Last Updated: 05-11-19

10 Best Espresso Coffee Tampers

A coffee tamper is a tool which is used to press down or tamp coffee grounds into an espresso machine basket.

For a good shot of coffee, the grounds have to be tamped evenly and tightly, which improves extraction and gives a bigger crema result.

Most machines will come with a tamper but this is often plastic, so if you feel you need something a bit stronger or easier to use then we have listed the best coffee tampers available to buy below.

The Best Espresso Ground Tampers

1.
De’Longhi DLSC058

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.1 x 9.1 cm
  • Weight: 281g
  • Materials: Wooden/Stainless Steel

A lot of tampers are from smaller brands, not massively associated with coffee machines or well-known. So this De’Longhi really caught our attention.

We are pleased to say it lived up to the hope, too. It is weighty without being too heavy and bulky to comfortably handle, so you don’t need too much pressure to go a good job. The handle is wooden, with a stainless steel base, which makes a really good combination.

It is a two part, so the base screws on to the handle and can then be removed when it comes to giving it a thorough clean.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good weight and pressure
  • Comfortable handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • Handle needs to be really tightened for full security

2.
Motta 8100/M Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.8 x 9 cm
  • Weight: 349g
  • Materials: Wooden/Stainless Steel

Made from stainless steel with a brown wooden handle, this tamper is sturdy and comfortable to use and won’t need you to strain too much to press the grounds.

The stamp plate is 58mm round so is pretty universal, and it has a flat base which means for a more level press. It is on the heavier side but pleasingly so, so you have less of a task on your hands.

The base can be unscrewed from the handle, and it is hand wash only but comes up really nice and clean if you keep on top of this.

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice heavier weight
  • Smooth comfortable handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • One of the slightly pricier models

3.
Dailyart Calibrated Espresso Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11.2 x 6.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Weight: 358 g
  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Plastic

If you haven’t the faintest clue of where to begin with tamping then this Calibrated model could be good. No matter how hard you press, it provides a 30 pound force onto the coffee. A small ‘click’ will sound and you will be able to feel this when pressing, and even if you push too hard, the coffee grounds will remain unaffected.

A 58mm flat base is a good, generally universal size, and the 304 grade stainless steel will stay rust proof and be hygienic to use after cleaning. It should fit most professional machines as well as home coffee machines if you’re looking for a model for a coffee shop or cafe.

It is a product which shows that spending that little bit more for the top of the price scale can really be worthwhile. The handle may be plastic, but it is thick and high quality and doesn’t feel flimsy whatsoever.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to apply pressure
  • Gives consistent tamping results – one less thing for you to worry about

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can take a few goes to get the technique correct (but you will appreciate it)

4.
Lacari Espresso Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.1 x 8 cm
  • Weight: 534g
  • Materials: Stainless Steel

With a 51mm underside, this is a generally universal tamper which is entirely stainless steel to give it a good weight and cleanliness level.

You will notice a difference in the quality of the coffee through proper pressing, with a stronger taste and larger crema no matter the unit you are using to make it.

It comes with a nice little silicone mat which gives a good surface for you to rest the portafilter when pressing, and then when your coffee is all made, it provides a great placement to keep the press safe.

The price is fab for the quality and ease of use – it is strong German engineering which you won’t regret purchasing.

Reasons to Buy

  • Smooth edges make it easy to clean
  • Added mat

Reasons to Avoid

  • Upper price but worth it

5.
Albertolini Barista Coffee Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.4 x 6 cm
  • Weight: 381 g
  • Materials: Stainless Steel/Aluminium

A tamper to fit 51mm pucks and portafilters, this Albertolini press is perfectly calibrated to ensure it gives the right amount of pressure when tamping your grounds.

The base is food-grade safe stainless steel, and the handle is actually aluminium which gives a different take on the usual wood or plastic models. It is still evenly balanced though, just the right weight for both comfortable use and even pressing.

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice classic modern design
  • Great quality build

Reasons to Avoid

  • Handle material won’t be suitable for everyone to use

6.
Diguo Elegance Wooden Coffee Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10 x 6.3 x 6.2 cm
  • Weight: 254g
  • Materials: Stainless Steel/Wood

Have you used tampers before, but found the height of the handle either too much or too short? This Diguo model has a removable spacer between the base and handle, so you can pick the length you are most comfortable with.

This is because the best way to use the unit is to have your fingers rest on the tamper for maximum stability, so the size of your hand will not matter.

The flat base is good for 58mm filters, and as it is made from 18/8 stainless steel it won’t begin to rust or wear away with years of use.

Finally, the silver, black and brown colour palette will fit alongside most other machine designs, if you always want your appliances and their accessories to match.

