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9 Best Espresso Machines of 2022, According to Testing

Good Housekeeping Logo By Nicole Papantoniou of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 14: We updated this article in September 2022 to ensure all products tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab were in stock and correctly priced. The best home espresso machines can help you get your espresso, Americano, latte or cappuccino fix right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Traditional coffee shop machines can seem like huge, unknowable beasts, but home espresso machines can have you pulling a shot with a good "crema" (the creamy, light-colored surface of an espresso) in no time. Some espresso makers will grind beans for you, pack the grounds and make your cup with just the push of a button, while others will require you to learn to fill a hopper (known as a portafilter) with grounds and tamp them (which means to compress the grounds into a puck so the hot, pressurized water can extract a lot of flavor as it passes through quickly). The Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab has a century-plus history of testing kitchen appliances and all types of coffee makers, including pour over coffee makers, single-cup brewers, French presses, drip coffee makers, portable coffee makers for camping, cold brew coffee makers and so much more. To find the best home espresso machine, we tested a mix of super-automatic, automatic, semi-automatic and capsule machines, selected based on popular brands, best-selling machines and attributes like built-in milk frothers and/or coffee bean grinders.Our top picks: Read on for notes on how we test espresso machines. We also share our Kitchen Lab's top tips on what to consider when shopping for an espresso machine as well as a guide to the different types, so you can figure out which is right for you.

We updated this article in September 2022 to ensure all products tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab were in stock and correctly priced.

The best home espresso machines can help you get your espresso, Americano, latte or cappuccino fix right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Traditional coffee shop machines can seem like huge, unknowable beasts, but home espresso machines can have you pulling a shot with a good "crema" (the creamy, light-colored surface of an espresso) in no time. Some espresso makers will grind beans for you, pack the grounds and make your cup with just the push of a button, while others will require you to learn to fill a hopper (known as a portafilter) with grounds and tamp them (which means to compress the grounds into a puck so the hot, pressurized water can extract a lot of flavor as it passes through quickly).

The Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab has a century-plus history of testing kitchen appliances and all types of coffee makers, including pour over coffee makers, single-cup brewers, French presses, drip coffee makers, portable coffee makers for camping, cold brew coffee makers and so much more. To find the best home espresso machine, we tested a mix of super-automatic, automatic, semi-automatic and capsule machines, selected based on popular brands, best-selling machines and attributes like built-in milk frothers and/or coffee bean grinders.

Our top picks:

Read on for notes on how we test espresso machines. We also share our Kitchen Lab's top tips on what to consider when shopping for an espresso machine as well as a guide to the different types, so you can figure out which is right for you.

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