It depends on how serious you are about your espresso.
If you’re just looking for a basic machine to make a quick cup now and then then a cheap new machine will do the trick.
However if you’re looking for an espresso machine that will give you consistently great results it’s worth investing in a used one.
Just be sure to check its condition before buying.
You may also want to know how long an espresso machine lasts before you think of buying a used espresso machine.
Let’s see why this is.
First new machines are still relatively expensive.
A new entry-level espresso machine will set you back at least $100; more likely closer to 0 (and that’s on the lower end).
Now let’s say you only use an espresso machine once a month; it would take you 2 years before breaking even.
Is it worth investing in one if the low maintenance cost of disposable coffee pods has no bearing on your household?
The other important aspect to consider when buying an espresso machine is how well it performs its duties.
Therefore there are two major factors here:
- Heat regulation
- Pressure/extraction system
Generally speaking the better these functions work together the better the espresso.
And while it is true that newer machines will have higher quality pressure/extraction systems it’s no guarantee.
For example let’s say you want to buy a machine with a low-pressure pre-infusion function.
Now compare two different machines: one was made fifteen years ago and the other one just recently.
The older machine has been in everyday use since its release but still manages to extract great espresso because of its unique pressure system which tightly braids together heat regulation and extraction processes.
On the other hand if you bought that same fifteen-year-old machine but never replaced its worn-out parts except those related to safety functions (such as heating elements) your results will be mediocre at best – despite being new.
In the end it’s important to do your research before buying anything.
When you compare machines and their features be sure to research everything thoroughly so as not to get ripped off – even if you don’t intend on making a career out of coffee or espresso.
This is one purchase that would definitely benefit from some pre-purchase knowledge!
What should I look for in a second hand espresso machine?
A used espresso machine will have some wear so be sure to inspect it carefully.
Here are the main things you should check for:
- Any dents or cracks in the outside casing.
- Water leaks – these indicate that there might be a malfunction with the water tank seals or valves.
- Replaceable heating elements – If they’re still fine after years of use replaceable elements are one of your best bets for ensuring that your machine can keep up with regular maintenance and new replacement parts (for safety).
- Weigh your options! If cost is an issue but quality is important to you look into refurbished machines and/or buying from a reputable dealer or company.
- Check the warranty! Even if it is an older machine make sure the warranty is transferable and will cover your purchase for long enough.
By checking these features you can be more confident when buying a used machine (versus buying one without doing any research).
Now that you know what to look for in second-hand machines it’s time to start shopping!