Best Semi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines

If your daily coffee habit is starting to burn a hole in your pocket but you’re a coffee lover who can’t live without your morning latte, it might be worth investing in a coffee machine. Fine-tune your coffee-making skills with a manual coffee machine or use a semi-automatic coffee machine to achieve a full extraction of flavour thanks to the freshly ground beans. Continue Reading...

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$64.98 to $8,499
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Pump Pressure
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Milk Frother
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Based on 4,261 reviews
The Little Guy Home Barista Kit

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit 🏆 2024

4.6  (186)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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Matty112233
Matty112233VIC
 
Perfect machine to useIts a great machine to use .. I can't live with out it
Breville The Oracle BES980

Breville The Oracle BES980

4.4  (689)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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SB
SB3 posts
  BES980BSS
Absolutely amazingAmazing coffee machine!! I hardly ever have outside coffee anymore as this machine produces reliably amazing coffee. It is semi automated, grinds, tamps and produces a very smooth microfoam. One of my best ever purchasesZ Show details
Breville Barista Express

Breville Barista Express

4.2  (1,008)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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Sonja
Sonja
  Barista Express BES870BKS
Breville The Oracle Touch BES990

Breville The Oracle Touch BES990

4.3  (112)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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$3,399Bing Lee
aj.benkowics
aj.benkowicsNSW7 posts
  Verified BES990BTR
Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio Silvia

4.2  (121)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999 to $1,199
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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Brozz100
Brozz100
  V5
Spoil yourselfAfter 9 years, my Rancillio is still producing great coffee results, so much so I now don't order coffee at cafes because 9 times out of 10 it is not what you get at home with the Rancillio.
Great robust machine. Show details
DeLonghi Dedica

DeLonghi Dedica

4.0  (291)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229 to $349
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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dmisso42
dmisso42Victoria21 posts
  EC685M
DeLonghi
DeLonghi   DM   
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Breville Duo-Temp Pro BES810BSS

Breville Duo-Temp Pro BES810BSS

4.1  (107)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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Mureed A.
Mureed A.79 posts
 
Breville Dynamic Duo BEP920

Breville Dynamic Duo BEP920

4.2  (71)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,199
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderStandalone Grinder Included
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Laura G.
Laura G.VIC2 posts
  BEP920BKS
Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300

Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300

3.7  (336)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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$249Bing Lee
David S.
David S.
  Verified EM4300S
Good coffee, but prone to break downI had similar experiences to others described here. I like the machine when it is working, but I have had two of them break down, the second one after about six months. (This was a replacement machine so apparently not under warranty!) I hope that sunbeam are working on correcting what is clearly a design flaw. Show details
Sunbeam
Sunbeam   DM   
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Breville the Barista Touch BES880

Breville the Barista Touch BES880

4.1  (60)
 Summary
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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$1,399Bing Lee
Anne
Anne2 posts
 
Breville Infuser BES840

Breville Infuser BES840

3.8  (110)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $749
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
darfvader
darfvaderVIC11 posts
  BES840BKS
Sunbeam Cafe Series Duo EMM7200BK

Sunbeam Cafe Series Duo EMM7200BK

4.3  (32)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Cherie
CherieNSW4 posts
 
Sunbeam
Sunbeam   DM   
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Smeg ECF01

Smeg ECF01

3.7  (91)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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$349Bing Lee
Stephen C.
Stephen C.QLD2 posts
  ECF01CRAU
A great deviceBest machine for a caravan. Makes an excellent milk froth, with the swirling the steam. Show details
Breville Bambino Plus BES500

Breville Bambino Plus BES500

3.9  (46)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599.95
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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Keith
Keith7 posts
  BES500BSS
Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300

Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300

3.4  (179)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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$499Bing Lee
Dean_28
Dean_28Victoria2 posts
  EM5300K
Great Coffee machine, Love it!I purchased this as my first "bean grinder" type of coffees machine about 4 months ago.
Needless to say I absolutely love it!
No issues and makes a Cafe type coffee easily! Easy to keep clean and very easy to use for the "beginner" Show details ·  1
Sunbeam Compact Barista Espresso EMM2900SS

Sunbeam Compact Barista Espresso EMM2900SS

4.5  (21)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Neta
NetaTasmania
 
Sunbeam Barista Plus EMM5400BK

Sunbeam Barista Plus EMM5400BK

4.0  (32)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $849
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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Michelle Nathan
Michelle NathanQLD6 posts
  Barista Plus EMM5400BK
Can’t live withoutI absolutely love my new coffee machine, so easy to use and super easy to clean, I love the red indicator that pops up when the drip tray needs emptying. Have saved a small fortune being able to make great tasting coffee at home. Kids and husband love frothy hot chocolates. Have recommend to family and some have already purchased after using mine. Show details ·  1
DeLonghi Icona Pump Espresso

