The Gaggia Anima Prestige literally does everything for you. All you have to do is is make sure there are beans in the hopper and milk in the milk tank and you can have a cappuccino with the push of a couple buttons. This foolproof convenience earned the Prestige our Top Pick for Ease of Use Award and made it the model everyone in the office naturally gravitated towards when they needed a quick caffeine fix. The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro is the only other model we tested that provides this level of convenience. However, it ties you to using Nespresso pods which, in our opinion, don't produce quite as good a shot as the Prestige. Additionally, though the Lattissima Pro is much less expensive than the Prestige, the extra cost of the Nespresso pods make it more expensive in the long run.
Lean into the intellectual reputation of espresso and get the Gaggia Academia. It adds a second boiler so it can brew espresso and steam milk at the same time, reducing wait time for your caffeine fix. And don't worry about the sticker shock, it's often available fro much less than its $3000 list price