Ease of use: Logical controls and a steam wand that swivels make this Breville model fairly effortless to use. A plus: It has clearance for larger mugs.
Taster's choice: Delivers a reasonably smooth-tasting espresso, with plenty of that prized crema (the foam).
Ease of cleaning: Key parts slide easily in and out. But the used grounds tend to be wetter than on other machines, adding to potential mess.
The final buzz: Our top pick: A solid, smartly designed machine delivering good quality with little hassle.