Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines in 2019

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

The only way to increase the pleasure of that morning cup of the good stuff is by having someone 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.

We can get as close as possible to that feeling, though, with the advanced coffee machines on the market now. Take a look at our list of the best Super-Automatic Espresso Machines and see which one would best compliment your morning routine!

What is a SuperAutomatic Espresso Machine?

If you’ve used a less “super” machine to make espresso, even ones that are lauded for being advanced like the ones here, you know exactly why a SuperAutomatic machine is so drool-worthy.

With many espresso machines on the market, there’s a definitive amount of scrupulous work that has to be put into getting a good shot of espresso. The beans have to be ground just so, tamped down just so, the water has to be heated just so, and you have to learn tips and tricks to reach this “just so” for each machine.

It’s a lot to ask of your mental awareness in a pre-coffee consumption state.

SuperAutomatic machines are the automated version of the aforementioned process—the machine is designed to grind the beans to the perfect fineness, it tamps it down without any input, and heats the water to the ideal brewing temperature without any fuss.

By SuperAutomatic, we mean just that: it’s automatically does everything. All you have to do is reload the beans and water when the machine runs out. No fuss, no muss.

What's the Catch?

I could talk around it, but the fact of the matter is that SuperAutomatic Espresso machines are pricey. If you’re not mentally prepared to drop a grand on a coffee machine, no matter how valuable it is in the long run, this type of machine isn’t going to be for you. You’re better off looking at some of espresso machines over here in a more moderate price range, or possibly looking at a Nespresso machine if you’d prefer a hands-off approach without the extra dollar signs.  

The catch with those is, respectively, that you need skill to extract a great shot of espresso and that the espresso isn’t as delicious as the more hands-on or SuperAutomatic machines. It’s a pick-your-poison situation. 

If you’re on the edge and could be persuaded to drop the moola for a machine this all-inclusive, I have just the right argument to warrant a purchase of this caliber, and it all begins with a simple question: how often do you buy espresso-based coffee drinks or some form of espresso shot from a specialized store? 

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 a solid argument can be made about Super-Automatic Espresso Machines. They basically take the place of that  dreamy in-house barista we would all love to have but, unlike that in-house barista, are much more likely to save you some cash in the long run.


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. 

Just multiply that number by 5. By 10. By 20

If this hypothetical is astonishingly close to reality, considering a super-automatic espresso machines seems like a decent investment, right? It’s not the right course of action for everyone, it’s definitely worth considering if you’re doing the math on your yearly coffee spend and nearly having a heart attack. 

Plus, if you go for it, you’ll have a cool machine that does it all on your very own kitchen counter. 

A machine that makes you coffee. 

You’d be living the dream.

Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines in 2019

Gaggia Anima Prestige

Gaggia has been in the coffee-making game for a long time and Achilles Gaggia definitely knew the needs of the industry before he started making espresso machines — he started off owning a cafe in Italy. 

The Gaggia Anima is one in a long line of espresso machines, and it takes the words “SuperAutomatic” to a wonderful level, especially for coffee drinkers who love a good mixed drink. On top of the automatic grinder, tamper, and water heater, the Anima boasts an automatic frother.

Many espresso machines with boast a frother, but it’s typically manual. Either before or after making the shot of espresso, you separately froth the milk. The Anima doesn’t play around like that — it froths and adds it to your cup without input from you at all. Not to mention that it saves your drink preferences, temperature, drink type, and all. Not to mention that the auto-cappuccino system demands little more than a button push to accomplish the mission.

When it comes to looks, the Anima boasts an LED display which goes along nicely with the stainless steel paneling on the face, making it a slick addition to any kitchen. 

The large reservoir is removable, which means you can indulge in cup after cup without interruption, but can easily refill when you need to.  

The integrated milk carafe can be removed and used as a spout for water, which makes it ideal for making Americanos, something more resembling a cup of coffee, or 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 another SuperAutomatic Espresso Machine that really makes mornings easy whether you want a single shot of espresso, a double, or cappuccino. It boasts the same automatic functions as the Anima, including the automatic frothing function. 

The Incanta stands out when it comes to cleaning— it has a removable brewing unit as well as automatic cleansing and descaling functions so you can properly keep this investment in your caffeination in tip-top shape. 

When it comes to size and styling, the Incanata 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. The stainless steel and slim, horizontal buttons make it functional and fitting for any modern kitchen.

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

Another Saeco with some commendable function, the Intelia Deluxe pays for itself after a little over a year. For a lasting product, it uses 100% ceramic grinders (the best way to grind your beans), and it also caters to your demand for immediacy with its Quick Heat Boiler. 

A whole range of specialty coffees are at your beck and call with just the press of a button and with a more than 60 oz. reservoir, you won’t have to refill every morning. 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 Intelia has a more commercial look, but the kind you’d find at a hipster coffee shop. It even features a small cup rack on top to warm up your coffee mugs. The big standout on this machine is the patented dual chamber carafe, which froths the milk twice 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 features all of the SuperAutomatic capability in a smaller package. It boasts a Dual Thermoblock heating system to keep the water at a consistent temperature for both the espresso and milk. 

Using the LED screen, you can customize your beverage by choosing grind, temperature, and milk preparation. The built-in grinder uses conical burrs, the best kind to use for grinding your beans. 

One of the unique aspects of the DeLonghi Superautomatic, is that the milk carafe is removable. Fill it with as much milk as you want, use what you need to make your customized cappuccino to your liking, and then  store it in the fridge. Tt 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

If you’re wanting more out of your SuperAutomatic espresso machine and will to dish out the pretty penny to get it, the DeLonghi Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine will tickle your fancy. 

The next step up on the DeLonghi rung, this digital machine has an integrated silent burr grinder with 13 settings that will result in the perfect grind no matter what kind of drink you’re making—any jarring grind sounds early in the morning. . There are two separate heating elements, one for the espresso and one for the milk tank so each gets the special attention they deserve. 

This uber customizable ability complements the 3 single-touch milk drinks buttons that dispense the ideal amount of dairy and froth. The special DeLonghi Latte Crema System is known for its dense, long-lasting foam to top off your favorite morning brew. 

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 the affordable to the extravagant. This one falls in the latter category, but one look at the Breville Oracle Espresso Machine and you’ll know exactly why. This stainless steel espresso machine transforms any kitchen into a hipster coffee bar at one glance flat.

Almost as if it can read your mind, the Oracle 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. Precise PID temperature controls is designed to detect any fluctuations and minimize them for a nice, even brew. 

The frothing wand makes barista-quality micro-foam to top off your drinks, and it even self-cleans, so it’s always ready to make the next drink. You’ll have to step in and add the amount of milk you’d like in your drink, though, because, unlike a few we’ve seen before, it’s milk dispenser doesn’t mainline into the coffee mug. 

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 the largest perk. Read our full review of the Breville Oracle here.

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 earns it a very specific title:  it’s a coffee center.  Featuring a 15 pump bar using a burr grinder, bean monitoring system, and a 1.5 gallon water reservoir, which is ideal for caffeinators who sip cup after cup. 

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. 

The Jura Impressa XS90 Automatic Coffee Center 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 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.

Each of the espresso machines we featured is on this list for a reason. But if we had to choose just one, our 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, this DeLonghi Machine is an excellent choice.

What do you need from your coffee machine to get you going every morning? Read more about these models and make one yours today! 


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