Best Espresso Machines under $1000 – café quality at home

OK, you’ve been making espresso with your beginner espresso machine and you can’t quite get the same familiar flavor you get from your local café.

Yours is good, but you have decided it’s time to kick things up a notch – with a premium espresso machine to create café-style beverages.

With a budget of $1000, you have a lot of options to find a feature-rich model to match your home-barista-spirit.

Why not get best espresso machine, for under 1000 dollars?

At this price range, you can get a beautiful machine with an integrated grinder, with or without a milk carafe, and some premium functions found in the $2000 plus machines (such as a one-touch beverage selection, and customization features).

Read on and find out which models make the list. Yes, our line-up includes both super-automatic and semi-automatic units.

Best Espresso Machines under $1000: Our Top 5 Choices

1. Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine w/ LatteGo, Black, EP3241/54
  • Enjoy 5 coffees
  • Intuitive touch display
  • 12-step grinder adjustment
  • 20,000 cups of finest coffee with durable ceramic grinders

The Philips 3200 Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with LatteGo is ranked at the top of this list. Why? Because it is one of the best-value fully automatic espresso makers on the market. And, it’s been on our best-seller list since last summer.

It has an intuitive and sleek control center, and it’s a breeze to clean.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • Easy to clean with Dishwasher safe components
  • LatteGo Milk Solution with no tubes
  • 3 aroma strength settings
  • Adjustable Grinder with 12 Settings
  • 5 pre-programmed coffee drinks
  • 100% ceramic grinders

The dishwasher safe milk solution is our favorite component. It is easy to use and when your finished, just a quick rinse and your done.

The ceramic grinders are made to last on produce an even grind that would be acceptable on a more expensive machine.

The display panel for the Philips 3200 series is easy to follow and lets you adjust grind quantity, milk quantity, water quantity so that you can customize drinks to be just how you like them.

If you live in an area where there are lots of minerals in the water you should consider getting the Philips filter  that is made for this model so that you can reduce the number of times you need to descale as well as improve the taste of your coffee.

The 2 piece milk solution doesn't use tubes and is machine washable.

2. Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine

Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine, Super Automatic Frothing for Latte, Macchiato,...
  • ONE TOUCH BREWING AND FROTHING: Bean-to-cup feature with automatic milk frothing for cappuccinos, macchiatos and...
  • PROGRAMMABLE: Programmable brewing options for lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and espresso;Steam Wand:...
  • TEMPERATURE CONTROL: 3 different temperature settings. Min/177.5 ?F, Med/182.9 ?F, Max/184.5 ?F
  • EASY ACCESS TO WATER RESERVOIR AND BEAN HOPPER: Features a removable 60 oz water reservoir that can be accessed on...

Next on our list is the flagship of Gaggia’s best-selling Anima line, meet Gaggia Anima Prestige – a one-touch automatic espresso machine with milk carafe.

Did you know: As early as 1930 in Milan, Achille Gaggia started looking for ways to improve coffee extraction. By 1938 Achille had filed a patent for his “Lampo” apparatus which used pressure instead of steam to extract coffee, this innovation was the seed that has grown into the modern espresso machine we know today.

Its no surprise that a brand with so much history makes an excellent fully automatic espresso machine under 1000 dollars.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • One button milk drinks
  • Easy to attach and remove milk carafe
  • 3 temperature settings
  • Easy Maintenance and use
  • Gaggia Adapting System to learn your coffees
  • Ceramic grinders

What makes this machine is its one button operation. You may want to adjust a few things here and there, but once programmed making a spectacular Americano or Cappuccino.

The brew group is simple to remove and rinse keeping it so your espresso machine operates as intended. Typically you will need to do this once a week.

This machine also supports the largest cup size of any of the anima line. You can adjust to fit a travel mug size cup.

The Anima Prestige model supports up to an 11.5 gram dose perfect for making larger cups of your favorite beverage.

The 2 piece milk solution doesn't use tubes and is machine washable.

3. De’Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder

De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte...
  • Sensor grinding technology: Exclusive segsing technology delivers precise, consistent grinding and the optimal dose...
  • The smart tamping station: Simply pull the lever to tamp the ground coffee with the right pressure for perfect...
  • Active temperature control with dual heating system: The best temperature stability for optimal coffee extraction...
  • Advanced latte system: Micro-foam frothing for Latte Art or rich froth for cappuccino. Just place your cup under...

The La Specialista Espresso Machine by De’Longhi is a beautiful semi-automatic espresso machine. It is perfect for those who want customization, and more involved with the process.

This professional at-home unit has a recipe nob – you can make espresso, authentic Americano, and coffee. You can also customize each recipe to the way you like via the “my” button.

