The best espresso machines that make a cafe-quality brew

These are the best espresso machines on the market to suit your taste, preference and budget.

If you’re like us and can’t start your day without your morning coffee, then investing in a home espresso machine should definitely be on your wishlist.

However, when it comes to investing in new kitchen appliances, finding the right one that suits your space, preference, and budget is easier said than done. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the research for you, so you can get to sipping your morning coffee in the comfort of your own home sooner, rather than later.

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So, if you’re ready to take your morning cuppa to the next level and you’re ready to part ways with sub-par instant coffee at home (we know we are), read on for our picks of the best home espresso machines on the market right now.

The best home espresso machines in Australia 2023

The Bambino, $499 at Breville

This compact at-home espresso machine from Breville is perfect for those who are tight on benchtop space. With a small footprint, this Bambino is available in a classic stainless steel finish that will match most modern kitchens. And, with Breville being known for its high-quality kitchen appliances, with special mention in the home coffee game, the Bambino is widely known as one of the best at-home espresso coffee machines on the market right now.

Key features:

  • 4 keys formula to create cafe-quality brews

  • ThermoJet heating system to deliver water at exactly 93 degrees

  • Profession 54mm portafilter

  • 9-bar extraction via a 15-bar Italian pump

  • 130 degrees steam for silky microfoam

  • Easy-to-use interface


DeLonghi La Specialista Arte manual coffee machine, $499 at The Good Guys

In a refreshing green hue, the DeLonghi La Specialista Arte coffee machine will be your morning saviour. Plus, it comes with eight grind settings and three infusion levels to ensure you can tweak the machine settings to suit a wide variety of coffee beans.

Key features:

  • 8 grind settings

  • 3 infusion levels

  • Active temperature control

  • Manually textures milk for a silky microfoam


Breville The Barista Pro espresso machine, $999 at The Good Guys

If you have the budget to splurge on your at-home espresso machine upgrade, you can’t go wrong with the Barista Pro by Breville. The Barista Pro comes with a slightly higher price tag. However, you’re able to customise your coffee to your unique taste and preference, yet it is still a great machine for beginners.

Key features:

  • 4 keys formula to create cafe-quality brews

  • Auto grind and dose with an integrated conical burr grinder

  • 30 grind settings

  • 54mm stainless steel portafilter

  • Includes a dosing funnel to reduce mess and waste


Breville Creatista Pro, $1399 at Nespresso

If you love the idea and convenience of a capsule coffee machine, this one from Breville is designed for capsule coffee pods and is the top-of-the-line original capsule coffee machine offering from Nespresso.

Key features:

  • Capsule compatibility

  • LCD touch screen

  • 3 second heat up time

  • Save personalised coffee recipes straight onto the machine

  • Automatic steam wand

  • Comes with a stainless steel milk jug


Smeg espresso coffee machine in white, $479 at Bing Lee

If your design style leans retro, then the Smeg espresso coffee machine is a no-brainer. Boasting a retro design but jam-packed with all the features you’d want in a modern-day espresso machine, you’ll be sipping true Italian coffee at home in no time.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-use interface

  • Stainless steel filter holder

  • Automated de-calc alert

  • 15-bar pressure

  • Fast thermoblock heating system


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