La Pavoni Romantica PC-16 Espresso/Cappucino Machine
The first name in manual lever machine starts with the Italian made La Pavoni PDH Professional 16-Cup Espresso Machine, and when this work of art is compared to any other machine, they all fall short. It has a built in boiler, so once the water is heated up you lift the lever to allow the water to flow into the filter holder, push the lever down, and get exceptional espresso at up to 20 bars of pressure. There are two nozzles so you can fill two demitasse cups at once and the boiler even builds up enough steam so you can froth milk or cream in a separate pitcher.
This espresso maker also features a gorgeous, steam punk-inspired design. A beautiful, gold plated faade topped off with a rosewood lever handle will allow it to stand out on any countertop. This is by far the most expensive espresso machine on this list, but if you want bragging rights in your neighborhood (or demand the absolute best shot of espresso that can possibly be made) this pick is the only one to have.