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The best way to have the perfect cup of coffee is to make it yourself, as you like it. Our favourite espresso machines will help you do just that. Image Credit: Unsplash/Tyler Nix

Over a billion people drink coffee every morning. If you too start your day with coffee, you can say you share the same morning routine as someone in Ethiopia, France or Indonesia. There are many kinds of coffee drinkers; you may love lattes, crave cappuccinos or enjoy a good espresso. But why travel all the way to the nearest cafe to get your caffeine boost? Invest in a great espresso machine and enjoy your favourite kind of coffee right at home. To get you started on making barista-style coffee in your kitchen, we share our top picks of espresso machines.

Almost all the coffee makers in this list can be delivered to you within a day, if you are an Amazon Prime member. So, check them out:

1. Best Overall: De'Longhi Dedica Style Pump Espresso Machine

Pros

  • Milk frother included
  • Rapid heating technology
  • Accommodates tall cups (up to 12cm)
  • Easily switch between pods or ground coffee beans

Cons

  • Some reviewers complain of malfunctions

For the budding barista who is the only coffee-drinker at home, this espresso machine is ideal, as it easily brews a single cup to meet your caffeine needs. The espresso machine can make coffee for a maximum of two people at a time, in mugs that are about 12cm tall. The espresso machine works quietly so your neighbours won’t have to know when you’re making coffee every morning. It comes with three filters, a dosing spoon/coffee cup, and a descaler that makes cleaning very easy. The filters can be pulled away with a gasket, which makes them much easier to wash. The 15-bar pressure is perfect to brew espresso, cappuccino, latte, and even a smooth flat white. You can use both ground coffee or easy-serving espresso (ESE) pods in this coffee maker.

Warranty: The manufacturer offers 1-year warranty. Amazon also offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh40 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh57.

2. Best for Small Spaces: Nespresso Mini Essenza C30, Black 

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Heats up in under 30 seconds
  • Accommodates two cup sizes
  • Powerful 19-bar pump pressure

Cons

  • Small capacity
  • Tight 5-inch cup clearance
  • No milk frother included

This machine is perfect for beginners who are still adjusting to the idea of drinking freshly brewed coffee every day. The taste of the machine-brewed coffee is consistent throughout, making it also perfect for people who enjoy a set routine and don’t explore too many varieties of coffee. The minimalist design of the Nespresso Mini Essenza makes it lightweight and ideal for small spaces. The espresso machine requires minimal cleaning and heats up in just 30 seconds. The 19-bar high-pressure pump makes a full-flavoured espresso with crema. There are two buttons to determine the cup size options – espresso and lungo – with the latter providing you with a larger quantity. As icing on the cake, each machine comes with a range of Nespresso capsules to get you started on your coffee journey.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh40 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh57.

3. Best for Variety: Nescafe Dolce Gusto GENIO S PLUS Coffee Machine

Pros

  • Produces over 50 varieties of coffee
  • Makes both hot and cold beverages
  • Fully customisable
  • Easy to use
  • Saves space on counter top

Cons

  • More expensive than most Dolce Gusto machines

If you are someone who likes to explore different varieties of coffee, this compact coffee machine is going to become your favourite appliance. You can try brewing 50 different kinds of coffee and can customise the temperature for each of them. The automatic espresso machine uses advanced technology to let you enjoy your favourite drink in the comfort of your home. You get to tailor your own coffee based on tastes and preferences. From frothy latte macchiato to smooth americanos, you can customise your drink with the coffee maker’s LED control ring, and select the level of intensity with its espresso boost feature. The 15-bar high-pressure system brews good coffee with a velvety froth.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh23 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh33.

4. Best Dual Purpose: Ariete 1318 Moderna Espresso Machine with Integrated Coffee Grinder

Pros

  • Grind coffee beans, make espressos and froth milk in one machine
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact

Cons

  • Some reviewers complain of malfunctions

Coffee connoisseurs will appreciate the many ways in which Ariete's coffee machine allows them to experience and savour their cuppa. Those who prefer certain types of coffee beans can grind them in this coffee maker, create their espresso, and even use the milk frother to make other varieties, like cappuccinos and lattes. The espresso machine pushes 15-bar pressurised water through ground coffee to produce full-bodied espressos. It looks beautiful on any kitchen counter, and it's easy to clean.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh35 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh49.

5. Best Budget: Saachi Espresso, Cappuccino and Cafe Latte Maker

Pros

  • Allows you to prepare multiple beverages simultaneously
  • Affordable price
  • Milk frother included

Cons

  • Reviewers say the quality of the machine could be improved

If you want to learn the ropes of coffee-making without investing in an expensive espresso machine, then this semi-automatic Saachi coffee maker will fit the bill. The espresso maker is outfitted by a keep-warm tray at the top of the appliance to ensure that your cup of coffee stays warm as you prepare another one. The 3.5-bar pressure steamer makes really good froth and helps brew cappuccino, cafe latte, and many such beverages with ease. The stainless-steel filter and aluminum-alloy filter holder of the espresso maker are easy to clean and maintain.

Warranty: The product comes with one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

6. Best for Advanced Coffee Drinkers: Ariete Espresso Coffee Maker 1313

Pros

  • Makes two cups of coffee at a time
  • Has an integrated milk frother
  • Includes a hot water dispenser
  • Powerful machine with 11 grinding settings

Cons

  • Takes up counter space
  • Not for beginner coffee drinkers

This machine is a jewel for coffee connoisseurs who take one sip and determine the type of coffee beans used in the concoction, how the beans have been roasted, and how the espresso was brewed. It is said that grinding coffee beans fresh yields a better coffee taste as compared to using already pre-ground coffee. The built-in grinder of the Italian espresso machine, which is a feature for mostly super-automatic espresso machines, is one of the highlights of the Ariete 1313. Having said that, this large machine has a capacity of 2 litres and can also make espresso with ESE pods. You can dispense enough espresso to fill 1 or 2 cups.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh97 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh138.

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