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Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Pros: The Breville BES870XL espresso machine has a built-in grinder, pressure gauge, scale and nearly every other bell and/or whistle a home barista could ask for. Breville is also known for its excellent customer service.

Cons: There is a high learning curve with this machine, and it's probably not a good choice for beginners. Users have also reported machine failure after 12 to 18 months, which is not much time considering the machine's price tag.

Summary: Users who have learned to use the Breville like it a great deal. It's an advanced machine for home use, but does deliver great results, and is one of the best machines on the market.
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DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino,...

Pros: The DeLonghi ECAM22110SB is a fully automatic machine, and is compact size fits on most kitchen counters. It has a built-in grinder, as well as settings for espresso or regular coffee, and warms up quickly. Instructions will allow even beginners to use th

Cons: The price may be a deterrent for some users. Also, users have said the machine is temperamental, and water flow issues may be a problem. Customer service has been responsive to the issues, however.

Summary: This machine will do nearly everything an espresso drinker wants done, and is even suitable for beginners. But it isn't a cheap machine, and it does constitute a significant investment for a kitchen appliance.
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La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espr...

Pros: The La Pavoni EPC-8 espresso maker is a manual machine, which means the user controls every aspect of the process. the machine is sturdy, and the manufacturer includes an instructional video to get the user started.

Cons: Users have said the instructions are not helpful, and the machine is difficult to learn to use. Like the Breville, it's not for beginners. Users with issues have said customer service is not very responsive.

Summary: The La Pavoni is a high-priced machine that ideally should be operated by those well-versed in making espresso. It's good for those who want control over every aspect of their cup of espresso.
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Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Bl...

Pros: The Mr. Coffee ECM160 espresso machine is really meant for lattes or cappucinos, because it is steam driven. However, it is easy to use and produces a good cup of espresso.

Cons: Some users have said seals failed on the machine, and that it takes a long time to heat up.

Summary: This is a basic espresso machine, whose small size will fit on most counter tops. It is easy to clean and for those who want a decent cup of espresso or a cappucino, this machine will do the job. It's low price will fit most household budgets.
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De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccin...

Pros: The De'Longhi EC155 is a good machine for beginners. It's easy to use and is bundled with a scoop, frothing pitcher, cups and a milk frother.

Cons: Users say the included frothing pitcher is too large for the steamer on the machine, that the machine takes a long time to warm up, and that it may not be very durable.

Summary: A low cost machine, it is easy to use and provides a decent cup of espresso. Users should keep the durability factor in mind, however.