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DeLonghi - Espresso Maker - Stainless Steel

DeLonghi Espresso Maker: Make a smooth, frothy cappuccino or a robust espresso in your kitchen with this espresso maker, which accepts ground coffee and pods to suit your favorite blend. Separate thermostats for water and steam help make it easy to prepare the beverage to your liking.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Espresso Maker
    • 37-oz. water tank, drip tray
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (153 out of 172)

    Features


    Prepare a rich cappuccino or espresso

    Dual thermostats offer separate control over water and steam pressure to help you brew your favorite drinks.

    3-in-1 filter holder accommodates ground coffee and pods

    Includes filters that hold 1 shot, 2 shots and easy-serve pods. Double-wall filter construction ensures optimal crema.

    Use your favorite mug

    Lower drip tray provides ample space to accommodate taller cups.

    Minimize the hassle of refilling

    The 37-oz. water tank holds plenty of water and can be removed for simple transport to the sink.

    Cleanup is easy

    The drip tray catches splatters and can be removed for quick cleaning.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 172 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great when you understand what it is

      Posted
      David
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      There is something absolutely magical about a quality cup of coffee! For the last few years, I have been fervent in my quest to always obtain that perfect cup. I roast and grind my own beans. I have tried most every single method of coffee preparation. I have done most everything short of traveling the world to source beans directly from coffee plantations! Though my daily coffee is generally brewed as a pour-over, I often enjoy a good americano or latte. Thus, this De'Longhi machine has been a welcome guest on my counter for the past couple of weeks. If you are considering this espresso maker, know that it is not everyone. Here are some thoughts to consider: Portafilter and Basket The unit has a self-pressurized system. A normal professional espresso machine has to have a very fine grind and a near perfectly even tamp in order to obtain a decent shot. This machine is different in that it has only one little whole in the bottom of the porta-filter basket. This causes the machine to have adequate pressure for a great shot even with a larger grind and a light tamp. So, you can still have a strong enough espresso even if if your inexpensive grinder does not grind fine enough for a more expensive machine. Or if you are using a bag of pre-ground coffee that it is not necessarily an espresso grind, you can still get a decent shot. It really is pretty amazing and works surprisingly well with good crema. Boiler The machine takes less than a minute to heat the water for a double shot. I really expected it take longer for such an inexpensive machine. I can turn the machine on and it will be ready to pull by the time I grind, fill and tamp. It does have a little bit of a hard time maintaining a consistent temperature during multiple pulls. This also shows when you switch the dial for steaming milk. Expect to wait another minute after pulling a shot before you can froth the milk. All of this is adequate however and better than expected actually for an inexpensive unit unit with just one boiler. Looks The machine has an understated yet elegant look to it. The medium size fits perfectly on our counter. The stainless steal accents give a quality look and feel. This is not a machine that you will want to hide when not in use. Negatives There are a few negatives to the machine. For example, no matter how hard I tweaked my method, the steam wand would not give me a tight enough foam sufficient for latte art. Another negative is that there are important parts that are plastic where steal would be preferred (see photo of the portafilter). Finally, the cup tray is uselessly lukewarm until the machine has been on for over ten minutes. I definitely recommend you preheat your utensils with hot water rather than waiting for the tray to heat. Conclusion In the end, I understand why this machine has received some mixed reviews. Yet, many of the features that experienced baristas have found hindering are exactly what makes the machine simple enough for use by most anyone. Personally, I love it because it is so easy to use yet the results are professional-like. After a couple of weeks and dozens of shots with the De'Longhi, I have concluded that the illusive magical cup of perfect coffee is not only possible with this machine but it comes quite easily. Of course, with any method of preparation, just be sure you begin with freshly roasted coffee beans and a quality grind. Note: This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Little Manual Machine

