You don't always need to invest a lot of money on an appliance to get a great one. With espresso machines averaging at around $200, it's natural to wonder whether you can get away with a good product for less.
We looked at espresso machines priced at $150 or less online, and collected user opinions from all across the web. We then compared them to their pricier counterparts, and it doesn't look promising...
- Performance: Users report that cheaper products don't produce as good an espresso as pricier models. They are also reportedly slower.
- Quality: Another unfortunate factor, is a lower score for quality among the <$150 models.
- Appearance: Espresso machines live on the countertop, making appearance an important factor to consider. Users find that the cheaper models aren't nearly as sleek as the more expensive models. Money does buy looks, when it comes to espresso machines.
- Brands: If you're still set on an inexpensive espresso maker, look into Mr. Coffee and Delonghi. These two brands offer the largest selection of products for $150 or less.
Not all hope is lost here. There are a handful of units that stand out for having good overall scores. Take a look at our top-rated inexpensive models below.