Best espresso machine under $200
How to choose the Best espresso machine under $200 in 2022?
Entry class - a small volume boiler in the region of 100-150 ml or a thermoblock, a horn with an improver in the form of a valve system or a double bottom filter, optional autodosing or advanced autocappuccinators
Pump espresso coffee machine
Pump carob coffee makers, in which the pressure in the coffee path and the brewing chamber ensures the operation of the water pump, pump. According to the type of pump, these coffee makers are further divided into two subclasses:
Home / household / primary / middle class. A sign is the use of a vibration pump in the design. In such pumps, water is pumped by the method of “oscillation” (movement) of the piston in a magnetic piping up and down (or left and right). Such pumps are used in all home coffee makers and coffee machines for at least 5 (for example, Vitek VT-1511), at least for 200 thousand rubles (for example, Jura Z10). They have a specific minus, the pressure developed by the oscillation method is discrete, it is not strictly uniform. But such pumps are cheap and compact. For a beginner, the minus of vibration pumps is almost invisible. If only because in this class of devices this is far from the only “simplification” used in espresso coffee makers, and against the background of the rest it is not something particularly critical.
Professional/commercial/industrial grade. A sign is the use in the design of a rotary pump. In them, the motor turns the impeller, which draws and pushes water further along the hydraulic path, and at a constant speed. Therefore, the pressure is stable, uniform. Pressure uniformity is one of the important parameters that positively affects the final taste of espresso. Such pumps are noticeably more expensive and physically larger, respectively, they are used in heavy, professional carob coffee makers for use in coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
I also warn you that the subclass of professional/commercial horns is worthy of a separate material, which will be written sometime later (in which case a link will appear here). And I will dwell in more detail on the class of home / initial best espresso machine under 200.
Results and conclusions
Summarizing, I can describe the choice of a carob coffee maker in this way.
Entry class - a small volume boiler in the region of 100-150 ml or a thermoblock, a horn with an improver in the form of a valve system or a double bottom filter, optional autodosing or advanced autocappuccinators, without any systems that really improve the final taste or convenience of preparing espresso like a three-way valve or PID temperature controller.
Within this class, the division is mostly down to cheap models from OEMs like Vitek/Polaris, where the low price is achieved by questionable quality materials and potential design flaws, such as inadequate thermostats, resulting in either undercooling or overheating of the water. These models, I believe, can only be taken in case of the most severe financial limit or an unusually low stock price, because their quality and fault tolerance are in direct correlation with the price.