Latte is a beautiful espresso drink and the favorite beverage of many. Luckily, there are espresso machines, from budget to high-end ones, that can make good, good, good latte. Let’s see which ones they are so that you can find the best latte machine for you.
#1 Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Espresso Machine
The majestic Oscar II by Nuova Simonelli is always a top-of-the-list machine in so many of our reviews. We wouldn’t like to call it a frothing beast because it looks so elegant and phenomenal, but what else do you call a spectacular machine that has one of the most powerful steam wands in the market?
With a long steam wand that has 4 holes and rotates at 360˚, a heat exchange boiler, steam pressure control, and pre-infusion, this commercial machine for home use definitely does as many wonders with the milk, as it does with the espresso.
- Heat exchange boiler
- Steam pressure control
- Long, 4-hole steam wand
- Steam wand rotates 360˚
Lattes are taken to the level of commercial espresso machines with the help of the pro-steaming technologies
The steam wand lets you have full control over your latte and become a latte pro if you want
Properly made espresso is also important for the latte, so the machine comes with pre-infusion and great internal components for perfect success in the making of this beverage
Professional latte needs to be prepared at the right temperature, and, with the heat exchange boiler that let you brew and steam at the same time, this is more than possible
Nothing for this latte beast
#2 Breville BES920BSXL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
Like the Oscar II, the BES920BSXL by Breville can brew and steam at the same time, but with two separate boilers, which makes for an even more accurate water and steam temperatures. We really think that the Breville BES920BSXL should share the first place on this list with the Oscar II. In fact, when you look at the features of the BES920BSXL, it’s clear that this machine is a latte beast as well.
Semi-automatic espresso machines are always going to be the best for making latte, but this Breville takes that truth to a whole different level. With micro-foam milk texturing possible because of a great steam wand, a 15-Bar pump for a precise extraction of the espresso, and a PID temperature control, you won’t make bad latte even by mistake.
- Dual boiler
- PID temperature control
- 15-Bar pressure pump
- Over-pressure valve
- One-touch espresso buttons
- Manual dose control
A special steam boiler and a separate boiler for brewing join their forces to make latte the right way—by brewing and steaming at the same time
The machine comes well-prepared with a PID temperature controller that makes sure that the water in the two boilers is at the right brewing and steaming temperature
The espresso is extracted the best way possible – with the help of a portafilter and a 15-Bar pump
Dry coffee pucks, which is just one way to not have a messy espresso-making experience, are a reality thanks to the over-pressure valve
There might be a learning curve with this machine
#3 Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine
The Barista Express helps you find your way around latte with Breville’s idea of how espresso and milk-based drinks should be made. Breville’s detailed idea on making coffee drinks shows in the overall design of the Barista Express, with technologies that can easily bring the latte from every milk and fresh coffee beans.
- Micro foam milk texturing with a steam wand
- PID temperature controller
- Manual override
- Built-in grinder
- Adjustable quantity of grind
- Built-in bean hopper
Breville is famous for its micro foam technology, but this popularity mostly comes from the successful micro foaming that the Barrista is capable of doing
A built-in grinder guarantees the freshness of your espresso by grinding coffee beans that are kept fresh in the bean hopper of the machine
You can experiment with the adjustable coffee dosing and figure out which dose works best for your latte
The PID temperature controller makes sure that your espresso is made at the right temperature
The design and the performance of the steam wand creates conditions for a learning curve
#4 Saeco Xelsis Super-Automatic Espresso Machine
The beautiful Saeco Xelsis makes your dream about latte made from a gorgeous super-automatic espresso machine possible. With multiple programmable setting that help you sharpen your latte preferences and a built-in grinder that loves grinding fresh coffee beans, the Xelsis does the job for you faster than the speed of light.
- Programmable settings for the milk and the espresso (temperature, volume, dose, texture)
- HygieSteam system of the milk carafe
- Built-in grinder and bean hopper
- Two thermoblocks
- User profile
- Water tank accessible from the front
- Height-adjustable coffee spouts
- Touch screen
Many great settings for the milk and the espresso are programmable for the best customization of your latte and other milk based drinks
Not only is the Saeco Xelsis customizable, but it also is a super-automatic espresso machine—perfect for a fast and highly-personalized latte
Important elements of the machine, like the tank and the drip tray, are accessible from the front, and this makes the machine very easy to use
The milk carafe that is in charge of adjusting the milk texture of your lattes and cappuccinos can automatically purge and clean itself, making the coffee-making process effortless
The drip tray is a bit shallow
#5 Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
Simple, durable, and with many commercial-grade elements, the Rancilio Silvia is always a good pair with latte. This extremely popular semi-automatic espresso machine brings the simplicity of making coffee drinks at the comfort of your home with its highly-intuitive and ergonomic design, a design barista enthusiasts love.
