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Best 5 Espresso Machines Under $1,000

by Whole Latte Love Updated: November 01, 2021 5 min read

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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 Prestige

Gaggia Classic Prestige accessories

The Gaggia Classic Prestige comes bundled with official Gaggia wooden accessories and precision brewing equipment for one of the best values on the market.

We can’t say enough great things about this wonderful semi-automatic machine. This tricked out version of the Gaggia Classic Pro features both official Gaggia wooden accessories and precision brewing equipment like a 18g nanotech basket from Baristapro and an IMS Gaggia Classic Shower Screen. The resulting product is an entry-level barista friendly and affordable espresso machine that continues to get raving reviews from satisfied customers.

Some of the top qualities you’ll find in the Classic Prestige are:

Gaggia Classic Prestige

Gaggia Classic Prestige

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The Gaggia Classic Prestige is a tricked out Gaggia Classic Pro, featuring both official Gaggia wooden accessories and precision brewing equipment like the 18g nanotech basket from Baristapro. This machine delivers the best of both worlds in terms of aesthetics and value.

  • 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 in one piece and makes cleaning up your space after brewing coffee a breeze.
  • Commercial Brew Group — Not only is the Gaggia Classic Prestige a great machine for entry-level users to get the best bang for their buck, but it’s also equipped with a commercial style chrome plated brass brew group that provides further temperature stability.
  • 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 Silvia M Espresso Machine and Rocky Grinder

    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.
    Rancilio Silvia M Espresso Machine

    Rancilio Silvia M Espresso Machine

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    Updated for 2020 the Rancilio Silvia M, features an updated black brew group cover, stainless steel steam wand, and includes a 58mm wood handle tamper.

    Bezzera New Hobby

    Bezzera New Hobby Espresso Machine

    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.
    Bezzera New Hobby Espresso Machine

    Bezzera New Hobby Espresso Machine

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    The Bezzera New Hobby is a compact semi-automatic espresso machine equipped with impressive steam power, a 3-way solenoid valve, and an impressive 3-liter water reservoir.

    Gaggia Magenta Plus

    The Gaggia Magenta Plus is the perfect amount of barista for someone whose time is a priority but still wants to brew premium quality espresso beverages. By using this machine, authentic espresso is simplified, all while offering users full control over milk frothing.

    Each drink made with the Gaggia Magenta Plus can be customized to your desired temperature, brew strength, and volume. You can also choose to brew with pre-ground coffee using the bypass doser, or make two drinks consecutively when selecting the espresso, espresso lungo, or coffee options. A commercial steam wand puts authentic milk-based drinks at your fingertips, making perfectly frothed and textured milk for cappuccinos, lattes, and more. The machine also comes with a full color display with icons that make additional programming a breeze. 

    Gaggia Magenta Plus Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

    Gaggia Magenta Plus Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

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    The Gaggia Magenta Plus is a featureful and modern super-automatic espresso machine with a full color display, manual steam wand, and robust customization of your favorite espresso drinks, including a true one-touch americano.

    Gaggia Brera

    If space is a concern for you, no worries. The Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine is a capable and compact machine that delivers on performance. At just 10” wide and 12.4” tall, you’ll have no problem fitting this machine on your counter.

    With stainless steel accents, the Gaggia Brerea Espresso Machine is a chic addition to any kitchen. The simple icon-based display makes the Brera easy to understand and operate, with buttons dedicated for espresso and long coffee, as well as a power button and coffee strength selector. Another way to adjust coffee strength is with the Gaggia Adapting System, which uses algorithmic learning to self-adjust coffee grinding time. A pannarello steam wand makes frothing milk easy for cappuccinos, lattes, and more. The Brera can also dispense hot water through the steam wand for tea.

      Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Silver

      Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Silver

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      The Gaggia Brera is an Italian made super-automatic espresso machine with real stainless steel accenting. Its intuitive controls make brewing coffee or preparing milk drinks like cappuccinos a breeze.

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