Top 3 Superautomatic Espresso Machines of 2022
It’s time once again for Seattle Coffee Gear’s top superautomatic espresso machines of the year. This year sees a mix of some newer challengers and classic options that we’ve organized into a few different categories to help you find the best superautomatic espresso machine option for your home!
Crowd Pleaser Pick
First up, we have our pick for the best superautomatic espresso machine for the widest range of people. This year, we’ve selected the Philips Carina LatteGo as the top superauto for this category. For us, “Crowd Pleaser” means a machine that’s going to be easy to use and understand for the most people. We also consider affordability heavily in this category. We want to recommend a machine that’s going to have the best price to features ratio for this category. This is why the Carina LatteGo was such an easy selection!
The Philips Carina LatteGo is a superautomatic espresso machine that combines ease of use, affordability, quality drinks, and easy maintenance. For starters, the Carina LatteGo gives you easy access to espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and hot water options for your drinks. With a couple of button presses you brew delicious cafe favorites, and you can also adjust the volume and strength of them with the machine’s simple touch-button interface.
Thanks to the innovative LatteGo milk steaming system you’ll get great quality milk without having to hold a pitcher up to the machine. The LatteGo carafe is also easy to disassemble and clean, a key element for any milk system. We’ve found that this milk steamer in particular is much easier to maintain than other steaming systems, since the milk stays in the carafe for the whole process.
The rest of the machine is easy to maintain too, with AquaClean filtration extending time between descalings. The Carina LatteGo also features helpful indicator lights that tell you when it’s time for various maintenance tasks. When you combine all of this with the price, which is more affordable than many other automatic espresso machines with hands free steaming, you get our pick for best crowd pleaser superautomatic espresso of 2022!
Top Features Pick
Our top features pick for best superautomatic espresso machine of 2022 is more expensive than our crowd please, but offers more extensive features. For this category we’ve selected the versatile and high performing Saeco Xelsis Superautomatic Espresso Machine. This machine remains one of the best superautomatic espresso machines on the market, and it’s why it was a good fit for this category.
The Saeco Xelsis’ main draw is its extensive drink customization and easy to parse interface. Unlike the Carina, the Xelsis uses a touchscreen interface that resembles a smartphone. Using this interface, you can easily adjust parameters like temperature, volume, and strength. You can even adjust milk texture. Once you’ve programmed your perfect drink you can save it to a profile. This makes it a great machine for a multi-user household.
Speaking of milk texture, the Xelsis’ HygieSteam system produces some of the best superautomatic milk steaming we’ve tasted. The included refrigerator-ready milk carafe even makes storage a breeze, and ensures you won’t waste milk. We love how well this system cleans itself as well.
As far as other maintenance items, the Xelsis couldn’t be easier to work with. AquaClean filtration is here on this machine just like the Carina, helping to extend time between descalings. The Xelsis also features helpful maintenance reminders and guidance through that touchscreen interface.
Finally, when you also add in the convenient ergonomic features, such as a front access water tank, easily adjustable spouts, and a scratch-resistant drip tray, the Xelsis provides a lot of value for its price tag. We love this machine, and it’s why it’s our pick for top features in our best superauto espresso machines for 2022!
Our ultimate pick for our top superautomatic espresso machines of 2022 is the Miele CM6360 Milk Perfection Superautomatic Espresso Machine. We know, it’s a mouthful, but it earns every one of those syllables! Our ultimate pick category is where we show you the absolute best in class option, pricing aside. With that said, even though this Miele superauto is pricey, we think it’s worth every penny.
This machine is loaded with features. First, there’s the dedicated 7 one touch drink recipes. Brewing these couldn’t be simpler, just drop the milk pipe into the included carafe, place your mug, and press the button. With a few more presses, you can access the machine’s full suite of over 10 built-in drink options. That’s not all though, if you prefer to adjust your drinks you can do that as well. The CM6360 lets you save up to 8 profiles, each with its own menu of fully customized beverages.
But these features are present on the Xelsis that we talked about above, so what’s the extra fuss? Well, the CM6360 offers even better milk texture than just about any superautomatic machine we’ve seen before. It also has the quietest coffee grinding of any superauto we’ve seen. This makes it a truly premium experience that can only really be beat by its very expensive CM7750 sibling.
As you would expect, this machine also has all of the easy maintenance features you’d expect from a premium machine. It’s also got a dedicated multi-brew option to double up drinks, and a coffee pot function to brew up to 40 ounces of the “long coffee” option available on the machine. We love the Mile CM6360 and we think you’ll find that more than its milk is perfection!
Coming in as our honorable mention for this category, we have the Philips 4300 LatteGo. The 4300 offers performance very similar to the Carina LatteGo mentioned above. It has the same milk steaming system, and the same espresso brewing components. What makes this machine different is its screen-based interface.
This machine gives you a nice middle-ground between the Carina LatteGo and the Saeco Xelsis. It still has a strong range of programming options in its menu, and it uses that convenient and quality LatteGo carafe-based steaming. It’s also got all of the maintenance and cleaning features covered with things like AquaClean filtration and its helpful reminders delivered via the screen. It does all of this while offering a price solidly in between the Carina and Xelsis as well. This makes it a great option for many users, and its why we’re giving it a nod this year in our best superautomatic espresso machines of 2022.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these picks! Be sure to check out our best of 2022 video series, and stay tuned for more of our top picks of the year!