When both the Mr Coffee ECM160 and the Mr Coffee ECM260 will make you fresh coffee in your own home it can be difficult to choose between them. Both of them have similar features and are similar in price.
We have brought together the main features of both the Mr Coffee ECM160 and the ECM260 to help guide you to which one is the best espresso machine for your kitchen.
While both models offer a sleek finish the Mr Coffee ECM160 has a more contemporary appeal with its stainless steel exterior. The ECM260 is mostly black and features stainless steel only on the front.
The ECM160 also wins on the size front being more compact than the ECM260, meaning you won’t need to sacrifice as much of your countertop in order to get your coffee fix. The measurements of the ECM160 are 8 by 6 ½ by 10 ½ inches and the ECM260 measures 14 by 10 by 16 inches.
The ECM160 and the ECM260 can both froth your milk to make creamy lattes and frothy cappuccinos but which one does it better? The main difference between the two models is that on the ECM260 the milk frother can be moved and isn’t fixed in the one position like it is on the ECM160.
Having a fixed frothing arm can mean hearing a screeching noise if your milk isn’t being heated properly, which can usually be rectified by moving the arm. Both of these models require you to purchase a jug for your milk frothing, so the movable arm of the ECM260 may come in handy if you’re unable to find a perfectly sized milk jug.
The ECM160 and the ECM260 are both easy to clean. They each come with 20 ounce glass decanters and removable tips on the milk frothers.
Both models have removable drip trays that can be easily cleaned. These espresso machines are intended for daily use so the clean up requirements are low for both models.
Ease of Use
Getting started with both of these espresso machines is pretty simple. They both appeal to those who are looking for a starter coffee machine so there is nothing too complicated in setting up or in brewing coffee.
They both process their coffee using steam, making a strong dark espresso, meaning your morning coffee can be just as good as if you bought it from a coffeehouse.
Both the Mr Coffee ECM160 and the ECM260 come in at under $50 but our favorite machine out of the two models is the sleeker looking ECM160. Despite its lack of movable milk frother its compact size and modern appearance make it more practical in the kitchen.
The ECM160 is a great machine for making your espressos on a daily basis. However, for making lattes the ECM260 will be a bit easier so this will still be a good choice as a daily use coffee machine.
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