6 Best Espresso Machines With Automatic Milk Steamer (2018)

If you want excellent coffee at home, you’ve probably considered an espresso machine.

And if you love flat whites or cappuccinos, you’ll want a machine that steams the milk too.

So how do you choose which one to buy? Read on as we search for the best espresso machine with automatic milk steamer available today.

The Best Espresso Machines With Automatic Milk Steamer - 2018 Reviews

1. Saeco Incanto Carafe Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Saeco Incanto Carafe Super Automatic Espresso Machine with AquaClean filter, Stainless Steel, HD8917/48

Reasonably priced by the standards of super automatics, the Incanto Carafe from Saeco is a genuine one-touch machine.

It will handle everything from grinding your beans to adding the steamed milk.

The grinder here is a ceramic disc version. That makes it easier to clean than stainless steel grinders – a particular bonus if you love oily dark roasts.

Some people also claim that ceramic grinders give a better flavor because they generate less heat when grinding.

There’s also a removable brew group to simplify cleaning and maintenance.

Saeco Incanto Carafe Super Automatic Espresso Machine with AquaClean filter, Stainless Steel, HD8917/48

And it comes with an AquaClean filter that means you should be able to enjoy 5,000 coffees before de-scaling. (You will, though, need to replace the filter every three months.)

If you need to cater to someone with specific coffee preferences, you can skip the grinding and use pre-ground coffee.

There aren’t as many options in terms of coffee strength, grind size or serving as some other super automatics.

But this is a good value option that still gives you scope to customize your brew.

What I Like

  • Genuine one-touch machine at a reasonable price
  • Removable brew group and AquaClean filter make cleaning easy
  • Option to use whole or pre-ground beans

What I Didn't Like

  • Not as many options to customize your drink as other super automatics
  • Will take up a fair amount of space on your countertop

2. Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (Our Top Recommended)

Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1102 Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, White

At less than a third of the price of the Saeco Incanto, Mr. Coffee’s Café Barista is a budget-friendly option.

It’s not a bad looking machine either, with a professional looking stainless steel case.

It has one-touch operation for cappuccinos, with the automatic milk frother dispensing creamy foam straight into your cup.

And the brewer operates at an impressive 15 bars of pressure, more than enough to satisfy espresso purists.

The compromise here is with the grinder: there isn’t one. If you want freshly ground coffee, you’ll need to invest in a separate grinder.

Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1102 Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, White

The good news is that at this price, you’ll have plenty of change to get one that’s high quality.

The need for separate grinding also means there’s a little more work to do here. ​

You’ll have to load the portafilter with coffee yourself and tamp it down before brewing. 

Do that, though, and you’ll get authentic cappuccinos and lattes at a fraction of the price of fully automatic machines.

What I Like

  • Fully automatic milk frothing and dispensing
  • 15 bars of pressure for authentic espresso
  • Great value

What I Didn't Like

  • No grinder
  • List Element
  • List Element

3. Gaggia RI8263/47 Velasca Prestige Espresso Machine

Gaggia RI8263/47 Velasca Prestige Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for a mid-range super automatic, the Gaggia Velasca Prestige is worth a look.

It comes with a number of different options to customize your coffee.

There are five different strength settings, the option to change the coffee to milk ratio, and different temperature levels.

If you’ve had problems in the past with machines that produce lukewarm coffee, that’s a reassuring prospect.

The choices continue when it comes to the milk.

Gaggia RI8263/47 Velasca Prestige Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel

Choose from different settings for cappuccinos, baby cappuccinos, and milk froth, depending on how much foam you like.

Like the Saeco, it comes with a ceramic grinder and the option to by-pass the hopper and use pre-ground coffee.  

In addition, it automatically pre-infuses the grounds before brewing every cup, optimizing the flavor.

What I Like

  • Different options for milk frothing
  • Can handle whole or pre-ground beans
  • Pre-infusion of every serving

What I Didn't Like

  • The top of the hopper is transparent, so the light will affect bean quality over time.

4. DeLonghi America EN80SAE Nespresso Inissia Machine with Aeroccino

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De'Longhi with Aeroccino, Silver

If you like the consistency of pod-based machines, you should check out DeLonghi’s collaboration with Nespresso.

The America EN80SAE Inissia offers the combination of a one-cup espresso maker with Nespresso’s automatic milk frother, the Aeroccino.

There are some major advantages to this set-up – not least price.

Nespresso isn’t cheap by the standards of one-cup machines, but compare them to super automatics and they’re a bargain.

The Inissia and Aeroccino together cost significantly less than even the economic Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista.

Bear in mind that you’ll be restricted to Nespresso pods, however.

They’re not the cheapest, and you’ll need to buy them online or at specialist “boutiques”.

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De'Longhi with Aeroccino, Silver

It’s worth thinking about how many cups you’ll drink and taking that ongoing cost into account when considering your budget.

As for the Aeroccino, it’s easy to use. Just fill it with milk, put on the lid and press a button.

It comes with two different whisks depending on how much froth you want.

It does mean there’s an extra step to get your cappuccino.

On the plus side, adding the milk yourself means you can top your cup with latte art.

What I Like

  • Very fast and easy to use
  • Consistent flavor
  • Relatively low upfront costs

What I Didn't Like

  • You’ll be restricted to pricey Nespresso pods
  • You’ll have to froth and add your milk separately

5. Jura 15068 Impressa C65 Automatic Coffee Machine

Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum

The Jura Impressa C65 is another super automatic espresso maker, this time with an integrated conical grinder.

One of the less expensive models from Jura, the build quality here is still impressive.

