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7 Best Espresso Machines Under $1,000 in 2024

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This is our review of the best espresso machines under $1,000. Read on to learn more.

I want an espresso machine to make great-tasting espresso and have quality-of-life features. However, I don’t want to pay thousands of dollars. That’s why I assembled many of the best machines within this price range.

The best machine is Rancilio Silvia, because of its compact size, manual input in the right areas, and giant water reservoir. All great choices for beginner, intermediate, and expert home baristas wanting a great-tasting drink.

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Rancilio Silvia: Best Overall

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Dimensions: 9.1 × 11 × 12.9 in (D, W, H)
  • Bars of pressure: 15
  • Boiler Type: Single
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Milk frother: yes
  • Water capacity: 64 fl oz = 64 solo shots
  • Material: Stainless steel

But it needs more automation and features that improve drink quality (e.g., pre-infusion). I’ll cover alternatives that include the lacking features.

Keep reading to find an excellent-performing machine.

Top 7 Espresso Machines Under $1,000 for Home

  1. Rancilio Silvia: Best Overall
  2. Gaggia Classic Pro: Best Budget Machine
  3. Nespresso Creatista Pro: Easiest Espresso Machine to use
  4. Breville Barista Touch: Best Super-automatic Machine
  5. La Pavoni Europiccola EPC-8: Best Manual Maker
  6. Sage Barista Pro: Best Machine Under Australia
  7. Sage Dual Boiler: Best Machine Under UK

7 Best Espresso Makers Under $1,000

The following sections will cover specifications, pros and cons, along with other details about espresso machines under $1,000. Afterward, I’ll provide a buyer’s guide to help you understand some of what I wrote. And to build a criterion.

Here’s some information to help you understand some of what I’ll write:

  • Dimensions:
    • D: depth
    • W: width
    • H: height
  • PID = proportional integral derivative: monitors water temperature & makes minor adjustments to keep it to a set temperature.
  • ESE = Easy Serve Espresso: pods with pre-ground beans to make brewing drinks easier.

If you’re looking for higher-end models, you can find all our espresso machines under $1,000 here.

Let’s move it.

1. Rancilio Silvia: Best Overall Espresso Maker Under $1,000

rancilio silvia hsd silvia
Dimensions9.1 × 11 × 12.9 in (D, W, H)
Bars of Pressure15 bars
Boiler TypeSingle
Warranty1 year
Milk FrotherYes
Water Capacity64 fl oz = 64 solo shots
MaterialStainless steel


  • High-quality construction
  • Exceptional steam wand
  • Large water reservoir


  • Difficult to use
  • Lacks temperature control
  • Small drip tray

The Rancilio Silvia espresso machine is an excellent choice for the dedicated do-it-yourself coffee enthusiast. One who appreciates control over every aspect of their coffee-making process.

It’s a semi-automatic machine; meaning you’ll retain control over most aspects of making espresso. Except for boiling water and applying water pressure. A great choice for anyone wanting automation in a few areas.

But it’s not the best for beginners due to having a learning curve. As it requires finesse to pull a good shot.

You’ll find a single boiler with this maker, which takes the longest to heat. And it doesn’t allow for simultaneous brewing and frothing. It also lacks PID, which would otherwise allow you to set or control your boiler’s temperature.

It would have been a great feature to improve temperature consistency.

The machine looks great, will last a long time, and have a fantastic steam wand. Making it worth the high(ish) cost. But why does a great steam wand matter? It helps improve milk froth consistency—in extension, taste.

The machine has a 64-ounce water reservoir, which is larger than many other home espresso machines. Despite this feature, the Silvia has a small drip tray you must empty frequently.

It supports ESE pods, which is an excellent perk for anyone wanting to reduce the space needed. As you won’t need a separate coffee grinder or pre-ground beans.

Here’s a more affordable, high-quality machine.

