A 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.
41% have it
2. Has dry puck feature
At 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.
A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
84% have it
9. Water tank is transparent
With a transparent water tank you can easily see when it needs to be filled up. This is important as attempting to make an espresso with an empty tank can damage the machine.
41% have it
10. Uses ground coffee
Ground coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.
11. Has a removable water tank
The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.
87% have it
12. Has cup warmer
With a cup warmer you can heat the cups before pulling your espresso so that it doesn't go cold quickly, which affects the taste and quality. It also means that you don’t have to manually heat them using hot water.
94% have it
13. warranty period
When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.