Best commercial coffee machines of February 2020: ranking and price comparison

Which are the best commercial coffee machines of 2020?

Best commercial coffee machines of 2020 (1 - 5)
commercial coffee machine comparison
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commercial coffee machine comparison
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Dalla Corte Evolution 2 Group High
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Rancilio Classe 9 USB Tall 4 Group
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Nuova Simonelli Aurelia II 3 Group
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Rancilio Classe 7 E Tall 3 Group
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Rancilio Classe 9 USB Tall 3 Group
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Nuova Simonelli Appia Compact 220V 2 Group
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Nuova Simonelli Appia Compact 110V 2 Group
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La Marzocco Linea PB 3 Group
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La Marzocco Linea PB 2 Group
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Nuova Simonelli Microbar
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Dalla Corte Evolution 2 Group High
100points
Rancilio Classe 9 USB Tall 4 Group
95points
Nuova Simonelli Aurelia II 3 Group
80points
Rancilio Classe 7 E Tall 3 Group
79points
Rancilio Classe 9 USB Tall 3 Group
79points
Nuova Simonelli Appia Compact 220V 2 Group
71points
Nuova Simonelli Appia Compact 110V 2 Group
71points
La Marzocco Linea PB 3 Group
64points
La Marzocco Linea PB 2 Group
64points
Nuova Simonelli Microbar
64points
Best price
Best price
Summary
Summary
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Pros
Pros
  • Shot timer
  • Larger boiler
  • More watts per litre
  • More programmable buttons
  • Cleaning alert
  • Larger boiler
  • More group heads
  • Shot timer
  • Overheating prevention
  • Sleep mode
  • Larger boiler
  • Larger boiler
  • More watts per litre
  • Cleaning alert
  • Larger boiler
  • More watts per litre
  • Larger boiler
  • More watts per litre
  • Larger boiler
  • Shot timer
  • Larger boiler
  • More watts per litre
  • Sleep mode
  • Shot timer
  • More watts per litre
  • Sleep mode
  • Shot timer
  • Overheating prevention
  • Dry puck feature
  • 3-way valve
  • More watts per litre
  • Sleep mode
Cons
Cons
  • Group heads
  • PID controller
  • Rotary vane pump
  • Watts per litre
  • Rotary vane pump
  • Programmable buttons
  • Rotary vane pump
  • Independent cleaning mechanisms
  • Warranty period
  • Rotary vane pump
  • Programmable buttons
  • Group heads
  • Simultaneous brewing and steaming
  • PID controller
  • Programmable buttons
  • Group heads
  • Watts per litre
  • Simultaneous brewing and steaming
  • PID controller
  • Pressure gauge
  • Programmable buttons
  • Independent cleaning mechanisms
  • Pressure gauge
  • Programmable buttons
  • Group heads
  • Independent cleaning mechanisms
  • Programmable buttons
  • Group heads
  • Boiler size
  • Raised group heads
General info
Watts per litreGenerally, a larger capacity boiler with a higher wattage will be able to recover and replenish quicker. This is useful if making many coffees at once.
Watts per litreGenerally, a larger capacity boiler with a higher wattage will be able to recover and replenish quicker. This is useful if making many coffees at once.573273357375375400293122013521428
Warranty periodWhen covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
Warranty periodWhen covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.N.A.N.A.2N.A.122222
Ground coffeeGround coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.
Ground coffeeGround coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.
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Components
Pressure gaugeOne of the most important aspects to pulling a great espresso is the amount of pressure used. Aspects such as how tightly tamped the portafilter is can affect the pressure and therefore the overall quality of the extraction. A pressure gauge helps you to adjust your process to achieve a perfect 9 bar of pressure.
Pressure gaugeOne of the most important aspects to pulling a great espresso is the amount of pressure used. Aspects such as how tightly tamped the portafilter is can affect the pressure and therefore the overall quality of the extraction. A pressure gauge helps you to adjust your process to achieve a perfect 9 bar of pressure.
Rotary vane pumpA rotary vane pump is most often found on commercial and high-end consumer machines, and offers much quieter operation compared to the more common, vibratory pump.
