When looking for an espresso machine that combines practicality, design as well as advancement, look no further than Breville’s espresso machines. The Australian brand is the maker of some of home barista’s favorite machines, like the Barista Express, The Infuser or the more high-end Oracle Touch.
Another machine that has been added to their line is the Breville Bambino Plus. An espresso machine that is compact in size yet packs the features you need to make an excellent cup of coffee without a lot of trouble.
The Breville Bambino Plus falls in the same price range as the Infuser (as of the time of writing – prices may change). So if you’re someone shopping based on a budget (and who isn’t), you might get confused over these two. That’s why we’re preparing this comparison post between the two models.
Breville Bambino Plus – Features and Specifications:
- Innovative thermojet heating system allows the machine to start up in as fast as 3 seconds.
- Automatic milk texturing – select the type of texture and the temperature of milk you want and the steam wand to achieve it for you fully automatically.
- 19 grams dose – the 54mm portafilter can now hold 19 grams of coffee for the perfect coffee flavor.
- Pre-infusion feature gradually increases the water pressure over the coffee ground to ensure full saturation before extraction.
- Digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at the exact right temperature for the optimal extraction of flavor.
- Auto-purge function automatically purges the heat system after steaming to bring the machine back to the right temperature for next use.
- Water reservoir capacity: 64 oz.
- Controls: Button selection for single shot, double shot, steam, milk temperature and milk texture.
- Housing: stainless steel.
- Dimensions: 19.5 x 32 x 31 cm
- Power: 1600 Watts
54mm tamper, Razor Precision Dosing tool, stainless steel frothing jug, single and double shot filter baskets, cleaning tool and cleaning disc.
Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine – Features and Specifications:
- Prepare a single or double shot with pre-set buttons.
- You can reprogram volumes of each selection.
- Manual milk heating and texturing.
- Gauge on the front panel shows you when your machine is at its optimal temperature.
- Built-in tamper.
- Auto purge and pre-infusion functions.
- PID temperature control.
- Dedicated hot water spout.
- Water reservoir capacity: 61 oz.
- Controls: button controls for single shot, double shot, program and manual.
- Dial knob for steam.
- Dimensions: 25.7 x 31.2 x 33.4 cm
- Power: 1700 Watts.
- Housing: Stainless steel.
Razor Dose trimming tool, single and dual shot filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel frothing jug, cleaning brush, tool and Allen key, water filter holder and water filter.
What Is The Difference Between Breville Bambino Plus vs. The Infuser?
First thing to notice is the automation of the steaming wand. The Bambino Plus’s automatic wand heats and textures your milk automatically to your liking while The Infuser’s wand is fully manual. Which means you’ll have to practice your texturing skills and use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the milk.
The Bambino Plus also has a rather impressive and quick heat up time of only 3 seconds! That’s insanely fast in comparison to The Infuser which should take about a minute or two.
The Infuser has a built-in dedicated hot water dispenser. Which should come quite useful when making an Americano. The Bambino Plus doesn’t have a hot water dispenser.
When in comes to size, the Bambino Plus very compact in comparison the the Infuser or even other Breville espresso machines. So if you don’t have enough counter top space, this will make a lot of difference to you.
If you want to prepare your coffee drinks manually, The Infuser has more room for that than the Bambino.
Breville Bambino Plus vs. Barista Express, What’s The Difference?
Breville Barista Express is more comparable to the Infuser than the Bambino.
When it comes to Barista Express vs. Infuser, you’re nearly getting the same functions on both machines, except for one big difference: the Barista Express comes with a built-in conical burr grinder. This simplifies your experience by having the machine also grind your coffee right into your portafilter. However, dosing the correct amount of coffee is on you. So it is one of those machines that come with a learning curve.
Compared to the Bambino Plus, which will require you buy a grinder separately, the Barista Express is a bit harder to handle in the beginning, requires some practice – same as the Infuser. It is also larger in size than the Infuser and Bambino Plus, so you’ll need to clear some space for it.
If you want an overall solution and don’t mind the learning required to get things right, The Barista Express has it all.
Which One Do You Pick? Breville Bambino Plus or Breville The Infuser?
It all comes down to whether or not you want your machine doing things for you automatically or would you prefer the manual work. When a machine like the Bambino Plus, you will probably come up with a great latte or cappuccino at first use because of: a better dose, automatic milk texturing and heating which can’t go wrong and preset volumes. All you have to do is practice your latte art for when you’re feeling super fancy.