2. Gaggia Classic Pro: Best Budget Espresso Machine Under $1,000

Gaggia Classic Pro Espresso Machine
Dimensions8 × 9.5 × 14.2 in (D, W, H)
Bars of Pressure15 bars
Boiler TypeSingle
Warranty1 year
Milk FrotherYes
Water Capacity71 fl oz = 71 solo shots
MaterialStainless steel


  • Professional-grade steam wand
  • Durable and built to last
  • Easy to operate


  • Single boiler design
  • Lacking on accessories
  • No temperature or pressure control

The Gaggia Classic Pro is an excellent choice for those starting their home barista journey. It offers a beginner-friendly design that doesn’t compromise on the ability to produce cafe-quality espresso.

Again, a semi-automatic machine. You’ll have automation in applying pressure to the portafilter and boiling water. But you manually perform every other step. Not the best for newbies, but it will help with consistency if beginners try it.

The single boiler design means you cannot make espresso and foam milk at the same time, which could be an issue if you’re in a hurry or making multiple drinks. However, the Classic Pro will heat up in 5 minutes due to its heating elements.

The steam wand heats in 30 seconds. In addition to heating fast, it produces similar quality froth to what coffee shops use. Meaning you’ll have better-tasting lattes, cappuccinos, and other milk-based drinks.

But it doesn’t allow for temperature and pressure adjustment. A limitation for more experienced users who want more control over their brewing process.

Pair the heat uptime with the ESE pod support, high-quality stainless steel body, and excellent steam wand, and you’ll get exceptional value.

The Classic Pro comes with few additional accessories. For instance, there is no built-in grinder, and the plastic tamper that comes with the machine is low quality. You’ll want to shell an additional $30 on a better-quality tamper.

Replacing a tamper isn’t important, though. A stainless steel one would reduce the effort needed to tamper beans.

Here’s a machine that’s easier to use.

3. Nespresso Creatista Pro: Easiest Espresso Machine to use Under $1,000

breville nespresso creatista pro
Dimensions6.7 × 16.1 × 12.2 in (D, W, H)
Bars of Pressure19
Warranty2 years
Milk FrotherYes
Water Capacity60 fl oz = 7 cups
MaterialStainless steel


  • High level of customization with 8 frothiness levels & 11 temperature levels for milk.
  • Heats up quickly
  • Allows for simultaneous coffee brewing & milk frothing.
  • Automatic steam arm produces high-quality, barista-like milk froth.


  • Has a large footprint, requiring a significant amount of counter space.
  • Does not automatically clear the used coffee pod

The Nespresso Creatista Pro is an ideal choice for coffee enthusiasts who appreciate the convenience of pod machines. Yet desire a high degree of customization in their beverages.

It’s a capsule machine that only requires plopping a pod into an outlet. Then the machine will read the pod’s specifications and brew based on its instructions. Did you insert a ristretto pod? It’ll brew a concentrated espresso shot.

I chose the highest-tier Nespresso machine for this post. The Creatista Pro gives you control over steaming/frothing milk despite the price. That’ll provide better-tasting milk-based drinks than what Aeroccinos offer.

The stainless steel body also makes it stand out among its plastic-bodied counterparts. Ensuring it’ll last longer.

Considering its “top-tier” status, it should automatically eject Nespresso pods. It doesn’t. But the 11 temperature settings for milk and froth(iness) levels give you much control over customizing milk drinks.

Otherwise, it includes 19 bars of pressure. That means you could have more bitter-tasting drinks. However, 99% of the time I’ve used Nespresso makers, I’ve had a balanced-tasting drink. Not too sour or bitter.

Here’s another machine that’ll simplify espresso making.

4. Breville Barista Touch: Best Super-automatic Espresso Machine Under $1,000

Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine
Dimensions12.7 × 15.5 × 16 in (D, W, H)
Machine TypeSuper-automatic
Bars of Pressure15 bars
Boiler TypeDual boilers
Warranty2 years 
Milk FrotherYes
Water Capacity67 fl oz = 67 solo shots
MaterialStainless steel


  • Includes touchscreen UI for convenient operation.
  • Automatic steam wand that works incredibly well.
  • Quick heat-up time.


  • Grinder has been criticized for its performance.
  • Brew temperature isn’t always consistent.

The Breville Barista Touch offers a high level of customization. Making it a great fit for both espresso beginners and those with some brewing experience.

