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The Best, Inexpensive Espresso Machine

written by: Andrea E.•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 10/6/2010

Need a jolt of caffeine but don't want to hand out big bucks for an espresso maker? Fortunately there are quite a few reasonably priced machines on the market.

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    The smell of coffee brewing in the morning is a glorious scent, sure to wake up the most tired person. Having an espresso machine in the convenience of your own home or office makes the day a splendid one. You do not have to worry about having enough time to stop at a coffee shop or only being able to have one cup. Finding the best espresso machines for under $200 can be quite a challenge, but not to worry - we have listed the best quality machines for under $200.

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    Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar

    This is the best espresso machine for under $200 on the market by far. This machine produces high quality espressos and froth. There is no need to hassle with measuring when you are tired in the morning; you just fill up the water tank and you are ready to go. This espresso machine is preprogrammed to fill your cup to the specified amount you chose down to the ounce. With this machine you are able to choose if you want to use ground coffee beans or pods. The top of the espresso maker has a large cup warming rack. This espresso maker produces top quality, café worthy espressos.

    Buy it at Amazon.

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    Capresso 303.01 4-Cup

    A great espresso machine that looks sleek and professional but does not take up a lot of room in the kitchen. One of the best features about this machine is that it comes with an adjustable coffee strength to suit your personal taste. Mornings can be very busy and rushed but there is no need to make sure you have enough time to brew up an espresso since it can make a cup in approximately two minutes. This machine is a cinch to clean and put back together. With its amazing price you cannot go wrong with this espresso machine.

    Buy it at Amazon for $59.95.

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    DeLonghi BAR32 Retro

    This espresso maker has a wonderful feel to it, the look is very cool and retro but still very sleek. The machine is pump driven instead of steam driven, giving the espresso a smooth taste. The drip tray is large enough to accommodate coffee mugs for on the go or small cups to enjoy at home. This espresso maker has a large water tank allowing you to make multiple cups without the need to frequently refill it. DeLonghi produced a durable machine that is made to last years.

    Buy it at Amazon for $77.70.

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    Gaggia 35008 Carezza

    Gaggia has created an amazing espresso machine that looks modern and makes professional tasting espressos. This machine is able to heat up water very fast, which is useful when you need hot water for tea, hot chocolate, or other foods. The machine is effortless to clean and not confusing in the least bit. The drip tray is very slim it is not meant to hold lots of liquid, or it will leak onto the counter. Other than that the quality is superb is well worth the price.

    Buy it at Amazon.

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    Mr. Coffee ECM160

    The final product to make out list of the best espresso machines for under $200 is the Mr. Coffee ECM160. For the incredibly low price this is the best espresso machine you will find. The espresso maker can make anywhere from one to four cups of espresso at a time. A measuring scoop is included to ensure you use just the right amount of grounds for the best tasting espresso possible. This is an extremely user friendly machine even for the most novice espresso makers. The machine is small so not a lot of counter space is required and as a bonus it is super quiet.

    Buy it at Amazon for only $32.50.