Most in the espresso machine market, after doing all their research, after viewing all the videos on YouTube, after reading all the reviews and coffee blogs eventually decide they want a dual boiler espresso machine. The only problem is they aren't really willing to pay the hefty cost associated with most dual boilers. After all, some can cost just south of $5k! See Rocket Espresso R60V – an incredibly awesome pressure profiling espresso machine but will set you back a cool $4.5k.
This prompts most to start the bargain hunting. The most common question we’re then asked is what the best dual boiler espresso machine for under 2000 dollars is. Believe it or not there are options in the dual boiler range for under $2,000. Even better is the fact that you aren’t really losing much quality when comparing these ones to the more expensive. Of course, with most things, a lower price usually means you’re getting less and in all honesty, you are. But, if have dual boilers is what you care about and don’t care all that much about other features, the good news is there are some options.
Before we get into what those options are – lets go over the benefits of dual boilers.
Perhaps the best benefit to a dual boiler is the consistency they bring. Consistent heat, consistent pressure, etc. What this means for you is consistent espresso. This isn’t to say single boilers aren’t consistent but rather a dual boiler is simply more consistent. Am I saying consistent too much? Who cares – it’s a good thing, right?
Creating quality espresso is a process - a process most, especially if you’ve never had one of these machines, takes weeks to really get a hold of. Premium espresso machines are not miracle workers contrary to what most believe when paying thousands of dollars for something. You won’t be able to just get it, turn it on and magically create great espresso from the get-go. There are many variables involved in making espresso every single time you turn the machine on. Grind, tamping pressure, dose, heat, shot time, etc. All of these variables need to be close to perfect to yield great espresso. What a dual boiler will do for you is decrease your room for error by consistently (there I go saying consistent again) giving you the necessary pressure & heat required.
More sound – from an engineering standpoint
Imagine this scenario:
You just bought a single boiler, heat exchanging (HX) espresso machine from the experts at Cliff & Pebble.
You’re very excited with the heat exchanging aspect as this means you’ll be able to brew espresso shots and steam milk simultaneously.
It finally arrives. Your unpack your new machine, plug it in, turn it on and go to the couch while it heats up - feet twitching with anticipation transporting you back to your childhood Christmas Eve days where you can’t wait to wake up and run to the tree.
It’s finally ready. You grind your beans, dose, tamp & place the portafilter in the group head. Before lifting the lever, you fill your milk-steaming pitcher up so you can steam milk while the espresso is being made – this is what you’ve been waiting for.
You place the steam wand in your milk pitcher and lift the lever. At the same time, you turn the steam wand knob to start steaming. You’re finally off and running!
But wait, something’s wrong! You quickly notice the steam pressure isn’t all that great. Why is that? Well, that’s because you only have a single boiler espresso machine and while you can brew & steam at the same time, the steam pressure isn’t at its optimal level.
This is where dual boilers rank supreme over single. Single boilers contain a single boiler responsible for both brew and steam pressure. So, when you’re trying to steam and brew simultaneously, pressure is bound to fall. Dual boilers, on the other hand, contain two boilers – one solely responsible for steam pressure and one solely responsible for brew. What this means is the pressure for both will be at their optimal levels at all times. After all, two is better than one in most things.
La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
A true dual boiler, the Mini Vivaldi is a beast. For the money, it doesn’t get much better than this if you’re looking for a dual boiler.
Also, the Mini Vivaldi can be customized with wood siding panels for an extra $400. A costly expense but man do they look nice! We work directly with La Spaziale’s exclusive importer to have these panels installed.
Quick Mill QM67 Dual Boiler
Price - $1,995
If you don’t like the look of the Mini Vivaldi, take a look at the QM67 from Italian manufacturer Quick Mill. A look similar to Rocket Espresso, the QM67 contains dual copper boilers, dual PID (for optimal temperature control), a shot timer and the ever-popular E61 commercial group head for increased thermal stability.
The Quick Mill QM67 is a wonderful dual boiler espresso machine with a lot of excellent features including a shot timer. If you’re looking for a dual boiler with extra amenities and a smaller price tag, look no further. The Quick Mill brand has been around forever and has a massively respectable reputation. Like the Vivaldi, the price of the QM67 is unbeatable for a machine of this caliber.
Breville BES920BSXL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
Price – Varies. $1,000 to $1,300
A great dual boiler espresso machine from a well-known & respected brand, Breville.
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