The 21-ounce tank (which can pump out three cups in a row), user-friendly programming dials, and a reasonable price tag make this brand-new machine a winner. And its penguinlike profile is just plain cute.
*Varieties include hot chocolate, lattes, and other specialty drinks.
3 of 5Tom Schierlitz
De’Longhi Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker EC270
This sturdy model turns out satisfying espresso (no regular coffee) with the requisite caramel-colored crema, and it also has a stellar milk frother, for pillow-soft foam. Works with espresso pods and grounds.
Number of espresso-pod varieties: More than 100 (from multiple espresso producers).
Here’s the skinny on this meant-to-be-seen pick: It’s a mere four inches wide and 12½ inches long, and it comes with aluminum side panels available in six glittery colors. Instead of coffee, it makes rich Americanos (espresso lightened with hot water), as well as straight espressos.