Super-automatic espresso machines automate every step of making concentrated coffee. But not tamping. Though, some machines include automatic tamping. This one doesn’t.

But it has a dual boiler. It’ll heat your machine faster and allow simultaneous brewing and milk frothing. Great for saving time. Pair that with the ThermoJet heating system and the Touch will warm up in 3 seconds [1].

Though, the temperature isn’t consistent, which can affect your espresso’s quality.

Considering the above factors, the machine’s worth the cost. Add in the touchscreen UI and you’ll have even more value. Tap one of the drink types on the screen and the machine will brew whatever beverage for you per its temperature and ratio specifications.

Do you like lattes and cappuccinos?

You’ll love the steam wand. It’ll do its job well and produce great-tasting drinks thanks to the Touch’s built-in temperature sensor.

You’ll like this next one if you want something that’ll give you more control over your drink.

5. La Pavoni Europiccola EPC-8: Best Manual Espresso Machine Under $1,000

la pavoni europiccola epc 8
Dimensions11 × 7 × 12 in (D, W, H)
Warranty1 year
MaterialStainless steel


  • Hand-crafted in Italy.
  • Compact size & design fits any kitchen.
  • The lever gives you complete control over espresso making.


  • Requires a separate coffee grinder.
  • Must wait for the machine to cool down slightly before you can refill the water.
  • The machine heats up when in use.

The La Pavoni Europiccola EPC-8 works best for anyone wanting a compact manual espresso machine with a sleek design and quality craftsmanship.

It’s a manual (or lever) espresso maker. You retain complete control over making drinks and have no automation. It’s not great for beginners, unless you want to learn every step of espresso-making before graduating to a more automatic machine.

The Europiccola isn’t fully manual, though.

It has a boiler that’ll take about 6 minutes to heat. You must wait for it to cool down before moving or cleaning the machine after use, which could be a safety concern and adds to the time required for maintenance.

And it’ll take you longer to make drinks.

It’s a hand-crafted Italian machine that doesn’t cost a fortune. Making it worth its value.

If you have a smaller kitchen, you’ll have no issue fitting the EPC-8 on your countertop. So long as you have somewhere to store a coffee grinder. Since you’ll also need those. Unless you want a machine as a decorative piece and not to make coffee.

Here’s a machine that’s great for Australians.

6. Sage Barista Pro: Best Espresso Machine Under $1,000 Australia

sage barista pro
Dimensions35.4 × 34.3 × 40.6 cm (D, W, H)
Bars of Pressure15
Boiler TypeThermoJet
Warranty2 years
Milk FrotherYes
Water Capacity1.9 l = 67 solo shots
MaterialStainless steel


  • Quick heat-up time thanks to the ThermoJet system.
  • Integrated conical burr grinder with 30 different grind settings.
  • Equipped pre-infusion function.


  • The machine stays cold in idle in the cup tray and the group head.
  • The grinder can retain as much as 0.5 g of coffee in the inner workings.
  • The grind consistency isn’t the best.

The Sage Barista Pro is ideal for those who appreciate control over their brewing process. It’s also excellent for Australians due to Sage’s international warranty.

Fully-automatic machines take all the manual work out of espresso making (except tamping). They’re great for serving guests, since you let the machine do the brewing while you entertain.

And since it’s a Sage/Breville, you’ll have a ThermoJet heating system. This heats the machine in 3 seconds. Reducing downtime between each drink made.

But once the machine is idle, the cup tray and group head will stay cold. Requiring you to preheat them with blowing empty shots from your machine. Otherwise, you risk having inconsistent drink temperatures.

The Barista Pro’s robust stainless steel body, pre-infusion, and other features make it a viable investment for any home barista.

What is pre-infusion, though?

It’ll gently apply pressure to coffee beans to aid with even extraction. Great for pulling more flavors from your coffee. However, I wish the bean grinder itself were better.

Since it’ll retain 0.5 g of coffee grounds in its structure, it’ll impact the ratio of beans you add when trying to single-dose. Leading to inconsistent grinds, which will negatively impact your drink’s flavor.

Not by too much, though. But it’s unideal for the pickiest of coffee drinkers.

