The 10 Best Cappuccino Makers

Updated May 22, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. With a cappuccino maker in the kitchen, it's actually possible for the daily grind to be something to look forward to. Whether your java jam is a cup of fresh-brewed liquid energy to get you going in the morning, or serving up gourmet lattes when guests drop by for a visit, one of these machines could be the next best thing to having a professional barista behind the counter. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cappuccino maker on Amazon.

10. Breville Oracle

Automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and hands-free milk frothing are just a few of the perks of owning the Breville Oracle, a top-of-the-line espresso machine for the serious connoisseur. It has dual stainless steel boilers and pumps with six customizable settings.
  • programmable shot temperature
  • designed to prevent over-extraction
  • descaling process is problematic
Brand Breville
Model BES980XL
Weight 44 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. Jura Ena Micro

Offered in a one- or two-cup version, the premium Jura Ena Micro requires very little space or effort to turn out a mean cuppa in a matter of seconds. It features an intelligent preheating system and a power-saving mode to conserve energy.
  • three user-defined serving sizes
  • good value for the money
  • rather noisy operation
Brand Jura
Model 15016
Weight 25.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. DeLonghi Lattissima Pro

Already programmed with traditional Italian favorites, like latte and ristretto, the DeLonghi Lattissima Pro features a patented heating system to shorten the time it takes to go from raw beans and cold liquids to the steaming beverage of your choice.
  • sensor-touch display
  • removable milk frother included
  • cleaning can be a pain
Brand DeLonghi
Model EN750MB
Weight 15.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Saeco PicoBaristo

The super-automatic Saeco PicoBaristo does all the work for you, brewing 11 different varieties of your favorite caffeinated elixir — or the unleaded stuff, if you so desire. Individual settings can be stored in advance to make preparation effortless.
  • up to 5000 cups between descaling
  • all-ceramic grinders
  • dregs must be emptied frequently
Brand Saeco
Model HD8927/47
Weight 24.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Cuisinox Roma

Distinguished enough for table-side service, the Cuisinox Roma can be used on the stovetop or even over a campfire grill. Its flame- and induction-ready base makes it a versatile option for the discerning coffee drinker, and it's available in 4-, 6-, and 10-cup capacities.
  • comes with spare gasket and reducer
  • high quality stainless steel
  • no milk frother included
Brand Cuisinox
Model COF-10R
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Breville Barista Express

The Breville Barista Express is a sleek, sophisticated-looking, but easy-to-use, coffee powerhouse with a handy pump-pressure display on the front. Underneath its drip tray is a hidden storage compartment where you can keep the included cleaning kit and filters.
  • half-pound sealed hopper
  • stainless steel conical burr
  • comes in three elegant finishes
Brand Breville
Model BES870XL
Weight 27.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

4. Gaggia Velasca Prestige

You won't even need to get dressed and venture out to the local cafe for a taste of that authentic Italian flavor you crave with the Gaggia Velasca Prestige on your countertop. Just choose the settings to suit your preferences, fill the hopper and tank, and start it up.
  • front-loading water reservoir
  • ceramic burr grinder
  • adjustable temperature and strength
Brand Gaggia
Model RI8263/47
Weight 25 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Miele CM6310

The Miele CM6310 is a great choice for people who have no business operating anything more complicated than a smartphone without at least one cup of coffee in their system. With a single touch, it fills up to two cups at a time according to four programmable user profiles.
  • built-in cup warmer
  • direct sensor control panel
  • create customized specialty drinks
Brand Miele
Model CM6310 - White
Weight 24.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Breville Essenza Mini

Doling out one serving at a time of that magical infusion couldn't be easier than with the Breville Essenza Mini, a one-touch extraction system for pumping out individual cups of java at the ideal temperature in seconds — without hogging a whole lot of counter space.
  • optional aeroccino milk frother
  • adjustable cup size
  • works with various flavored capsules
Brand Breville
Model BEC250BLK1AUC1
Weight 8.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Jura Impressa XS90

