2020 Reviews Rating the 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines
These 2020’s 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines. Each of these models was reviewed and their scores are included. Older models were reevaluated and scored against the best new models. However, only one, the JURA Z8 won our coveted 2020 Editors Choice designation.
Our top tier models are received high or perfect scores on all categories. These include brewing technology, grinder, milk handling, programming and customization, ease of use and interfaces, reputation, cleaning and maintenance.
JURA GIGA 6
The JURA GIGA 6 is the top rated machine for 2020. It does everything nearly perfectly and looks like artwork. Like most JURA automatics it has outstanding brewing, milk handling a great grinder. The GIGA 6 is expensive but worth it.
The JURA Z8 is an Editors Choice Winner. It brews almost perfectly across a wide range of beverages. The Z8’s microfoam is some among the best. It has great customization. The Z8 brews nearly perfect drinks and could last you for a decade.
The 2020 review of our top rated DeLonghi will be published soon. The ECAM28465M has fantastic design and engineering and is a snap to use and maintain.
This next group made our list of Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines for 2020 because they do nearly everything at a superior level. All are great products and each is rated a “buy.” Small differences separate models in this tier.
Saeco Xelsis SM7684/04
The Saeco Xelsis SM7684/04 has excellent engineering and great design and features. It’s strength is brewing and boiler technology. The Saeco SM7684 would have scored higher but there are better espresso machines in this class.
JURA J90 IMPRESSA
JURA makes some of the best machines on the market. It has similar brewing and milk systems to the more expensive GIGA 6. The JURA J90 IMPRESSA is one of their best. It is near perfect in every way.
Gaggia Cadorna Prestige
PRICE TBD for US
Cadorna is Gaggia’s newest line of super automatics. They have great controls and do everything well. The Cadornas will available in the US soon.
This next tier of entrants are also excellent and often represent a great value. All do the fundamentals very well. For most beans and drinks only the most discerning coffee aficionado would see a difference.
The Delonghi ECAM45760B does the basics very well and makes great drinks. It is easy to use. But, it is not as good a value as some other machines in this group.
Gaggia Cadorna Milk
The Cadorna Milk is the second best model in Gaggia’s new Cadorna line. It doesn many things very well. The Cadorna Milk makes great milk foam for this class. It also has a beautiful screen.
Saeco Incanto Carafe
The Saeco Incanto is an excellent machine and does most things really well. The espresso quality is excellent. It is easy to clean and maintain as well.
This group made our list of the Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines because they handle the important jobs extremely well. There are some very good values here especially for people with limited budgets who make small or moderate volumes of drinks.
Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica
Delonghi makes very good machines and the ECAM23260SB Magnifica makes great drinks
Gaggia makes great machines. And the Anima has been a top selling, budget super automatic machine for a few years. It has great controls and is a great value. It brews espresso, steams and froths milk and grinds better than more expensive models.
The Saeco HD8927/47 does many things really well. It is just a little bit less impressive than the Incanto but makes great drinks.
There are some great values in this tier. We usually recommend people expect to spend $900 or more. More automation is usually better since consistency and quality are so important. You don’t want to buy a machine you wouldn’t want to use multiple times a day. Those daily trips to your local barista really add up
Gaggia Cadorna Style
The third Cadorna model is the Cadorna Style. It is modern, attractive and makes very good espresso drinks. It is full of new technology. It has a beautiful screen and great controls but the feature list is limited.
De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica
The De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica is a great entry level machine. It isn’t great if you want to makes several drinks at a time.
Gaggia Cadorna Plus
The Plus is the fourth and lowest priced of the new Cadorna models. This Cadorna has great brewing technology. But, you would be much happier upgrading to the Cadorna Milk. The Plus is not ideal for multiple drinks.
The 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines of 2020
All the super automatic machines on our list are good choices. The top tier tends to do everything perfectly and are especially great if you need to make multiple espresso at a time.
How To Choose One of the Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines
Every coffee fan should want a super automatic espresso machine. Super automatics can provide just as good brewing, milk and grinding technology. They can be easy to clean and maintain and give you years of great beverages.
Why Buy a One of the Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines?
It is a terrible feeling to buy something and not use it. If you are a coffee drinker than you drink coffee every day (at least). So, espresso machines are different than specialty household appliances like waffle or margarita machines which you may use once a year and then complain about the cabinet space they take up. Even the most commited home chef doesn’t use their food processor every single day.
Manual espresso machines and low-cost automatic machines are often the most expensive home solution. This is because manual machines do not provide consistency except when operated by highly skilled baristas.
The biggest problem is with convenience and ease of use. Manual espresso machines and low-cost automatic machines are not convenient and easy to use. Your home espresso maker should be more convenient than buy a drink from your local barista. So when you are tired, and groggy and rushing out the door will you make a drunk using your home machine or hit your local coffee shop.
How to choose from the Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines
- Know what you pay on coffee shop drinks. $5 a day is $1825 a year
- Make sure you invest in quality, convenience and ease of use
- Buy from proven brand like JURA or Gaggia
- Buy a double boiler system that will make drinks back to back
- Look for top brewing technology
- Make sure they have a great, ceramic grinder
- Make sure it will make great microfoam
- Look for programmable, adjustable settings
- Understand how you maintain and clean the machine
- Buy direct. Most manufacturers sell direct through their own Amazon stores. Dealers raise cost.