Best Espresso Machine Under 200 – Economical Machines that Work

Budget Espresso under $200

Have you ever wondered if you could make espresso drinks at home with out blowing through your already stretched budget? If so, this is the article for you.

Most of these machines will be no frills machines but we even found one with a milk carafe for making cappuccino! And even more surprising is the company that makes it as they aren’t famous for espresso.

Maybe your not so much on a budget but you need a small espresso machine to get your fix when camping in your Airstream Nest or driving across country in your 5th wheel. You’ll find all of these machines will fit the need.

Lets get started with the models we liked for less than $200.

Summary of Best Espresso Machine Under 200

Best Espresso Machines under $200: Our Top 5 Choices

1. Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker – Café Barista

Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Stainless Steel, Programmable Coffee Maker with...
  • 3-in-1 Functionality: Semi-automatic espresso, cappuccino, and latte maker
  • High-Pressure Brewing: 15-bar pump system for richly-flavored espresso coffee
  • Automated Perfection: Trouble-free automatic milk frother for perfect frothing
  • Easy Operation: One-touch control panel for hassle-free drink selections

Mr. Coffee is a common brand known by most to make coffee. Who hasn’t had a Mr. Coffee in their home? Many would be surprised to learn that they also have an espresso machine.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • One touch control for drink selections
  • Removable water and milk resevoirs
  • Automatic Milk Frothier
  • 26 Inch Cord
  • 3 pre-programmed coffee drinks

The control panel on this espresso machine is simple and easy to follow. You can quickly switch between double and single shot brewing cycles of your favorite espresso beverages.

Both the water and the milk reservoirs are easily removable for filling. The milk carafe can be place in your refrigerator to keep milk cold in between usages.

While the milk reservoir is a great feature is should be noted that the manufacturer recommends you don’t wash the milk reservoir in the dishwasher.

Another nice feature of this specific espresso machine is that it comes with a recipe book filled with recipes of your favorite espresso drinks plus a few you may not have tried before.

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

2. DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Black
  • Note: 1)Too coarse a grind, too little coffee, or insufficiently tamping the grounds before brewing can all lead to...
  • EVERY CUP TO YOUR LIKING: 15-bar professional pressure assures quality results every time, and adjustable controls...
  • BREW LIKE A PRO: Whatever your preference – single or double espresso, cappuccino or latte – the machine brews...
  • YOUR FOAM, YOUR WAY: A manual frother mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth for evenly textured...

This is a great machine for just making espresso and frothing milk. It easily fits in a camper should you be camping and takes up a small space on the counter top in your home.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • Manual Frothier to make silky foam
  • Removable water reservoir for easy cleaning
  • Double wall filter baskets comes with single and double filter baskets
  • Simple space saving design
  • No waiting between cups

Simple controls to operate the espresso machine. Turn selector to the right until the green light comes on and you’re ready to brew.

Frothier wand is easy to control the steam. Move selector to the left and then use the dial on the top of the machine to control the volume of steam you need to create your foam.

The filter also supports pods, this can be a convenient way to make espresso if you don’t want to hassle with grinding your own coffee. While its not as good as fresh ground coffee, it can work well if your camping or somewhere where you don’t have access to a grinder.

Delonghi EC155 Espresso and Cappuccino maker.

3. Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Maker, Our 3rd Best Espresso Machine Under 200

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker,1.2 liters
  • Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar thermoblock pump
  • Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema; froth enhancer, cup-warming plate
  • Accesories: Stainless steel frothing pitcher Tamping tool/measuring spoon/cleaning tool
  • Removable drip tray and grid; Frothing jug included

The Breville Café Roma set is a little bit more affordable than the Breville models but is on the same or better level of quality, being constructed of stainless-steel. Likewise, it works with a 15-bar electronic pump, ideal for the most traditional espresso.

Key Features:

  • 15-bar thermoblock pump
  • Stainless steel frothing pitcher Tamping tool/measuring spoon/cleaning tool
  • Measures 9 x 9 x 12 inches perfect for counter top
  • Manual Milk Frothier
  • Simple controls
  • Warmer to warm 6 espresso cups

The Cafe Roma uses Thermoblock technology that will always keep the water at the ideal temperature for brewing espresso while saving energy.

Dual filter wall provides outstanding crema on your coffee. The dual wall filters are a little more forgiving on the grind of your coffee giving you great espresso right out of the gate.

Control is simple to use turn to the right for brewing and turn to the left for frothing. An improvement for this feature would be for you to be able to control how much steam comes out.

The steaming wand comes with a “finger loop” that allows you to guide the frothier without burning your finger.

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso and Cappuccino maker.

4. Ninja CFP307 DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System

Ninja CFP307 DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System, Single-Serve, Compatible with K-Cup Pods, and...
  • 13 BREW SIZE DUAL COFFEE MAKER: Grounds and pods single serve brewer with 5 individual grounds brew sizes (Small,...
  • PERMANENT FILTER: Reusable filter that preserves natural coffee oils and small coffee particles to provide a robust...
  • FASTER BREWING: Brew a coffee pod faster than a leading Keurig coffee maker upon startup.
  • 4 BREW STYLE CHOICES + WATER: Select Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Specialty for your grounds or coffee pods, and water...

