Updated: Feb 7
Affordability aside, most commercial (aka professional) grade espresso machines are cumbersome to install in a typical home, often requiring special cabling (due to high current draw) and special plumbing.
That said, a selection of commercial grade espresso machine companies also make some simple, low capacity models which are easy to operate for the home user and do not require special installation.
In this category, at the top of pile in semi automatic machines are the Sylvia by Rancilio and the Classic by Gaggia.
Image: Sylvia by Rancilio
Image: Classic by Gaggia
Similar entry models suitable for home use are also made by Ascaso, Breville (Sage in UK) and Lelit, but their professional credentials, service network and reliability might not at same level as a Rancilio or Gaggia.
In the super automatic category, machine by professional grade companies suitable for home use are much more, and last two years has seen many new models come up. Look for semi automatic options from Saeco, Gaggia, Jura.
Image: A Saeco superautomatic espresso machine
Do check out our coffee hardware vendor directory to find out where to buy such machines in India.