Best double boiler espresso machine around $1700 budget?

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redcoat

#1: Post by redcoat »

Hi,

Going to up my budget to $1500 - $1700 to get a double boiler.

What would people recommend (mainly for espressos, lattes, flat whites)? Seems like Breville has issues with reliability?

cheers!

David

luvmy40

#2: Post by luvmy40 »

The BDB is as reliable as any of the many machines I have owned over the years. It does require some pro active preventative maintenance, but it is easy work and the parts are inexpensive. Any espresso machine you buy will require regular periodic maintenance and you should always use non scaling water.

That said, there is no arguing that the BDB is by far the best value for the money. Unless you just hate the looks.

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HB
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#3: Post by HB »

Higher-end espresso equipment on the used market is another option. You may even be able to sell it a year or two later for the same price you paid. That cannot be said for most home appliances.
Dan Kehn

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BaristaBoy E61

#4: Post by BaristaBoy E61 replying to HB »


This might depend on how handy you are and your tolerance for adventure. Should you be capable, it's a great option. There's plenty of good help on this site.
"You didn't buy an Espresso Machine - You bought a Chemistry Set!"

redcoat (original poster)

#5: Post by redcoat (original poster) »

Thanks all.

I'm not thrilled by the looks - what are the best non-Breville options?

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BaristaBoy E61

#6: Post by BaristaBoy E61 »

redcoat wrote:I'm not thrilled by the looks - what are the best non-Breville options?

2nd hand E61 DB.
"You didn't buy an Espresso Machine - You bought a Chemistry Set!"

redcoat (original poster)

#7: Post by redcoat (original poster) »

Where's the best place to look for 2nd hand?

Best options for new? Seems maybe like Profitec 300?

Also, what's the best next higher option to comfortably pull multiple lattes? Clive Coffee pointed me to LUCCA A53 Mini V2 Espresso Machine?

thanks!

Tjyven

#8: Post by Tjyven »

I would choose Lelit Elizabeth.

enginerd
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#9: Post by enginerd »

Siliva Pro as a consideration? Reasonable price point in your range and gives room for a grinder upgrade potentially.

pcdawson

#10: Post by pcdawson »

La Spaziale Vivaldi - both versions of this machine are well built and have a solid reputation.