So you’ve caught the espresso bug? One day you think you might want to try to make an espresso at home, and from there it’s a slippery slope to spending your kid’s college fund on a prosumer espresso machine.

I get it. I’ve been there.

But if you’re going to deny your offspring an education, let’s at least make sure you can offer them a great espresso. Here are 9 of the best prosumer espresso machines worth skipping calculus for.

Best Prosumer Espresso Machines:

Each prosumer espresso machine on this list is capable of incredible espresso and perfect steamed milk. So the best one for you depends on your style, budget, and kitchen space. Check out our prosumer espresso machine reviews and then consult the buyer’s guide below to make your decision.

1. La Marzocco Linea Mini

La Marzocco’s classic Linea espresso machines have long been found in top cafes around the world (1). Now with the introduction of the Linea Mini, that same high quality is available for the home market.

The Linea Mini is handmade and uses the same commercial-grade components as its larger namesake, including two stainless steel boilers. Its major innovation is the integrated brew group, which provides the same renowned temperature stability as the saturated brew group but in a much smaller footprint.

You control the temperature using a stepped wheel, which La Marzocco claims is MORE INTUITIVE than a digital PID temperature controller. This impressive steam power is a result of the large steam boiler and short distance between boiler and steam wand. Prepare to become the Michelangelo of latte art!

Shot timing on the Linea Mini is controlled manually using a paddle. However, the pre-infusion is automatic, a small loss of control that some baristas may find irksome.

From a quality perspective, there’s nothing to fault on the Linea Mini. No surprise from the La Marzocco brand. It has IMPECCABLE Italian styling that makes it stand out from the shiny stainless crowd. It’s available in seven colors, and built-in barista lights will make your espresso shot feel like a Broadway star.

2. Lelit Bianca

While the Lelit Bianca may not have the name recognition and flashy style of the Linea Mini, our runner up is certainly a worthy rival in terms of functionality. And it comes in at just over half the price.

As expected in this price bracket, it’s a dual-boiler machine with a rotary vane pump. Both boilers are stainless steel, and their temperatures are controlled independently by PID. It’s also equipped with no-burn hot water and steam wands, the latter of which has interchangeable 2-hole and 4-hole tips (2).

The most impressive aspect of this machine is that you can control the flow of water through the E61 grouphead using the manual paddle. This is by far the cheapest machine to offer this capability, so if flow profiling interests you, take note. There is also programmable pre-infusion.

I love the aesthetics of the Bianca more than the other Lelit espresso machines. The wooden accents paired with the shiny stainless casing give it a classy but warm look, like it belongs in a home. Cleverly, the water reservoir can be mounted on either side, so you can configure it to fit your kitchen.

As a nice bonus, it comes with a bottomless portafilter, along with the standard dual-spout. A bottomless portafilter can hone your espresso skills and yield drool-worthy videos of shot-pulling action.

3. Rancilio Silvia

Even though the Rancilio Silvia is comparable in price to many entry-level espresso machines, its quality and performance land it squarely in the prosumer espresso machine category.

It offers INCREDIBLE VALUE that novices and long-time espresso lovers will appreciate.

Its low cost comes from the fact that it’s a single-boiler espresso machine. Clearly, this won’t appeal to everyone. You can’t pull espresso and steam milk at the same time, and this will inevitably affect the quality of your milk-based drinks.

That said, the Silvia is known for offering best-in-class steam power. This is the rare machine that can make high-quality microfoam for under $1000, surely a direct result of Rancilio’s experience building commercial espresso machines.

That experience is evident in the build quality as well. Rancilio has outfitted the Silvia with many of the same components found on their commercial coffee machines, including a steel frame and stainless steel exterior. Likewise, the chrome-plated brass saturated grouphead is modeled after a commercial espresso machine for ideal temperature stability.

Inside, the upgraded boiler is corrosion resistant lead-free brass, which has been thermally wrapped for even heating. It uses a vibratory pump, so you can’t plumb this prosumer machine to a water line. But the 67-ounce removable water reservoir is easy to keep topped up.

The Silvia, and even its pro version, is easy to operate, using just a few switches for power, brewing, water, and steam. You’d be hard-pressed to simplify more than that!


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