Rancilio is an Italian manufacturer known for its top grade commercial Espresso machines. With the Silvia 3 espresso machine, they brought all the advanced, top-notch features of a commercial espresso machine and brought it to a small machine perfect for home use.
- Commercial stainless steel design with cup warming tray, steam wand and drip tray.
- You can use ground coffee or pre-measured coffee pods.
- Commercial portafilter design with dual dispensers to make one or two shots at the same time.
- Control steam/milk frothing with a knob.
- 65 oz. removable water tank.
- Four light switches: on/off switch, boiler status switch, pump brewing switch, steam switch.
First thing you’ll notice about the Silvia 3 is its classic commercial design. It’s built from stainless steel material, always a plus in such appliances – makes it durable and easy to clean and maintain.
At first time, you might find it a bit tricky to use the machine. It will require you to read the manual carefully and give it a few tries before you’re able to make the perfect coffee drink (maybe less tries if you’re a natural!). But once you got the hang of it, you’ll absolutely love the drinks you’ll be able to make. Another thing that might be annoying is that it’s a single boiler machine, which means you can’t brew espresso and steam/froth milk at the same time. However, the switch between the two tasks is quick and easy. Steaming and texturing milk in the Silvia 3 is pretty quick.
The Rancilio Silvia 3 is recommended for anyone who wants a serious pump espresso machine at their home. This is a no non-sense machine for a serious home barista. For the perfect barista experience at home, you’ll want to include an espresso tamper and a milk frothing pitcher. And if you don’t already have one, you’ll want an espresso grinder for truly fresh cup of coffee.
Just because you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge yourself with a cup of the finest Italian coffee. Luckily, there are still some good espresso makers that are quite affordable (Under $100! – it’s a steal!). Yes, there will be compromise of features, you’ll get basic features, but you’ll still get great espresso! To be honest, the number of good espresso machines under $100 is not high, there are many models that are simply to be avoided – they will break easily and won’t be worth your money. So here, we’re featuring two of the best espresso machines priced under $100 (prices are correct at of the writing of this post. Prices are subject to change by sellers):
Mr. Coffee ECMP5 Espresso and Cappuccino Maker:
This compact size espresso and cappuccino maker will be great for most people who are not quite fussy about how their machine works (you know, the Espresso snobs). It’s a basic 15 bar pump espresso machine, with a steam bar for frothing milk. It’s a manual machine, so you’ll need to grind your coffee and place it in the portafilter (the handle) yourself. There’s no auto stop on the machine, so you have to stop the coffee dripping yourself, as well. For making cappuccino or lattes, you can use the stream for frothing the milk, but sadly this machine does not include a pitcher for that, so you’ll have to get one separately.
Overall, this is a great machine for the price. With a low price under $100, you lose many features of the higher end machines, but the espresso quality is not compromised.
De’Longhi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker:
For a manual machine, the De’Longhi EC155 has to be the best option out there. It works the same way as the Mr. Coffee espresso maker, but features few additional options that make it work better. First of all, it is equipped with two thermostats for better control of the water and steam temperature, and it has a self-priming options that eliminates the need to wait for the machine to start up before you have to use it. The portafilter can use both ground coffee or E.S.E coffee pods (pre-measured pods that require no clean up after) to make espresso. For making cappuccinos and lattes, use the swivel jet streamer to heat and froth the milk. Sadly, this one does not come with a frothing pitcher, too, so you have to buy one separately (about $10 for a basic metal pitcher, so it’s no big deal).
DeLonghi BAR32 RETRO Espresso Maker:
Another great option from DeLonghi, the BAR32 is a 15-bar pressure pump espresso maker that makes excellent espresso, cappuccino and latte. You have the option to use ground coffee as well as e.s.e pods to make things easier. It’s compact in size and has an excellent price for under $100.
DeLonghi EC155 vs. BAR32, What’s The Difference Between Them?
The last two espresso makers by DeLonghi look rather familiar, so you must be wondering if there is any difference between them. Apart from design differences, there isn’t any. Both espresso makers have the exact same features, so you simply have to choose which looks best for you!
- Espresso and coffee maker combos
- Pump Espresso Machine
- Manual Espresso Machine
- Super Automatic Espresso Machine
- Espresso Pod Machines
- Espresso/Coffee Machines with Built-In Grinder
- Stovetop Espresso Makers
- Single-Serve Coffee Machines
- Coffee Pod Drawers
- Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
- Dual Boiler Espresso Machines
- Coffee Roasters