Are you on the hunt for the best espresso machine with an integrated grinder?
If so, you’ve got plenty of options at your disposal which we’ll highlight today.
What else do you need to consider when you’re on the buying trail, though?
- Manual or automatic? A manual espresso maker gives you a great deal of flexibility but requires effort to use and takes time to master. A semi-automatic machine, on the other hand, automates many aspects of brewing while a fully automatic machine gives you one-touch operation at the expense of being able to customize brewing
- Type of grinder: Conical burr grinders are much more effective than blade grinders. If you plan to go to the trouble of grinding your own beans, you might as well prioritize an effective espresso grinder. The machines we review today all acquit themselves well on this front. Look also to see if you have the option of using pre-ground coffee when it suits
- Variety of drinks: If you’re a committed espresso fan, maybe a dedicated machine would work well. Most of the models we look at today also offer you the ability to make latte, cappuccino and a range of other longer, creamy coffees. There’s no right or wrong answer here just a case of buying what works best for you
- Water reservoir capacity: Think closely about how many cups the machine makes before you need to refill it. Make sure you don’t sell yourself short here or you’ll end up regretting your decision.
Take these simple pointers into account and you’ll find the most appropriate machine for your needs without too much trouble.
We’ll launch right into our reviews now so you can see what’s at your disposal.
The 8 Best Espresso Machines with Grinder
1. Our #1 Pick: Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville has a broad and deep range of espresso machines and this Barista Express model comes with an integrated conical burr grinder. Blitz up your beans directly before brewing for the most lip-smacking coffee at its absolute freshest.
PID temperature control leads to precise espresso extraction every time. Choose from a single or double shot to taste.
How about if you’re also partial to longer, creamier coffees? Well, that’s no problem since you’ll get a manual steam wand allowing you to create the perfect foam for taller drinks.
Breville bundles a generous supply of accessories, too. You’ll have everything you need without needing to hit the store except the coffee beans to get things started.
With dose control grinding, water delivered at precisely the temperature you need for perfect espresso and all the brand heritage that comes with Breville, what’s not to love? Roast test the Barista Express at your earliest opportunity or pop it on your Christmas list.
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2. Runner-Up: DeLonghi Super-Automatic Espresso Machine
This DeLonghi super-automatic espresso machine gives you fuss-free delivery of your favorite short shots.
If you’re hunting for a bargain, this is not the appliance for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a solid ally to last for years, this machine is tough to beat. What makes it so good, then?
While you’ll be able to take advantage of the onboard grinder for maximum freshness, you can also use pre-ground coffee when it suits. DeLonghi recommends using beans with less visible oil if you’re intending to grind your own.
Maintenance couldn’t be easier and you won’t need to resort to chemical cleaning either.
A 3-hour auto shut-off feature means you won’t end up burning your machine out or using too much electricity.
For a no-nonsense machine offering stress-free espresso without needing to leave home, this DeLonghi is a wise bet.
3. Upgrade Pick: Breville Oracle Espresso Machine
While Breville normally deliver cost-effective and highly affordable appliances, the Oracle is by no means cheap. What do you get in return for that eye-popping price-tag, though?
Flexible shot control allows you to choose from a single or double shot of espresso. You can also override this to manually tweak the dose. If you want a longer Americano, just twist the simple dial and you’ll get a double shot poured followed by some hot water to dilute and lengthen it.
Auto grind and tamp shoots 22g of coffee into the portafilter. You won’t even need to tamp it. This kind of automation makes your life much easier and goes some way to justifying that fat price tag.
A self-cleaning steam wand lets you create some stunning latte art and you won’t be left with a mess to deal with after. Like every other element of using this machine, it’s designed with ease of use uppermost.
This is absolutely not the right espresso machine for everyone. If you’ve got deep pockets and exacting tastes, though, the Oracle is unbeatable.