It includes 30 grind settings, great for customizing grind consistencies to your liking. 

And this next one’s a great option for those in the United Kingdom.

7. Sage Dual Boiler: Best Espresso Machine Under ~£1,000 UK

sage dual boiler
Dimensions40.5 × 37.8 × 37.7 cm (D, W, H)
Bars of Pressure15 bars
Boiler TypeDual boiler
Warranty2 years
Milk FrotherYes
Water Capacity2.4 l = 84 solo shots
MaterialStainless steel


  • Excellent temperature control due to its dual boiler system.
  • Programmable pre-infusion system.
  • The steam wand is precise, easy to control, and can swivel 360 degrees


  • Not as robust as some other models.
  • The aesthetic of the machine may not appeal to everyone.
  • More difficult to repair than other machines.

The Sage Dual Boiler suits those who value precise temperature control and programmable pre-infusion. And it’s a great pick for those in the UK due to Sage’s international warranty.

Don’t believe me? Coffee expert James Hoffman also recommended the Sage Dual boiler.

The Dual Boiler is a semi-automatic machine that’ll retain control over everything except boiling water and applying water pressure. Excellent for those who want consistent temperature and pressure, yet want to control the rest of their espresso making.

Can you guess what type of boiler this machine has? It’s a dual boiler, which allows for simultaneous brewing and steaming. Great for making drinks quicker.

As with most Breville/Sage machines, it includes pre-infusion. It gently wets coffee beans before brewing, which allows for even extraction. Great for enhancing flavor and justifying this machine’s price.

However, it MAY go over the £1,000 mark.

Compared to other Sage machines, you may not like this one’s aesthetics. Since it uses a more traditional, chrome-heavy look. And because of these design choices, it doesn’t have as sturdy of a build compared to other Sage models.

But it should still last at least 2 years. 

And once the warranty ends, you’ll run into issues. The company’s philosophy leans more towards replacing rather than repairing. Not ideal if you frequently use your machine and want to extend its life.

However, it’s possible for users to make minor repairs.

That’s all, folks.

How to Choose the Best Espresso Machine Under $1,000

Here’s how to shop for an espresso machine under $1,000:

ChecklistWhy it’s Important
Water PressureAffects flavor.
Ease of UseWhether it’s accessible.
Time to HeatTime it takes to warm up.
DesignHow it looks & fits.
PriceWhether it’s affordable.
Brewing CapabilitiesWhat drinks it can make.
Additional FeaturesAffects convenience & taste.

The following sections will help you create criteria for buying a long-lasting or reliable espresso machine. I’ll cover important factors to watch out for and how it’ll impact your drink.

For a more detailed guide, read our article on the ultimate guide to buying an espresso machine.

1. Water Pressure

  • <7 bars: under-extracted; super sour
  • 7–9 bars: Mild flavor & a bit sour
  • 9 bars: sweet spot; balanced flavor & excellent starting point
  • 15 bars: stronger-tasting drink, but not too bitter
  • >15 bars: over-extracted drink; excessively bitter

9 bars of water pressure is the sweet spot for brewing espresso [2]. This level of pressure extracts the perfect balance of flavors from the coffee grounds.

The water pressure pushes hot water through the compacted coffee, drawing out the oils, flavors, and aromas that create a rich and creamy espresso shot.

Espresso machines under $1,000 typically provide 9 to 15 bars of pressure. They can reach higher pressures, but they are calibrated to maintain around 9 bars during espresso extraction for optimal taste.

The pressure also affects milk frothers or boilers.

2. Time to Heat

  • Temperature control: Maintains machine temperature.
  • Boiler type: Time it takes to heat the machine.
  • Time to heat frother: Time it takes to heat milk frother/steamer.

Ideal brewing temperature sits between 195 and 205 °F [3]. Straying outside this range can result in over-extraction (too hot) or under-extraction (too cold), altering the coffee’s flavor profile.

Boiler type affects temperature stability. There are three types: single, heat-exchange, and double boiler. Single boilers can’t brew and steam simultaneously, but they’re more affordable. 

Heat-exchange boilers allow simultaneous brewing and steaming, offering more convenience. Double boilers offer the best temperature consistency, but usually come with a higher price tag.