Rotary vane pumpA rotary vane pump is most often found on commercial and high-end consumer machines, and offers much quieter operation compared to the more common, vibratory pump.
Group headsWith more group heads, you can make more coffees at the same time. This is great for busy cafés and restaurants.
Group headsWith more group heads, you can make more coffees at the same time. This is great for busy cafés and restaurants.2433322321
Steam wandIt has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
Steam wandIt has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
Raised group headsRaised group heads are particularly useful as it allows the use of larger cups, making it easier to make drinks such as lattes.
Raised group headsRaised group heads are particularly useful as it allows the use of larger cups, making it easier to make drinks such as lattes.
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Water source
Hot water outletA hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
Hot water outletA hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
Direct water connectionThe coffee machine can connect directly to the water supply. This ensures you never have to refill the machine with water.
Direct water connectionThe coffee machine can connect directly to the water supply. This ensures you never have to refill the machine with water.
Integrated water filterAn integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.
Integrated water filterAn integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.
Boiler sizeA higher capacity boiler means that you don’t have to refill it as often.
Boiler sizeA higher capacity boiler means that you don’t have to refill it as often.7.5l22l14l16l16l7.5l7.5l5l3.4l1.4l
PID controllerA PID controller controls the temperature of the boiler electronically. It offers a far greater degree of accuracy and consistency than a regular, mechanical thermostat used to control temperature. This is very important as a temperature of around 92°C to 96°C is key to pulling the perfect espresso.
PID controllerA PID controller controls the temperature of the boiler electronically. It offers a far greater degree of accuracy and consistency than a regular, mechanical thermostat used to control temperature. This is very important as a temperature of around 92°C to 96°C is key to pulling the perfect espresso.
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Maintenance
Cleaning alertThe machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.
Cleaning alertThe machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.
Sleep modeAfter a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.
Sleep modeAfter a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.
Overheating preventionIt has an internal fuse/thermal sensors which prevents the machine from overheating.
Overheating preventionIt has an internal fuse/thermal sensors which prevents the machine from overheating.
Dry puck featureAt the end of the extraction process, all moisture is removed from the puck. This allows you to easily tap out the coffee from the portafilter afterwards, reducing mess and the need to clean it as often.
Dry puck featureAt the end of the extraction process, all moisture is removed from the puck. This allows you to easily tap out the coffee from the portafilter afterwards, reducing mess and the need to clean it as often.
Independent cleaning mechanismsIndependent cleaning mechanisms are very useful, especially in a busy commercial environment. It means that you can clean one group head while still using others to create coffees, instead of the whole machine being inoperable.
Independent cleaning mechanismsIndependent cleaning mechanisms are very useful, especially in a busy commercial environment. It means that you can clean one group head while still using others to create coffees, instead of the whole machine being inoperable.
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Features
Simultaneous brewing and steamingWith a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.
Simultaneous brewing and steamingWith a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.
Pre-infusion functionWith a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.
Pre-infusion functionWith a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.
3-way valveA 3-way solenoid valve relieves the portafilter of pressure and moisture after the extraction. This produces a dry puck which can easily be removed afterwards. It also means that you don’t have to wait for the pressure to equalise, so that you can make back-to-back coffees.
3-way valveA 3-way solenoid valve relieves the portafilter of pressure and moisture after the extraction. This produces a dry puck which can easily be removed afterwards. It also means that you don’t have to wait for the pressure to equalise, so that you can make back-to-back coffees.
Programmable buttonsThese buttons can be programmed for different types of coffee such as an espresso, doppio or ristretto. This means once you have mastered a particular style of coffee, you can get it the same every time.
Programmable buttonsThese buttons can be programmed for different types of coffee such as an espresso, doppio or ristretto. This means once you have mastered a particular style of coffee, you can get it the same every time.N.A.16412121010006
Shot timerThe time taken to pull an espresso shot is one of four key elements, and should be around 19-22 seconds. Once you have the grind, dose and tamp correct, you can use the shot clock to time the pull perfectly.
Shot timerThe time taken to pull an espresso shot is one of four key elements, and should be around 19-22 seconds. Once you have the grind, dose and tamp correct, you can use the shot clock to time the pull perfectly.
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