      Posted
      KeninMA
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      We have had this for about a month. We were looking for a compact espresso maker / milk frother because we had limited counter top space. The controls are simple: For steam turn the dial to the left and wait until the green light comes on, then open the steam / water valve on the right to let the steam out. For espresso or hot water, turn the dial one click to the right and wait for the green light. For espresso, then turn it one click more to the right to start the pump. For hot water, open the steam / water valve on the right then turn the dial one click more to the right to start the pump. You adjust the draw amount by how long you keep the pump on. There is a nice creama head on the espresso and it tastes as good as the beans you use :). We found that the frother tends to make bigger bubbles than some other machines we've had, but that can be minimized by stopping steaming a bit earlier. The different inserts are a nice idea, but we always use the double insert. It wants to pop out as you are knocking the grounds out so you need to be careful. The plastic scoop / tamper is OK, but also a pain to fill the double insert, so buy yourself a nice tamper and scoop. Our previous machines were fully automatic so we had no experience filling and tamping. The first few days we got grounds everywhere and tended to overtamp (very slow draw) or undertamp (quick draw). But now we have learned to deposit the double scoop of grounds into the holder. and hold the scoop upside down while we knock the holder a bit to spread the grounds out. That leaves the grounds ready for tamping with nothing spilled, and we tamp it "just enough", but everyone will need to develop their own technique if this is their first machine.. Rather than removing and reinserting the water tank, we fill it from a pitcher. Bottom line: This i a great value for a small machine.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great machine for the price

      Posted
      Lindlebabe

      I've had this machine for a little over a year and I can honestly say it's one of the best investments I have made. I save so much money on coffee and this machine does an excellent job at making the perfect espresso. That being said- it all depends on knowing how to use the machine properly to get that perfect cup. First, buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself using a coffee grinder. Get one that allows you to grind the beans up "fine" I got a little mr. coffee grinder for $25 bucks and it has a fine, med, and coarse setting. Pre ground coffee is too coarse of a grind and if your grinder doesn't have a fine setting- you risk having a very watered down espresso. So just something to keep in mind. Secondly- In regard to the steam wand on this machine. It has a "hot milk" setting and a "Cappuccino" setting. If you just steam the milk on cappuccino your going to wind up with nothing but foam. I recommend steaming it on "hot milk" the majority of the time and then switching it to cappuccino setting for the last 20 seconds or so in order to give yourself a nice milk froth on top. You can obviously play around with these setting to see what I mean. Lastly- Get yourself a cheap little thermometer to go into the milk when steaming it. The perfect temp is between 155-165 degrees. Any hotter and your gonna burn yourself when you take a sip. -Never put the parts in the dishwasher - Make sure the water tank has enough water ** some times the water tank becomes loose from the vibrations and it seems like the machine isn't working. You just have to open the back and make sure its pressed down **

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great first espresso machine

      Posted
      Domgray

      This was my first time ever using an espresso machine. I have prior experiences using Ninja, Godiva, Kureg and Mr. Coffee. This maker was a delight to use from the setup to the end. I was entranced by the features and explored them like a child on Christmas. The Pros: It heats up QUICKLY. It really brings out the flavor of the coffee. It heats up the milk so fast. The frother is magnificent (and very, VERY addicting) The double dripper is very useful and it the flavor is even between the cups The set up is very simple. The Cons: The espresso attachment is difficult to attach. It will take me a minimum of 4-5 times each use to attach it. It doesn't have an automatic timer for the brew ( I found this out the hard way). The metal on the frother can get VERY hot, I've hit my hand on it a few times and it hurt quite a bit. It's loud, which can be very annoying in the mornings. It's this very odd, loud vibrating noise and I'm horrified I'm going to wake up my family. It requires a ton of cleaning. The nozzle that the coffee drips from gets extremely dirty and covered and grounds each use which some people will just walk away from. They won't expect it to be dirty and that could be a home for bacteria and various germs. Also the frother nozzle gets encrusted in old milk if you don't take it apart and clean it after each use. Nobody wants their drinks hinted with the germs and potential taste of rotted milk. Also, there is no catch for the frother, which means I have to wipe down after each time I use.there could of been some type of catcher implemented on the side to catch the drips of milk after each use. All and all this is a breath-taking machine and I'm delighted that this is my introduction to espresso machines. It's good for beginners like me and I'm expectant that more experienced users will also like this. The few hiccups are probably design flaws, but they do not take away from the overall experience of this machine. I'm in love with it. "This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer."

