Best espresso and coffee machines in Australia 2020
We’ve done extensive research, read real customer reviews and drank hundreds of cups of coffee to choose the 6 best espresso machines in Australia for a range of budgets.
What's in this guide?
- Best budget pick: Philips L'OR Barista Latte LM8014/60
- Best pod espresso machine: Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus BNV420
- Best high-end pick: Rocket Espresso Giotto Cronometro R
- Best manual espresso machine: Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine
- Best fully automatic espresso machine: DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite ECAM650.55MS
- Best portable espresso machine: Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Machine
- Compare capsule coffee machines
- Compare espresso coffee machines
- How to compare espresso machines
How did we pick this list?
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the espresso machines with the highest review score within those parameters.
Espresso machines produce a stronger product than standard coffee makers, which typically make drip or filter coffee. Espresso coffee is the basis for drinks such as a flat white, cappuccino or long black.
Best budget pick: Philips L'OR Barista Latte LM8014/60
- Offers good value for money
- Makes two separate espressos or a double espresso at once
- Nozzle placement doesn't suit all cup sizes
- Some reviewers weren't satisfied with the taste of the coffee
Price (RRP): $219Buy at eBay
Why we chose it
Our pick for the best budget espresso machine is the Philips L'OR Barista Latte LM8014/60. With more than 175 customer reviews across a variety of sites, including Productreview.com.au, Myer and Philips' own website, it has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
If affordability is your key criteria, you are most likely going to end up with a pod machine. However, the Philips L'OR Barista Latte LM8014/60 offers more flexibility than a typical pod machine, with options to either brew two single espressos at once or a double espresso in one cup.
Credited as the first double shot capsule machine on the market, this model features up to 19 bars of pressure to enhance the espresso quality. With adjustable volume from 25mL to 220mL, it can automatically detect capsule sizes. It is als0 compatible with most capsule brands, rather than just Philips capsules.
While the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is $219, you can find this product for $149 or less at several retailers.
Best pod espresso machine: Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus BNV420
- 1.8-litre water tank
- Produces a rich crema
- Doesn't come with a milk frother
- Some reviewers found replacement pods hard to find
Price (RRP): $309Buy at eBay
Why we chose it
Our choice for the best pod espresso machine is the Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus BNV420.
A common complaint about pod espresso machines is that the capsules are too small to produce a satisfying volume of coffee. The Nespresso VertuoPlus solves that problem, boasting five different pod sizes, from espresso to an extra large alto.
With an average rating of 4.7/5 across a range of sites, the Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus BNV420 is a customer favourite. It's easy to use thanks to a built in detection unit that uses a barcode on the capsule to determine the settings. It also boasts a very large 1.8-litre water tank that can change position to suit your kitchen and comes in both black and silver.
The Nespresso VertuoPlus uses something called centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 rotations per minute. This helps produce a crema, or froth, which was another major selling point for most reviewers.
Best high-end pick: Rocket Espresso Giotto Cronometro R
- Commercial espresso machine technology
- Long-term reliability
- Doesn't come with a coffee grinder
- At almost 28kg, it's not easy to move around
Price (RRP): $3,299Buy at eBay
Why we chose it
It only takes a quick scan of reviews for the Rocket Espresso Giotto range to see why Rocket Espresso had the best overall rating for coffee machine brands in the 2019/2020 Finder Retail Awards. Customers rave about the reliability, minimal cleaning and overall quality of the coffee. More than one reviewer plans to pass their machine onto their children!
As you would expect from our pick for the best high-end espresso machine, it comes with a price tag to match, with a recommended retail price of $3,299.
The Rocket Espresso Giotto Cronometro R uses technology typically only found in commercial espresso machines, so that you can get that cafe flavour at home. Stability and temperature are controlled with the help of a PID temperature controller, insulated boilers and digital shot timer.
It comes with a stainless steel finish and can either be plumbed to water mains or run from an internal tank.
Best manual espresso machine: Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine
- Customers say it's easy to use and clean
- Has an integrated stainless steel grinder
- Reliability issues were reported by a few customers
- Some customers say it can be noisy
Price (RRP): $949.95Buy at eBay
Why we chose it
When judging manual espresso machines, The Barista Express from Breville has high customer review scores almost across the board.
Manual machines typically range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine falls on the lower end of this range, with a RRP of $949.95. However, several retailers offer it for under $700.
Manual machines are generally meant for the budding barista that likes to grind their own beans and take a hands-on approach to their coffee. The Barista Express has a number of pre-programmed actions for beginners, plus manual dosing and extraction if you want to put a personal stamp on your coffee.
Add your favourite roasted beans, select your cup volume and you're off and running. It has a steam wand to help you make a cappuccino or a latte, and it automatically adjusts the water temperature after steam.
Best fully automatic espresso machine: DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite ECAM650.55MS
- Programmable colour touchscreen display
- Has an automatic LatteCrema foam system
- Requires regular cleaning
- Some reviewers stated issues with the water and milk temperature
Price (RRP): $2,199Buy at eBay
Why we chose it
With top reviews for build quality, ease of use, consistency, noise level and much more, the DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite is our choice for the best automatic espresso machine.
Boasting an adjustable grinder level, tubeless technology and an integrated cleaning function, this DeLonghi model makes brewing coffee simple. You can program six individual drink types using the soft touch display and control it via an app using Bluetooth connectivity
Retailing for $2,199, you can get it for under $2,000 if you shop around. You can also pay a few hundred dollars more for the 650.85 model to get a hot chocolate feature and a slightly bigger touch screen, but we feel that the 650.55 has enough bells and whistles.
Best portable espresso machine: Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Machine
- Strong, lightweight design
- Capable of 18 bars of pressure, more than many home espresso machines
- Must be filled with boiling water
- Requires strong pressure to pump, not suited to everyone
Price (RRP): $107.90Buy at eBay
Why we chose it
The Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Machine is the best portable espresso machine, with high ratings from customers across eBay and Amazon.
Strong, robust and still lightweight, the Nanopresso holds up to 80mL of water and doesn't require electricity or compressed air; it only needs boiling water and finely ground coffee. Once you add the water and grounds, you simply pump it manually to produce coffee.
At just 15.6cm and 336 grams, it is easy to carry on any trip and all components can be separated for simple cleaning.
It comes with a built-in espresso cup, filter basket and measuring scoop, but you can also purchase an expansion pack called the Barista Kit, which has a larger water tank so you can make a double espresso on the go.
Compare capsule coffee machines
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Compare espresso coffee machines
Not sure on which espresso coffee machine is right for you? Check out the table below to compare manual and automatic options on their specs, price and features.
- Our editorial team researched and reviewed hundreds of brands and products from a wide variety of websites.
- Each product was cross-checked to ensure similar ratings, reviews and experiences had been documented from a variety of sources.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
How to compare espresso machines
- Temperature controls. If you like your coffee piping hot, be sure to check the temperature options before making a purchase
- Grinder. If a coffee machine doesn't come with one, you are looking at an additional expense.
- Water tank. Will it be large enough to suit your needs?
- Size and weight. Is your kitchen big enough and is the machine light enough to move it around?
- Cleaning. How often will you need to clean your machine and is it difficult to do so?
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