In testing by Consumer, a $99 Kmart coffee machine has outperformed a $4500 espresso maker. The Anko espresso machine scored higher than several more expensive models from big brands including DeLonghi, Miele and Breville.
With a score of 68 percent, it finished ahead of a $4490 machine by Swiss company Jura and several others each priced at more than $1000. Consumer tested 38 espresso machines, assessing them on taste, ease of use, milk frothing and temperature consistency.
Breville’s Barista Express, $796, took out the top spot, followed by the Sunbeam Mini Barista Espresso Machine, $289, and Breville The Dynamic Duo, $1799.
The Consumer test found two issues with the Anko machine – it has no cup-warming plate or standby mode – but it comes highly recommended by Kmart shoppers.