Key Features:

  • Sensor Grinding Technology
  • Dual Heating System
  • Easy to attach and remove milk carafe
  • Smart Tamping System
  • Separate Hot water spout
  • Advanced Latte Milk Frothier
  • Conical Burr Grinder

One of the cool features of this machine is how as you adjust the grind the system detects the change automatically and adjusts how much of the beans to grind to get the correct dose.

When making a drink that requires the addition of water like an Americano, the water spout is right next to the portafilter so you don have to stop and move your cup to add the water.

The tamper on the Specialista is another stand out feature it allows you to finish the grind and tamp without removing the portafilter leaving minimal or non-existent coffee grind mess.

The programming features coupled with the auto adjust grind, smart tamping, and water spout close to the portafilter make this machine a mess free station while still leaving you in control.

The 2 piece milk solution doesn't use tubes and is machine washable.

4. Jura A1 Super Automatic Coffee Machine

Jura A1 Super Automatic Coffee Machine, 1, Piano Black
  • ONE TOUCH: Prepare 3 barista quality specialties including ristretto, espresso and coffee at the touch of a button...
  • PERFECT ESPRESSO: Ultimate coffee quality thanks to JURA's exclusive Pulse Extraction Process
  • CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Fast and precise AromaG3 grinder grinds whole beans to the optimum fineness
  • : JURA is always freshly ground, not capsuled - fresh taste with very limited waste - single serve machine

For us the Jura A1 represent the equivalent of the Early iPhones that came out. It has a sleek design and simple controls. The features may seem limited, but as you use it you’ll find it executes those features exceptionally well.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • Pulse Extraction Technology
  • One Touch feature for 3 popular espresso drinks
  • Intuitive symbol control panel
  • Thermoblock heating system
  • Sleek clean line design
  • Conical Burr Grinder for the perfect grind

If you look at the diagram for this espresso machine you can see the simplicity in the design. Everything has a purpose and it looks good in any kitchen.

The one touch feature to get your espresso, ristretto, or coffee. These are all pre-set, but of course you can alter the default settings to dial each one in to your specific taste.

The adjustable spout covers a range of 2.5″ to 5.5″ so you can make your drink in a variety of cup sizes.

It should be noted that the Jura A1 does not do milk. You’ll need a milk frothier if you prefer milk drinks.

The 2 piece milk solution doesn't use tubes and is machine washable.

5. Breville BES878BSS Barista Pro Espresso Machine

Breville BES878BSS Barista Pro Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • The Breville Barista Pro delivers third wave specialty coffee at home using the 4 keys formula and is part of the...
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: With a single touch, the integrated precision conical burr grinder with dose control...
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and helps ensure all...
  • FASTER HEAT UP TIME: Innovative ThermoJet heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds...

A direct competitor to the De’Longhi La Specialista listed above. The biggest difference we noticed between the two was the grind had more settings on this machine. Which can be important when your trying to dial in that perfect coffee grind for your espresso.

Which is better? Well it depends on whether more convenient espresso station setup vs more grind settings. So the beauty of each machine is all in the eye of the beholder.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • set of both single and dual wall filter baskets
  • Manual Frothier where you control the texture
  • Digital temperature controls for precise settings
  • ThermoJet Heating System
  • Low Pressure Pre-Infusion
  • Conical Burr Grinder

One of the things we really liked on this machine is the frothier. There is nothing fancy about it and you have complete control to froth milk to the perfect texture for your latte art.

The drawer under the grate allows for storage of extra like the second set of filter baskets or other odds and ends you see fit.

If you are also looking at the Specialista as a potential for your home, another differentiator is the height of the machine. Breville is not as tall as the Specialista (about 1.5″ taller) making it perfect for under the cabinet usage.

The Pro version heats up quicker than the Express version of the Breville Barista, for this reason we feel you’ll be happier with Pro version as you use it over time.

The 2 piece milk solution doesn't use tubes and is machine washable.

What Are the Advantages of a Good Espresso Machine?

While an espresso machine for as much as $1000 for your home may seem excessive, you can get feature rich machines in this price range that will produce the high quality espressos. You will find these machines are often slimmed versions of commercial models that are used by the coffee industry.

What You Should Know

There are a variety of features available in this price range, you will find you’ll have to make some decisions because at this price range you won’t get all the features.

Typical decision points will be around how many grind settings, what type of grinder, one button operation, milk frothing, capacity, and effort to operate. We all have our own “have to have it” options so this will be different for each person.

Type of Espresso You Can Get for less then $1000

These machines will usually give you the ability to make espresso (single & double shot), ristretto, latte, cappuccino, and Americano drinks to name a few. While they all produce the same ‘type’ of espresso you’ll find the differences lie in the features and how convenient they are to operate.