Battle of the Entry-Level Machines: Breville Bambino Plus vs. Gaggia Classic Pro

by Jahasia Cooper July 11, 2019

With 3 decades of impressing consumers as the best machine for entry-level users, we aren’t surprised that the Gaggia Classic Pro has built a consistent following of satisfied customers with its new and improved features and details from the original Classic. But, here at the Whole Latte Love office, we’ve heard buzz that there’s a new espresso machine that just might sweep espresso lovers off their feet. We’re bringing the Breville Bambino Plus into the match. With both the Gaggia Classic Pro and the Bambino Plus being entry-level-friendly and at the same price point, you’re probably wondering which machine is worth investing in. Well friends, buckle up for a bumpy ride, as your local coffee experts, we’ll be covering all the details you need to make an informed decision on the best espresso machine for you.

Breville Bambino Plus

Breville Bambino Plus machine.Starting with the Breville Bambino Plus, this stainless steel, single-boiler machine is an excellent option for those of you who are just breaking into the espresso market and are looking for something simple, modest and gets the job done. Standing at 12.6 inches and 7.7 inches wide, you’ll have no issues sticking this compact machine into a snug spot in your kitchen. We’re amazed at this no-hassle, quick and easy machine as it comes equipped with all the tools you’ll need to pull a single or double shot espresso. We all have those mornings when we’re rushing out the door for work, the Bambino Plus heats up in an impressive 3 seconds, quicker before you can jump in your car on your way to your local donut chain.

Milk frothing.The Bambino Plus is also perfect for those lazy Sundays so you can put a little more time into perfecting your Instagram worthy latte art. The automatic steam wand creates cafe-quality microfoam, and lets you adjust the temperature and texture so you can create fluffy and frothy milk foam. This is perfect for anyone who may be intimidated by frothing milk on their own and just want a latte, no questions asked. If you’re not as impressed as we are at this point, the 2-liter reservoir on this machine allows you to pull consistent quality espresso shots back to back in no time. The Bambino Plus just might be the perfect entry-level machine for you if you prefer a small machine that’s big on taste.

Gaggia Classic Pro

Gaggia Classic Pro espresso machine.We’re jumping right into the Gaggia Classic Pro. Truth be told, the team at Whole Latte Love cannot get over the simplicity and charm of this classic consumer favorite. After making it’s 2019 debut, the Gaggia Classic Pro stunned us with the commercial style steam wand with a two-hole tip, the refined rocker switch controls, the updated frame allowing a more accessible reservoir, and improved pump mounts for a quieter operation. The Gaggia Classic Pro said out with the old and in with the new brew-ready system that allows you to choose between using fresh or pre-ground coffee. We love a machine that lets you do it all!

Gaggia Classic Pro commercial steam wand.One satisfied customer stated “I love this machine. It is perfect for both beginners and experts!” and that could not be truer. The Gaggia Classic Pro strikes a balance between entry-level friendly and pro-Barista ready. Put differently, if you're someone who likes to have more control and wants to get more hands-on when preparing an espresso, you'll want the Classic Pro. Whether you’re just starting or you’ve been in the game for a while, you’ll find that this machine is with you for the long haul. 

The reputation of the Classic Pro is simply unparalleled. We recommend giving the Classic Pro a go around if you’re testing the waters or if you’re looking to replace an old espresso machine. No matter your previous experience or lack thereof, this machine is capable of producing the richest milk foam we’ve ever seen and will give you the best of both worlds for control and consistency.

Jahasia Cooper
Jahasia Cooper

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.