You want amazing espresso and you want it in the comfort of your own home; every coffee lover’s dream. Stovetop espresso makers provide you this luxury. Before purchasing one, these reviews will guide you through what makes a quality stovetop espresso maker, the benefits certain brands offer, what to avoid, and a few basic tips to help you.
|Cuisinox Roma 6-cup stainless steel|
|bonVIVO Intenca Stovetop Espresso Maker||3 lbs||4.6/5|
|Chanmol Stovetop B07KBZW4F9|
(Best for the Money)
|AMFOCUS B07DCTD7PM||4 lbs||4.3/5|
|Obbug Stovetop Espresso Maker||1 lb||4.0/5|
The Cuisinox Roma gives you the classic Italian espresso taste from your own stove top reliably and with minimal effort. Espresso is produced consistently and flavorfully. It is suitable for all cooking surfaces, even induction stove tops. The seals are tight and do not leak, but in case you end up needing replacement parts it comes with one extra gasket and reducer. The handle on this espresso maker is made from metal and is welded on. This makes it easy to prevent the handle from breaking or loosening, however it can conduct heat and become hot to the touch. Espresso makers typically aren’t in use for long periods of time, so this should not occur often. This Cuisinox model is dishwasher safe, which makes it convenient to wash. This method to clean the Cuisinox is recommended because the top portion can gather a lot of grounds and become hard to wipe out manually.
The second model makes 5-6 cups of delicious espresso for you. It has a pretty copper finish, but is still made of heavy duty stainless steel. The bonVIVO has strong heat resistance including the handle, so you can remove it from the stove worry-free. This model has a few flaws, one being that the top portion is hard to clean grounds out of. The second is that the lid of this espresso maker becomes flimsy after using it for a few months. The hard to clean problem can be solved by cleaning it in the dishwasher because it is dishwasher safe.
This Chanmol model is the best for the money because it has some of the same benefits as a the top two models, but with a lower price point. It is easy to assemble and produces good quality espresso. It is dishwasher safe to save you the hassle of wiping out grounds. The downside is that it only has a 2 cup capacity, which is only 2 or 3 ounces. This smaller size is part of the reason for the lower price. The quality of the production is the other reason. There is a common problem with this Chanmol espresso maker leaking and having screws that do not secure all the way.
This mid-size model has a 4 cup capacity for 6.8 fl oz so it is small in size. This makes it great for storage, but can be too small to fit on larger stovetops. It typically produces good quality espresso, but can have some dysfunctionality in consistency. The inside of the espresso maker has a coating. This might contribute to the varied results, because the chemicals from the coating can wear off and end up in your espresso. The plastic handle on the AMFOCUS espresso maker can loosen over time, which makes it harder to enjoy using your espresso maker. However, the espresso maker chambers have good durability.
The Obbug stovetop espresso maker is on the bottom of our list, because it has many design flaws and can make use difficult. It makes 6 cups, so it has a large capacity unlike some of the other models. However the functionality of the espresso maker has imperfections. These include the sharp edges on lid and the top of the pot is prone to breaking. Another common problem with this model is that the connections leak, making it less likely to get a good quality product and harder to clean. It is dishwasher safe, which is another benefit.
There are a few important things to note when deciding which model to buy. Below we will guide you through what qualities to look for and which ones to avoid. There are many common problems with espresso makers and choosing a model without those flaws is your best bet at a happy purchase.
First, how sturdy is this espresso maker? This is the number one problem with espresso makers. There are models with parts that are low quality and break easily. This tends to happen with plastic handles which easily loosen, and occasionally break. The lid or top portion of the espresso maker also has a tendency to become flimsy or break. There are models that have sharp edges, like our number 5 model. Make sure you chose an espresso maker that is safe for you to use and makes the task easy for you.
Now consider what size you want to purchase. Our top model has 6-cup, but also has a model with 10 cups. This is the largest size espresso maker you are likely to find. 6-cup is a great amount of espresso to be able to have multiple drinks for yourself or others. The 4 cup is 6.8 fl oz and also makes more than one serving of espresso. Some models are 2-cup, which are the smallest size. These may not fit all the way over your stovetop and can only produce enough espresso for one person.
Although there are clearly a few better options, we are also sharing basic tips for using espresso makers. This is so you know how to have a good experience making espresso after you have made your new purchase.
First, a tip on how to get good quality espresso. Only use medium heat and remove from the stovetop when the coffee starts to rise. This takes about 3-4 minutes, you never want it to boil. If you use a consistent medium temperature it will keep a consistent flavor. Overheating or boiling
The next tip is a safety tip. If you are using a gas stovetop don’t let the gas flame go around the pot, keep it underneath. This is dangerous for you and can also discolor your pot if it happens repeatedly.
The last tip is for the longevity of your espresso maker. Make sure you leave a small amount of water in the water reservoir on the bottom of the pot. Espresso makers are designed to keep a small portion inside to prevent overheating, melting the seals, or discoloring the inside of the pot.
The Cuisinox Roma is your best choice because of the size, consistent quality, sturdiness, and no leakage issues. This model will make your espresso dreams come true for years to come. If you prefer a cheaper model, but with some of the same benefits as our number one and two picks, the Chanmol is the espresso maker for you. We have provided reviews and insight to make it easy for you to conclude which espresso maker is worth your money. Happy espresso making!
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