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Best Espresso Machines under $200

Updated: Sep 27, 2018



Doing research in trying to find the best espresso machine can be overwhelming no matter what the price is. However for those of you who are just starting out and don'k know where to start, $200 seems like a a reasonable amount to invest toward a decent espresso machine if you are on a budget and isn't going to break the bank. Ideally, you should be looking for something that will last for a couple few years, preferably a brand that you've heard of before and something to familiarize myself while practicing your barista skills at home while enjoying making espresso along with other drinks.


Here are our 3 top picks for espresso machines under $200


1. Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine ESP8XL - BREESP8XL


Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine ESP8XL - BREESP8XL

The Breville Café Roma was our first choice.


In terms of appearance, it's a good looking unit and has a stainless steel finish. This unit comes with a portafilter, foaming pitcher and a set of 2 cups and saucers. It's pretty easy to use thanks to the minimal amount of controls. Before you know it, you are up and running and pulling shots.

It also has a warming plate to keep your cups warm. As far as size, it's not very big therefore it's good for most counters

The dimensions of the unit in inches are: 9.25 x 9 x 11.75 (LxWxH). It's very easy to clean although I would recommend placing a towel over the drip tray when you are operating the machine just to avoid getting scratches in the long run.


As far as making espresso and various drinks , I was very pleased with the crema and taste. This machine has Thermoblock heating system and the temperature was also pretty accurate.


Our Final Thoughts


The Breville Café Roma is an extremely easy machine to use. There is practically no learning curve thanks to it's simplistic design and not having to worry about too may controls. Breville got it right with this unit !




2. DeLonghi ECP3630 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine with Adjustable Advanced Cappuccino System, Stainless Steel



DeLonghi ECP3630 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine with Adjustable Advanced Cappuccino System, Stainless Steel

The DeLonghi ECP3630 was our second choice.


In terms of appearance, it's also a good looking unit and has a stainless steel finish.

This unit includes a portafilter, three filter baskets and a scooper/tamper tool. The controls were also pretty straight forward and self intuitive. As far as size, it's not a very big unit and is likely to be very suitable for your counter.

The dimensions of the unit in inches are:

10 x 7 x12 (LxWxH).



Our Final Thoughts


The DeLonghi ECP3630 is an easy machine to use. There is practically no learning curve. Very similar to the DeLonghi ECP3630 , I would recommend placing a towel over the drip tray when you are operating the machine just to avoid getting scratches and dings in the long run. I find that these drip trays due scratch pretty easily so protecting them will definitely keep their appearance to look better and won't drive you crazy when you are making your espresso since it's in plain sight.




DeLonghi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Bundle by DeLonghi



DeLonghi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Bundle by DeLonghi

The Delonghi EC155 was our third choice.


In terms of appearance, it's not the most appealing espresso machine especially when you are comparing it to the Breville Café Roma or the DeLonghi ECP3630. The unit itself didn't really feel solid and the exterior is made out of plastic. The price is very attractive though. The dimensions of the unit in inches are: 9.4 x 7.5 x11.4 (LxWxH).







Our Final Thoughts


If you don't want to spend too much and you want to enjoy making espresso, this is definitely a great entry level machine as it also allows you to use E.S.E pods if you like.


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