Best Latte Machine Picks For The Home Barista 2018

Ever wanted to be a home barista but were concerned about the cost of an latte machine? I’m here to tell you it’s not as expensive as you may think. 

In fact, it can be rather affordable to entertain your friends with café quality drinks in the comfort of your own home. That's why throughout the next few weeks I’ll be giving you a go-to-guide on all the items needed to become a home barista.

Today we'll be looking at the best latte machines. Here’s the run down of the equipment you'll need.

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Best Latte Machine Equipment

The tools you'll need to make the perfect coffee at home.

The Essential Latte Machine

Let’s begin with the most expensive item on the list and what you’ll be using to make your coffee, the espresso machine, also known as a latte machine.

Domestic latte machines prices can vary from $100 all the way to $2000+.

Yes that is a big price range. But usually the more you pay, the better machine you get, and the better coffee it makes.

But there are always exceptions to this rule as such as the Barista Express that balances coffee making ability and price.

Today we’re working our way up from great entry level latte machines to some of their more expensive counterparts. Below you'll find our comparison table and then individual reviews of each machine.

7 Best Latte Machine Comparison

Latte Maker

Type

Price

Our Rating

Breville Barista Express

Breville Barista Express 100x100

Semi Automatic

$$$

5/5

Mr Coffee Latte Maker

Automatic

$

3.5/5

Breville Dual Boiler

Breville Dual Boiler

Semi Automatic

$$$$

5/5

Delonghi 15 Bar

Delonghi EC155

Semi Automatic

$

3.5/5

Gaggia Classic

Gaggia Classic

Semi Automatic

$$

4/5

Delonghi Magnifica

Super Automatic

$$

4/5

Krups Espresseria

Krups Espresseria

Super Automatic

$$

3/5

Entry Level Latte Machines

Not everyone is willing to invest too much in a home latte machine, especially when they’re just starting out on their coffee making journey. The below are excellent starting points for people being introduced to the world of espresso.

De’Longhi Pump Latte Machine
delonghi latte machine

The De’Longhi is a small and compact espresso machine that allows the use of both coffee pods and ground coffee. This dual espresso making system is great for people who want to alternate between fresh coffee and coffee pods. It has dual thermostats that ensures the perfect temperature for espresso and comes equipped with a basic milk frother that is fit for entry-level baristas.


Mr. Coffee Latte Maker
Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Review

The Mr. Coffee Latte Maker is an entry level automatic latte machine. The unique difference for the Mr. Coffee is that it automates the milk steaming process rather than the espresso extraction process. This in turn takes out some of the challenges for people who are fans of a frothy cappuccino but have trouble steaming milk on their own. All you do is put in the milk, press a button and let the steamed milk come. You’ll be be enjoying your cappuccino or latte in no time.


Gaggia Classic
Gaggia Classic Panarello Wand

The Gaggia Classic is widely recommended as the one of the best entry-level espresso machines. The Classic comes equipped with a single boiler and a durable group and commercial grade exterior.

One of the reasons the Classic is so popular is because of its small size compared to other espresso machines. It’s perfect for any bench top. For the price point and build quality it is no wonder why the Gaggia Classic is enjoyed as a great entry-level latte machine – it produces great espresso and silky foam in a shell that’s built to last.


Mid-To-High End Machines

The following are for those willing to invest a bit more into their home barista set up. As you might expect the level of coffee these machines produce are of a higher quality both in the form of their espresso and milk texturing. Primarily this is due to their superior boiler systems that allow them to produce more pressure and steam. However mid-to-high end machines also have vastly superior build quality and a series of extra features.

Breville Barista Express
espresso machine with grinder


If you’re looking for one of the most user friendly espresso machines then the Breville Barista Express is the way to go. The Australian engineers behind this machine have created it with the home user in mind. It’s most striking feature is its inbuilt coffee grinder with adjustable settings.

This is a big deal in the world of coffee making. Not only because of the convenience it creates by reducing your kitchen bench space, but also because of the money you will save for not having to buy a peripheral coffee grinder. Furthermore, it has an elegant design with semi-automatic settings that allow you to have full control of the entire coffee making process. This is the definitive mid-entry machine for the coffee enthusiast.


DeLonghi Magnifica
Comparison of the best super automatic coffee makers

The DeLonghi Magnifica is a hybrid that sits between the semi-automatic and super-automatic classes of latte machine. It’s semi-automatic as it contains an assisted steam wand. It’s super-automatic as it grinds, tamps and extracts espresso with a press of a button.

The advantage of this system is that it allows for consistency where it counts – in the espresso extraction – and the assisted steam wand allows you to control how much foam you want for your coffee – more for a cappuccino, less for a latte.

Also as this machine contains 2 boilers it allows for simultaneous milk steaming and espresso extraction. This machines allows you to create the silky milk found in speciality coffee houses while at the same time creating great espresso. The Magnifica is one of the best valued and popular in its class.


Krups Espresseria
krups latte maker

The Espresseria is one of those machines that not only looks great but makes coffee equivalent to its elegant design. Like the Magnifica above it is a super automatic machine that auto grinds, tamps and extracts your coffee. While there is a manual steam wand that allows you to control how much steamed milk you want to produce.


What I Use, Breville Dual Boiler

One of the questions I often get asked is what espresso machine machine I'm currently using at home.

Since first publishing this post back in 2013 I've traded up my espresso machine collection from a Sunbeam to a Breville Dual Boiler.

breville dual boiler latte machine

This is probably the first machine that starts entering into the high-end price range. However it is also one of the most recommended. This is because it matches the features and functions of its even more expensive counterparts while at the same time packing in modern features that the $2000-$3000 machines lack.

The benefit of this latte machine is that it has a strong commercial design with a dual boiler system. This means one boiler is dedicated to steaming milk and another for pulling espresso shots.

The benefit of two boilers is in its temperature control, sturdiness and reliability which means you will won’t be needing a replacement machine any time soon. The stainless steal boilers within are electronic PID temperature controlled and displayed on a LCD screen, which allows for flavour experimentation by programming different temperatures for different coffee blends.

But this machine takes the barista experience even further. It also offers customisable low pressure pre-infusion, auto-start up functions, shot clock, and pressure gauges all within a designer enclosure. All-in-all, I haven’t had any problems with it for the four years I’ve owned it, and this machine is what’s made this site possible.

And that concludes our best latte maker guide, make sure to check out the next post on the home barista series: coffee grinders.

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