For those of us who don't fool around when it comes to the pleasures of caffeine, the Jura Impressa XS90 means business. With dual thermo-block heating systems and a high-performance, 15-bar pump with precision burr grinder, your brew of choice is just a button-press away.
  • active bean-level monitoring
  • energy-saving mode
  • six coarseness levels to choose from
Brand Jura
Model 13429
Weight 36.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

It's All In the Details

You've probably heard by now that it was the Capuchin (Cappuccini, in Italian) monks who first came up with the frothy cafe staple we know as the cappuccino, but some sources beg to differ, saying the drink's name was inspired only by the tan-brown color of the monks' rumpled garb. (Which is also how the Capuchin monkey got its name. But that's another story.)

At any rate, we can't really talk about the story of cappuccino without first taking on the tale of espresso. The first espresso machine was patented in 1905 by Luigi Bezzera and Desidero Pavoni. It allowed cafes to prep the sought-after drink with almost scary precision.

In fact, coffee machine producer Illy defines the espresso-making process this way: "A jet of hot water at 88°-93° C (190°-200°F) passes under a pressure of nine or more atmospheres through a seven-gram (.25 oz) cake-like layer of ground and tamped coffee. Done right, the result is a concentrate of not more than 30 ml (one oz) of pure sensorial pleasure."

What's more, and this is all true, the Italian Espresso National Institute (INEI), "has defined the parameters under which a genuine espresso can be produced," according to a University of Hertfordshire study. Fortunately for consumers, and despite their fierce protection of the brewing process, the Italian espresso powers-that-be are open enough to appreciate quality beans from other countries, and routinely import them for roasting.

The practice of frothing milk for cappuccino came about in the 1920s. In the 1950s, the drink grew popular in England. And of course, Americans got on board -- in a big way -- in the 1980s and 1990s.

What's In A Roast?

Following a few simple pointers for rich, flavorful espresso will result in the best cappuccino:

Start with the freshest beans possible. You're going for the richest, purest expression of the bean, so if your beans are stale, you'll get the fullest expression of staleness. That, even with a frothy topping of steamed milk, will probably not satisfy anybody.

If there's no nearby purveyor of fresh, whole beans, look for the beans online. This is one instance when high turnover is a plus; product that's been sitting around in a warehouse somewhere is not ideal.

Stick with a medium roast. Of course, it's all subjective, but some top baristas maintain that darker roasts -- like a lot of what Starbucks has to offer -- will not produce a quality espresso. If darker roasts don't taste bitter to you, then feel free to utilize them.

Serve immediately upon preparing. The word 'espresso' not only describes the preparation process, but also the speed of delivery to the customer. Since you're your own customer, aim to please yourself. Don't let fresh espresso or cappuccino sit around for too long before you drink it.

Wild About Pairings

They say, in Italy, espresso is never served after breakfast time. But hey, this isn't Italy. So here are a few suggestions to make the most of your espresso or cappuccino experience.

Pastries are a good place to start. After all, what complements the intensity of the drink better than a mildly sweet baked good. Indulge in a croissant or pain au chocolat. Or, get more creative, and pair cappuccino with a double-chocolate muffin or a breakfast fruit tart (apple, cherry, apricot) or coffeecake (cinnamon, cheese, crumb-topped).

Among cakes, chocolate or devil's food top the list, mainly because coffee and chocolate go so well together. But for a departure, consider lemon cake or plain sponge. (Dipping sponge cake into coffee or tea is a tradition in some countries.)

Good ol' apple pie also makes good ol' sense, but, if you have a sweet tooth, consider mince pie. At the milder end of the spectrum lies unflavored or vanilla custard pie.

Who can resist a true chocolate mousse with straight espresso or cappuccino? You might be awake for more than a few hours afterward, however, so plan accordingly. Other rich matches include plain cheesecake and tiramisu. A true French millefeuille or an Italian millefoglie would also be lip-smackin' good.

Of course, a cappuccino could even class up a frozen Toaster Strudel or Eggo waffle. The idea is to choose a food that complements the robust intensity of your coffee drink.

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Last updated on May 22, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.

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