DeLonghi Icona Pump Espresso

3.3  (117)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Charles Sydney
Charles SydneyNSW3 posts
  ECO310
Breville The Barista Pro BES878

Breville The Barista Pro BES878

3.3  (49)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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Ally L.
Ally L.12 posts
  Verified BES878BSS4JAN1
Breville Compact Café BES250

Breville Compact Café BES250

2.9  (141)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229.95
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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Zhanna
ZhannaQLD5 posts
  Verified
DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro

DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro

3.4  (38)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,899
  • Pump Pressure19 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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Mike O
Mike O4 posts
 
Sunbeam Origins Espresso Machine EMM7300SS

Sunbeam Origins Espresso Machine EMM7300SS

4.5  (13)
 Summary
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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Rhys
RhysQLD
 
Gaggia New Classic

Gaggia New Classic

4.8  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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Kas
KasNSW4 posts
 
Lelit Combi PL042EMI

Lelit Combi PL042EMI

4.8  (10)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure9 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
Justin B.
Justin B.QLD
 
Wonderful small, elegant and well.made machineTitle says it all. No issue combining grinder and espresso machine. High quality steam and water pressure for espresso. Great looking too. Has one boiler so occasionally takes a bit longer. All up a perfect combination. Show details
Kmart Anko Espresso Machine CM5400D-SA

Kmart Anko Espresso Machine CM5400D-SA

3.3  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $89
  • Pump Pressure15 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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Helen Connell
Helen ConnellQLD2 posts
 
Expobar Minore IV

Expobar Minore IV

4.1  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $3,082
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Bruce
BruceNSW81 posts
 
Breville The Barista Express Impress BES876

Breville The Barista Express Impress BES876

3.9  (10)
 Summary
  • Pump Pressure9 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderIntegrated Burr Grinder
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DVodo
DVodoNSW12 posts
  Verified
Vibiemme Domobar Super

Vibiemme Domobar Super

3.8  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,999 to $4,249
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
Thorsten Stanley
Thorsten Stanley4 posts
  Domobar Super
amazing machine 4 years nothing gores wrong perfect coffee and foamThis machine just keeps on giving. Mine sits on the sink so not plumbed but huge tank. Never had any faults- serviced once only in 4 years plus. Easy to use and superb steam pressure. Cant understand people who have had faults- maybe different machine? Show details
Bezzera Domus Galatea

Bezzera Domus Galatea

4.3  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $3,050
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
Stevev
StevevNSW6 posts
 
Still going strong after 11 yearsMoney well spent for this beautiful machine. Still going strong after 11 years!
Great coffee every time and steamer super quick.
Everyone who sees my machine loves the stainless steel and curved metal. Show details
ECM Synchronika

ECM Synchronika

5.0  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $5,200
  • Pump Pressure16 bar
  • Milk FrotherSteam Wand
  • Bean GrinderNone
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PaulS
PaulSQLD122 posts
  Verified

Coffee Cups

Are manual or automatic coffee machines better?

Semi-automatic coffee machines

Semi-automatic coffee machine

If you’re running late for work in the morning and need a quick espresso shot, a semi-automatic coffee machine can do a lot of the work for you. Once you grind and tamp the beans to fit into the portafilter, the machine takes over, making a pre-programmed amount of coffee.

Simply press a button to pull the shot and you’ve got a cup of coffee. Even if you’ve just crawled out of bed and you’re still half asleep, you won’t need to worry about going through all the motions required by a manual coffee machine.

A semi-automatic is a good compromise between a manual coffee machine and a fully automatic coffee machine. Kmart, Sunbeam, and Gaggia all have reliable and affordable semi-automatic coffee machines.

For example, The Sunbeam Mini Barista only costs $299 and features a simple operation designed with two shot sizes and an in-built milk frothing steam wand. Although a semi-automatic coffee machine is quicker than a manual coffee machine as it’s partly automated, it’s not as quick as a fully automatic machine, coffee pod machine, or drip coffee machine.

Manual coffee machines

Manual coffee machine

A manual coffee machine is perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon when you want to relax and savour the coffee-making process. With a manual espresso machine you can unleash your at-home barista and control every part of the coffee-making process. Grind and tamp coffee beans of your choice, control the pressure and temperature of water and steam and froth your milk.

A manual coffee machine is for true coffee connoisseurs. If you don’t already know about techniques like grinding, dosing and tamping, you’ll need to learn. Depending on the complexity of the machine you use, learning how your specific machine works can take weeks. Overall, manual machines are more labour intensive but worth it if you refuse to compromise on coffee quality and taste.