4. DeLonghi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder
DeLonghi’s La Specialista might not be the prettiest coffee machine on the market but design is fairly subjective. Perhaps you find the looks more striking than annoying. How about performance, though? After all, the quality of the coffee in your cup is ultimately all that counts.
The integrated grinder comes with sensor technology baked in. You’ll get precise and accurate dosing every time without needing to fiddle around.
The smart tamping station ensures your kitchen doesn’t get spattered with grinds and you won’t need to fiddle around with settings yourself.
The 19-bar pump gives you all the pressure you need for the ideal espresso. With the latte system onboard, you won’t be limited to short shots, either. Thanks to the dual heating system, you won’t need to wait around to warm your milk after brewing your espresso.
While it’s not the most compact or pretty espresso machine, this unit is a multitasking workhorse that’s built to last.
5. Gaggia Brera Super-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia make some first-rate coffee makers and this espresso machine is a sterling example. What makes it stand out, though?
Firstly, you won’t need to choose between espresso and longer drinks since you can make both with this powerful but compact unit. With a manual milk frother, you’ll have the flexibility to craft the foam just the way you like it. The wand also serves double duty dispensing hot water on demand.
Front access to everything that counts means using this machine is a snap.
Choose from black or silver to suit and get those morning espressos fired up without needing to head to Starbucks. Crowned by a 1-year limited warranty, check out the Brera and you won’t look back.
6. Jura ENA Automatic Coffee Machine
Striking and stripped-down lines. Powerful pump for perfect espresso. Adjustable spout allowing you to pour 2 drinks at once. Slimline form factor married to powerful functionality.
The innovative twisting spout lets you pour a single shot or a pair of espressos simultaneously, ideal if you’re always rushing around in the mornings.
Delivering a silky smooth crema for the most impressive espresso you’ll see outside of Italy, this machine might be relatively limited but it gets the job done to the highest standard.
The touch panel is a dream to navigate. Choose from 2 strength levels and 3 cup sizes so you can get your coffee just the way you like it without standing on ceremony.
Packing the requisite 15-bar pump, you’ll enjoy ample pressure to extract your espresso immaculately each and every time.
7. Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine
The upscale end of the Gaggia range includes some real gems such as the Accademia. Why is this espresso machine so pricey, though?
You’ll have a choice of multiple variants of coffee from espresso to lungo to latte. A combination of simple dials and buttons make operation a cakewalk.
There’s an integrated milk carafe for your lattes and cappuccinos and the flexible manual wand gives you a great deal of versatility. The carafe froths the milk automatically and is also capable of cleaning itself minimizing the time you’ll need to spend cleaning up. You’ll be able to remove the whole brew group as well which streamlines maintenance and clean-up wonderfully.
Easily programmable, make anything up to 10 cups of coffee in one go. This is a superb machine if you’ve got a larger family of coffee lovers all hungry for their morning fix of espresso.
8. EspressoWorks Espresso Machine and Cappuccino Maker (No Built-In Grinder)
To round out, something a little different. This machine doesn’t come with a grinder onboard but you will get one included. How does the EspressoWorks stand out, then?
Off the bat, espresso is not this machine’s strength. The pressure – despite being listed as 15 bar – is simply not enough to deliver more than insipid shots.
If, however, you’re more partial to latte, macchiato or Americano, you’ll be happier with the end result.
The thermoblock heating system allows this machine to fire itself up for action in well under a minute. If you like your coffee in a hurry, this is invaluable.
As an added kicker, this machine is priced very keenly so you won’t need to dig too deep for the privilege of gourmet coffee at home.
We trust one of these mighty espresso machine has taken your fancy. Which is it to be?
Buying an espresso machine, especially if you’re searching for one with an integrated grinder, is reasonably straightforward even if it seems initially confusing. Pay close attention to the points we raised at the beginning today and you should have no real trouble finding the most suitable model for you.
We stand behind any of the appliances we review here today. If you’re not entirely sure which machine would work best in your kitchen, you’re in safe hands with any of these units.
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