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The Best Pod Espresso Machines

After testing 76 countertop appliances, we pick our favorites in nine categories, from blenders to espresso makers.

The Winner

KitchenAid Pro-Line Series ($600)
High pressure creates espresso with a perfect caramel crema, and the steam nozzle foams milk in seconds. The machine also heats quickly, so it’s easy to brew multiple cups.


Gaggia Classic ($450)
Although this powerful, industrial-caliber Italian machine delivers perfectly extracted espresso, it takes longer to heat up than others we tested. The compact size doesn’t clutter a countertop (

Honorable Mentions

Starbucks Sirena ($600)
Codesigned with BMW Group, this machine is dummy-proof—you need only press a single button to pull an espresso. The convenient water reservoir has a handle that makes it a cinch to remove and fill (

Ascaso Steel UNO Special Edition ($700)
This powerful machine pulls a very extracted shot of espresso with a nice crema, and it's easy to operate. The heavy-duty brass boiler heats up quickly and retains heat well (

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