Best espresso and coffee machines in Australia 2021

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.

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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.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

De’Longhi La Specialista Arte

Best manual espresso machine

De’Longhi La Specialista Arte
Image: Tegan Jones/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Excellent customisation to get your coffee right for you
  • Good option for someone with a bit of experience
  • Very sleek and professional looking

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Bit of a learning curve for absolute beginners
  • It takes longer than an automatic machine, which you might not love if you’re impatient

Why we chose it

If you're looking for a bit more control over your homemade coffee, you might want to consider a manual machine like the De'Longhi La Specialista Arte.

Manual machines typically range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The La Specialista Arte falls on the lower end of this range, with an RRP of $749. However, several retailers offer it for less.

Manual machines are generally meant for the budding barista who likes to grind their own beans and take a hands-on approach to their coffee. And the De'Longhi La Specialista Arte is perfect for this. It includes manual dosing, extraction and tampering as well as different temperature options and ground settings.

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.

Here's our full review of the De'Longhi La Specialista Arte.


Jura Giga 6

Best high-end automatic espresso machine

Jura Giga 6
Image: Sarah Brandon/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Can make 28 different types of coffee
  • Includes 2 grinders and can hold 2 different types of beans at once
  • Coffee settings are extremely customisable

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Heavy and somewhat bulky
  • Not the most stylish design

Why we chose it

The Jura Giga 6 is an ultra-automatic espresso machine with every bell and whistle you could possibly want. It makes 28 different types of coffee and has 2 grinders that can hold 2 different types of beans at once.

Even though it's an automatic machine, the settings are fully customisable, so you can adjust the temperature, foam and strength of your coffee to get your perfect brew each time.

However, the Giga 6 also comes with a very high price tag.

For more information, check out our full review of the Jura Giga 6.


Wacaco Nanopresso

Best portable espresso machine

Wacaco Nanopresso
Image: Nick Broughall/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Espresso everywhere
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • A lot of effort for a fairly small shot of coffee
  • Cleaning isn't fun
  • Price may not suit everyone

Why we chose it

The Wacaco Nanopresso 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.

Here's our full review of the Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso coffee machine.

Nespresso Creatista Pro

Best for cafe-quality milk

Nespresso Creatista Pro
Image: Alice Clarke/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • The milk is so silky I want to wear it as a robe
  • Easy to create custom drinks
  • Can prepare coffee and milk at the same time
  • Heats up much faster than other models

Cons

  • It’s $1,250
  • Sliding bar for choosing how much water to put in a coffee doesn’t give measurements
  • Doesn’t automatically clear the pod from the chamber

Why we chose it

The Nespresso Creatista Pro from Breville is the top-of-the-range Nespresso machine with all the bells and whistles. While all Nespresso machines extract the coffee in the exact same way, the main difference is that the Creatista Pro comes much closer to approximating barista-quality milk.

So if you're someone who values a top-notch latte, flat white or cappuccino, this is definitely worth considering.

Here's our full review of the Nespresso Creatista Pro.


Nespresso VertuoPlus

Best pod espresso machine

Nespresso VertuoPlus
Image: Susannah Hardy/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Makes a delicious-tasting coffee
  • Easy-to-use 1-touch system
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Takes up a bit of kitchen bench space
  • No milk frother included
  • You have to commit to a unique system of Nespresso pods

Why we chose it

Our choice for the best pod espresso machine is the 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 5 different pod sizes, from espresso to an extra-large alto.

In addition to making delicious coffee, the 1-touch system makes it incredibly easy to use. The Nespresso VertuoPlus also uses centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 rotations per minute. This helps produce a crema or froth, which is another major selling point.

Here's our full review of the Nespresso VertuoPlus.


Rocket Giotto Cronometro V

Best high-end espresso machine

Rocket Giotto Cronometro V
Image: Supplied/Finder

Not yet rated

Pros

  • Commercial espresso machine technology
  • Long-term reliability

Cons

  • Doesn't come with a coffee grinder
  • At almost 28kg, it's not easy to move around

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 Finder Retail Awards. Customers rave about the reliability, minimal cleaning and overall quality of the coffee. More than 1 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 $3,590.

The Rocket Espresso Giotto Cronometro V uses technology typically only found in commercial espresso machines, so 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.


Amazon prices last updated on 6 December, 2021 at 10:01 am

Methodology

  • 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 1, 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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