Thankfully, we don’t have to go to a coffee shop to get some delicious espresso.
The options for home-brewing espresso are only expanding.
One of the most widely known household names when it comes to making espresso is Breville.
And the fact is that they’re a great company with a wide range of machines.
Breville espresso makers can be one of the top choices for most who want to practice and perfect the art of home espresso craft.
In this article, we’re going to look more in depth at Breville, with insight and information about the company and of course the top choices if you’re looking to get one for your home.
There’s a wide range of not only price, but types of machines available if you’re wanting to make espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, cortados or whatever other type of espresso drink you fancy.
So let’s dive in and take a deeper look at the company itself.
This brand is actually an Australian company, and they’ve been making kitchen appliances since 1932.
You may have known already that they make many other appliances other than espresso machines.
Pizza ovens, toasters, juicers, waffle irons, etc. They have a broad catalogue.
However, they are arguably best known for their espresso machine lineup, which is a pretty big one.
Their website lists 13 espresso machines, which is a pretty good amount considering there are two main types of espresso makers: semi- and fully automatic.
For amateurs and pros alike, this brand has great stuff for everyone.
In terms of the quality of the machines themselves, it’s lies somewhere between residential and commercial, slightly ranging on the better side of the line.
They are much better than single-serve machines, although they make those too… having quality features such as pre-infusion, commercial level pressure, built-in grinders and powerful boilers that deliver fairly consistent heat and pressure.
But with that being said, they definitely aren’t coffee shop espresso machines… you’re not getting *insert your favorite coffee shop here* espresso from them.
So to sum it up, in terms of “my home-brewed espresso”, if you go with Breville, you’re certainly going to get a quality machine that will almost certainly fit all your needs and deliver delicious espresso.
Breville Espresso Machines – The Best Options
We’re going to take a look at some of the models that they offer, and the features about each of them that would make them the best pick for you!
Whether you’re looking at price, features, type of machine (semi- or fully automatic), size, we’ll look at small to large, inexpensive to more expensive, and in between.
So let’s look at them now!
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This is a great entry level espresso machine, and probably their most modestly priced espresso maker, at just under $250.
This is a stainless steel machine with a 15-bar thermoblock pump.
It’s a single-boiler system, which means that you can only either make the espresso or heat the milk at any time; you can’t do both at the same time.
As a side note, I always suggest steaming the milk first, if you’re putting milk in your espresso. That way the espresso doesn’t sit.
Anyway, it’s a great machine with nice features that will get the job done quite well.
But the portafilter makes a difference, and the portafilter that comes with this machine is not the best, which seems reasonable as this is one of their most inexpensive models.
You can always buy a better portafilter later if you really enjoy this machine and want to up your game a bit.
There’s also no grinder included with this machine, so make sure you have a good grinder that will give you a nice grind for your espresso, which is also very important.
It measures 9 x 9 x 12 inches, so it’s not too big and it makes a nice cup of espresso.
So if you want to save some money on a great espresso machine, this is a perfect choice for you!
Duo Temp Pro
Yet another more beginner level machine, the semi-automatic Duo Temp Pro uses low pressure pre-infusion and 9 bar pressure.
Instead of just selecting between one or two shots like on other machines, you can manually adjust the volume of desired espresso by using the dial on the front.
It has a hidden storage tray, which is a nice little touch for storing all the random espresso brewing tools, and it’s equipped with maintenance and cleaning indicators so you can keep it in tiptop shape.
There’s also an auto-purge function that purges the heat system after steaming to make sure espresso is pulled at the proper temperature.
The size is 10 x 11 x 13 inches, slightly bigger than the Cafe Roma and in my opinion the Duo Temp Pro has a nice look to it that’s not an eyesore whatsoever on your countertop.
This is a wonderful option for those who want a machine that gives more features than the complete entry level, but still doesn’t come with the most high quality portafilter and other accessories.
Basically, it’s yet another awesome choice for anyone who wants something fairly simple and not super pricey.
Ok, now we’re getting a bit more fancy, or should I say, nerdy.
But I mean that only in the best way, of course.
What I mean is that this machine is great for the more seasoned baristas who really want to have more control over their extraction and other factors to dial in for awesome espresso.
A wonderful feature about The Infuser is that you can either use Breville’s built-in settings to pull a single or double shot, or you can put your espresso hat on and take full control over how you want your shot to come out.
