Best Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Are you looking for the best semi-automatic espresso machine in 2020?

In this post, we will breakdown the top espresso machines on the market.

Before we get started with our review detailing the best espresso machines on the market, we have included links in the description for each product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your budget range.

Starting off at number 1 we have:

 Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine.

Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Breville Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

The Edge Coffee named this the best semi-automatic espresso machine.

With dual pumps, commercial features and performance, and a very easy to use interface, this is the best value for the espresso aficionado.

This is an expensive espresso machine and really only should be considered by espresso aficionados who will use this on a regular basis.

That being said, you get a lot in return for what you pay for with this one—especially when compared to the $3,000+ competitor semi-automatics that come with fewer features.

Unlike the other Breville product in this post, this one is regularly noted for how easy it is to use; however, some of that may be due to the type of person who would be willing to pay this much for an espresso machine (i.e. the expert).

With auto programmer functionality, advanced monitoring, commercial features, and more, this espresso machine gives users more control over that perfect pull.

Being as this is a semi-automatic with commercial-level performance, you’re going to get great espresso from this machine.

Breville usually provides helpful guides along with each of their machines, so you can turn to that if you should run into any problems producing a high-quality shot.

At number 2 we have

Gaggia RI8762 Anima Prestige.

 

Gaggia RI8762 Anima Prestige.

Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine, Super Automatic Frothing for Latte, Macchiato, Cappuccino, and Espresso Drinks with Programmable Options

As far as super-automatic espresso machines go, this one has a lot going for it.

With a ceramic burr grinder, auto frothing, pre-infusion, and high-quality construction, you’re getting more than you pay for with this.

When compared with the Breville semi-automatic espresso machines, some customers may find themselves not wanting to try this out based solely on price.

However, it’s important to remember that this is a super-automatic espresso machine, which means less effort is required.

This one also happens to be great at preserving energy, so the higher price tag on this is reflective of these additional benefits (and more).

This is going to depend on what level of experience you have with Gaggia espresso machines.

It seems like those who have used Gaggia in the past do not have any problems at all in setting this up or getting it to produce a good shot.

However, it does appear to be a struggle for everyone else.

Users rave about the great espresso results.

However, because this is a super-automatic, it does mean that your shots may have less precision and overall quality than those made with a semi-automatic.

But if you favor convenience over having more control over settings, this espresso machine will do you just fine.

At number 3 we have

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine.

 

 

Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
Breville – the Barista Express Espresso Machine with Integrated Grinder – Stainless Steel

Both Digital Trends and Coffee Maker Picks put this machine at the top of their lists of the best espresso machines.

The reason?

Because it’s a multi-faceted machine that produces excellent espresso.

At that price, this is actually a really affordable espresso machine for what you get.

Many of the commercial-grade semi-automatic espresso machines we found were well over $1,000, so you should expect that this compromise in price comes with compromises elsewhere (for instance, a steep learning curve, plastic construction in some places, prone to making a mess, etc.)

For intermediate to expert aficionados who prefer to experiment with settings to find the perfect pull, this machine is great.

However, if you read the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see that many people have had issues with perfecting their setup in the past.

So you’ll want to follow their advice (which is pretty consistent) if you experience any problems.

Once your settings are well-aligned, the quality of espresso from this machine will rival, and perhaps even beat, that of most coffee shops.

Part of this is due to the extra features that come with it.

A high-quality espresso should always be made with freshly-ground beans, so having the integrated grinder is essential for high-quality results.

The pressure gauge is also noted as one of the more helpful tools on this machine.

At number 4 we have

Original Bialetti espresso maker.

 

Bialetti 06799 Moka Express StoveTop Coffee maker

Bialetti 06799 Moka Express StoveTop Coffee maker, 3-Cup, Aluminum Silver

Having an in-home espresso maker can be a very expensive investment for those who don’t drink it too often or who aren’t obsessed with exact precision over their shots.

For those who simply want an easy way to make espresso (or, as some would argue, just really strong coffee), this Moka pot is a great pick.

You can’t get any better than this when it comes to price if you’re looking for a sturdy and trustworthy Moka.

Well, you can, but not for the consistent and high-quality results you get with a brand like Bialetti.

If you’re looking for a super convenient way to make espresso (or something closely resembling espresso), a Moka pot is the way to go.

Just be careful not to touch the pot while brewing your shot as it tends to overheat.

Since this is a Moka pot and not a full machine that can precisely heat the water and pour the shot, you’ll need to adjust your expectations a bit here.

These are used in homes throughout Italy, so it’s not like the originators of espresso are opposed to using Moka pots (which you should take as a good sign).

Just know that if authentic, thick, bitter/sweet espresso is what you’re after, this might not be enough.

And for our final pick at number 5, we have

Nespresso C40-US-TI-NE.

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker – Titan (C40-US-TI-NE)

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker – Titan (C40-US-TI-NE)

Producing good espresso and even better cappuccino, this is a great machine for anyone who wants a quick and convenient way to brew their morning cup o’ joe.

Digital Trends picked this as one of the best budget-friendly espresso machines on the market.

Beware the label of “espresso maker” though.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly machine that will produce authentic-tasting espresso, you’ll have to pay more for it.

In general, this is very easy to use the espresso machine.

Insert the cup of your choice, turn the machine on, wait half a minute for it to heat up (which is far quicker than you’ll find with most other machines), and press start.

Because this is a Nespresso, the brand is very well-known as an “espresso machine” (thanks in part to George Clooney).

And while reviewers rave about the great espresso results, anyone looking for an authentic shot probably won’t find it here—especially since you can only make your drinks from the pre-ground Nespresso cups and settings.

Set your expectations accordingly.

So that sums up our top espresso machines of 2020.

We hope you enjoyed.