Next is the milk frother heating time. Faster heat-up times mean quicker coffee preparation—a boon when you’re in a rush.

Espresso machines under $1,000 often have a mix of temperature controls.

Some use thermostats, others employ PID controllers for precise control. Most machines in this price range come with single or heat-exchange boilers. As for milk frothers, typical heat-up times range from a few seconds to a minute.

3. Design

  • Size: Compact(ness)
  • Aesthetics: Whether it looks good.
  • Materials: Stronger materials equals longer lifespan.
  • Water reservoir size: Determines time required before next refill.

Size matters for espresso machines because of kitchen space. Smaller kitchens need compact machines. Machines under $1,000 tend to be smaller, fitting comfortably on most countertops.

Machines made with metal last longer than those with plastic. Under $1,000, you’ll find machines with a mix of metal and plastic parts. The casing is usually metal, ensuring longevity.

Water reservoir size affects how many cups you can make before refilling. Larger reservoirs offer convenience. Espresso machines in this price range have a decently sized reservoir, typically enough for several cups. 

4. Ease of Use

Make cleaning easier by keeping an eye out for these features:

  • Touchscreen interface: Allows you to choose programmed drinks.
  • Removable components: Makes cleaning & maintenance easier.
  • Descaling notification: Notifies you when it’s time to descale.
  • Automatic descaling: Descales your machine for you.

Espresso machines under $1,000 vary in features. Some come with touchscreen interfaces, providing a modern, intuitive user experience. Removable components are common in this price range. These ease cleaning and maintenance tasks.

Descaling notification and automatic descaling, however, might not be as common. These features often appear in more expensive models. But there are exceptions. You can find some under-$1,000 machines equipped with these descaling features.

Descaling notifications remind you when to clean the machine. This prolongs its life and ensures consistent coffee taste. Automatic descaling does the cleaning process for you, saving time and effort.

5. Brewing Capabilities

  • Shot preparation methods: Doppio, ristretto, etc.
  • Included milk frother: All machines in this price range include them.

Here are all the drinks espresso machines under $1,000 are capable of making:

AmericanoCortadoLong macchiato
Black EyeGuillermoRápido y Sucio
CappuccinoGalãoCafé Crema
Dripped EyeIrish CoffeeFreddo Cappuccino
Flat WhiteCafé MediciAffogato al Caffe
LatteCafé BreveMocha
Lazy EyeVienna CoffeeCubano
Manilo Long BlackMacchiatoZorro
Red EyeEspresso RomanoMarocchino
List of espresso drinks espresso machines can make.

All espresso machines (except Nespressos) will include steam wands. With these frothers, you’ll have access to milk-based drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, and more.

You may also find super-automatic machines where you tap a drink on a screen, then the machine brews to each drink’s specifications. For instance, their ideal temperature and pressure.

6. Quality-of-life Features

Let’s compare a bunch of luxury features:

FeatureDescriptionBest For
Pre-InfusionSoaks coffee grounds before brewing for better extraction.Rich espresso
Cup WarmersKeep your cups at an optimal temperature before serving.Coffee warmth
Programmable SettingsSettings let you customize brewing parameters to your liking.Customization
Automatic TampingPresses coffee grounds evenly for a consistent espresso shot.Consistent espresso taste
PID Temperature ControllerMaintain accurate brewing temperatures for optimal flavor.Temperature stability

Espresso machines under $1,000 often include these features, but there’s variation. Pre-infusion and programmable settings are pretty common. They offer users control over the brewing process, leading to a personalized coffee experience.

Cup warmers, automatic tamping, and PID temperature controllers are less common. These features typically appear in higher-end machines.

You can still find some models in this price range that offer them. These machines provide a higher level of convenience and consistency. Always check the product specifications to be sure of what you’re getting.

5 Types of Espresso Machines Under $1,000 Compared

Here are all the different types of espresso machines available:

Machine TypeWhat it AutomatesBest for
Super-automaticEverythingAutomated traditional espresso
Semi-automaticPressure & water flowGraduating from manual machines
AutomaticGrinding, tamping, & brewingBalancing cost & automation
ManualNothingLearning the basics
CapsuleEverythingConvenience, cost, & speed
Different types of espresso machines compared.

