November 2022

Super-Automatic Espresso Machines: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Espresso Machine rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 10 Nov 2022, Gaggia Brera takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed espresso machine with 7 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 espresso machine' this month. It is followed by DeLonghi Magnifica Esam 3300 and Saeco Xelsis SM7684 , with 5 and 6 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Espresso Machine
brewsmartly.com
thebrewmakers.com
coffeeorbust.com
coffeeaffection.com
Coffeeness
Gadget Review
sipcoffeehouse.com
homecoffeeexpert.com
brewcoffeehome.com
craftcoffeespot.com
1
- $439
Gaggia Brera
4
-
-
2
1
1
1
-
9
5
2
- $800
DeLonghi Magnifica Esam 3300
1
-
-
1
-
3
4
-
-
10
3
- $1547
Saeco Xelsis SM7684
7
-
-
-
10
2
7
3
2
-
4
- $799
Philips LatteGo 3200
-
-
-
4
2
-
6
-
1
7
5
- $699
Gaggia Anima Prestige
-
6
1
-
-
-
5
-
10
6
6
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Jura A1
-
2
-
-
-
4
3
6
6
-
7
- $2720
Breville Oracle Touch
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
1
5
8
8
- $1099
De'Longhi Dinamica
-
4
-
-
-
-
2
-
3
9
9
- $2499
Jura E8
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7
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
1
10
- $4930
Jura Giga 6
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3
-
-
8
-
-
2
-
-
11
- $995
Jura D6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
3
13
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Delonghi Magnifica XS
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
14
- $1790
Jura Ena 8
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5
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
15
- $1749
Gaggia Babila
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
4
16
- Check price
Saeco Picobaristo
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-
-
5
-
-
-
8
-
-
17
- $1997
DeLonghi Eletta
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
9
-
-

We ranked Gaggia Brera #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Gaggia Brera as #1.
Critic endorsements:
brewsmartly.com

Pros
Light-up LED screen
Super customizable
Ceramic burr grinder

Cons
This might be personal taste, but as I’ve mentioned before I don’t like the 80s-does-the-future looks of this machine

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coffeeaffection.com

Best Value

Pros
Extremely good value
Customizable drink settings
Built-in steam wand

Cons
Only holds five used pucks
The water reservoir is small

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Coffeeness

Best Entry-Level

Pros
Great value
Compact design
Quick heat up time
Ideal for beginners

Cons
Too much plastic
Limited grinder settings

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Gadget Review

Top Pick

Pros
User-friendly display
Rapid steam technology
Extremely easy to clean

Cons
Internal leaking may occur

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Top Pick

Pros
Produces excellent espresso
Compact machine
Inexpensive

Cons
Froths milk with the manual Panarello steam wand
Better for brewing fewer drinks

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
You can set the machine to customize to the length of your coffee cup
Burned coffee flavors is an issue of the past, thanks to adjustable ceramic grinders
It’s a compact machine with only 12.4 inches high, so it fits well under cabinets and save your kitchen space

Cons
May have too many options for someone looking for a quick cup of coffee
Smaller water reservoir, you need to refill water more often

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craftcoffeespot.com

Best Budget

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We ranked DeLonghi Magnifica Esam 3300 #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked DeLonghi Magnifica Esam 3300 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
brewsmartly.com

Best of the Best

Pros
Easy to use as it’s fully automatic!
Also makes long coffee drinks
Built-in burr grinder
Double boiler

Cons
Can be noisy
A little tricky to clean

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coffeeaffection.com

Best Overall

Pros
Tons of brew options
Programmable preferences for saving your settings
Steel burr grinder with 13 settings
Easy to clean

Cons
Manually operated frother

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Gadget Review

Best for Dual Brewing

Pros
Can brew two cups at a time
Able to program preferences
Easy-to-use control panel

Cons
Requires troubleshooting often

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Most Reliable

Pros
Flavorful espresso
Compact design
Economical

Cons
Manual milk frothing
No screen display

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Super-Automatic Espresso Machines.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Super-Automatic Espresso Machines, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Saeco Xelsis SM7684 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
brewsmartly.com

Pros
Totally programmable, with several profiles to save to Hygiesteam hygiene system
Milk reservoir and frother
Choice of fifteen drinks

Cons
Very expensive
Might be too automatic for some

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Coffeeness

Best Value

Pros
Easy, intuitive operation
Numerous setting options
Pleasantly quiet
Very good espresso and milk froth

Cons
Poorly conceived quick cleaning

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Gadget Review

Honorable Mention

Pros
Premier programming technology
Accurate 3.5” touch-screen
Has a Hyggiesteam system

Cons
Uses plastic in the design

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Great Milky Coffee

Pros
Solid and durable
Completely programmable
Easy to use

Cons
Expensive
Large size

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Pros
User-friendly touch screen display
6 customizable user profiles
15 different pre-programmed drinks options
Excellent ceramic burrs with 12 grind settings
Can make 2 drinks at once
Lots of customization options
Only rarely needs to be descaled

