Espresso Machine- Help For The Masses

The $500 budget range is what I personally like to think of as the espresso machine “sweet spot”, or the budget guideline I used when buying an espresso machine. I’ll be honest, when I was in the market to purchase my very first espresso machine, I teetered on the $500 budget and went closer to the $600 mark, the total being 560 or around there but it was worth every penny. Well the best home espresso machine under 500 2016 reviews I read online helped me justify my purchase.

Fancy Huh
Fancy Huh!!!!

If you’re looking for a basic espresso machine you could probably find one for around 300, but that’s the bottom line, that would be an entry level machine without any extra bells and whistles. Sure you can spend a fortune on an espresso machine, but do you really need one that scans your finger print before allowing you to make the perfect cup of espresso? Probably not.

There are three machines at the top of my list if you’re looking for an excellent espresso machine, but my top pick and my purchase was the Breville Infuser.

What a name for something that essentially just gives us a cup of coffee, however this machine can and will rival any of your local favorite coffee shops, i.e. Starbucks, and you can save on those crazy priced shots of espresso, and save yourself the embarrassment of telling the sixteen year old barista that you want to order a “gichi, gichi mocha choca ya ya latte” or whatever the latest craze from your favorite local coffee chain happens to be this week, and since we’ve entered the holiday season do you really want to be seen ordering and drinking anything with pumpkin spice in public? I didn’t think so.

If you think you can swing it, in my honest opinion you should seriously consider purchasing the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, it runs anywhere from $50 – $100 more, but it does have the built in grinder and that is one major perk.

Kitchen designs, ideas & inspiration


How do I design the kitchen walls?

Being a room where food is prepared, and water is constantly in use, it is essential to first choose a wall that is resistant, durable, and long lasting. As not every section of the wall needs to be tiled, you are open to an array of materials and textures to suit the look and feel of your kitchen. Modern designers are now able to implement almost any material into kitchens these days; from brick to timber and everything in between, the choices are endless. Even kitchen wallpaper is an option nowadays, with technology ensuring it is hard wearing and long lasting— two phrases not often associated with wallpaper. Don’t fprget to also find some ideas for kitchen cabinets to put on those walls.

How can I choose the perfect kitchen flooring?

In many aspects, this is one of the most important choices you will make when it comes to new kitchens. Again, there are many materials and styles to suit all tastes and budgets, and there are a number of key considerations to think about. Certain flooring materials are more sound proof than others, so these are important points to think about. Solid hardwood flooring works perfectly with an array of styles; everything from modern and sleek, to country style, industrial, rustic, and everything in between, a solid timber floor is elegant and timeless. Parquet timber floors are also popular, and the patterns they create are ultra stylish and instantly eye catching. Non-resilient kitchen flooring options are also just as popular and well-loved, and for good reason. Tiles are affordable, stylish, and more than functional when it comes to cleaning for a busy household. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to both resilient and non-resilient kitchen flooring choices, so be prepared to do your research.

What should I consider when buying a kitchen?

There are obviously many considerations that need to be acknowledged when buying a new kitchen, and these considerations will differ for every household. The cost is an obvious factor, as is the overall look and feel of the home. Consider the the future of your home, and the changing demands it will need to adapt to. Will your home be sold in the coming years, or are you there to stay? Will your family grow or shrink, or is it only for a couple? If children are a part of your family, it would be important to consider safety aspects, as accidents in the can easily happen. A new kitchen is not a project to lightly consider, as they are usually a costly and long-term investment. –