On the other hand, The Infuser, while it offers some automatic features, like preset volumes, and a gauge that guides you on temperature settings, milk texturing and heating is still fully manual, which is the trickiest part. You’ll have to practice getting the milk texture right and monitoring the temperature of the milk as you heat it. If that sounds like something you want to do, then The Infuser would be a great pick for you for sure.
It’s important to note the difference is size between the two machines, though. The Infuser is not a huge machine. Yet, it’s quite big in comparison to the compact Bambino Plus. So make sure you measure your space if you’re purchasing a machine with not much counterspace available in your kitchen.
Features of Gaggia 14101 Classic:
- 17 1/2 bar pump pressure espresso machine.
- 72 oz removable water reservoir.
- Stainless steel housing.
- Brass portafilter and group head provide temperature stability.
- Hot water dispenser, milk frothing wand.
- Includes single and double shot filter baskets, tamper and measuring spoon.
See How The Gaggia Classic Works:
Gaggia Classic Comparisons:
1. Gaggia Classic vs. Gaggia Baby Class:
- The Gaggia Classic has a 17 1/2 bar pump pressure while the Baby Class is a 15 bar machine.
- Gaggia Classic: 72 oz.
- Gaggia Baby Class: 60 oz.
- The Gaggia Classic’s frothing wand also works as a hot water dispenser.
- The Baby Class has no hot water dispenser.
- The Gaggia Classic has more of a commercial style with switch buttons for control and a dial for steam control.
- The Gaggia Baby Class has a classic home espresso machine design, with simple to use push-buttons.
- Both machines have solid stainless steel exteriors, which is great for easy maintenance and durability.
See How The Gaggia Baby Class Works:
Which Is Best To Buy, The Gaggia Classic or Baby Class?
We prefer the Classic to Baby Class for its commercial-grade design, high voltage boiler and powerful pump. There’s not a lot of difference when it comes to the price, making the Gaggia Classic hold a lot of value for your money.
2. Gaggia Classic vs. Breville BES840XL The Infuser:
- Gaggia Classic: 17 1/2 bar.
- Breville Infuser: 15 bar.
- The Gaggia Classic is a manual espresso machine, you’ll have to work and time your shots manually.
- The Breville Infuser is a semi-automatic machine, it has automatic features but you can also reprogram it or use manual functions.
- The Breville Infuser features a special Auto-Purge functionality that automatically adjusts water temperature after steam use for best espresso extraction temperature. It also has a pre-infusion feature that saturates coffee ground with low water pressure to saturate the beans for an even extraction.
- The Breville has an overall better design than the Gaggia Classic. It features illuminated buttons, a pressure gauge, built-in magnetic tamper, a separated hot water dispenser and a stainless steel frothing wand.
Which Is Best To Buy, The Gaggia Classic or Breville Infuser?
In this case, we do prefer the Breville Infuser to the Gaggia Classic for many reasons. Its automatic features ensure that you get the best shot of espresso every time, but if you’re in an experimental mood, you can override all the settings and set your own. The design of the Infuser is sleek and more durable with its full stainless steel exterior. However, we have to mention that the Infuser is about a $100 more expensive than the Gaggia Classic, so if it’s within your budget, it will totally be worth it, especially that it already includes everything you need to get started: filter baskets, scoop, tamper, frothing jug and cleaning accessories.
See How The Breville Infuser Works:
We’ve compared two espresso machines by DeLonghi, the EC155 and EC702 as two slightly similar espresso makers from the same brand. But what if you’re on a specific budget and want to compare two machines based on that? Well, like always, we’re here to help! In this post, we will be comparing the DeLonghi EC155 and Saeco Poemia espresso machine, two entry-level espresso machines for someone with a budget under $100.
DeLonghi EC155 vs. Saeco Poemia:
- 15 bar pump pressure with pressurized portafilter.
- Can extract ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
- Stainless steel boiler
- Steam wand for milk frothing.
- Removable water reservoir.
- Dial knob control.
Is There a Difference Between Them?
According to our research, there’s no notable difference between them. The Saeco Poemia does have a slight better design, with a broader cup warming tray on top and a better, longer steam wand equipped with Pannarello which makes a better and easier froth. Performance wise, they both work the same way.
Which One Should I Buy?
Both the Saeco Poemia and DeLonghi EC155 are decent entry-level espresso makers for under $100. They’re perfect for someone who’s just beginning to make espresso at home and also make a great gift. If you’re buying an espresso machine mainly for milk based drinks (cappuccino, latte…), we would recommend the Poemia over the DeLonghi EC155 for the better designed milk frother, which should make the task easier for you.
