Although there’s something to be said for witnessing a barista draw beautiful pictures in your latte’s foam, the $3 or more you drop for each cup adds up fast. Most coffee lovers have probably found themselves scrolling through latte machine reviews in a moment of late-night, caffeine-induced madness, but have been daunted by features and prices. To help you pick a great home latte machine we’ve tested 20 popular products to find an affordable alternative to the bestselling but pricey DeLonghi Dedica.
The cheap choice is a hidden gem competing for the title of best home latte machine. It is called Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte machine and offers both great value and premium features. While both of these machines work best for small servings, they offer a pleasing blend of simplicity and great-tasting coffee. Let’s see how they compare!
The DeLonghi Dedica pump espresso machine is smaller than a traditional espresso maker but offers the same brew quality, plus a few different color options. It has a little milk frother that juts off to the side, and it automatically stops the flow of espresso after one or two shots. If you are looking for a straightforward, premium espresso machine that you can also make cappuccinos and lattes with, the DeLonghi Dedica is the best latte machine for a quick brew with a very traditional feel. It stands up to testing and produces delightful espresso. The only downside is the price tag.
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte machine is ideal for someone looking for a machine that can do almost anything while not breaking the bank. It will not fill out your tax forms, but it can make great coffee as well as espresso, or you can add milk before brewing for a quick one-step latte. For a little holiday comfort, add milk and hot chocolate powder to the pitcher, then set the Cafe Latte to the “heat and froth” function for perfectly blended hot chocolate (yum!). While it is a touch larger and heavier than the DeLonghi Dedica (by one pound and one inch, respectively), it is the best home latte machine for the caffeine lover who wants options and easy, delicious results on a budget.
The DeLonghi espresso latte machine has an automatic flow stop mechanism, then transfers into a standby or “sleep” mode based on a time set by you. This is great for keeping your drink warm for a little while if you are not able to grab it right away. Just press any of the three buttons on top of the machine to pull the device out of standby mode and either turn it off or make another cup.
The Mr. Coffee machine turns off automatically when the drink is ready. If you do not always snatch your mug up right away as soon as the coffee is ready, you might prefer a machine that doesn’t power off immediately after it finishes brewing, but in general this is very convenient.
The DeLonghi machine has a traditional milk frother set to one side of the brewing area so you can froth milk separately. If you prefer to add frothed milk into your espresso rather than brew them all-in-one, the DeLonghi machine’s design may appeal to you more than the Mr. Coffee design.
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte machine uses a frothing wand for fully automatic milk frothing while your drink brews right into the frothed milk. If you love lattes and intend to brew them reliably and easily, Mr. Coffee’s all-in-one design is a great timesaver. The wand is removable, too.
The DeLonghi espresso latte machine takes about 4 minutes to brew the perfect cup of espresso. If you want your delicious caffeine fix as soon as possible, the DeLonghi machine will get it to you quickly.
The Mr. Coffee machine takes a little less than 5 minutes to whip up a latte. Does the extra minute get you down? You might prefer the DeLonghi. Otherwise, the Mr. Coffee machine is a great and still very fast option.
The DeLonghi machine makes 1-2 shots of espresso at a time. If you want to be able to make more than just espresso with one device, the DeLonghi is not the best pick. For latte, it works great.
The Mr. Coffee machine can make 1-2 shots of espresso at a time, plus regular coffee, with or without milk foamed right into the brew. This multitasking ability might appeal to those with limited counter space and who do not only drink espresso.
The DeLonghi machine cannot make hot chocolate, though you could use the frothing wand to help mix the powder into pre-heated milk. If you would like to be able to make a small hot chocolate batch for yourself or a few little ones in your household with minimal fuss, you may prefer the more versatile Mr. Coffee machine.
The Mr. Coffee machine has a heat and froth option that allows you to make hot chocolate and other powdered drinks with a rich, foamy texture. An included recipe book offers 20 fun drink ideas for making beverages, like a decadent Nutella latte, just by adding different ingredients to the carafe.
The DeLonghi Dedica might seem familiar to Keurig cup users: you set your brewing container under the brewing spout and let the machine do its thing. You can use a mug or espresso shot glass, but you will need to remove the base for some taller containers.
With the Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte, you can only brew into the included pitcher carafe. This is because the wand mixing mechanism is made to work within the carafe while your cafe or espresso brews. The pitcher has a handy measuring guide for how much milk to use for one or two lattes.
The DeLonghi machine has a 35 oz capacity. This is more than the Mr. Coffee machine offers, but it is still a low volume if you want to make espresso for a crowd. However, you can make multiple one or two-shot espressos with one tank over the course of the day, so if you like to spread out your caffeine, the DeLonghi can handle it.
The Mr. Coffee machine’s carafe has a 24 oz capacity. It can make a couple of cups of coffee or a latte with relative ease before refills are needed. Like the DeLonghi, it cannot beat a full-size espresso machine, but it will reliably fill two tall latte cups with each brew.
The Delonghi machine is designed to heat water to 190°F and reaches brewing temperature slightly quicker than the Mr. Coffee.
The Mr. Coffee machine is designed to make lattes at a temperature of at least 175°F, so your drink will be perfectly hot and steaming.
The DeLonghi espresso machine is available in black, red, and stainless steel to match a range of kitchen and appliance color schemes.
The Mr. Coffee machine is only available in black, though it maintains a similar sleek design to the DeLonghi machine which will appeal to many.
The DeLonghi machine measures 5.9 x 16.54 x 12.99 inches, taking up about an inch less of counter space than the Mr. Coffee machine. If you are looking for a super compact design, you may prefer the DeLonghi for its smaller size.
The Mr. Coffee machine measures 6.9 x 11.9 x 13.8 inches. Being slightly larger than the DeLonghi machine, some may find it makes up for that with its great multitasking abilities. If you can spare an extra inch, the Mr. Coffee machine’s size will not bother you.
The DeLonghi machine weighs 9.3 pounds. Combined with taking up less counter space than the Mr. Coffee, it also weighs a pound lighter. If your ideal espresso maker is petite, the DeLonghi might be for you.
The Mr. Coffee machine weighs in at 10.3 pounds, but for some, the amount of room it takes up isn’t significantly more than the DeLonghi machine. It is up to you whether the tradeoff of multiple brewing options for a slightly heavier build is worth it.