Looking for an affordable espresso machine? Hamilton Beach offers an authentic espresso maker for under $100. How does the espresso taste? We put this machine to the test to see if it could produce café quality results. While it’s not perfect, this machine brews a surprisingly good cup of espresso.
Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker Features
- 15 bar Italian pump pressure
- Pushbutton operation
- Milk frother
- Removable, 40 ounce water reservoir
- Compatible with pods or ground coffee
- Brews 2 cups of espresso once
- Removable drip tray
Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker Review
One of the first things you notice about the Hamilton Beach espresso maker is that it’s very easy to use. There are three main buttons that control the machine’s functions: an on/off switch, a steam button, and espresso brewing button. On the right side of the interface is a knob that lets you control the pressure of the steam. There are also LED lights that indicate whether the power is on and if it’s hot enough to brew.
One thing that we really loved about this machine was that we could do two shots of espresso at once. With a large 40 ounce reservoir, we didn’t have to refill the tank often when we had guests over. If you’re serving a crowd, this machine can more than handle your needs.
This espresso maker has a powerful 15 bar Italian pump, which is what helps brew an authentic shot of espresso. Did we mention that this machine also comes with a steam wand? This is not a feature you find on most low-end machines, and you can even control how much steam comes out of the wand. We brewed up cappuccinos and lattes with ease.
I do have to say that this machine is one of the easiest to clean that I’ve ever seen. The drip tray is removable as is the frothing nozzle, cup rest, water reservoir, and brew head, which makes cleanup a breeze.
We were a little disappointed in the recovery time between shots and the long time it took for the steam to heat up. It’s a good thing this machine can brew two shots at once. Otherwise, your guests would be waiting a very long time for their shots. That said, for the price, you have to expect these minor inconveniences.
- easy to use
- steam wand is included
- flexibility in that you can use pods or ground coffee
- can brew 2 cups of espresso one time
- easy to clean
- long recovery times
- steamer takes a while to heat up
If you’re looking for an espresso machine that’s affordable, easy to use, and offers flexibility, the Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker is the right choice for you.