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How to Buy an Espresso Maker

Different people have varying opinions about what makes a good espresso maker. Thankfully, we have an entire range of these machines available today. Knowing which one to buy requires making a few vital considerations.

Convenience

If you’re one for convenience above all else, choose an automated espresso maker with programmable settings. Buttons should designed intuitively as well, meaning you’ll automatically know where to find them and what they’re supposed to do. Apart from ease of use, ease of cleaning is also important. A simple model with an intuitive design may not be that convenient if it’s such a challenge to clean.

Price

In terms of espresso makers, price issues come down to the quality of espresso flavor you’re looking for. If you’re very meticulous about the taste of your espresso, then go for a higher-end model. Other important factors include the number of boilers in the machine (more is better), the use of steam pressure to make the espresso (not good), and achieving the right temperature and temperature stability. If the idea is just to make mochas or cappuccino and the like, then a lower-end machine will probably be okay. If you’re not sure about your preferences, buy a mid-range model for starters and experiment.

Customer Service

Take time to read online reviews about all the different brands available to you (for credibility, stick to popular consumer websites). Focus on how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with their machines and the customer service provided by the manufacturer. But remember that all brands or companies will have both good and bad things said about them. Just try to catch the overall vibe of the testimonials.

Longevity

Expensive models provide a warranty, so this should give you an idea of their durability. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. And highly automated models with so many electric parts are likely to need repair more often than their more manual counterparts.

Additional Features

There are espresso makers that have unnecessary but handy features that make your experience more satisfying and convenient. Examples are a built-in coffee grinder, a cup warmer and a frothing wand. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which features you want. And naturally, if you want more features, you have to pay a higher price.

Many people end up buying the wrong espresso maker, not because the product itself is low quality, but simply because they didn’t spend enough time preparing for the purchase. So be careful not to make the same mistake. Know what you want and need before paying for an espresso maker.

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