I have $600 to spend on an espresso machine

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/espresso-machine,/k,/results.html?SearchType=HeaderAC&page=2

Due to some furniture that was damaged while shipping, I have been awarded a $600 gift card to replace the furntiture. However my furniture is easily fixable with some tools, so I want to spend the $600 on an espresso machine, it needs to be on Bed Bath Beyond.

Can anyone recommend any of the machines on their site in my budget? Any components I should try to get? I already have a stand alone coffee grinder machine, but as for the coffee brewing itself I know the machines can vary.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    $600 espresso machines are all trash unless you get a hand pump. I recommend getting something else and/or selling it for a hand press machine.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Looked through a few pages for you. They're all junk. Best you could hope for was a breville Bambino but looks like they stopped carrying them.

      Appreciate your honest feedback, didn’t realize even stuff up to $600 was still crap. I think I may still go for it anyway, given this is a windfall and there’s no other gadgets I need right now… maybe I could do a new coffee table.

      I know they carried Breville for a while and that was the only brand name I recognized. The Smeg and Kitchaid probably work but not very well. Not sure about these other ones. I’d at least like a machine that could froth up milk too.

      Should I try to get a machine that’s 20 bar vs 15 bar? Does it matter? Any other tips?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Smeg is a rebranded delonghi. Ideally you want a pump with an adjustable over pressure valve, running at ~9 bar. If you're not drinking good coffee it probably doesn't matter.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Smeg is a rebranded delonghi. Ideally you want a pump with an adjustable over pressure valve, running at ~9 bar. If you're not drinking good coffee it probably doesn't matter.

        >Smeg

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Stay away from breville, under the features and facade they're usually junk. Seconding the suggestion to either sell your gift card outright or buy and resell something. You can prob buy something on sale for $100 under MSRP then resell it for $50 under

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Oh, Breville isn't all bad. We have picrel and it's been making great toast for us for like seven years or something.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Mm I still do actually need a real coffee table. I could also probably spend 600 on good kitchen gadgets if I really couldnt find a single good big ticket item

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Looked through a few pages for you. They're all junk. Best you could hope for was a breville Bambino but looks like they stopped carrying them.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    don't you mean expresso?

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to have one, but we had to sell it during covid

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Jura is the only decent brand there, but only get one if you dislike money and are a lazy frick

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gaggia Classic Pro ~400-450
    Hand grinder ~100-150

    [...]

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Needs to be from bed bath beyond

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >gcp
      lmao
      >hand grinder
      quad lmao

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        give me a better $600 setup

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        sour grapes probably
        gcp is great

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    get the nugget ice machine
    https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/Home-Garden/GE-Profile-Opal-2.0-Nugget-Ice-Maker-with-Side-Tank/39001839/product.html?SearchType=HeaderACP&acsearchidx=0&keywords=ge%20ice%20maker&refccid=K3ZFOU7TRRV2GR2MCD7S6QMUBQ

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That’s cool but I dont have the space for this super gimmicky gadget. I’d rather just go buy ice from Sonic for the one time of year I’d be hosting and making drinks that call for this kind of ice

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just choose the best one in your price range. Anything calling itself an "espresso machine" should be at least $400 usd due to the most expensive component that costs around that. If you want commercial or autistic quality, you're going to have to go above $600.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dipshit.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Why

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    According to what I've read, espresso machines with built-in grinders are a waste of money because the grinders are never very good. You're better off with a plain non-grinder espresso machine and a separate good grinder like picrel.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      One that's not a good grinder, espresso or otherwise . Two OP said he already has a grinder. It's probably about as shitty as that oxo.

      Why

      If they don't sell good machines, there's no reason for him to waste $600 on a bad one. Flair 58s are about $600 and outperform any smeg/casabrews/ KitchenAid that BBY sells.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >there's no reason for him to waste $600 on a bad one.
        OP said they can only use the $600 in one place as store credit. They seem intent on only acquiring an espresso machine. Though OP might benefit more from buying a decent coffee grinder and a french press, aeropress, or a good drip machine. I believe BBB sells all of these products, too.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          OP here, got a french press and bialetti already. Bialetti i use almost daily.

          Im discouraged from getting an espresso machine in this price point now. I may just opt for a coffee table which I can definitely get a decent one for 600 or under.

          Pic related, I finished building 3/4 pieces of the outdoor sectional. Rearranged the table between chairs for now until I can fix the center chair section.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have that exact grinder and it’s great for grinding coffee for pour over down to French press but doesn’t get fine enough for eXpresso

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Exactly what

      One that's not a good grinder, espresso or otherwise . Two OP said he already has a grinder. It's probably about as shitty as that oxo.
      [...]
      If they don't sell good machines, there's no reason for him to waste $600 on a bad one. Flair 58s are about $600 and outperform any smeg/casabrews/ KitchenAid that BBY sells.

      Said. I think my grinder is a Mr Coffee which is great for my usage but im sure it’s ass for espresso. Maybe i’ll look at a grinder upgrade in the interim.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get the VEVOR Commercial Electric Deep Fryer.
    Look at that baby.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    homie just get instant coffee like a normal person

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why not spend that $600 on literally anything else?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      From BB&B when you've already got all the furniture you need? Like what? Scented candles? Soap?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Bed Bath and Beyond still exists?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          They combined with overstock.com now

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          They combined with overstock.com now

          Overstock.com bought their name and website only

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I have $600 to spend on an espresso machine
    get a basic b***h drip coffee machine for $80 and spend the rest on weed to enjoy with your coffee

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    An espresso machine isn't suitable for domestic use, it's like a wood fired pizza oven.

    Too long to heat up, too much work to maintain, parts too expensive, takes too much skill as a user. They cost several thousands dollars for a reason, the pumps and heating elements are very sensetive. Most baristas can't even maintain their own machine properly.

    At home, get a French pot. Makes two shots of espresso quiet well, no set-up time, easy to clean.
    Drink late? Microwave your milk and use a high powered wand to foam it while the espresso is steaming.
    $40 dollars, you'll actually use it, doesn't take up space.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Too long to heat up
      The good ones require 240v, no? Here in the US, that means a separate circuit breaker (since most are single throw 120v).

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dipshit.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Too long to heat up
      Ours goes from off to ready in about a minute.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    600$ is 120 coffees at a Cafe.
    Plus the coffee itself, one set of seals, you're already at 300+ coffees..... which you'd have to make yourself.... in your own home.

    OP is buying a wank machine

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/6m3AGC1.jpeg

      >I have $600 to spend on an espresso machine
      get a basic b***h drip coffee machine for $80 and spend the rest on weed to enjoy with your coffee

      Why not spend that $600 on literally anything else?

      I cant use the store credit at starbucks and on drug dealers moronos

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why are they all rebadged Breville's and DeLonghi's?

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd like a nice analog one that I could use with a gas burner, so I would never have to worry about electronics or heating element failing, and I can have it for life. Plus copper and steel looks cool and plastic is gay.

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