What to Consider When Buying an Espresso Maker
People have varied preferences concerning their espresso maker. Good things there’s an entire variety of these machines out there. Knowing which one to buy requires making a few vital considerations.
If you’re one for convenience above all else, choose an automated espresso maker with programmable settings. The buttons should be intuitive too, meaning you’ll naturally know where they are and how they function. Besides ease of use, look into ease of cleaning. An easy-to-use machine may not be all that convenient if cleaning it is a pain.
In terms of espresso makers, price issues come down to the quality of espresso flavor you’re looking for. If you’re particular about the taste of your espresso, then a higher-end model will be a good buy. The number of boilers of a machine (the more, the better), temperature issues and whether the espresso is made using steam pressure (this is not recommended) are three other important points to consider. If you’ll mainly be making cappuccinos or mochas and other drinks similar, then you should be happy with a lower-end machine. If you’re not sure about your preferences, buy a mid-range model for starters and experiment.
Spend a few minutes to check out online reviews of various brands (on reputable consumer websites only to ensure credibility). Focus on how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with their machines and the customer service provided by the manufacturer. But remember that all brands or companies will have both good and bad things said about them. Just try to catch the overall vibe of the testimonials.
Expensive models provide a warranty, so this should give you an idea of their durability. Overall, those that are made of metal last longer and maintain heat more efficiently. And with more electric components in automated models, you can expect a more frequent need for repairs.
There are espresso makers that have unnecessary but handy features that make your experience more satisfying and convenient. For instance, frothing wand, cup warmer, water filter, and so on. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which features you want. And naturally, if you want more features, you have to pay a higher price.
Many people end up buying the wrong espresso maker, not because the product itself is low quality, but simply because they didn’t spend enough time preparing for the purchase. So be careful not to make the same mistake. Take your time and practice good judgment when deciding to buy an espresso maker.
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