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Cuisinart EM-100 Review

Our Rating: 4/5

Cuisinart EM-100


  • Brews grounds and pods
  • Frothing cup included
  • Warming tray
  • Removable components
  • Compact
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Our Rating: 4/5

Cuisinart EM-100


  • Brews grounds and pods
  • Frothing cup included
  • Warming tray
  • Removable components
  • Compact
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Cuisinart EM-100 Review Summary

Not everyone is interested in over-complicated espresso makers, and that’s why the Cuisinart EM-100 is a firm favorite. Cuisinart’s promise to deliver “innovative, functional and top quality” products is evident in this machine. It may not be much to look at, but it works — and works well.

The machine uses 15 bars of pressure to brew one or two cups of anything you’d like: espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and more. Choose between using pods or grounds for extra flexibility. It has a hot water function and includes a steam nozzle. Its reservoir and spill tray are removable, and it features a convenient warming tray.

There are some freebies included with the machine. You’ll get a tamping tool, measuring spoon, and stainless steel frothing cup to tinker with. The EM-100 is built from stainless steel for easy cleaning and is entirely BPA free.

What I like most is that its functionality measures up against high-end machines, but it’s tiny. Standing at just 10 inches tall by 8 inches wide, this little guy only weighs 16 pounds. It’s a fantastic option if you’re looking for a compact machine but don’t want to compromise on quality, efficiency, or power.

That said, the Cuisinart EM-100 espresso maker won’t cut it if you’re serious about crafting artisanal coffee. It does, however, go above and beyond in terms of convenience. And what it lacks in sophistication, it more than makes up for in versatility.


  • It’s highly compact
  • Brews pods and grounds
  • Hot water function
  • Accessories included
  • Removable parts for easy maintenance


    • No programmable features
    • It’s quite noisy
    • Awkwardly placed steam wand

    Features and Benefits of the Cuisinart EM-100

    How many advantages could a machine as small and basic as the Cuisinart EM-100 have? You might be surprised…

    Here’s a look at the features that make this espresso maker one of the niftiest on the market.

    It’s Super Compact

    Unless you’re hoping to master the art of craft or industrial espresso, a large machine is unnecessary, and for home cafes, they’re often cumbersome.

    Compact machines aren’t reserved for those with scant space; since they take up so little room, they fit well almost anywhere, and they’re easily portable.

    The Cuisinart EM-100 espresso machine is made to fit comfortably on all countertops, be it in your home kitchen or RV. It’s only 10 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and 12 inches deep, so it will fit into many of those awkward kitchen nooks you aren’t sure how to utilize. For a fully equipped espresso maker, that’s nothing short of impressive.

    Cuisinart didn’t take any shortcuts either. The EM-100 is still a powerful, efficient machine whose size doesn’t affect its capabilities.

    A Multipurpose Machine

    The EM-100 turns out more than plains espresso shots, and that’s why I can only compliment its versatility. Its steam wand and included frothing cup enable milk texturing to turn your espresso into cappuccinos or lattes. If you’d like, you can use these tools to texture other drinks, such as hot chocolate, as well.

    I like that it can brew coffees from either grinds or pods, which is extra convenient when it comes to variety and should appeal to coffee lovers with a preference for either. Pods are incredibly easy to organize, use, and discard while grinds offer more variety in coffee types. The EM-100 is neat!

    Additionally, the machine has a hot water function on top of everything else, so you can use it for tea, cocoa, instant soup, or whatever else you want.

    Simplified Maintenance

    Considering how small the Cuisinart EM-100 is, maintenance will be a breeze. It’s not just its size that makes a difference, though.

    Firstly, the machine is stainless steel, which is always handy when it comes to care. Stainless by name and stainless by nature, this material is easy to wipe it down, and won’t dull, stain, or deteriorate over time.

    Often, coffee makers look like they are made from stainless steel (and are advertised as such), but still have plastic parts where it matters most. The EM-100 doesn’t have this issue.

    Its reservoir and spill tray can be removed for easy rinsing and cleaning, a feature that’s always appreciated in coffee machines. The spill tray has a handy cover too. Don’t forget that the portafilter locks into place for extra security.

    Accessories Included

    I like that the Cuisinart EM-100 espresso maker is a complete machine that covers all bases. Its handy accessories (included free with your purchase) are proof of this.

    The freebies you receive are simple but useful. You’ll get a tamper tool — complete with a measuring spoon — to evenly and efficiently pack your grounds into your machine, as well as the stainless steel frothing cup to texture your milk.

    Although I’ve said that the Cuisinart EM-100 isn’t suited to serious espresso craft, the frother gives you a taste of the artisanal side of coffee. Since it’s a manual frother, you can create your foam exactly how you like it, and maybe learn a trick of the trade or two as you experiment.

    You’ll thank Cuisinart for including the steam wand when it comes to cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and other warm drinks, like hot chocolate.