This machine isn’t specifically an expresso machine, you can make a large variety of coffee beverages from individual servings of coffee, Keurig pods, to lattes to name a few options.

Key Features:

  • 4 Brew Style Choices
  • Brew a super-rich coffee concentrate that you can use to create delicious lattes, macchiatos, and cappuccinos!
  • Independent Hot Water System
  • Built-In, Fold-Away Frothier
  • 60-oz Multi-Position Water Reservoir
  • Faster Brewing

Cleaning is a breeze with the Ninja Dual Brew the machine comes with a clean function, dishwasher-safe parts, and removable pod adaptor allow you to easily deep clean your unit.

Comes with everything you need to get started (except for the coffee) Keep Warm function, Delay Brew, Fold-Away Frothier, Permanent Filter, 12-Cup Glass Carafe, Ninja Pod Adapter, Ninja Smart Scoop.

The combination of brew size allows you to make coffee for a crowd, ala carte single brews, or on the go.  Brew sizes are as follows: Grounds and pods coffee system with 9 grounds brew sizes (Small Cup, Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Travel Mug, ¼ Carafe, ½ Carafe, ¾ Carafe, or Full carafe) in addition to 4 traditional pod brew sizes (6, 8, 10, or 12 oz).

The fold out frothier and the movable water reservoir allow for more flexibility in where you can setup your Ninja Dual Brew.

This is a nice coffee machine if you like things done automatically and don’t want to spend a small fortune.   This machine is surprisingly versatile at this price point.

ninja dual brew coffee maker

5. Yabano Espresso Machine, 15 Bar Fast Heating Espresso Coffee machine

Yabano Espresso Machine, 15 Bar Fast Heating Espresso Coffee machine with Milk Frother Wand for...
  • HIGH PRESSURE ESPRESSO MACHINE - The Yabano 1350W espresso machine with 15 bar pressure ensures continuous...
  • PRESSURE GAUGES - The built-in pressure gauges allow you to monitor the accurate pressure of the espresso coffee...
  • BUILT-IN MILK FROTHER - The espresso maker comes with a steam wand, enabling you to create creamy and rich foam for...
  • LARGE WATER TANK - The 37oz large and transparent water tank has a detachable design, making it easy to fill and...

We liked the look of this machine; it looks more expensive than it is. Even so, it’s another basic espresso machine that is a good starting point, for a beginner to start making espresso.

Key Features:

  • 15 bar pressure
  • Manual Steam Wand
  • Cup warmer Grill
  • Removable water tank
  • Built in Pressure Guage
  • Comes with both single and double shot filter baskets

We liked the height of this entry level machine, however at close to 16 and a half inches tall you do need to make sure you have room if you’re putting it under a cabinet.

The pressure gauge is right up front and easy to read so that you can always be sure your brewing at the right pressure.

The control panel is easy to follow and there is a knob for controlling the volume of steam that is released..

Holds 2 espresso cups on top of the machine to warm them prior to brewing your espresso.

Pressure gauge for monitoring pressure as you brew.

Tips For Purchasing any of these expresso machines

Its always good to remember these are all entry level machines and you will fine flaws in all of them. At this price point we were looking for machines that gave you the control you need to achieve a good cup of espresso, latte, or cappuccino. You may want to consider these items as your making your choice:

  1. Is having a milk reservoir a must have? Or are you willing to sacrifice that and pour your milk in a pitcher and froth it.
  2. Do you need both a single and a double shot for the drinks you plan to make?
  3. Will the machine fit on the space you have reserved on the counter?
  4. Do you need to be able to control the volume of steam?
  5. Is how fast the machine heats up important to you?
  6. Do I want a machine that will work with espresso packets/pods?
  7. Do you have space for the machine?

Summary of tips for Espresso machines less than 200 Dollars

Be conscious that these entry level machines tend to be manual. Always think about thinks like adjusting the volume of steam vs having to work with a fixed volume. Or if you want to be able to adjust the strength of your brew you’ll want to look for a machine with that capability.

If you have a bigger budget and would like a few more upscale features, check out our list of espresso machines for under $1000.

While you need think about the height of the machine and how you will be using it on your counter top, don’t for get to think of the distance between the grate and the spout. If you have taller cups you’ll want to be able to accommodate them.

And last of all don’t for get to have fun, in our mind these are entry level machines that you can pick up fairly cheap to see if making espresso becomes a passion for you or if you’d rather just go to your local coffee shop.

There are many an espresso machine that have been relegated to the espresso machine graveyard (ie our storage closets) never to be used and destined for a yard sale. If you buy from this list, at least you won’t have spent a fortune only to find out it isn’t for you.

Is 200 dollars for an espresso machine still pushing your budget to the limit? Consider a French Press Coffee Maker that makes excellent coffee for a fraction of the cost.