Best coffee machines under $1000

A less expensive coffee machine won’t necessarily result in an inferior cup of coffee. According to reviewers, many coffee machines under $1000 work just as well, or arguably better, than pricier models. There are also other factors that come into play, such as the quality of the beans you are using.

If you are using premium coffee beans and you’re grinding the beans into a consistent texture, there's a strong possibility it'll result in an impressive coffee, regardless of what type of machine you use. So here are the top three most highly-rated coffee machines that our reviewers have loved, all priced under $1000.

What are the different types of grinders?

Not all coffee machines have an integrated grinder. If your coffee machine doesn’t come with a grinder it’s a good idea to buy one. Grinding the coffee beans so they can fit neatly into the portafilter is an integral part of the coffee-making process.

Most importantly, the way you grind your beans determines the quality of your coffee.

Blade Grinder

Blade grinder

The blade grinder is an electric grinder which has a blade at the centre of the grinder. That blade cuts the coffee beans into small pieces.

You might find that the coffee isn’t ground up consistently and you’ll probably end up with a mixture of larger chunks of coffee with pockets of finely ground coffee. This may result in coffee that heats at an inconsistent rate, affecting the taste. However, if you’re looking for convenience and ease, this will grind your coffee fast with minimal effort on your part.

Burr Grinder

burr grinder

Most burr grinders are usually electrically powered. However, you can also find manual grinders which can be brought along to outdoor activities, like camping.

Burrs are two revolving abrasive surfaces which grind a limited amount of beans at a time. The coffee beans grind at the same rate, resulting in a consistent and rich flavour.

Standalone Grinders

Some coffee machines such as the Breville Dynamic Duo and the Sunbeam Torino Espresso Machine & Grinder come with a standalone grinder. A bonus of having a standalone coffee grinder is that if your coffee machine breaks and needs repair - you still have the standalone grinder to help you make coffee.

Factors to consider when buying a semi-automatic or manual coffee machine

Milk Frother Milk frother

Depending on how you like your coffee, check beforehand what type of features your coffee machine comes with. If you want to froth your milk, make sure the coffee machine you’re purchasing comes with a milk frother or steam wand along with a frothing pitcher. Many coffee machines have an integrated steam wand which makes milk and dense. Alternatively, you can use your milk frother, which you may need to buy separately, to spruce up your coffee with light and foamy milk. If you’re up for a challenge, once you’ve steamed or frothed your milk, have a go at making latte art!

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If you’re looking for a coffee machine that’s durable and long-lasting, consider getting a stainless steel coffee machine. Want to replicate a cafe vibe in your own kitchen? Choose a coffee machine with a silver finish and it’ll look like you have your own cafe coffee machine. Or if you’re looking to match the existing aesthetic, choosing classic black or white is always a safe choice that will pair with pretty much any colour scheme.

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The semi-automatic coffee machine is the best choice if you want to make a quick and easy cup of coffee. It also has a shorter heat-up time than a manual coffee machine. If you choose an integrated blade grinder, the fastest type of grinder, you’ll have your coffee ready in no time.

If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, a manual coffee machine will take longer but you get to control the whole process and potentially make a better, barista-quality coffee.

Regardless of whether you have a manual or semi-automatic coffee machine, there are other things you can do to speed up the process. Choose a water tank with a larger capacity, as the size of your tank affects how long you can go without refilling. For example, if your water tank only has a 1L capacity, you’ll only be able to make around 8 cups before you have to refill.

If you and your partner don’t want to fight over who gets their caffeine fix first, a tank with two spouts or a coffee machine with a double shot function can provide two cups of coffee instantaneously.

A coffee machine with a large boiler means you’ll end up waiting longer for the water to heat up. You can choose a coffee machine with a small boiler or a dual boiler, that will extract coffee and steam milk simultaneously, to cut down your wait time.

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Maybe you’re powering through an assignment or finishing up a long day of working from home and you just need a late-night coffee.

However, you might be worried about waking up a partner or your family with a loud coffee machine. Luckily, it’s possible to find coffee machines that are quieter than others. For example, reviewers gave Breville the Barista Touch a high average rating for satisfactory noise levels.

Conclusion

If you’re seeking ease and convenience yet still want to be more hands-on in the coffee-making process, then the semi-automatic coffee machine may be best for you. However, if you would like to be in control of the whole process and learn to make barista-quality coffee that rivals your local cafe - then consider the manual coffee machine. Have a look through our reviews and use the filters on the left to help narrow down your search to find the best manual or semi-automatic coffee machine for you.

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