Best Espresso Maker Under $200 (Cheap Machines For 2017)
If you are looking for a good cheap espresso machine for under 200 dollars, you’ve landed on the right page. For as little as $200 you can get a good cheap entry level espresso maker that can brew up a mean shot of espresso. I’ll admit that the buying any espresso maker under $200 bucks probably isn’t going to come with all of the additional bells-and-whistles found on the more expensive machines, but from my experience and talking to others, you can still get a good espresso machine for that type of money.
I've found that most of the best espresso machines in today’s marketplace typically use a pump-driven system versus an old steam style setup. In my opinion, these pump espresso machines are the better option. However, they do tend to be slightly more expensive than the steam variety but don’t worry you can still find a pump espresso maker for under $200, and in fact, I have recommended some below.
Your options don’t stop there because you also have automatic and semi-automatic espresso machines and sometimes super automatic in this budget range. But often you'll find these super machines are typically priced higher than $200 and are reserved for only the serious coffee lover or retail high-street coffee shops.
TOP Rated Espresso Machines Under 200 Dollars
If you follow this coffee blog, you're probably already aware of how I choose and recommended each of the coffee makers I review; if not here is a quick rundown. I only suggest coffee machines that I currently own, I have used in the past or those that have been recommended to me by friends, family, and colleagues.
Below I have covered a handful of what I think are some of the best espresso makers under $200 that are currently available. So grab yourself a coffee kick back and let’s crack on.
De’Longhi 15-Bar Pump Espresso And Cappuccino Machine
This first good cheap espresso machine is one that I currently use at home; now there are two different models which are virtually the same the EC702 which is the older model and the ECP3630 which is the latest model which is the one I own. There's no big difference between the two and they are both priced at under $200 (at the time of writing).
As far as I’m concerned the De’Longhi 15-bar pump espresso maker is the best cheap espresso machine you’ll find, you’re not going to get a better bang for your buck (not for $200!). I’ve had my machine for little over 6-months, and it was a replacement for an older De’Longhi machine that had seen better days.
So far (touch wood) I’ve had no real significant issues with the De’Longhi espresso machine (ECP3630) apart from trying to figure out the water tank. I found that the machine won’t work until the water tank is fully pressed into place, I’m not sure if it's just isolated to my espresso machine or the entire range?
This inexpensive espresso machine is one of the pump varieties, and as I mentioned at the beginning of this article these are the best type of coffee maker when it comes to espresso. What else can the De’Longhi 15 bar pump espresso maker do? Well for starters, if you’re a fan of Cappuccino’s or Lattes the De’Longhi comes with a milk frother built-in which saves you having to buy a separate milk frother which can be costly depending on which brand you buy.
I should point out that the De’Longhi doesn’t come with any other tools to complement the milk frother such as a stainless steel milk pitcher, so that would have to purchased separately, here is a cheap one if you are not sure which one is best to complement this unit.
Another neat feature of the De’Longhi is the option to use coffee pods as well as freshly ground coffee. The unit actually comes with various attachment holders; one for a single shot of espresso, a holder for two shots and the espresso pod contraption which I’ve yet to use (I’m not a fan of those coffee pods). To get the most out of your coffee, the De’Longhi uses 15-bars of pressure that helps to maximize crema for a delicious, barista-style espresso.
The drip tray can also be removed so you can accommodate larger mugs or even squeeze in a small thermal coffee mug. A good cheap espresso machine that is well-worth the $200 asking price in my opinion.
Breville Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker (ESP8XL)
The second budget espresso machine on my list has been recommended to me by a fly fishing buddy of mine. To be honest, when I took a look at it there seemed to be no real difference in design when compared to the above De’Longhi; though it does have a slightly more minimalistic look and fewer functions. Priced at about the same price ($20 cheaper than the De’Longhi at the time of writing) as the above De’Longhi the Breville Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker is a decent inexpensive espresso machine.
My fishing buddy has had his for about 12 months, and he openly admits he’s having a few problems with it. He says that when he first purchased the Breville Cafe Roma the machine would make a noise, but no coffee would come out. After fiddling around with the unit, it seems like the unit was suffering from a similar issue to the above De’Longhi where the water tank wasn’t properly seated in the correct position. Another potential problem showed itself with interment clogging, after experimenting and playing around with the unit it's apparent that if your coffee grind is too fine, the machine can get clogged up.
Apart from that the machine apparently does a good job for a good cheap espresso machine. Some of the other notable features and functions on the Breville Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker include an external water window that indicates when the water tank is low, a removable drip tray for easy cleaning and to accommodate larger coffee cups; and unlike the above De’Longhi the Breville it includes a frothing jug - perfect for all of the cappuccino fans reading this.
Cuisinart 15-Bar Espresso Maker (EM-100)
If you are looking for the best espresso machine for the money and you want something slightly cheaper than the above two, the Cuisinart 15-bar espresso maker is a good budget option (about $50 cheaper at the time of writing). It has similar functions as the above two. However I must admit that I find the build quality not as good, it feels a lot more plastic(y) and not as solid to touch as the others.
Even with its flaws, I was surprised to find a pump espresso machine at this price that delivered the preferred 15-bar of pressure, consistently. The Cuisinart also comes with a steam wand for frothing milk for cappuccino’s, lattes and other drinks (however the wand doesn’t seem to be as robust or durable as the others). You can use fresh or ground coffee, or if you prefer you have the option to use coffee pods. With both brewing options, you can brew 1 to 2 cups in any one brew cycle.
The drip tray on the Cuisinart 15-bar espresso maker can be removed just like the above two, so you can fit in different cup or mug sizes, and it also features a cup warming plate to preheat your cups before you fill them up with coffee. If you're new to making espressos at home, you may struggle with this Cuisinart as it comes with very limited operating instructions. However, a quick search on YouTube should bring up some step-by-step tutorials on this exact machine to give you a helping hand.
Buying An Espresso Maker Under $200 Bucks!
If you had to ask me to choose the best espresso maker for under $200 it would be the first option, the De’Longhi 15-bar pump espresso and cappuccino machine (that I currently own). You can pick one up cheap, and it’s a good solid, reliable machine that done well for me over the years.
None of the above espresso machines come with built-in coffee grinders; those tend to be reserved for the more expensive espresso machines. If you need a good coffee grinder to go with your budget espresso machine, make sure to check out this article on some of the best coffee grinders. Have deeper pockets and want to splash out by spending a bit more, make sure to check out my ultimate guide to buying the best espresso machine as well as the fundamental differences between the various espresso machine types and models.