Automatic coffee machines are the ultimate in-home coffee makers. They have pre-set features for brewing the coffee, and some super automatic machines takes care of the entire coffee-making process, from grinding to brewing and frothing the milk.
An barista machine involving manual intervention uses high pressure to force water through coffee within only a few seconds. Coffee makers rely on the power of gravity to gradually pull water through the filters. The coffee maker is almost always the cheaper option due to its simple function and limited features.
One of the biggest factors to consider when selecting a machine is what level of automation you want your machine to have. Do you want a classic manual? or a more modern automatic machine? or maybe something in between?