Best Espresso Maker 2012 Under $400

If you are looking for a quality espresso maker, however don't want to spend a small fortune to get hold of one, then you are in the right place. Below, you will find a showcase of some of the best espresso makers in the current market -- all for under $400. They are judged on a variety of factors that are deemed important to a buyer of an espresso machine -- from the quality of espresso produced even to the way they look.

14101 Classic Espresso Machine by Gaggia

Reduced from $599 to $387.85. The 14101 is a commercial quality espresso machine made by the 'highly respected' Italian company Gaggia -- that has a classic stainless steel finish, of course making it look sleek and stylish in any kitchen, but the 14101 isn't just a pretty espresso machine.

The 14101 is incorporated with advanced technology from the high-powered 17.5 bar pump to its high voltage boiler for faster warm up time. Moreover, it uses 58 mm filters to more than enough room for brewing a full espresso, as well as delivering two cups of coffee simultaneously. It contains a whole host of other useful features such as a hot-water dispenser for tea to a frothing wand for crema. 

There is no wonder really that the 14101 is a top consumer seller on and is highly regarded in its reviews, and all for under $400 -- the 14101 is a truly great buy. (29/08/2012).

D120 CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother by Nespresso

Priced at $349.00 (in Black). The D120 is made by Nespresso a well known and reputable brand in the coffee machine market, and their D120 is probably its best value for money machine out there. Available in a range of colours, the D120 lends itself kindly into most kitchens with its 'retro-modern' theme.

As you should expect, the D120 also performs extremely well brewing café quality coffee quickly and simply through its simple coffee capsules mechanism. With a 19 bar pump it manages to extract all the aromas as well as providing a body to the espresso -- allowing for a decent crema.

The D120 is regarded as the most popular Espresso machine on, and is incredibly well regarded in its reviews and as can be seen all well under the budget of $400 -- so if you are looking for a decent Espresso machine to do the job, then the D120 CitiZ is most likely to going to be your machine. 

EN660R Lattissima Single Serve Espresso Maker by DeLonghi

Reduced from $910.00 to $398.95 (in Red). The EN660R is made by the highly renowned DeLonghi, a Espresso machine that is of the highest quality and certainly gets my vote as the best looking of the bunch -- modern looking and all in all -- pretty sexy for an Espresso machine.

Similar to that of the D120 it is based in a specific capsule mechanism allowing it to deploy the 'perfect espresso'. Again, using a 19 bar pump to extract the aromas and ensure a heavy crema for the espresso. Moreover, through lighted controls the user can choose a variety of beverages from a cappuccino to a latte macchiato (in addition to an espresso), with many of the settings e.g. amounts of frothed milk can be adjusted to an individual's preferences.

A fantastic buy -- a reduction of over 50% (as of 29/08/2012) -- makes you have to at least consider buying the EN660R, it has everything you could possibly want from an Espresso machine under $400 and a whole lot more.

BES830XL Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine by Breville

Reduced from $599.99 to $399.99. The BES830XL is made by Breville who are known for producing incredibly high end coffee machines of real quality, and they don't disappoint in here in their lower end too. You really need to take a look at the BES830XL, out of all the Espresso machines here, it really looks like the business with its aluminium and zinc body kit (perhaps a bit overwhelming even?).

Working on a unique 15 bar automatic pump it releases 3 gushes of heated water through into the filter head allowing for the coffee to expand -- the increased pressure from the machine causes a greater extract of crema and a smoother and richer taste to the coffee.

Although it doesn't receive my personal vote as the best of the bunch here, it may well be to someone elses liking (I know one of my close friends swears by it) -- and at the end of the day it is a quality espresso machine, offering you a quality espresso, what more could you ask for?

Which Espresso machine would you buy and why? Please let me know in the comments section below as well as if you have any specific questions or comments regarding the best espresso machines under $400.