The following sections will compare all the different types of espresso machines under $1,000. I’ll cover their average prices, advantages, automation, and other relevant information.

1. Super-automatic / Fully-automatic Machines

  • Average price: $800–$5,000 (varies by model).
  • Automation: Grinding, brewing, water flow, & pressure.
  • Advantages: Top-notch convenience, consistency, & variety.

Super-automatic espresso machines do all the espresso-making work for you. Some of these machines also include automatic tamping, which prevents you from having to tamp portafilters. Fully-automatic machines are a great choice for making many drinks back-to-back quickly.

Referring to office break rooms, entertaining guests, and small business waiting rooms.

Since most of these machines have touchscreen UI that’ll allow you to select a drink. Then it makes it for you. You’ll find many decent-quality semi-automatic machines under $1,000. They won’t include the most features (e.g., pre-infusion), but they’ll get the job done.

2. Semi-automatic Machines

  • Average price: $200–$2,000 (varies by model).
  • Automation: Pressure & water flow.
  • Advantages: Control, consistency, & user-friendliness.

Most semi-automatic machines (high- and low-quality) fall under $1,000. Many of these will include features like pre-infusion and dual boilers. But they won’t include direct connections to plumbing.

What are semi-automatic machines?

They automate boiling and temperature management to ensure consistency among drinks. But retain user control over every espresso-making aspect. Perfect for folks who want to tailor drinks to their preferences.

3. Automatic Machines

  • Average price: $300–$3,000 (varies by model).
  • Automation: Pressure, water flow, & shot timing.
  • Advantages: Consistency, time-saving, & ease of use.

Automatic espresso machines control shot timing, temperature, and water pressure. They’ll make espresso-making easier while presenting control over most espresso-making parts. However, automatic machines under $1,000 are a bit difficult to find.

4. Manual Machines

  • Average price: $100–$800 (varies by machine).
  • Automation: Nothing; do everything by hand.
  • Advantages: Mastery, customization, & mechanical simplicity.

Manual espresso machines present full control over coffee-making. Great for connoisseurs who want full control over their drink’s preferences. Those seeking the highest-quality drinks will find many of the best lever machines under $1,000.

5. Capsule Machines

  • Average price: $100–$700 (varies by machine).
  • Automation: Brewing & water flow.
  • Advantages: Simplicity, consistency, & minimal mess.

Capsule machines (e.g., Nespresso) require a capsule to brew black coffee or espresso. You enter a pod, and the machine brews per its instructions. Place a lungo pod in the machine’s outlet and it’ll make a watered-down shot.

These coffee makers work best for those who want to save space due to the lack of a required coffee grinder. And they’re excellent for brewing great-tasting drinks quickly. And for under $1,000, you’ll find the best-quality Nespresso makers.

FAQs for Best Espresso Machines Under $1,000

Explore the most frequently asked questions regarding espresso machines under $1,000.

How do you Make Good Espresso with a Cheap machine?

To make a good espresso with a cheap machine, ensure you use high-quality, freshly ground beans, get the right water temperature, apply proper pressure, and correctly time the extraction.

Our Verdict

Here are the best 3:

  1. Rancilio Silvia: Produces cafe-quality drinks & will last a long time.
  2. Gaggia Classic Pro: Affordable, yet from a brand known for high-quality products.
  3. Nespresso Creatista Pro: Produces various coffee drinks quickly.

I chose the Rancilio Silvia as the best overall due to its ESE pod support, high-quality construction, and somewhat compact body. Ensuring it’ll last a long time and support various kitchen sizes.

You’ll want to increase your budget if these machines aren’t good enough. Then consider these espresso machines under $2,000.

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Rancilio Silvia: Best Overall

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Dimensions: 9.1 × 11 × 12.9 in (D, W, H)
  • Bars of pressure: 15
  • Boiler Type: Single
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Milk frother: yes
  • Water capacity: 64 fl oz = 64 solo shots
  • Material: Stainless steel
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