You’ll get a ton of options to customize your coffee, including different settings for strength, serving size and temperature.

The Impressa C65 differs to other super automatics, however, when it comes to the approach to steaming milk.

This isn’t a one-touch machine. You’ll need to attach a tube to the steam wand and place the other end in a pitcher of milk.

Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum

Then select the steam option and wait for the indicator to show the correct temperature has been reached. (It takes only a few seconds.)

You then turn a dial and the milk will be drawn up from the pitcher, through the nozzle, and into your cup.

Just turn the dial back again when you’ve got enough steamed milk for your tastes.

This means it’s a bit more work than other models. If you want the build quality of Jura at an accessible price, though, it’s worth considering.

What I Like

  • Handsome machine with great build quality
  • Integrated filtration system
  • Brews two espressos at once

What I Didn't Like

  • Milk frothing requires more work than other super automatics

6. Miele CM6350 Countertop Coffee Machine

Miele CM6350 Countertop Coffee Machine, Obsidian Black

The most expensive machine to make our list, the Miele CM6350 is a great option for coffee-loving couples.

That’s because it can make two cappuccinos at a single touch of a button.

Milk is contained in a separate stainless steel carafe that can be put into the fridge to keep cool.

There are the usual options for customizing your drink – strength, serving size and temperature.

With this machine, though, you can store up to ten different user profiles to remember your choices.

Miele CM6350 Countertop Coffee Machine, Obsidian Black

There are plenty of other clever features too. The brew unit is removable for cleaning and there’s even a lock function to stop tiny hands switching it on.

Most innovative of all is the way the brew chamber expands as the water flows in.

Miele claims this helps the water mix thoroughly with the coffee to develop a better aroma.

It’s all very clever – but you could buy ten Mr. Coffees Cafe Baristas for the same price.

What I Like

  • Bags of innovative features
  • Memory function holds ten user profiles
  • Genuinely one-touch – even for two specialist coffees

What I Didn't Like

  • Expensive
  • The styling is a little boxy for our liking

What’s the big deal with espresso?

We’re talking here about a specific way of making coffee.

In an authentic espresso, steam is forced at pressure through coffee grounds to release their flavor. Some coffee gurus maintain that the pressure needs to be at least nine bars.

You can get espresso-like drinks from other machines – a Moka pot and an AeroPress will both give similar results.

But for the all-important high pressure of authentic espresso, you need a specialist machine.

Espresso is also the crucial ingredient for a whole host of other drinks. Do you enjoy the creamy taste of a latte?

Love spooning up the froth on a cappuccino? Enjoy savoring the silky mouthfeel of a flat white? They all start with espresso.

Of course, if you want any of those drinks you’ll also need steamed milk. So how do you get it?

Many espresso machines will come with a steam wand, but for good results, you’ll need to practice using it. The wand needs to be at the right depth in the milk.

You’ll need to swirl the pitcher to get the right texture. And it will need a smart tap on the bottom to break down the bigger bubbles.

If you’re happy to spend some time mastering this skill, it can be a lot of fun. But you can skip the hard work and get guaranteed results straight away with an automatic milk steamer.

If you’ve already got an espresso machine you’re happy with, there’s also the option to buy an automatic milk steamer separately. This YouTube video shows how one premium stand-alone milk steamer can produce great results.

But if you need both an espresso maker and a milk steamer, what should you look for? We’re going to take you through some of the features to consider in making your choice.

How much work are you prepared to do?

Even with automatic machines, there are degrees of ease. Do you want to be able to get your cappuccino at the touch of a single button? Or are you happy to froth the milk separately and add it later?

A one-touch machine is the easiest, but separate gadgets for the milk can have advantages too. You may be able to create different types of foam.

And adding the milk separately yourself gives you the chance to practice creating latte art.

What kind of coffee will you be using?

Your raw ingredients are going to be very important to the quality of your final drink. Do you want a machine that can handle pre-ground coffee? Do you love the convenience of pods? Or will only freshly ground beans give you the flavor and aroma you crave?

For premium quality espresso, whole beans ground immediately before brewing is by far the best option. Look for a machine with an integrated grinder, and make sure it will allow you to adjust the grind size.

Some super automatic espresso machines also allow you to bypass the grinding stage and use ground coffee. It’s a great option if you want to brew different coffee – decaf, for example – without emptying out the bean hopper.

Alternatively, there are some good single serve machines out there that use pods. Here, the aim is to preserve the flavors and aromatics of freshly ground coffee in airtight containers.

For our money, they don’t taste as good, and some capsules aren’t recyclable. They are, though, easy to use and provide a reliable and consistent coffee experience.

What’s your budget?

There’s huge variety when it comes to how much you can spend on an espresso machine with automatic milk steamer.

If you have deep pockets, the sky’s the limit. Look for a super automatic espresso machine with different options for strength, temperature, and foam.

Single serve pod machines with separate milk frothers usually offer a more budget-friendly alternative. Some manufacturers even offer packages providing the machine for free in return for subscribing to a regular delivery of pods.

Bear in mind, though, that some of these machines require specific types of pod. Check out the prices of those for a true comparison of the overall cost of your cappuccino.

Our verdict

We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of espresso machines with automatic milk steamers.

Our vote goes to the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista. It gives you all the features you need at a really competitive price. And it’s super-easy to use too.

But as we’ve seen, there are lots of options out there. Whichever one you choose, we hope you’re soon enjoying quality cappuccinos in the comfort of your own home!

My name is Kathy Gallo, Editor of Daily Cupo, a Coffee buff. The guide you find here is designed exactly for you, and it is our hope that you find it not only interesting but also actionable.

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