Updated July 31, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

The 9 Best Commercial Espresso Machines

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in September of 2016. Whether you prefer to act as your own barista at home or you manage a bustling coffee shop, adding one of these commercial espresso makers to your kitchen or place of business would be a smart investment. We've included a variety of powerful, easy-to-use machines that are designed to produce the perfect cappuccino and other beverages to satisfy even the most demanding caffeine addicts. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best commercial espresso machine on Amazon.

9. La Pavoni Professional

8. Breville Infuser

7. Nuova Simonelli Oscar II

6. Gaggia Anima

5. Saeco Xelsis

4. Quickmill Alexia

3. Breville Dual

2. Gaggia Babila

1. Breville Barista

Special Honors

Rancilio Egro BYO Although the Rancilio Egro BYO is an expensive option, it offers a lot of modern conveniences for the busy barista, such as an Android tablet with a touchscreen menu interface for drink customization and a companion milk refrigerator for siphoning milk directly into the machine. ranciliogroupna.com

Slayer Espresso 2 The Slayer Espresso 2 is designed to take full advantage of the complex flavor combinations that can be yielded from fresh roasted coffee. This flavor "profiling" is made possible by the machine's needle valve pre-infusion technique, which makes use of low pressure to support extremely fine grind settings. slayerespresso.com

La Marzocco Linea PB The La Marzocco Linea PB builds on over 25 years of company experience in the trade. Of particular convenience is the machine's digital display with a flow pulse counter, shot timer, and system alerts, as well as a USB port for easy firmware updates. lamarzoccousa.com

Rocket Espresso R9 Housed in a high-quality stainless steel body, the Rocket Espresso R9 offers the benefit of PID temperature control for each of its brew boilers and sensitive pressure transducers that help to reduce recovery times when churning out a lot of beverages during peak business hours. rocket-espresso.com

Editor's Notes

July 25, 2019:

Keeping in mind that flavor and consistency are important to most die-hard coffee aficionados, it's important to illustrate versatility in the machines that essentially bring these beverages to life, regardless of whether you plan to put one in your home or train your baristas to operate one. While some may prefer a traditional coffee maker to help them wake up and get through the day, you may be the type of person who appreciates the intensity that espresso can provide early in the morning. If you run your own coffee shop, your customers will appreciate the specialized option as well.

I wanted to include a few Breville options on the list and even though many of them are similar in appearance, they each have their own convenient functions setting them apart from one another. The Barista model, for example, has an integrated bean grinder, an intuitive touchscreen interface, and its own steam wand for producing that velvety foam that tops off a customer's cappuccino. I decided to include Breville's Dual model due to its twin boilers and built-in over-pressure valve that helps prevent bitterness. It can also test for water hardness. The Infuser model utilizes low levels of water pressure to gently expand your coffee grounds, yielding maximum flavor extraction. The Gaggia Babila can easily accommodate different cup sizes, thanks to its height-adjustable coffee dispenser. It's also capable of running automatic rinsing and descaling cycles. You can practically eliminate the concern for overloads on the job with the Quickmill Alexia, thanks to its internal magnetic sensor that cuts power to the heating circuit when water levels drop too low. Additionally, the hinged cover provides easy access to the water reservoir for quick refilling. I realize the Saeco Xelsis is one of the more expensive options, but it also delivers many useful features, including a hygienic steam cleaner for its milk spout and a water filter that allows it to be used continuously for up to 5,000 cups before it requires descaling. The Nuova Simonelli Oscar II supports passive recirculation of the heat exchanger from its boiler for energy efficiency. Finally, I wanted to include at least one manually-operated model, so the La Pavoni Professional is it. Despite its lack of high-tech features, the internal thermostat is dependable enough to control the boiler temperature, while its mounted pressure gauge is relatively easy to read.

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on July 31, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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