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      1st Time Espresso Machine User

      Posted
      AmAtHome
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This machine is the only espresso machine I've ever used. It was sent to me to use and write about my experience with it. I'll be sending it back soon, and will probably miss it! So, the setup was pretty simple and had clear instructions. There are 2 metal filters to put the grounds in, one for single cups, one for 2 cups. you have to pull and push pretty hard to get the filters in and out, but I guess it's so they'll stay in when you insert it into the machine. Which I found I had to push pretty hard to get it into position, I don't have other espresso makers to compare that to but it was pretty tough to "slide" into position. I liked that there is a good size water reservoir, so you don't have to endlessly fill it up. When you turn the machine to "On", it takes less than 30 seconds for the "Ready" light to come on. Once you start brewing, it will make espresso until you manually turn it to "Off". So you have to be right there while making your cup, and if you haven't made espressos, lattes, etc. before (like me!) it will take some trial and error to get the amount of coffee and length of brew to find what works best. Also, it took a few practice shots to know how much tamping to do. I did think most every attempt did make a nice crema. WARNING: When using the frother, which again I have never done before, the instructions are probably pretty clear, but make sure the nozzle is actually in the milk or it will splatter all over everything within a 1 foot radius - messy,lol! After the initial mishap, I thought the froth came out pretty good, but not as dense as at a coffee shop. The size is a little wider than a plain, regular drip maker, but close to the size of most Keurig machines. I prefer regular coffee over the espresso and other drinks this makes so I'm not sure I would buy one because then I would have to have both appliances on my counter. I did not buy any special equipment or even coffee to try this out with and still think for a machine at this price point it would be a good choice. Note: This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Big flavor in a small package!

      Posted
      Carlin833

      I love this little DeLonghi Espresso Machine! It's a great espresso machine for anyone looking to start making their own espresso at home. It's compact and doesn't take up much space at all. I was slightly skeptical that the performance wouldn't be quality because the unit has a plastic housing, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's very straight forward and simple to use, it took me a few tries to get the exact strength but that's a personal preference and the brand of beans used plays a huge role in flavor. I love the simplicity. You can drop in espresso packets or use grounds which is great if you are in a rush. It has a large trough for water so you can make more than cup before refilling. It takes a few minutes to heat up, but not any longer than waiting on a cup of coffee from a drip machine! It's easy to clean, easy to use and the espresso tastes fantastic, sorry Starbucks!. I give it 4 stars for now mostly because I'm interested in longevity, if it keeps humming along like it is now, It will be my deciding factor to make me come back and change my review to 5 stars! Great little machine!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Espresso Machine!

      Posted
      Barbara

      This machine is perfect. I was so excited to start using this machine. When it arrived at my door 3 weeks ago I immediately opened the box. I was amazed at how beautiful this machine looked. I set to the task of setting up my espresso machine for it's first time use. The set up was minimal and very easy to achieve. The instructions were very clear and easy to understand. The tank reservoir for water is larger than expected. Which was a plus for me meant less times I had to fill! This espresso machine makes one of the best cups of espresso I have tasted! Aside from an actual coffee shop this machine is top dog in my opinion. The flavour build up is excellent makes a hearty robust flavorful cup every time. I was not disappointed in this machine at all. The measure/ tamper it came with made using loose grounds smooth and easy. The steamer wand frothed and warmed the milk to perfection. The cleanup and storage is great and easy to do do. I like that the wand can be folded back under the machine creating less clutter on my already small kitchen counter. I give this machine a huge A++ for performance, maintenance and cleanup. "This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer."

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome cappuccinos!!

      Posted
      Edmc

      Okay so I’ve had the DeLonghi EC3630 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker for about 3 weeks now. I am fairly new to having an espresso at home but from what I’ve been reading, it is one of the better known name brands in this business. One of the things I really like is that it is fairly compact and will fit almost anywhere in your kitchen or office. It does have two thermostats which allows you to control the water pressure and steam pressure independently of each other. However, you can’t use both features at the same time. I am not sure if this is true for other espresso maker brands. It is built entirely of stainless steel casing which gives it a very professional grade look. I love the fact that it lets you use pods and ground coffee beans. I personally like to grind my coffee right before drinking it. It seems to taste slightly better with a much richer flavor. It conveniently comes with a cappuccino system frother. I love this feature since it allows you to froth your milk making it very creamy and frothy. Perfect for those cappuccinos and lattes. Lastly, it has a good size 37 ounce removable water tank which makes it very convenient to make several cups at a time. For the price, I think it’s a fairly good deal.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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