Yes, there is a huge difference between renting and leasing a machine. When you lease a machine you are agreeing to the leasing company’s terms and conditions. You will be paying for the machine in instalments and will not officially be yours until you have paid back the full amount owed. You can however use the machine freely.
Renting a commercial coffee machine, on the other hand, is just like renting a property. If you choose to rent, you will be hiring the machine outright for a predefined period of time. You will have the opportunity to extend your rental agreement if you are satisfied with the machine. In some cases, when renting a machine you are likely to also receive the additional benefits of a full barista training programme and access to technical support to improve your experience of using the machine.
The good news is that there are many different alternatives for you to consider when purchasing a machine and you are never short of options.