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8 Latte Machines to Buy in 2022, According to Kitchen Appliance Pros
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We updated this article in December 2022 to ensure the information reflected current prices, features and more. Our top picks, based on testing notes from the Good Housekeeping Institute, remain the same.
It’s delightful to learn that you truly can make a classic latte at home. It's just espresso and milk. It’s that simple. You can use a milk frother and an espresso machine (or a stovetop pot or even a French press or instant coffee!), but the latte machines on the market today really do make it easy to sip that silky coffee drink without leaving the house since they provide the ability to brew espresso and froth milk with one appliance.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab tests a wide variety of kitchen gear including all types of coffee makers, including pour-over coffee makers, single-cup brewers, drip coffee makers, portable coffee makers, cold brew coffee makers and so much more. To find our favorite latte machines, we evaluated a variety of popular and highly-rated models that use ground coffee or coffee pods to brew espresso and that have built-in frothers.
Our top picks:
Best Overall Latte MachineBambino Plus Espresso Machine Breville Read More
Best Value Latte MachineEspresso Maker Hamilton Beach Read More
Easiest Latte Machine to UseOne-Touch Coffeehouse Espresso and Cappuccino Machine Mr. Coffee Read More
Best Latte Machine with Touchscreen3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Philips Read More
Best Latte Machine with GrinderLa Specialista De'Longhi Read More
When reviewing latte makers, we evaluate them for ease of use and cleaning, consistency, taste and noise level. We also test how efficiently they preheat, brew and froth. We favor latte machines that brew smooth and good-tasting espresso (hello, crema!) and froth both milk and milk alternatives quickly and quietly. The frother should produce luxuriously creamy and hot milk with just the right amount of foam. Read on for those that topped our tests as well as what to look for when shopping.
|Dimensions||7.75" x 12.5" x 12.25"|
|Water reservoir capacity||64 oz.|
|Dimensions||13" x 8.2" x 12.31"|
|Water reservoir capacity||50 oz.|
|Dimensions||13" x 10.6" x 14.3"|
|Water reservoir capacity||55 oz.|
|Dimensions||9.75" x 17" x 14.5"|
|Water reservoir capacity||60.8 oz.|
|Dimensions||15" x 14.48" x 17.5"|
|Water reservoir capacity||67.6 oz.|
|Dimensions||6.7" x 12.2" x 16.1"|
|Water reservoir capacity||60 oz.|
|Dimensions||9.33" x 17" x 13.75"|
|Water reservoir capacity||60 oz.|
|Dimensions||12.5'' x 15.3'' x 11.7''|
|Water reservoir capacity||60 oz.|
We evaluate latte machines for brew time, consistency, taste, noise level and ease of use. To find these machines, we rounded up well over 20 espresso machines in the Lab, brewing more than 60 cups of espresso. We tested the timing and temperature of multiple espressos and made lattes with both skim and oat milk to evaluate the milk ratio of the setting and the quality of the frothing.
Our picks were easy to set up, intuitive to use without a user manual and reasonably quick to heat, brew and froth. The best machines produced lattes that had depth and were creamy and balanced.
✔️Type: Latte machines generally fall into four categories: semiautomatic, automatic, super-automatic and capsule.
- Semiautomatic machines usually require the user to add finely ground coffee to a portafilter and tamp them. They operate with a button or dial that automates the water flow, and the size of the brew is controlled by the user. These machines often have a frother wand that you will use in a pitcher or mug of milk.
- Automatic machines generally have programmed settings for the drinks, offering more consistency. They might have a frothing wand or a milk hopper that dispenses the right amount per drink.
- Super-automatic machines are a one-stop shop. They grind the beans, measure them out and often tamp them for you. The drinks are programmed, usually including the amount of milk that will be portioned from the milk hopper.
- Capsule machines use pods filled with pre-measured coffee to make espresso-style coffee drinks. They offer consistency and ease of use. Some of the ones we tested had separate frothers while one had a built-in frother.
✔️ Frother: There are two basic types of frothers associated with latte machines: A frothing wand, which you operate by inserting it into a pitcher of milk turning a dial to heat and froth the milk, or a milk hopper, which clips directly onto the machine — or connects via a straw or tube — and works with the machine’s programming to heat, froth and dispense the milk. Milk hoppers can be plastic, glass or even metal. Glass and plastic are sturdy and see-through so you can tell when you need to refill; they’re also easy to clean. Metal is also easy to clean and reduces plastic use, but it can be harder to determine the level of milk available for drinks. In addition, the frothers on fully automatic machines may let you select settings that control the texture and temperature of your frothed milk. Wands can produce similar results but will require a bit more skill.
✔️Capacity: This refers to the capacity of the water reservoir as well as the coffee bean hopper and/or milk hopper, if applicable. A larger water reservoir means you won’t have to fill it as often, but a smaller one ensures fresh water more frequently. Capsule machines tend to have smaller water reservoirs, while super-automatic machines usually have larger ones (though keep in mind that some of that water is used for priming your grounds and flushing the machine). If your machine has a bean hopper, it should hold ½ to 1 pound of beans and keep them well sealed and shielded from light to preserve their flavor. If your machine includes a milk hopper, make sure it holds enough for your preference for one drink.
✔️Pressure: Espresso is made by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee under high pressure. The Specialty Coffee Association — a nonprofit, member organization that represents coffee professionals — has defined espresso as “coffee through which [water] has been forced at 9 to 10 atmospheres of pressure.” Most home machines can achieve nine bars of pressure, though some machines will range up to 15 to 19 bars.
✔️Footprint: Latte machines can be larger than single-serve, drip or espresso-only machines. Measure the space where you plan to store the machine and check the dimensions of the model before you purchase.
Myo Quinn is a chef, food writer and editor and product tester. She has covered all things kitchen, including single-serve coffee makers and coffee accessories.
Nicole Papantoniou is the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, where she oversees all of Good Housekeeping's content and testing related to kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets and gear. She's been testing kitchen appliances professionally since 2013 and oversaw the testing of coffee makers, espresso machines and Nespresso machines, as well as all other brewing appliances.