    Great Value for Money

    Since the Cuisinart EM-100 espresso machine is as efficient, versatile, and powerful as high-end machines, it’s an absolute bargain at its price point.

    Machines with similar capabilities can go for a lot more. This very machine could probably go for a lot more considering how multi-functional it is, not to mention compact and durable.

    Sure, it’s not the most budget-friendly option out there, and yes, there are similar machines that are even more affordable than this one. But what makes all the difference here is quality.

    You’ll be hard-pressed to find another espresso maker of the EM-100’s caliber at such a cost-effective price.

    Minimalist Design

    No judgment is aimed at the high-end models here; it’s just that some (many) of them overdo it with the technology and design. All the buttons, knobs, dials, flashing lights, and screens are enough to give caffeine addicts anxiety.

    Not everyone is looking for an espresso maker that looks like it comes from the next universe, and, more importantly, not everyone is tech-savvy enough to use them comfortably.

    The EM-100 isn’t exactly a sight for sore eyes, but its basic, almost rustic, design wins on two accounts.

    Firstly, it’s easy to understand and is entirely idiot-proof given its dials and power push button. Secondly, if you’re looking for a cafe feel at home, there is something quaint about this machine’s look. This doesn’t affect its quality at all, of course, but some will appreciate this aesthetic nonetheless.

    What Do Users Say About the Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine?

    I’m impressed by the Cuisinart EM-100’s operation, convenience, and affordability, but what do owners have to say? I took a look at the feedback to determine if it’s worth the outlay. Here’s what I discovered.

    Pleased customers praise the EM-100 for its ease of use, durability, compactness, and efficiency. There are more than a few people who claim that it makes the best espresso they’ve ever tasted, and many express that this machine is beyond its league, able to compete with far more sophisticated (and pricier) models.

    On the other hand, displeased buyers mostly seem to criticize its maintenance and operation. Quite a few people mention that it has a few design flaws, such as a steam wand that’s too short and a reservoir that’s a hassle to refill because of its positioning.

    Even so, the criticism comes with the caveat that it makes excellent espresso regardless. The naysayers are the minority, and so the verdict is in.

    Alternatives To The Cuisinart EM-100

    There’s very little to dislike about the Cuisinart EM-100. But maybe it just doesn’t suit your fancy. If you’d like a similar machine that’s more budget-friendly, programmable, or heavy-duty, here are my recommendations:
    This machine has similar features and functionality to the EM-100 and comes at a similar price point. The difference is that it’s programmable and offers the user more options overall.

    You can choose from two pre-programmed brew sizes (1.5 and 3 ounces), or set the machine to ‘manual’ to do it yourself. A dial controls the steam wand for easy adjustments.

    You get the same accessories as you do with the EM-100, plus a few cleaning pins thrown in for good measure. You can use this machine for espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, or hot water.

    Brew size control

    Manual option

    Accessories included

    If you’re looking to save money, here’s a cool budget option for you. This dual-shot espresso system uses a 15-bar pump and includes a frothing arm for your cappuccinos and lattes. The machine can brew two single shots simultaneously.

    An indicator light and a removable reservoir and spill tray mean easy maintenance. Plus, its temperature and pressure settings are all automatic for your convenience and ease.

    15-bar pump

    Dual shot system

    Tamping tool included

    This one is similarly designed to the EM-100 but has some sophisticated technology at a lower cost. It’s self-priming, so you don’t have to prepare anything before you brew, and two different thermostats control water and steam. It includes a removable reservoir and spill tray, as well as indicator lights.

    It’s compact too and can brew single or double shot espresso. It comes with an incorporated tamper, and, of course, has a steam wand for your milk frothing needs.


    Two thermostats

    Compact design


    The Cuisinart EM-100 espresso maker is a well-designed gem that will fit nicely into almost all kitchens, no matter how big or small. Though it’s compact, it keeps up with larger, fancier, and pricer machines and is by far one of the most efficient on the market.

    It’s perfect for those looking for high-end quality without the price tag, those who can’t accommodate hefty espresso machines, and those who aren’t tech-savvy and need an intuitive, easy to understand coffee maker.

    Though it has its drawbacks — like its lack of automated or programmable features — and therefore won’t appeal to all enthusiasts, the Cuisinart EM-100 indisputably offers excellent value for money.

    It’s a quality machine that makes quality espresso, and that alone is worth your consideration.

    Cuisinart EM-100 FAQs

    What’s the Difference Between the Cuisinart EM-100 and EM-200?

    The EM-200 has programmable brew sizes and a larger reservoir. It also features backlit buttons while the Cuisinart EM-100 has dials.

    Does the Cuisinart EM-100 Take K-Cups?

    Unfortunately not. It accepts standard Easy Serve Espresso (ESE) pods and regular coffee grinds.

    Does the Cuisinart EM-100 Come With a Warranty?

    Yes. Upon purchase you receive a three-year limited warranty for the EM-100.