Other Saeco Poemia Comparisons:
DeLonghi ICONA ECO310 vs Saeco Poemia, Which Is Best To Buy?
At nearly double the price of the Saeco Poemia, you pretty much get the same features from the DeLonghi ICONA. It does have an overall better look, button operation vs. a dial knob for the Poemia, but you would get the same result when it comes to operation. The steel exterior of the ICONA is probably the reason for its extra price, and it’s available in many colors. As an appliance that sits over the counter and is on display all the time, this could be worth it.
Breville Cafe Roma vs Saeco Poemia:
Now when it comes to the Breville Cafe Roma, it’s quite an upgrade compared to the Saeco Poemia, and you can see that at first sight. It features a beautiful industrial inspired design and full stainless steel body, this commercial grade housing makes it very durable to use. The grouphead on the portafilter is also metal, unlike the plastic on the Saeco Poemia, which gives you better extraction, and makes it more durable.
The Breville Cafe Roma is higher in price than the Saeco Poemia, but in this case, you get what you pay for.
The DeLonghi EC155 is one of the best selling espresso makers for its really budget-friendly price, but we can’t say that it’s one of the best espresso machines out there. This model goes head to head with another DeLonghi machine, the EC702. Despite the price difference, these two machines are normally shortlisted by buyers and they usually get confused over which one to buy. In this post, we’ll be comparing these two espresso makers to help you make a better long term decision instead of saving you some cash in the short run.
DeLonghi EC702 vs. EC155: What Is The Difference?
At first glace, you can see that the DeLonghi EC702 looks better built than the EC155. But that’s not what we’re basing our opinion on. Before we get into the design features, let’s talk about the common features between these machines:
- 15 bar pressure pump.
- Self-priming for quick start and operation.
- Portafilter with different baskets for single or double shots and for e.s.e pod use.
- Built-in tamper.
- Steam wand for milk frothing.
- Stainless steel boiler.
- 1100 Watts input power.
What Is The Difference?
- The EC702 is constructed from stainless steel exterior vs. the plastic exterior of the EC155, which makes it more durable and simple to wipe clean.
- The EC702 has a better designed milk frother than the EC155.
- The control panel on the EC702 features push buttons that replace the EC155’s dial control.
- The EC702 has a larger cup warming tray on top to keep your cups hot and ready to use.
- Water tank capacity for the EC702 is 44 oz. vs. 35oz for the EC155
Which Should I Buy? The DeLonghi EC702 or EC155?
If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll naturally choose the EC155 as your machine as it is half the price of the EC702. However, the EC702’s stainless steel construction alone is worth paying double the price. When you’re making espresso everyday, a lot of heat comes in contact with the body of the machine, this can lead to the plastic body of the EC155 cracking or breaking in some way. This is not a concern when it comes to the EC702.
DeLonghi EC155 vs. BAR32, Is There a Difference Between Them?
You might have noticed the DeLonghi BAR32, which might feel similar to the EC155. Is there a difference between the two?
The difference between the two espresso makers isn’t major. Overall, the EC155 has a better design, better shape and space on top that serves as a cup warming tray. As for everything else, they’re pretty much the same.
Watch Them In Action:
A demo of the DeLonghi EC155:
A Demo of the DeLonghi EC702:
While Cuisinart is known for its coffee makers, its line of products includes two great entry-level espresso makers for under $200: the EM100 and EM200. Like any smart shopper, you’re probably wondering what is the difference between these two espresso makers and which should you buy, and that’s exactly what we’ll be covering in this post.
Cuisinart EM100 vs. EM200: What Is The Difference?
Before we get into the differences, let’s have a look at their common features:
- 15 bar pump pressure
- semi-automatic espresso makers
- ability to use ground coffee of e.s.e pods
- ability to make a single or double shots at the same time.
- steam wand for milk frothing. Also works as a hot water dispenser.
- Cup warming tray for keeping cups hot and ready to use.
- Coffee scoop and tamping tool included.
- The Cuisinart EM200 has a larger water tank of 64 oz capacity. The EM100 has a 53 oz water tank capacity.
- The control panel on the EM200 features dedicated backlit buttons where the EM100 uses a knob control.
- On the EM200 you’ll find a Manual button which allows you to continue pouring Espresso for any amount you like until you manually stop it.
Which Should I Buy? The Cuisinart EM200 or the EM100?
There is no major performance difference between the two machines. Price wise, the difference is around $10 or so, which is also not major at all. Your choice should be based on how easy the machine is for you to operate, whether you prefer the knob control or dedicated buttons. The manual option of the EM200 is something to consider as well.
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