If you can see the pressure gauge on the front with the red dial, that’s what let’s you know if you’re pulling a good shot of espresso, so that if needed you can adjust how much coffee you use, the grind size and tamp.
It has a low-pressure pre-infusion that gradually increases pressure at the start which helps ensure all flavors are drawn out evenly during the extraction for a balanced tasting cup.
With pretty much all the great features of the Duo Temp Pro and the customization to make your espresso just how you want it and be able to hone in on the best shot possible, I’ve got to be honest and say that on this whole list, this would be the Breville model of my personal choice.
It’s far less expensive than the most costly Breville machine, too.
Semi-automatic espresso machines are what professional barista use because of the customization, so if you want something that will either do much of the work for you or give you the option to have full control, this is the machine for you.
The size is 11.5 x 13.7 x 13.25 inches.
The Barista Express
I’ll preface this by saying that this is Breville’s best-selling espresso machine model.
And there are reasons for that.
We’re building off of the features from the Infuser, but the Barista Express has some other amazing stuff that comes with it.
Let’s start with the built-in dosing grinder.
If you get another grinder for espresso, it’s not super cheap. Then there’s all the dialing in.
And because it’s a dosing grinder, you also don’t need a scale.
The Barista Express is Breville’s least expensive model that comes with a built-in grinder.
It also includes both pressurized and non-pressurized brew baskets, which means you have the choice between simple or more manual brewing.
The size is 12.5 x 12.6 x 13.1 inches.
To sum this one up, if you looked at the features of the Infuser, it’s quite similar to that in that you can either use the pre-sets for the single or double shot, or you can have full control and manually pull your shot.
But if you don’t want to have to worry about finding a separate grinder – which I’ll say once again can get pricey – this is the perfect option for you!
These reasons, and more, are why this is the brand’s best-selling espresso maker!
And it won’t break the bank like the fully-automatic machines.
You cannot go wrong with this one.
We’re still in semi-automatic territory, but we’re stepping it up in terms of techy stuff and ease of use.
The Barista Touch features a touch screen, as you can see and mentioned in its name, and it makes it easier for the user to get a handle on their espresso game.
This model is more for newcomers of the espresso world than seasoned baristas.
The heating system on the Barista Touch is also a step up from the Barista Pro machine, featuring the ThermoJet system which gives optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds.
If you are desiring a sort of walk through of the espresso process, this one is a great option, as the touch screen gives the option to select your desired drink and then guides you through every step.
So this would also be a great choice if you want a tutorial for how to make great espresso and espresso beverages, and something that gives you not only the gear to make delicious espresso but also trains you so that you’ll be ready to use other more manual machines as well.
The Oracle Touch
This is Breville’s most high-tech, fully-automatic espresso maker that comes with a multitude of features… with a price tag to match.
It has a touchscreen which provides step-by-step walkthroughs for lattes, , cappuccinos, cortados, flat whites and more, and the lack of buttons makes for a dramatically less intimidating learning curve.
There’s a reason why they call them fully-automatic machines.
The Oracle Touch also features an over pressure valve that limits bitterness in shots, the built-in dosing grinder, a simple touchscreen display, it auto-tamps the espresso, and an awesome personalization feature which allows you to easily adjust the coffee strength, milk texture or temperature to suit your personal taste with just one touch, then you can save it with your own unique name.
You can create and save up to 8 personalized beverages.
With all these features, this machine is great for anyone who wants to have great espresso and customization but doesn’t have either the time or energy to learn to do the groundwork for making and pulling the shots.
Additionally, it’s great for those who aren’t concerned at all about budget; this is a very expensive machine.
But if you want a high-tech espresso maker for your kitchen that will give great espresso and espresso beverages with just the push of a button, the Oracle Touch is perfect for you!
Breville is a great company when it comes to espresso machines.
I’ll be straight forward and say that they’re certainly not the best, but they have a big name in the espresso world, and there’s a reason for it.
These machines make quality espresso, they are durable and last, and while overall they don’t have the most sleek look about them like some of their higher quality counterparts, they get the job done with quality.
That’s maybe one of the bigger downsides about Breville machines… they’re not the prettiest looking espresso makers out there.
Italian companies often make machines that deliver stellar espresso and have such a great look that only compliments your kitchen.
But I digress, any of these machines is a great choice for wherever you may be when it comes to the art and craft of espresso; it’s just a matter of knowing which one is best for you.
I hope you found this article very helpful, and that if you buy one of the machines from a link here that you’ll enjoy it.
And with that, espresso cheers!