Buyer's Guide

Flair Espresso Maker Buying Guide - Which Model Is Right For You?

Flair Espresso has five different models of manual espresso makers to fit the needs of anyone, but choosing the right model is an important first step. 

Watch our buyers guide video to get the low-down on each model and what features are offered. Or continue reading below.

Burr Grinder Required

Espresso Capable Burr Grinder Required

While many people think that an espresso maker is the only piece of specialty equipment needed for espresso, we cannot stress enough how important a high-quality, espresso-capable burr grinder is to your workflow. Without it, you simply won’t be able to make espresso, because only a burr grinder can produce consistently-sized grounds that are fine enough to produce the resistance needed to build pressure inside the basket. Expect to spend at least $125 to ensure quality.

We recommend our Royal Grinder, learn more here >

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There are five different Flair models.

To understand the differences, we must first start with the brew heads.

Flair 58 Brew Head

The Flair 58 brew head features an industry standard 58 millimeter portafilter with a wooden barista handle. The Flair 58 comes standard with an 18 gram basket that can accept a dose between 16 and 20 grams. But because of the compatibility of the 58 millimeter portafilter, users can purchase alternate baskets that accept anything from seven to 28 grams dose. 

Inside of the brew group rests our three-tiered preheat temperature control system, which allows users to preheat their brew head electrically for consistent heat management. And the Flair 58 offers a stainless steel retractable plunger and custom pressure gauge. Components of the 58 have no compatibility with other Flair models.

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The PRO 2 Brew Head comes standard on all PRO 2 Flairs.

It is larger in terms of water capacity, larger in terms of dose range, and more capable in terms of managing different brew ratios. The PRO 2 comes standard with our custom pressure gauge, and features a removable spout for naked or bottomless brewing. The portafilter basket is 46mm in diameter, is constructed of stainless steel, and the basket replicates the design of cafe-style portafilters.

Most Classic and Signature Flairs can be upgraded to the PRO 2 Brew Head. To upgrade, models must have a black adaptor ring on their portafilter base.

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PRO 2 Brew Head
Flair Espresso Standard Brew Head

The Standard Brew Head comes with The NEO Flex & Classic models and can accept the Flow-Control Portafilter or the Bottomless 2-in-1 Portafilter. The Flow-Control 2 Portafilter is easy to recognize with its red color.

This brew head is smaller, and has less stainless steel than the PRO 2 Brew Head, with a 60ml reservoir and a dose range of 12-18 grams. The yield from the Standard Brew Head is roughly 45ml, or less than a volumetric double shot. However, the Standard Brew Head still has the capability to produce cafe-quality shots, just like the PRO 2.

Parts of the Standard and PRO 2 Brew Heads are not interchangeable.

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Flair models at a glance


Simple, Affordable Espresso
  • Standard Brew Head
  • Flow-Control 2 Portafilter
  • Bottomless 2-in-1 Portafilter
  • No Carrying Case
  • Use Any Grinder
  • Lightweight Frame
  • Perfect for beginners


The Original Flair
  • Standard Brew Head
  • Bottomless 2-in-1 Portafilter
  • Classic Gloss Black & Red Styling
  • Pressure Gauge Available
  • Compatible with PRO 2 Brew Head
  • Carrying Case Included
  • Polycarbonate Tamper


Be Your Own Barista

  • PRO 2 Brew Head
  • Stainless Steel Bottomless Portafilter
  • Removable Stainless Steel Spout
  • Pressure Gauge Included
  • Silicone Handle Grip
  • Stainless Steel Drip Tray
  • Stainless Steel Tamper


Prime Espresso Workflow

  • Flair 58 Brew Head
  • Industry Standard 58 mm Portafilter
  • Retractable Plunger 
  • Pressure Gauge Included
  • Preheat Control System
  • Extra Stable Wide Base
  • Stainless Steel Tamper


True Barista Experience

  • All Flair 58 Features
  • Integrated Shot Mirror
  • Walnut Wood Portafilter
  • Walnut Palm Tamper
  • Extra Basket
  • Custom Branding
  • Detachable Preheat System

A Perfect Match: Who Should Buy Which Flair?

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