Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines in 2018

Technology is fantastic. It’s kind of like having magic, but for a very specific thing. In this instance, coffee.

Ahhh, coffee. The only way to increase the pleasure of that morning cup of the good stuff is by having somebody else make it for you. And, while we’d all love to have a live-in barista to swoop in with our favorite caffeinated beverage on a gleaming silver tray, it’s just really not feasible for a majority of the population.

And this is where I come in, me and my list of the best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines. 

Tell Me Why

It gets pricey hittin’ up the nearest drive-thru coffee place every morning for years on end, but it feels required when you thrive on a milk-based espresso drink, right?

Wrong.

I mean, kind of right, but it doesn’t have to be. This is where that whole magic thing from a few paragraphs ago comes back into play: Super-Automatic Espresso Machines. They basically take the place of that in-house barista I dreamily wrote about.

And before you get all riled up about machines taking jobs, let’s be honest: that barista is pure fantasy. It’s an if-I-win-the-lottery reverie.

Now that that’s settled, let’s talk turkey. SuperAutomatic espresso machines aren’t cheap. They routinely break the $1k mark, so it’s not something most people would buy on a whim.

Considering how expensive they are, you may be asking, “why bother?” Excellent question. Let’s do some math. But, first, let me impress this upon you: I hate math. If I’m showing you something with numbers, it’s because it’s really important, so pay attention.

Let’s say that 5 days a week you grab a coffee from Starbucks. We’ll pick a medium in between an iced coffee and a fancier number and say this fictional drink costs $3.50. Without tax (or the carb-based goodie you pointed at behind the glass), that’s $70 a week.

That results in a sum of $840 a year.

That shut up your I-would-never-pay-a-grand-for-coffee argument pretty quickly, didn’t it?

Just multiply that number by 5. By 10. By 20. I won’t shove that much reality into your face right now with calculated numbers (I don’t want to do them), but I figure you can imagine the cumulative amount spent increasing exponentially well enough on your own.

Now. Suddenly these super-automatic machines seem like a decent investment, right? I’m not saying that it’s the right course of action for you in particular, but if you want to save some dough in the long run, considering one of those magic machines is one way to go about it.

And you’ll have a cool machine on your very own kitchen counter.

A machine that makes you coffee.

Just sayin’. 

Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines in 2018

Gaggia Anima Prestige

A nice LED display is a sign of advanced technology — and the Anima certainly has that. It tops that off with a stainless steel paneling on the face, making it a slick addition to any kitchen.

The large reservoir means you can indulge in cup after cup without interruption, while the auto-cappuccino system demands little more than a button push to accomplish the mission.

The integrated milk carafe can be replaced with a spout for water, which makes it ideal for hot tea, as well. 

PROS

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    60-oz water reservoir
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    2-year warranty
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    One-touch brewing and frothing
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    Programmable brew settings
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    3 temperature settings
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    Instructional video
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    Removable brew group
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    Internal cleaning

CONS

  • Customer service and repair are reportedly difficult
Saeco Incanto Carafe Automatic Espresso Machine

You just want getting a cup of coffee— or a latte, or macchiato, or cappuccino — in the morning to be a no-brainer. There’s not much more your synapses can handle pre-caffeine, and I identify with you wholeheartedly.

The Saeco Incanto is compact despite the fact that it has a 60.9-oz. reservoir container so you don’t have to refill the tank on the daily. It auto-cleans and auto-brews and has this uncanny ability to automatically cheer up mornings. 

PROS

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    100% disc grinder
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    Automatic cleaning and descaling
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    8.8-oz bean holder
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    Large waste container for used grounds
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    60.9 cubic ft
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    Good customer service
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    Removable brewing unit
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    Detachable milk carafe

CONS

  • On the larger side of Super-Automatic machines
Philips Saeco HD8771-93 Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe Espresso Machine

The Intelia Deluxe pays for itself after a little over a year. For a lasting product, it uses 100% ceramic grinders, and it also caters to your demand for immediacy with its Quick Heat Boiler.

A whole range of specialty coffees at your beck and call with just the press of a button make this Super-Automatic a real winner. Whether your morning sluggishness needs an espresso, cappuccino, latte, or good ol’ black cup of coffee, it’s an option without having to put on shoes.

The patented dual chamber carafe froths the milk twice for good measure and, in the name of presentation, it gives one last splash for that silky layer on top. Hey, a facebook-worthy pic isn’t something to scoff at.