Reasons to Buy

  • Adjustable height idea
  • Real wood handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • Would be nice if a bit heavier

7.
KitchenCraft Le’Xpress Two Sided Coffee Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12 x 17 x 22 cm
  • Weight: 340 g
  • Materials: Stainless Steel

KitchenCraft is a notable name in the small appliance and accessories industry, and this is a pleasingly practical and well-priced tamper.

The dual ended design offers something a little different, as it can therefore accommodate both 50mm and 56mm portafilter sizes. It is made from stainless steel so will be rust and damage resistant over time as well as hygienic to use.

The smaller end is also great for using with stovetop moka pots or other espresso makers, not just electronic machines, which is great if you are a bit artistic when it comes to your coffee production.

The slim body is comfortable to hold, and both ends are flat too in case you need to give it an extra push.

Reasons to Buy

  • A universal size
  • Good price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Slightly smaller than most coffee sizes
  • Can be uncomfortable to use

8.
Vicloon Coffee Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.1 x 8 cm
  • Weight: 580g
  • Materials: Metal

Not only is this one of the most competitively priced coffee tampers around, but you also get a handy silicone tamper mat with the purchase, so you have the entire kit required to get you started.

It is technically dual ended even though there is one dedicated, primary side. At 51mm diameter, it should fit the majority of smaller portafilter sizes.

The mat also provides a really good storage stand, and prevents the portafilter from slipping when pressing. The full unit is stainless steel, so will clean up really well and also remain rust and flake free.

The size means it is a little difficult to handle at first and get used to, but for a cheap answer to the tamping issue at home, it is a fair product.

Reasons to Buy

  • Price
  • Good weight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can be hard to use at first
  • Says it is stainless steel but we have suspicions it is coated

9.
De’Longhi Coffee Scoop & Tamper

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20 x 7 x 3cm
  • Weight: 18.1g
  • Materials: Plastic

There are a few 2-in-1 scoop and tamper units around, which is great for anyone who likes to keep clutter and accessories to a minimum and use a one-product-does-all answer.

Despite being plastic, it feels surprisingly strong and sturdy. The scoop is a great way to get the coffee grounds into the portafilter, and then you simply turn the tamper around to get the grounds perfectly packed.

If it were stainless steel it would be perfect, but the plastic does mean that the price can be kept nice and low if you want the best tamper for under £5…

Reasons to Buy

  • Good 2-in-1
  • Nice long handle for pressing

Reasons to Avoid

  • Plastic may be less appealing for some
  • Very lightweight – needs a bit more pressing than metal models

10.
Deluxe Living Coffee Tamper and Coffee Scoop

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15.6 x 5.6 x 5.6 cm
  • Weight: 81.6 g
  • Materials: Stainless Steel

Like the idea of a 2-in-1 scoop and tamper but would prefer to spend that bit more to get a metal model?

This option is still compact, multi use and comfortable to hold but yet the best material for the job. The tamping base is 51cm so it should fit the vast majority of presses and filters out there, and it is surprisingly solid.

It is a very affordable price to say it works so well and is a good build, and you can pop it away when not in use so is perfect for smaller kitchens.

Reasons to Buy

  • Fully solid steel
  • Scoop gives perfect amount when level

Reasons to Avoid

  • Requires a bit of pressure

Coffee Tamper Buying Guide

Size

The main thing to consider is whether the size of the coffee tamper will fit into the basket or portafilter. Most will, as everything is often a standard size, but just double check.

If you’re buying branded, this is particularly relevant. A company such as De’Longhi will first and foremost make tampers and accessories for their own machines, so if yours is a different brand, check everything matches up.

Material

The base of the vast majority of the coffee tampers we have included is stainless steel. This is the easiest material to clean, is the most hygienic and also gives a good weight for pressing. The plastic models which come with most machines are often not quite heavy enough, and can suffer from wear, discolouration or damage over the years.

As for the handle, this can usually vary between metal, wood or plastic. The best for you will depend on which material you’d find most comfortable to use – we find that there isn’t a huge difference in how each feels, and you should look more at the shape.

Having said this, if you want a lesser task on your hand and a heavier press, metal or solid wood could be the answer as it often provides more weight.

Base

You need to choose between a flat or a convex base. The vast majority are flat, as it makes for a perfectly level result. Convex models guide more grounds towards the edge of the portafilter, offering less resistance channeling – but this could be good if you prefer a weaker brew.

How Much Pressure Do I Need To Press On My Coffee Grounds?

It is widely thought that 30lbs is the best pressure level for tamping, but don’t stress out too much that you’re getting this exactly right. More recently, 8lbs has been seen to work too. Practice makes perfect, and the best result can actually still be achieved with less pressure.

It goes without saying that the heavier your tamper, the easier this will be, so look for a model which is around 300g+. Those around 500g will do the best job, although you’ll actually have to be careful to not overpress.

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