Waking up to delicious coffee feels amazing. And in a world that’s increasingly moving to automation, it’s no wonder that automatic espresso machines get to call our (espresso) shots! Generally awarded the moniker of super automatic, there’s a lot that the best automatic espresso machines have to offer. All you have to do is press a button, and a modern super automatic will not just brew great espresso, but will also tackle many other favorite drinks of your choice.
Great Shot Of Espresso And Super Automatic Espresso Machines
The Question Of User Control
Generally, a super automatic espresso machine uses its own programming to deliver coffee. All you have to do is press a button, and the machine does the rest. Many people favor greater control over the process of brewing their own espresso, especially with regards to extraction. That’s one of the reasons semi-automatics are very popular.
Newer super automatic machines, however, let users employ custom options and programming. This means you have greater control over the brewing process and can brew a cuppa exactly to your specifications.
SuperAutomatics Are Convenient Espresso Superheroes!
The greatest offering from super automatic espresso machines is their convenience. Many machines will handle everything from grinding coffee to delivering the shot of espresso to your cup. It’s great any time of the day, but I think it’s most useful for mornings when my groggy self would like to do nothing more than pressing a button.
Depending on the features on offer, modern fully automatic machines will brew the drink of your choice, even froth and add milk/steam to your cappuccino or latte, and then clean up after themselves. A skilled barista can brew better coffee, but the best fully automatic espresso machine cannot be beaten on convenience!
Taking The Best Espresso Maker Home
The features offered by super automatic espresso machines are not standard, and your budget will play a big role in selecting the right model. You can expect the machine to do most of the work, but features like customizations, cleaning options, frothing, and integrated grinders will be affected by your willingness to spend.
For this list, we’ve included machines that offer amazing features and cover various budget ranges. Read on to choose the machine that suits you best.
7 Best Automatic Espresso Machines
De’Longhi Prima Donna Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Lattecrema System, 9.4 x 17.4 x 13.6, Silver
1. Breville BES990BSSUSC Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Oracle Touch
Breville Oracle Touch is our favorite as the fully automatic espresso machine that can work wonders. This is a high-end machine and costs a pretty penny, but it does pretty much live up to expectations one can have from a super automatic espresso machine.
Using its touch screen as a control panel, you swipe through the selection and choose your favorite drink. That’s it! The machine will grind the beans, get the right amount of coffee, tamp it, it will even pre-brew the coffee to let it bloom! Then it will brew the coffee at the right temperature and pressure so you get a delicious shot of espresso.
It uses PID technology to keep the water temperature within range, and Over Pressure Valve (OPV) is employed to ensure optimal water pressure. Apart from these commercial technologies extended to a home machine, the Breville Oracle Touch also employs commercial-grade portafilter and steam wand.
Breville Oracle Touch easily handles popular drinks like espresso, cappuccino, latte, and americano, and options for other beverages are available as well. And should you be a fan of coffee art, the high-quality steam wand will let you unleash your imagination.
If greater control is what you want, this Breville fully automatic espresso machine will let you customize your drinks to your preferences.
|Excellent construction that is built to last||Finding replacement accessories can be difficult|
|Customization options to personalize your drinks||The machine can be slow and take a lot of time to brew coffee|
|Easy to maintain and clean|
2. Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine
Jura Impressa C65 works very hard to impress ya (forgive the pun). The machine has an interesting design with clean, bold lines dominating the look. Heck, even the frother looks like a random piece stuck to the side. Yup, it’s got the looks.
Selection of beverages on the Jura is accomplished by moving a “smart rotary switch.” Or, as those of us not in marketing call it, a knob. As you rotate this rotary switch, a small screen displays your choice of drink. In case you can’t see where the screen and knob are in the picture, look at the top left side. It’s a simple LED display and not clearly visible unless you see it in person.
Once you’ve made the selection, just push a button and the conical grinder on the Jura will get to work. They call it the “turn, press, enjoy” and at this point, I again congratulate whoever is handling the marketing lingo at Jura.
The height of the spout is adjustable. You can conveniently place tiny espresso cups or larger cups for your latte or Americano. Priced just under 1000 bucks, the Jura super automatic is a fairly decent and well-built machine.
|Excellent modern design with an acceptable counter footprint||Insistence on using only Jura products for cleaning|
|Thermoblock heating system keeps temperature consistent||Limited selection of pre-programmed beverages|
|Quick maintenance and cleaning|
3. Miele CM6350 Countertop Coffee System
It may be on the expensive side, but the Miele CM6350 has everything you could expect from a super automatic coffee machine. To use a cliche, it puts the ‘super’ in super automatic. Its minimalist design looks pretty simple and unassuming, and that’s part of its charm. Like a stereotypical model of German efficiency, it puts more effort in its work than it looks; although the looks are nothing to frown upon.
Miele CM6350 is an updated version of the beloved Miele CM6310. Changes between the two versions are largely cosmetic, in the sense that the new model can brew a full put at a time, rather than the conventional two cups. Speaking of cosmetics and looks, the cup lighting feature is pretty cool. Nothing particularly impressive, but I do enjoy the coffee maker shining its divine light on the cup as it receives manna.
There’s a dedicated heating panel on the top of the machine for the cups. The frother does a pretty good job at getting steam and foam right. The digital display has room for four lines of text and is quick to display information and the drink of your choice. Miele CM6350 can store four customization profiles, so members of a family can have their own personalized beverage selection.
