I’ve Used the Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Maker Every Day for the Past Three Years—Here’s My Review

Updated: Jun. 03, 2024

The Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine is the secret to turning your home into your own coffee shop.

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Breville Bambino Plus Espresso MakerNicole Doster/Taste of Home

Late one night my partner asked me, “What’s the one thing in the house you couldn’t live without?” Before I had a moment to answer, he blurted, “I’ll go first: our coffee maker.” I laughed with a snort at the comment but ultimately agreed. Our Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine has held a firm grip on our morning routine for years.

We use it to make lattes in the morning (mine, hot and foamy; his, chilled and sweetened), after-dinner espressos and hot chocolates for the nieces and nephews around the holidays. When we’re feeling especially indulgent, we even treat ourselves to the occasional espresso martini. It’s truly our most-used kitchen gadget.

As a former barista, I had always dreamed of owning an espresso machine. Coffee snobs like myself know espresso is the ultimate home and kitchen essential. I could never bite the bullet, though, as traditional espresso makers were bulky and thousands of dollars outside my price range.

And while I’ve tried dozens of coffee products to mimic the lattes I served at my former cafe, it wasn’t until I bought the Breville Bambino Plus that I was able to make cafe-quality espresso drinks at home. Here’s my honest Breville Bambino Plus review.

What is the Breville Bambino Plus?

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The Breville Bambino Plus is a compact espresso machine that’s great for novice and pro baristas alike. This machine has the same core features as any traditional espresso maker: the ability to make rich, flavorful espresso and foam milk until it’s light and frothy. However, what sets the Bambino Plus apart is its pre-set push-button controls for fast and convenient brews. Oh, and it’s one of our Test Kitchen’s favorite espresso machines.

What’s more, it has a super small footprint (just like the Hamilton Beach Scoop or Minipresso machine) that doesn’t take up much counter space. I’ve designated a small kitchen island cart as our defacto coffee bar and the Bambino Plus fits with plenty of room for must-have accessories like a grinder, knock box and kettle. Consider it one of the best gifts for coffee lovers.

We Tried It

Breville Bambino Plus

Deliver barista-quality performance for full flavor with an automatic steam wand.

Breville Bambino Plus Product Features

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The Breville Bambino Plus is more compact than most coffeemakers and espresso machines, measuring just over a foot tall and seven inches wide. The machine clocks in at 12.6 inches deep. Measure your space if you have shallow countertops to ensure you can access the water tank.

The machine has an illuminated front display with buttons for one-shot, two-shot and steam presets. Additionally, milk steaming presets come with three temperature settings (warm, ideal and hot) and three settings for desired texture (low, medium and high foam). A small metal sensor at the base of the machine detects when your milk has reached the right temperature for hands-free frothing.

Breville Bambino Plus accessories include a 54-millimeter portafilter, two single-wall filter baskets, two dual-wall filter baskets, a tamper, a stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tablets, descaling powder and a leveler they call “The Razor” for sculpting your grounds into a perfect puck. (I’ll admit, I seldom use the razor as I find it a bit fussy.)

How We Tested It

@nickidoster I am simply OBSESSED with my espresso machine. It’s small and perfect for making lattes while I work from home. Also, LOL at my latte art #brevilleespressomachine #mustbuy #coffee ♬ Say So (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Doja Cat] – Elliot Van Coup

I’ve used this product since January 2021 and I’ve found it extremely reliable for espresso and other coffee drinks as it brews quickly and consistently.

To put my Breville Bambino Plus review to the ultimate test, I performed a time trial to show just how quickly each pre-set option works:

  • Pull one shot of espresso: 21 seconds
  • Pull a double shot of espresso: 25 seconds
  • Steam 9oz of milk using the auto sensor: one minute—However, I prefer to manually steam my milk, which takes about 40 seconds.

From start to finish, it takes about two minutes to make a hot latte and under 30 seconds to enjoy a shot of espresso. The Breville Bambino Plus heats up quickly, meaning you spend less time waiting for your morning pick-me-up. (Trust us, it’s faster than waiting for your Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso in the Starbucks drive-thru!) Now that it performed as a single-serve coffeemaker, it was time to put it to the next test.

To see how it would perform for larger groups, I’ve also put this machine to the stress test of a large family dinner. I didn’t even have to refill the machine’s tank, which conveniently holds up to 64 fl. oz. of water. This was the cherry on top of my Breville Bambino Plus review: successfully serving eight after-dinner espressos with ease.

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  • Simple push-button controls for pulling cafe-quality espresso
  • Built-in steam wand with an automatic setting that adjusts to suit your preferences
  • Lightning-fast heat-up time
  • Small size that doesn’t take up much counter space


  • Does not come with a grinder
  • High price point, which may not be worth it for those who do not regularly drink espresso
  • Routine cleaning can be confusing

What Other Shoppers Had to Say

Breville Espresso machine with a mugNicole Doster/Taste of Home

I’m not the only one happy with my Breville Bambino Plus review. Many experts in the coffee community deem this coffeemaker a good beginner’s espresso machine.

In his five-star review, Seven Bates comments “This Bambino unit is actually worth the hype. You likely watched a bunch of YouTube videos where people were obviously sponsored in their reviews, and you’re likely skeptical—I was too. I took a risk and splurged, instead of buying a bunch of the units in the same range, between $500 and $700 bucks. I could tell by the first cup, that I had made a smart choice.”

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