You don’t need to break the bank to get café-quality beverages. In fact, the coffee and espresso market is saturated with tons of machines under $1,000 that will brew your morning espresso to your liking. However, we chose our top 5 espresso machines under $1,000 that we think you’ll really love.
Gaggia Classic Pro
The Gaggia Classic Pro is the best value in premium entry level espresso machines.
We can’t say enough great things about Gaggia’s Classic Pro machine. The Classic Pro manages to check off all the boxes you could ever want in a semi-automatic espresso machine. It's undoubtedly one of the leading espresso machines on the market—it’s entry-level barista friendly, it’s the most affordable espresso machines you’ll come by and it continues to get raving reviews from satisfied customers.
Some of the top qualities you’ll find in the Classic Pro are:
The two-hole steam tip - It produces café-quality latte art as good as your local coffee shop, but let’s keep that between you and me.
The machine grows with you - If an entry-level user, you’ll be happy to know that the Gaggia Classic Pro is a machine that grows with the user. It comes with a single shot pressurized basket and a single and double shot non-pressurized commercial baskets, capable of producing phenomenal crema. As you become a pro with the Classic Pro, you can swap out the baskets to tailor your espresso-making experience to your liking. Plus, a shower screen, a barista pro basket, and a group gasket are all available if you are serious about becoming a pro home barista. These are great items that are specifically made for the classic pro and are available to add to your collection without having to splurge on a brand new machine.
The Gaggia Classic Pro improves on the decades old reputation of its predecessor. With an updated commercial steam wand, rocker switches, temperature ready lights, and a streamlined frame, the 100% Italian made Gaggia Classic Pro is the best entry-level espresso machine on the market.
3-way Solenoid Valve - This impressive feature dries out the after extraction to avoid a soupy mess when knocking out the puck. The puck comes out it one piece and makes cleaning up your space after brewing coffee a breeze.
One-piece stainless steel housing - Marc often refers to the Classic Pro as an entry-level machine, not an appliance! Gaggia carefully wrapped this semi-automatic customer favorite in high-quality and eco-friendly stainless steel. Making this a durable machine that will last for years to come.
Commercial grouphead and portafilter - Not only is the Gaggia Classic Pro a great machine for entry-level users to get the best bang for their buck, but it’s also equipped with the best quality commercial materials. The chrome-plated brass group head and 58mm commercial standard portafilter ensure great heat retention and sports a high-quality feel compared to other machines.
Made in Italy - You know exactly what you’re getting, where it’s coming from and have complete trust and confidence that Gaggia is producing a high-quality machine with their in-house experts.
Rancilio Silvia M
Rancilio's Silvia series of espresso machines has been around for over a decade.
The Rancilio Silvia M is a machine with a lot of history. Over 20 years ago, Whole Latte Love noticed an older model of the single boiler machine at Dallis Bros Coffee in New York City and knew we had to reach out to Rancilio for a chance to introduce it to the U.S. market and, well, 20 years later, the rest is history.
Here are some great qualities in the Silvia M that we love:
The Boiler & Adjustable Brew Pressure - The boiler on the Rancilio Silvia M is made of marine-grade brass and has a considerable volume of 12 oz. Not only that, but you can adjust the brew pressure on the machine via the OPV valve inside the Silvia M.
Powerful Steam Wand - Owners of the Rancilio Silvia M boast about the incredible power of the steam wand. No need to crank up the steam when frothing the milk, the machine handles all the work for you with ease. Another plus is that users can get hot water for americano’s and tea straight from the steam wand giving you more beverage options on this machine.
Temperatures - The steam boiler can reach up to 280 °F and brewing temperatures reach a maximum temperature of 205 °F.
Bezzera's New Hobby is an incredibly compact espresso machine with out of this world steam pressure.
We recently received the Bezzera New Hobby at Whole Latte Love and the first thing we had to mention about the machine was the incredible steam power, the 3-way solenoid valve, and the 3-liter water reservoir. Let’s talk more about these features.
Steam Power - Not only is the steam wand among the most powerful for machines under $1,000 however it has a two-hole steam tip to give you that airy milk foam perfect for crafting lattes and cappuccinos.
3-way Solenoid Valve - No one likes brewing the perfect shot of espresso and when it comes to knocking out the puck, it’s a difficult, soppy mess. The 3-way solenoid valve on the Bezzera Hobby dries out the puck after brewing, draining the excess water into the drip tray.
3-liter Water Reservoir - Most machines in this range are equipped with a 2-liter water reservoir, the New Hobby gives you an extra liter of water so you can hold more water and won’t have to refill the reservoir as often.
The JURA A1 is a compact super-automatic machine for the espresso purist.
Are you a simple espresso lover? Do you appreciate the flavors of your ristretto and espresso lungo? If you’re not looking for a machine that can produce milk-based beverages let’s take a look at JURA’s A1espresso machine.
The JURA A1 is a super affordable super-automatic. Yes, an affordable super-automatic. The best part is that you’re getting a bean-to-cup machine with the best bang for your buck and the A1 is equipped with JURA’s innovative P.E.P (Pulse Extraction Process) technology. What this means is that if you have a coffee bean with blueberry, caramel, chocolate, or any other flavor notes, you’re going to taste those flavor notes in your cup, and we love that. The P.E.P function pulses the coffee as its brewing and delivers a flavorful, crema-rich shot of espresso at the touch of a button.
JURA's A1 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine is the slimmest machine in their catalog to feature their revolutionary Pulse Extraction Process. By pulsing water through the grounds, the A1 achieves greater clarity of flavor and a more defined crema.
ECM's Casa V is the most compact expression of their beautiful German craftsmanship.
If space is a concern for you, no worries, ECM’s Casa V is a space-saving workhorse. At 14.5 inches tall and 8.25 inches wide, you’ll find that you can stick this semi-automatic in any corner of your kitchen.
Other aspects of this machine that we love are:
The 1200 Watt Heating Element - Some days we just need to grab our latte and go—the Casa V heats up in 5-7 minutes. While you’re getting ready for work, the Casa V is getting ready to brew a hot cup of coffee and steam frothy milk in no time.
Brew Pressure Gauge - The pressure gauge on the front of the machine helps you to zero-in on extraction and has an easily adjustable OPV accessible from the top of the machine which is user-service friendly.
Large Boiler = Less Wait Time - The Casa V has a 0.4-liter brass boiler meaning that there is slightly less wait time between brewing and steaming for milk-based beverages.
Jahasia is the newest Copywriter at Whole Latte Love. She has previous experience working as a Barista and on the management team at a coffee shop and is happy to share everything she knows and loves about the world of coffee and espresso. While she's not writing awesome content for Whole Latte Love, you can find her sipping on her daily cup of joe and daydreaming about becoming an empowered female Gazorpian.