Hello all!

I am looking to purchase an espresso machine for my house. I've done some research and have a list narrowed down. I was curious what you all thought about purchasing used and if there were any places you may recommend I check.

As always, thanks!

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Hey, Jeremy, and welcome! My advice would be to use caution when buying used. Just like a used car, unless you have equipment checked out, you don't know how it's been handled and maintained. Some espresso tech companies will sell refurbished machines, but it would really depend on the price and the warranty.
My advice with equipment is to buy new when possible. What machines are you looking at?

Hi Jen, thanks for the reply. I have been looking at a couple different brands, but I keep coming across many positive reviews on the Gaggia 14101 Classic. I would really like to be around $200. A Breville or something with a quality grinder is attractive, I just can't warrant spending $500+ at this time.

Any ideas?!

Thanks again!  


Jen Hurd said:

Hey, Jeremy, and welcome! My advice would be to use caution when buying used. Just like a used car, unless you have equipment checked out, you don't know how it's been handled and maintained. Some espresso tech companies will sell refurbished machines, but it would really depend on the price and the warranty.
My advice with equipment is to buy new when possible. What machines are you looking at?

I would just save your money because you will get that machine and then a month later after realizing you are starting to learn things you will want a Double boiler machine. Save money and wait till you have enough to get a gs3 or one group slayer or even a linea classic one group or Linea mini. I know a lot of people in your situation and they get the machine and then say I should have just waited. But if you are to get breville you have to get there double boiler version it's the only semi decent one.

Once again, I totally agree with Mason. :) A GS3, one group Slayer, or one group Linea is going to serve you well in the future and be a better investment. It's going to be difficult to find a great home machine for under $1k.

Agreed.

And as we fancy coffee folk often say, "Grinder first." So whatever you are thinking about in terms of total budget, know that the grinder is the more important (and often overlooked) purchase.

I've been doing some research between double boiler and heat exchange machines. Out of curiosity, why do you prefer double boiler for a home espresso machine? I'm assuming majority of the commercial machines will be dual boiler for drink turnaround?

Nailed it, John!!!

John P said:

Agreed.

And as we fancy coffee folk often say, "Grinder first." So whatever you are thinking about in terms of total budget, know that the grinder is the more important (and often overlooked) purchase.

I would suggest to spend on a grinder like Baratza Encore along with the Espresso machine Gaggia Classic. Use them for a year and then sell them to another newbie. You are just starting out so spending a fortune in something you don't know might take you in a wrong direction.

Know the things first, thereafter you will know the requirements for your next machine.

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