Cons
The titanium body scratches easily
Water filtration process makes slightly poorer quality coffee

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
Ceramic burr grinder prevents overheating, so you don’t have to worry about your coffee beans having a burned flavor
12 different grind settings so you can brew everything from bold espressos to smooth coffee
HygieSteam technology cleans the entire milk system with the press of a button

Cons
One of the most expensive options, which is a reflection of its many features
Some people may not like the individual milk reservoir design

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We ranked Philips LatteGo 3200 #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Philips LatteGo 3200 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
coffeeaffection.com

Pros
Many drinks to choose from
Adjustable strength settings
Unique no tubes milk system
Easy to clean

Cons
Ceramic burr set

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Coffeeness

Best Budget Buy

Pros
Highly intuitive operation
Good espresso and milk froth
High-quality construction
Compact

Cons
A little bit noisy
Very dense milk froth

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Most Easy To Clean

Pros
Innovative LatteGo system
Touch screen display
Fully adjustable drink settings

Cons
Difficult to create latte art
Small water reservoir

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
Brews four types of coffee ranging from espresso to coffee
A 12-step burr grinder lets you turn your coffee beans into a fine powder or keep them coarse
An aroma seal simultaneously preserves coffee bean flavor and prevents loud grinding noises from filling your kitchen
Affordable price for the impressive features it provides, the best espresso machine under 1000.

Cons
The machine shuts off on its own, so it’ll need to reheat again if you want another cup of coffee and don’t catch it in time
This model doesn’t have a steam wand so you can’t froth milk yourself.

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craftcoffeespot.com

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We ranked Gaggia Anima Prestige #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Gaggia Anima Prestige as #1.
Critic endorsements:
thebrewmakers.com

Best for Value

Pros
Highly reliable
Simple to use
Budget friendly
Small and compact design

Cons
Can only make 4 different specialty drinks
Foam quality isn’t as good as other premium machines
Doesn’t produce super hot beverages
Water reservoir capacity is relatively small

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coffeeorbust.com

Pros
60-oz water reservoir
2-year warranty
One-touch brewing and frothing
Programmable brew settings
3 temperature settings
Instructional video
Removable brew group
Internal cleaning

Cons
Customer service and repair are reportedly difficult

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Most Compact

Pros
Attractive LCD screen display
Automatic milk frother
Good price point

Cons
Single boiler machine

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
You don’t have to guess when to descale this coffee machine, as it’ll alert you and walk you through the process
An aroma lid preserves coffee flavor so that every sip tastes like it’s from a recently harvested bean
The milk carafe has a double chamber, so you can prepare the foamy cappuccino toppings

Cons
If you like your coffee sizzling hot, it may feel more warm than hot

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craftcoffeespot.com

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We ranked Jura A1 #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
thebrewmakers.com

Best for Budget

Pros
Very simple to use
Small and compact
Energy efficient
Budget friendly

Cons
Minimal functionality
No programmability
Only 3 beverage types
Small capacity

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Gadget Review

Best for Compact Design

Pros
Extremely compact design
One-touch technology
Conical burr grinder

Cons
May wear out quickly

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Best For Espresso

Pros
Beautiful design
Fast conical burr grinder
Only makes espresso

Cons
Does not have a milk frothing system
Cleaners can be costly

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Best Super-Automatic Machine for Black Coffee Drinkers

Pros
Very quick brew cycle
Slim, compact design
Easy to clean
Makes superb ristretto, espresso, and lungo
Very energy efficient

Cons
Single spout
No milk frother
Still a bit pricey

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
A compact design lets you squeeze this coffee machine into tight spaces on your kitchen counter
Permanent program functions to save you time
A multi-level burr grinder ensures coffee beans are equal in size for a balanced cup of coffee
Best single-serve espresso machine

Cons
The water tank is small, so you’ll likely need to refill it after two or three cups

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We ranked Breville Oracle Touch #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Breville Oracle Touch as #1.
Critic endorsements:
coffeeaffection.com

Premium Choice

Pros
True one-button experience
An extensive list of pre-programmed drinks to choose from
Highest quality conical steel burr set
Copious settings to play with

Cons
Exorbitantly expensive

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Overall Best Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

Pros
Pulls a high-quality espresso
Accessible for beginners and customizable enough for amateur home baristas
Automatic milk frother
Easy to clean
Superb consistency
Can make basically any coffee you want
45 grind settings

Cons
Big and heavy
Takes a long time to heat up

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
Fully automated with a touch screen where you can choose and customize everything from long black coffee to cappuccinos
It contains high-quality conical burr grinds and doses out coffee like commercial machines
An Over Pressure Valve prevents your coffee from tasting bitter

Cons
The warm-up time takes longer than other super-automatic espresso machines

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We ranked De'Longhi Dinamica #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
thebrewmakers.com

