On the surface, all stovetop espresso makers look about the same and serve the same purpose – make a delicious cup of espresso. Since there are a number of choices, this post is dedicated to some stovetop espresso makers I have used in the past and my personal review of them.
Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Makers
The Moka Express is the first stovetop espresso maker I ever owned. For such a simplistic looking device, it still took me a couple weeks to get the process down and have consistent tasting espresso. Once I got my stovetop temperature correct and stopped messing with things, I had a great cup of espresso every time.
You can’t go wrong with this moka pot. It is simple, durable and easy to clean. One thing that did bother me with this was the rubber seal. It seemed like I was buying a replacement for the rubber seal every few months after a while.
Bialetti Class 6-Cup Espresso Maker
When I decided to buy a larger stovetop espresso maker for when I have company, I bought the 6-cup version of the Bialetti Class 6-Cup Espresso Maker. I decided on this moka pot because I wanted a stainless steel pot and I trusted the Bialetti name.
I was a bit disappointed though. The quality of construction is not nearly as good as the Moka Express. The coffee didn’t taste the same either. The water is drawn through the filter differently and doesn’t provide nearly as rich of a flavor. The espresso still tastes great compared to a drip maker and if I had not owned the Moka Express, I probably would have been very satisfied.
Cuisinox Roma 6-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker
The Cuisinox Roma Stovetop Espresso Maker was my second attempt at a larger stainless steel moka pot for when we have company. I was a little hesitant since it is not made in Italy but after my first use, I fell completely in love. The moka pot is extremely sleek and attractive looking. The espresso is very rich and full-bodied. There is a filter insert so you can make only 3oz of espresso if you want.
Honestly, this has become my favorite stovetop espresso maker and I still use it whenever I have company. This moka pot is a little pricey but totally worth the cost in my opinion. As an added bonus, you can leave the top open without worrying about splattering.