Breville makes a variety of home appliances and has distinguished itself in the espresso world through the quality of this design and engineering. The Breville barista series of espresso machines follow on in this fine design and engineering tradition.
The barista series includes a number of machines that are moderately priced semi-automatic espresso machines with great set of features that help produce excellent tasting espresso drinks.
Breville Barista Express vs Express Pro vs Express Impress
Here will we will review the Breville Barista Express, the Breville Barista Express Pro, and the Breville Barista Impress
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- Price range: these are all affordable machines, typically in the $700 or $800 price range.
- They all include precise digital temperature controls using a PID.
- All feature an integrated conical burr grinder.
- All feature a 15-bar pump with an ideal nine bar extraction pressure.
- All have a 54 mm portafilter with aided tamping.
- All of these espresso machines have a steam wand with 266° F steam.
- All are available in attractive brushed stainless steel.
- All three machines have an 8-ounce bean hopper and a 67-ounce water reservoir.
- All three machines are designed for easy maintenance.
- While all of these machines are easy to use, their user interfaces do have some substantial differences. For example, the barista express is all buttons and dials whereas the barista Pro uses LCD screens.
- The barista express is preset for 16 coffee grinds, whereas the barista Pro has 25 grind settings and the barista impress has 30 grind settings. These may or may not be critical differentiators depending on whether you prefer more grind settings to get the taste you want.
- Similarly, the barista express features a preset dose while the Pro and impress add adjustable dosing (automatic) to optimize consistency and taste.
- The barista impress offers adjustable volumetric shot control and adjustable temperature—again, these are fine adjustment adding additional control to your espresso making.
- The barista express automatically produces a standard dose. The barista Pro adds assisted tamping and finishing the top of the puck. The barista impress adds automatic adjustment of the dose volume and finishes the dose with a barista as 7° rotation of the board of filter.
Which Model Should You Get?
Get the Barista Express:
If you want something simple to use and does a great job, then you might choose the Breville Barista Express with a high quality integrated conical burr grinder.
Get the Barista Pro:
If you prefer a visual user interface on an LCD screen with animations and more grind setting and greater dose control, you should choose the Barista Pro.
Get the Barista Impress:
If you want the maximum control of the dose you are using, along with automatic dose adjustment and volumetric control, the Barista Impress would be a great choice.
Our personal use of these fine machines suggests you will be able to make fine drinks with any of these Breville Barista machines.
We see in our testing and in comments back from our customers a very high level of satisfaction with all three of these products.
Functionally, these are all semi-automatic espresso machines that can also be used manually (so they don’t have your favorite 99 drinks programmed into them), but they all do an excellent job of producing delicious espresso.
Choosing among these three machines is really a matter of how much value the specific differences offered by each model—they are all fine choices.
You might also like to read our in-depth review and comparison of The Best Breville Espresso Machine Models.