Best for Iced Coffee

Pros
Delivers full-bodied iced coffee
Easy to clean
Quick heat up time
Grinds quitely compared to most machines

Cons
Low programmability and customization
Can only make a few drinks
Doesn’t come with milk carafe
Requires regular descaling

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sipcoffeehouse.com

Runner Up: Best For Lattes

Pros
Latte Crema automatic milk frother
Dual heating system
13 grind settings

Cons
Difficult to make latte art with the milk frother

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
Grinds the exact amount of coffee beans you need, so leftover grinds don’t affect your most recent brew
Five settings let you adjust your espresso strength from extra-mild to extra-strong
It takes less than 40 seconds to heat up, making it perfect for people who are on the go

Cons
No display screen, so you’ll need to keep the manual out until you memorize its functions

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We ranked Jura E8 #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Jura E8 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
thebrewmakers.com

Best Overall

Pros
Highly customizable drinks
App-based to optimize convenience
No need to ever descale
Milk frother tuner

Cons
Expensive
Can be big in size
Grinder can be noisy

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Pros
Easily customizable
Looks great
Automated maintenance procedures
Excellent flavor extraction from coffee beans

Cons
Only one boiler for coffee and milk

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craftcoffeespot.com

Best Overall

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We ranked Jura Giga 6 #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
thebrewmakers.com

Best for Offices

Pros
Temperature regulation from its chrome vents
Can brew 2 specialty drinks at once
Very high level of programmability and customization
Set coffee brew, milk and milk frothing temperatures

Cons
Very large in size
Very expensive
Sensitive touch screen

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Coffeeness

Best for Offices

Pros
Superior quality
Two electronic grinders
Tons of settings
Excellent espresso and milk froth

Cons
App has room for improvement

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Best Super-Automatic Espresso Machine if Money is no Object

Pros
28 programmed drinks options
Infinitely customizable
Whisper quiet
Has a smartphone app
Built-in A.I. and machine learning
Produces a superb cup of coffee

Cons
Very expensive
All the options can be a bit intimidating
Needs regular maintenance

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We ranked Jura D6 #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
Produces six varieties of milk-based coffee with fine, smooth foam
Minimalist design that won’t detract from your kitchen décor
Plain text display with intuitive functions for people who aren’t well-versed in technology

Cons
You may have to jiggle the grinder once in a while to encourage the coffee beans to feed through

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We ranked Delonghi Magnifica XS #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
brewsmartly.com

Pros
Small and compact
Has a steam wand
Accessible and easy to clean

Cons
Single boiler system
Some of the extra features may be overkill!

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Best Super-Automatic on a Budget

Pros
Compact
Easy to use and clean
Height-adjustable coffee spout
Customizable drinks
Adjustable burr grinder
Makes coffee quickly

Cons
Milk frother isn’t automatic
Plastic cover scratches easily
Single stainless steel boiler system

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We ranked Jura Ena 8 #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
thebrewmakers.com

Best for Design

Pros
Eco friendly
Beautiful sleek design
High level of programmability
Compact design

Cons
Expensive
Cleaning the machine can be time consuming
User manual instructions are not clear
Difficult to access the power switch

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brewcoffeehome.com

Pros
Choose from 10 different specialty coffees
Allows you to program your favorite brewing temperature, coffee strength, and hot water temperature
You can make a large cup of coffee in the morning and cut the size in half in the evening, so you don’t consume too much caffeine before bed

Cons
Water tank capacity is smaller than other machines
The power switch is behind the machine, making access difficult if you place it against a wall

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We ranked Gaggia Babila #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Coffeeness

Best for Control Freaks

Pros
Sleek and compact design
Two boilers
Manual steam wand option
Makes excellent espresso and milk foam
Many adjustable settings

Cons
No app
User interface feels dated

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craftcoffeespot.com

Best Lattes and Capuccinos

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We ranked Saeco Picobaristo #15 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
coffeeaffection.com

Pros
11 preset drinks
Makes exceptional coffee
Compact design fits easily anywhere

Cons
Cheap look and feel
Relatively high price
Ceramic burr

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Pros
Good looking, compact design
Simple to use
Very easy to clean and maintain
Lots of adjustable settings
Good quality, quiet grinder

Cons
Sometimes water gets into the milk frother
The water filtering system negatively affects coffee flavor

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We ranked DeLonghi Eletta #16 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
coffeeorbust.com

Pros
Whole-bean storage
Silent conical burr grinder
Grounds are dumped into a waste container
Comes with a water filter
Push button controls for: straight, long, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, hot water, and steam
Digital readouts let you know when to refill beans, water, milk, etc.
Self-cleaning

Cons
Gotta learn to use this beaut to get a great cuppa

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homecoffeeexpert.com

Pros
Produces superb espresso
Simple to use
Good milk foam
Easy to clean
Programmable to suit your preferences

Cons
Old-fashioned design
Not as customizable as other machines at this price point

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