PROS

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    Dual chamber carafe froths drinks for you
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    Removable brew group for easy cleaning
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    Stainless steel body makes is attractive on your counters
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    100% ceramic grinders
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    Quick Heat Boiler
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    10 grinder settings (!!!)
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    It disposes of the grounds automatically into a separate container
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    Cup rack on top
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    Up to a 5-year warranty on the brew group

CONS

  • A few reports of a learning curve. Might be one of those machines where reading the manual would come in handy.
DeLonghi ECAM23450SL Superautomatic Espresso Machine

Compact and on the lower end of the pricing scale, the Delonghi Super-Automatic will be the little machine that could.

It grinds the beans, the Dual Thermoblock heating system keeps the temp just right, and the LED screen makes it a total cinch to input your wants and desires.

The milk carafe is removable to store in the fridge and it even self cleans, making it a low-maintenance extravagance. 

PROS

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    One-touch operation and milk steamer
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    Compact size
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    LED display
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    Integrated burr grinder with 13 settings (!!!)
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    Bean storage container
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    Customizable settings

CONS

  • Reported issues with oily beans
DeLonghi ECAM45760B Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine

This digital stunner is the upgraded version of the previous DeLonghi, and you’ll be impressed with perks that come along with dishing out a few more 20s. The integrated silent burr grinder lets you have coffee day or night without disturbing your fellow dwell-mates. Thirteen settings mean that every grind is just right which complements the 3 single-touch milk drinks buttons that dispense the ideal amount of dairy and froth.

It’s a quintessential world we’re living in with this Super-Automatic, and you won’t forget it. 

PROS

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    Whole-bean storage
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    Silent conical burr grinder
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    Grounds are dumped into a waste container
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    Comes with a water filter
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    Push button controls for: straight, long, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, hot water, and steam
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    Digital readouts let you know when to refill beans, water, milk, etc.
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    Self-cleaning

CONS

  • Gotta learn to use this beaut to get a great cuppa
Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine

This machine is tops. Breville has it’s hand in a wide variety of machines, from ones that clock in under $100 to this beauty, which is nearer is nearer the 2k range. In perspective, that’s about 2 years of buying coffee from outside sources — then it’s all gain, baby!

For that amount of cash, you really, legitimately are getting a machine that does everything other than buy the coffee beans and milk. It automatically grinds, doses, and tamps the exact amount of grounds needed. The Oracle even uses Pre-Infusion to spread the grinds (like commercial machines) to make for an even pull on espresso shots.

Whether you wake up and need a quick shot of espresso, want to luxuriate in a latte, or are craving the warmth of a cappuccino, the Oracle can make it for you without a fuss, a drive-thru, or interaction with other human beings — the last of which might be a largest perk. 

PROS

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    84-oz reservoir
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    Uses Pre-Infusion for an even pull
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    Automatically grinds, doses, and tamps beans
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    Programmable hands-free milk texturing
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    Programmable temperature between 190-205
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    Dual stainless steel boilers
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    Preset and customizable settings
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    One-touch Americano button

CONS

  • The markings to indicate level of coarseness rub off easily making it hard to see your choice.
Jura Impressa XS90 One Touch Automatic Coffee Center

The amount of capability is in the name — it’s a coffee center. It largely boasts about never having to move the cup, and that’s the reality of the situation. That is, if you want to drop the cash for the long run.

It features a 15 bar pump, burr grinder, and bean monitoring system. It’s in the very literal end of a one-touch machine — one tap results in any of 12 coffee types. Cleaning is a breeze thanks to the built-in systems, and the 1.5 gallon tank means that you’ll so rarely have to refill that you might forget you need it. A curse and a blessing. 

PROS

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    1.5-gallon water reservoir
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    Built-in 6-setting burr grinder
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    Bean level monitor
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    Literally one touch does all
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    Self cleans
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    Two thermo-block heating systems
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    Energy saving mode
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    Can make up to 50 cups a day

CONS

  • User manual can be vague

In Conclusion

At the end of the day, you have to go with what your coffee spirit recommends — those caffeinated buggers know. My vote is for the DeLonghi ECAM45760B Digital Super-Automatic Espresso Machine. Between the middling price, the silent burr grinder, and its macchiato capabilities on proud display (my favorite mixed drink), this DeLonghi Digital is a shoe-in.

What do you need from your coffee machine to help you save that fiver every morning? Check out these models and make one yours today! With the approval of your coffee spirit, of course.