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Top 8 Espresso Machines $100-$500

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These are the espresso machines in the mid-budget range. The inexpensive machines are fine for the occasional shot, but if you want quality espresso on a regular basis, you should check out this list.

1. Saeco Aroma

Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine
The Aroma is an attractive stainless steel machine made in Italy. You'll want to make espresso everyday! This fully-featured machine usually comes with several extras: cups, espresso pods, book and instructional video. It comes in black too. Price: around $350
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2. DeLonghi Combination Espresso Machine

Delonghi Combination Espresso / Coffee Maker
It makes espresso, and it makes regular drip coffee. The Figaro has all the features you could possibly want in a home machine, with programmable timer, steam wand and 10-cup capacity. Price: about $100
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3. Krups xp4000 Espresso Machine

Krups Artese Espresso Machine
So automatic, it practically runs itself. The XP4000 has pump-generated pressure, heats up fast, filters the water to reduce mineral deposits, is pod-adaptable, and is specially designed to produce thick crema every time. You can also use this machine to produce just hot water, for other hot drinks. Price: around $200

4. Saeco Spidem Villa

Saeco Vienna Automatic Espresso Machine
You'll always get fresh espresso, because you grind the beans right in the machine. There are simple controls, and you can adjust the volume to go from a shot of espresso right up to a full cup of coffee. It doesn't get much easier. Price: around $500
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5. Jura-Capresso Espresso Pro

Jura Capresso Espresso Pro
This little pump machine will give you a big 18 bars of pressure, and the portafilter only opens up when the right amout of pressure has built up, resulting in superior espresso. A milk container attaches right to the machine for easy milk frothing. Price: around $330

6. Krups XP2070

Krups XP2070 Espresso and Coffee Maker
A combination espresso machine and coffee maker, with digital controls. The steam wand allows for lattes and cappuccinos, and the compact design will suit any kitchen. Price: around $300
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7. Gaggia Evolution Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Gaggia 16002 Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
If you thought that Gaggia machines were out of your financial reach, you should check out the 16100 model. High-quality features like solid brass fittings and a 64oz water reservoir. Keep your demi-tasse cups warm on the top tray. Price: around $300
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8. Nespresso Le Cube Automatic Espresso Machine

Nespresso Le Cube Automatic Espresso Machine
I always love funky looking coffee equipment, especially in red. The Nespresso Le Cube does use capsules (like pods) specifically for this machine, not plain ground coffee. But don't let that limitation scare you. The finished espresso is excellent. Price: around $299
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