A word of caution, people sometimes assume that expensive machines can work well in setting for commercial super automatic machines. While the Miele will happily give back-to-back cups of espresso even for a party at your home, the machine isn’t designed to handle the workload of a commercial environment.
|Good design and reliable machine||Expensive|
|Excellent variety of drinks and multiple customization profiles||Build quality could have been better at this price range|
|Very easy to operate and maintain|
4. Saeco Incanto Plus Super-Automatic Espresso Machine
Saeco Incanto Plus is easy to operate and use. It is also one of the more affordable super automatic espresso machines with high-end features. The machine comes with an included ceramic grinder, so you can make great beverages with fresh ground beans. Should you prefer pre-ground or decaf coffee, you can bypass the grinder and place the coffee grounds directly.
General maintenance and repairs on the Saeco become easier because the brew group is easily removable. The reservoir system is easy to access and clean when necessary. Saeco Incanto super automatic machine has a panarello wand to make frothing easier. Should you prefer to skip the wand, and let the machine handle frothing, an included attachment makes it simple.
A digital display keeps you informed and makes it easy to communicate with the machine. Should you just want a quick drink, there are buttons to quickly access preferred choices of espresso and espresso lungo. The machine includes a quick heat boiler so your preferred espresso shot will hit the cup sooner than similar machines.
|Well priced and good value for money||Very limited choice of beverage options|
|Remarkably easy maintenance and cleaning||The machine may require frequent intervention by the user|
|Excellent temperature and pressure control|
5. DeLonghi America ECAM28465M Prima Donna
DeLonghi ECAM28465M Prima Donna is a premium super automatic espresso machine. This expensive piece of technology will dance at your command. While it makes killer espresso, it is also very proud of its patented single touch latte crema system. That means this machine really wants to brew a latte for you. And perhaps it would later love to revel in the praise heaped upon it.
The Prima Donna can pretty much go toe to toe with the Miele CM6350, though the Prima Donna perhaps has better looks. Comparisons are only natural since both the super automatic espresso machines fall in the over 2000 price range.
A digital display on the DeLonghi Prima Donna keeps you apprised of the action going on. The display is bordered by a series of buttons for quick access. You get your espresso at the touch of a button. But, you can as quickly set the machine to brew a cappuccino, cafe latte, or latte macchiato.
The integrated ceramic burr grinder has five settings to choose from. There’s an included side hatch should you prefer to skip the grinder and place your preferred variety of pre-ground coffee instead.
Just place the cup and watch as the machine does all the work, including frothing and placing steamed milk into your latte. It’s a pity it can’t do coffee art, though I’m sure it would love to. It does make killer lattes and espressos, so we are pretty much sold on its capabilities.
|Extremely easy to operate and maintain||Expensive|
|Memory function allows easy personalization||Limited choice of beverages|
|Very easy to set up|
6. DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
DeLonghi Magnifica is an amazing machine, and pretty much the best super automatic espresso machine under 500 bucks. It’s also the best espresso machine under $500. If you don’t want to splurge on the more expensive machines, the magnificent Magnifica is what you want. You get the point, we like the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 around here.
Grinding the coffee beans starts with its steel burr grinder. And yes, if you prefer to use pre-ground coffee, there’s a hatch you can use to bypass the grinder. You can customize the cup size and drink strength with ease. In fact, since water and coffee grounds are controlled by independent knobs (or rotary switches, if you will), you have pretty much full reign over the strength of your beverage.
You can set the frother to work, and it will get you an amazing cappuccino or creamy latte. Or you could just ask the machine to make a good cappuccino and be done with it.
One of the big reasons this model is so popular is because it offers excellent value for money. Plus, the liberal use of high-quality materials like stainless steel means it is a machine built to last. Unfortunately, the newer model has made some cost-cutting choices and the machine has several plastic elements. For example, the bin for coffee grounds feels rather flimsy. A few other additions of plastic could affect the reliability of the machine.
That said, this machine is still an excellent workhorse that has fared great in super automatic espresso machine reviews, and deserves the praise it gets.
|Great value for money||Can get noisy|
|Makes amazing espresso and cappuccino||Increased use of plastic could affect reliability|
|Easy maintenance and cleaning|
7. KRUPS EA9010 Fully Auto Cappuccino Machine Espresso Maker
Krups EA9010 is the super automatic machine you call when you want to have as many beverage options like a coffee shop. This machine can work with 17 different recipes, and do them so well, you will be impressed.
You move over the touch screen control panel, select the drink you want, and watch in awe as this machine cooks up the recipe. For maximum fun of watching this machine work, get hold of those double-walled glass coffee mugs. Seriously, it is fun to watch this machine work its way through the cup as it fills it up with your preferred beverage. There are customization options should you prefer to flair to your choice of beverages.
As for the specifications, the machine has a conical metal burr grinder, 1.7-l tank capacity, and yup, the ability to automatically brew 17 recipes.
It’s a pretty great machine and does its job pretty well. However, it can throw up some random hiccups when all you want is to get a quick cup of coffee. That’s one area where the Breville Oracle Touch beats the Krups EA9010. Both the machines are pretty comparable, but yes, the Breville seems a “touch” more reliable.
|Excellent variety of beverages and options||Some issues with reliability|
|Very easy to control and maintain||Can take some time to deliver coffee|
|Simple personalization options|
The Best Automatic Espresso Machine — Our Verdict
Super automatic espresso machines have come a long way in reliability as well as customization and control options they offer for consumers. Having better control over the process lets you brew your cuppa exactly the way you prefer while enjoying the convenience of a fully automatic machine. Our top choice for the best super automatic espresso machine is the Breville Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Oracle Touch. And if you’re looking for a different option that’s friendlier to the budget, the DeLonghi Magnifica will suit you just fine.