin to tell you how it made my head spin after reading piles of reviews, watching YouTube videos, even subscribing to coffee podcasts to find there were so many things to look for in a good Espresso machine.

So I went to work doing several hours of research I found a small but very affordable group of Espresso makers that can get the job done for less. Now you can always spend way more than $150 on your home Espresso maker but the point of the ones on this list is to cheap and not take up to much counter space.

With that being said let’s get on to the list.

5) Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Steam Espresso System –

This espresso machine comes in at a firm #5 because it is not a “true” espresso machine. Unlike other Espresso makers on this list, this one does not use the “bar system” for pressure. With most professional grade espresso makers coming in at at least 15 bar and home versions coming in at 10 bar.

This one is steam powered. That means it at the most might pull 3 to 4 bar. This means you are most so getting a pressurized drip coffee vs a true espresso maker. With that being said if you want a Latte or Cappuccino it will do some excellent milk frothing.

So if your overall goal is to do a more milk based coffee this should do the trick!

Some key features of this model are as follows.

  • Frothing arm makes creamy froth to top off your cappuccinos and lattes
  • Easy pour glass carafe that comes with this unit serves up to 4 shots.

4) Mueller Espresso Machine –

This Espresso maker is unlike most. YOU CAN NOT USER FRESH GROUND COFFEE IN THIS COFFEE MAKER. You have to use the Nespresso pod. Similar to the k-cup system. These pods will give you one shot per pod.

This Espresso maker came in at a 20 bar so it will do a great professional grade Espresso with plenty of crema (the Guinness effect).

Some key features of this model are as follows.

  • Delivers up to 20 bar pressure which like premium professional machines allows for a barista-style result
  • This machine only needs 25 seconds to preheat, then you can get coffee immediately without preheating and within 10 minutes the energy-saving mode will switch off the machine automatically saving you electricity.
  • The one-touch buttons with two cup capacities Short and Long shot.

3) De’Longhi EC155 Espresso Maker –

This Espresso maker is near and dear to my heart. I use to own this one and it is amazing for the cost. You get 15 bar pressure which means you will get crema with this machine. I would highly and I mean highly recommend you do a fresh grind of coffee when you use this machine. If not the cup of Espresso will not be as bright and the crema will not be as thick.

Some setbacks on this model is that it was not designed to hold an 8oz cup. Which means most if not all of your household cups would not fit in the machine.

For me, that meant I had to buy 1oz Espresso cups just so I can use this machine. Also to get a good pull of Espresso every time I noticed the heating element has to be primed for over 30 mins.

Some key features of this model are as follows.

  • Machine is set to perfect temperature with two separate thermostats, which allow for water and steam pressure to be controlled separately.
  • Use convenient pods or ground coffee with the patented dual function filter holder. It makes espresso preparation simple and fast
  • Enjoy delicious espresso for years to come with the durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler and 15 bar pump pressure.

2) De’Longhi ECP3420 Espresso Machine –

This machine is my daily driver when it comes to all of the coffee makers I own. You get 15 bar which means great creama. You CAN use normal coffee cups so there was no need to buy and special coffee cups to make the Espresso. Also, I noticed I could get a good pull if I just warmed up the machine for about 10 to 15 mins. Which is amazing.

The frothing wand gets the job done and gives nice tight bubbles if you use whole milk. I notice if you use 2% or Almond milk you have to do a lot more movement in the frothing technique to get tight bubbles but outside of that, I think this is a pretty solid Espresso maker.

Some key features of this model are as follows.

  • 15 bar professional pressure assures quality results every time.
  • Second tier drip tray to accommodate larger cups.

1) AICOOK Espresso Machine –

I will start by saying I have never heard of this company before but there are some benefits that this company machine has over all the other machines. Because this is a all digital machine. The computer built into the coffee maker knows when the heating element is ready to go. It knows how long to do a pull of Espresso and it auto shuts off when it is done.

Other machines on this list do not do this and because of that you will find you will be looking up many YouTube videos on “How to pull the perfect Espresso”. Also after viewing the forums many people have broke their non-digital Espresso makers because they will warm up the heating element only to get busy and forget it was on, or do a pull of Espresso and forget to turn it back off.

So for those reasons, it makes the list because not everyone wants to be as educated as a Starbucks barista. They just want to push a button and get the same great cup of coffee.

Some key features of this model are as follows.

  • One-touch control digital screen for 15 BAR espresso machine. Almost no special skills required,just touching screen keys, you can get your favourite drink.
  • Make fantastic foamed milk for cappuccinos, lattes.You can turning the Froth Control Knob to the right for more foam and to the left for less foam.