- Commercial-grade group head
- Movable steam wand
- Ergonomic portafilter
- Cup warmer
- Steam dial
- Simple rocker control buttons
A commercial-grade group head for espressos and lattes closer in quality to those made by professional barista
The portafilter is ergonomic, which shows the machine’s user-friendliness and its user support during the process of making espresso
Simple controls for no learning curves and a faster way to latte
A fairly spacious cup warmer to heat up your cups as the machine extracts your espresso
You might want to get a separate tamper for this machine because the one that comes included in the box is not the best tamper out there
#6 Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
Mr. Coffee seems to always have a huge impact in the market with some small, nice, and user-friendly espresso machines. The Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse is a perfect example of this with its small footprint, the nice features, the automatic carafe, and the fully-automatic process of making your latte.
- 19-Bar pump
- Button interface
- Automatic and removable milk frother
- Removable drip tray
The machine might have a smaller footprint, but its automatic milk carafe is fairly large, which is perfect for larger lattes
Latte is a combination of espresso and steamed milk, and the 19-Bar pressure pump is very capable of making a good espresso
Remove the drip tray and you’ll notice that you can make your latte in cups with different sizes
The button interface is incredibly simple to use and it is very convenient for people who prefer buttons over touch screens, for example
The machine won’t alert you to add water to the tank, so you’ll need to keep track of the water level yourself
#7 De’Longhi Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine
The Latissima Plus by De’Longhi is an espresso machine that works with Nespresso capsules to create 5 different coffee drinks that many people like. The machine doesn’t make latte, but latte macchiato, a drink that’s a bit bolder than the latte, and there’s almost no effort on your side in the coffee-making process.
- Works with Nespresso capsules
- One-touch espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and latte macchiato buttons
- One-touch automatic milk carafe
- 3 milk-based drinks and 2 coffee drinks
- Sliding drip tray
- Programmable auto-off
No portafilters, no coffee pucks, just a compact automatic espresso machine with an automatic carafe to give you the joy of latte macchiato that’s automatically made
Perfect for you if you prefer the bolder, stronger taste of the latte macchiato over the mellower taste of the latte
Additional two milk-based drinks are available at the touch of a button for those times when you want to take a short break from latte macchiato
With a one-touch automatic milk carafe and a sliding drip tray, latte is fast and you can have it in a shorter or a taller glass
Some people prefer whole-bean or pre-ground coffee over capsules
#8 Mr. Coffee Café Latte Maker
This is actually the only machine on our list of best latte machines that actually makes a drink similar to café au lait and not latte. Café au lait is a coffee drink that is made when you add drip coffee to hot milk.
Even though the Café Latte by Mr. Coffee is not a true latte making machine, it is a very, very popular little thing. This might be a great machine for people who like the latte taste, but who are not that concerned with the fact that they are not going to taste the strong espresso taste in their coffee drink. Hot chocolate and other recipes are also an option with this fabulous compact machine.
- Also makes hot chocolate
- Milk carafe with milk frother
- Recipe book
- Auto-off feature
This tiny machine is incredibly compact and you can place it even on the most crowded kitchen counter as long as you have enough clearance for the lid of its coffee chamber
It might not make you a real latte, but it will make you a drink similar to latte
The hot chocolate option is always there when you want to switch to chocolate drinks
The recipe book that will come with the machine has interesting coffee recipes that you might like to try
Many people will be looking for a true latte machine after all
What is the difference between latte and cappuccino?
Cappuccino is made of one third espresso, one third steamed milk, and one third milk foam. Latte, on the other hand is made of steamed milk and a shot of espresso. The two coffee drinks look differently. Cappuccino has layers throughout its length and foam on its top. Latte, on the other hand, has no layers and no foam at the top.
Can I make latte with regular coffee?
No, latte is made with espresso and steamed milk.
Things to consider when buying a latte machine
Wand or carafe – Decide whether you want a machine that has a manual steam wand or one that uses a carafe to steam the milk.
A steam wand will give you more control over the steaming of the milk. A milk carafe, on the other hand, will either take care about the texture of the milk automatically or let the machine do that.
If you decide to get a machine that has an automatic milk carafe, try to find a machine that uses an carafe that can adjust the texture of the milk according to the milk-based drink.
Easiness of use – Many good espresso machines will have a learning curve, but only bad machines will leave you figuring them out forever.
When picking the best latte machine, pay attention to how easy-to-use the steam wand or the milk carafe is. Also, pay attention to the control panel, pay attention where the water tank and the brew group are placed (if removable), and think how easy to clean would a specific espresso machine be for you.
Pump – If possible, pick an espresso machine that uses a 15-Bar pump and extracts the coffee properly.
PID temperature control – If you can get a machine with one or two PIDs, you’ll make sure that the water for brewing and steaming is always as the optimal temperature, which will improve the extraction of your espresso.
Boiler – Espresso machines with dual boilers are one of the most efficient when it comes to making latte. This is because they can brew and steam at the same time. When you can brew and steam at the same time, both the espresso and the milk will be at their optimal temperatures when you make the latte with them, which means that your latte will taste even better.
Is it okay if we mention the Oscar II by Nuova Simonelli once again? We absolutely love this machine and we think that its steaming power is incredible. The other machines on our best latte machine list are great as well, but the Oscar II deserves to win. Alright, we’ll now let you decide which machine you like the best. Whichever it is, we hope that you like it as much as we like the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II.