CNN Underscored is constantly testing products — whether they are coffee makers or office chairs — to determine which are the absolute best in each category.
Our testing procedure is rigors, involving hours of research (consulting experts, reading editorial reviews, and poring over user ratings) to identify the best products in each category. Once we’ve selected a testing pool, we spend weeks — if not months — testing and retesting each product in a variety of real-world scenarios. All of this in the pursuit of the absolute best products.
This year, we tested dozens of coffee-related products — everything from single-serve coffee makers to grinders — to determine the best products for effortlessly brewing any coffee.
The De’Longhi Stilosa ($99.99; target.com) is the most affordable espresso machine.
If you want to make authentic espresso drinks at home but are on a budget, the De’Longhi Stilosa is the machine to consider. It’s a capable machine, though it requires some technique and practise to achieve the best results — you’ll need to grind the coffee to a powder-like consistency (all espresso machines must be paired with a good grinder) and tamp properly.