The Best Cappuccino & Espresso Makers

 31% of American coffee drinkers make coffee the most important part of their morning, brewing up a cup before starting any other activity. Yet, most home brews fall far short of the coffeehouse standard.

It needn’t be like this. Coffeehouse quality coffee and espresso is there waiting for you at the press of a button. All you need to do is take the leap and grab it. I have compiled a list of the best cappuccino and espresso machines on the market today. This way you can reach caffeinated nirvana while still in your robe and slippers.

They are:

3) De’Longhi Icona ECO 310R – $199.95

Longhi IconaAn attractive vintage look graces what is a very effective coffee machine. A big positive is that it has a large water reservoir for its size. The simplistic approach to making coffee (just 3 buttons and a steamer) will be a godsend to anyone who isn’t exactly at his or her mental peak in the morning. Although a bit steep in pricing, my only real quam is the manual and rather cumbersome frother.

 2) Gaggia Grangaggia – $146

Gaggia Grangaggia

 This sleek and stylish coffee machine will be sure to brighten up any kitchen counter. It runs at 15 bar pressure and offers real authentic espresso taste. Again a fairly simple operation to manage, (despite a rather complicated frother), having again only three or so buttons. It does however prohibit it from reaching that coveted top spot.

 1)    Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo Automatic – $179.99

Dolce Gusto Circolo

This award-winning coffee machine answers our prayers. Here we have a sleek design, combined with great coffee and, get this, that much lauded automatic frother. Hallelujah!

All that needs to be done is insert your cup, insert the smart capsule, set pressure and brew. Froth comes simply, by just switching capsules.

Again this operates at 15-bar pressure, so you’re getting top notch coffeehouse espressos. And boy what a design. Am I gushing much? Check it out on the Nescafé Dolce Gusto website.

2014 is set to be a good year. With these three coffee machines to choose from it can only get better. Each has its own pros and cons, but for me the standout winner is the Circolo. Is there a machine I have missed? Let me know in the comments below.

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